For decades, the Democratic Party has failed to protect abortion rights. Despite holding large majorities in Congress many times since 1973, they have never codified Roe v. Wade into law, much less provided things like free childcare and free healthcare, which working people desperately need. Even now, Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Jim Clyburn are shamefully backing an anti-union, anti-abortion Democrat in the party’s primary in Texas, a state which has been at the center of attacks on abortion and LGBTQ rights.
The Democrats’ failed strategy was on display yesterday in Seattle, at a separate, smaller rally held by Democrats in Queen Anne. One Democratic Party politician after another went up to the microphone. Not one offered any strategy to defeat this historic attack. So what was their strategy? Everyone, from Congressmember Pramila Jayapal to State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, had pretty much the same thing to say: “Vote Blue” in November.
We can’t afford to follow this dead end. We need a fighting strategy based on class struggle methods to defeat this attack by the right wing.
Our rally in Seattle, which was built by my Council office, Socialist Alternative, the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America, and a coalition of progressive unions, was one of dozens around the country. Thousands of people rallied in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, and many other cities. A huge number of working people are ready to fight. Students have already begun to coordinate walkouts. Students at the University of Washington are planning to walk out tomorrow.
We need to build on these actions. Students at yesterday’s rally called for a coordinated day of walkouts on Friday, May 13. Student groups and unions should answer this call and build for a powerful day of walkouts on May 13.