Portland May Day 2016: Class Struggle Contingent

May Day in Portland, 2016: the Class Struggle contingent brought together Carpenters, Ironworkers, Stagehands, Teachers, IWW “Wobblies” and other pro-working class elements under the day’s only banner that called for “Full Citizenship Rights for all Immigrants,” on this workers’ holiday that was revived in the U.S. by the mass protests of immigrant workers ten years ago.

The goal of the Class Struggle contingent was to fight for May Day as it should be: International Workers Day, a day for the class struggle against the capitalist system. Our contingent was the only participant in Portland’s May Day that sought to mobilize the unions and the militant workers. And while there were some radical-sounding words to be heard from the platform, one of the main sponsors of the event was the “Working Families Party,” a scam operation with which the union bureaucracy seeks to get workers’ votes for the Democratic Party of our class enemy. The Class Struggle contingent’s banner said “Break with the Democrats and Republicans! For a Class-Struggle Workers Party!” We distributed many copies of our article against Bernie Sanders from Bridge City Militant No. 1. We were the only group at May Day that had anything to say against the ruling party of bloody, racist U.S. imperialism.

A spokesperson for the Internationalist Group, part of the Class Struggle Contingent, was interviewed by KOIN 6 TV news and got right to the point: “We think that capitalism has long outlived its usefulness, and we think that we need a workers revolution in America.” That’s what May Day, and the class struggle, is for.


CSWP Picket Slams Anti-Women Bigots

Photos by Daniel Vincent.

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Saturday morning, 9 April 2016: A CSWP-organized picket confronted the conference of Oregon “Right to Life.” Members of Ironworkers, IWW, Painters, Stagehands, UFCW and other unions, along with students and women’s health professionals, slammed the conference that featured the vile anti-Semite Harmony Daws, and the discredited fraudster David Daleiden.

A CSWP spokesman emphasized that Democrats as well as Republicans were enemies of the working class and of women’s rights, and called to unchain the power of organized labor by breaking with the parties of our class enemies and building a class-struggle workers party.

A supporter of the "pro-life" conference (center) repeatedly urged motorists to run down CSWP picketers.
Above: a supporter of the “pro-life” conference (center) repeatedly urged motorists to run down CSWP picketers.

Saturday: Picket Anti-Abortion Conference

Defend Abortion Rights! Saturday 9 April 2016, 8:15 a.m. at the Portland, Oregon Airport Holiday Inn
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Facebook event page here.

Defend Abortion Rights!

Picket Oregon Right to Life and Guest Speaker David Daleiden

Saturday, April 9th at 8:15 am in front of the Portland Holiday Inn Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland 97220

  • Free Abortion On Demand!
  • Mobilize Labor to Defend Abortion Rights!
  • Defend the clinics!

Oregon Right to Life will be hosting their annual conference in Portland on April 9th and their guest speakers include David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, infamous creator of the fraudulent Planned Parenthood attack video, which spurred frivolous Congressional hearings on abortion providers and their relationship with medical research. The leadership of Oregon Right to Life includes president Harmony Daws, writer for the National Prayer Network, a well documented anti-Semitic hate group, as well as executive director Gayle Atteberry another strident opponent of Planned Parenthood. Join with Class Struggle Workers Portland to defend abortion rights!

Pickets Confront Anti-Abortion Rally

On Sunday, January 17, CSWP initiated a spirited picket line that shouted down an anti-abortion “youth rally” at a swank Portland Pearl District caterer. Union Carpenters, Ironworkers, Painters, Stagehands, Teachers, Wobblies, Portland Solidarity Network supporters and others turned out. CSWP placards and chants demanded “Free Abortion On Demand” and “Labor: Defend Abortion Clinics.” Union militants intend for this action to be the beginning of organizing more solid and active labor defense of abortion rights. Speakers soapboxing at the picket emphasized the need to mobilize labor’s power in defense of the right to free abortion on demand, independent of and against all capitalist parties, Democrats and Republicans alike.

CSWP pickets anti-abortion rally, 17 January 2016.
CSWP pickets anti-abortion rally, 17 January 2016.
Flier for 17 January 2016 picket of anti-abortion rally
Flier for 17 January 2016 picket of anti-abortion rally

Saturday May 9: Protest Racist Police Murder in Pasco, WA

CSWP is bringing a group of unionists from Portland to Pasco, Washington on Saturday May 9, to take part in a protest that will mark the third month since the murder of Mexican agricultural worker Antonio Zambrano Montes by the police there.

For more information, contact us at 971-282-7903 or cswp@csw-pdx.org.

Here is a page for the event on FaceBook.

Portland May Day Against Racist Police Murder

On May Day in Portland Oregon, Class Struggle Workers – Portland initiated a union contingent behind the banner “Labor Against Racist Police Murder.” The IWW, Painters and Stagehands locals passed resolutions condemning the police murder of Antonio Zambrano Montes in Pasco, WA, and formed the contingent, which was joined by a delegation from Pasco, groups of Laborers and Teachers, and individuals from other unions.

Labor Against Racist Police Murder contingent, Portland May Day 2015
Labor Against Racist Police Murder contingent, Portland May Day 2015
Labor Against Racist Police Murder contingent, Portland May Day 2015
Labor Against Racist Police Murder contingent, Portland May Day 2015