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John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

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Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

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Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

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Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Ferguson: justice for Michael Brown - Darren Wilson is guilty

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Protest: Weds 26th November, 7pm, outside the US Embassy London, 24 Grosvenor Square W1A 1LQ

We are not here to condemn the rioters. We are not here to ask for police forces to be beefed up. We are here to expose the biggest gang that is roaming on the streets of London and that is the Metropolitan Police. The Police…who have given a message loud and clear. And that message is the following; we can blow brains out and we can lie and there is nothing you can do about it. - Turkish Community in Dalston statement on the London Riots of 2011


Last night a grand jury decided that Darren Wilson, white police officer, would not be charged for the coldblooded killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man. This has inflamed the civil unrest, demonstrations and political turmoil that have gripped Ferguson St Louis since the summer.

Aside from Obama’s federal soft touch, the town has been under on-and-off periods of Martial Law designed to quell the growing and anger and confidence of the African American community and its allies there. This anger has taken many forms, from random to well-organised looting, the formation of citizens militias and police patrol units, huge acts of peaceful civil disobedience, as well as antifascist confrontations with members of the Ku Klux Klan threatening to intervene on the side of law and order; however much their intervention might be unnecessary to American imperialism as it lumbers up to crush its own people.

This lumbering has so far taken the form of armoured vehicles, police and guardsmen equipped with, amongst other things, automatic machine guns and tear gas. Again we see, in situations of acute social crisis, the most dystopian predictions and utopian demands of the historic communist movement crystallise into brutal reality.

It would be easy for us, as International Socialists in Britain to valorise and romanticise these events, especially in the light of the ability of the British Police to shoot dead black and brown men without any hint of culpability or, indeed, shame. The fact of the matter is that the American revolutionary left, like ours, is in no position to be coherently supporting let alone leading these events. Like its white counterpart, the African Nationalist and Socialist movement in America has, in the main, degenerated into sectarianism and campism, beginning with their response to Mugabe’s repression, and hardening up over the question of Syria.

Recent events should, whilst showing us the historical and political limits of American imperialism, bring into sharp focus the same limits of our politics and motivate our efforts for regrouping, rethinking and rebuilding our shared revolutionary traditions.

London Black Revolutionaries have called a solidarity vigil outside the US Embassy against the violent repression and oppression black protests and black people. International Socialist Network asks its members and supporters to participate in this and stand with the family of Michael Brown and the self-defence of the African American people of Ferguson in their fight against racist oppression, police repression and state murder.

*Support the Self Defence and Self Organisation of the African American community of Ferguson
*Disband the Police
*For International Solidarity and International Socialism


International Socialist Network


Support the Ferguson Defence Fund:

Despite overwhelming evidence that Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, was murdered by Officer Darren Wilson, Officer Wilson has yet to be indicted. Despite the fact that six witnesses have said that Mike Brown had his hands up when he was fatally shot six times and then left dead in the middle of the street for four hours while Ferguson and St Louis Police got their lies together, Officer Darren Wilson has yet to be indicted. There are protestors in Ferguson who will stay there protesting until an indictment is handed down. And indictment is hardly justice, but it is the fairest procedure. These are young men and women who have put their lives on hold to stand up for all of our freedoms. The overly militarized police force in Ferguson has attempted to criminalize them by harassing and throwing them in jail for exercising their right to peaceful protest. They need our help. They need money for legal funds and they need money to live. The Ferguson Legal Defense Fund will help. We have partnered with Tef Poe and Tory Russell from Ferguson October to make sure the funds received go exactly where they are needed.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ferguson-defense-fund

 


A solidarity protest has also been called in Liverpool this Friday 28th November, 6pm, meeting at The Rialto at the top of Upper Parliament St, Toxteth, L8. Info here