“No oppressed group has ever been liberated except by its own organized efforts to overthrow its oppressors. A society based on radical democracy, with power exercised through people’s organizations, requires a socialist transformation from below. People’s organizations cannot be created by legislation, nor can they spring into being only on the eve of a revolution.” – Socialist Party USA Statement of Principles
The development of a People of Color Commission (POCC) is not just the re-establishment of a group to represent of racialized groups within the Party. Like every other member of the Socialist Party USA, members of Color understand that a radical democratic society can only be achieved through a revolutionary-emancipatory praxis (ideas and practices).
By revolutionary we mean an uncompromising stance that exploitation in all forms and on all levels must be rooted out, and that every social institution must be replaced by radical democratic ones. By emancipatory we mean the struggle must always be led by those most oppressed and repressed by capitalism. This necessarily means the dedication of thought and practice towards the political empowerment and liberation of working class People of Color. After all, our current movement praxis reflects the limits and possibilities of the society of tomorrow.
Here and now we present the POCC as an emergent social formation to help facilitate our collective development as Revolutionary-Emancipatory Democratic Socialists (REDS).