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Breakthrough March 1977

Breakthrough March 1977

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political journal of Prairie Fire Organizing Committee
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BREA
KTHROUGH
vol.
1
no.1
March
1977
INSIDE:
Provisional
Political Statement
(includes
major section
on
women's
oppression and
liberation)
and
writings
by
—Native
American Warriors
—Assata
Shakur
POLITICAL
JOURNAL of
PFOC
 
TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
BREAKTHROUGH:
an
introduction
P-
 
Provisional Statement of the Prairie Fire
Organizing
Committee
P-
6
--Section on
Women's
Oppression
and
Liberation
p. 28The
Meaning
of
Chicago--class
and
revolutionary politics
p.57
An Open Letter to the Revolutionary Committee
of
the WUO from some Native American
Warriors
p.59
To My
People
by
Assata Shakurp.61COVER PICTURE: The Uprising of the 20,000, New York City, 1909Several weeks after thousandsa hard-fought strike, many of them
of
young garment
workers
won
joinedademonstrationon New
York's
Lower East Side. Joinedbywomen activein the
suffrage
raised demands
for
better
liv-
tochild labor, and the right
109.
Two
years later, March
8s
Day"
at an
international soc-
movement,
immigrant
working women
ing
and
working conditions,
an endto
vote.
The
date
was
March
8,
191
wasdeclared"International
Women'
ialist conference held in Europe.Since that time,
IWD
has been celebrated in socialist coun-tries around the world honoring the contributions of women made
in
the
struggle against exploitation
and for
freedom.
In the
U.S., IWD was revived in the
60's
as part of the growing con-sciousness against
women's
oppression and for
women's
liberation.This
was
part
of the
overall
social
movements
led by
Black
and
Third
World people in the Civil Rights movement and in the move-ments for solidarity with the national liberation struggle of
the
Vietnamese people.photo credit: What Have Women Done? by the San Francisco
Women's
History Group
To
order copies
of
BREAK-
THROUGH
send cash onlyto:PFOC
406
14 Station CSanFrancisco, Ca. 94110rates: single copy -
$1.00
six
copies - $5.00
 
BREAKTHROUGH/page
2
BREAKTHROUGH
an introduction
This
is the
first
issue
of a new
revolutionarypublication:
BREAKTHROUGH,
the
political
Journalof
Prairie Fire Organizing Committee.
As
we
worked
on
this issue,
we
have beenre-learning
an old
lesson: revolution movesthrough manyups anddownsas it
progresses.
This
is not
just
an
observation.
It
owessomething
to our own
trials
and
errors
in
struggle.
Victory
does
not
drop
from
the
skies.Battles and campaigns must be
fought
out and
won
and
lost.
Painful
experiences have been teaching usthat communist political leadership and
revolu-tionary
organization does make a decisive
difference
in
whether
we
move along
or
merely
flounder. A
revolutionary communist partyarmed with Marxist-Leninist theory and astrategically sound political line is indispen-sable
in
making revolution. Such
a
party mustalso accumulate experience in applying its
theory
and politics. Political line unites theory
with US
history
in
order
to
combine revolution-
ary
practice with mass struggles
now
takingplace. Without
these
essential pre-conditions
the gap
between
the
potential
for
social
revolutionand our
unreadiness
to
carry
it
through will continue
especially
for
revolu-tionaries
of the
oppressor nation
who
have
the
special responsibility
to
strengthen
the
role
of
the
white
left.
World
revolution
is on its way to
final
victory.
We
are in an era of victorious
struggles
and
wars
for
nationalliberation.
It is
also
the era ofsocialist
revolution.
By
carrying revolution
through
thoroughly
and
completely,
we
will
ultimately
arrive
at a
communist society. Thisrequires hard
struggle
and along,long
time.
It
takes
so
long because
the
overthrow
of
capitalism/imperialism begins the much longer
process of the
total elimination
of all
exploita-
tive
and
oppressive relationships among humanbeings.
Without
such
a
positive world view, neither
leadersor
class
can
have confidence
in
victorythat is solidly based in a scientific
analysis.
Ourpolitical movements
often
lose sight
of
thislarger
view
andseize instead upon partialor
fragmentary
aspects.
We
still
find
it
necessary
to
struggle with people
who
look
upon
great
strategic
causes
and
victories (such
as
those
of
the Vietnamese people) in a narrow and
superficial
way. Great
struggles
still to be
wagedand won in
this country
(as
well
as
abroad)
are
often
under-rated
as not so
important,or,
sometimes,
asimpossibleto
carry
through. Such views
fail
to
take account
of
the
world-wide crisis
of
empire.
It isimper-
missable
for
revolutionaries
to
approach
the
immediate social
and
economic problems
of the
US
from
such
a
purely domestic, national
chauvinist
point
of
view.
In
addition there are many individuals andgroups that
aspire
to revolutionary leadership,
who
create confusion
on
questions
of
politicalline
and
organization
and on the
relations
ofvanguard
and mass and on the role andmethods
of
leadership.
The
primacy
of
anti-imperialist politics
and of the
strategic
necess-
ity
to
fight
white
and
male supremacy
get
muddied
and
liquidated.
Confusion
abounds
onthe
forms
of
struggle: about
the
relationsbetween legal and illegal, open and clandes-tine, above and underground and about other
forms
of
mass struggle with
the
role
of
armedstruggle
in its
various
forms.
All
these
expresscontradictions which must be dealt with andresolved
by
political
struggle
based
on
revolu-
tionary
lineandanalyzing concretecircumstances.
Leadershipis
distinct
from
mass,
it
must
be
advanced,
communist, Marxist-Leninist. And
this
too
calls
for a
party, politically armed
with
theory,
analysis,
strategy;
a party well organ-
ized
and possessing cadre able to advance the
revolution in
practical
struggles.
At the
sametime,
leadership
must be
united
and
merged
with
class and mass
struggle,
neither separate
from
the
mass
by
running
way
ahead
nor by

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