[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]
Red Tide #18
Workers Movement Grows
by Michael Long [Michael Letwin] — Washington, D.C.
For the first time since the 1930’s, thousands of organized workers demonstrated in Washington, D.C. to demand jobs from government.
Approximately 50,000 working people from around the country marched from the Capitol Building to the Kennedy Stadium, where they were to listen to the ramblings of Democratic Party politicians and the labor bureaucrats. However, as Hubert Humphrey began, rank-and-file workers decided that it wasn’t the empty words on the platform that would bring jobs, but was rather direct action.
Instead of listening to the jive that the politicians were putting forward, hundreds of workers poured onto the field in front of the platform and stopped Humphrey from speaking. This action, prompted by the April 26th Rank and File Coalition, led to the adjournment of the rally by the bureaucrats. It was the signal that workers don’t want promises, they want jobs ind militancy now. The reaction to the demonstration from workers in the stands was generally quite enthusiastic.
The Rank and File Coalition itself is a coalition of workers groups in different unions around the country who are trying to return those unions democratically to the members and to again make them fighting forces against the bosses and the government.
One of the banners of the Coalition demanded jobs for youth sponsored by members of the Red Tide who attended the rally.
This rally showed that workers are preparing to fight, not just talk. A rank and file rebellion has begun.