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VOTE PSL in 2008: Reparations Now!

The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) is fielding a slate of candidates in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections: Gloria La Riva for President and Eugene Puryear for Vice President. La Riva/Puryear demand that the Black community be compensated fully, with interest, for the historical racism and wrongs forced upon them by capitalism.
VOTE PSL in 2008!

Candidates of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL):
Gloria La Riva for President and
Eugene Puryear for Vice President in 2008!

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A statement of the La Riva/Puryear presidential campaign

Just before he was murdered, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embarked an assault on what he called the "triple evils" plaguing American society: war, poverty and racism. Dr. King also recognized that in order to eliminate these oppressive conditions, you must attack the root of the problem—the system from which they come.

We in the Party for Socialism and Liberation agree that war, poverty and racism are the enemies we must fight. We fight the system that made them; that system has a name: capitalism. Since its inception, U.S. society has been marked by extreme racism. At least 12 million Africans were kidnapped and forcibly taken to the Americas as slaves. The capitalist economic system in the United States was built largely on the backs of slave labor.

Major banks and corporations that participated in the genocidal slave trade still exist in some form today. They reaped enormous profits from engaging in this inhuman practice. Corporations like CSX, Fleet Boston, Aetna and JP Morgan Chase all were started with profits reaped from exploiting slave labor. Aetna and JP Morgan Chase made millions insuring slaves as the property of their masters. Universities like Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Virginia also profited from slave labor.

Corporate and commercial interests also made super-profits from Black labor in the post-Civil War period. Institutionalized racism channeled Black workers into the most backbreaking labor in key industries. The brutal system of sharecropping extracted super-profits from Black agricultural labor. All workers have the fruit of their collective labor stolen by the capitalist owners. In the case of Black labor, however, it was the super-exploitation based on racism that allowed for super-profits for the capitalist bosses.

The Black population continues to lag behind the majority white population in access to affordable housing, decent paying jobs and health care. A system of virtual medical apartheid has led to vast differences in the life expectancy between Black people and whites in the United States.

Police brutality and mass incarceration are the tools of repression visited on the Black community. The importation of drugs into oppressed communities is a source of human suffering and mega-profits for various networks of capitalists. Major banks have been found guilty of laundering drug money, but it is not the bankers who languish behind bars. The Black community is still the most exploited segment of the working class, facing grinding poverty, unemployment and low wages, compounded by racist violence and police state terror.

We demand that the Black community be compensated fully, with interest, for the historical racism and wrongs forced upon them by capitalism. The wealth stolen from Black people by corporations, institutions and the government must be repaid in full.

The PSL is fielding a slate of candidates for the office of president and vice president of the United States in the 2008 elections to bring the message of revolution and socialism to the millions of people who participate in the elections. Union president and PSL member Gloria La Riva is the PSL’s presidential candidate. PSL member Eugene Puryear from Washington, D.C. is the vice presidential candidate.

The La Riva/Puryear presidential campaign puts the struggle against racism, police brutality and the prison-industrial complex as a top priority. This is the basis for building multinational working-class unity against our common enemy—the racist, capitalist class of bankers and corporate owners.

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The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) is a newly formed working class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change and to fight for socialism--a system where the wealth of society belongs to those who produce it, the working class, and is used in a planned and sustainable way for the benefit of all.

The PSL is proud to announce that our party is fielding a slate of candidates 2008 U.S. presidential elections: Gloria La Riva for President and Eugene Puryear for Vice President. In various cities across the country, the party will also run local candidates, including Iraq war veteran Michael Prysner, who is running for Congress in Florida.

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Become a volunteer in PSL's 2008 campaign. A vote for La Riva and Puryear is a vote for socialism and liberation, and against capitalist war, racism, bigotry and exploitation. Become an advocate for people's rights and revolutionary change!


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Re: VOTE PSL in 2008: Reparations Now!

Are the descendants of the tribal chiefs who sold off their subjects to the white slave traders, as well as the European nations who chartered those slave ships, responsible for reparations, too? I wonder if anyone, besides Dave Chapelle, has given any serious thought to what writing big checks to very poor people would accomplish. Indian reservations, housing projects, and Micronesian islands might offer instructive lessons, as well as food for thought.

By the way, nobody ever forced blacks to use illegal narcotics. Neither I, nor anyone else, is responsible for the deleterious effects of drugs in the black community, or any community. The drug users are responsible for their own physical and mental problems, as well as the mayhem that their voluntary habits cause in terms of violence, crime and poorly raised children; who, guess what, also end up flunking out of school, using drugs, committing crimes and ending up in jail.

We've tried reparations in this country, already. It's called affirmative action, it's called never-ending welfare payments, it's called subsidizing the very behaviours, along with all the well-intended policies, that have destroyed the black poor. Illegitimacy, self-genocide, failure to learn, etc. etc. etc. are all personal choices. Million dollar checks won't alleviate the outcomes of poor choices. It will just up the self destruction ante. Besides, those who earned those checks shuffled off this mortal coil many years ago.

Another thought, no matter what you reds say, this is a great country. Don't think so? Be our guest to sample one of Africa's socialist utopias. But please, do it like the natives; without antibiotics, food, or protection from roving bands of machete and AK wielding "freedom fighters".

Be honest, you really just want a check for laying around all day, popping out babies, weaving hemp friendship bracelets, and making playdough bongs. Go shake down those tribal chiefs. I'm sure they'll give thoughtful consideration to your demands for reparations, while staring at your decapitated heads resting on spears.

Also, I want reparations, too. Europe got crazy fat off of my serf ancestors.

No justice, no peace, blah-blah-blah!

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