The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Elections Michigan 2018:
Workers Have Someone to Vote For

Oct 15, 2018

The Working Class Party, a new party on the ballot in Michigan in 2016, is on the ballot again in 2018. In 2016, when it had three candidates, the party gained more than 240,000 votes for its one statewide candidate. This time, there are 11 candidates.

The working class needs its own party – this was the focus of the 2016 campaign, and it is the focus of the 2018 campaign. Yes, the working class needs its own party, one that will work to lead the struggles of the working class. And it’s clear that we cannot resolve the problems that are deeply integrated into the fabric of capitalist society just through an election. But the advantage of the Working Class Party campaign is that it lets workers express their agreement with some basic ideas: first that the working class could have the means to take on these problems – when it fights to put its hands on the wealth the capitalist class steals every day from workers’ labor; and second that the working class needs to resist those who try to divide it, whether in the White House or the boss’s office – the working class needs all its strength to fight.

What follows are various documents from the current campaign. The first one was written by the Spark in support of the Working Class Party campaign, and appeared in the Spark newspaper and website. All the other documents came from the Working Class Party and first appeared on the website.

Vote Working Class Party, November 6 – the editorial in the October 8 The Spark workplace newsletters, supporting the campaign of the Working Class Party

Working Class Party, Working Class Program – the program issued by the Working Class Party for its 2018 campaign

Speech by Gary Walkowicz: A Working Class Program to Fight For – the opening speech at the WCP Meet-the-Candidates Meeting of September 23, 2018

Speech by Mary Anne Hering: Our Election Campaign: Ask People – advice for campaigners, at the September 23 meeting.

Speech by Sam Johnson: Get the Big Picture – the concluding speech at the September 23 meeting

Working Class Party Congressional Candidates – introduction to the five WCP candidates for U.S. Congress from Michigan

Working Class Party Candidates for Board of Education – introduction to the two WCP candidates for Michigan State Board of Education

Working Class Party Candidates for State Senate – introduction to the four WCP candidates for Michigan State Senate