THE SOCIALIST PARTY of Connecticut strives to establish a radical democracy that places people's lives under their own control - a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society...where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future - to a real radical democracy from below. The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We support militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist controlled two-party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic revolutions - radical and fundamental changes in the structure and quality of economic, political, and personal relations - to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control great wealth and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all.
The Socialist Party of Connecticut is affiliated with the Socialist Party USA.
By Sarah Carlson
April 3, 2013
Hundreds of working-class people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting food is not the picture of the “American Dream” people living here and abroad are taught to believe in. Yet on March 23, that is exactly what happened.
Folks filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables when a local church never came to pick up the food, as had been arranged with the store owner prior to the eviction.
After the eviction, the owner of the property became SunTrust bank, and as the people gathered, they had to be restrained as the food was loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill.
As with any eviction, anything left inside the premises comes into the property holder’s ownership. However, after the story had been covered in the media for two days, the media relations officer for the bank, Mike McCoy, said, "We are working with store suppliers as well as law enforcement to dispose of the remaining contents of the store and secure the building." But he also said that the food never belonged to and does not belong to SunTrust Bank. Teresa Russell, chief deputy of the Marshal's Office in Richmond County, says the owner of the building ordered that all of the food and other items removed from the store be taken to the landfill. Some people even followed the truck to the landfill and were still turned away.
We all know the way the law works in this twisted system, Mike McCoy, so there is no need to sugar-coat anything. And since there are about 20 evictions per day in Richmond County, many people in that parking lot probably knew all too well that property left in a rental space after eviction becomes the property of the building owner. Similar to the H & M scandal that broke in 2010 when clothes were being shredded before being thrown away, this situation reeks of the truth of capitalism.
In a capitalist society, food is not produced to feed people, housing is not made to shelter, clothing is not made to keep people warm, and health care does not exist to keep people healthy. All of these things, which are and should be viewed as basic human rights, are nothing more than commodities from which to make a profit, and if a profit cannot be made, usually due to overproduction in relation to the market, the commodity is useless and destroyed.
In the case of the grocery store, the commodity wasn’t even destroyed in order to regulate the market. Perhaps the bank figured they would not make a profit in a county with 22.4 percent of people living at the poverty line and 10.6 percent earning below 50 percent of it (2009). So why not at least watch people stare in disbelief, with empty bags, as they watch the food that could be feeding their families, dumped into a landfill instead.
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The Socialist Party of Connecticut joins the Socialist Party of New York City (SPUSA) in denouncing police actions taken against Occupy demonstrators in New York City, Seattle, Oakland and other cities across America. We strongly condemn Mayors Michael Bloomberg, Michael McGinn, Jean Quan and the political-military-security complex that perpetuated these raids. It is clear from the actions of the militarized police establishment that the only people they “protect and serve” are the wealthy and privileged 1% and the corporate oligarchy that controls the government of the United States.
The Occupation movement is larger than a few small parks spread across America. It exists everywhere where people resist this undemocratic and oppressive system. These raids are a sign of the system’s weakness not its strength. They signal that the use of force is the only way to deal with dissent – the only way to temporarily quiet an Occupation, which announced boldly that the system was broken and that another world is possible.
Poor and working class people, people without jobs, without homes, without healthcare have finally woken up. They demand the one thing that capitalism cannot deliver – a future and a peaceful, productive life where they are able to develop themselves to our fullest human potential. This is a core belief of the Occupation movement and we share it.
As Socialists, we are permanent resisters to undemocratic political systems. We stand in solidarity with the Occupy Movement and will continue to spread its powerful message. We are the 99% and we are no longer willing to quietly accept the economic inequality, the war and the environmental destruction that the capitalist system engenders.
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. ~ Noam Chomsky