Reclaim International Women’s Day for the Proletariat!

Today is International Women’s Day, a day now used by many capitalist governments in an attempt to portray themselves as ‘progressive’ or ‘egalitarian’.

Formerly known as ‘International Working Women’s Day’ it was celebrated by communists the world over – in the Soviet Union, China, Spain, Germany, and countless other countries – to pay tribute to the efforts and struggles of labouring women.

Vladimir-Grebenev-RIA-Novosti-468However, in an unsurprising turn, it was robbed of its core message by the UN, when it was officially decreed that 8 March would be a day for capitalist governments to not only remove the focus on working women, but also to demonise non-western nations in the name of ‘progressivism’.

But there can be no end to misogynistic culture under capitalism, as misogyny is simply too profitable. Mainstream cinema, the cosmetics industry, fashion, general advertising, television, the music industry, and pornography are all hugely lucrative industries that require a culture of misogyny to sustain their existence.

We, as communists, will honour International Working Women’s Day by acknowledging that capitalism is not the origin of misogyny, but that misogyny cannot be eradicated within capitalism. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of heroic communist women and to think deeply about the way in which misogyny will be rejected both in a future socialist society and within current communist organisations.

Without women there will be no revolution!

The ‘left’ in Britain today reflects class society as a whole, and, because of this, the role and status of women in political life has been diminished alongside the roll-back of the welfare state and other social gains that the working class of Britain temporarily enjoyed for a period after WW2.

cuba2As a result, there are far too few women taking part in revolutionary politics. Even worse, there are far too few women playing a leading role in their respective organisations. Red Youth and the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) make a point of doing what they can to support women comrades in developing so that they can play active and leading roles in the party.

We have a number of leading women comrades in our ranks, and we hope the selection of videos below  speeches given by some of those comrades  will inspire other women  both young and old  to take part.

We would also ask all our comrades and sympathisers  both men and women  to read Frederick Engels’ great work The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (See this presentation on this subject). This seminal book makes it absolutely clear that the oppression of women began back when society split into classes and shows that it will only end when class society has been finally abolished. The women’s question is therefore a class question, and the solution to it is to be found in the revolutionary struggle for socialism.

Our own comrades have also written a very good book on this subject, which we would recommend for all those who wish to understand the Marxist view of the women’s question. The book also reveals the limitations of the bourgeois ‘feminist’ movement, which has done rather less for British women in 45 years than the Soviet Union did in 10!

chinaNot a single great movement of the oppressed in the history of mankind has been able to do without the participation of working women. 

“Working women, the most oppressed among the oppressed, never have or could stand aside from the broad path of the liberation movement. This movement of slaves has produced, as is known, hundreds and thousands of martyrs and heroines. Tens of thousands of working women were to be found in the ranks of fighters for the liberation of the serfs. It is not surprising that millions of working women have been drawn in beneath the banners of the revolutionary movement of the working class, the most powerful of all liberation movements of the oppressed masses.

— JV Stalin

 

Journalist Vanessa Beeley gives an account of what she saw in Aleppo, Syria

On Saturday, 18th February, independent journalist Vanessa Beeley came to Birmingham’s Shaheed Udham Singh centre to describe what her recent trip to Aleppo, Syria, was like. The meeting was organised by the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Socialist Labour Party (West Midlands), Indian Workers Association (GB), People’s Liberation Front – Sri Lanka (JVP), and the Awami Workers Party (Pakistan).

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Protest opposing the visit of Mark Regev, Israeli ambassador to UK, to Birmingham City Council

On Wednesday morning (8 Feb 2017), comrades from CPGB-ML and Red Youth joined the protest outside the Council House in Victoria Square opposing the visit of Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the UK and war criminal. The protest, called at relatively short notice by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, mobilised a number of people and with a spread of banners and constant chants over the megaphone the protest had a strong presence. However, the numbers were small in opposition to the presence of one of Israel’s best spin-doctors, who relentlessly defends, justifies and encourages the massacring of Palestinians.

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Haringey: Save our homes and our communities!

March and protest: Tuesday 14 February
Assemble: 5pm Ducketts Common (Turnpike Lane Tube)
Rally: 6pm Haringey Civic Centre

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Haringey’s Labour council is planning to give away the land on which a huge number of homes, community facilities, and shops stand to a private developer. The ‘Haringey Development Vehicle’ supposedly a joint venture between the council and the developer, would in reality be a facade for the interests of the private developer.

This policy would lead to a huge loss of genuinely affordable housing in Haringey, and yet more ordinary families being forced out of the borough and away from their family, friends, and jobs.

The Labour council has betrayed the people of Haringey by, for example, promising social rents in public while admitting in private that there is no such guarantee. The Labour party only cares about the interests of the rich, and Labour councils across London and Britain have proven this time and again by slashing social spending and privatising public property and services.

People of Haringey: unite to defeat our enemies in the Labour Party and stop the destruction of our communities!