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October Revolution’s 100th anniversary: Leningrad will host the 19th IMCWP on November

Thursday, April 27, 2017

October Revolution’s 100th anniversary: Leningrad will host the 19th IMCWP on November
Twenty-seven Communist and Workers’ Parties from all over the world gathered in Moscow for a two day meeting of the Working Group (WG) of the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP)

In the meeting, which was held on 21-22 April, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) was represented by Giorgos Marinos, member of the Political Bureau, Elisseos Vagenas, member of the CC and head of the Party’s International Relations department and Danae Helmi, member of the International Relations committee of the CC of KNE. 
The opening speech was delivered by the President of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) Gennadi Zyuganov, while the participants discussed the preparations for the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) which will be held in Leningrad (St.Petersburg) on 2-3 November 2017. The theme  for the meeting is decided to be : “The 100th anniversary of the great October socialist revolution: the ideals of the communist movement, revitalizing the struggle against imperialistic wars, for peace and socalism“.
The participants at the Working Group had also the opportunity to visit the Red Square and the Mausoleum of Vladimir Ilich Lenin, on the occasion of his 147th birthday.
PAME expresses solidarity with the General Strike of the workers of Brazil on April 28

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PAME expresses solidarity with the General Strike of the workers of Brazil on April 28
The All Workers Militant Front (PAME) that represents the class trade union movement of Greece, expresses its solidarity with the working class and the unions of Brazil, the CTB and the friends and affiliates of WFTU in Brazil, for the General Strike of April 28
The workers of Brazil are going on General Strike on April 28 against the antiworkers’ reforms planned by the Temer Government on Social Security and labour legislation. The General Strike of April 28, which has been prepared systematically by the class trade unions of Brazil for weeks, aims to be the biggest strike action since the great General Strike of 1917.
PAME expresses its class solidarity with the General Strike of the workers of Brazil, in their fight for workers’ rights against the antiworkers’ policies that serve the capital.
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Nationwide General Strike slated for April 28 in Brazil.
Sao Paulo, Brazil – Labor unions, progressive political parties and social movements across Brazil have called for a general strike of all workers to protest the neoliberal anti-worker policies being imposed by right-wing politicians including the new president Michel Temer. Temer was put in office only after the illegal removal of progressive President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party.
“Teachers in Brazil face many of the same challenges that we do in Chicago. They face closings of neighborhood schools, cuts in teachers’ pension benefits as well as cuts to students in need. But a general strike to protest. Wow!” said CTU Executive Board Member Natasha Carlsen. “We are not there yet, but by organizing students, teachers and parents and applying class struggle methods we will get there.”
The call for a general strike follows protests and strikes by more than a million people on March 15. In Sao Paulo, the CTB president, Adilson Araujo, was one of those who used the microphone on the crowded Paulista Avenue saying, “Brazil woke up earlier today, willing to give a response to this illegitimate government which tries to impose at all costs an extreme neoliberal agenda.”
“All the unions are organizing for the General Strike. We had a meeting with every union in every sector. We are all united. We are striking to win back workers’ rights, win back our pensions and stop outsourcing,” said Campinas General Secretary for the CTB Paulo Jose Nobre, “Brazilian President Michel Temer is making an unprecedented attack on us. He wants us to work more hours and get paid less. He wants us to work more years for our pension and have less rights as workers.”
Elizabeth Warren Sounds The Alarm: Trump Is About To Deliver Knockout Blow To The Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren Sounds The Alarm: Trump Is About To Deliver Knockout Blow To The Middle Class

“This isn’t about what Donald Trump says. This is about what Donald Trump does. And he’s delivering one hit after another on working families.”

Elizabeth Warren Sounds The Alarm: Trump Is About To Deliver Knockout Blow To The Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren urged Democrats to stand up and fight Donald Trump’s catastrophic policies on Wednesday, warning the country that the president is on the verge of delivering the final knockout blow to the middle class.

Warren told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Trump used misdirected anger to get himself elected and now he’s about to hurt the very people that sent him to the White House.

Warren first pointed out that Americans are “deeply angry” and Trump was able to successfully use that anger to propel his Electoral College victory last November.

“People are right to be angry,” Warren said, adding that Trump wrongly directed that anger toward minorities to fuel his campaign. “He told a story. It’s just the wrong story.”

She went on to say that all the promises Trump made to his supporters have completely collapsed in less than 100 days.

“Donald Trump promised – he said, ‘You elect me and I’m gonna get out there and I’m gonna work for you,’ and look at what he’s done,” she said. “He’s been in place less than 100 days and … he has already signed off on a law to make it easier for employers to steal their employee’s wages. He’s made it easier for companies that kill and maim their employees, to hide that information. He’s made it easier for investment advisers to cheat retirees. And for me, I gotta tell you, the Trumpcare was like the whole package wrapped up in one. He embraced this idea that the way we’re going to move this country forward, the way we’re going to reform health care, is we’re gonna knock 24 million people out of health care coverage.”

Warren concluded: “This isn’t about what Donald Trump says. This is about what Donald Trump does. And he’s delivering one hit after another on working families.”

Not only did Trump ride a wave of minority resentment and misdirected anger into the White House, but now he’s poised to deliver a knockout blow to the very people he promised to help.

Democrats should follow Warren’s lead to not just hammer home how Trump’s policies would be catastrophic for the middle class, but also to explain how Democratic economic policies will help working Americans get ahead and stay ahead.

TKP: Erdoğan and AKP government are no longer legitimate after devious referendum’s results

Sunday, April 16, 2017

TKP: Erdoğan and AKP government are no longer legitimate after devious referendum’s results

The CC of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement declaring Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and AKP government as illegitimate after the devious results of Sunday’s referendum was revealed.
The statement of TKP is as follows:
The referendum results, which are designated with tyranny, cheating and stealing, do not have any legitimacy. Those who attempt to celebrate this result mock the people.
We call our people, who do not submit, to unite, to act organised and not to accept ‘fait accomplish’.
A political power does not receive its legitimacy only with the latest votes it gains. Election results are not enough to become a government which can do whatever it desires.
AKP regime, carrying a public enemy and reactionary character since its first day, has long been out of social legitimacy. Further to that, the results of the referendum held on April 16th is nothing but a confirmation of this illegitimate situation.
Voting on April 16th has gone to the floor and become obsolete in terms of approving and rejecting constitutional amendments. After this point, there is zero chance for the society to accept a “yes” result to be declared. Leaving which party to take which position aside, TKP  already declares that it rejects such a result.
This election has the marks of tyranny and cheating. The decision of Supreme Committee of Elections to accept unsealed voting papers and envelopes as valid does not fit in any lawful or impartial concepts.
AKP stopped at nothing and applied pressures. The result is a significant decrease in their votes and their receiving half of the votes with the help of boundless manipulations and forgeries.
The governing party’s ruling capability is destroyed, losing the most of larger cities and city centres of which it kept hold for years.
Its attempt to “celebrate its victory” despite these facts means only one thing, apart from mocking our people: We count this kind of push fullness a call for a showdown. The working people and intellectuals of Turkey, all our citizens who are devoted to the values of republic accumulated energy to come to terms with reactionary powers.
It is pointless for AKP, who considers ruling this country in line with the interests of the enemies of the working people, capitalist forces, and monopolies, to try to survive by once again relying on those powers.
TKP calls our people to be on alert, not to accept fait accomplish and with this aim, to organise.
Lack of Palestinian State ‘Unfair’ and a ‘Terrible Injustice’ – China
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with  Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, April 2017

Lack of Palestinian State ‘Unfair’ and a ‘Terrible Injustice’ – China

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On Thursday, during the visit of Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki to Beijing, China said it was a “terrible injustice” that Palestine still does not have its own independent state.

During a press conference with Maliki, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed Beijing’s support for a Palestinian state based on borders that existed before the Six-Day War in 1967, with a capital in East Jerusalem.

Wang said, “Seventy years later, what we see is that our Palestinian brothers have yet to establish an independent state with full sovereignty … This is unfair, and this terrible injustice must be addressed, and it cannot continue,” according to German media outlet DPA.

The pre-1967 borders have been called “indefensible” by Israel, though former US President Barack Obama and others have voiced their support for those demarcations.

Wang also said that Beijing supports the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which seeks to normalize relations between Arab states and Israel and calls for Israel to be recognized as a state on the condition that Tel Aviv helps facilitate the creation of a Palestinian state by ceding its territorial control to the pre-war borders.

Beijing supports the two-state solution as well. Maliki agreed that this was the best course of action, saying that the “cornerstone of the fight against terrorism” would be the establishment of a Palestinian state.

He added, “We do encourage China to do more of this kind of approach, in order to see peace ultimately achieved in our region.”

Wang remarked, “Despite all the hotspot issues popping up in the Middle East, the issue of Palestine remains the central issue.” He pledged that Beijing would furnish more than $7 million in humanitarian aid to assist in the construction of a solar power station.

This support has not affected China’s relationship with Israel, however, as a new series of technology cooperation programs were established last month during a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Before arriving in China Netanyahu’s office released a statement saying, “We will continue the talks on establishing a free trade agreement between China and Israel and we will hold the third joint Israel-China innovation conference. Of course we are continuing to develop new markets and to open new markets for the Israeli economy.”

Venezuela: ¡No a la ilegalización del PCV! Solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela

Friday, April 14, 2017

Venezuela: ¡No a la ilegalización del PCV! Solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela
Dear comrades,

Receive classist and revolutionary greetings from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), as we call on your attention to offer you an explanation on the threat of illegalization that currently weighs on our Party for the fourth time during our 86 years of struggles.

For more than a year, both publicly and in private meetings, PCV has stated repeatedly that it will not submit itself to the stipulations set forth by the Rules for the Renewal of Enrollment Lists of Members of Organizations for National Political Purposes. These new Rules, issued on March 4th, 2016, by the National Elections Council (CNE for its Spanish initials), contain some terms and conditions which had never been applied before, which are unacceptable to the dignity and safety of a revolutionary organization and its members, and which overstep the current legal framework.

According to the new procedures established by these Rules, it is now mandatory that the membership of all parties must register directly with CNE, distorting the legally and historically established relationship between the electoral authorities and the political parties, and between these and their respective members. This not only goes against the Statutes and organic principles of PCV as a party of cadres, but also creates a situation potentially dangerous to the internal life of our organization, since if tens, hundreds or thousands of people who are not really members of our Party, get registered as such by CNE, then these may claim the right to participate in internal decisions and debates, including the election of our leadership and candidates.

Also, the Rules provide for open and public access, through the CNE website, to the personal data of those who register as members of each party, which violates the right of citizens to maintain privacy about their political choices, and weakens the principle of secret vote. This, in turn, puts at risk the personal security and employment stability of Communists and other left-leaning militants, since neo-fascists and public and private employers will be able to access this information and use it to identify and attack revolutionaries. Moreover, the new Rules issued in 2016, compared to the old ones of 2011, not only reduced from six months to 14 hours the period for registration of enrollment lists, but also established equal procedures and requirements for the parties that did not take part in the previous two elections and those, like ours, that did participate.
After the publication of these Rules, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of PCV sent on June 10th, 2016, a letter to CNE explaining our objections and proposing amendments, but the electoral authorities never replied, thus disregarding their constitutional duty to provide «a timely and adequate response» to any proper request by the citizenry (Article 51 of the National Constitution); this also demonstrates the lack of political will that has prevailed within CNE to seek a solution to this situation.
For more than fourteen months, there have been several bilateral meetings and exchanges with senior Government officials, as well as broader meetings between representatives of the different parties that make up the «Simón Bolívar» Great Patriotic Pole and drive the Bolivarian process, including leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). In all of those opportunities, PCV has expressed our objections to the Rules issued by CNE, objections which were shared by the majority of the parties therein. However, while some national leaders of PSUV have expressed their «concern» about this matter, others have publicly stated that the «renewal» process is legal and should be carried out by CNE as established; therefore, the official position of the party in Government still remains unclear.
Earlier this year, it became evident that CNE was getting ready to enforce the process of «renewal» under these opprobrious Rules, shielding itself behind the Law on Political Parties, Public Meetings and Demonstrations, which dates back to 1965 when it was enacted during the most repressive moment of the «Puntofijista» regime as part of its efforts to police and control leftist parties. This Law, despite an amendment in 2010, still maintains its repressive contents and nature, and thus clashes with the principles and postulates of the National Constitution of 1999, especially with regards to the promotion of people’s participation, activism and control over public administration.
Therefore, on February 16th, 2017, PCV filed at the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ for its Spanish initials) an appeal for the annulment of Article 25 of the Law on Political Parties, which establishes the requirement of «renewal» of political parties, on the grounds that such a requirement is unconstitutional. At the same time, our Party also requested precautionary measures to suspend the process of «renewal», which nevertheless was started by CNE on March 4th.
Almost two months have elapsed since PCV filed the appeal in the TSJ, and more than a month since CNE started the process of «renewal», and still the Constitutional Court has not made any decision neither on our request of precautionary measures nor on the merits of our appeal. This is a violation of the constitutional principle that establishes the right «to obtain promptly the relevant decision» from the courts (Article 26 of the National Constitution).
According to the schedule announced by CNE for the «renewal» process, PCV is due on May 20th and 21st; PCV will not participate and will not recognize as its members any people who may register as such during those days. Between July 9th and 19th, the final report on the results of the process will be announced; CNE has already asserted that any party that is not «renewed» by then will be «canceled» (such is the wording in the Law), and therefore will lose its legal status and entity, with all the implications that this entails.
This would outlaw the main, oldest and most persistent instrument for the struggle of the Venezuelan working class and people against imperialist domination and capitalist exploitation. Such a threat takes place in the midst of a severe crisis of the extractionist and dependent capitalist model of our country; an increase in the interventionist policies of imperialism against the moral reference that the Bolivarian process still represents; and a sharpening of class contradictions and of the struggle for power between the pro-imperialist right-wing bloc and the forces that support the Government, and even within each of these blocs.
In this context, the Central Committee of PCV proposes to the Communist, Workers and Revolutionary Parties of the World that they consider the possibility of participating in the campaign «No to the illegalization of PCV!», thus expressing the opinion of the international Communist and anti-imperialist movement in support of PCV and for the protection of the rights and constitutional guarantees of our Party. We suggest that this opportunity be used also for the denunciation of imperialist interference against the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.
Thanks in advance for the support and internationalist solidarity you may offer us.
With Communist greetings, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV):
Oscar Figuera G.
General Secretary
Carolus Wimmer.
Secretary for International Relations.
Caracas, April 12th, 2017.
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Queridos camaradas, 
Reciban un clasista y revolucionario saludo del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV), en ocasión de dirigirnos a ustedes para alertarles y explicarles acerca de la amenaza de ilegalización que pesa sobre el PCV por cuarta vez en sus 86 años de lucha. 
Durante más de un año, públicamente y en reuniones cerradas, el PCV ha expresado y ratificado que no se someterá a las «Normas para la renovación de nóminas de inscritos de las organizaciones con fines políticos nacionales» –establecidas el 4 de marzo de 2016 por el Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)–, por cuanto éstas contienen parámetros que nunca se habían aplicado anteriormente y que son inaceptables para la dignidad y seguridad de una organización revolucionaria y de su militancia, además de que extralimitan el marco legal vigente. 
Entre los nuevos parámetros de estas «normas», se impone que la militancia de los partidos ahora debe registrarse directamente ante el CNE, desnaturalizando la relación establecida legal e históricamente del Poder Electoral con los partidos políticos y de éstos con sus respectivas militancias; lo cual no sólo contraviene los Estatutos y principios orgánicos del PCV como partido de cuadros, sino que, además, constituye un peligro para el funcionamiento interno de la organización, ya que si decenas, cientos o miles de personas que no sean realmente militantes de nuestro partido se registran como tales en el CNE, posteriormente podrán reclamar el derecho a participar en la elección de los órganos dirigentes y de las candidaturas del PCV. Además, las «normas» prevén el acceso público, a través del sitio Web del CNE, a los datos de quienes se registren, lo cual violenta el derecho de toda persona a resguardar su opción política, debilita el principio del secreto del voto, y pone en riesgo la seguridad personal y la estabilidad laboral de la militancia comunista y de izquierda, ya que la derecha neofascista y los patronos públicos y privados podrán acceder a esta información y arremeter contra las y los revolucionarios. Por si fuera poco, las «normas» de 2016, en comparación con las de 2011, además de reducir de seis meses a 14 horas el lapso para el registro de la nómina, equiparó los procedimientos y requisitos para los partidos que no participaron en las últimas dos elecciones y los que sí participamos. 
Tras la publicación de estas «normas», el Buró Político del CC del PCV consignó una comunicación al CNE, el 10 de junio de 2016, con sus objeciones y propuestas de modificación; pero nunca fue respondida por el ente electoral, lo cual –además de constituir un incumplimiento de la obligatoriedad constitucional a brindar una “oportuna y adecuada respuesta.” (artículo 51)– evidencia la falta de voluntad política que ha prevalecido en el CNE para buscar una solución a la situación planteada. 
A lo largo de más de 14 meses, se han realizado múltiples reuniones bilaterales e intercambios con altos funcionarios del Gobierno y reuniones amplias entre representantes de los partidos que integramos el Gran Polo Patriótico «Simón Bolívar» y que impulsamos el proceso bolivariano, incluidos dirigentes del PSUV; en todas ellas el PCV ha expresado sus observaciones a las «normas» del CNE para la “renovación”, las cuales son compartidas por la casi totalidad de estos partidos. Sin embargo, mientras algunos dirigentes nacionales del PSUV han expresado “comprensión” sobre el tema, otros han declarado públicamente que el proceso del CNE está apegado a derecho y que debe ejecutarse tal como está establecido; por lo que no se ha definido claramente cuál es la posición oficial del partido de Gobierno. 
A principios de este año ya se veía inminente que el CNE impondría el proceso de “renovación” con esas «normas» abusivas, escudándose en la pre-constitucional Ley de partidos políticos, reuniones públicas y manifestaciones –que continúa aplicándose a pesar de que data de 1965, como parte de la política policial de control a los partidos de izquierda en el momento más represivo del régimen puntofijista, y que, a pesar de una «reforma parcial» en 2010, mantuvo su contenido y carácter restrictivo, no adaptándose a los principios y postulados de la Constitución de 1999, especialmente en lo relativo a la promoción de la participación, protagonismo y control popular en la gestión pública–. 
Por ello, el PCV introdujo, el pasado 16 de febrero, en la Sala Constitucional del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ), un recurso de nulidad por inconstitucionalidad del artículo 25 de la ley de partidos políticos –que es el que establece la “renovación”– y en dicho escrito también solicitó medidas cautelares para que se suspendiera provisionalmente el proceso de “renovación” adelantado por el CNE, el cual inició el pasado 4 de marzo. 
Han transcurrido casi dos meses desde que el PCV introdujo el recurso en el TSJ y más de un mes desde que el CNE inició el proceso de “renovación”, sin que la Sala Constitucional del máximo órgano rector del Poder Judicial haya emitido decisión sobre las medidas cautelares ni sobre el fondo del petitorio, a pesar del postulado constitucional que consagra el derecho “a obtener con prontitud la decisión correspondiente” de los órganos de administración de justicia (artículo 26). Según el cronograma del CNE para el proceso de “renovación”, al PCV le corresponde el 20 y 21 de mayo, entendiéndose que el PCV no reconocerá como militante a ninguna persona que se registre esos días; y, del 9 al 19 de julio se dará a conocer el informe final de este proceso, ya habiendo expresado el CNE que el partido que no se “renueve” será “cancelado” –que es el término empleado por la ley–, por ende, perderá su estatus legal y su personalidad jurídica, con todas las implicaciones que esto conlleva. 
Estas acciones, que amenazan con ilegalizar al principal, histórico y más consecuente instrumento de lucha de la clase obrera y del pueblo trabajador venezolano contra la dominación imperialista y la explotación capitalista, se produce en una coyuntura de crisis del modelo capitalista rentista y dependiente de nuestro país, de incremento de la política intervencionista del imperialismo contra el referente moral que sigue siendo el proceso bolivariano, y de agudización de las contradicciones clase y de lucha por el poder entre el bloque de fuerzas de la derecha pro-imperialista y el bloque de las fuerzas que respaldamos al Gobierno, y más aún a lo interno de estos bloques. 
En este contexto, el Comité Central del PCV plantea a los Partidos Comunistas, Obreros y Revolucionarios del mundo, que consideren asumir la Campaña «¡No a la ilegalización del PCV!», manifestando la posición del movimiento comunista y antiimperialista internacional en apoyo al PCV y a que se respeten sus derechos y las garantías constitucionales; al tiempo que se ratifique la denuncia del injerencismo imperialista que atenta contra la soberanía y autodeterminación del pueblo venezolano. 
Agradeciendo de antemano el apoyo y la solidaridad internacionalista, se despiden, con saludos comunistas, 
Por el Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV):
Oscar Figuera G.
Secretario General
Carolus Wimmer
Secretario de Relaciones Internacionales
Caracas, 12 de abril de 2017.
Protest against Greg Abbott on Tuesday, April 18, 11 am, at Hilton Americas Hotel
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This is a reminder that there will be a spirited protest against Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 11:00 am, at the Hilton Americas Hotel on 1600 Lamar Street. Abbott will be addressing the Greater Houston Partnership. We are going to show him what we think of his right-wing policies. The Facebook event page is at
Since becoming Governor in 2015, Greg Abbott has proved to be an enemy of workers, people of color, immigrants, women, LGBT communities, and the differently abled. As Attorney General and Governor, Abbott backed the racially discriminatory Texas voter ID law that was later gutted by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abbott opposes women’s reproductive freedom–even in cases of rape and incest–and he backed the Texas law imposing prohibitive restrictions on abortion providers that was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, Abbott supports SB 4, which aims to punish cities, counties, and higher education institutions which do not aid and abet repression against undocumented immigrants. Abbott also supports SB 13, which would prohibit payroll deductions for union dues for most public employees, and other reactionary legislation. 

This demonstration is being organized by Houston Communist Party, Houston Socialist Movement, International Socialist Organization, Latinos Inmigrantes Triunfadores, MORENA-Houston SW, Organizacion Latino Americano Pro-Derecho Del Inmigrante, and Party for Socialism and Liberation. For more information, call 832.692.2306 or 713.447.4106.

The Harris County Democrats will also be protesting against Abbott. They contacted us weeks ago to discuss a possible combined action but then obtained a street closure permit exclusively for themselves. We will be there anyway, and our voices will be loud and strong. Only the masses of workers and oppressed people–not the Democrats or any other pro-business party–can bring about the fundamental social change we need.

Please also note that local neo-Nazi Ken Reed has called for a counter-demonstration against HSM at the same time and location. Reed says he isn’t really a “fanboy” of Abbott but “really despises” HSM, so the “American Patriot Vanguard” promises to be there. We sure hope so. It isn’t every day that we get to demonstrate against right-wing conservatives like Abbott and fascists like Reed at the same time! Although we do not expect any problems, Houston Jail Support will be available during the action. Contact us if you would like their phone number.

In Solidarity,