Comrades bid farewell to a great communist

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Comrades and friends joined family at Mortlake Crematorium to say a last goodbye to Iris Cremer, founder member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist Leninist) yesterday.

Iris and Godfrey’s deep love for humanity, their profound Marxist understanding, and their determination to use all their many talents to serve the working class by building a truly revolutionary movement dedicated to our emancipation from wage slavery, and a communist party capable of directing that struggle, were their consistent motivating forces, and remain their enduring legacy.

It was this higher cause and meaning that enabled them to harness their creative powers and live truly outstanding and exemplary lives; lives full of passion and joy, free of black despair and wasted, petty or meaningless years.

Iris, like Godfrey, faced her final moments with the same optimism and fortitude that characterized the life they spent together. Their abiding certainty is that their lives’ work was a great gift to humanity – and we salute them for it.

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A tribute to Iris:

http://blog.cpgb-ml.org/iris-mary-jessie-cremer-1941-2014/

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“Confused” about Ukraine? Only if you’re a trot or hopeless liberal…

Confused

Trot attempt at irony?

There were as many articles about Tony Blair on the main Stop the War website as there were about Ukraine when redyouth.org sat down to take a look today. It seems as though Stop the War puts off today’s jobs for tomorrow and substitutes yesterdays jobs for today!

When you’re incapable of giving a lead in the fight against imperialism you’ll fail to stop any war, though hopefully stop the war supporters do actually read their own website, and perhaps are capable of some self-criticism. If they are then there’s some good news, for a rhetorical article has been reproduced from RT.com entitled “Confused about whats happening in Ukraine? You’re not alone” which may go some way to pointing out the failures of STW to lead any meaningful struggle against the imperialist adventures of recent past. The tragedy is that perhaps the message is lost on STW’s leaders… Devoid perhaps of humour or sense of irony the editor of the webpage has reproduced this piece which whilst giving very few answers certainly points out many failures of the anti-war movement in recent years.

One section states:

“Syria too is rather baffling. We were and are told that radical Islamic terror groups pose the greatest threat to our peace, security and our ‘way of life’ in the West. That Al-Qaeda and other such groups need to be destroyed: that we needed to have a relentless ‘War on Terror’ against them. Yet in Syria, our leaders have been siding with such radical groups in their war against a secular government which respects the rights of religious minorities, including Christians.

When the bombs of Al-Qaeda or their affiliates go off in Syria and innocent people are killed there is no condemnation from our leaders: their only condemnation has been of the secular Syrian government which is fighting radical Islamists and which our leaders and elite media commentators are desperate to have toppled. I’m confused. Can anyone help me?”

Lets hope a few STW bright sparks can provide the author with some answers. Far from organising and mobilising public opposition to the war against Syria (or Libya), the Stop the War Coalition maintained a deadly and deafening silence for most of the conflict, and when it did speak it was to castigate President Assad or the Russians or worse still to stifle the voices of Syrian patriots, including peace-loving Nuns!… suprise, suprise its all happening again with regards to Ukraine!

The close connection of StW’s present leadership to Labour – an imperialist party which has consistently put the interests of British corporations far higher than those of workers at home or abroad, and certainly far higher than quibbles over death counts and international law – means that StW is paralysed to do anything beyond what is permitted by the Labour party’s capitalist masters. 

As a result of this subservience, the tiny clique of ‘left’-Labourites and their Counterfire/CPB flunkeys who have usurped the leadership of StW have effectively neutralised Britain’s ‘anti-war movement’, demoralising and demobilising thousands of sincere activists, and by the looks of it confusing a few to boot!

By repeating imperialist lies about the countries that are being targeted for attack, and channelling the energy of those that remain into non-threatening activities such as lobbying MPs and circulating petitions. Our ‘anti-war’ leaders are doing the vital job of making sure there is no meaningful, organised domestic opposition to imperialist war – they have tied our movement to the war chariot of imperialism. 

If YOU want answers, only Marxism Leninism can shine a light on the truth that cretins want kept in the dark. Check out these links:

Crimea goes home

Ukraine: fascist coup

Workers Party of Belgium interview

The devastating effects of the restoration of capitalism in the Ukraine 

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IRIS CREMER – Join us to mourn the death, and celebrate the life of our loved and lamented comrade

IRIS MARY JESSIE CREMER (10 Nov 1943 – 2 Apr 2014)

FUNERAL: 3pm, Thursday 17th April 2014

Iris holding her newborn nephew, Alex, in April 2009

Iris holding her new grandson, Alex, in May 2009

Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Rd, Richmond TW9 4EN. (London. UK.) http://www.mortlakecrematorium.org/directions/

All of Iris’ comrades, family, friends, colleagues and pupils are invited to attend.

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Our dear departed comrade, Godfrey Andries Cremer, born on 10 May 1943 was taken from us unexpectedly and far too early, by pancreatic cancer, on 26 March 2012. Almost two years to the day, on 2 April 2014, his comrade, friend, life-long partner, wife, and fellow founding member of the CPGB-ML, Iris Mary Jessie Cremer, (nee Sloley) died, just weeks after being diagnosed with Lung Cancer.

Iris & Godfrey pay tribute to the communards of Paris (1871), who created the first true government of the working people

Iris & Godfrey pay tribute to the communards of Paris (1871), who created the first true government of the working people

To mark the anniversary of Godfrey’s death, we published a series of tributes paid to him by those that knew him well, and valued him so highly.

The following speech of tribute paid to Godfrey by Iris, explains why they were both so valued by those that new them. They were generous, warm and open-hearted human beings, who went to enormous lengths to encourage a generation of idealistic young activists, and raise them to match their good intentions with the scientific understanding necessary to make their action effective.

Iris and Godfrey shared their lives and their dreams together, and worked throughout Godfrey’s life to build a movement that could promise a better world; A world without poverty, racism, discrimination, exploitation, famine or war; a world where all can develop their abilities and potential, for themselves and the common good. A world in which the economy is dedicated to serving the interests of the masses, not a clique of parasitic billionaires; where the waste of unemployed talents, and prematurely terminated life is the exception, rather than the rule.

This and other contributions were made at a memorial meeting held in April 2012, attended by many of his closest friends, family and comrades, who packed into Saklatvala Hall to share our sorrow at Godfrey’s passing and our joy that he has enriched our lives.

Despite our sadness, it was an inspiring and uplifting celebration of the 50 selfless and meaningful years that Iris, Godfrey and their comrades have devoted to the finest cause in all the world – the fight for the liberation of mankind.

Iris and Godfrey’s deep love for humanity, their profound Marxist understanding, and their determination to use all their many talents to serve the working class by building a truly revolutionary movement dedicated to our emancipation from wage slavery, and a communist party capable of directing that struggle, were their consistent motivating forces, and remain their enduring legacy.

It was this higher cause and meaning that enabled them to harness their creative powers and live truly outstanding and exemplary lives; lives full of passion and joy, free of black despair and wasted, petty or meaningless years.

Iris, like Godfrey, faced her final moments with the same optimism and fortitude that characterized the life they spent together. Their abiding certainty is that their lives’ work was a great gift to humanity – and we salute them for it.

Join us!

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A tribute to Iris:

http://blog.cpgb-ml.org/iris-mary-jessie-cremer-1941-2014/

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Being a British communist – A tribute paid by his lifelong friend and comrade, Harpal Brar

 

Iris & Godfrey – a tribute from his wife, lifelong friend and comrade, Iris

 

Funeral oration by Harpal Brar

 

A poem for Godfrey — written and recited by Ella Rule

 

Words for Godfrey – from Joti Brar

 

A tribute to Godfrey – IWA Greenwich & Bexley

 

A tribute to Godfrey — from his brother Adrian

 

A tribute to Godfrey – from his friend Kwame

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whIcgwKqIT0

 

Red Youth Education Program: Each one teach one!

http://redyouthuk.wordpress.com/educational-links/

 

 

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Early feminism – bourgeois and proletarian

Deborah Lavin speaks at a meeting to Mark international Women’s day, held by the CPGB-ML and Red Youth in Birmingham, on 8 March 2014.

She gives a fascinating insight into Victorian life, and the bourgeois (8:30) and proletarian (11:00) trends in the struggle for women’s liberation and for the vote (12:50), passing over, inter alia, North London Collegiate School (NLCS 2:25), Women and University College London (UCL 2:35), Edith Lanchester (15:00), Milicent Fawcett and Annie Beasant (8:30).

She notes that the bourgeois ladies, along with the Liberal party, campaigned against limiting workers hours, and for a ‘ladies’ vote that would include the limiting of the vote, as with men, to those over 25 and in possession of a ‘£10′ mortgage on their own property – a far cry, in fact, from ‘universal’ suffrage. Thus these bourgeois ‘radical’ liberals were opposed to the Crosses Act of 1876 which sought to limit the working day of women to 57 hours per week (9:30).

It was the socialist, proletarian part of the movement, as typified by the Marxists, including Karl Marx’s daughters (0.35) themselves – Jenny (1:45), Laura (1:50) and Elanor (3:18), and Sylvia Pankhurst, that campaigned to limit working hours, as part of the universal workers’ campaign for the 10 hour day, led by the second international (10:15), for equal pay, and for a truly universal suffrage without property or gender restrictions – although as Marx stressed, such a vote, while bourgeois democracy exists, can only ever be “a gauge of the maturity of the working class”.

Deborah gives useful information on Marx’s and other socialists’ attitude towards Malthus and Malthusianism (3:28), and consequently to Birth control, and the relationship between work and marriage (5:30). Socialists and progressives were in favour of the liberating effect that having fewer children had upon women, but disagreed with the notion that it was “too many workers” that gave rise to poverty. Rather, it is capitalist production relations, and in particular the exploitation that gives rise to poverty and unemployment for masses of humanity – a problem that can be solved by rearranging production, planning, and utilising all of man-kinds’ wasted labour power constructively, and thereby eliminating crises, war and famine, which capitalism cannot do.

An excellent, entertaining, and informative talk.

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The women’s movement in Britain

Ella Rule gives a short, amusing and informative talk, about the recent history of the ‘women’s movement’ in Britain.

Addressing a meeting to mark International Women’s Day, held by the CPGB-ML and Red Youth in Birmingham, on 8 March 2014, she outlines why working class women have not been involved in the women’s movement – because it has not addressed their needs.

Speaking from her experience, and with reference in particular to the 1972 women’s conference held in Skegness, which she and her comrades attended, she illustrates how a potentially progressive and liberating movement was effectively hijacked and side-tracked by a number of petty-bourgeois groups who pushed their false, anti-men, anti-worker, anti-social(ist) and anti-marxist views on the movement that developed in the 1960s and 1970s, effectively destroying it.

She prefaces her remarks by noting that women have everything to gain by pursuing the path of socialism, and the overthrow of the capitalist system, that exploits the majority, divides them and gives them a life of servitude, in the interests of fabulous super-profits of an insignificant handful (of men predominantly, but a few of the few are, in fact, women) – the finance capitalists.

How can real equality and liberation be won by working women? By liberating humanity from the system of wage slavery.

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How does Capitalist Crisis affect Socialist Countries?

Keith Bennett gives an interesting presentation on the impact of the world capitalist economic crisis of overproduction upon the economic and social life of socialist countries, at a CPGB-ML seminar held as economic meltdown hit in 2009.

The classic case of a socialist country immune to crisis is provided, he says, by the Soviet Union in the 1930s, whose economic output increased 5-fold while the capitalist world’s declined, mired as it was in the great depression that followed the Wall Street Crash, and dragged on until it fuelled events leading to a second World War.

The Soviet Union, after temporary concessions to capitalism following the destruction of world war one, the civil war, and the war of intervention, put aside Lenin’s ‘New Economic Policy’ and embarked upon full scale collectivisation in the countryside, enabling increased agricultural production and rural prosperity. This in turn allowed the towns to grow, to be fed, and increase their industrial output. It was the economic, cultural and technical development consequent upon its socialist economy that enabled the Soviet Union to defeat German Nazi Imperialism in the Great Patriotic War (WW2) between 1941-45.

Keith goes on to discuss modern China, the inroads of capitalist economics into her social life, the extent to which she always had a dual economy, and the fact that China’s economy, while continuing to expand, has been adversely affected by the declining capacity of the capitalist world to absorb her exports.

Referring to the history of the world economy, Keith points out that Capitalism cannot offer a sustainable source of economic growth, peaceful or stable development, and remains inherently prone to crisis, dislocation, instability and war.

Capitalism, if allowed to flourish in the economic sphere, will inevitably seek political power, and to change the nature of the state to suit its interests, he concludes.

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Women’s Liberation – What does it mean today?

“No great movement of the oppressed has ever triumphed without the participation of working class women.”

Without women's participation there would have been no Soviet Revolution - and the position of women would not have been uplifted to the extent it has. Without women's participation, the world cannot be liberated from hunger, misery, famine, war and the exploitation inherent in monopoly capitalism.

Without women’s participation there would have been no Soviet Revolution – and the position of women would not have been uplifted to the extent it has. Without women’s participation, the world cannot be liberated from hunger, misery, famine, war and the exploitation inherent in monopoly capitalism.

Joti Brar speaks at a meeting to Mark international Women’s day, held by the CPGB-ML and Red Youth in Birmingham, on 8 March 2014.

What is women’s oppression? How, why and when did it come about? Are women still oppressed, in the West, in the 21st century? And if so, what is the answer? How can real equality and liberation be won by working women?

In the words of Mao Zedong “Women hold up half the sky.”

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