By: Alvaro Rodriguez, International Secretary of the Communist Party USA

It means that the struggle of the working class for a better life is a global struggle because capitalism is a global system.

The politics of communist parties are rooted in proletarian internationalism – we recognize that the working classes of the whole world have common interests in mutual understanding, liberation, peace and development.

We support the broadest possible unity of the international working class.  We support international solidarity with other peoples and movements struggling for liberation worldwide.  We support resistance to imperialism wherever it is found.

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For instance, in the U.S., the working class makes up the vast majority of the population, yet it does not hold a majority of political power.  The working class (workers and their families) number almost the entire population.

So why do they not have political power?  Because we live in a global class society.  The main dominant class is a small class called the capitalist class.  They use the power of the state (monopoly on the use of violence) plus fake news and fake ideas to exercise political control.  The reason that the majority working class does not have political power is because we are not united locally, nationally and internationally.  The ruling capitalist class works hard to keep us disunited.  We must not allow working class solidarity to be undermined by nationalism, xenophobia, nor divisions along skin color, gender and other factors.  We must continuously struggle to stay true to our mission – working class emancipation from wage slavery.

The U.S. labor movement uses the phrase Solidarity Forever For the Union Makes US Strong.

The international working class is also more powerful as a whole, with international solidarity!

 From its early history, the U.S. trade union movement has declared solidarity forever, for the union makes us strong.

When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run

There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun

Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one

For the Union makes us strong


Solidarity forever, solidarity forever

Solidarity forever

For the Union makes us strong

Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite

Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his might?

Is there anything left to us but to organize and fight?

For the union makes us strong

It is we who ploughed the prairies, built the cities where they trade

Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid

Now we stand outcast and starving ‘mid the wonders we have made

But the union makes us strong

All the world  that’s owned by idle drones is ours and ours alone

We have laid the wide foundations, built it skyward stone by stone

It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own

While the union makes us strong

They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn

But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn

We can break their haughty power gain our freedom when we learn

That the Union makes us strong

 In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold

Greater than the might of armies magnified a thousandfold

We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old

For the Union makes us strong

Political parties of the working class are also united in the struggle against imperialism and in the fight for socialism.  We are in fact united in the international Communist movement. 

One such expression is the annual meeting of Communist and Workers Parties.  This is global gathering of representatives of over 100 communist and workers’ parties with over 100 million members.  These parties also have strong relationships with their unions and mass movements.  We stand together against imperialism and engaged in the working class struggles for emancipation from wage slavery.