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John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

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Financial Appeal

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

Financial Appeal

Leeds SWSS: statement of disaffiliation

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SWSSIn response to the recent crisis engulfing the SWP over its mishandling of rape allegations, Leeds University Socialist Worker Student Society would like to announce our disaffiliation from the organisation.

We feel this step is necessary because of the party’s inherent sexism and bureaucratised democratic structure, which has also historically subordinated the role of Socialist Worker Student Society. The treatment of dissident voices within the party and subsequent bullying and intimidation of young members has made our continued affiliation untenable.

We believe democracy and women’s liberation are the foundations of a truly revolutionary movement. As such, we have decided to reconstitute our group with these principles at our core, under the name Revolutionary Socialists (RevSoc).

We are committed to the fight against capitalism, oppression and imperialism and will work with all those in the movement who share these goals, in a non-sectarian manner.
As a group, want to work towards left unity on campus, building on our recent successes of working with other activists. We extend our invitation to all staff and students to contact us who share our dedication to creating a viable socialist alternative.
Solidarity,
Leeds University Revolutionary Socialists (RevSoc)
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