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Rosa Parks b. February 4, 1913

- People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.- I would like to be known…

Che!

THE revolutionaries of Cuba, Latin America and the rest of the world hold Ernesto Che Guevara in great esteem. Soon after he came to Cuba, stories of his military exploits in the Sierra Maestra mountains — and later on in Las Villas, Zaire and Bolivia — were passed by word of mouth, turning into a living legend, despite the young hero's early death…

KKE commemorates victory at Stalingrad, condemns destruction of memorials to Red Army

The Motherland Calls Memorial Complex in Volgograd (Stalingrad)The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) paid tribute to the victory of the heroic Red Army and the Soviet people at Stalingrad on the 80th anniversary of the final Nazi surrender, February 2, 1943. The KKE has also been fighting against the now relentless attempts by many governments to conflate…

WFTU organizes International Solidarity Day with the people of Peru

On January 31 the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and its member unions held a Solidarity Day with the people of Peru in struggle against the violent, US backed coup regime that overthrew President Pedro Castillo.At least 60 people have been killed by the police or military in demonstrations and blockades resisting the coup.WFTU statement: The…

Stalingrad: The Turning Point of World War Two – February 2, 1943

On this day in 1943 the last of the Nazi generals at Stalingrad (General Strecker) surrendered.The Soviet Red Army, after the largest battle in human history, had delivered a defeat to the Nazis and their allies from which they would never recover.While many terrible losses and battles lay ahead, the path forward to victories like Kursk and then ultimately…

Hundreds of thousands of workers march in Britain’s largest strike in a decade

"There is a rising tide of rage at the attack on wages, conditions, pensions and services and at a government that simultaneously blocks negotiations in some areas whilst conducting sham negotiations in others. They should come to the table or clear out of the way."All images via TwitterThe day after millions of workers mobilized in France, Britain…

Langston Hughes b. February 1, 1901

Lenin Lenin walks around the world.Frontiers cannot bar him.Neither barracks nor barricades impede.Nor does barbed wire scar him.Lenin walks around the world.Black, brown, and white receive him.Language is no barrier.The strangest tongues believe him.Lenin walks around the world.The sun sets like a scar.Between the darkness and the dawnThere rises a…

France: Massive mobilization of workers against Macron’s reactionary attack on pensions

All images via TwitterFollowing on the heels of a huge mobilization on January 19, an estimated 2.8 million French workers took to the streets again on January 31 to oppose President Emmanuel Macron's reactionary pension "reforms". Macron's push to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 while also raising the number of years of work it takes to qualify…

Red Review #83 — International Left and Labour News

With news from the USA, Swaziland, Peru, Australia, India, Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere. There is also a section related to news from the CELAC summit in Argentina. Tyre Nichols Protests January 29, USA -- Image via TwitterJanuary 22:Progressives slam anti-abortion moves by right-wing regional government in Castilla y LeĂłn, SpainA move by the far-right…

Don’t buy the police propaganda campaign in Toronto

It is amazing how when it comes to what are likely isolated crime incidents the media and police propaganda responses are truly always dĂ©jĂ  vu all over again. Don't buy it. Nothing has changed about the nature of our police forces and the need for dramatic and fundamental reforms, far greater oversight of police and massive defunding of hugely bloated…

The “light of Marxism permits us to understand human history”

Karl Marx among the Parisian workers, Rostislav Nikolayevich Galitsky (1920-1979), USSRIt is because the light of Marxism permits us to understand human history and to grasp the succession of facts and the succession of struggles which, since the most distant ages, have made society what it is, and it is because we are conscious of continuing the civilizing…

Daily LIFT #871

The great Spanish Communist leader Dolores Ibarruri and the monument-ensemble sculptor, laureate of the Lenin Prize E. V. Vuchetich on Mamayev Kurgan -- Daily LIFT #871Mamayev Kurgan was finally recaptured by the Red Army January 26 1943. This critical height, a strategic point over the whole city, had been the scene of staggeringly brutal combat over…

“Power to the People”: Angela Davis b. January 26, 1944

Libertad Para Angela Davis, Cuban Poster 1971A Cuban in solidarity with US freedom fighter, civil rights and communist activist Angela Davis.In October, 1970 Davis was arrested by the FBI on trumped up murder charges. She was imprisoned for 16 months in California -- some of it in solitary confinement. In July, 1972 she was acquitted on all counts at…

Daily LIFT #870

Monument to the January Uprising, 1918, Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR 1975 -- Daily LIFT #870In the January Uprising the workers of Kiev revolted in support of Soviet power as part of the general worker upraising across Ukraine supporting the Bolshevik revolution.

“AmĂ­lcar Cabral was assassinated but his generous ideals did not die”

The speech of Paulo Raimundo, General Secretary of Portuguese Communist Party in honour of the 50th anniversary of Cabral's death.All images via the PCPOn January 19 the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) held an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of AmĂ­lcar Cabral, the great Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean revolutionary, theoretician…

Red Review #82 — International Left and Labour News

With news from France, Peru, Swaziland, Vietnam, the USA, Greece, Italy, Spain, Canada and elswhere.Image from the General Strike in France, January 19January 14:Antiwar marchers honor MLK, say ‘NO’ to NATO proxy war in UkraineOn Jan. 14, a large crowd gathered in Times Square in New York City to honor the true legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King…

Daily LIFT #869

Masses Rally in Lenin's Memory in Chicago and New York, 1926 -- Daily LIFT #869An illustration in The Daily Worker announcing upcoming meetings and demonstrations in memory of the death of Lenin being held in Chicago and New York in late January, 1926.

Lenin Stained Glass Window, Oakland, California, 1970

Lenin Stained Glass Window, Oakland, California, 1970The stained glass window that American economist Stanton R. Smith had commissioned for his house in Oakland for the centenary of Lenin's birth."In the window's center panel, Lenin rises above the Kremlin wall with the Soviet Red Flag unfurled behind him. The clock on the Kremlin's Tower is set at…

Daily LIFT #867

Long Live the October Revolution, Vladimir Alexandrovich Serov (1910-1968) 1951 -- Daily LIFT #867From the Great Soviet Encyclopedia:Born July 8 (21), 1910, in the village of Emmaus, in present-day Kalinin Oblast; died Jan. 19, 1968, in Moscow. Soviet painter and graphic artist. People’s Artist of the USSR (1958); member of the Academy of Arts of…

Mass strikes across France in opposition to Macron’s attacks on pensions

Hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike and marched in Paris and in other cities and towns all across France in opposition to President Macron's push to "reform" pensions by raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 while also raising the number of years of work it takes to qualify for a pension.According to the French Communist Party (PCF):More…

Leningrad encirclement broken, January 18, 1943

From the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of LeningradToday marks the 80th anniversary of the day the Red Army first broke through the encirclement of Leningrad and established a land corridor into the besieged city.Leningrad was, of course, under siege by Nazi forces for a staggering 872 days. It heroically resisted despite constant encirclement, bombardment…

The Declaration of the Rights of Toiling and Exploited People – January 17, 1918

The historic Soviet Declaration of the Rights of Toiling and Exploited People was first published on January 17, 1918 (new calendar) in Izvestia. It was read out (by Yakov Sverdlov) at the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly on January 18 and was approved by the Third All-Russia Congress of Soviets on January 25 and subsequently formed the basis…

Red Review #81 — International Left and Labour News

With news from Germany, Peru, Kenya, the USA, the UK, Venezuela, Israel, Turkey and elsewhere.Communists march in honour of the anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Berlin, January 15 -- Photo via TwitterJanuary 9:Peruvian security forces massacre 17 protesters in Juliaca, PunoOn Monday, January 9, Peruvian security forces…

21st Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial, January 22, 2022 w. John Clarke

The Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee welcomes everyone to the 21st Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial at St. Mary's Catholic Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave Ladysmith, BC at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023. Come and join with other working people to honour Our Labour Martyr, Joseph Mairs. As always, our general theme for the day is ‘Our Common Condition.’…

Daily LIFT #866


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