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The New Afrikan unemployed should be organized and mobilized into homeless unemployment councils. A tactical program of action should be raised by a national organization of New Afrikan workers. The entire New Afrikan left can unite around forming and galvanizing the thousands of unemployed (especially New Afrikan youth) into unemployment councils. These councils should be broad united front organizations based on economics on the local level. Their purpose would be to get welfare, social security, and unemployment insurance guarantees and to pressure for the opening of jobs previously reserved for white workers. In addition, pressure on the capitalists/government, an Economic Bill of Rights for the poor, guaranteed income (full employment) and a call for the nationalization of basic industries as a solution to the unemployment problem would be additional areas to be addressed. Part of a tactical New Afrikan workers’ unemployed program could be: 1. Recognize the rights of all workers to unemployment insurance. 2. Expand benefits and the cessation of all cutbacks, with benefits paid by the employer and the government. 3. Simplify all laws and rules on unemployment insurance, eliminating bureaucracy. 4. Eliminate racism at the workplace in: hiring; promotions; unequal pay; harassment and unfair treatment; firing; sexual abuse of black women on the job. 5. Equal pay for New Afrikan women workers to male workers. 6. Affirmative action in the skilled trades. 7. Affirmative action in skilled and unskilled unions. 8. Oust all reactionary union bureaucrats. 9. Organize the unorganized (non-union shops). 10. Complete benefits to the elderly. 11. Complete benefits to welfare recipients. 12. Restitution to New Afrikan ex-soldiers forced to fight in U.S. imperialists’ racist wars. 13. Immediate release of all political prisoners. 14. Nationalization of industry and the establishment of a 36-hour workweek with full pay as a means of obtaining full employment. 15. Immigrant workers right to same benefits as native-born workers. 16. End to all rules disqualifying the unemployed from benefits. 17. Maternity grants of 26 weeks, with access to these at any time during pregnancy; also available to adoptive parents. 18. End all waiting restrictions. 19. No penalty for firing or voluntary resignation because of the unsuitability of work. 20. Unemployed staffing of unemployment offices. 21. Continuation of benefits during illness or injury without penalty. 22. End to chauvinism, harassment, and racism practiced by unemployment agencies toward oppressed nationalities and immigrants. 23. Unemployment centers staffed with bilingual workers. 24. Struggle for full workers’ democracy in decisions affecting their working conditions and environment. 25. Job retraining for the unemployed and debt free college/university education. It is important, in this period, to create mass proletarian organizational forms where the advanced class-conscious workers can surge forth to leadership and propel the self-organization of the New Afrikan proletariat. Within the development based on agitation and actions, is socialist political education. This often neglected arena, “the ideological struggle,” will become increasingly sharp in the forthcoming period. The ideological front, like the economic, political, and cultural fronts, is very important, because actions can be guided by precisely developing a clear ideological line.

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