The Spark

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

Andrea L. Kirby:
Standing for Something Real

Oct 26, 2020

.... Not one of our candidates grew up thinking about the day they would run for political office. But here we are. The working class has been quiet for too long in this country and because of that silence, the race to the bottom is getting faster and faster.

We are not here as individual candidates but together for a common message. The Working Class Party actually stands for something. We are a group of candidates that are from so many different backgrounds and upbringing. And to me, mostly importantly, Race.

I was driving home with my 16-year-old daughter the other day. And there was a rally near my home. I told her before we got there just so she wasn’t too surprised. She said something to me that really stuck with me and made me realize how important the Working Class Party was for the future. She said “Mom, it’s scary because all those people are voting for Trump. People voting for Biden just don’t want Trump in office.” Wow. How often do we really have a chance to say we really want this person to represent ME, that they know and understand my issues? Even when we do, we are still stuck fighting a system that thrives on the oppression and control of the working class.

I think it is very important for my children to see someone that looks like them stand up for them and what matters to them. For our Black and Brown friends and family to see that WE can stand up just like our ancestors did, to take control of our futures and fight for what we know is right. To be able to stand with others who don’t look like you, because division makes us weak. Let me tell you, being poor don’t care what you look like.

The candidates of the Working Class Party, with all of our differences, realize we have more in common than different. We are tired of being the wealth creators that don’t see the benefits of that wealth. Tired of waiting for legislation to provide the basic needs of life. Clean water, air, food. Don’t be fooled though, neither this election nor the next will provide what the working class needs to make permanent change for equality.(racial, economic, sexual, and so on) Those changes will come when the working class demands the coffers be opened and we are able to fund and organize the society to fit our needs....

Who would have thought in 2020 I would be talking to my children about lynching, not as a part of history but as part of their everyday. Explaining to them what it means to drive while black. And how to act in the presence of a police officer. These are the same concerns our ancestors fought and died to get rid of. But here we are today, suffering the same challenges and issues our ancestors suffered from.

Not addressing the issues of the working class as a whole will keep us divided and acting like crabs in a bucket.... In the end with this capitalist system, the corporations are the only ones that win. The working class ends focused on the crumbs on the floor when there is a whole pie up on the table.

Please remember it is not the election that will change our society. Only when the forces of the working class are pulled together, will we see the change that everyone says they want. Your vote for Working Class Party candidates will show the world that we want something different. But your actions will be what makes the Working Class Party a success.