Anti-Imperialism

Abolishing capitalism will require fighting and ending imperialism on a global level. Imperialism is a set of tools and structures that capitalist elites use to maintain their economic supremacy and dominate the world through economic, political, and military means. US imperialism has done much to undermine and destroy liberatory socialist project across the world. In the struggle to build a better world, socialists must therefore oppose imperialist aggression and economic sanctions and must support the struggles of the international working class.

It is a particular responsibility of socialists in the US to resist the imperialist adventures of our own government, including any regime-change operations and interventions in foreign wars and conflicts. Moreover, we must uphold the principle of self determination.

While our platform is primarily aimed at the city and state, we know we cannot remain silent on key international conflicts.

Cease Support for Colonialism, Apartheid, and Oppressive Regimes 

  • Oppose all current US wars, occupations, and support for oppressive regimes.

  • Support the historic usage of the War Powers Resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen and to stop US intervention in Venezuela. 

  • Support justice and self-determination for the Puerto Rican people through forgiving debts, lifting austerity measures, and enacting legislation that ends the economic rule of the island by the unelected PROMESA junta.

  • End US complicity in Israeli apartheid, occupation, and other violations of Palestinian rights. To do this, we must support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, and oppose anti-free speech measures penalizing BDS supporters; enact legislation like the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act;” cease all US aid to Israel through legislation like the Leahy Law; stop exchanges between Israeli military and US police departments; and divest from companies profiting off of the occupation of Palestine.

Support Communities Affected by US Militarism and Imperialism

  • Support reparations for Native American and Black communities.

  • Support self-determination for native peoples’ and call for the US adherence to existing treaties upholding indigenous rights.

  • Support reparations for victims of US imperialism.

  • Renegotiate North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to undo the devastating effects that the agreement has had on the Mexican, American, and Canadian working classes to demand the inclusion of environmental regulations and broad protective labor regulations.

Dismantle the Military-Industrial Complex

  • Divest from weapons manufacturing in order to reinvest in communities and strive towards reparations for previous global injustices.

  • Advance major public jobs programs such as ones called for by the Green New Deal as alternatives to military investment. Oppose so-called “green” militarism.

  • Remove war criminals and war profiteers from government appointments, corporate boards, and other positions of power.

  • End government contracts with private defense contractors.

Abolish Nuclear Weapons 

  • Support unilateral US nuclear disarmament.

  • Support multilateral international initiatives to abolish nuclear weapons, like the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 

  • Adhere  to and respect existing denuclearization agreements aimed to prevent nuclear conflict and illegal US intervention, like the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, and detente initiatives lead by North and South Korea.

End the War on Terror

  • Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

  • Immediately close all black sites and extralegal detention centers, such as Guantanamo Bay, and implement due process and reparations for detainees.

  • End law enforcement and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs that profile Muslim communities, suppress dissident voices, and criminalize ordinary behavior.

  • End FBI counterterrorism operations that prey on vulnerable populations through informants, surveillance, and manufactured terror plots.