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Regional socialism conference PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 December 2010 12:42

 

 

Successful socialism conference held in the Philippines

From Partido Lakas ng Masa, International Desk

(Conference talks uploaded in Socialist Dialogue section)

 

A successful ‘socialism conference’ was held in Manila from

November 27 to 28. The conference was organized by the socialist

Partido Lakas ng Masa or Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM)

and the socialist-feminist regional network Transform Asia. The

conference was attended by 100 delegates, leaders of the PLM

from Metro Manila, and other leading socialists of the Philippine

left, as well as 13 international guests.

 

The international organisations represented came from the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM);

People’s Democratic Party (PRD-Indonesia); Working People’s Association (PRP-Indonesia);

Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD-Indonesia);

Socialist Alliance (Australia); The Left Party (Sweden); the General Confederation of Nepalese

Trade Unions (Gefont); the Vietnamese Union of Friendship Organisations; the Turn Left (Thailand);

and the Centre for Environment and Community Asset Development (Vietnam). Keynote speakers

at the conference included the newly appointed Cuban Ambassador to the Philippines Juan Corrales.

Greetings were also given by the representative of the Venezuelan embassy, Charge d’affaires

Manuel Iturbe.

 

The aim of the conference was explained by the opening speaker Reihana Mohideen, Chairperson of

Transform Asia. “We need to go beyond anti-capitalism. We have no shortage of those criticizing the

horrors of capitalism today, including the capitalists themselves, such as George Soros and even

former leaders of international finance institutions, such as Joseph Stiglitz… to NGOs, who are also

critics of the system. [But] anti-capitalism is not enough today. We need to put forward alternatives

to the capitalist system and we need to name these alternatives,as socialism. This is what this

conference aims to do,” she explained.

 

Conference highlights included panels and discussions on socialist strategy, the capitalist economic

crisis and socialist alternatives to the environmental crisis. Sonny Melencio Chairperson of PLM

argued that “there’s no strategy for all seasons” and that strategy is “not something constant, fixed,

once and for all.” “Strategy becomes a key question during historic turning points, when there is

intensification in the class struggle and during political crises…. [Otherwise] we face periods of

protracted organising and the preparation of the forces of the working class.”

 

Melencio gave some examples of such historic turning points: “While Lenin did not use the term

strategy, the question of strategy was posed in the 1905 and the 1917 Russian revolutions, when

the capture of political power by the working class was resolved through insurrection … The second

world war gave rise to national liberation movements and the strategy of Mao’s peoples war or

protracted peoples war [emerged] in China… Gramsci put forward the idea of ‘war of positions and

war of maneuvers’ which was in the context of the structure of the state in western countries.”

Melencio outlined the strategy pursued by PLM as a “combination of uprising or people's power

action and electoral intervention”, also drawing from the lessons of the revolutions in Venezuela and

Bolivia that involved insurrectionary uprisings and electoral victories.

 

Bui Ba Binh, from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, described the situation in Vietnam

today under the ‘socialist oriented market economy’. He explained that the key features of this

orientation was “to consider the market as a means to achieve social development objectives…

to rationally use the market space… and to harmoniously link the market space with public,

non-market, space in other fields.” According to Binh, the ‘socialist-oriented market economy’ has

brought about real positive changes in Vietnam.

 

The final plenary session included a discussion on socialist internationalism and the call made by the

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the formation of a

Fifth International. Speaking on the proposal Arul Arutchelvan, from the Socialist Party of Malaysia,

explained the importance of the proposal. “Hugo Chavez and Venezuela have the moral authority to

call for the Fifth International because of their commitment to building socialism in the 21st century.

It’s also a non-sectarian position taken by Chavez. This is not a rigid [structure] it calls upon all left

parties and anti-imperialist groupings to come together.”

 

The conference concluded with a performance by the PLM cultural group Teatro Pabrika and

the singing of the Internationale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:47
 
PLM at European Feminist Forum, Stockholm, Sweden PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:49

PLM was invited to participate at the Feminist Forum held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 7. The talk, presented by PLM EC member Reihana Mohideen, was on "Renewing Socialist Feminism", which discussed the need for the women's movement to put forward anti-capitalist alternatives in the face of the multiple crises facing global capitalism. The conference, which is held every year, was attended by around 1000 feminists. PLM also participated in a national tour of six cities. The presentation made at the Feminist Forum can be found here: Feminist Forum, May 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

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August 14, 2016 LEADERS ASSEMBLY AT LUNETA PDF Print E-mail
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PLM Memo on the October 31 barangay elections (Tagalog version) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 August 2016 16:00

Memo Hinggil sa Barangay Elections

Para sa lahat ng chapters at yunit ng PLM

20 July 2016

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Ikonsolida at palawakin ang ating baseng masa,

Aktibong lumahok sa October 31 barangay at SK elections!

 

1.  Ang Barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections ay magaganap sa October 31 (Lunes) maliban na lamang kung magkakaroon ng batas na ito’y ipagpapaliban muna.

 

2. Nagsimula na ang registration para sa mga bagong botante mula July 15 at matatapos sa July 30. Sa bagong batas, ang mga edad 15 hanggang 30 ay dapat magparehisto bilang kasapi ng Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) para makaboto sa SK election. Pero ang kandidato sa SK ay mula edad 18 hanggang 24 lamang. Lahat naman ng edad 18 pataas ay boboto sa Barangay Council elections at pwedeng kumandidato sa barangay.

 

3. Nananawagan tayo na magkampanya na sa pagpaparehistro mula July 15 hanggang 30 para makapagtipon na tayo ng mga susuporta sa ating mga kandidato sa barangay at SK elections.

 

4. Maikli lang ang panahon para sa pagsusumite ng kandidatura (COC o Certificate of Candidacy) sa eleksyon. Tatlong araw lamang ito mula October 3 hanggang October 5 (unang Lunes hanggang Miyerkules ng Oktubre). Kaya mainam na makapaghanda na ang mga tatakbo nating kandidato sa barangay.

 

5. Maikli lamang din ang opisyal na kampanya para sa barangay. Siyam na araw mula October 21 hanggang 29. Gayunpaman, ngayon pa lang ay dapat may projection na ang mga tatakbo sa barangay.

 

Halaga ng barangay elections ngayon

 

1. Ang paglahok sa barangay elections ay nagbibigay sa atin ng pagkakataon na magpalawak ng ating baseng masa at botong masa at magtayo at magpalakas ng ating pwersa sa antas ng grassroots.

 

2. Ang lakas na ito ay mahalaga sa ating interbensyong elektoral sa pambansang antas. Hindi natin makakamit ang tagumpay sa elektoral na laban kung mananatiling nakakahon lamang tayo sa iilang barangay, iilang pagawaan, iilang komunidad, at iilang opisina. Kailangan ang ilang ulit na paglapad ng ating baseng masa (mula sa kasalukuyang ______) at paglawak ng mga barangay o komunidad na ating nabubuksan at nakikilusan.

 

3. Isipin na lamang na may 42,065 barangay sa buong bansa. Totoong marami dito ay kontrolado na ng mga trapo at ginagamit sa kanilang pakinabang. Subalit malaking bahagi nito ay may puwang pa para sa ating kampanya ng pagpapalawak sa pamamagitan ng interbensyon sa halalang barangay.

 

4. Magkaugpong din ang pagkakasa ng pakikibakang masa at interbensyong elektoral sa barangay. Pinakamainam na mailagay natin bilang mga opisyal ng barangay ang ating mga lider para mas lalong magkaroon ng otoridad ang kanilang pamumuno sa mga pakikibakang masa at mapanday sila sa pamamaraan ng lokal at komunal na pamamahala.

 

5. Maliwanag na sa maraming kasama ang halaga ng ating paglahok sa barangay elections. Ang kailangang tukuyin at pinuhin ay ang masalimuot na mga taktika ng pagpapanalo ng ating mga kandidato sa barangay elections.

 

Paghahanda at ilang taktika

 

1. Ngayon pa lamang, maglista na ng tatakbong mga kapitan ng barangay, kagawad, at mga opisyal ng SK. Magpatakbo tayo ng ating mga lider manggagawa, kababaihan at kabataan. Dahil halos nagsisimula pa lang tayo sa interbensyon sa mga barangay, buksan ang listahan sa mga alyadong nagpaplanong tumakbo sa halalan.

 

2. Unahin nating ikonsolida o lagyan ng organisador ang mga barangay na nasa erya ng ating nanalong mga lokal na kandidato noong May 9 elections. Meron tayong isang alkalde at ilang konsehal sa Samar; mga konsehal sa Cebu at Cavite; at iba pang lugar. Meron din tayong nanalong mga alyado, gaya ng vice-mayor sa Marikina, na kailangan nating kumbinsihin na magkonsolida pa ng boto sa pamamagitan ng pagkuha ng liderato sa mga barangay.

 

3. Isa pang hanay ang mga lugar na malaki ang boto ng ating mga kandidato noong Mayo 9, kahit na hindi sila nagwagi sa halalan. Maaaring tumakbo ang ilan sa kanila sa barangay, o kaya’y magplano na buksan pa ang network ng kanilang mga barangay para sa susunod nilang elektoral na laban.

 

4. Itransporma ang may 300,000 na nakuha nating boto sa ating dalawang partylist (Sanlakas at Ating Guro) bilang baseng masa. Pag-aralan kung saan nakatipon ang mga botong ito at magtalaga tayo ng mga organisador na tututok sa may malalaking bilang nito sa antas-barangay.

 

5. Kailangan natin ng malapad na makinarya ng mga organisador na tututok sa halalang barangay. Kung wala nito, hindi tayo makakaasa na mapanghawakan ang mga oportunidad sa pagpapalawak at pagpapalakas ng ating pwersa. Kailangan nating lutasin ang maraming problemang kaugnay ng pagbubuo ng makinarya ng mga organisador – mula sa usapin ng pagbubuo ng mga kadre (consol at education work) tungo sa paglikom ng pondong pangsubsidyo sa kanila.

 

6. Itransporma ang kasalukuyang network ng barangay coordinators (may 300 barangay lahat ito) bilang PLM barangay organizing team (BOT). Ang BOT ang magpaplano at mamamahala sa paglahok natin sa barangay at SK elections sa kanilang mga lugar. Maaring magsimula ang BOT sa tatlong katao bawat barangay at palakihin ito habang lumalapit ang kampanya sa eleksyon.

 

7.. Sa antas rehiyon, pangungunahan ng mga nakatayong REC ang pagpaplano sa paglahok sa barangay at SK elections.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2016 16:03
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Haiti: Regional Solidarity Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 January 2010 09:13

Haiti: Solidarity and Aid! Freedom and National Sovereignty! No to US Occupation!

On January 13, 2010, a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  The earthquake caused great destruction and 200,000 people are thought to be dead. Further, 3 million Haitians have been rendered homeless by the quake, which also damaged many public service buildings, such as hospitals and schools.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2010 13:11
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