cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgInternational Women’s Day 2017: Sisters, Let Us Make the Imperialists Afraid Again!

International Women’s Day – After One Century: Turn 8 March into a Day of General Strike Actions!

Statement by the International Women’s Secretariat of the RCIT, www.thecommunists.net, 08.03.2017

 

The most important event in the history of the workers and oppressed was the first successful proletarian revolution in 1917. The Great Russian Revolution would not have been possible without the bold initiative of the women workers who – in the best sense of the word „impatiently“ – started the February Revolution, which was the prologue to Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917. The great heroines of the February Revolution turned International Women’s Day into a day of general strike, inflaming the country with the spirit of the revolution. On the eve of the International Women’s Day in 1917, this revolutionary spirit also spread to their class brothers. The vanguard role of women in revolutions had already been demonstrated long before during the French Revolution of 1789-94. Since the Women’s March to Versailles in 1789 (also known as The October March) we have repeatedly seen that, in the history of the oppressed, we as women, are the warrant for revolution.

In this, the ninth year since the beginning of the historic period of capitalist decay in 2008, the inner-imperialist rivalries are accelerating while the workers and oppressed have risen up in numerous countries against the ruling class (in particular in the Arab world), but have also faced a number of counterrevolutionary defeats.

A vivid symbol for this contradictory development is rise to power of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. The new US administration led by Trump constitutes a severe threat of massive attacks not only against the working class and the oppressed in Northern America but throughout the entire world. We can see that this danger has already turned into a reality, for example, by the so-called Muslim Ban, a disgusting racist attack against migrants from several Muslim countries initiated by Trump. But we can also see the danger in the ongoing racist attacks against the Mexican people and the attempt, already started, to build a strong wall along the Mexican border as well as in the massively increased number of deportations. Yet another example is the renewed attacks against the heroic fighters on the ground at Standing Rock, North Dakota, ever since the Trump administration re-opened the road to massive destruction of the living conditions of Native Americans in this area by ruthless petroleum companies building a pipeline through this area.

However, all these attacks, and many others, are being undertaken by a government that is abhorred by billions of people in the world. Even moreso, the Trump administration provokes mass resistance because of its undisguised extreme chauvinism and super rich arrogance. It even provokes the shame of bourgeois imperialist forces who claim to defend democratic values, mainly the liberal sectors of the bourgeoisie of the United States, Canada and the European Union, while amusing and confusing the eastern imperialists like Russia, China and Japan. We don’t take the democratic protest of the bourgeois liberals against the Trump government seriously, as they themselves have implemented such racist and imperialist policies in the past (and are still implementing them in Europe) against both the workers at home as well as against our oppressed brothers and sisters in the semi-colonial world. However, the Trump administration, while clearly a tremendous danger for the workers and oppressed and a catalyst for rivalries between the imperialist powers, at the same time also objectively (albeit unintentionally) constitutes a factor for the mobilization of the masses.

Women in particular were and still are a driving force in the mass mobilizations as we have seen during the inauguration of Trump on 20 January, when more than 5 million people, mainly women, marched world-wide against the new US government. There are already calls circulating for a women’s general strike on this years’ International Women’s Day (8 March) – something the world hasn’t witnessed for nearly a hundred years.

Less than a month ago there was a mass strike of migrant workers in the US on 16 February, the „Day Without Immigrants.“ Indeed, migrants have played a central role in reviving the militant May Day tradition in the US since 2006. In particular, Mexican brothers and sisters, along with migrants from other Latin American countries, brought the May Day tradition back to the US. It is the vital labor movement of Latin America which, through militant migrant protests, is enlightening the stiffened traditions of the US. Given Trump’s attacks on Mexico specifically and migrants in general, it’s no wonder that the new Trump Era provokes mass popular protests in Mexico and other countries of Latin America!

In October 2016 tens of thousands of women marched under the slogan of „Ni Una Menos“ (Not One Less) against femicide in Argentina. We have seen similar mass demonstrations in Mexico (Ni Una Muerta Más ), Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Paraguay and Uruguay. In the time of such important and impressive mass movements of women a US president who is known for boasting to „grab her by the pussy“ as well as for his racist slander against Mexican people, is an additional provocative factor.

Thousands have marched against the extremely racist Muslim Ban which was initiated by the Trump government – not only in the US but also in London. The politics of the Trump administration creates automatically a sharp demarcation line and provokes even those people to protest against the reactionary Muslim Ban who have not always been „comfortable“ with a multinational composition of the population respectively who have some issues with Muslim people as such. Even the deep popular mistrust – nurtured by the chauvinist propaganda of the imperialist forces against people of color and mainly Muslim people – is partly broken up amongst broader layers of the population.

However, at the same time we can see an increase of direct and violent attacks against migrants and Muslims as the right wing forces – and with them a relevant part of reactionary elements in the population – feel encouraged by Trump’s victory. Along the demarcation line it is the utmost duty of the working class and the oppressed – especially of its vanguard – to uphold the banner of class solidarity. In this it is the duty of us, women workers, urban and rural poor women, to be the role model for our class as we have been already in the past.

It is time to revive our own heroic tradition and to stand together with all oppressed. It is time to stop the imperialist beast, to revive the Arab revolutions, to turn the spontaneous solidarity with people of color and Muslim people into an organized joint struggle, to fight for a proletarian leadership of the emerging new Women’s movement as well as to broaden it by including our sisters in the semi-colonial countries who should play a leading role in an international, revolutionary Women’s movement. It is time to turn the 8th March into a day not only replete with the spirit of the heroic past, but rather with the spirit of a revolutionary present and future. Let us turn the 8th March into a day of general strike action! Let us make imperialists worldwide afraid again!

 

For a more extensive analysis of the women’s liberation struggle we refer readers to the following document: https://www.thecommunists.net/oppressed/resolution-womens-liberation/

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What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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