John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

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

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

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

Transphobia workshop - Saturday 20th September

Transphobia workshop

a workshop for socialists on understanding and resisting Transphobia, hosted by the IS Network

Saturday 20th September,
1pm-5.30pm
Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths College London SE14 6NW
(Tube: New Cross Gate/New Cross)

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is the international Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialise those who have been killed by transphobia. IS Network comrade Maxi B has been posting some amazing links on her Facebook in commemoration of this day.

Link to full list of transphobia murder victims this year

Trigger warning: full list (PDF) includes circumstances of death

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of Rita Hester, a young transgender woman of colour who was murdered in her apartment in Allston, Mass, USA,

The IS Network condemns all hate crimes against transgendered people and vows to continue its work towards the promotion of full equality of all transgendered people, and to fight transphobia anywhere it can be found, including in our own minds, and to ensure that our own organisation is affirmatively welcoming to trans people in its own groupings, and in its wider work within social movements.

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Bob Cant: A grim tale. The IS gay group 1972-75 (1976)

One of the major problems facing all gay revolutionaries is the relationship between sexual politics and working class politics.

This journal is just one of many attempts made over the last few years to fuse these two traditions. In 1972 after the hey-day of the Gay Liberation Front many of us who had been active in G.L.F. joined revolutionary groups such as the International Socialists or the International Marxist Group in the belief that we could open a debate around the question of sexuality in them. I joined I.S. in 1973 hoping that I could do this and left earlier this year (1976) no longer believing this was possible.

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