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74 years ago, fascism was defeated in Europe

On May 8th 1945, the Allied Forces of the United Nations, led by the “Big Three” powers of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States, defeated the fascist military alliance known as the “Axis powers” in Europe. This defeat marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in human history, with over 50 million dead throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa alone. The Soviet Union suffered the majority of military and civilian casualties, numbering roughly 27 million people. The gallant efforts of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army led the charge against fascism in Europe toward allied victory, and would go on to secure the continent’s liberty for decades to come.

The onslaught faced by the metropoles in Western Europe also signaled a major defeat for imperialism throughout the world. The end of an era of Western hegemony had begun to take shape, and the European empires of old gave way to new independent and sovereign nations. The devastation and genocide carried out by the Axis powers throughout Europe and Asia would also see the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the transformation of the United Nations (UN) from a military alliance into an international forum for mediation and diplomacy, in order to prevent humanity from ever repeating the atrocities of the past again.

Today, we honor the tremendous sacrifices made by the millions of heroic peoples throughout the world who fought in a united struggle for peace, freedom, and human dignity. We will never forget all of those who bravely took a stand against the crimes of fascist tyranny, and have provided us a framework to usher in a new era of human rights. We owe our lives and liberties to those who sacrificed themselves for these ideals, and we will carry on their legacy.

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on May 8, 2019.

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Today belongs to the working class!

While the United States government maliciously recognizes May 1st as “Law Day,” the worldwide labor movement has honored today as International Workers’ Day for over a century. Since its inception by the Second International in 1889, this day has been a yearly celebration of the struggles and victories of the international proletariat. It is a day about promoting the value of people, their labor, and the promise of a better tomorrow.

For many, especially those living in the Global South, it is also a call to demonstrate their resistance and opposition to the countless acts of military aggression and economic discrimination carried out by the U.S. empire.

On this May Day, we ask all our comrades to remember the past struggles that have lead us to this moment in time, and to view the world not just as it exists now, but as it can exist in the future. The national and international political order is changing, and we all have a role to play in building the future that we want to see. Let’s build that future, together.

The Socialist Party of Ventura County stands in solidarity with the international working class and labor movements throughout the world. We will continue building our communities through outreach and education, as part of the unified struggle for a world free from the tyranny of capital and empire.

Happy May Day! Workers of the World, Unite!

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on May 1, 2019.

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Solidarity with our teachers on strike!

The Socialist Party of Ventura County stands in absolute solidarity with the ongoing strike being conducted by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

For far too long, educators have been devalued and deprioritized, while wealthy capital interests seek to profit from an already underfunded public education system. Financial cutbacks have taken their toll on both students seeking a decent education, and on educators who often must provide their own materials in order for their students to succeed. The situation is only getting worse with the introduction of charter school initiatives and for-profit educational programs.

This is no way to administer a public school system or develop a sustainable educational environment for the future of our children. The privatization of public education in Los Angeles and throughout the United States should be deeply concerning to everyone, especially the millions of working-class people who depend on a publicly funded education in order to pursue a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

We will always stand by our students and our teachers. We will always stand for free and universal public education. We will always stand for equality and opportunity in the face of privatization and austerity.

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on January 14, 2019.