Jobs and Justice Manifesto
Over the last three decades the advanced capitalist countries have tried to overcome the recurrent crisis of overproduction and to keep their economies and profits growing through the neoliberal offensive of exploiting cheap labor, seizing raw materials and dominating markets across the globe. Since the 1990s, they have resorted more and more to financial devices: speculative profits and debt-driven consumption and production.
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The global context |
The worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression is now shaking the entire world, exposing the bankruptcy and hypocrisy of the “free market” dogma propagated by monopoly capital. The deepening socioeconomic crisis is inflicting terrible suffering on millions of people across the globe. Ever more people are fighting back in defense of their social, economic, cultural, civil and political rights. The US and other imperialist powers continue to escalate military intervention, wars of aggression and repression in order to impose their hegemony. These have generated increasing instability and have stoked fires of resistance that imperialism would be unable to extinguish.
The ever worsening socioeconomic and political crisis in the world today has brought into sharper focus the inherent contradictions at the center of the world capitalist system itself. For peoples of the world, this is both a challenge and a historic opportunity to advance our resistance to this exploitative and oppressive ruling system as we build a truly just and humane future for all.
The people’s response
RESIST! is the international people’s campaign to confront the global economic crisis and the developing conditions for rising fascism and imperialist war. It gathers together a broad array of grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, schools, churches, institutions and individuals from the global South and the North, in solidarity against the rapacious policies and actions of international monopoly capital including their attempts to ride out the current crisis by passing on the burden to the people.
RESIST! raises the immediate demand for a more democratic and just response to the economic crisis. A response that addresses the urgent and longer-term needs of the poor and marginalized sectors first and foremost. It supports and amplifies people’s struggles in the communities, factories, farms, workplaces, schools, churches and other spaces for jobs, decent working and living conditions, housing, access to basic services, land, a bigger share in the fruits of their labor, and freedom from discrimination, racism and political repression. Above all, RESIST! aims to raise awareness about the deeper systemic problems in the world capitalist system and the necessity for fundamental changes in our societies and in the international political and economic order.
The campaign is conducted through various initiatives at the local, national, regional and global levels. Activities include the conduct of research and information dissemination; study sessions, workshops, public forums and conferences; lobbying and advocacy to press governments and international institutions to act in the interest of the working class, peasants, women, children and marginalized sectors; and mass mobilizations to demand social, economic and political reforms in the context of the long-term struggle for social transformation.
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