About the Party for Socialism and Liberation
The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a working-class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change.
Capitalism—the system in which all wealth and power is held by a tiny group of billionaires and their state—is the source of the main problems confronting humanity today: imperialist war, poverty, exploitation, layoffs, unemployment, racism, sexism, lesbian/gay/bi/trans oppression, environmental destruction, mass imprisonment, unionbusting and more.
We are fighting for socialism, a system where the wealth of society belongs to those who produce it—the workers—and is used in a planned and sustainable way for the benefit of all. In place of greed, domination and exploitation, we stand for solidarity, friendship and cooperation between all peoples.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation seeks to bring together leaders and organizers from the many struggles taking place across the country. The most crucial requirement for membership is the dedication to undertake this most important and most necessary of all tasks—building a new revolutionary workers’ party in the heart of world imperialism.
At the same time as we aim for revolution in this country, we stand for defense of the existing workers’ states, the national liberation movements, and for workers and oppressed people around the world. The magnitude of our tasks will be matched by our determination to win.
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Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation
|Newspaper Editor:||Ben Becker|
|Website Supervising Editor:||S. Rodrigues|
|Website Managing Editor:||Jane Cutter|
|Editorial board:||Ian Thompson, Gloria La Riva, Eugene Puryear|
|Editorial staff:||Richard Becker, Nathalie Hrizi, Sunil Freeman, Travis Wilkerson, Jane Cutter, John Beacham, Jon Britton, Susan Muysenberg, Susie Curtiss, John Daly, Monica Ruiz|
Liberation newspaper is the collective voice of the PSL, and as such, it is a paper that, like our organization, takes sides.
When we cover the war in Iraq, we don’t just report on this or that Pentagon policymaker or a fact-by-fact account of the warfare on the ground. On our front page, we make clear that the war on Iraq is a criminal enterprise that has left over 1 million Iraqis dead. We make clear that those 1 million died for no other reason except for the fact that they were Iraqi, and that their deaths therefore meet the international definition of genocide: "the destruction of a people, in whole or in part."
When we covered California’s Proposition 8, again, we didn’t act like we were neutral on the struggle for LGBT equality. We put on our front cover: "An Injury to One is an Injury to All!" We reported from the demonstrations as partisans and activists in the struggle.
When the working class was being inundated with anti-Cuba propaganda at the news of Fidel Castro’s retirement, we put on the front cover in big bold capital letters: "¡Que Viva Cuba y Que Viva Fidel!" Our articles made it clear that the Cuban revolutionary process is an inspiration and an example of what socialist planning and revolutionary leadership can achieve, even in an island nation strangled by a brutal and relentless blockade.
When during the elections, the ruling class unleashed a racist hysteria against Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a community leader from Chicago and Black liberation theologian; when they replayed that clip of him saying, "God damn America"—for its legacy of colonialism and slavery—we didn’t mince words. We put on our front page: "Reverend Wright is right!"
That is the essence of our newspaper: to cut through the fog of the capitalist media and bring to the fore the interests of workers. This is a different type of newspaper for a different type of organization.
We cover not only the big international events but also the local struggles that the capitalist media would rather ignore: the fight against killer cops, cutbacks, the Minutemen. We have featured voices such as PSL member and Iraq war veteran Michael Prysner, who has made clear that he not only opposes the war and wants it to end, but has taken the side of the Iraqis against the White House and the Pentagon.
Liberation newspaper is made by us, the members of the PSL. On volunteer labor alone, we write, edit, copyedit, lay out, proofread, distribute and circulate every paper. Anyone can report a story taking place in their community, workplace or school.
Everyone can distribute the paper, using it as a tool to meet people, as an organizer to unite the people around a particular struggle. Building a new socialist movement in this country requires an expanded and lively socialist media.
If you’re in the party or not, consider taking five or 10 papers to distribute to your friends or co-workers. Make Liberation part of your daily routine.
Socialist media is part and parcel of the movement we’re trying to build.