The important thing is that exploited and oppressed peoples should work together. The common enemy is the oppressor nation of U.$. imperialism. Sell-outs in the struggle against u.$. imperialism have two common avenues: 1) those preferring to use English use that as a reason to support affiliation within empire numero uno in the world--the united $tates. It is the communists' internationalist duty to cut down this argument. 2) Others seek to become lackeys within the u.$. empire, even as Spanish-speakers.
It is true there is going to be some conflict between exploited and super-exploited Brown people of Aztlán and exploited and super-exploited indigenous Red peoples in the same territory. Communists only prefer that this conflict occur within the camp of the oppressed and exploited and not via alliance with u.$. imperialism. For this reason, an objective analysis of indigenous people's interests holds that the principal consideration has to be taking down u.$. imperialism. It is in the indigenous people's own interests as oppressed nationality people to see the Brown people fight a national fight against u.$. imperialism and vice-versa. The reason for that is the super-profits holding together the white nation and partially infecting the oppressed nations within U.$. borders as they exist now.
It is very important that those with legal working rights in the united $tates not use their class position to undermine the unity of indigenous and Aztlán activists against u.$. imperialism. That is how class struggle will express itself as national struggle. Those seeking super-profit sharing will seek legal rights within the empire. A successful national struggle against u.$. imperialism uniting indigenous and Aztlán activists will depend on successful class struggle that demarcates against those seeking merely to become legal workers or pawns within the u.$. empire.
In our upcoming 2004 Party Congress, we would like to envision the future of an Aztlán, because if it were to take over the economy as is, it would become an imperialist country. It is only the fact that Aztlán contains both an exploited and super-exploited working-class that another result is possible-- an advanced socialist country. This is what distinguishes the Aztlán struggle from that of Quebec and nearby indigenous nations, because in Quebec, we see no exploited white working class, only petty-bourgeoisie. Thus, in Quebec, we know to side only with the First Nations, because the white "worker" has no progressive thrust with which to build a socialist republic, only the potential to vacillate toward a proletarian pole should it be set up by MIM and the like.
On the whole, of course it is possible that an Aztlán national struggle could end up going down a dead-end. However, as materialists we look at the alternatives, and staying with u.$. imperialism is not a valid one for communists. We must take a chance on the Aztlán people who have socialist potential and not pretend that white "workers" have more socialist and anti-imperialist potential than Aztlán.
To be sure, there is an Aztlán bourgeoisie that aspires to imperialist status. We should seek to use its relative discomfort with the oppressor nation of U.$. imperialism on the side of proletarian revolution. The best possible outcome will be a combined struggle that results in the joint dictatorship of the proletariat of the oppressed nations (JDPON) over imperialism. An active alliance of oppressed nations will be key to advancing the class struggle, bringing down imperialism and establishing socialism. Because of u.$. imperialism's world historic role, we must also insist on Third World peoples everywhere being given the right and duty to join the JDPON and not allow imperialism to restore itself, possibly through individual deals with the bourgeoisie of each oppressed nation. A bourgeois Aztlán is a trump card vision of the u.$. imperialists, but a JDPON is something that imperialism must fear. That is exactly the reason we hope to see the whole Latin American proletariat take an interest in Aztlán, because the required force necessary to repress u.$. imperialism will have to be re-inforced from Latin America and the rest of the Third World.
Class structure of the internal semi-colonies
See our argument against
chauvinist Amerikkkans seeing Kanada as a nation and
See some of our comments on the United Farmworkers Union (UFW)
Our disagreements with one MEChA web page
Some neo-Nazi ideology on a Nation of Aztlán web page
See our web page on the repression at the U.$.-Mexico border
MIM asks for interview with anti-capitalist, anti-colonial organization
1) Under Windows, you can hold down Alt and enter 0225 on the numeric keypad (not the numbers on the main part of the keyboard). On a Mac, it's Option-something; I don't know what. You can also enter characters in Windows with the Character Map: Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map, then cut and paste whichever characters you want.
2) In HTML, you can simply use &á for that accented "a."
(there is a commented out combination here that you can see by right clicking on your mouse and doing "view source" or "view source code" or "view page source". You will see it is ampersand followed by "aacute" and then a semi-colon.)
(you need the ampersand and the semicolon). Here is a list of lots of characters that can be entered this way in HTML: http://www.alanwood.net/demos/ent4_frame.html So you could enter Aztlán as "Aztlán". Obviously the character won't show up in your raw HTML code, but it will display correctly on the Web.