What We Stand For
Workers’ Voice / La Voz de los Trabajadores is a revolutionary socialist organization that was founded with the fusion of Socialist Resurgence and Workers’ Voice in March 2022. We publish Workers’ Action newspaper.
We aim to build a strong, working-class, multinational revolutionary party that defends the principle of class independence and is capable of providing theoretical and political coordination for the struggles of exploited and oppressed communities.
Our ultimate goal is to build a socialist society—one in which productive resources are collectively owned and controlled by the people, not by corporations and the rich ruling elite; where wealth and knowledge are invested in human needs (food, health care, housing, education, and culture) and not in creating profits for a handful of exploiters; and where government is controlled democratically by workers, not by capitalists and their political regime. Building a socialist society means distributing wealth equitably, dismantling all forms of oppression (including but not limited to racism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, and ableism), ending wars of plunder and conquest, and protecting the environment.
We do not believe these aspirations can be achieved under capitalism, which is a system rooted in exploitation and inextricably linked to inequality, war, and environmental destruction. Thus, we reject capitalist parties like the Democrats and the Republicans, whose political projects openly protect business interests at the expense of workers.
Workers need a party of their own. We call for an independent and militant labor party that will break from the Democratic Party.
We fight for the immediate material needs of workers and oppressed people (such as better wages and benefits), as well as for social and democratic reforms that benefit the working class. But we must go further. To bring about a truly free and just society, we must mobilize the working class, along with all oppressed and marginalized peoples, to take political power and replace the capitalist order.
We actively support the new unionization drives, while working toward building a class-struggle left wing in the trade-union movement to take on the bosses. We think unions should be democratically run, rely on collective action such as strikes, and operate independently from the bosses and the State. Unions should fight sexism, racism, and all forms of oppression in the workplace and society at large.
Climate change is the biggest threat that humanity and all life on this planet face today. “Green capitalism” and individual consumer choices are entirely insufficient to tackle the catastrophe facing the planet. Fossil-fuel-driven capitalism must be abolished and replaced with a planned socialist economy based upon renewable energy, mass transit, and the shared and carefully planned use of resources for the public good. As a major step toward that goal, the energy industry needs to be nationalized under workers’ and community control in order to convert it to renewable energy sources.
Sexism, racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, homophobia, transphobia, and the many other forms of oppression and discrimination are the product of capitalism’s drive toward the lowest wages, most meager living standards, creation of an auxiliary work force, denigration of unpaid labor, and the disunity that prevents an organized resistance to these conditions.
Therefore, we support the struggles of those who are specially oppressed under capitalism—women and the LGBTQI+ communities, and those suffering national oppression. We support and help build movements for the oppressed with a class-struggle perspective so that such movements can articulate their own demands and develop political consciousness as a group.
The unpaid labor of women and other caregivers is vital to the functioning of capitalism, which privatizes and atomizes the labor and costs associated with raising, nurturing, and maintaining workers. This is why, beyond demanding full reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, the liberation of women and transgender and gender non-conforming individuals rests upon the overthrow of the capitalist system and its replacement with socialism.
We stand against all forms of racism, and we demand open borders and the immediate closure of immigrant detention camps. We support the right of the oppressed and exploited to defend themselves from racist and fascist violence.Defeating the far right requires a mass mobilization of broad social forces, including the labor movement ranks. We support self-determination for Black people and for Native Americans—both of whom are oppressed nationalities in the United States. We support Native American demands for recognition of treaty rights, confronting the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and full nationhood.
We understand that the United States is an imperialist, colonial power, and we defend the right to self-determination for the peoples of U.S. colonies such as Puerto Rico, Guam, and Samoa.
The struggle for a revolutionary party in the U.S. is inseparable from the struggle for a revolutionary international party. Workers’ Voice is a sympathizing section of the International Workers League.
Our Ten-Point Program in Brief
1) Defend unions and workers’ rights to organize! For an independent labor party based on a democratic, fighting labor movement! No support for Democrats and Republicans!
2) Stop all deportations now! Equal rights for immigrants! Close the camps!
3) Black Lives Matter! Jail killer cops! Dismantle the racist police and the criminal “justice” system! Reparations and self-determination for Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and all indigenous and colonized communities!
4) Reproductive justice: Free, accessible contraception and abortion on demand.
5) Free quality universal public health care now! Quality free public child care and elder care for all, 24-7! Free education for a lifetime!
6) Full civil and human rights for the LGBTQIA+ community!
7) For climate justice! Public ownership of the energy industry under workers’ and community control to achieve emergency conversion to 100% renewable energy!
8) No U.S. military intervention abroad! Dismantle the war machine! End U.S. aid to Israel! End sanctions on Venezuela, Iran, and Cuba! For a democratic secular Palestine!
9) For the full integration of disabled people into social, political, and economic life.
10) Public ownership, under workers’ control, of big industry, transport, and the banks! For a workers’ government and a planned economy—for socialism!
Statement on the Fusion of Socialist Resurgence and Workers’ Voice (March 2022)
We live in a period characterized by escalating capitalist crises, imperialist conflict and war (i.e., the invasion of Ukraine), and catastrophic environmental destruction. At the same time, there has been an increase in struggle by workers and the oppressed across the world. This includes the mass upsurges in many countries across Latin America, as well as the mobilizations in Myanmar, Sudan, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere.
In the United States, the decline of U.S. imperialist hegemony abroad has been creating openings for political ferment. The labor movement and various social movements are beginning to relearn the basic lesson that struggle is the only way forward. Recently, there has been an uptick in the United States in workers’ struggles, including strikes waged by industrial workers. In addition, mobilizations of Indigenous water protectors and caravans of migrants, as well as mass demonstrations against racist capitalist policing and in defense of women and queer people, show a growing restiveness among workers and the oppressed in the United States.
These struggles are attacked at every moment by the ruling-class parties. The Democrats and Republicans are aligned in their subservience to big business, landlords, and banks. They work hand-in-hand to repress movements in the streets, roll back democratic rights, and maintain the rule of the bosses. As the struggle for workers’ power develops, there is increasing support from the rulers to far-right and proto-fascist organizations tasked with harassing trade unionists, Black and Indigenous communities, immigrants, women, and queer people.
The only force that can connect all struggles against exploitation and oppression is the working class. In order to create a livable earth free of the horrors wrought by the capitalist system, workers must take power through the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism and the construction of socialism. To accomplish this, the working class needs its own political expression and organization — a revolutionary socialist party.
Workers’ Voice and Socialist Resurgence have been building towards this type of organization. We are in agreement about the necessity for principled regroupment of revolutionary groups. The two groups carried have been carrying out common discussion and practical work for two years and have come to a shared perspective on the fundamental situation facing the working class and oppressed today. On this basis, a congress was held on March 19-20, 2022 in which WV and SR voted to merge as Workers’ Voice. Our congress included observers from the International Workers League, Revolutionary Socialist Organizing Project, Tempest Collective, Corriente Obrera, and affiliates of the Revolutionary Socialist Network.
As a fused organization, Workers’ Voice brings together two historic traditions of world Trotskyism into a common revolutionary party. We do not see this as the final step in recomposition of the revolutionary socialist left either in the United States or internationally. Workers’ Voice is a party of action. In the course of developing relationships and working with other working-class and socialist organizations in the labor movement and in mass struggles, we hope to take every opportunity to begin clarifying discussions on the big political and strategic questions that can lead to an even broader regroupment project. We also look forward to continuing our participation in the Revolutionary Socialist Network.
The working class is an international class, and revolutionary parties must also be internationalist at every level. At its founding congress, the fused Workers’ Voice voted to be in political solidarity with the International Workers League – Fourth International/Liga Internacional de los Trabajadores – Cuarta Internacional.
We are excited to combine our efforts and experiences in building the labor and social movements, carrying out revolutionary education, and developing the common experiences of struggle of our class that can begin to lay the foundation for developing the revolutionary party capable of leading the fight for workers’ power to the end.
Join us in this project! We have a world to win!