NEW YORK — In several cities around the country the Socialist Workers Party has helped initiate panels hosted by the Militant Labor Forum to bring groups together to speak out in defense of constitutional rights. Regardless of differing points of view on other issues, they joined together to speak out in defense of free speech and other political rights and against government attacks and frame-ups.
“Drop the charges against the African People’s Socialist Party!” was one of the demands raised at all these meetings. The speakers at a New York forum Aug. 26 were Oronde Shakur, from the APSP; Manuel Meléndez Lavandero, Comités de la Resistencia Boricua; John Studer, Militant editor and a leader of the SWP; and Milagros Rivera, president of the Cuba Solidarity Committee in Puerto Rico, who participated by Zoom. Similar Militant Labor Forum panels have taken place in Cincinnati; Los Angeles; Miami; Oakland, California; and elsewhere.