CAMBRIDGE, MASS.--At 9:45 p.m. ninety-nine years ago today, a blank shot from the cruiser Aurora signaled the beginning of the October Socialist Revolution, so called because Russia was still using the Julian calendar (Oct. 25 = Nov. 7 in the contemporary calendar). The October Revolution marked one of the most important events in human history—the seizure of power by the working class and the reorganization of society to meet basic human needs.
This revolution not only sparked the creation of Communist parties around the world, it was to be the locomotive of history which propelled working class struggles in labor unions and equality movements right here in the US and around the globe. From November 7, 1917 onward, the framework of an unprecedented, international socio-economic order, based on the public ownership of resources and cooperation was born.
Today, as in 1917, it is workers who must lead the way and become active builders of a new social system. Here in Massachusetts that political work means defeating the quasi-fascistic front of lesser exploiters led by Donald Trump, and Question 2, the ballot initiative which is aimed at destroying public education and the legitimate interests of educators and their unions. These are but two examples of the ongoing class war perpetrated against public services and workers of all kinds from Capitol Hill to Beacon Hill.
Equally, members of the Communist Party USA-Boston club have joined with workers from a variety of unions and mass movements such as the Harvard dining hall workers of UNITE/HERE 26 and Black Lives Matter, who showed solidarity to one another in an increasingly visible mass movement against the brutal and racist, low-wage, high-rent economy that encroaches from every direction. The building of an alliance between all sections of the working class, which is also nourished by the revolutionary optimism of the Communist Party, is vital to continuing these successful struggles. That is our work on this 99th birthday of the Great October Socialist Revolution.
As we look toward our future work in 2017 within the mass movements, political campaigns, and struggles for equality and a healthy ecology, we cannot take our eyes away from the foundation of the workers’ movement which blossomed on that cold November night nearly a century ago, and which is defined by the replacement of capitalist private ownership by public ownership.
Ours is a tremendously dense and rich history of struggles, victories and failures. Our responsibility now is to strengthen the work of the Communist Party locally and in every country, and to engage one another in conscious unity as we work together to establish a social order which places people and planet above profits.