The following greetings were prepared for the Vietnam delegation to the United Nations General Assembly during their visit to New York.
I bring greetings and warmest solidarity from the Communist Party USA. The opportunity for us to give such a greeting has an added resonance, as a number of us grew to become communists through our initial activism against U.S. imperialism’s 30-year war against the Vietnamese people.
It is also good to be here with Vietnam solidarity activists, including those who have long sought to redress the damage done to the Vietnamese people, infrastructure, and environment through the U.S. military’s criminal use of chemical agents, (especially “Agent Orange”), a damage from which your nation is still recovering.
Today U.S. President Biden’s speech to the UN General Assembly reportedly will call for a global response to address worldwide crises. and may contain some welcome notes after Trump’s bellicose “America First “ war mongering and opposition to such collaboration.
Whatever happens today, though, we know the present system of corporate nation-states has at best a short-term interest in addressing the worst effects of human-made climate change, and the related crises of rampant inequality, lack of health care, hunger, and mass migration. Comprehensive solutions involve united action of the workers and oppressed of the world around these issues, not the least because capitalism is primarily responsible for creating these crises in the first place.
One such issue is the continuing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, where close to 5 million have died, and wealthier nations retain a monopoly on vaccine production and distribution.
Despite scarce resources, Vietnam, Cuba, and China’s relative success has been in sharp contrast to the performance of the United States health-care-for-profit system. Your use of your national health program and community-based medicine has been a sterling example of a health care system that addresses people’s needs, not profits. In our country, supposedly the most advanced health care system in the world, the U.S. death count from COVID is now one sixth of the worldwide total, and climbing.
The people’s movement’s mobilizations around the U.S. presidential election and the election of Democratic Party President Biden was a rebuff to the extreme right, but a right-wing danger continues. We in the CPUSA work for a broad, people’s front against the Trumpist Republican Party’s attempted fascistic power grab of all branches of government and attacks on democracy.
Our Party is growing and we also work in broad coalitions for people’s needs, health care, housing, and justice. Many of our youth are attracted to our strategy and tactics in building the mass movements, as well as our independent Party initiatives, our history of struggle against racism against African American, Latino, and Asian people, and our internationalism.
In extending our fullest solidarity, we recognize you are building a socialism based on your own national cultural and political traditions, just as we seek to build our own “Bill of Rights” socialism, based on the cultural and political traditions of our own country.
Nevertheless, in this time of great opportunity and great danger for the world working class, our parties are tied together by a thousand threads.
Long live the fraternal relations among the CPUSA and the CPV!
Long live international working class solidarity!