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Workers Vanguard No 315 - 15 October 1982

Workers Vanguard No 315 - 15 October 1982

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WfJRKERI
",1N(;(I,1"
25¢
No.315
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15
October
1982
"You
Can't
FightReagan
with
Democrats!"
American
Nightmare:
13
Million
Jobless
It'sofficial.One
out
of
everysevenAmericansis
jobless-the
highestratein
42
years,sincebeforeWorld
War
II.
That's
11.3millionpeopleunemployed
...
13
million(over14percent
of
theworkforce)ifyou
count
thosewho'vegivenuplooking.Sevenmillionhavealready
runout
of
unemploymentbenefits.
For
blackpeople
it
is
thesecondGreatDepression:blackunemployment
is
twice
that
of
whites,
and
over
half
theblackteenagerseligible
to
workcan'tfinda
job.
Reagansays,
"Permanent
recov-erycannotbeachievedwithoutsomepain."Ashechopsunemploymentbenefits,foodstamps,welfare
and
Medicaid,workingpeople
and
minoritiesarefeelingit.Thebigcities
rot.
Assemblylinesstop
and
steelmillsstandidlewhilethebossesscreamfor
more
givebacks.Bloodyfascist
terror
and
copbrutalityareontherise.The
Democrats
plan
to
ridethistide
of
misery
to
electoralsuccessinNovember.TheDemocrats?!They're
the
reason
Reagan
gotelectedinthefirstplace!Afteryears
of
fallingwages,poundinginflation
and
massivelayoffs,workingpeoplewantedanybody
but
Carter.The
Democrats
pavedthewayforReaganreaction.ItwasJimmyCarter,not
Ronald
Reagan,whofirsttoldthecities
todrop
dead.Carter'slastbudget,anticipatingReagan,involvedamassiveincreaseinmilitaryspendingcombinedwith
major
reductionsinhealthcare,education,schoollunch
programsand
welfare.Eventhe
Democrats'
ownCongressionalBlack
continuedonpage8
,
- - : ~ M l I j l l i l ! l a O i l J ' . 9 I J ' "
FTW
~ < ~ S f i I " ' ' W ' f i . l l R l ' ! l I ~
\ I l ; a j l ! i l ! ' W ' ~ ~ ' I J I j : \ ' ; ~ & .
..
a ' L : l : " ~ ~ c W : ~ ~ ~ ~ . . : a ~
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........
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Take
Back
the
Givebacks!
InDetroitwhereChrysler
is
centered,there
is
aburningneedforacitywidelaboroffensivetoshutthecitydown.Tens
of
thousands
of
workersinthisblack
andlabor
cityhavebeenpermanently"scrapped."Thosewhostillhavejobshave
taken
colossalwagecuts.ColemanYoung,theblackDemocratic
Party
mayor,hasimposedReagan-styleausterityonworkers
'and
thepoor,busting
AFSCME
strikeswhileslashingcityservices.Theconditionsareripeforageneralstrike.Fullemploymentanddecentwageswillneverbeachievedunderdecayingcapitalism,
but
ageneralstrikecoulddefeatthebosses'anti-laboroffensive.
For
a
20
percentwagehikeforcityworkers!
For
unlimitedunemploymentcompensation
at
unionwageswithfullcost-of-livingforalllaid-offworkers,retirees
and
thepoor!AChryslerstrikecouldleadtheway,unleashingthefullpower
of
the
labor
movement.First
and
foremost
is
Ford's
RiverRougecomplexin
Dearborn.
Oncethelargestfactoryintheworld
continuedonpage9
For
aGeneralStrikeinDetroit!
todo
is
dipyour
hand
in
and
pickitout."AnyonewhosaysChryslerworkersshouldwaitforFraser,acopforthebosses,toleadastrike
is
preachingastrategy
of
guaranteeddefeat.
Shutdown
Chrysler
now
in
both
theU.S.
andCanada!No
more
contract
extensions!
For
electedstrike
committees-Oust
Fraser!AChrysler-widestrikecouldignite
Fordand
General
Motors
workersandlead
toan
industry-widestrike.Theycould
join
upwithUAWagimpworkers,ledbytheCaterpillarstrikers.
For
masspicketing
and
flyingsquadstospreadthestrike!
Throw
backallthegivebacks!Restoretheuniformindustry-wide
contract-with
abigpayhike!givebackdealpassed.Infact,this
traitor
whositsontheChryslerBoard
of
Directors
is
thecompany's
hardliner!
Ashiscontractwasbeingclobberedbyoverwhelmingno-votes,
Fraser
complainedthatChryslerbossLeeIacoccawasboasting
about
thecompany's
$1
billioncashreserve:"They'vebeentoldthere'sabig
pot
of
gold
and
allyouhave
WVPhOto
UAWworkersstrikeChrysler'sJeffersonAvenueplantagainstFraser'sselloutcontract,September16.
bescabswereremindedthatpicketlinesmean
"Don't
Cross!"Thesamedayworkerswildcatted
at
thediecasting
and
pistonplant
in
Etobicoke.Fraser'scontract
is
in
shambles.Butitwilltakemilitantclassstruggletoburyit.OtherwisetheUAWbureaucracywilljustwaitit
out
untiltheangerdissipates.
Fraser
is
determined
to
get
another
L
DETROIT-Chrysler
workersarein
anuproar
over
Doug
Fraser'snewgive
back
contract.Aftertwo
and
ahalfyears
of
concessions,they've
had
more
than
enough.Andtheyshoweditwhentheold
contract
expiredonSeptember
15:
therewereangrywildcatsalloverthecountry.fromDelaware
to
TwinsburginOhiotoJeffersonAssemblyhereinDetroit.Andtheyjustgotmadderthreeweeksago,whenFrasertoldthemthey'dhave
to
eatgivebacksforthreemoreyears!TheUnitedAutoWorkers(UAW)chiefsaidhe'dpersonallycanvassthebiglocalstosellthedeal.InsteadtheworkerswereforcedtositthroughavideotapeofFraser'sspeechtotheUAWChryslerCouncil.AtJeffersonhundreds
of
disgustedworkerswalked
out
withfistsraised,chanting,"VoteNo!VoteNo!"Andtheydid.NationwidetheChryslerdealwasstomped
by
atwo-to-onemargin.AcrosstheDetroitRiver
Canadian
ChryslerworkerseruptedonOctober
6.
When
Fraser
postponedthestrikedeadlinetoscuttlethepossibility
of
a
joint
strikewithV.S.Chryslerworkers.vanplantworkersinWindsoransweredwithawildcat.TheyalsosaidtheyopposedthetentativeaccordintheU.S.Ignoringthepolice,hundredsbeganpicketingwithmakeshiftsigns.Atrucktryingtobringpartsintotheplantwashalted,itstiresflattened
and
itscontentsemptied
onto
theroad.
The
plantstayedshutthenextday;angrypicketsevenkepttheplantmanagerout.Meanwhile800Chryslerworkerswalked
outof
theAjaxtrimplantnear
Toronto
insolidaritywiththeWindsorstrikers.Tireson200carswereslashedaswould-
Dump
Company
Man
Fraser-Elect
Strike
Committees!
 
FreeBlack
Panther
Geronimo
Pratt!
Victims
of
copvendetta:BlackPanthermilitantsled
by
GeronimoPratt(right)aftertheirheadquarters
was
shot
up
in
SWATteamattack,
Los
Angeles,1969.
HehasbeenbehindbarsforIIyears,more
than
six
of
theminsolitaryinsuchhellholesasFolsomand
San
Quentinprisons,foramurderhedidnotcommit.Theonly"crime"
of
formerLosAngelesBlack
Panther
PartyleaderElmer"Geronimo"
Pratt
wastobeamember
of
thebestandmostmilitantwing
of
blacknationalismwhichthegovernmentsoughttophysicallyannihilateinthelate'60s
and
early'70s.Onlyfourdaysafter
Panther
leadersFred
Hampton
andMarkClarkweremurderedincoldbloodbytheChicagopolice,thenotoriousracistkillercops
of
theLosAngelesPoliceDepartmentcameforPratt.On9December1969,hundreds
of
MetroSquadand
SWAT
teamcommandos,armedwithM-60machineguns,teargaslaunchers,dynamite
and
helicopters,bombardedthe
Panther
officewhere
Pratt
lived.Pratt,adecoratedVietnamwarveteran,survivedonlybecausehiswarwoundsforcedhimtosleeponthefloor.Nevertheless,hewasarrestedfor"conspiracytoassaultpolicemen."Butthe
police
conspiracywassoobvious
that
even
an
all-whitejuryacquitted
Pratt
of
allchargesexceptarelativelyminorweaponscharge.Havingfailedtokill
Pratt
inbed,thegovernmentturnedtothose"dirtytricks"thatwerepart
and
parcel
of
thenotorious
COINTELPRO
programandtheFBI's"neutralization"campaignto"disrupt,misdirectanddiscredittheactivities"
of
theBlack
Panther
Party.Laterin1969,Pratt'swife,eightmonthspregnantandalsoa
Panther
member,wasmysteriouslyshotintheheadanddumped
onan
L.A.freeway.Noarrestwasevermadeforthismurder.In1971,whileinjail
on
the1969weaponscharge,
Pratt
wasframedforthebrutalandsenseless
1968
murder
of
aschoolteacher,CarolineOlsen.Itwasexactlythesort
of
crimethatFBIDirector
J.
EdgarHooverlikedtopin
on
respectedradicals.ThepointwastokeepthePantherleaders
outof
circulation,nomatterhowphonythe"cases"againstthem.
As
the
WV
interviewwithPratt'sattorney,
Stuart
Hanlon,publishedbelowdemonstrates,thedecade
thatPratt
hasspentinprisonhasrevealedamass
of
incontrovertibleevidence
that
hewassubjectedtoaracistframeup.
Pratt
recentlywonafederalcourtdecisioninwhichtwoformer
San
Quentinofficialswerefoundguilty
of
violatinghiscivilrightsbyholdinghim
in
solitaryconfinement
for
sixyears.
Thefederaljury,however,whichreachedaunanimousverdictafterthreedaysdeliberation,stillrefusedtoaward
Pratt
onecent
of
hissuitfor
$1
million
in
damages.AndPratt'sprincipledrefusaltoadmit"guilt"intheOlsenmurderhasmeanthisrejection
of
thehumiliatingparole
andpardon
processprovidedbycapitalist"justice."TheSpartacistLeaguerecognizedtheimportance
of
thedevelopment
of
thePanthersasthemostmilitantexpression
of
the"blackpower"movement.ButunlikethosereformistsandfakeleftistswhocheeredthePanthers'eclecticblacknationalismwhichservedas
an
obstacletoblackliberation,
we
intervenedtotrytowinthesemilitantstoaproletarianrevolutionaryperspectiveandthebuilding
of
aLeninistcombatparty.Todaytherest
of
theleftremainssilent
aboutPratt
whiletheirformerblacknationalistheroslikeNewtonandBobbySealehavemadetheirpeacewiththeracistestablishment
and
crawledintotheDemocraticParty.Inthecase
of
EldridgeCleaver,hehasbecomeaspokesmanforone
of
itsmostreactionaryandsickestmanifestations,theMoonies.Pratt.whorefusestorenouncehisradicalnationalistpoliticalpast.remainsbehindbars.
Pratt
is
asymbol
of
resistancetoracistoppression.Thefightforblackliberation
is
a
motor
force
of
theAmericanworkersrevolution.FreeGeronimoPratt!
Makecheckspayable/mail
10:
Sparlacist
Publishing
Co.Box1377GPONewYork.NY10116
WV:
Iunderstand
Pratt
is
nowwaitingforadecisionfromafederaldistrictcourt
on
hisrequestforanewtrial.
Is
thisappealbasedonthenewevidencewhichcameoutintheFBICOINTEL
PRO
documents?
Hanlon:
Yes,
that
is
thebasisofthepresentwrit
of
habeascorpus.
Pratt
shouldgetanewtrialbecausethemainwitnessagainstGeronimoconfessedtobeing
an
FBIinformant,for
about
25
monthsprior
to
thetrial.
That
informationwasnotonlynotturnedoverbythegovernment,
but
thewitnesshimselflied
about
itduringthetrial.TheFBI,withtheLosAngelespolice,hadinformantsinPratt'sdefenseteamduringthetrial.
That
shouldbegroundstoreversehistrial.Pratt'salibiwasthathewasinOaklandduringthetime
of
themurder,whichwasinLosAngeles.And
we
nowknow
that
theFBIhadwiretapsabovetheOaklandandL.A.offices
of
the
Panther
party.Theysaythey'venowlostthosewiretaps,whichexistedatthetime
of
thefirsttrial.
If
infacthewasnotinOaklandlikehesaid,thenthegovernmentwouldhavecomeforwardwiththewiretaps,provingthathewasinL.A.
So
nowthey've"lost"
them-just
away
ofnot
turningthemover.That'sthethirdground.Thefourthground
is
thatthehusband
of
thewomanwhowaskilledmade
an
identificationpriorto
Pratt
of
somebodyelse,apositive
TROTSKYIST
LEAGUE
OF
CANADASPARTACIST
LEAGUELOCALDIRECTORY
Vancouver
Box
26,StationAVancouver,B.
C.
V6C2L8(604)681-2422
Thosewhowishtosendmessages
of
solidarity
or
financialcontributionsforthedefense
of
Geronimo
Pratt
canwritetoStuartHanlon,214DuboceAvenue,
San
Francisco,California94103.
Or
theycanwritedirectlyto:GeronimoPratt,B40319,SanQuentinPrison,Tarnal,California94964
.
*****
thecourts.There'sbeenenoughevidenceproducedtoletfivepeopleout
of
prison,andit'sclearhedidn'tgetafairtrial.It'sclearhewasframed,yetbecause
of
theright-wing
political
activitythejudgesareafraid.Andhe'sbeengettingscrewedbecausehedoesmaintainthepoliticshealwayshad.That'swhatpeopleoughttoknow.
WV:
Whataboutareviewbyaparoleboard?.
Hanlon:
Herefusestogo.Theywanthimtoadmithediditbeforetheycanparole,butherefusestoadmitit.
So
he'sjuststoppedgoing,asapoliticalstatementaboutthem.
Toronto
Box
7198,StationA
Toronto,Ontario
M5W1
X8
(416)593-4138
NationalOfficeChampaignLosAngeles
Box
1377,GPO
c/o
SYL
Box
29574NewYork,NY
10116
P.O.
Box
2009LosFelizStation(212)732-7860Champaign,
IL
61820LosAngeles,
CA
90029(213)663-1216
AnnArborChicago
Box
6441,Main
P,O.
Madison
c/o
SYLChicago,IL60680
c/o
SYLP.O.Box8364(312)427-0003
Box
2074AnnArbor,MI48107Madison,
WI
53701
(313)662-2339
Cleveland
(608)251-3398
Box
91954
Berkeley/Oakland
Cleveland,OH44101
New
York
P.O.Box32552(216)621-5138Box444Oakland,
CA
94604
Detroit
CanalStreetStation(415)835-1535Box32717NewYork,NY10013Detroit,MI48232(212)267-1025(313)961-1680
BostonSanFrancisco
Box840,CentralStation
Houston
Box
5712Cambridge,
MA
02139Box26474SanFrancisco,
CA
94101(617)492-3928Houston,TX77207(415)863-6963
andthejudgesaremakingtheirdecisionsbasedonwhattheythink
is
goingtogetthemelected.In
another
politicalclimatehewouldhavebeenout
of
prison
yearsago.Theevidenceshowedhedidn'tgetafairtrial,yethe'sstillinprisonandhaslostthreetimes.
WV:
We'vedoneacouple
of
articles
on
hiscase,oneaftertheincidentwheretwoguysclimbeduptheStatueofLibertytopublicizeit.Nationally,though,hehasgottenalmostnoattention.We'recontinuingtocoveritbecause
we
considerthistobeaclearcutcase
of
aracistframeup,andGeronimo
Pratt
one
of
themosthonorablerepresentatives
of
theblackpowermovement,whostoodfasttohisconvictions.
Hanlon:
Hecertainlyhas,andIthinkifhehadnotdonethat,he'dprobablybeout
of
prisonsooner.Butbecausehe'smaintainedhispolitics,thereasonhe's
in
there,he'snotgettinganyplay.Weprovedwhathehadtoprove,tentimesover,andhehasn'tgottenanythinginidentificationtwoweeksafterthekilling
of
aguy[whowas]injail
at
thetime
of
thekilling.Butthatinformationwaskeptfromthejuryatthetime
of
thefirsttrial.ThenthewholeCOINTELprogram:therewasamotivetohavethisdone,theseincidents
don't
existinisolation.Hewasthehead
of
the[L.A.]PantherpartyandtheFBIwasouttogetthe
Panther
partyandhim.Andalltheevidence
we
usetoprovethiscomes
from
theFBIthemselves,
or
fromtheLosAngelesPoliceDepartment.
WV:
Sothejudgehasbeensitting
on
thisforoverayear.Whatabouttheimmediateconditions
of
Pratt'simprisonment?Youhadfiledasuitagainsthimbeingheldinsolitaryconfinement.
Hanlon:
We
filedasuitin
1976.
It
cametotrialfinally
in
April
of
thisyear,and
we
wonthetrial.Hehasbeenmovedandhe'slivingonthemainline,sothatwasareallybigthingforhim.Butstrangely,the
jury
didn'tgivehimanymoneydamages,eventhoughsayinghe'dbeenlockedupillegallyforsixyears.
WV:
We
heardareport
that
hewasreturnedtosolitary.
Hanlon:
Hewasreturnedabouttwoweeksaftertheverdict,
on
thegroundsthatherefuseddouble-eelling,which
is
abigissueouthere.They'retryingtodouble-cellalltheprisoners.Herefusedtodoit,hewasputinisolation,
but
thenwithinabouttwodaystheprisonmovedhimbacktothemainline,andhe'snotindouble-eellingnow.
WV:
That'stwopeopleforacellthatwasbuiltforone?
Hanlon:
Right,inacellthat'sapproximatelysixfeetbyninefeet.Andthemainlinepeoplearenowspendingabout
20
hoursaday[inthosecells].Theprisonsareovercrowded,andthey'retryingtodealwithitbydouble-ceiling.Herefusedsotheyputhimintheholefortwodays.Itwasrealclearitwasretaliationfortheverdict.He'snot
in
theholenow,butwe're
in
areactionarypoliticalclimate,especiallyouthereinterms
of
thejudiciary.Thestatejudiciary
is
underattackbytherightwing,
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WORKERSVANGUARD
.
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Morenoite
Thugs
Attack
T r o t s ~ i s t s
with
Claw
Hammers
em
e
urner!
SLpicket(right)protestsanti-communistexclusionmomentsbeforemurderousattack.
Kramer,hisstruttinghatchetman
Gre-
gorio
and
twoorthreeotherswhoaimedthepotentiallylethalblows.
Every
IWP
member
and
supportershouldask,what
is
your
leadershipafraidof,whataretheytryingtohide?ThisviciousthugattackontheTrotskyistSLflowsfromthecowardlyopportunist
and
virulentlyanti-Sovietpolitics
of
the
IWP
and
theMorenoitecurrentinternationally.NicholasKramerwastrainedintheschool
of
NahuelMoreno,anotoriousswindlerguilty
of
themostbrazenpoliticalbanditryandviolations
of
proletarianmorality.MorenohastriedtopasshimselfoffasaPeronistinthe1950s,publishinghismagazine
"under
thediscipline
of
General
Peronand
thePeronistSupremeCommand";asaGuevaristand(briefly)aMaoistinthe'60s,asocialdemocrat,aSandinistaandablacknationalistinthelastdecade.Heevenoccasionallyclaimstobe
an
orthodoxTrotskyist.Butwhensome
of
hislieutenantsputMoreno'sguerrillaistprogramintopractice,thiscowardly
caudillo
turnedtailandran.Hepledgedsupporttothesecond
Peron
regimeevenwhilePeronistgunmenwereshootingleftistworkers
in
thestreets(in1974).NicholasKramerlearnedtostab
in
thebackfromamaster!MorenohasaparticularpredilectionformachoThirdWorldnationaliststrongmen,thebloodier
and
themoreferociouslyanti-Sovietthebetter.HehailedIslamicfeudalistKhomeini,
WV
Photos
15
October
1982
o.315
MarxistWorking-ClassBiweeklyoftheSpartacistLeagueofthe
U.S.
EDITOR:Jan
Norden
PRODUCTION:DarleneKamiura(Manager).Noah
WilnerCIRCULATION
MANAGER:LindaJarreau
EDITORIAL
BOARD:GeorgeFoster,Liz
Gordon,
Mary
Jo
McAllister,JamesRobertson,ReubenSamuels,JosephSeymour,
Marjorie
Stamberg
WorkersVanguard
(USPS098-770)publishedbiweekly,
skipping
anissuein
August
andaweekinDecember,
by
theSpartacistPublishingCo.,
41
WarrenStreet,NewYork,NY10007.Telephone:732-7862(Editorial),732-7861(Business).Addressallcorres
pondence
to:
Box
1377,GPO,NewYork,NY10116.
Domesticsubscriptions:
$5.00/24issues.Second-classpostagepaidatNewYork,NY.
Opinions
expressedin
signedarticles
or
letters
do
not
necessarilyexpressthe
editorial
viewpoint.
WfJRKERSVANGIJARD
upinarmyfatigues,renamedhimself
comandante
andtoured
around
raisingthousands
of
dollarsforabrigadewhichneverfoughtadayagainstSomoza.Politicalbanditry,cafeguerrillaism,anti-Sovietism,cowardice,treacheryandcriminalswindling:this
is
thetruth
about
Moreno.NowonderKramerwillstop
at
nothingtoprevent"his"membershipfromdiscussingwiththeauthenticTrotskyists
of
theinternationalSpartacisttendency.
continuedonpage9
murderer
of
leftists,homosexuals,nationalandreligiousminorities.HebackedCIA-armedreactionarymullahsinAfghanistanwhoopposelandreformandshootCommunistsforteachinggirlstoread.TheMorenoitessupportPolishSolidarnosc,company"union"forthe
CIA
andWesternbankers,andcallforagovernmentincludingthemostcounterrevolutionaryclericalnationalist
and
anti-SemiticgroupsinPoland.Mostrecently,theysupportedArgentina'sbutcherGaltieriagainstBritain's
"Iron
Lady"ThatcherinabloodysquabbleoversomebarrenislandsintheSouthAtlantic(theFalklands/Malvinas).Leftandlaborsupportforthisdiversionhasprolongedthelife
of
theArgentinemilitarydictatorship,aregimewhichhasjailed,torturedandmurderedmore
than
300
of
theMorenoites'comrades.NahuelMorenohastaughthisfollowerstosalutetheirexecutioners!Hehasalsotaughtthemeveryfinancialcongameinthebook.InPeru
in1962
Morenowasaccused
of
runningoffwith$12,000belongingtopeasantorganizationsledbyHugoBlanco.InArgentina
he
cheated
another
leftgroupout
of
$19,000forthepublication
of
booksforhisEditorialPluma.When
he
transferredhispublishingoperationtoColombia,hisbusinesspartneraccusedhim
of
fraud.Moreno'smuchpublicizedSimonBolivarBrigadeinNicaraguawasasimilaroperation:aColombianMorenoiteleaderdressed
ClawhammerattackbyIWPassailant(seearrow)
on
militantphoneworker:Theywouldkilltosilencethetruth.
l
Ata"public"forumheldinLosAngelesonOctober
2,
leaders
of
theInternationalWorkersParty
(IWP
formerlyRevolutionaryWorkers
Front
[RWFJ)carriedoutapotentiallymurderousassaultagainsttheTrotskyistsupporters
of
theSpartacistLeague(SL).Offeringuptheirservicestothereformist/liberalpopularfrontintheUnitedStates,thesearmedthugsattackeduswithdeadly
weapons-claw
hammersandnumchakus(twopieces
of
hardwoodlinkedbyachain).Usingthemethods
of
anti-communistCubangusanosand
Ramon
Mercader,themurderer
of
LeonTrotsky,
IWP
PoliticalBureaumemberNicholasKrameraimedahammerblowatthehead
of
amilitantphoneworkerwhilethelatter'sbackwasturned.Thetradeunionistrequiredhospitalattentionforblowstoboththeheadandshoulder.
NicholasKramer:
we
accuse
you
of
attemptedmurder!
Thesecowardly
senoritos,
followers
of
ArgentineadventurerNahuelMoreno,fearpoliticalcombatwiththe
SL
becausetheycannotdefendtheirantiSovietpoliticswhilemaintainingpretensions
of
Trotskyism.Lastspring,
in
aslanderous"openlettertotheleft,"Krameraccusedus
of
"non-politicalStalinist-typeprovocations
or
insults"
in
ordertoexcusehisowndisruption
ofan
R
WF
foruminSanFrancisco.Therehecutoff
an
SL
speakerwhowasdenouncingtheMorenoitesfornotevenmentioningdefense
of
theSovietUnionagainstimperialismandcounterrevolutioninaspeechonPoland(see
WVNo.
304,
30
April).Nowit
is
demonstratedthatKramer'sclassicStalinistlies
and
cop-baitingwerethepreludetoStalinist-stylegangsterism.Andtheclawhammersusedbythesewould-bekillerscanbejustaslethalastheice-axusedbythe
GPU
assassintomurderTrotskyin1940.Theviciousassaultbeganwiththeexclusion
of
Spartacistsupportersfromthe
IWP
forum.
Prior
totheattack,KramerandhissidekickGregoriotreatedtheirownmemberslikeidiots.SLleafletsweresnatchedawayandtheyweretoldnottospeakwithSLers.Severaldidnevertheless,whichincreasedthefrenzy
of
theirleaders,whodeclared
that
onlytwoSpartacistsweretobeallowedin.Thisanti-communistexclusionwould,moreover,leavethemcompletelyvulnerabletoaphysicalassault.
We
loudlyprotestedthisviolation
of
workersdemocracy,brieflychanting"Politicalexclusion!"Atthis
point
Morenoitegoonsslammedtheforumdoorsshutsopeopleinsidecouldnotseethempulloutlethalweapons
and
threatenSLcomradesandsupporters.
We
immediatelysetupapicketline
on
thesidewalk
50
feetawayinprotest.OneSLsignread:
"Fake
Trotskyists
ofIWP
ExcludeDefenders
of
SovietUnion!"TheMorenoitesformedaline
of
goonsbrandishingtheirdeadlyweapons.WhenanSLsupportertookpictures
of
thesearmedthugs,the
IWP
leadershipwentberserk,launchingtheirmurderousassault.Buttheywereunabletodestroytheevidence(seeaccompanyingphotos).Ourcomradesescapedwithoutseriousinjuryin
part
becausemost
of
thegoonsquaddidnotusetheirweapons
or
joinintheattack.Infact,severalIWPerswhowitnessedthisunprovokedattackweresoshaken
by
theanti-communistviolencethattheywereintears.
It
wasNicholas
15
OCTOBER
1982
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