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October 20, 2004

Thousand Worker March?

For the last year, labor movement gatherings have been visited by one or another tedious advocate of the Million Worker March, an event which would invariably be touted in oppositional terms to the AFL-CIO, and to the labor movement's focus on defeating Bush this fall. This last weekend, a million workers, minus about nine hundred ninety five thousand who stayed home to work on the Kerry campaign, gathered in Washington DC...

to listen to the usual speeches from a rather small circle of friends with a rather limited rhetorical repetroire. It seems that the small political sects, mostly Trotskyist in hue, which were promoting the Million Worker March were barely able to get their own membership and peripheries to Washington DC.

This is not, of course, a new story: it happens all the time. What is unusual is when one of those sects manages to hijack a major movement, such as the Workers World Party has done at various points to the movement against the war in Iraq. But because the same folks will be back in the gatherings next month, with an equally quixotic and divisive proposal, it bears noting that those who never fail to speak in the name of the rank and file perform so poorly when it comes to organizing and mobilizing the rank and file.

Posted by Leo Casey at October 20, 2004 11:38 AM