"Young People in this country are demanding radical change"
Statement by Gloria La Riva, PSL socialist presidential candidate on the Wisconsin Primary victory of Bernie Sanders
The people of Wisconsin, who electrified the country with the bold takeover of the capitol building in 2011 to defend workers’ rights, have shaken the status quo once again. We view the victory for Bernie Sanders as an expression of utter disgust at the pro-corporate Democratic Party establishment that has deceived poor and working people for generations. We share that disgust, and believe that we need a whole new system – socialism.
In the run-up to the voting, there was fierce competition for the support of the labor movement. Sanders’ win is a blow to the Democratic Party elite who were terrified by the militancy of the 2011 movement and diverted the struggle into a dead-end recall referendum.
The millions of young people who are supporting Sanders are demanding an alternative to the domination of Wall Street. Should Sanders lose the nomination and support Hillary Clinton in the general election we will continue to be a socialist voice in the presidential contest demanding not just the break-up of the biggest banks but their seizure since they have shown themselves to be criminal enterprises.
Hillary Clinton’s appeal to working people is nothing but hypocrisy. A former board member of Walmart, one of the most notoriously anti-union companies in the world, Clinton has championed policies that have proven devastating to the working class. She supported NAFTA and is a key architect of the TPP. She piled on to the racist demonization of Black and Latino communities at the height of mass incarceration.
Ted Cruz’s victory shows that the chaos in the Republican Party will likely continue for the foreseeable future, as the vile, ultra-right-wing frontrunners compete to be the standard-bearer of bigotry.
My campaign on behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) stands in absolute solidarity with the labor movement. I am First Vice-President of Communications Workers of America, Local 39521 and for many years served as president of Bay Area Typographical workers. Point six of the campaign’s 10-point program states: “Support the right of all workers to have a union. Fight back against the attacks on collective bargaining. Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. In the spirit of the Fight for 15 and low-wage worker organizing, rebuild a fighting—and striking—labor movement.”