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Our comrade Alain Krivine is dead, his fight continues

March 12, 2022
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From the NPA:

Our comrade Alain Krivine left us today, at the age of 80.

We, the comrades of the NPA, join in the grief of his family, his loved ones, and all those who recognised themselves in the struggles he led.

For more than 65 years, Alain was a tireless activist, present in all the struggles against the ravages of the capitalist system, against injustice, for emancipation.

An activist excluded from the PCF, founder and leader of the JCR, the LCR and then the NPA, leader of the Fourth International, Alain has never denied his youthful commitments. He was, for whole generations of activists, a model of constancy, an inexhaustible resource, an exemplary comrade.

We will remember his self-sacrifice, his warmth and his humour. Until the end of his life, Alain did not give up and did not give in to the pressure of “You’ll get over it with age”.

In the coming days, we will communicate about the tributes that will be organised, and we will come back to Alain’s life and fights at length.

Bye, old man, and thanks for everything. Let’s keep fighting!

Montreuil, 12 March 2022

Those who would like to send texts of condolences and homage can send them to the address: alaink@npa2009.org.

Larry Herman 1942-2021

March 8, 2022
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Larry Herman, photographer, member of the IMG and later the Communist League has died.

Grardian obituary here.

“Agitator”- Voice of the Socialist Club, Sussex

January 6, 2022
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A joint post with Splits&Fusions.

[7th January- amended, corrected, updated and added to!!]

The Agitator was a two page weekly news-sheet of the Sussex University Socialist Club.

The club was intended as a general forum for all revolutionary socialist students and it is clear that, at least, supporters of both the International Marxist Group and the International Socialists were involved.

We have 13 issues of Agitator which all appear to date from the 1971-1972 period.

The sheet advertised the regular weekly Socialist Club meetings, educational meetings and a variety of other campus activities, meetings and protests as well as taking up issues within the Students’ Union and campus authorities.

However, by March 1972 the International Socialists chose to leave the Socialist Club and set up their own campus society- as reported in the issue for March 21st 1972.

Agitator continued at least until May (possibly for a lot longer but the latest dated issue we have is May 25th 1972)

I am sure there will be readers of this blog who remember the Agitator and the Socialist Club…

AGITATOR- VOICE OF THE SOCIALIST CLUB Archive

Not represented in the University of Sussex Socialist Club at this time would be supporters of Militant.

Militant controlled the Labour Club and issued its own newsletter Red Letter of which we have five copies. They also date from the early 1970s with the earliest we have being from January 21st 1970.

RED LETTER- SUSSEX LABOUR CLUB Archive

Saor Eire- The Unfinished Revolution 1967-1973

November 16, 2021
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Many thanks to Mick Healy for sending us a copy of the recently published pamphlet Saor Eire- The Unfinished Revolution – The Struggle for a Socialist Republic 1967-73.

This is an A4 sized, 28 page colour magazine which pulls together a history of the short-lived revolutionary group Saor Eire which brought together republicans with members of the Irish section of the Fourth International.

The magazine includes profiles of its leading members, extracts from the SE manifesto- as published in Red Mole- and information from interviews with former members conducted in 2019.

More information at the Irish Republican Marxist History Project.

And a short video can be found in our previous posting.

To buy a copy, please contact mick.healy1@gmail.com

Remembering Noel Hibbert

November 15, 2021
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Noel Hibbert, who died recently, was branch organiser of Hull IMG in the 1970s.

Comrade Stone remembers him:

Comrades active in the revolutionary left in Hull in the 1970’s will be saddened to learn of the death of Noel Hibbert, (seen below speaking outside Barclays bank on an anti-apartheid protest), who was the IMG Branch Organiser and an activist on the local Trades Council.

Noel speaking outside Barclays Bank in Hull on an anti-apartheid protest

Noel tirelessly built support for many disputes by  working through the Trades Council, an example being how he organised pickets in support of workers at Sandersons, Skegness on strike for union recognition.

Noel is seen here standing in front of the Hull Dockers Shop Stewards banner at one of the pickets in Skegness.

Noel on on the picket line outside Sandersons in Skegness

He also helped to build a solidarity campaign for  workers at the local British Aerospace factory when they were threatened with redundancies, inviting a speaker across the Lucas Aerospace Combine.

He was instrumental in building a young and dynamic IMG branch which linked student work with various campaigns in the city. He was the election organised for the Socialist Unity Election Campaign in 1979 and was involved in every anti-fascist mobilisation and university  occupation including over disinvestment from apartheid South Africa. 

At a Troops Out demo in Barnsley

Noel was always prepared to explain the meaning of  Trotskyism to any contact and once debated Dave Aaronovitch, who at that time was in the leadership of the Communist Party, on the strategy to achieve socialism.

Noel drifted away from revolutionary politics and over the last few years suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

We remember the comrade he was.

Peter Graham- 50th anniversary poster

October 30, 2021
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Designed by Kevin Squires for the 50th anniversary of Peter Graham’s death

IMG Revolutionary Student rally

October 12, 2021
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A picture of a nice poster recently saved by Kirstin S.

We think it is from 1974…

The Republic Of Ireland- complete book with 2021 introduction

September 19, 2021
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At last we have a full PDF reproduction of Rayner Lysaght’s book The Republic Of Ireland.

John McAnulty has contributed an introduction which we have incorporated into the book.

Be warned this is a very large file- over 110mb- hence our earlier decision to first serialise it in bite-sized chunks.

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND by RAYNER LYSAGHT full version 2021

Eventually we will try to produce a text only version of the book.

RAYNER LYSAGHT- The Republic of Ireland book and chapters

Chapter 8- Do The Irish Want Independence?

September 15, 2021
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The 8th and final chapter of Republic Of Ireland, Do The Irish Want Independence is very short- just four pages long plus a five page Epilogue: September 1968 to July 1969 and an Appendix on a socialist programme for the Irish Labour Party.

We also include here an extensive Bibliography and Index for the whole book.

Chapter 7- The New Deal of Sean Lemass 1957-1967

September 12, 2021
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Chapter 6 of Republic of Ireland: The New Deal of Dean Lemass, 1957-1967 (35 pages)

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