More than 50,000 people signed petitions to put the Working Class Party on the ballot in Michigan, significantly more than the 31,566 required. Their signatures were turned in to the Bureau of Elections on Tuesday, July 12.
The organizers of the new party are five independent candidates who ran in the 2014 elections under a common program, “For a Working Class Fight, For a Working Class Policy”: Gary Walkowicz, Sam Johnson, Mary Anne Hering, Ken Jannot Jr. and David Roehrig.
The organizers of the new party agree with the view expressed over a century ago by the IWW that “the working class and the employing class have nothing in common.”
They say that the capitalist class has two parties, the working class has none – and that it’s time for working people to build their own party, defending their own class interests.
The organizers also say that the working class needs all its forces to combat the attacks carried out today by the bosses. And they insist that racism is a cancer encouraged inside the working class by its enemies; that divisions between native-born and immigrant, between black and white weaken the whole working class.
The new party knows that elections can’t change the massive problems we face. Only the struggles and mobilizations of the working class can do that. But its organizers believe that by putting Working Class Party on the ballot, they have given working people a chance to express their desire to have a party which represent their own class.