Popular Assembly June 6th, 2020

We call on all workers and activists from all sectors and movements in New York and New Jersey, and beyond, to come together for an online Popular Assembly on Saturday June 6th, from 10: AM to 4 :00 PM EDT. (access info at end of message) The purpose of the Popular Assembly is to agree on a common set of demands and a common plan of action—a workers’ way forward— to defend the rights and lives of working people in the face of this emergency.

Below are the demands developed in advance at previous organizing meetings for discussion, debate, revision and vote at the June 6th popular assembly. Following that is the schedule for the June 6th popular assembly and then the follow-up June 13th assembly, to discuss and select candidates for independent electoral races and choose delegates to a future national popular assembly.

(Proposed) Workers Recovery Plan

For Presentation at the Popular Assembly

1.All who live here have equal rights. End all deportations, end all detentions, end all violations of due process rights, end all limits on the right to vote, to unionize, to organize and to strike. Freedom of movement for all. Without equal rights, we can’t unite to defend our lives.

2.All who live here have the right to quality free education, health care, transportation, housing and clean energy. The government must provide democratically-controlled quality services for all, paid for by taxing the rich and corporations, slashing weapons spending and ending all US wars, occupations and military aid that force people to migrate. Lack of adequate health care, fossil-fuel-driven air pollution which has weakened everyone’s lungs, and overcrowded housing has led to this pandemic spreading out of control.

3.All who live here have the right to good jobs at good wages. Providing quality free education, health care, transportation, housing and clean energy will also provide good jobs for all. The desperation that leads people to risk their health to hang on to a job must end.

4. Socialization of finance. Federal ownership of all finance—banks, insurance, investment companies -- with democratic control. The Federal government has bought the financial companies twice over with bailouts—it must exercise its ownership, not give it away to billionaire shareholders.

Schedule for JUNE 6 Popular Assembly

10:00-10:30 Initial presentations Mass Strikes/program/what’s happening in other places?

10:30- 12:00 Discussion and adoption of program/goals

12:00- 12:45 Discussion, adoption of immediate demands

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:15 Plan of action—6 months? organizing for broader, national, other pop assemblies, Juneteenth, coordinated car caravans, other actions

3:15-3:45 Discussion of possible independent electoral action, adoption of policy


JUNE 13, Second Part of Popular Assembly`

2:00-3:00 Decisions on specific electoral races and nomination of candidates (to be decided if this policy was adopted on June 6, otherwise next item starts at this time)

3:00-3:30 Election of delegates to national popular assembly (whenever that might happen)

3:30- 3:45 Set up of open organizing committee for next popular assembly