Vincent, Youth & Young Communist League Liaison Officer for the South West and Cornwall District, reports on the YCL Summer Camp

On the final weekend of August, comrades of the Young Communist League (UK) descended onto the sleepy little village of Edale in the picturesque Peak District. This included a small contingent of south-west based YCL members. Despite the wet and windy weather conditions upon arrival, spirits amongst comrades was high and all were greeted very warmly, some who had travelled from as far as London and from over the Scottish border.

Following a much needed night’s sleep and breakfast, comrades carrying various different flags ranging from CPB flags, the People’s Charter, the former Soviet Union and Cuba among others marched into the village of Edale, creating a visually effective spectacle that caught the attention of local residents and other ramblers. Upon meeting our guide, the march up Kinder Scout Peak began, with flags still waving high and proud throughout the ascent, where at certain intervals our guide informed young comrades of the historical significance of Kinder Scout Peak, to the history of the YCL as a site for an important act of civil disobedience.

The Golden Dawn gang assassinates antifascist activist in Greece

On September 18th, a 34-year-old man was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday by a Neonazi (member of Golden Dawn) and subsequently stabbed in Piraeus.

The victim is Pavlos Fyssas (who went by the stage name of Killah P.), a hip-hopper involved in the antifascist scene, organising anti-racist concerts and other social activities in the area where he lived in Athens. He was stabbed in the chest outside a café at 60 Tsaldari Avenue in the Keratsini district of Piraeus, shortly after midnight by a group of Neonazis dressed in black and camouflage uniforms.

The following letter was written to the Western Gazette (12th Sept) by Ken Keable, on behalf of the Yeovil and West Dorset Stop the War Coalition. We encourage all visitors to this site to use it as a model to write to their own MPs and local paper.

Yeovil’s MP, Mr David Laws, voted for Britain to attack Syria. There are three things wrong with this.

19:00 Friday 27th September

Cornwall Anti Cuts Alliance is hosting a People's Assembly meeting in the Assembly Room, Hall for Cornwall, Truro at 19:00 on Friday 27th September. Speakers so far include Brett Sparkes UNITE, Kevin Breezer CWU, Kathy Wallis NASUWT, Kevin Fegan GMB and Tim Gulliver People's Assembly SW.

Topics will include Royal Mail sell-off, welfare cuts and crucially - how to fight back, as teachers and postal workers plan to do with autumn strikes, and the People's Assembly with the Day Of Action on 5th November.

In the South West the Conservatives have thirty six MPs, the Liberal Democrats fifteen and Labour four (making fifty five seats in all).

Only four coalition MPs voted against the war. They were:

Conservative: Richard Drax (Dorset South), Dr Sarah Wollaston (Totnes).

Liberal Democrat: Dan Rogerson (Cornwall North), Andrew George (St Ives).

So the following "Liberal" Democrats failed to oppose the warmongering of of the Prime Minister:

Stephen Gilbert, St Austell & Newquay; Adrian Sanders, Torbay; Nick Harvey, Devon North; Jeremy Browne, Taunton Deane; David Laws, Yeovil; David Heath, Somerton & Frome; Tessa Munt, Wells; Duncan Hames, Chippenham; Don Foster, Bath; Steve Webb, Thornbury & Yate; Stephen Williams, Bristol West; Martin Horwood, Cheltenham; Annette Brook, Dorset Mid and Poole.

With Our Memory on The Future (NC)
Dir: Delso Aquino Baňos.

This documentary was produced by the Federation of Cuban Women on the 45th anniversary of its founding. The film examines the progress that Cuban women have made since 1959.

Through interviews on the streets, in the workplace, and in schools, attitudes towards women's equality, sexuality, divorce, children and other questions are frankly discussed.

Imperialism, NATO, the EU - What we can do about it

Saturday 26 October 2013 10:00 to 16:00

North Devon Sunrise, 25 Castle Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1DR

Admission free but there will be a collection for North Devon Sunrise.

This is a chance for a good bit of political discussion. It will be workplace based rather than a speech and questions format so nobody need be left out.

Guests: Liz Payne Communist Party Women's Organiser, Navid Shomali Tudeh Party of Iran, Tim Gulliver Executive Committee member Communist Party

Chair: Hugh Parry

Opening: Gerrard Sables gives a brief history of imperialist adventures since World War Two, looking at the formation and development of  NATO and the EU in particular

BREAKING THE RIGHT WING AGENDA

Morning Star TUC fringe meeting, Tuesday 10th September 12:45 until 14:00 at the Tregonwell Bar, Bournemouth International Conference Centre.

Speakers:

Bob Crow RMT General Secretary

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary

Roger McKenzie Unison Assistant General Secretary

Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary

Lynn Collins North-West TUC Secretary

Richard Bagley Morning Star Editor

National Assembly of Women speaker

Chair:

Bob Oram People's Press Printing Society

In the mostly widely supported joint declaration for decades, 64 communist and worker's parties across the world join forces to declare "We are totally opposed to any military action against Iran!"

We the undersigned Communist and Workers Parties express our grave concerns and strong condemnation of the recent statements by the Israeli policy makers, about attacking Iran. We believe the statements of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, signalling that Israel is prepared to wage a pre-emptive military attack on Iran before the US election, could drag the region into a new war with unimaginable consequences. There are important indications that the Israeli plans are coordinated with powerful officials in the US administration and certain governments of the EU.

UNISON South West is building the fight against the threat of regional pay in the NHS with 18 events across the region this month and running up to the March for the Future that Works in London, Glasgow and Belfast on 20 October.

The events kicked off today, with a morning lobby in Gloucester - and there will be a lobby of the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust's annual board meeting, from 4pm this afternoon, outside Salisbury Arts Centre in Bedwin Street.

UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: "I urge trust boards to reconsider being part of the cartel, and risking damaging staff morale and the service itself," and she called on members and friends to support the events.

Part of the national Speaking Tour "Capitalism, the Labour Movement and Socialism" is the theme of a public meeting in Yeovil on Thursday 27 September, called by the Somerset Branch of the Communist Party. The speaker is Rob Griffiths, General Secretary of the party, and Liz Payne (the party's National Women's Organiser) will be in the chair.

Somerset branch secretary Ken Keable, of Stoke-sub-Hamdon, said, "With the capitalist system clearly in crisis and with rising levels of poverty, unemployment and homelessness alongside unparalleled wealth for the super-rich, there has never been a more appropriate time to discuss the socialist alternative to the capitalist system. As long as the profit motive is king, we cannot solve the problem of climate change nor abolish war and the threat of war."

The meeting, open to all, starts at 7pm at Unity Hall, Central Road, Yeovil BA20 1JL (opposite the bus station). Admission is free.

TUCs and ACAs are setting up public meetings around the South West and hopefully not just attracting and engaging union members and sympathisers and community activists but members of the general public as well. This meeting will address very local - South West - concerns and mobilise support for the TUC march A Future that Works - No to Austerity on 20 October in London and for future activity after the march.

Public Meeting on 19th September at 7 pm

Winter Gardens, Royal Parade, Weston super Mare, BS23 1AJ

Speakers on the NHS, South West Pay Cartel, Transport and Youth Services

Brendan Kelly, RMT
Gwyneth Powell-Davies, UNITE
Michael Wright, Youth Fight for Jobs
Lisa Youlton, UNISON

For more information see www.westontuc.blogspot.co.uk

Now available to download, a new poster advertising the South West tour dates and flyers with venue details for each event. Click to download the high resolution PDFs.

Files:
Bristol flyer
Dorchester flyer
Plymouth flyer
Yeovil flyer
South West poster

The first three dates of the south West leg of the Communist Party Speaking Tour have been announced. Local and national speakers will set out the Communist Party's alternative to the Con-Dem austerity agenda. Britain needs Socialism!

Yeovil - Thursday 27th September, 19:00, at Unity Hall, Central Road, Yeovil BA20 1JL

Plymouth - Monday 15th October, 19:00, at the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Dorchester - Saturday 10th November, 13:00-15:00, at the Colliton Club, Colliton House, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put in touch with your local branch.

Following the success of last year's Communist Party Speaking Tour to launch the new edition of Britain's Road to Socialism, this autumn will see Robert Griffiths, CP General secretary, and Bill Greenshields, CP Chairman, spearhead a new tour covering the length and breadth of Britain.

Under the banner "Britain Needs Socialism" local and national speakers will address public meetings outlining a positive alternative to the government's austerity agenda.

In the South West events are planned in Yeovil, Plymouth, Bristol and Dorchester.

Britain's Road to Socialism speaking tour banner

During October and November a series of public meetings are planned in Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol areas. The meetings will celebrate the launch of the new edition of the CP's programme, Britain's Road to Socialism, and a variety of prominent national and local speakers will outline the case for building socialism in this country. 

Watch this space for dates and venues!

Bill Greenshields and Robert Griffiths – Chair and General Secretary of the Communist Party opened a session in London on Britain’s Road to Socialism, prior to the launch of a nationwide tour.

You can purchase a copy of the new edition in the online shop.

Capitalism is economically, socially and politically bankrupt. So argues the new edition of Britain's Road to Socialism (BRS), the Communist Party strategy for a society which puts ordinary people first, explained by CP Women's Organiser and South West District Chair, Liz Payne.  

As a system, capitalism no longer makes a progressive contribution to human development. Its sole purpose - to make maximum profit for the private owners of industry and commerce - is exposed, together with its deep general crisis and the suffering it causes.

Billions of the world's people live in poverty, without access to education, medical services and sanitation. Populations starve while in other parts of the world food mountains are destroyed. Environmental destruction goes unchecked. Big business fails to cut carbon emissions, depletes finite resources and refuses to invest in safe, renewable energy.

The Chair of the South West of England and Cornwall District and National Women's Organiser addresses the party's political and executive committee, as reported in the Morning Star:

 

Britain

Communists condemn West's grab for Libyan oil


Britain's communists condemned the West's role in Libya today, saying that Nato's scramble for access to the country's enormous oil and gas resources has begun even before the killing has stopped.

Communist Party of Britain executive member Liz Payne told the party's political committee meeting: "The real motive for Britain and Nato's decisive intervention in Libya is becoming clearer by the day.

"The Nato bombing campaign in Libya has nothing to do with democracy, justice or humanitarian concern - it is motivated by Western imperialism's drive to control the hugely profitable and essential natural resources across the whole 'greater' Middle East region."