Join the CPGB-ML in Scotland

Comrades representing the Glasgow and Aberdeen branches of the CPGB-ML were in attendance for the induction of new candidate members into the Party in Scotland this weekend. All comrades were active red youth and are typical representatives of the new generation of young workers entering the Marxist-Leninist movement today. A couple of comrades had never been politically active previously, whilst others had tried to be active in the Communist Party of Britain or had left the SWP.

All those who wish to enter the ranks of the CPGB-ML as candidates must display a higher level of commitment to the Party than friends or Supporters. The working class does not need another Party purporting to be communist which is full to the brim of well-meaning but inactive stay-at-homers. All the comrades inducted in Scotland this weekend are regular attendees at political education classes which take place weekly and all are in agreement with and committed to the Party Programme, ensuring the highest level of unity in our ranks. After a day of political discussion the comrades heard about the priorities for the national mobilisations of CPGB-ML groups over the coming months. The Central Committee urged all new candidate members to organise with their branches participation at this years May 1st rally in London and the need to reserve tickets for the October Revolution celebration which is being hosted on Saturday 4 November.

The May 1st demonstration in London is the most militant demonstration held in Britain to support International Workers Day. With the exception of Chesterfield, Manchester and a handful of other places, most May 1st celebrations are extremely lacklustre owing to the suffocating hold of the Labour Party “right-wing” and the geriatric meanderings from the platform of the troto-revisionist fraternity. Until the CPGB-ML and Red Youth are sufficiently strong enough to change this situation for the better (and in some towns like Birmingham this may not be so very far off) it is incumbent upon all Party candidates, members and supporters to make 1st of May (many celebrations are held over the bank holiday weekend rather than the day itself) the main day of celebration by journeying to take part in London:

Assemble Monday 1st May from 10:30am in Clerkenwell Green (nearest tube Farringdon) the CPGB-ML contact for London is comrade Dan (london@cpgb-ml.org). For those travelling from outside of London BEWARE bank holiday rail service disruptions. Those travelling from the Midlands are invited to contact the Birmingham Branch (birmingham@cpgb-ml.org) to enquire about a seat on the Party coach which leaves at 8:00am (£16pp).

The 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution is also being celebrated on a national scale in London by the CPGB-ML and will be attended by the Aberdeen and Glasgow branches as well as hundreds of Party members from across the country. The CPGB-ML has hired the Dominion Centre in Southall from 4.30pm on Saturday 4 November, tickets are limited to 300 and are available now.

 

 

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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