Supporters of Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) revolutionary trade unions prepare for the 2012 May Day march in Manila, the Philippines.
"‘Disarmament?’ – But the entire question revolves around who will disarm whom. The only disarmament which can avert or end war is the disarmament of the bourgeoisie by the workers. But to disarm the bourgeoisie, the workers must arm themselves."
Leon Trotsky (via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)
Funeral of John Maclean in Pollokshaws, Glasgow in 1923. Schoolteacher, socialist leader, Marxist educator, anti-war agitator, honorary Vice-President of the Congress of Soviets (USSR) and appointed Bolshevik representative for Scotland. His funeral remains one of the largest in Glasgow’s history.
His legacy has since been claimed by both Scottish Nationalist and Labour movements, making him rare in this respect amongst Scotland’s historical figures. The Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement both claim his political legacy.
WHAT IS ANTI-IMPERIALISM?
Monday 28 November, 6.30pm, University of London UnionThis year we have witnessed something that should be very worrying to all those that consider themselves anti-war, anti-imperialist and anti-racist. The British state has been at the head of a colonial war in North Africa, and there has been practically zero meaningful opposition to that war within Britain. In February 2003, two million people marched in London against war in Iraq. Only eight years later, all it takes is some reasonably sophisticated propaganda from the press and suddenly nobody is motivated to take a stand against wholesale destruction, widespread massacres and racist lynchings.The western empire is pushing its agenda of complete domination of Africa and the Middle East, by destabilising and attempting to overthrow all resistant, independence-minded states and groups (in particular Libya, Syria, Iran, Algeria, Hezbollah, Hamas). Dressing this up as a movement for democracy, they have thrown most people off the scent. We need to fully understand imperialist strategy and tactics, and develop our own strategy and tactics to oppose them.
Bronx-based rapper and activist, talking about organising against the US empire from within the belly of the beast.
Chair of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, talking about opposing imperialism from a Latin American perspective
Activist from the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, talking about opposing imperialism from a Pan-African perspective
Youth worker, writer and activist, talking about the anti-war movement in Britain
There will be rap, poetry and beatbox from Marcel Cartier, Samira Musa and more.
MORE SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS TBA.