Scottish Communists - website of the Communist Party
Thursday 3rd September 7pm
Eddie Dempsey - a member of the international solidarity delegation in Donbass in May, will report on the struggle against fascism and for federal autonomy in Eastern Ukraine
7 p.m. in the Unity Offices
72 Waterloo Street Glasgow
(Next to Admiral Bar, 2 minutes from Central Station).
Friday 4th September @8pm in STUC, Glasgow - £5 on the door
Local artists & world-class musicans are coming together on Friday 4th September @8pm, to provide an evening of great live entertainment in the Scottish Trade Union Centre on behalf of the Morning Star - the only daily Socialist newspaper in the English language.
Maeve MacKinnon - renowned Scottish & Gaelic singer
Calum Baird - described as: "A brilliant singer-songwriter with a Dylan-esque feel, but a much better voice", by Music News Scotland
Vince Mills & friends - including Eddie McGuire who recently featured in the Gramaphone Magazine
Colin Poole - performance Poet
plus surprise guests!!
This is also a relaxed social evening, and there will be something for everyone in this wondefully varied line up.
Please share & tell all your friends & colleagues of this great night coming up on Friday 4th Sept.
TheList listing: https://www.list.co.uk/event/510101-live-music-evening/
Saturday 12 Septemper 12noon - 3pm @ The HUB Community Centre
Come and hear local and national speakers put the alternative to austerity
Music from Pauline Bradley, free teas, coffee, juice and snacks + stalls.
Speakers from the People's Assembly and STUC Youth Committee.
Local speakers: UNITE - Charlie MacDonald, UNISON - Thomas O'Brien, GMB and Hazards - Billy McEwan, West Dunbartonshire Foodshare, West Dunbartonshire Anti-Fracking Group - Karen Dunlop, Hope Not Hate - Rab O’Donnell
Speakers from Citizens Advice on Benefit Sanctions and from Disability Groups.
Hub Community Centre, Kilbowie Road , Clydebank
Saturday 19th September: Glasgow 11:30am + 1:00pm & Motherwell 7:00pm
The following are details of forthcoming Commemoration to the International Brigade on Saturday 19th September at Glasgow La Pasionaria Statue, Custom House Quay from 11.30am - 12.30pm followed by social event being held at UNISON Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1 1LQ from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Speakers at Commemoration include Mike Arnott (IBMT Trustee), Kath Campbell; Granddaughter of International Brigader and Secretary of Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Ryan Boyle; UNISON Young Members Committee and Tommy Campbell; UNITE the UNION. The social event will have a range of live music, speakers and stalls.
It would be appreciated if you could circulate these details as widely as possible. More details can be found on Greater Glasgow Hope not Hate website http://www.glasgowhopenothate.org , Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGlasgowHopeNotHate and on Twitter following the hashtag #nopasaranglasgow
Also, the excellent play 'From Calton to Catalonia' is being performed on the same night at Motherwell Civic Centre from 7.00pm. More info here: http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/content/19-september-motherwell
For more information on the International Brigade; click here: http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/
Saturday 3rd October
March in Dunfermline @12pm
Rally in Pittencrieff Park @1pm
For all who are opposed to the ongoing cuts ideology & the poverty it is creating.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/440664472789612/
Cultural meetings held across Scotland, organised by the Morning Star daily socialist newspaper.
"Let our past struggles inspire our future"
The songs, theatre and poetry of working class struggle have played a key role in carrying forward the convictions and knowledge from one generation to the next.
Download a copy of the programme here: http://morningstarscotland.org/attachments/article/90/2015_2016_Our_Class_Our_Culture_program.pdf
Wednesday 2 September 6:30pm
ABERDEEN: Aberdeen and International Solidarity - Spain, South Africa, Palestine
Sunday 4 October 11am
GLASGOW Conference: Redeveloping Class Politics
Tuesday 6 October 7pm
FALKIRK: People’s Music and Class Politics
Tuesday 3 November 7pm
GLASGOW: Rent Strikes and Red Clydeside
Tuesday, 1 December 7pm
PAISLEY: Willie Gallacher: Agitator and MP,
Redeveloping working class organisation & politics
Communist Party Scottish Secretary Tam Morrison writes:
Alex Salmond’s recent call for a new referendum on Scottish independence as an ‘inevitable’ demand of the Scottish people underlines some of the problems facing the Left in Scotland. It also highlights the need to address the issue of populist nationalism.
To a large extent the Yes vote in 2014 was indeed motivated by anger at austerity - with Scotland’s poorest areas voting most heavily for independence. Today big sections of the population, desperate to escape from the politics of Cameron and Osborne, still see an “independent” Scotland as the only way forward.
But, as was pointed out in 2014, the independence put forward by the SNP would have delivered Scotland straight into the hands of the EU Troika. Scotland’s deficit, on the basis of oil at 2014 prices, would have been twice that permitted under the obligatory EU Fiscal Compact – and monetary policy would still have been controlled from London. Since then oil prices have collapsed and the size of the independence deficit doubled.
The SNP leadership has yet never squared up to these basic contradictions – of populist promises to end austerity combined with post-independence commitments that combine EU membership, sterling as a currency and economic growth still based on cutting taxes on business.
It is to be hoped that the broadening of the SNP’s membership base and the increased activity of the SNP’s Trade Union Group will bring forward such a debate.
Even on the Left of the SNP there is little recognition of the role of the EU as a major driver of privatisation. Progressives in the SNP have to address these contradictions in policy and develop a clear position against the EU, neo-liberal economics TTIP, and NATO.
Meantime, it has to be recognised that populist nationalism is having a deadening effect on class politics in Scotland – at a time when the Tory government’s double attack on the Welfare State and the organisation of the trade union movement makes the redevelopment of class politics urgent.
Anti-austerity demonstrations in Scotland have been smaller than elsewhere in Britain. Nationalist banners have been prominent combined with a significant amount of verbal attack directed at those who voted NO: ‘you voted for austerity, you are to blame.’
The Labour Party is presented as the big enemy – not the Tories, with the sarcastic taunt of “Red Tory” ever present.
The work of rebuilding class organisation on the ground, of linking unions and communities in resistance to the cuts, is always difficult and challenging .
But it is doubly challenging in face of the belief that all that is needed to end austerity is independence. Talk of a second referendum from Alex Salmond will stir even greater disunity in the trade union movement and working class communities - still to recover from the fall out of the last one.
In these circumstances the response of the Labour Party in Scotland will be crucial. It has to speak clearly against the cuts agenda and against neo-liberalism. Labour’s election manifesto was actually somewhat more anti-austerity than the SNP– yet this was not how it was projected. Labour’s election campaign failed to make a clear break with neo liberal politics and didn’t challenge the Tories on the deficit.
Jeremy Corbyn’s candidature has now shifted the whole Labour Party leadership debate to the left and shaken the Blairites to the core. For the first time in many years the debate in the mass media has revolved around class politics.
In Scotland this need to redevelop class politics is even more urgent if all those genuinely against austerity, Labour, SNP and neither, are to rebuild the class organisations needed if Corbyn was indeed to win.
Under his leadership the Labour Party would need a mass movement outside Parliament, on the streets, in the unions and in the communities, to counter the vicious right wing backlash that he will face. Hence the importance of building the People’s Assembly on the ground projecting class politics and building unity between the trade unions and working class communities. Communists will work hard to build this movement.
These are the politics that are needed to defeat the Tories. Calling for a Yes vote in another referendum simply take us down the road to classless politics. Drawing a line on a map will not defeat capitalist state power, based on finance capital and transnational corporations.
We do indeed need new constitutional arrangements that can strengthen the democratic rights now under such fierce attack. That is why Communists call for a federal republic based on national parliaments with powers to advance economic democracy and public ownership against the power of big business.
But only the redevelopment of working class politics led by an organised, combatant, militant, and political trade union movement will do that.
Paul Dobson, Communist Party member from Edinburgh, lives and writes in Venezuela
Paul recently visited Scotland and spoke on Western interference in Venezuela - video of that event can be found here.
The issue of human rights are frequently used in attempts to delegitimize the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela.This month, Caracas tackled the issue, speaking atthe UN and inviting the entire country to contribute ideas to strengthening ongoing efforts at protecting human rights.
Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz affirmed “in Venezuela the right to life is inviolable, it’s sacred”.
“There is very real freedom of expression, access to information, the right to peaceful protest, and the continual holding of elections”, she added.
Following last year’s violent uprising which looked to overthrow the democratically- elected government, Diaz explained that “it’s very serious that in the international arena people say that the 43 deaths from the violent deeds of 2014 were due to police actions. Only 6 of these 43 are due to this and there are 14 policemen behind bars for them”, she explained.
Diaz also explained that “the right to protest and meet is sacred in the judicial ordering of the country as long as it is pacific and unarmed… if these conditions are absent then, simply, it is no longer a right”. In relation to prisons, Diaz assured the UN Council that Venezuela has “eradicated torture” and has “special legislation which prohibits it”.
“If there were a policeman or military who incurred in this practice, we would process them immediately” she reassured. The state is also making advances in “attending to prisoners whilst guaranteeing their rights” such as recreation and education.
Finally, Diaz reiterated the political rights and freedom of expression in the country. “Since 1999, the people have participated in 19 electoral processes, demonstrating their democratic vocation and the reaffirmation of sovereignty and self-determination through secret, free, and universal voting”.
“This”, she explained, contrasts sharply with “our cruel past”, which the state is investigating “with the objective of sanctioning the human rights violations which happened between 1958 and 1998”. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez summarized that Venezuela is “writing a new history in human rights. The Bolivarian Revolution gave a constitutional dimension to them, guaranteeing, promoting and protecting them”.
Venezuelan Executive Vice President, Jorge Arreaza, presented a National Plan for Human Rights 2015-2019 to the nation this month, inviting civil society and social movements to participate in a consultative process to enrich it.
The proposed plan addresses five areas: the construction of a liberating culture; institutional strengthening; the leading participation of the people; relationships with international human rights organisms; and human rights focus in legislation, politics, and state actions.
The proposals include a series of measures in the commune movement, including creating “areas which promote human rights to the rest of the community”, and in the international arena they look to “take steps forward in the understanding, respect, and guaranteeing of Venezuela’s human rights which are often misunderstood”.
Also, the proposal suggests “the promoting of a human rights system within the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)”
"The Greek crisis is a crisis of monopoly Capitalism"
Comrade Ioli Gkouma representing the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) addressed Scottish communists in a public meeting held in the Party offices in Glasgow, Monday, 4 May 2015.
In it she detailed the Greek situation under EU Capitalist austerity, the analysis of the KKE & why SYRIZA (the current governing Party) was offering false slogans & solutions.
Chaired by Prof John Foster, International Secretary of the British Communist Party.
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the defeat of fascism, the Communist Party will be showing a season of anti-fascist films on our big screen at the party premises, Unity Office, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7AD.
Free entry & All Welcome
Dr Alan MacKinnon & Paul Dobson from Venezuela led a meeting on Imperialism in Ukraine and Venezuela, showing the far reach of those seeking control & influence in these and other regions.
Recorded April 2015 in Glasgow.
Speaker: Dr Alan MacKinnon
Filmed in March 2012 - at a time when Western NATO nations & media were focusing on challenging certain countries, whilst West hypocritically turned blind eyes to protect the region's most corrupt & dictatorial governments which were cracking down on Arab Spring local movements - simply because they were deemed to be pro-NATO already. Dr MacKinnon focuses his attention on Egypt - where many of his 2012 predictions have seemingly come to pass.
What are the forces at large in the region? What does this mean for the near future of people in the Middle east, and are we seeing an era of our Western nations engaging in yet more protracted war & bloodshed?
The Communist Party Manifesto for the General Election on May 7th 2015 in Scotland.
Download a PDF version here: http://www.scottishcommunists.org.uk/attachments/article/455/Communist_Party_Election_Manifesto_2015_Scotland.pdf