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

Working Class Party on the Ballot:
Cast a Useful Vote!

Sep 12, 2022

The working class needs its own party, to organize its forces and put forth its own interests in the political arena. While such a party does not exist, people who believe it must be built have successfully put Working Class Party on the ballot in the states of Michigan and Maryland plus one U.S. Congressional district in Illinois. People who agree with this idea can vote for Working Class Party in those three states in November.

Below is the text of a leaflet distributed in Michigan and reproduced on the independent website

Working People Need a Party Based on Our Own Class

That party does not exist today. Instead, there are two big parties, both serving the capitalist class and its chase after profit. But working people can build our own party, one that struggles to unite all our forces in a common fight. We refuse to let the bosses set us against each other by race and ethnic background, by sex, by citizenship, by age, by skill and education. We all work for our living. We are proud to be part of the same class, the class that makes society run.

A Working Class Program

to Deal with the Capitalist Crisis

To catch up with what we’ve lost to inflation:

Everyone’s wages must be increased—NOW. Minimum wage should be set high enough to support a family comfortably. There’s wealth enough in this society to pay everyone a decent wage, including young people just starting out.

To keep pace with inflation:

When prices go up, wages could go up an equal amount and IMMEDIATELY. When prices go up, pensions and Social Security should also go up—and IMMEDIATELY.

To get rid of all the unemployment, obvious and hidden:

Share out the work among everyone who wants to work. We could all work fewer hours, and everyone could be paid a full, weekly check. The wealth our labor creates will more than pay for this.

To provide the services the population needs:

Public money should be spent on systems serving everyone: schools, roads, bridges, public health and sanitation, water, sewers, transit, dams, parks, recreation centers, etc. The money is there, wasted today, propping up corporate profit, burned up in war. It must be taken back, made to benefit everyone.

To determine what kind of life we will have:

We have to find the wealth the bosses steal from our labor. We have to put our hands on the public money that is wasted. We can do that. We are in every company, every public service, every school—in the very center of the economy. Not only do workers make the economy run. As a class, we can decide how it should be run. And the working class has the power to make things run for the good of everyone.