By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chairperson, ILPS International Coordinating Committee
On behalf of the entire International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), we the International Coordinating Committee express our warmest greetings of solidarity to the Coordinating Committee of the ILPS-US Chapter and to all the organizations constituting the chapter. We congratulate you for your successful preparations and wish you the utmost success in undertaking the founding assembly of ILPS-US.
We appreciate the significance and urgency of the theme of your assembly: Unite with the global 99% against monopoly capital, the source of economic crisis, racism and war; build a brighter future that is ours! You are responding to the challenge posed by the rapidly worsening crisis of the world capitalist system.
It is imperative that you raise the level of your unity, organization and militancy in line with the anti-imperialist and democratic struggle of the people of the world. Thus, you are in a better position to denounce the exploitative and oppressive system of monopoly capitalism, to raise demands to uphold, defend and promote the rights and welfare of the people and to act concertedly for the purpose all over the US.
It is fine that you are holding your assembly in close coordination with the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda. We are pleased that you are a major part of the the mobilization of anti-imperialist and progressive forces and the broad masses of the people in the US to protest against the G8 and the NATO.
It is of urgent necessity that you oppose the G8 for their extremely exploitative and disastrous policy of neoliberal globalization and against the NATO for the escalation military expenditures, stepping up of war production, deployment of military forces on a global scale and unleashing wars of aggression to destroy the lives, economies and social infrastructures of entire countries, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and elsewhere.
We are confident that you will accomplish all the objectives of your assembly: to form a country-wide alliance of anti-imperialist and progressive organizations in the US under the flag of the ILPS; to unite on the constitution of the ILPS-US chapter and the General Program of Action; and to elect a chapter coordinating committee to oversee the chapter’s organizational, educational and political development.
The founding of the chapter consolidates and amplifies your strength. It makes possible the synergy that otherwise you would not have. It is timely in the face of the rapidly worsening crisis of the US and world capitalist system. You become more prepared to fight against the escalation of exploitation and oppression and against the growing threats of state terrorism and wars of aggression.
You become more effective in arousing, organizing and mobilizing the people in the US for the democratic struggle against imperialism and reaction and for the goals of greater freedom, all-round development, social justice, international solidarity and peace. You can aim for socialism, which has long been materially possible in the US, if not for the greed and violence of the monopoly bourgeoisie.
We are confident that you will gain great victories in the American people’s democratic struggle against monopoly capitalism and all its cruel policies and actions. You have the commitment and duty to advance the struggle. Your struggle serves the people not only in the US but also in the entire world. Your victories will certainly help the people of the world liberate themselves from the clutches of imperialism and reaction.