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Co-Ordinator no 1 July 1968- For Unity on the Left

May 4, 2017
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Co-ordinCoord.jpgator was the official organ of the Lambeth branch of the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign but clearly saw itself as a revolutionary socialist publication in its own right, rather than just an organ of the VSC.

It was edited by Al Richardson, then still a member of the IMG and its editorial board had representatives of the IMG, the International Socialists, the CPGB and the Working Peoples Party of England, a Maoist group.

Its ‘What We Stand For’ column was based on opposition to racism, full support for working class struggles, and support for the VSC.

This is the only issue we have so far found- it would be interested to know if a second issue was ever produced.

Al Richardson was to break with the IMG a little over a year later and went on to join the Revolutionary Communist League / Socialist Charter group.

Our sister site Splits and Fusions will be featuring a collection of RCL / Chartist publications very soon.

 

The Adventures of the Red Mole

April 28, 2017
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Written in December 1971 molehrThe Adventures of the Red Mole, a preliminary survey of the politics of the IMG, to give it its full, grand title, is a Workers Fight Internal Bulletin by Martin Thomas.

The cover price was 7 and a half pence and it was for members only, but you can read it here for free!

And, for good measure, from the same stable, 21 years later, we have Trotskyism after the collapse of Stalinism- an open letter to Ernest Mandel an Alliance for Workers Liberty pamphlet by Sean Matgamna

Our sister site Splits and Fusions will feature a -large collection of Workers Fight / Socialist Organiser / Workers Liberty bulletins and pamphlets in the near future.

 

 

The FI and Africa

April 20, 2017
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Last year we showcased copies of a magazine produced by the Fourth International in Azaniathe mid-1970s called Africa In Struggle

However, ten years earlier, the “African Commission of the Fourth International” had produced a bi-monthly magazine titled Under The Banner of Socialism.

We have two issues- both from 1965- no4 and no8

Fourth International supporters were also involved with the South African organisation APDUSA (African Peoples Democratic Union of South Africa) and we have one issue of its newspaper of the same name  together with a leaflet for the Unity Movement to which it was affiliated.

The APDUSA newspaper, in the early 1970s at least, was printed by the IMG’s Prinkipo Press.

Finally, the Azania Worker (originally Azania Frontline) magazine ran for some 12 issues between 1983 and 1988. Published in London by the Azania Liberation Support Committee with the support of the Fourth International.

We have only two issues: vol 2 no 3 1986 and vol 3 no 3 1987 but advertisements for the other issues of the magazine can be found in contemporary issues of Socialist Action newspaper

 

 

Students, youth and the turn to industry

April 19, 2017
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IYIBTo round off our look at student and youth perspectives we present here the November 1979 International Youth Information Bulletin produced by the Young Socialist Alliance- youth section of the (US) Socialist Workers Party then in political sympathy with the Fourth International.

The key text is the report adopted by the YSA on turning the organisation to industry- ie encouraging supporters to take jobs in key blue-collar industries along similar lines to the strategy then being pursued by the SWP.

This is followed by an article from the IMG Youth Commission outlining the sharp turn towards youth then underway with the launch of the Revolution newspaper and the attempts to build an organisation of revolutionary youth around it.

Further reports detail the work of FI sections in France, Spain, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Perspectives for students and youth

April 18, 2017
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IMG Student BulletinContinuing the theme of the last couple of posts, we present here some discussion documents from the later 1970s which informed the thinking of the IMG in relation to the student movement…

First Pre Conference Internal Discussion Bulletin no 48(!) for May 1976 consists of a 20 page document by Comrade Inglefield covering all aspects of student perspectives and organisation.

Two years later the 1978 Students Notes bulletin contained a balance sheet of the Socialist Students Alliance by Dale as well as a report on IMG youth work by Brown. Brown’s motion on youth for the IMG Central Committee the same year is contained in  Party Builder Bulletin no9

We finish with two more discussion documents from the IMG students fraction from 1979, and an IMG students bulletin from Oxford:

Perspectives for the Autumn Term – Dale

State of the Student Movement- Bezant

IMG Student Bulletin

 

The Socialist Students Alliance

April 17, 2017
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ssaThanks to Mike for donating his copies of the Socialist Students Alliance materials from the late 1970s.

SOCIALIST STUDENTS ALLIANCE ARCHIVE

The SSA was a broad grouping of students within NUS opposed to the right-ward trajectory of the dominant Broad Left grouping. IMG students were active in SSA.

In addition to the bulletins and leaflets, of note are the first issue of a nicely produced Socialist Student magazine and two pamphlets:

Students Unions Under Attack and

Racism In Education which is a reprint of a pamphlet originally put out by the Socialist Teachers Alliance.

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