Stand with the people of Iran & Iraq against US wars of aggression!

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The cowardly assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on Iraqi soil, the deployment of more US troops to the Southwest Asia and North Africa region (SWANA), and the belligerent threats of the Trump administration, reveal to the world what billions of people already know: The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, the single largest threat to the peace and security of Southwest Asia and North Africa, and a rogue state with no regard for international law. The assassination of Soleimani constitutes a war crime, and a violation of the sovereignty of both Iraq and Iran. It makes the world less safe, and increases the chance of an all out war in the region. The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) US Chapter joins with the tens of thousands who took to the streets of the US on Saturday to denounce the assassination and calling for ‘US out of Iraq, no war with Iran!’ We stand with all peace and justice loving people, international civil society, and particularly the peoples of Iraq and Iran in opposing the belligerence of the US terrorist state. We call for the immediate removal of all US troops from Iraq and the whole region, and a lifting of all sanctions on Iran. 

US imperialism has long sought to dominate the SWANA region because of its strategic location, and the importance of the flow of oil to world markets. US troops continue to occupy parts of Iraq and Syria, while the US alliance with the Saudi monarchy wages a genocidal war in Yemen. After arming Iraq in its war against Iran in the 1980’s, the US turned against it in the First Gulf War, and subsequent sanctions, which resulted in the death of at least half a million Iraqi children (when asked about the death toll, then-Secretary of State Madeline Albright famously remarked that it was ‘worth it’), before finally launching the 2003 invasion and occupation, leading to approximately one million deaths, and creating the conditions for the rise of ISIS. It was in the war against ISIS where Qasem Soleimani gained his reputation as a general, and he was widely credited with helping to defeat ISIS in the region. 

ILPS chair emeritus Jose Maria Sison has observed: “In committing his criminal act, Trump is short-sightedly motivated by his selfish desire to overcome his current impeachment and to win the next presidential elections through warmongering and arousing the jingoistic sentiments that favor US imperialism. But the criminal act has serious consequences. The oppressed peoples and self-respecting countries in the Middle East are justly outraged, aroused and mobilized to fight against US imperialism. So are the people of the world, including the American people, who are against the aggressive and terrorist acts of US imperialism.” 

Indeed people in over 80 cities took the streets on Saturday to denounce the US war machine — an important first step in building anti-war and anti-imperialist resistance, but the movement must go further. Leading representatives of the Democratic Party have attempted to restrict opposition to Trump to simply procedural issues, accepting the lies of the administration, and continuing to support US war and occupation in Southwest Asia and North Africa. It is crucial that the growing resistance reject the imperial logic of both Trump and the leadership of the Democratic party, and assert our solidarity with the people of Iraq and Iran, affirming that all countries and peoples have the right to national sovereignty and self-determination. 

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The people who live in the United States have a special responsibility to oppose the crimes of this empire, and to declare that our position is against the empire which threatens the future of the whole planet. We must stand with the people of the world, especially where they are rising up for a better future. Only guided by that internationalism can we fulfill our duty, to expose and oppose the US empire from within. We can learn from, and build with, the courageous forces already in motion against empire:  the anti-war veterans, the religious communities, and the indigenous and national liberation struggles within the US. In addition, we have a responsibility to bring many more people into the struggle — the youth who will be recruited as cannon-fodder, the communities that have been targeted for repression, and millions of progressive and conscious people who can see the empire has no future for them. We must develop the leadership of the oppressed and working class people, and engage in a process of unity and struggle with a wide variety of social forces. 

The US empire in decline is a rogue state, with no respect of international law, the sovereignty of nations, or the norms of diplomacy; it represents the single greatest threat to life on the planet. The people of the world, united in struggle, represent the solution. ILPS-US calls on our member organizations, allies, and comrades to join us, in deepening our commitment to the struggle against US empire and against US-led wars of aggression, and building deeper solidarity with people all over the world. Show your solidarity at the global day of protest for Iran nearest you on January 25th. 

The Puerto Rican People’s Victory and the Continuation of the Fight for Liberation

2019-07-22 puerto-rico-protestsOn July 24th, 2019, around 11 PM, after 15 days of mass protests and strikes, Governor Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico announced his resignation. The protests began in response to a Telegram chat that was leaked to the public by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, involving the Governor and several other officials. In the chat, the governor and his cronies made misogynist and homophobic comments, mocked poor people and the thousands of people who died in Hurricane Maria, and joked about corruption and scandals among his administration. A day prior to the release of the chat, the FBI arrested several officials, including the ex- Secretary of Education, Julia Keleher, who while receiving a salary of $200,000 a year, closed over 300 schools due to “lack of funding”. These officials were found to be guilty of steering millions of dollars from government projects into unqualified politically connected contractors. After suffering under the weight of austerity measures imposed by the Fiscal Control Board under PROMESA, while trying to rebuild post- Hurricane María, the corruption and this chat were just the latest in a long line of corruption and oppression, the spark that brought thousands to action. 

Protesters who gathered from across the archipelago and beyond in San Juan grew to 500,000 people throughout the week, not including protests happening all over the archipelago and among the Puerto Rican diaspora from throughout the United States, Holland, to even the Arctic Circle. The masses in the streets, led by the youth, were attacked by police with batons and tear gas. Reminiscent of the struggle to oust the United States Navy from Vieques, the people took to multiple tactics to protest the governor, from kayaks to dancing to motorcades. The International League of Peoples Struggle applauds the resoluteness and persistence of the Puerto Rican people and their mass mobilizations which were victorious in ousting their governor, a puppet of the U.S. colonial regime!

After the unconstitutional appointment of Pedro Pierluisi as governor, who was the legal counsel to the fiscal control board, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico mandated him to step down, and Wanda Vazquez, the former secretary of Justice, was sworn in this week. The people have made it clear that they are done with the continued corruption of their government, and are now taking to the streets to call for the resignation and ouster of Wanda, as well. 

ILPS recognizes, as many of the people in Puerto Rico have made clear, that this crisis is not only the result of the corruption of one political party, but has been caused by the root issue of the colonial system. 

The imperialist powers are not taking this fight lightly, as Wall Street has already demanded more discipline and aggressive measures to stop the protesters in San Juan, recommending that more power be given to the Fiscal Control Board (“la junta” as opponents call it) to create “order”, as the hedge fund vultures only care about getting their piece of the debt. 

Yet the people’s resolve remains firm. They are organizing assemblies in the various towns to talk about next steps from the ground.  We must keep our eyes on the fight against colonialism in Puerto Rico as the masses continue to lead the charge and be ready to respond with our solidarity. 

Que viva Puerto Rico Libre! 



Solidarity with Palestinian Refugee Workers in Lebanon

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The International League of Peoples’ Struggles-US Chapter condemns the attacks on Palestinian refugee workers in Lebanon and stands in solidarity with Palestinian refugee workers striking for fair jobs and the right to return. Last week, the Lebanese Ministry of Labor made an attack on Palestinian refugees and Syrian refugee’s worker rights.

Several months ago the Lebanese government passed a budget which included sweeping austerity reforms at the behest of the World Bank and other predatory neoliberal international NGO’s. Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, referred to it as the most austere budget in Lebanon’s history. Since then, different sectors of the Lebanese economy and society have come under assault through increased taxes, or gutted social programs.

As part of these reforms, the Ministry of Labor is cracking down on foreign workers. Labor Minister Kamil Abu Suleiman announced his desire to crack down on “unauthorized” labor. He then proclaimed businesses would have one month to ensure their staff had the proper papers.

With that time period up, the Ministry has been terrorizing (via raids, extortion, etc) Palestinian and Syrian businesses across Lebanon. In addition to the austerity factor, it is also important to note that the Lebanese government has begun attempting to force Syrian refugees to return to Syria. This crackdown is surely part of that brutal initiative.

The people are fighting back. In response to the recent decision on work permits, Palestinian workers and popular and civil committees organized a week long labor strike and boycott of Lebanese goods to demonstrate the importance of their role in the economy. Across 12 camps, they have organized massive collective resistance to yet another stab at their human dignity and rights.

Last week in Saida, the largest city between Sour and Beirut, there was a protest of both Palestinians and Lebanese with 50,000 people. We were receiving reports that damages from the strikes in Saida was at least millions of dollars. Student activities have been canceled because youth in refugee camps wanted to stand with rounds of protests. To reiterate, unemployment in the camps is about 60%. Many are people with bachelors or master degrees are denied professional jobs because they are Palestinian.

Background on Palestinians in Lebanon:

Palestine Refugees fled to Lebanon 71 years ago when Zionist militias forced them from their homes during the Nakba, the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland. There are 12 Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon, where most of the minimal infrastructure and services is provided by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). They have been largely denied all civil rights from the Lebanese government, including citizenship and access to a large number of professions. They also face huge boundaries in accessing quality education, due to deliberate cuts and underfunding of UNRWA as well as a colonial system in which they must pass an exam in English or French in order to go to high school.

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All Palestine Refugees possess, under International Law, a Right to Return to their homeland. Palestinians are denied this right and Israel continues to displace Palestinians and settle more land, from occupied Jerusalem, where the IDF is currently demolishing 100 Palestinian homes along the border between occupied-Palestine and Lebanon, where the State of Israel is continuing to build a wall to annex more land from a UN demilitarized zone.

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National Days of Action Demand an End to Wars At Home And Abroad

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The US Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-US) joins the millions across the US who are taking the streets on April 14 and 15 to demand an end to US-led wars of aggression, militarization, and neofascism both abroad and here at home.

The military and prison industrial complexes now dominate the US economy, raking in trillions for the war profiteers, while at the same time taking tens of millions of lives, exploiting workers in the production line, destroying the environment, contributing to climate disasters, taking trillions in US tax dollars that can be spent on education, healthcare, housing, job creation, and other social development needs.

But as the US war machine and military hegemony intensifies, so to does people’s resistance around the globe. ILPS-US vows to escalate our resistance with our sisters and brothers around the globe who are waging inspiring struggle not only against US-led war, but for national and social liberation from US imperialism, and seeking a better alternative that puts people’s needs over profit. For more information about the ILPS, visit

ILPS-US Stands with Maru and all those Struggling Against Trump’s Fascism against Immigrants


Maru Mora Villalpando, nationally-renowned Mexican activist targeted by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) for her political work.

The US chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle stands in solidarity with Maru Mora Villalpando and the Northwest Detention Center Resistance (NWDCR) in their fight against the unjust, racist and abusive policies of the United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and the Trump regime’s blatant attacks on immigrant and undocumented people in the United States, their organizers and advocates, and sanctuary cities and states as well.

Maru is a nationally-recognized undocumented Mexican activist leader working with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. She has led a vibrant movement defending the rights of immigrants and undocumented people in the United States for nearly twenty years, denouncing the rampant mistreatment of people detained in the NWDC.

The Trump regime has made no secret of its open contempt and racist views towards non-white and non-European people, both domestically and around the world. Under blatantly false and xenophobic pretenses, the Trump regime has made the targeting of immigrant working class communities, especially those of Latin American, Caribbean and African backgrounds, a top priority of the U.S. ruling class. Acting on executive orders signed by Donald Trump in 2017, ICE actively terrorizes immigrant communities across the U.S., arresting and deporting hundreds of thousands of people in a widespread campaign of state repression.

On December 20th , 2017, Maru received notice that she was being targeted by immigration authorities for unlawful residence, and is currently facing the threat of deportation from the United States. It has become known that local state agencies, such as the Washington State Department of Licensing, colluded with ICE by providing the personal information of Maru and other undocumented immigrants “20 to 30” times per month; information that was released without a warrant or the consent of the affected persons.

Maru’s situation is illustrative of a growing trend within the United States in which numerous immigrant activists are facing heightened state repression under the Trump regime in retaliation for their actions, ranging from intimidation and threats to raids, arrests and deportations. The threat of deportation Maru is facing is nothing more than an act of overt political repression to silence the Trump regime’s greatest opposition voices, in addition to fulfilling its existing racist and reactionary objectives targeting nationally oppressed communities in the United States. It also shows the willingness of state agencies and elected officials to collaborate with ICE in facilitating detentions of immigrants and undocumented people.

Immigrant workers compose a large and growing section of the working class in the US. US corporations and businesses reap super-profits from immigrant and migrant labor by taking advantage of their need to escape joblessness and hunger in their impoverished home countries and forcing upon them lower or slave wages and highly exploitative working conditions. Yet as the capitalist crisis intensifies in the US, the US ruling class relentlessly places the blame on immigrant workers, foments fear and hatred, and unleashes fascist attacks on them, driving them further into the shadows.

ILPS-US loudly condemns the repressive actions of the United States and its Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency against Maru Mora Villalpando, and demands the immediate rescinding of the deportation order targeting her. The League firmly stands in unwavering solidarity with immigrant rights advocates and all undocumented people in the United States struggling against the injustices of the Trump regime. We call on all ILPS member organizations and all progressive peoples worldwide to support Maru and the efforts of the Northwest Detention Center Resistance and for the full rights of
immigrant and undocumented people in the United States.

Long live international solidarity!

Please sign the petition campaign below against the unjust targeting of Maru and the NWDCResistance and leave a note that “ILPS-US stands in solidarity with Maru and NWDCR!”

Online Petition Campaign – Justice for Maru and NWDCResistance

Maru Mora Villalpando Deportation Defense Fund


ILPS Seattle reading the above statement in support of Maru outside the King County Courthouse in Seattle, Washington, USA

OUR RESISTANCE MUST GROW STRONGER, Trump Regime’s Lies Can’t Hide the Capitalist Crisis, Nor Its Role in Worsening It

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The expletives used by Donald Trump to describe Haiti and African countries can be better and more accurately used to describe the last year of the Trump administration, and its role in exacerbating the crisis of imperialism in the US and across the world.

While the crisis and attacks on the people did not begin with Donald Trump, the Trump presidency has indeed further demonstrated the irreconcilable contradiction between a for-profit ruling system driven by billionaires and white supremacists on one hand, and the working class along with other oppressed communities — especially people of color, immigrants, and Muslims — on the other.

Throughout its first year and in the State of the Union address, the Trump administration has consistently deceived the American people as it desperately tries to hide the worsening crisis of capitalism and escalating fascism. It blames immigrants, Black and Brown people, Muslims, women, youth, and the poor for the social impacts of the crisis such as joblessness, displacement, and economic hardship, when the actual root cause is capitalism itself, which Donald Trump, the profiteer-in-chief, represents. It justifies its racist and fascist attacks on the people — wars of aggression, ICE raids, detentions, militarization of the police and police brutality — with false narratives around national security, Islamophobia, and terrorism.

Covering Up a Worsening Crisis

But no amount of lies spewed from the Trump administration can hide the burden caused by the crisis and felt by the people. The Trump administration cannot hide the fact that tens of millions in the American labor force have simply given up looking for work because they cannot find jobs. It cannot hide the fact that wages for American workers have stagnated despite higher labor productivity and inflated costs of commodities. It cannot hide the fact that post-graduate degree holders are among the growing contingent of society mired in 6-figure debt and forced to rely on public assistance programs. It cannot hide the fact that more and more Black and Brown people in the US are either being killed by the police in the streets or forced into labor in US prisons. It cannot hide the fact that immigrants and refugees are dying on our border, facing unspeakable brutality from law enforcement, and super-exploitation in the workplace despite contributing billions to the US economy and to society in general.

The Trump administration also cannot keep making excuses for its blatant wars of terror against innocent people overseas for imperialist plunder and hegemony. It cannot keep using racism and xenophobia to justify the now 16-year long US-led war in Afghanistan, the continued bombings in Syria and Yemen, and the military threats to North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, and other countries that Trump views as an opposing force to white supremacy and US imperialism. Just like the Obama administration, the Trump administration attempts to justify these dirty imperialist wars and military threats under the banner of national security and anti-terror. The Trump administration has used these lies to justify a $700 billion defense budget: the largest military budget in US history. By placing such a priority on military funding, Trump has further exacerbated the growing capitalist crisis that assaults the working class. The US cannot continue to hide behind its claims of strengthening national security when it continues to fail to provide jobs, accessible education, and healthcare for working people. We must expose the US wars of terror for what they really are. Far from creating security, these US-led and US-backed wars only serve to murder innocent people, displace thousands, adding to a growing refugee crisis, and wreak havoc on the economies of the countries being attacked, all in the name of imperialism, capitalist greed, and white supremacy.

Our Resistance Must Grow Stronger

The Trump administration also cannot hide the fact that the people have protested and resisted  since its first day. It cannot hide the fact that it is vehemently condemned, detested, and isolated by the American people. It cannot hide that it emboldens people’s resistance and movements for social and national liberation.

When Trump announced his plans for a Muslim ban just one week after his inauguration, the people fought back and held mass actions, shutting down international travel at US airports across the country. When the US launched an attack on Syria in April, firing with nearly 60 missiles that killed over 80 innocent civilians, the people fought back as protesters across the globe demanded that the US take their hands off Syria. Later in the year, when Trump threatened nuclear war with the DPRK, the people of Korea stood their ground, asserting their right to self-defense and self-determination, while many across the US and elsewhere protested in international solidarity against Trump’s reckless, violent, imperialist threats. In August ILPS-US, international member organizations, and allies joined over 300 participants from frontline struggles around the world at the “Solidarity & Fight Back!” conference and mobilization to resist US-led war, militarism, and neo-fascism and rebuild the anti-imperialist war movement.  And just last month when Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the people fought back around the world demanding an end to both the Zionist occupation and the Israeli settler-colonial regime.

While the people have demonstrated time and again that it will stand up and fight back against the violence, racism, xenophobia, and imperialism that defines Trump’s administration, we cannot stop building our resistance here. The people must broaden and strengthen its ranks to further isolate the Trump administration and take advantage of the intensifying contradictions within the ruling monopoly capitalist class. It must draw its strength from the grassroots and unite others toward dealing the biggest blows to the ruling system. It must wage class struggle and take down the ruling capitalist class that fails again and again to support the needs of working people. The people must unite to demand an end to the US imperialist hegemony which has continually fueled the growing capitalist crisis that burdens the working class, immigrants, and people of color. We must continue to build international solidarity and struggle together until we have smashed capitalism, white supremacy, imperialism, and all other forces that stand in the way of liberation.

Link Arms Against Racism and Raise the Call Against Imperialism!

ILPS US links in solidarity with the recent protests by professional athletes against racism, police brutality, and the openly white supremacist politics of US President Donald Trump.

This growing waves of resistance, initiated by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the US National Anthem, represents a rupture in the carefully managed landscape of patriotic American culture.


In a courageous show of solidarity, players, coaches, and staff across the NFL, WNBA, NBA, and MLB have engaged in highly visible demonstrations on the field. Instead of silencing dissent, Trump’s offensive threats that protesting athletes should be fired have only multiplied it. Hostile capitalist bosses like Trump completely disregard the historical fact that it is the workers who built this country, and it is the workers who can tear it down and build a new society. The world of American sports, which has traditionally served as a propaganda platform for the US military and corporations, is proving to be a powerful, far reaching platform for resistance against a government which attacks its own peopleWe should be cautious of these protests being co-opted or watered down by the participation of the sports team owners, some of whom even donated to the Trump campaign.

The protests of professional athletes have historically marked critical points in US and world politics and inspired many to join the struggles against racism and imperialist war. The 1968 Mexico City olympics, where Tommie Smith and John Carlos iconically raised their fists in the Black Power salute, as well as Muhammad Ali’s famous statements against the Vietnam war (“No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger”) represent important moments of international solidarity.

These demonstrations in the world of sports correspond with ongoing people’s struggles against police brutality in the streets of cities across the US, such as St. Louis, where police brutally repressed protests regarding the non-indictment of a white officer who killed a black man, then claimed self defense. Upon inspection, only the officer’s DNA was found on the pistol supposedly carried by the victim, leading many to believe the weapon was planted.

ILPS US applauds all participating in these historic protests in the face of repression and calls on peoples and communities across the US to raise their critique of President Trump and police brutality to a critique of the United States as a whole, a nation built on genocide and slavery, dedicated to the imperialist domination of the entire world. 

As the athletes demonstrated, the only way to challenge a deeply entrenched oppressive system is by oppressed people standing in solidarity with each other and fighting for a new world!

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Let Charlottesville Advance the Mass Movement Against Trump and Hate!!!


The US Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle vehemently condemns the violent aggression unleashed by white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Charlottesville police on anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday that led to at least one death and dozens injured.

We applaud and join the continuing struggle in the South and across the US to fight the current wave of white supremacist groups emboldened by the hate and racist rhetoric of the Trump administration. We condemn the Trump administration for creating the climate favorable for the Ku Klux Klan, the Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups to obtain permits in order to organize their own parades in Charlottesville and other cities.

The lessons of Charlottesville reinforce the lessons of Ferguson, Baltimore, and all other US cities where police killings of Black people and other racist attacks are handled with impunity– that the US financial oligarchy continues to be white supremacist at its core and uses the militarized police state as an extension of chattel slavery to suppress and divide the working class along racial lines and profit off the suppression and incarceration of black and brown bodies.


Delusional Ruling Class

The ruling 1% (aka financial oligarchy) with Trump at its head is just as delusional as the frustrated racist and xenophobic white workers it panders for it believes it can keep the US working class rage at bay despite the worsening economic crisis caused by monopoly capitalism in the US. It is the same monopoly capitalism birthed from the backs of African chattel slaves in the US; the same monopoly capitalism that feeds itself through wars of aggression and militarism overseas for control of territories, markets, and natural resources because it is in crisis.

The Trump administration continues to fail the American people despite its arrogant pronouncements and its attempt to win over the working class. Because it continues to cling onto neoliberal economic policies that enforce privatization and deregulation, the Trump administration has failed to create jobs. It has failed to provide healthcare and access to education for working families. It has failed to solve the worsening housing crisis. It has failed to resolve the rising debt working families are facing. It continues to fail the working class in favor of ensuring super-profits for the ruling class by privatizing the public commons, and ensuring the rule of billionaires who control the US Congress.

These fanatics unabashedly believe they can steal public funds from social programs and funnel $639 billion in US tax dollars for war production with the approval of the American people. They attempt to divert our attention by feeding us lies from the media that terrorists such as ISIS and so-called dictators like Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela are the real enemies and therefore must be met with military aggression and intervention. As long as we believe that Muslims, immigrants, and Black people are to blame for the impacts of the crisis in the US, the greedy 1% bandits are absolved from their accountability to the working class for generating the crisis.


History’s Lessons

As history proves, delusions can only go so far. The objective impacts of the crisis cannot be covered up and blamed on others.

The protests calling out the rottenness of this system are expanding to other parts of the US rapidly, and the people’s outrage from brutal attacks like Charlottesville only fan the fire. The people are proving that solidarity grows despite the intensifying repression and tactics of the racist police state. ILPS member organizations in the US are amongst those joining the ongoing demonstrations and actions.

Our justified outrage over Charlottesville, the murder of Heather Heyer at the hands of white supremacy, the systemic extrajudicial killings of black and brown people, the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the increase in ICE raids, immigrant detention and deportations will all lead to greater strength and unity of the US working class across racial, religious, and ethnic lines in the movement against Trump and the ruling 1%. We must join forces with our sisters and brothers across the globe to bring down US imperialism!

We Stand with Muslims and Immigrants! No Deportations! No Wall! Ban Trump & Fascism!


January 30, 2017

References: Berna Ellorin, ILPS-US, berna.ellorin@gmail.comBill Doares, ILPS-US, nosigui@yahoo.comLyn Meza, ILPS-US,

We Stand with Muslims and Immigrants!

No Deportations! No Wall! Ban Trump & Fascism!

The US Chapter of the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS-US) calls on its member organizations to join and fully participate in the mass actions across the US in major international airports where immigrants and Muslims are being detained and all other mass actions protesting President Trump’s abuse of executive powers against the people.

US imperialist-led wars of aggression, destabilization, and neoliberal economic policies under both Democratic and Republican administrations are the root of the global refugee crisis and the forced migration of the world’s unemployed from plundered countries. Yet at the same time, the purveyors of the global crisis of monopoly capitalism, led by US imperialism, turn to scapegoatism and criminalization of those most victimized by the crisis —  the tens of millions of displaced peoples from war-torn and/or impoverished countries — further aggravating the social and economic crisis.

The countries identified in Trump’s travel ban are all countries that the US has bombed, militarized, wrecked, or launched other forms of imperialist aggression in order to control of the region’s vast oil deposits, natural resources and maintain its global hegemony.

The Trump regime is backed by large monopoly oil profiteers who gained immensely from the last Bush regime’s invasion of Iraq. It may well be using islamophobia to provoke a crisis that could “justify” yet another oil war, possibly targeting Iran. The recent Trump-ordered Navy SEAL raid against Al-Qaida in Yemen, resulting in dozens of casualties of both combatants and civilians, as well as the move of the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Israeli-occupied Palestine can be seen in this context.

The wall that Trump is projecting to build on the US-Mexican border has its origins back with the US Congress as early as 2006, with The Secure Fence Act that received bi-partisan support, including from then-Democratic Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The post-9/11 war on immigrants under the Bush administration was continued under the Obama Administration with the unprecedented deportation of over 2 millions immigrants from the US– more than any other administration in history. Present Trump is threatening to continue and intensify this repression against undocumented workers, as well as threatening cities across the US who offer sanctuary to undocumented workers and refugees.

More than ever, it is only through solidarity and unity of the entire US working class– across racial, religious, and ethnic lines– that we can stop these attacks.

The strength of the protests and volume of the people’s outcry, as well as the positive stand of local governmental leaders around the country, have forced the federal judiciary to temporarily block the deportations. But even in the face of this victory of the people, the Trump administration exposes its arrogance by declaring the travel ban will stay in place. But Trump’s tyranny will not faze our resistance. It will in fact, do the opposite. As our solidarity for our Muslim and immigrant sisters and brothers is unconditional, our resistance only grows stronger with every repressive tactic, every attempt to stop us.

We will not be subdued.

The International League of Peoples Struggle, or ILPS, is an anti-imperialist and democratic formation promoting, supporting, and developing the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the peoples of the world, including workers, women, youth, professionals, and other sectors of society against the ideological, political, military, social, and cultural domination and attacks of imperialism and reaction. With members spanning 6 continents in over 40 countries, the ILPS is the largest global formation of its kind. For more information, visit