The struggle against racism must be fought on a class basis – by uniting workers and youth into a mass movement capable of overthrowing capitalism.

The struggle against racism must be fought on a class basis – by uniting workers and youth into a mass movement capable of overthrowing capitalism.

Six years after the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement, the death of George Floyd in the USA has sparked an international movement against racism and police violence. The repression and injustices experienced by BAME communities day-in, day-out was captured by the last words of George Floyd and Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe!” 

The protests against institutional racism have spread like wildfire to Britain, with militant demonstrations insisting that ‘the UK is not innocent’. But the question facing activists now is: how do we channel this incredible energy and potential power into real, lasting change?

The struggle against racism must be fought on a class basis – by uniting workers and youth into a mass movement capable of overthrowing capitalism: a system that has oppression, violence, and exploitation built into its very fabric.

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How British capitalism grew rich through slaveryHow British capitalism grew rich through slavery
Fiona Lali

The Black Lives Matter movement has helped to shine a light on Britain’s own racist, colonial history. Fiona Lali looks at the origins of British capitalism, which came into being – in the words of Marx – with “blood dripping from every pore”.

Tear down the racist statues – and the racist capitalist systemTear down the racist statues – and the racist capitalist system
Martin Swayne

The British establishment is attempting to divert the movement against racism down safe-channels – turning the struggle into a polarising ‘culture war’, and offering tokenistic gestures. Instead, we must fight for socialist change.

Angela Davis: From Radical to EstablishmentAngela Davis: From Radical to Establishment
Fiona Lali

With the rise of Black Lives Matter into a radical mass movement, many are rediscovering one of the heroes of the struggle for black liberation in the ‘70s. Fiona Lali analyses her theoretical ideas.

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Black Struggle and the Socialist RevolutionBlack Struggle and the Socialist Revolution
Socialist Revolution USA

This document was passed at the 2008 National Congress of the US section of the International Marxist Tendency. The arguments it raises are more relevant than ever.

Lessons from the History and Struggle of the Black Panther PartyLessons from the History and Struggle of the Black Panther Party
John Peterson

As Marxists we stand on the front lines in the struggle against discrimination in all its forms. We believe that to be successful, this must be combined with the united working class’s struggle against capitalism and for socialism.

"The State and Revolution", Chap. 4: Controversy with the Anarchists"The State and Revolution", Chap. 4: Controversy with the Anarchists
NIKLAS ALBIN SVENSSON

Marxists must call for workers' unity, organisation, and internationalism.

Trotsky's Last Article: Bonapartism, Fascism and WarTrotsky's Last Article: Bonapartism, Fascism and War
Jessica Cassell

A layer of young people and students who are becoming politicised as part of recent movements come to view oppression through the lens of 'intersectionality'. But what does it mean and is it useful for fighting oppression?

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Fred Weston

Martin Luther King was killed because of the danger his ideas posed to the establishment. Fred Weston looks at MLK's life and ideas, and discusses the way forward today in the fight against racism and for liberation.

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Niklas Albin Svensson

In this talk from the Revolution Festival 2019, Niklas Albin Svensson discusses why revolutionaries must oppose any repression of migrants and refugees, and fight instead for workers of all countries to unite.

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John Peterson

As the conditions for revolution rapidly mature in the US, there is an urgent need for the movement to grapple with some serious questions: What role do police play under capitalism? What will it take to abolish this institution?

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Hamid Alizadeh

In this talk, Hamid Alizadeh explains why the struggle against racism must be fought on a class basis – by uniting workers and youth into a mass movement capable of overthrowing capitalism: a system that has oppression, violence, and exploitation built into its very fabric.

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Fiona Lali

In this online talk organised by the Marxist Student Federation as part of Black History Month, Fiona Lali (national organiser of the MSF) explains why the fight against racism must be a fight against capitalism.

Marxism and the  black struggleMarxism and the  black struggle
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Fred Weston

Fred Weston speaks on the effects of positive discrimination and the lessons for the labour movement, touching on the origins of racism and the Black question in the USA.

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