Solidarity with Cuba demonstration in New York, following the overwhelming United Nations vote against the blockade, November 1, 2017. Photo:

One of the Workers World Party's (WWP) principal efforts in the United States is participation in the movement opposing the criminal blockade imposed on Cuba for the past 55 years, according to a member of the organization, Nathaniel Peters, a musician living in New York City.

This friend from the U.S. was visiting the island recently as part of the "In the footsteps of Che International Brigade" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the heroic guerilla, Ernesto Guevara, in Bolivia.

Peters said that WWP members are also very active in movements denouncing police murders of Blacks and Latinos in their country; deportations of immigrants; the appropriation of Native lands; discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation; and U.S. imperialist wars.
"We struggle for the emancipation of workers, including the demands of trade unions, the liberation of Blacks and all oppressed nations, the rights of women and LGBTQ people, immigrants, those with disabilities and all oppressed by the capitalist system," Peters said, describing his organization as a revolutionary socialist party, opposed to capitalism and its market laws.

After the WWP was founded in 1959, the party worked on the mobilization of the U.S. people against the war in Vietnam and the neo-colonization of
Puerto Rico, calling for recognition of the right to self-determination of all nations. Branches were initially concentrated in the cities of Buffalo, Youngstown, Seattle, and New York. In April of 1962, they formed a youth organization that participated in the anti-racist struggle.

They supported wars of national liberation and participated in the first protests against U.S. involvement in Vietnam, August 2, 1962, organizing a demonstration in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to defend a soldier being prosecuted for having anti-war literature in his possession.

In the 1960s and 70s, the party played a role in building solidarity with uprisings in black communities in Watts, Newark, Detroit, and Harlem; and supported the feminist and LGBTQ movements. In 1975, the WWP participated in a march of more than 30,000 people against institutional racism in Boston schools.

Peters commented that he learned of the party during mobilizations against police brutality, and shared the group's political views on social conflicts within the U.S. such as unemployment and the need for workers to unite in trade unions.

"At this time, We are working in the struggle to fight against the police murders of Black, Brown and indigenous people," he said, "I've participated in large and small Black Lives Matter mobilizations in New York City, telling the stories of those killed by the police.”

Peters stated that he agrees with the party's support for the Cuban Revolution and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, as well as its opposition to U.S. involvement in wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and the Middle East. The group has denounced Trump's threats against the Democratic Republic of Korea, that could lead to a nuclear war.

"For us," he said, "Cuba is an inspiration, because it teaches us that a revolution is possible. It shows us the possibility of uniting and building a powerful force to confront capitalism."
Peters denounced Donald Trump's position on Cuba, saying, "The alleged sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana are a big lie, a pretext to damage the Revolution's reputation. They want to scare off tourists, so they don't have the opportunity to learn about the significant social advances made here.

"Cuba is my inspiration. I feel at home when I'm visiting because this is a society based on solidarity, far removed from capitalism."