Category: Discrimination against communists
‘Russophobic gesture’: Communists denounce plans to remove Seattle Lenin statue

https://www.rt.com/politics/400099-communists-denounce-plans-to-raze/

‘Russophobic gesture’: Communists denounce plans to remove Seattle Lenin statue

‘Russophobic gesture’: Communists denounce plans to remove Seattle Lenin statue
The Russian Communist Party has criticized the authorities in the US city of Seattle over plans to remove a statue of Lenin from the city. The party said it is against vandalism and supports the diversity of monuments to different political ideals all over the world.

The war of monuments is under way, but there are a lot of Lenin monuments all over the Earth. We denounce vandalism because different monuments must exist,” the secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Sergey Obukhov, was quoted as saying on Friday by RIA Novosti.

I understand that the mayor of Seattle is doing this to please the kind of leftists whose activities, I would say, included the organization of clashes in Seattle,” he added.

Russian Communist Party MP Dmitry Novikov stated that the plans to remove the statue were just another manifestation of the anti-Soviet, anti-Communist and anti-Russian mood.

If the mayor of Seattle tries to connect the campaign against Confederate monuments and the campaign against Lenin’s statue it looks rather strange, because Lenin was in strong opposition to all forms of slavery and all forms of social violence. He was for justice and personal freedom, he had created a party that was steadily fighting against the absolute monarchy in our country,” Novikov said.

This cannot be called anything else but an attempt to remain in some political trend,” the Russian lawmaker added.

The 5-meter-high bronze statue of Bolshevik leader Lenin installed in Seattle is privately owned, after being bought from the Slovakian authorities in the early 1990s. The owner says that he put the statue on display because he is looking to sell it.

On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called for the statue to be removed because it allegedly represented historic injustice as well as hate and violence.

In the same statement, the mayor said he wanted to remove a memorial to Confederate soldiers for the same reasons.

Shortly before that, a group of activists supporting President Donald Trump protested against the Lenin statue in Seattle with posters reading “Lenin is Hitler” and “Tear it down.” The protest was apparently a reply to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where authorities had ordered the removal of the monument to Confederate commander Robert E. Lee, sparking a major standoff between leftist and rightist groups that ended in violence and one death.

Google’s New Search Protocol Is Restricting Access to 13 Leading Socialist, Progressive and Anti-war Web Sites

Google’s New Search Protocol Is Restricting Access to 13 Leading Socialist, Progressive and Anti-war Web Sites

Google’s New Search Protocol Is Restricting Access to 13 Leading Socialist, Progressive and Anti-war Web Sites

 

New data compiled by the World Socialist Web Site, with the assistance of other Internet-based news outlets and search technology experts, proves that a massive loss of readership observed by socialist, anti-war and progressive web sites over the past three months has been caused by a cumulative 45 percent decrease in traffic from Google searches.

The drop followed the implementation of changes in Google’s search evaluation protocols. In a statement issued on April 25, Ben Gomes, the company’s vice president for engineering, stated that Google’s update of its search engine would block access to “offensive” sites, while working to surface more “authoritative content.”

The World Socialist Web Site has obtained statistical data from SEMrush estimating the decline of traffic generated by Google searches for 13 sites with substantial readerships. The results are as follows:

* wsws.org fell by 67 percent
* alternet.org fell by 63 percent
* globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent
* consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent
* socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent
* mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent
* commondreams.org fell by 37 percent
* internationalviewpoint.org fell by 36 percent
* democracynow.org fell by 36 percent
* wikileaks.org fell by 30 percent
* truth-out.org fell by 25 percent
* counterpunch.org fell by 21 percent
* theintercept.com fell by 19 percent

Of the 13 web sites on the list, the World Socialist Web Site has been the most heavily affected. Its traffic from Google searches has fallen by two thirds.

The new statistics demonstrate that the WSWS is a central target of Google’s censorship campaign. In the twelve months preceding the implementation of the new Google protocols, the WSWS had experienced a substantial increase in readership. A significant component of this increase was the product of Google search results. The rapid rise in search traffic reflected the well-documented growth in popular interest in socialist politics during 2016. The rate of growth accelerated following the November election, which led to large protests against the election of Trump.

Search traffic to the WSWS peaked in April 2017, precisely at the point when Google began the implementation of its censorship protocols.

Another site affected by Google’s action has provided information that confirms the findings of the WSWS.

“In late May, changes to Google’s algorithm negatively impacted the volume of traffic to the Common Dreams website from organic Google searches,” said Aaron Kaufman, director of development at progressive news outlet Common Dreams. “Since May, traffic from Google Search as a percentage of total traffic to the Common Dreams website has decreased nearly 50 percent.”

The extent and impact of Google’s actions prove that a combination of techniques is being employed to block access to targeted sites. These involve the direct flagging and blackballing of the WSWS and the other 12 sites listed above by Google evaluators. These sites are assigned a highly negative rating that assures that their articles will be either demoted or entirely bypassed. In addition, new programming technology teaches the computers to think like the evaluators, that is, to emulate their preferences and prejudices.

Finally, the precision of this operation strongly suggests that there is an additional range of exclusion techniques involving the selection of terms, words, phrases and topics that are associated with socialist and left-wing websites.

This would explain why the World Socialist Web Site, which focuses on issues such as war, geopolitics, social inequality and working class struggles has experienced such a dramatic fall in Google-generated searches on these very topics. We have seen that the very terms and phrases that would under normal circumstances be most likely to generate the highest level of hits—such as “socialism,” “Marxism” and “Trotskyism”—produce the lowest results.

This is an ongoing process in which one can expect that Google evaluators are continuously adding suspect terms to make their algorithm ever more precise, with the eventual goal of eliminating traffic to the WSWS and other targeted sites.

The information that has been gathered and published by the WSWS during the past week exposes that Google is at the center of a corporate-state conspiracy to drastically curtail democratic rights. The attack on free speech and uncensored access to information is aimed at crippling popular opposition to social inequality, war and authoritarianism.

The central and sinister role of Google in this process demonstrates that freedom of speech and thought is incompatible with corporate control of the Internet.

As we continue our exposure of Google’s assault on democratic rights, we demand that it immediately and unequivocally halt and revoke its censorship program.

It is critical that a coordinated campaign be organized within the United States and internationally against Google’s censorship of the Internet. We intend to do everything in our power to develop and contribute to a counter-offensive against its efforts to suppress freedom of speech and thought.

The fight against corporate-state censorship of the Internet is central to the defense of democratic rights, and there must be a broad-based collaboration among socialist, left and progressive websites to alert the public and the widest sections of the working class.

Anti-communist persecutions in Russia will not pass – Solidarity with Alexander Batov

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/08/anti-communist-persecutions-in-russia.html

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Anti-communist persecutions in Russia will not pass – Solidarity with Alexander Batov

Anti-Communism is a weapon of the capitalist system – It will not pass!
 
We, 26 Communist Youth Organizations from all over the world, sign the following resolution:
We condemn the arrest and detention of comrade Alexander Batov, a member of the Secretariat of the CC of the Communist Workers’ Party of Russia and representative of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Union (bolsheviks) (also known as RKSMb) at the National Preparatory Committee of Russia for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students.
Cde. Alexander Batov.
Comrade Batov was arrested on 9th May, day of the Anti-fascist Victory of the peoples, with the falsified accusation of “civil disobedience”, in fact for distributing the RCWP’s leaflet about the actual content of the day, revealing the attempt to defame the content of this anniversary by today’s Russian authorities. He was sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment and after his release he has been receiving a series of threats in order to stop any political activity.
These acts, attacks and threats against the free political action of the Communists show the fear of the bourgeois governments of all states in front of the power of the Communists. For us, the young communists from all over the world, these actions result to the strengthening of our steadfastness and will to continue with greater determination our struggle against capitalism, for socialism-communism.
Anti-Communism will not pass! We express our solidarity with RCWP and RCYL (b) and we demand all persecutions to stop immediately.
Signed by the following Communist Youth Organizations:
1. Communist Youth of Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (PADS)
2. Communist Youth “Qemal Stafa” of Albania
3. Union of Communist Youth, UJC – Brazil
4. Advancing Communist Youth, JCA – Brazil
5. Young Communist League, YCL-LJC – Canada
6. Young Socialists of the Socialist Workers’ Party of Croatia
7. Communist Youth Union, KSM – Czech Republic
8. Socialist German Workers Youth, SDAJ
9. Communist Youth of Greece, KNE
10. Workers Party Youth, WPY – Ireland
11. Front of Communist Youth – Italy
12. Socialist Movement of Kazakstan
13. Federation of Young Communists, FJC – Mexico
14. Communist Youth Movement of the Netherlands, CJB
15. Communist Youth of Pakistan
16. Democratic Students Federation of Pakistan, DSF
17. Communist Youth of Palestine
18. Peruvian Communist Youth, JCP
19. Youth of the Communist Party of Poland
20. Young Communist League of Yugoslavia – Serbia
21. Collectives of Young Communists, CJC – Spain
22. Revolutionary Communist Youth, RKU – Sweden
23. Communist Youth of Turkey, TKG
24. Leninist Communist Youth Union of Ukraine, LKSMU
25. League of Young Communists of USA, LYC USA
26. Communist Youth of Venezuela, JCV
KKE: Solidarity with the Communists in Russia

Monday, July 10, 2017

KKE: Solidarity with the Communists in Russia

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/kke-solidarity-with-communists-in-russia.html
Source: inter.kke.gr.
The MEP of the KKE, Sotiris Zarianopoulos, denounced, with a question to the High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Defense of Policy F. Mogherini, the arrest of two cadres of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party, as well as the tabling of a law that outlaws meetings of MPs with workers and is aimed against the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
The question of the MEP of the KKE was as follows:
“In recent decades, after the overthrow of socialism in the Soviet Union, an assault against the democratic and trade union rights of the workers is being observed in a number of countries in Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia. The climax of this assault is both the anti-communist bans in former socialist countries, which are members of the EU, as well as in Ukraine, and also the corresponding restrictions on the activity of the CPs.
New worrying incidents have been coming to light recently in Russia, like the arrest of two cadres of the Russian Communist Workers Party during the celebrations of the Anti-fascist Victory on May 9 2017, by the Russian authorities. In addition, the tabling of a draft law, which outlaws any meeting of elected MPs at all levels with workers, without the permission of the authorities, targets the Communist Party of the Russian federation (CPRF) and aims to impede the communication of the MPs of the CPRF with the workers.
 
Based on the above the High Representative is asked:
 
-What is the position of the Commission on the anti-democratic acts of the Russian authorities?
 
-What is its position on the serious issue as regards the persecution of and obstacles to the political activity of the CPs?”
10.07.2017.

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Компартия Греции солидарна с коммунистами России.

Евродепутат от Компартии Греции Сотирис Зарианопулос осудил арест двух членов Российской коммунистической рабочей партии, а также внесение законопроекта, запрещающего встречи избранных депутатов с трудящимися и направленного против Коммунистической партии Российской Федерации, и обратился с вопросом к Верховному представителю по иностранным делам и политике безопасности Ф. Могерини.
Вопрос евродепутата от КПГ следующий:
«В последние десятилетия, после свержения социализма в Советском Союзе, в ряде стран Восточной Европы, а также в России наблюдается ущемление демократических и профсоюзных прав трудящихся. Кульминацией этого ущемления стал антикоммунистический запрет как в бывших социалистических странах, которые являются членами ЕС, так и на Украине, а также аналогичные ограничения деятельности компартий.
В России в последнее время появляются новые тревожные явления, такие как арест российскими властями двух партийных деятелей Российской коммунистической рабочей партии во время празднования Победы над фашизмом, 9 мая 2017 года, как и внесение законопроекта, который запрещает любые, не согласованные с властями, встречи избранных депутатов всех уровней с трудящимися и направлен против Коммунистической партии Российской Федерации (КПРФ), а также нацелен на создание препятствий в общении депутатов КПРФ с трудящимися.
На основании вышеизложенного, прошу Верховного представителя ответить:
– Как Комиссия относится к антидемократическим действиям российских властей?
– Как она относится к серьезному вопросу, касающемуся преследований и создания препятствий для политической деятельности компартий?»
Solidarity with the detained members of the Communist Party of Mexico – ¡Luis y Omar libertad!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Solidarity with the detained members of the Communist Party of Mexico – ¡Luis y Omar libertad!

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/solidarity-with-detained-members-of.html
Omar Cota (Left) and Louis Bahena.
According to the Communist Party of Mexico, two members of the Party have been detained by local police at the city of Cuernavaca. On Friday, June 30, workers and people in the town of Alpuyeca, in the state of Morelos, demonstrated against the operation of monopoly groups in the area. The local police forces tried to repress the protest. 
 
In their effort to defend the workers and the demonstrators, two members of the Communist Party of Mexico and the Federation of Young Communists were arrested. 
The comrades who are detained by police are Omar Cota, Political Secretary of the Federación de Jóvenes Comunistas (FJC) and also member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM) and Louis Bahena, members of the Regonal Committee of the PCM in Morelos. 
 
The repression and authoritarianism of the Mexican state against the Communists shall not pass. Omar and Louis must be released immediately!
 
En agresivo y masivo operativo policial han sido detenidos el camarada Omar Cota, Secretario Político del Consejo Central de la FJC y el Camarada Luis Bahena, integrante del CR del PCM en Morelos.
Fueron detenidos en Cuernavaca mientras acompañaban la lucha popular de trabajadores y pobladores de Alpuyeca opuestos a monopolios que explotan, despojan y generan daños ambientales.
 
America’s obsession with rooting out communism is making a comeback

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/22/anti-communist-laws-california-trump-russia

California shoots down bill to strike language barring Communist party members from government jobs as Trump’s alleged Russia ties stoke cold war sentiments

Statue of worker and collective farm woman by Vera Mukhina, in Moscow, Russia<br>MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 13, 2017: The statue of a worker and collective farm woman by Vera Mukhina at the main entrance to the VDNKh exhibition complex. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)


Is a new ‘red scare’ gripping the US? Photograph: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS

America’s obsession with rooting out communism is making a comeback

California shoots down bill to strike language barring Communist party members from government jobs as Trump’s alleged Russia ties stoke cold war sentiments

It was a scene straight out of the 1950s, but the year was 2017. Travis Allen, a Republican from southern California, took to the floor of the state assembly on 8 May to denounce communism. “To allow subversives and avowed communists to now work for the state of California,” he railed, “is a direct insult to the people of California who pay for that government.”

Allen was speaking out against a move to remove language from the California code that that bars members of the Communist party from holding government jobs in the state.

Anti-communist language remains on the books in several states, and in California, at least, it’s not going anywhere. After facing backlash from Republicans, veterans and the Vietnamese American community, the bill’s sponsor, the Democratic assemblyman Rob Bonta, announced last week that he would not move forward with the bill.

With intrigue about Russia driving the daily news cycle, cold war sentiments are bubbling up again, despite the fact that our erstwhile adversary is decidedly capitalist these days. It’s a marked reversal from just a year ago, when an astonishing number of Americans embraced the candidacy of a self-identified socialist, and a reminder of how deep anti-communist suspicion runs through the American psyche.

Bonta is not the first legislator to fail in an attempt to drag state laws into the 21st century. A similar effort was made in California in 2008, when a bill passed only to be vetoed by the then governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I see no compelling reason to change the law that maintains our responsibility to ensure that public resources are not used for purposes of overthrowing the US or state government, or for communist activities,” the governor wrote in his veto statement.

Joe Fitzgibbon, a Democratic state representative in Washington, has attempted three times since 2012 to pass legislation getting rid of his state’s law barring communists from voting or having government jobs, but he has faced considerable opposition from Republicans.

He called the law “a mark of shame for Washington state” in a recent interview with the Guardian, and said he would keep trying.

“I wonder if now that Republicans have a different opinion on Russia, if maybe they’ll be more receptive,” he said. “My hope is that they will change their tune on whether people should be discriminated against for their political beliefs. Maybe they can talk to their Russian friends about that.”

Lest there be any misunderstanding: members of the Communist party are currently allowed to hold government jobs in every American state. Such laws were passed around the country during the so-called red scare of the 20th century, but they have long since been ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court.

Some states have managed to move on. Arizona lawmakers voted in 2003 to update the state’s loyalty oath. Now, instead of swearing they are not members of of the Communist party, elected officials and public employees must vow not to be terrorists. Candidates for elected office in Illinois still receive a loyalty oath when they register to run, but filling it out is optional. Pennsylvania stopped requiring candidates to sign a loyalty oath in 2006, after a Socialist Worker party candidate objected.

While these red scare relics can seem comical, Michael Risher of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said they could still have serious consequences. “Occasionally someone will dredge them up and use them to try to scare people … to stop them from speaking out,” he said.

In 2006, he recalled, a California legislator asked the state attorney general whether an anti-subversive law could be used to go after Mexican American student activists. At the time, there was considerable rightwing suspicion about the student group MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) and its supposed goal of reconquista, or returning California and other parts of the south-west to Mexico.

“The danger is not so much that someone will be sentenced to life in prison, but that they will be restrained from doing something that they would otherwise do,” Risher said.

In New York City, a public school principal has been placed under investigation over allegations of recruiting students to join the Progressive Labor party, a communist group. The principal, Jill Bloomberg, is an outspoken critic of racial inequality in the school system, and she has sued the city’s department of education for violating her civil rights.

Either way, she said the investigation had placed a pall over her school, as teachers second-guess their ability to speak freely to their students. “If you’re teaching the Harlem renaissance and the civil rights movement, can you say Paul Robeson was proud to be a member of the Communist party?” she asked. “Or can you only talk about communism if you present it as a negative?”

For Rossana Cambron, a national vice-chair of the Communist Party USA, which has about 5,000 members, the failure of Bonta’s bill was “very disappointing”. Still, she said, such efforts are in no way a priority.

“We’re too busy fighting Trump to be looking into those kind of things.”

65 years later, California abandons McCarthyism by repealing shameful anti-communist law

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

65 years later, California abandons McCarthyism by repealing shameful anti-communist law

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/65-years-later-california-abandons.html

100 years after the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 and almost 65 years since the end of McCarthyism’s terror, the state of California may soon lift ban on communists working in the government. 

The California state assembly narrowly approved on May 8th the repealing an anti-communist discriminatory law which had been enacted during the second “Red Scare” (McCarthyist hysteria) of the 1940s and ’50s that banned Communists from holding jobs in government. That period of McCarthyism led to the dismissal of thousands of workers in government positions, education, and unions. The bill must now pass through the state Senate for approval.

More specifically, the 1953 California law warns of “a clear and present danger, which the Legislature of the State of California finds is great and imminent, that in order to advance the program, policies and objectives of the world communism movement, communist organizations in the State of California and their members will engage in concerted effort to hamper, restrict, interfere with, impede, or nullify the efforts of the State…and their members will infiltrate and seek employment by the State and its public agencies.”
 
According to the Los Angeles Times, the repeal bill was sponsored by the member of the California assembly Rob Bonta (Democratic Party) of Oakland. “It’s an old and archaic reference,” said Bonta of the specific language about communism. He said his bill was “really just a technical fix to remove that reference to a label that could be misused or abused, and frankly, has been in the past, in some of the darker chapters of our history in this country.” According to Bonta part of having a functioning democracy and a fair and equitable society is to make sure you’re actually basing your decisions to take someone’s job away … based on their actual conduct, their actual behavior and actual proof and evidence, not just some loose label that could be applied overbroadly in a way that is unfair and unjust.”
 

However, showing his anti-communist reflexes, assemblyman Randy Voepel of the Republican Party, urged his colleagues to vote no, arguing that military veterans fought wars against communists, a political ideology he said “is still a threat.” “The whole concept of communism and Communist Party members working for the state of California is against everything we stand for on this floor”, Voepel said. The bill has now moved to the Senate.