International Marxist Tendency

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Last weekend the fifth Marxist autumn school of the Swiss section of the International Marxist Tendency, der Funke, took place in Nidau, Biel. Being for the first time in our history a bilingual as well as a two-day school, this event is a big step forward in the development of our Tendency. More than 60 people participated, coming from all over Switzerland as well as United Kingdom, France, Sweden and Austria.

The comrades have responded very well to the appeal for money for El Salvador. All the donations put together make up €1,228. 

Revolutionary moods are growing across the world as capitalism rots and the ruling elite attempts to maintain its position by attacking the working class. Meanwhile, the International Marxist Tendency is growing in numbers, developing a deeper understanding of the processes taking place, intervening in the struggles taking place, and fighting for socialist ideas in the movements of workers and youth.

From the minute comrades began to set up the stage, a week before the event was due to open, it was clear that the times were ripe for the return of our national Red Festival (Festa Rossa) for the 4th year. As soon as the first comrades set foot in the XXII Aprile park, in the city of Modena, mounting tents, stages, kitchens and various stands, dozens of people from the neighbourhood came to us expressing their delight that the communist gathering had returned to the area.

In spite of growing political apathy in society, a huge participation was observed in the congress of Marxists in Kashmir. More than 400 comrades and sympathisers from across Kashmir gathered in Rawalakot on 28th June to attend a one-day regional congress.

This August the IMT will be holding its international conference in Greece. Comrades from all over the world, from New Zealand to Argentina, from Spain to Sweden, from Pakistan to Canada, will be gathering to discuss the world situation and the tasks for revolutionary Marxists.

The United States is a vast country with a sprawling geography and nearly 300 major cities of over 100,000 inhabitants each. But the Marxists are not daunted as we step up to the plate of the historic task of building a strong and well-organized revolutionary tendency within the labor movement on a national scale. We are committed with all of our energy and unshakable confidence in our ideas and in the approaching revolutionary future of the American working class. This was the theme and the attitude that emerged at the National Congress of the Workers International League in Pittsburgh over the weekend of May 24–25 this year.

On Monday, 2 June, the IMT and Socialist Appeal will be supporting a launch meeting for an antifascist solidarity campaign. The campaign will be launched at a London meeting on June 2nd. The main aims of the campaign are to defend democratic rights in Ukraine, under assault by the “acting government” in Kiev; to protest Western governments’ support for the Kiev authorities and to offer our solidarity with antifascists in Ukraine suffering repression, paramilitary attacks, etc. [Facebook event] [Campaign blog]

Revolutionaries from across Canada gathered in Toronto on the weekend of May 17-18 to discuss the struggle for socialism against the Canadian state. This was the 14th annual National Conference of supporters of La Riposteand Fightback, bringing together almost 60 revolutionaries from the West Coast to Quebec. Revolutionary greetings were also sent from comrades on the Prairies who, unfortunately, were not able to make the trip to Toronto. The conference took place in an era of the deepest crisis in the history of capitalism and where revolutionary movements are

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Join Rob Sewell of the International Marxist Tendency—editor of Socialist Appeal (UK), author of Germany: From Revolution to Counterrevolution, member of National Union of Journalists, and main organizer of the Anti-Poll Tax protests that led to Margaret Thatcher's resignation—for two public events in the US as part of his 2014 North American tour.

This year’s annual conference of Socialist Appeal supporters and sellers saw another record turnout. Over the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April, more than 120 Marxist activists convened in London to discuss the perspectives for revolution and the organisational tasks at hand for the Marxists in Britain.

This year the 33rd congress of The Struggle was awaited with great expectation. The coming to power of the right-wing government of Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League was the signal for new and severe attacks against the working class and The Struggle and the PTUDC have been at the forefront of the counterattack.

The Ted Grant centenary appeal has reached its target. Over the past six months, we have raised €2,345. This has given us a good base on which to begin the new year.

From 15th-17th November the International Marxist Tendency held the IMT Winter School 2013, hosted by UCLU Marxist Society. Over 130 attendees from across the country and the rest of northern Europe - and even the USA! - descended on UCL for the weekend to discuss why ‘Marx Was Right’ and debate the relevance of Marxism today.

The British Marxist Alan Woods had been invited by the youth organisation of Morena in Naucalpan, Mexico State, jointly with La Izquierda Socialista (Mexican section of the IMT) and the Centro de Estudios Socialistas Carlos Marx, to speak at a meeting on the crisis of capitalism on November  5th

The congress of the Nigerian section of the IMT was held on October 19-20, with a total of 20 comrades participating from different parts of the country. The presence of comrades from the north was a source of excitement and enthusiasm for all those present.

On Thursday 10th October the Marxist Student Federation hosted a fiery debate between Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, and Orlando Figes, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, on the topic of The Russian Revolution: Triumph or Tragedy?

On Thursday, 7pm, a joint meeting of the London Marxist societies is taking place, hosted by the SOAS Marxist society. Alan Woods, author of “Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution will debate Orlando Figes, author of The Russian Revolution: A People’s Tragedy, on the true nature of the Russian Revolution, what it meant for the people of Russia and the class struggle internationally. The meeting will also be broadcast live.

An enthusiastic crowd of over 60 recently gathered at the University of Toronto for a discussion on the threat of imperialism to bomb Syria. Many students expressed an interest in this, as well as the roots of the current situation in the county. We are publishing notes of the main presentation from the discussion, outlining the historical role played by imperialism in undermining the interests of the Syrian masses, the different sides currently embroiled in the conflict, and how the revolutionary movement against the Assad regime ended up being hijacked by reactionary elements.

In late July, more than 200 Marxist revolutionaries from all over the world gathered in Greece for the bi-annual Marxist summer school of the International Marxist Tendency. The fact that this year's event took place while revolutionary events were unfolding throughout the world was reflected in the interventions of all comrades who showed a high understanding of the process that we are passing through on a world scale.