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YCL Statement on the British Govt. vs. the Socialist Response to Hurricane Irma

The YCL condemns the British Government’s response – or rather lack of response – to providing aid to its overseas territories in the Caribbean, which is a stark reminder that the racism of a colonial power continues to this day. Its slack response to the disaster left its former slave colonies reeling from the loss of life, limb and home for many residents of the overseas territories of Anguilla, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, whilst other countries like Cuba and the United States were prepared well in advance for the destruction.

On the other hand, Britain chose to neglect its citizens, leaving them to fend for themselves. If it had been Gibraltar or the Falklands, the British ruling class would have spared no expense to protect its people and military bases. But in this case, the British ruling class turns a blind-eye because the lives of Afro-Caribbean people are not worth as much as pit-stops for battleships and bombers. The YCL sends its solidarity to the working people affected by the hurricane and salutes the hard work of those ready to defend the livelihoods of themselves and others, particularly the Venezuelan Government, which is sending aid to Barbuda in this time of crisis.

The YCL also wishes to express its solidarity and condolences to the great socialist state of Cuba and salutes the efforts of the Cubans to aid other islands in the Caribbean in the spirit of true solidarity despite the wreckage visited upon the island by the hurricane.

Communist Party Political Committee Report January 2017: For Internationalism and a People’s Brexit!

General Secretary Robert Griffiths delivered the Political Report to the first meeting of the Communist Party’s new Executive Committee on 21 January 2017 outlining the international and domestic political situation and the tasks facing Britain’s Communists.

There is an ancient and well-worn Chinese saying: ‘May you live in interesting times’. What is not so well-known – at least outside China – is that this is meant as a curse, not a blessing.

After the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President, we can be sure that we live not only in interesting times, but in dangerous times as well.

He has taken office on a minority vote, but having won substantial support among sections of the working class with promises of private and public sector investment, more jobs and higher wages Read More…

Historic Joint Statement – the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism

A historic joint statement of the Communist Parties of Britain, Russia, France, Germany and the United States of America. 8/9 May 2015. Read More…

First anniversary rally for the victims of the May 2, Odessa attack

Yesterday the Young Communist League (YCL) was amongst those commemorating the victims of the fascist attack on the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine one year ago. 42 people – including communists, trade unionists and antifascists – were killed in the premeditated massacre by fascists in support of the new Kiev regime on May 2, 2014. There was a great turnout of around 60 friends and comrades at the Ukrainian Embassy in London, bringing a message of solidarity to those who are facing repression by fascists and the Kiev regime today. Read More…

Justice for Odessa on May 2 – one year later

On May 2, 2014 armed fascists attacked the House of Trade Unions in Odessa and carried out a horrific sustained massacre on all those inside. The Ukrainian authorities have not held the perpetrators to account for their crimes. Read More…