FRSO/OSCL Unity Statement
Comrades and friends. This is a statement of the principles that will help to unite the members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and the Socialist Organizing Network. It is a brief overview of the political bond that we have developed over the past two years, a bond which will help us to unite and make greater contributions to the struggle for social progress in the United States. This statement is not the “final word” on anything. Rather, it represents our best understanding at this time of the important issues facing socialists in the United States. We present this as a work in progress that will be more fully developed by you, by friends of our organization, and by the rich experience of people in a struggle for a better world.
Unity Statement on National Oppression, National Liberation and Socialist Revolution
1. We stand for the right to self-determination up to and including secession for the African American nation in the Black Belt South.
This outlook is not based on strict adherence to the characteristic features (“a historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture”) once used by the international communist movement, but uses them as guidelines along with other features of African American social development and the subjective striving of generations of conscious African Americans.
Unity Statement on the Crisis of Socialism
With the collapse of Soviet-style “socialism” throughout Eastern Europe, the crushing of the 1989 democracy movement in China, and the general disarray of the Marxist left internationally, a phase of socialist experimentation has drawn to a close. The experience of socialism has been a multifaceted one, with very different history and results in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Events in China, Europe and the Soviet Union have highlighted the crisis of socialism. Serious analysis of these events–as well as the elaboration of a popular socialist vision which takes account of them–are protracted tasks. With these events the crisis of socialism has become a mass issue, one that communist activists ignore at their peril.
Unity Statement on Ecological Justice
The ecology of North America, the variety, complexity, beauty and unpredictability of this planet, is history writ deeply in its air, land, and waters. For thousands of years, that ecology — that history — developed largely in accord with its own imperatives and in its own time. The peoples who populated the Americas taught themselves to survive and often to thrive by integrating with these rhythms and imperatives.
But that history was diverted from its evolutionary path little more than half a millennium ago when colonialism landed its jackboots on the shores of El Caribe, first the Spanish, and then the British. History then took a much darker turn as what is now the United States scribed the new historical period in the genocide of the indigenous inhabitants — driven by the strictly economic imperatives of acquisition, conquest, and commerce. Genocide was followed by enslavement as millions of Africa’s peoples were stolen to create the wealth of cotton, textiles, sugar, and tobacco, to construct the early economic infrastructure of the British colonies, and then the southeast of the new United States Republic. Enslavement was followed by annexation (from Mexico), colonization (Hawai’i and Puerto Rico), and the super-exploitation of Chinese and Filipino labor.