Left Labor Project
We are a group of union activists and supporters of the labor movement in the New York City area. We come from different experiences, political backgrounds, and points of view. Some of us are active in broader political parties. Some are politically independent.
But we agree that a new society is needed – of, by, and for working people: socialism.
We include union officers, staffers and rank-and-file; active and retired; organized and unorganized, and students and young people.
We welcome immigrants and native born. No people are “illegal.”
We hold monthly meetings where we discuss the direction of labor and other movements, and plan action to help turn political discontent into people’s power.
LLP has four principles we use to keep us on course:
* We are an explicitly socialist, working class organization.
* We believe that a multiracial, multinational working class forms the core for short and long-range movements for change in the U.S.
* Affiliated groups and individual members work on initiatives that the LLP supports, but LLP as a group does not interfere in the internal affairs of unions or other outside organizations.
* All meetings end by 8 pm!
The Left Labor, Project works to build a mass movement of working people who share the goals of progressive movements across the country and the world. We believe that the real basis for a democratic future is the working class, in its diversity – all colors, ages, creeds, whatever sexual orientation or legal status, employed and unemployed. Within that shared view, we work through our differences, learn from one another, and look for flexible and effective strategies and tactics to change the city and the world for the better.
The power of united action has already been felt as more union brothers and sisters and non-union supporters join our efforts.
Our discussions help us gain clarity on conditions facing every part of our movement. We focus on big questions like the economy, the political situation, and the state of the labor movement.
In our first two years, we spearheaded a revival of May Day as Labor day, with a large rally at Foley Square endorsed by many major unions. Just as important, we made the plight of immigrant workers a focal point of the event, and brought that message to rank-and-filers from all kinds of backgrounds.
We are always looking ahead and preparing for new ways to push forward labor’s cause.