Thursday, January 7, 2010

Minneapolis Communists lead the fight for an end to foreclosures and evictions

I want to single out all of our fine clubs in the Twin Cities in Minnesota for leading the way by example in getting involved up to their eye-balls in the struggles of the working class.

This notice was placed in the on-line People's World:

Minneapolis: On M. L. King Jr. weekend foreclose the war, not people's homes!
January 16 2010 13:00 - January 16 2010 16:00

1:00 p.m. Meet at 38th Street and Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, for protest and bannering in front of the home of Leslie Parks, Minneapolis resident fighting to save her home from foreclosure.

1:30 p.m. Travel to an indoor program at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and program starts at 1:45 p.m.

Speakers include: Mel Reeves, Community activist; Leslie Parks, Minneapolis resident fighting to save her home from foreclosure; Hip Hop from Sketch the Cataclysm; and others.

Sponsored by: the Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) and the Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout. Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) is a member of both coalitions.

Info: Call the Anti-War Committee, 612-379-3899; Twin Cities Peace Campaign, 612-522-1861; or WAMM, 612-827-5364.

We have been meaning to keep readers updated on this struggle for a number of months but we just haven't had the time.

I want to single out our finest members active in the fight to stop these foreclosures and evictions who are known and loved by the working class:

Professor Erwin Marquit who provided the ideological understanding for quick action.

Mark Froemke the remarkably active labor leader in the Minnesota AFL-CIO who promises to bring out Shar Knutson the President of the AFL-CIO. We can't afford to risk the arrest of Mark Froemke at this time but Mark assures me that he will be in this struggle with every bit of his spirit.

Janet Quaife who is known as the rock providing the leadership of the all-people's front led by Barack Obama.

Peter Molenaar who has earned the nickname, Viagra, among the masses.

Doris Marquit who is trying her darndest to get posters made: homes not bombs.

Harry McAllister is the leader of the pack. Harry has assured me that no stone will be left unturned and Sheriff's Deputies will have to remove him if they want to padlock this home.

We are into this struggle up to our necks for the long haul; we shall not be moved.

I want to take this opportunity to call upon all of our coalition partners in the Twin Cities who we have worked with over the years to hang in here with us until victory or the day the bank decides to make a final decision because once the bank makes its final decision this is a "done deal."

Should eviction take place we promise to work for a larger majority of Democrats in the Minnesota State legislature.

We Democrats will not sit by as bankers foreclose and evict people from their homes. No sirree. We are going to help the bankers find a way to collect insurance to cover their losses so the home can be sold at a substantially reduced price to the next buyers. It doesn't matter who lives in a home just so the home gets lived in. We aren't going to stand out in the cold too long over this issue but I want to assure everyone summer is a coming. Summer may not come quickly in Minnesota but summer will come. And when summer comes we will be looking for every opportunity to campaign for R.T. Ryback for Governor. R.T. is our coalition partner who is four-square against evicting people from their homes. R.T. can't come out and say where he stands because first we have to get him elected Minnesota's next governor. After R.T. is elected I can promise you these foreclosures and evictions will be halted. R.T. will do for Minnesota what President Obama has done for our country. Make no mistake; take it from me. Things are going to change when R.T. Ryback is elected governor.

I promise that if this eviction is carried out I will do everything in my power to gather our forces in unity for the largest press conference in Minnesota history.

I pledge our Party's full and determined support to all those who have been evicted from their homes.

I will see to it that each and every victim of foreclosure and eviction has their name permanently placed on the People's World web site.

Forward to victory!
Follow me into struggle!
Power to some of the people!
Partial victories are at hand!
In militant solidarity with Leslie Parks!
Sometimes the people will not be defeated!
Leave your buttons, leaflets, red flags and posters of Karl Marx at home!

I want to thank one other very brilliant and remarkable theorist on economics and the dialectics of tactics and strategy of middle class struggle; the one and the only very lonesome hobo, John Case. Many people in the Twin Cities do not fully appreciate the fact that John Case has shared his wisdom with the people of the Twin Cities on numerous occasions. John shared his visions about what to do about saving the St. Paul Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant and he has put his same resourceful and creative mind to work in helping Leslie Parks save her home. As a result, we should witness similar results.

For the National Board of the CPUSA

Sam Webb
National Chair, CPUSA

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