Socialist party – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:32:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elsverds.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Socialist party – Els Verds http://elsverds.org/ 32 32 Catalan Socialist Party leader calls for ‘respectful Diada’ on National Day of Catalonia https://elsverds.org/catalan-socialist-party-leader-calls-for-respectful-diada-on-national-day-of-catalonia/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 12:37:31 +0000 https://elsverds.org/catalan-socialist-party-leader-calls-for-respectful-diada-on-national-day-of-catalonia/ The leader of the Catalan Social Party (PSC), Salvador Illa, called for a “respectful Diada”, taking into account “diverse points of view”, in accordance with his socialist values. Salvador also laid flowers at the monument to Rafael Casanova, a Catalan national hero who was Barcelona’s chief adviser during the War of Spanish Succession. He added […]]]>

The leader of the Catalan Social Party (PSC), Salvador Illa, called for a “respectful Diada”, taking into account “diverse points of view”, in accordance with his socialist values.

Salvador also laid flowers at the monument to Rafael Casanova, a Catalan national hero who was Barcelona’s chief adviser during the War of Spanish Succession. He added that “we would like to highlight the virtues of Catalan society as a welcoming, unifying and respectful society of all thoughts”.

Catalonia’s national holiday, “La Diada”, which is held on September 11, is a public holiday that attracts animosity from most unionist parties.

Political parties Vox and Ciudadanos, the People’s Party, failed to attend the floral tribute to Catalonia’s last ruler before his 1714 loss of sovereignty in Barcelona earlier today, as reported by Catalan News.

Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Group in Spain, encouraged Catalans “to celebrate and continue working for the reunion and progress of all residents. In a show of support for the National Day, Sanchez also tweeted in Catalan and Spanish “Catalonia’s social and cultural diversity is an asset for Spain”.

Conversely, the centre-right Unionist party Ciudadanos has been very vocal in its opposition to Catalan independence. In a show of rebellion, party members were handing out roses, a tradition of the Sant Jordi festival held on April 23, as they want to change the national Dat of Catalonia on that date instead.


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Socialist Party Summer School 2022 – “Extremely enjoyable and educational event” • ISA https://elsverds.org/socialist-party-summer-school-2022-extremely-enjoyable-and-educational-event-isa/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 18:43:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/socialist-party-summer-school-2022-extremely-enjoyable-and-educational-event-isa/ From August 18-21, Socialist Party members from North and South and visitors from the International Socialist Alternative (ISA) gathered in Glendalough to take part in the Party’s annual summer school, the first since the pandemic. The weekend was a success with 130 members and supporters attending over the four days. An exciting program of political […]]]>

From August 18-21, Socialist Party members from North and South and visitors from the International Socialist Alternative (ISA) gathered in Glendalough to take part in the Party’s annual summer school, the first since the pandemic. The weekend was a success with 130 members and supporters attending over the four days.

An exciting program of political talks and workshops combined with activities and socials to create a hugely enjoyable and educational event.

Topics on the agenda included commissions on: ‘Resisting the Rise of the Far Right’, ‘The Relevance of James Connolly’s Work in Irish History‘, ‘Rebuilding militant unionism in a new generation’, ‘Capitalism and the origins of racism’, ‘Socialism and the struggle for trans liberation’, and an Irish-language commission on ‘Cad is Sóisialachas Ann? ‘, with plenaries on ‘War and Capitalism — How to End Both? », « Understanding the world to change it — an introduction to Marxist philosophy », « Our bodies, our lives! Against the Backlash of the Right: Marxist Analysis of Oppression Based on Gender and Sexuality; & what we need to end it’, and ‘Crisis, Reaction & Revolution: ISA’s Revolutionary Strategy for the 2020s’.

We asked several of our young members, who were participating for the first time, to give their opinion on how the weekend went:

Hayley (Belfast)

“As a relatively new member of the Socialist Party, this year’s summer school in Wicklow was a truly eye-opening and enjoyable experience and also provided so many learning opportunities for the future. I already have the feeling that each of the sessions I have attended has really developed and strengthened my knowledge of the values ​​of the Party as well as its main areas of interest and how best to implement them in our society in the sense wide.

Being able to attend sessions such as “The Revolution and the Party We Need”, “War and Capitalism – How Can We End Both” as well as an introduction to Marxist philosophy, m really helped solidify my understanding of what it means to be a Marxist as well as underline the vital importance of a strong socialist movement today given our current global situation.

It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet other comrades, from near home and further afield. It was so rewarding to be able to engage in discussions with people from different international perspectives and with such a beautiful setting as Glendalough, I came home feeling refreshed and excited to be even more involved in the future of the Party .

Maya (Dublin)

“The Glendalough Summer School was a fantastic post-pandemic weekend full of policy discussions.

I am a 6th grade student who joined the party less than a year ago, and the school has really strengthened my understanding of why I joined the Socialist Party. The commissions that analyzed current issues while explaining a socialist way forward, and the people I met and spoke with, eliminated the feelings of doomericism that I and many other young people have. As a young person, I often find it paralyzing to read about trans life under capitalism, the war in Ukraine, or how mental health is dealt with in capitalist Ireland. But the way the commissions unfolded made me come away with a sense of motivation and a concrete path forward.

I think the commission I found most interesting was titled “War and Capitalism – How Can We End Both? “. Mick Barry took the first step. He quoted Carl von Claueswitz who said that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”. War is used as a political tool by world leaders when they cannot get what they want peacefully. Wars are made by the ruling class, at the expense of the working class. Ordinary people gain nothing in war but are compelled, or more often, forced to kill each other for the gains of the capitalist class. Mick also pointed out that warfare is an extremely profitable industry for arms producers.

It is shocking to me to learn about this war through a Marxist analysis because at school we are taught that war is started by a “bad guy” or because Western powers are “defending democracy” when in fact war is a horrible result of the system of capitalism. What I have appreciated most in all the commissions in which I have been involved is that they have always offered a way forward.

Michael (Belfast)

“The Glendalough Co. Wicklow Summer School this year included a variety of excellent discussions on important issues facing workers.

The plenary session on Marxist philosophy, focusing on dialectical materialism and how we Marxists understand the world, was particularly interesting in the context of other discussions on issues such as transphobia, gender oppression, racism and the cost of living crisis. All of these issues are extremely relevant to the working class and the class struggle and having a Marxist method to understand them is vital.

A number of commissions have given particular attention to the national question here in Ireland and the legacy of the Troubles today. These discussions are all the more important as the national question in Ireland begins to sharpen in the current political context, in the North as well as in the South. One of the important lessons I learned from these discussions on the national question is that even if the class struggle advances, it does not necessarily mean that bigotry is pushed back. In the context of Northern Ireland, the sectarian divide may seem stronger today despite the many strikes by workers across the North.

As the cost of living crisis weighs on the working class, workers go on strike to fight for better wages and conditions, but it is against the backdrop of the most sectarian election with the religious divide clearer than ever at Stormont. As the capitalist crisis deepens, the national question and sectarianism will come to the fore. It is vital for any socialist revolutionary party to take a correct approach to these issues, an approach based on workers’ unity, solidarity and the struggle for socialism.

Rebecca (Belfast)

“My first experience at the summer school was excellent, full of stimulating discussions, Marxist education and camaraderie. It took place in the heart of Glendalough, in a hostel surrounded by high wooded hills and warm lakes according to Irish standards.

Over the weekend I attended a number of excellent commissions. Outside on the grass, we discussed the metabolic breakdown and ecological crisis under capitalism as the sun quite rightly scorched our scalps. The introductions touched on a myriad of problems that capitalism poses to the planet – the depletion and destruction of the earth’s natural resources, the improper disposal of waste due to a desire to increase profits, the disconnection of people of nature, and the displacement and damage done to living things on earth due to human-led ecological destruction.

An important question posed by the commission was what can we do as socialists to raise awareness about this link between environmental catastrophe and capitalism? How to effectively and succinctly highlight the inability of capitalism to provide solutions to a climate crisis it has caused?

The National Affairs Committee has underlined the urgency of a collective struggle, particularly in the face of collective misery. Working-class Catholics and Protestants will suffer the same grueling effects of the cost-of-living crisis, which has hit the North harder than anywhere else on these islands. The discussions highlighted the need to reject the “solutions” proposed by capitalism in the face of the nationalist question, solutions which always require the coercion of one group over the other and which increase the division between the two communities. that is, the coercion of Catholics to remain within the union in spite of themselves. their yearning for national unity, or the coercion of Protestants into a united capitalist Ireland against their will.

The Summer School allowed us to meet fellow students from all over Ireland and fellow students who have traveled overseas to be there, not only for us to attend and contribute, but also to connect, share ideas and have other chats over a pint (or soft drink), or while hiking in the beautiful town of Glendalough. It was a great experience overall and I look forward to attending again.”

Enda (Carlow)

“My time at Glendalough Summer School made me feel a lot of different things. Sometimes I felt intimidated by the advanced discussions fellows had both in and out of sessions that showed my own ignorance to myself, sometimes excited by the prospects of the opportunities and eruptions that will occur in society that these Discussions were also discussed, but for the most part, the major feeling was a renewed sense of engagement.

One of the things that stands out from the many contributions and discussions experienced is the idea of ​​joining the party in a fuller commitment. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but later I fully understood what it meant. I’ve only been officially in the party for a month, so I guess other comrades took it on a more personal level, but it showed me that I hadn’t fully committed to the party. At many times, both during my short time at the party and over the weekend, fellow students would mention something to me about theory or strategies that I didn’t fully understand. I nodded to make sure I didn’t look ignorant. However, I realize the lack of commitment that emanates from it, that is to say a desire to keep up appearances rather than to broaden my knowledge and perhaps help my comrades as best I can. can. I realize how silly that is now. From the many conversations and discussions I participated in, one thing stood out: the party was large, international and full of generous people. No matter how stupid my question was, the comrades were only too eager to answer it.

Of course, I learned a lot on a more specific level, from the national question and our solution to it and from Marx’s writings on the environment. But I think that idea of ​​re-engagement was the most important thing I took away from it. I hope to use this recommitment and awareness in the future to help my comrades and the peoples of the world as much as possible.

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Sri Lankan SEP condemns police raids on Frontline Socialist Party https://elsverds.org/sri-lankan-sep-condemns-police-raids-on-frontline-socialist-party/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 04:45:10 +0000 https://elsverds.org/sri-lankan-sep-condemns-police-raids-on-frontline-socialist-party/ The Sri Lankan government of President Ranil Wickremesinghe intensified its witch hunt against anti-government protesters last week with police raids on the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) headquarters in Nugegoda, a suburb of Colombo. Riot police block students at Sri Jayawardanapura University, during a previous protest on April 3, 2022 [WSWS Media] According to FSP education […]]]>

The Sri Lankan government of President Ranil Wickremesinghe intensified its witch hunt against anti-government protesters last week with police raids on the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) headquarters in Nugegoda, a suburb of Colombo.

Riot police block students at Sri Jayawardanapura University, during a previous protest on April 3, 2022 [WSWS Media]

According to FSP education secretary Pubudu Jayagoda, a team of police, including 10 plainclothes officers and one in uniform, raided the party office around 7:30 a.m. on Friday. The party members present opposed any search of the premises and requested a search warrant. The police did not respond or even identify the police station they came from, but broke into the premises, searched the party materials, ransacked the shelves and left.

At 8:10 a.m., a second police team of about 30 uniformed officers arrived at the FSP office. They claimed to be from the nearby Mirihana police station and said they were looking for Wasantha Mudalige, head of the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF).

When party members asked for a search warrant, police showed a magistrate’s court arrest warrant for Mudalige who was active among anti-government protesters occupying Galle Face Green. Again, the police ignored the opposition of the FSP members, searched the premises and then left.

The raids are a flagrant violation of the democratic rights of the FSP and a warning to the Sri Lankan working class as a whole. They are part of a growing wave of repression unleashed by President Wickremesinghe’s government aimed at crushing any anti-government opposition.

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP), despite its fundamental and well-known political differences with the pseudo-left FSP, opposes and condemns Wickremesinghe’s undemocratic and repressive police raids against this organization.

After being named interim president, Wickremesinghe, a pro-American right-wing puppet, officially declared a state of emergency on July 17, giving himself the power to deploy the military to arbitrarily arrest and detain people, suppress demonstrations, outlawing organizations, seeking private property and imposing censorship.

His first act after being undemocratically installed as president by the discredited Sri Lankan parliament was to sanction a violent police and military operation on July 22 to expel anti-government protesters from the presidential secretariat. Security forces attacked and injured scores of protesters and arrested nine. Those arrested were released on bail by a magistrate that evening amid widespread popular outrage.

These attacks continued with the arrest of around two dozen people, including some of those who led months of protests in Galle Face Green demanding the resignation of former President Gotabhaya Rajapakse and his government. After Rajapakse fled the country, the protesters changed their slogan to “Ranil go home”.

Police are now collecting “evidence” – CCTV footage, photos and fingerprints at locations occupied by protesters, including the presidential palace, the prime minister’s official residence and the presidential secretariat – in preparation for mass arrests. Fingerprints were sent to the international airport to arrest anyone attempting to leave the country. Photos of “suspects” have been published in the media with calls for more information to be given to the police.

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No to Red-Baiting in the Reproductive Justice Movement https://elsverds.org/no-to-red-baiting-in-the-reproductive-justice-movement/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/no-to-red-baiting-in-the-reproductive-justice-movement/ National Declaration of Radical Women by Nga Bui, NYCAugust 1, 2022 At a time when a united mass movement to defend reproductive justice is needed more than ever, NYC for Abortion Rights and nearly two dozen organizations have chosen to launch an anti-communist attack on one of the most visible militant groups, Rise Up 4 […]]]>

National Declaration of Radical Women by Nga Bui, NYC
August 1, 2022

At a time when a united mass movement to defend reproductive justice is needed more than ever, NYC for Abortion Rights and nearly two dozen organizations have chosen to launch an anti-communist attack on one of the most visible militant groups, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights. Radical Women, a veteran socialist feminist organization with decades of experience in the reproductive justice movement, speaks out against this dangerous game of divide and conquer.

The “Declaration against RiseUp4AbortionRights” – signed by NYC for Abortion Rights, United Against Racism & Fascism NYC, Brooklyn People’s March, Shout Your Abortion, The Jane Fund, Chicago Abortion Fund, Chicago DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group and others – deplores the Rise Up’s connections to the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). He calls this well-known luminary from the left a cult of personality. He accuses both Rise Up and RCP of using pyramid schemes to raise funds and exploitative methods to recruit. These unsubstantiated claims are backed up by other “crimes”: wearing white pants stained with fake blood, holding the living dead, using pictures of clothes hangers and describing forced pregnancy as “women’s slavery”. The statement calls on “reproductive groups to unite now to publicly discredit Rise Up” and demands that “the group withdraw from pro-abortion spaces.” This divisive attack is like a whistle to the corporate media, which is crawling all over the issue in coverage of daily beast and The interception.

As flawed as Rise Up may be, the reality is that the group has been at the forefront nationwide in advocating for abortion — but not the only group as they claim. He has consistently staged protests and used bold tactics such as unfurling huge banners at sporting events to draw media attention to the issue. He expanded his message after being criticized for his focus on women who have abortions being transphobic and limiting. Its green wave imagery is ubiquitous and its anti-capitalist message is spot on. His audacity resonated with young people.

Truth be told, it is largely the left, including radical women, who have staged rallies, speeches, marches and demonstrations throughout the past year to draw attention to the impending debacle. of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, moderate feminist organizations pushed fundraising online and waited for the Democratic Party to come to the rescue.

You have to think that some of the venom expressed in the statement comes from groups that have done much less than Rise Up and may regret its appeal to young people. Others can be pushed to undermine the influence of the left in the whole movement. How condescending for them to demand that Rise Up go away rather than trusting young supporters to come to their own conclusions about whether Rise Up’s strategies work in the long run.

Radical Women launched the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice a year ago to build the kind of coalition effort we believe is urgently needed to preserve abortion and achieve full reproductive justice. The mobilization attracted feminist groups, grassroots organizations, trade unions, radicals and individuals coming together for a common cause. Although Rise Up has often competed with the actions announced by the mobilization, we have managed to work in cooperation with it in various cities, including New York. Rather than demanding political conformity, we believe in respectfully discussing differences. As the right escalates its attacks on the most vulnerable, a united front of labor organizations is essential to repel them.

Red-baiting, smearing people or groups for their radical associations, is not acceptable in the movement. It needs to be stopped before it further hurts women, people of color, non-binary, trans, and the poor who seek to find a channel for their rage as their rights are taken away. It is undeniable that those of us who fight for abortion rights and reproductive justice will have differing opinions. It is essential that we learn to work together in mutual respect instead of excluding, shutting up and witch-hunting each other. Independent organizations and activists can unite around issues while maintaining our differences. The future of reproductive justice and of all social movements depends on it.

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Bulgarian Socialist Party in new maneuver over country’s political future – The Sofia Globe https://elsverds.org/bulgarian-socialist-party-in-new-maneuver-over-countrys-political-future-the-sofia-globe/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/bulgarian-socialist-party-in-new-maneuver-over-countrys-political-future-the-sofia-globe/ The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), holder of the third and last mandate to seek the formation of a government, has drawn a crossroads for the immediate political future of the country. Parliament, in its first point on July 27, will be asked to agree to a program that sees 79 bills approved by the end […]]]>

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), holder of the third and last mandate to seek the formation of a government, has drawn a crossroads for the immediate political future of the country.

Parliament, in its first point on July 27, will be asked to agree to a program that sees 79 bills approved by the end of 2022.

These bills stem from a legislative and governance program agreed by the three remaining parties of the ruling coalition – We Pursue Change (WCC), BSP and Democratic Bulgaria.

If parliament accepts the program, PASB will nominate COE co-leader Assen Vassilev as its prime minister candidate on July 28.

Vassilev had already confirmed that he was ready to accept the appointment, BSP leader Kornelia Ninova told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting of the party’s national council.

The BSP will also propose that the Parliament continue to sit until August for votes requiring urgent solutions, such as the election of a new head of the Energy Regulatory Commission.

If parliament rejects the proposal on the legislative and governance program, BSP will “probably return the unfulfilled mandate to President Roumen Radev on Friday, putting Bulgaria on the path to early parliamentary elections, Ninova said.

The proposal tabled in Parliament by the BSP provides, among other things, for the election of Boiko Rashkov – interior minister of the outgoing government – to head a revamped anti-corruption commission, the adoption of anti-corruption legislation corruption and the appointment of the vacant post of President of the National Assembly.

The package is billed as including social support for families and households and the approval of legislation that will enable the disbursement of EU funds to Bulgaria under the recovery and sustainability plan.

The program runs from July to December 2022.

“We finally want to impose principled, responsible and statesmanlike behavior in politics,” Ninova said.

“Here I stand before the Bulgarian people and say: we have done everything we can to help you in the months to come. The result is this: these laws will ensure peace and security. If they are supported, we move forward. If they are not supported, we will go to elections,” she said.

Ninova, whose party has held the third term since July 18, said: “Over the past few weeks, we have been negotiating to form a government in an absolutely honest way, driven only by the desire to ensure stability for Bulgaria and calm for the people.

“During this time, we have drawn up a management and legislative program for the next six months.

“It is geared towards the following areas – continuing the fight against corruption and theft; the program contains anti-corruption legislation, the election of the anti-corruption commission, with Boiko Rashkov at its head,” she said.

“The third part is support for families and households in the difficult months ahead of us, and the fourth part concerns the laws that must be adopted as part of the recovery and sustainability plan to guarantee all the measures in the years to come. come,” Ninova said.

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Sánchez reshuffles Socialist Party ahead of elections – EURACTIV.com https://elsverds.org/sanchez-reshuffles-socialist-party-ahead-of-elections-euractiv-com/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/sanchez-reshuffles-socialist-party-ahead-of-elections-euractiv-com/ After a politically significant defeat in Andalusia, Spanish Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, announced an overhaul of his party on Thursday, ahead of next year’s general elections. The move comes just a month after the conservative People’s Party (PP) won a historic majority in Andalusia’s regional elections, a poll […]]]>

After a politically significant defeat in Andalusia, Spanish Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, announced an overhaul of his party on Thursday, ahead of next year’s general elections.

The move comes just a month after the conservative People’s Party (PP) won a historic majority in Andalusia’s regional elections, a poll widely seen as a litmus test ahead of next year’s general election, the media partner reported. EURACTIV, EFE.

Left-wing parties saw their share of the vote drop in the region, a stronghold of the Socialist Party (PSOE) for nearly 40 years after the country returned to democracy in the late 1970s.

In June-July 2023, municipal elections will take place, considered the first test for the government coalition of the PSOE and the left Unidas Podemos (United we can).

Polls predict a victory for the PP, Spain’s public television RTVE had reported.

As part of Sanchez’s reshuffle, finance minister María Jesús Montero will be the PSOE’s “number two”, former Basque regional prime minister Patxi López was elected as the new PSOE spokesperson in parliament, and Pilar Alegría, minister of Education, was appointed new spokesperson for the “Ejecutiva Federal”. , one of the highest decision-making bodies of the PSOE.

Ministers Montero and Alegría will combine their new party duties with their government duties, for the time being, PSOE sources said.

Sánchez will call an extraordinary party meeting on Saturday, where he will officially communicate more details, party sources told EFE.

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Trades Council Conference – debating a way forward for labor struggles https://elsverds.org/trades-council-conference-debating-a-way-forward-for-labor-struggles/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 08:57:58 +0000 https://elsverds.org/trades-council-conference-debating-a-way-forward-for-labor-struggles/ Jane Nellist speaking at the conference. Photo: Niall Mulholland Socialist Party journalists The first face-to-face conference of TUC trades councils since lockdown took place on June 11-12 in Leicester. In many areas during lockdown, trades councils have led the way in organizing support for workers in essential industries and sectors, such as NHS workers and […]]]>

Socialist Party journalists

The first face-to-face conference of TUC trades councils since lockdown took place on June 11-12 in Leicester. In many areas during lockdown, trades councils have led the way in organizing support for workers in essential industries and sectors, such as NHS workers and bus drivers.

The conference discussed and passed motions on the cost of living crisis, rail disputes, the current Covid crisis in the workplace, the fight for higher wages, a “green industrial revolution”, pensions and retirement age, the attack on basic democratic rights set out in the Police Crimes Conviction Bill and international solidarity issues – including opposing the oppression of Kurds by the Turkish state.

Four delegates who were also members of the Socialist Party intervened in numerous debates, linking the need for effective campaign unionism to the need for a program of struggle and a real political alternative for the workers.

Many motions called for public ownership of energy companies, railroads and other sectors. Niall Mulholland of the Newham Trades Council added that we should give more content to this demand and call for democratic control and management of workers in nationalized industries, linked to planning for “green growth”.

Jane Nellist, from the Coventry Trades Council, highlighted the case of the city’s garbage workers who are locked in a bitter industrial struggle with the Labor Council.

Sheila Caffrey, from the Bristol Trades Council, who is also a teacher at the NEU, explained how Covid and occupational health and safety conditions remain a major issue in schools and colleges, affecting staff and students, especially those poor and overcrowded communities.

The conference was down from previous years, which is likely related to concerns over Covid, and several speakers called for better representation of diversity.

Katrine Williams, from the Cardiff Trades Council, argued that the most effective way to attract more workers from ethnic minorities, women and the LGBTQ+ community is to concretely address their oppression and link this to issues of workplace and classroom, which unite us all. .

With combative class politics, trades councils have the potential to become focal points of mass struggle in cities and rural areas in the coming period of heightened class conflict.

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SOCIALISM IN WALES: MASS WORKERS’ PARTY https://elsverds.org/socialism-in-wales-mass-workers-party/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:29:32 +0000 https://elsverds.org/socialism-in-wales-mass-workers-party/ Continued… The success of Blaenau Gwent People’s Voice (BGPV) in winning two elections in 2005 and 2006 shows the potential for a new mass workers’ party in the Valleys. It is unclear how BGPV ​​will develop in the future. New Labour’s attempt to force a Blairite Labor Party candidate in Blaenau Gwent to use a […]]]>
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The success of Blaenau Gwent People’s Voice (BGPV) in winning two elections in 2005 and 2006 shows the potential for a new mass workers’ party in the Valleys. It is unclear how BGPV ​​will develop in the future. New Labour’s attempt to force a Blairite Labor Party candidate in Blaenau Gwent to use a women-only shortlist backfired and divided the best elements of the party. The original reasons for the split became secondary to his anti-New Labor agenda and he won the election because he held to the traditions of socialism and Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.

The Socialist Party Wales is ready to work with BGPV ​​members to try to form a new mass workers party. Will BGPV ​​be able to use its successes in Blaenau Gwent to form new People’s Voice (PV) organizations in the rest of Wales? It is possible to develop such organizations in all the valleys of South Wales. But a strategy to win over Labor members to form new PV organizations is unlikely to succeed, as the most active elements have left the Labor Party. The only way to broaden support is to use parliamentary and assembly positions to campaign in other areas to win new layers with a bold reform agenda. This would open up the prospect of a new working class party in Wales that could challenge the four pro-capitalist parties.

Wales/Cymru striker Ymlaen basing himself on a narrow layer and conservative policies couldn’t get out of his Wrexham stronghold. He has even now lost most of his base in Wrexham and could lose the seat in the Assembly elections.

Wales has seen a number of attempts to build new left alternatives to labor and the social weight of the working class in society means there is huge potential for a new mass workers party. But this will mainly come from new forces in unions, communities and youth. The Socialist Party is gaining a growing echo in Wales for the demand for a new mass workers party and we will continue to build the campaign whilst also being ready to react to any new formations that may arise.

As in other parts of the UK, the BNP in Wales is taking advantage of the absence of a new workers’ party to try to fill the void left by New Labor’s transition to a big business party. Recognizing the difficulties in promoting the “British Bulldog” image of the BNP in Wales, they attempted to portray this racist party in Wales as the defenders of the Welsh white working class and the true heirs of Welsh nationalism. Some of their propaganda leaflets titled “Rebecca Reborn” (a reference to the Rebecca Riots in Wales in the 19th century) attack Plaid Cymru for its neglect of the native Welsh population and its appeasement of Muslim communities.

However, the BNP has watered down its crude racist propaganda to hide its extreme racist views and is focusing its efforts on more social issues, immigration issues, etc., in hopes of attracting voters unhappy with the right-wing policies of the New Labor both in Westminster and in the Assembly. . The BNP will contest for more assembly seats in May and hopes to benefit from the increased national visibility it has generated in recent years. A layer of disillusioned voters, frustrated with mainstream political parties, can give the BNP a protest vote, particularly in the run-down urban precincts of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham and an increase in their vote in the Assembly over to 2003 is possible unless challenged.

The Socialist Party will work alongside all anti-racist/fascist organizations in Wales to defeat the threat of the BNP, but in order to combat their genuine racist, homophobic and anti-union agenda, a socialist alternative must be offered to the people of Wales. , linked to the campaign for a new workers’ party.

THE NATIONAL ISSUE

The national question and the question of independence have somewhat receded over the past six or seven years. Plaid downplays the request and focuses on advocating for more powers for the Assembly. But Marxists would be wrong to conclude that the question is finally settled.

The Labor Assembly Government felt that more powers were needed to work effectively and more and more new demands will be made for a Welsh Parliament with legislative and fiscal powers. If Plaid holds the balance of power in the Assembly after the election, there will likely be a referendum on the issue in 2011.

And events in Scotland could change the mood in Wales. The SNP is neck and neck with Labor in opinion polls and if an SNP-led executive were elected, the SNP would put forward a bill for an independence referendum within the first 100 days in office. An ICM survey for the Sunday Telegraph suggested that support for Scottish independence had reached 52%. A vote for independence is not the most likely outcome, but even a referendum in Scotland would have a significant effect on the mood in Wales, raising the question of independence again.

The Socialist Party of Wales has always understood that the objective situation is somewhat different in Wales and Scotland. For economic, historical, social and geographical reasons, there has been a greater degree of national consciousness among the working class in Scotland than in Wales. Support for Welsh independence has steadily grown over the past two decades, but the idea is facing significant hurdles. In addition to significant social ties to England, there would be a barrage of economic arguments of the type recently voiced by Rhodri Morgan against Plaid Cymru: “Independence is a non-starter because in Wales we have 5% of the population of the United Kingdom, raising 4% of taxation and having 6% of needs”.

In Scotland, the situation is different. It is important to note that in recent times the more class-conscious and radical elements of the working class in Scotland have tended to support the idea of ​​independence. The Socialist Party Wales’ sister party in Scotland, the International Socialists, put forward the slogan of an independent socialist Scotland as part of a socialist confederation with England, Wales and Ireland to link the idea socialism and an independent Scotland. International Socialists opposed the idea of ​​stages put forward by the Scottish Socialist Party leadership: first a capitalist Scotland and then perhaps socialism. We stressed that an independent capitalist Scotland would not solve any of the problems of the working class in Scotland.

In Wales, however, there has not been the same support for independence among workers and young people. There are different attitudes towards the national question within the working class. There is general dissatisfaction with the Assembly, but this is expressed in different ways. Many working class people believe that the Assembly is a waste of money. But many of them support the idea of ​​more powers for the Assembly. An older layer would support the abolition of the Assembly, but this is diminishing as an idea. Even the Conservatives support the Assembly now.

There is also a part of the working class who think Wales should have a parliament or even independence. This layer is not grossly nationalist but includes those who see the role of a Welsh parliament as a radical force in the struggle to change society. There may be a nationalist tinge to it, but they aspire to change society. And there is also a layer of workers suspicious of nationalism and fearful that nationalism will be used by Plaid Cymru to cross the labor movement. Support for a parliament or independence is stronger among young people, but this is accompanied by greater skepticism towards politics in general. There are also different moods in the regions of Wales with, unsurprisingly, support for decentralization strongest in Gwynedd and weakest in Gwent. Marxists must be able to approach these different layers, perhaps with different accents, but with the same program.

The position of the Socialist Party on the national question in Wales has remained essentially the same for over twenty years. In addition to defending the right to national self-determination, socialists support self-government – at this point, an elected parliament with legislative and tax regularization powers because it is a fundamental democratic demand and also because that it will benefit the interests of both the Welsh working class and the working class in the rest of Britain. The relative weight of the working class in Welsh society means that home rule can be used to advance workers’ interests and win reforms that encourage the movement both in Wales and the rest of Britain .

Marxists are not opposed to independence on principle; they put forward all the demands that advance the movement of the working class towards a socialist transformation. But we believe that in Wales there are a number of issues which mean the Socialist Party Wales should not push forward with this demand. First, the most important principle for socialists should be to maintain the unity of the working class. A struggle for independence in Wales risks not only dividing the Welsh working class from the English, but also dividing the Welsh working class itself. A significant part of the Welsh working class is resolutely opposed to independence.

Secondly, if the Socialists were to adopt a position of fighting for independence at this stage, it would cut them off from the vast majority of Welsh workers. From our perspective, there is no point in alienating working-class socialists on an issue that we believe would not be decisive in the interest of advancing socialism.

Nevertheless, Marxists must always reevaluate their position on the national question in a sensitive way. The guiding principle on the national question is what can advance the struggle of the working class towards socialism.

FAVORABLE SITUATION

The year 2007 begins with the Socialist Party Wales in a favorable position with great opportunities opening up, particularly in the unions and among young people. There is still a slight hangover from the 1990s in working class consciousness but also broad agreement with our general ideas. The key question is how a workers’ party can be built to move them forward.

In this situation, all kinds of political formations can be created. The Socialist Party of Wales will have to be flexible in its tactics while being firm in its principles, as Lenin said, to react to the possibilities which will present themselves in the coming period. But we have the potential with the quality and reputation of our membership to become the main force on the left in Wales.

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Fix Victoria’s bail laws now! https://elsverds.org/fix-victorias-bail-laws-now/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elsverds.org/fix-victorias-bail-laws-now/ On June 2, 2022, the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne launched the No Crime, No Time – Fix Victoria’s Bail Laws Now country. The campaign calls on the Victorian government to:• release unconvicted remand prisoners from Victorian jails;• remove the reverse onus provisions from the Bail Act;create a presumption in favor of bail by […]]]>

On June 2, 2022, the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne launched the No Crime, No Time – Fix Victoria’s Bail Laws Now country.

The campaign calls on the Victorian government to:
• release unconvicted remand prisoners from Victorian jails;
• remove the reverse onus provisions from the Bail Act;
create a presumption in favor of bail by placing the onus on the Crown to show why bail should not be granted.

Sign and share the petition now:
www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/no-crime-no-time-fix-victoria-s-bail-laws-now

The Freedom Socialist Party supports this campaign initiated by the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne. The campaign is also supported by Casual, Unemployed and Precarious University Workers, Fight Together For Justice, Flat Out, Humanism Project, Multicultural Greens, Progressive Law Network, Radical Women, Tamil Refugee Council and The Police Accountability Project.

Debbie Brennan spoke at the launch of the Socialist Freedom and Radical Women’s Party. That’s what she said.

“I speak on behalf of the Socialist Freedom Party and radical women. Both are socialist feminist organizations that have been actively involved in the struggle for First Nations justice for decades. FSP helped found ISJA – Melbourne almost 20 years ago. In the mid-1990s, RW organized a fact-finding tour of Victoria for the then NSW Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee – which found that Victoria’s case was not squeaky clean, as the statistics claimed official. We are proud to support the No crime, no time country.

It is absolutely time to expose Victoria’s bail laws for what they are: a highly profitable pipeline to prison. Poverty sends people to prison and sexism puts women on the front line. The Dame Phyllis Frost Center, for example, has grown 270% over the past 20 years. A major factor behind this shocking increase is the bail system.

Add to that racism, and Indigenous women are far ahead — their incarceration has increased by 240% over the past five years. Antoinette Braybrook, a Kuku Yalanji woman from Djirra, says: “A single day in prison can destroy a woman’s life. She can lose her children, her home, her job, her hope. She can also lose her life, as the terrible deaths of Mrs. Nelson-Walker, Mrs. Calgaret, Tanya Day and so many other women tell us. The fact that 80% of First Nations women behind bars are mothers shows that these bail laws are not only barbaric, they are genocidal.

Since the profit system is global, so is this horror. This is the experience of First Peoples around the world, from North America to Palestine, Kurdistan, China and beyond. We also saw a routine cop kill in Minneapolis – of George Floyd two years ago – spark a massive movement across the United States, demanding Black Lives Matter.

FSP and RW believe in the power of the united, multiracial and working-class front. As the term suggests, a united front brings together a wide range of organizations and individuals to work democratically around an agreed set of principles and achieve a common goal. One example is New York’s grassroots campaign to establish a body of elected community officials with the power to fire cops who abuse their power. Initiated by the FSP, this campaign succeeded in getting the Community POWER Act passed in front of the town hall.

We are thrilled to be part of the campaign ISJA is launching tonight, as we are part of the Yuendumu community’s call to bring the police under community control.

Nothing less than a complete revolution can decimate the foundations of profit and its prison system. But for now, we look forward to working with a wide variety of organizations to review Victoria’s bail laws. It’s campaigns like No Crime, No Time, and those in the Yuendumu and New York communities that have the potential to shift the foundations, bringing us closer to where we ultimately need to go.

For more information on why Victoria’s bail laws urgently need to be changed, see:

What’s new? Crime is down but imprisonment is skyrocketing!
Time to fight back: Victoria’s bail scheme is creating a sexist and racist disaster

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The breakthrough of the “independents” in the Lebanese elections shows possibilities for change https://elsverds.org/the-breakthrough-of-the-independents-in-the-lebanese-elections-shows-possibilities-for-change/ Tue, 31 May 2022 09:14:58 +0000 https://elsverds.org/the-breakthrough-of-the-independents-in-the-lebanese-elections-shows-possibilities-for-change/ November 2019 protest in Lebanon Photo: Kaepora~enwiki/CC Iain Dalton On May 15, Lebanese voters headed to the polls in one of the strangest elections in recent years. The unprecedented social breakdown in Lebanon in recent years served as the backdrop for this election. Inflation is now over 200% and unemployment has tripled over the past […]]]>
November 2019 protest in Lebanon Photo: Kaepora~enwiki/CC

Iain Dalton

On May 15, Lebanese voters headed to the polls in one of the strangest elections in recent years. The unprecedented social breakdown in Lebanon in recent years served as the backdrop for this election. Inflation is now over 200% and unemployment has tripled over the past two years. Lebanon has also not escaped the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with 80% of the country’s wheat supplied by Ukraine.

A significant feature of the elections was the formal withdrawal from the race of the Future Movement, the Sunni electoral vehicle of the Hariri dynasty, whose leader, Saad Hariri, had been prime minister leading a 20-person parliamentary bloc . in the last elections. But others, including the outgoing Prime Minister, did not stand for election.

Despite these withdrawals, a record 1,043 candidates stood for election. Following the October 17, 2019 uprising against the then Saad Hariri government’s austerity measures and the mass protests that erupted after the tragic Beirut port explosion demanding accountability for the disaster, there were great hopes to see those who were not part of the traditional sectarian and religious groups. parties and blocs elected to parliament.

An opinion poll conducted in December 2021 revealed that almost 45% of Lebanese voters would not vote for the same party they had in 2018, while 40% were ready to vote for either independents or supporters. of the October 17 uprising. In particular, a number of parties had been formed explicitly on anti-sectarian lines or on the basis of support for the October 17 uprising.

Officially, 13 independents were elected, although not all of them were genuinely independent of the existing blocs and parties. For example, several independents had ties to Hariri’s Future Movement, and an October 17 party, Taqqadom, which won two seats, was listed with the Kataeb party, which emerged from one of the strongest sectarian militias. victims of the civil war.

But independents who have won also include Melham Khalif, who in November 2019 won the Beirut Bar Association elections as an independent. Perhaps, more promisingly, they also include Ibrahim Mneimneh of the Beirut Resists campaign, who previously ran unsuccessfully in the 2018 election due to his involvement in the Beirut litter protests in 2015.

In a speech to the press after his election, Mneimneh highlighted opposition to sellouts and attacks on living standards and rights, and concluded with these words: “The real battle began today because the elections are one of the frontiers against this regime. Our next rendezvous is in municipalities, unions, universities and the streets until we destroy the system and reclaim our present and our future.

The real battle begins soon

This real battle will begin soon, as the new government tries to push through parliament the eight conditions imposed on Lebanon for a new IMF bailout agreed in April. These include lower state spending, higher taxes, privatizations and debt reductions, with much of the burden falling on the poorest sections of Lebanese society.

This will be more difficult given the more unstable parliament that was elected, with the Hezbollah-Amal-Free Patriotic Current bloc losing its parliamentary majority, but the opposing Lebanese Forces party also not holding a majority. Under the Lebanese constitution, key state and parliamentary positions are each allocated to specific religious groups such as Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims and members of different Christian denominations, a system that has been implicitly rejected by the mass protests of 2015, and those between 2019 and 2021.

Thus, Nabih Berri, the outgoing speaker of parliament and leader of Amal, will face a re-election vote, which the Lebanese Forces and other “Christian” opposition groups will reject. However, since the post must be held by a Shia (Amal and Hezbollah hold all Shia seats), he is likely to be elected by default. Other more contested elections will take place for the vice-president (a Greek Orthodox) and the president (a Maronite) who must also be elected by parliament. The key to stopping the proposed attacks on the Lebanese masses will be the struggle of Lebanese workers and their unions, alongside other oppressed layers in Lebanon, such as the large number of refugees from various conflicts in the region. If these true independents build on this layer, even one or two clear voices in parliament could serve as a platform for the kind of mass struggles needed to defeat these attacks on the Lebanese masses. This could pave the way for the reconstruction of the labor movement in Lebanon and its own mass party that could begin the outlines of a socialist alternative to the misery that capitalism has inflicted on the country.

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