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2 October 2019

spotKarro Foods victory Hull

Workers at Karro Foods in Hull have won a 7.1% pay increase over two years

2 October 2019

spotActive and strong member of Socialist Party reaches 80

Socialists in south east London are celebrating the 80th birthday of Peter Redfarn

2 October 2019

spot40 years on: Mandatory reselection more vital for Labour than ever

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in September 2015 fundamentally altered politics in the party. But for the last four years he has been hamstrung by the 80% of pro-capitalist Labour MPs who owe their political loyalty to the Kinnock/Blair eras.

2 October 2019

spotBattered Boris must go... and all the Tories with him!

Battered by his own MPs in parliament, his Oxbridge allies in the Supreme Court, and even some press barons, the isolated Tory leader has used his party conference as a platform for a right-wing populist election manifesto.

2 October 2019

spotNationalisation only way to safeguard jobs and skills at Wrightbus

Wrightbus is one of the last remaining bus manufacturers in the UK. It produced the Routemaster, also known as the Boris bus, for the London Transport Authority.

2 October 2019

spotLabour's mass social housing pledge

Jeremy Corbyn used his Labour conference speech to repeat his call for "the largest council housebuilding programme in a generation".

2 October 2019

spotThem&Us

It's one world for the super rich and another world for us.

2 October 2019

spotRoyal Mail dispute: Workers determined to fight bosses' injustices

A showdown between Royal Mail bosses and 120,000 workers is taking place as jobs and conditions come under attack.

2 October 2019

spotHull: Construction workers' walkout forces employer to back down

The unofficial construction workers' dispute involving the building of a wood chip processing plant at Saltend Chemicals Park, in Hull, has been a struggle to prevent the blacklisting of two senior Unite and GMB union stewards - Paul Tattersfield and Keith Gibson.

2 October 2019

spotCrown Paints dispute - union senior steward speaks out

Workers, members of the GMB union, at Crown Paints in Hull have in recent weeks taken four days of strike action in pursuit of a just pay claim. Shane Allinson, GMB senior steward, has made a statement about the dispute

2 October 2019

spotEnd low pay - support Salford Royal security workers' action

Outsourced security staff in Salford Royal - an outstanding NHS hospital - have voted for strike action with a 100% turnout and 100% yes vote in a ballot!

2 October 2019

spotCatalonia independence movement two years on

The verdict of 12 Catalan nationalist leaders on charges arising from the failed independence struggle in 2017 is expected soon. Nine have been charged with rebellion, which can result in 25 years in prison.

2 October 2019

spotEgypt: Street protests challenge Trump's favourite dictator

Street protests in Cairo and several other Egyptian cities broke out on 20 and 21 September. Although only involving dozens or a few hundred, at first, they grew in numbers and spread to other cities.

2 October 2019

spotNow is the moment to join the Socialist Party

Have you been reading the Socialist and thinking about joining the Socialist Party? Now is an excellent time to join.

2 October 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letter's to the Socialist's editors

2 October 2019

spotFinancing socialist struggle

Will we or won't we. You may be forgiven for thinking I'm talking about Brexit and whether we will exit on 31 October. Or it could be, will we or we won't have a general election in the coming days?

2 October 2019

spotBromley libraries strikers proved right

Unite union members employed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) in Bromley, south London, have been on indefinite strike since 6 June, in defence of the library service.

2 October 2019

spotIs a workers' Brexit deal possible?

The Leave vote in 2016 was a revolt against the capitalist establishment, a working-class 'cry of rage' against poverty and austerity while the rich get richer.

2 October 2019

spotPCS general secretary election - Support Marion Lloyd

For a proven track record of fighting for members' interests

2 October 2019

spotSocialism 2019: An unmissable event

Socialism '19 is about the questions confronting us and socialist ideas to point a way forward

2 October 2019

spotFreshers fairs 2019: Impatience for change and determination to fight

Students are looking for an explanation for the political crisis, and for a way to join a real fight for socialist change.

7 October 2019

spotTony Mulhearn 1939-2019

Tony Mulhearn was a titan, a courageous leader of the working-class movement in Merseyside, as well as a lifelong proud member of Militant, now the Socialist Party

9 October 2019

spotSelling the Socialist

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week..

9 October 2019

spotSainsbury's strikers win

Sainsbury's workers who took two 24-hour strikes at Waltham Point distribution centre have forced the bosses to concede on the main issue of the dispute - a massive reduction in sickness pay from 26 weeks to just two

9 October 2019

spotLincolnshire health visitors strike

Lincolnshire health visitors are being balloted for further strike action with the county council trying to 'divide and rule' over future job roles

9 October 2019

spotAsda workers protest callous bosses

Workers organised with the GMB union protested outside more than 75 Asda stores across the UK on Thursday 3 October. Bosses have said they will fire anyone who doesn't sign up to 'Contract 6' by 2 November.

9 October 2019

spotCynical Tories' domestic violence bill not enough

How do you leave a violent partner? Well you need guts for a start, as many are attacked or even killed after leaving abusive relationships. 55% of women killed by their ex-partner in 2017 died within the first month of separation, and 87% in the first year.

9 October 2019

spotLabour and the fight for a shorter working week

Labour conference has resolved the next Labour government should reduce the average full-time working week to four days (32 hours) - without loss of pay - within a decade. This will be welcomed by workers.

9 October 2019

spotVote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

On 15 October the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will announce the ballot result for industrial action over management plans to end Royal Mail group as a real public service.

9 October 2019

spotBirmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation

Unite the Union organised a protest outside the regional headquarters of HS2 in Birmingham on 7 October.

9 October 2019

spotEquity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts

Performing arts union Equity has launched a manifesto for a big expansion of culture provision and jobs. It calls for a massive hike in public funding, higher wages, more public ownership, and greater input from artists and communities into what gets made.

9 October 2019

spotVote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections

Socialist Party member Jared Wood is standing for the RMT transport union's national executive committee in the London transport region.

9 October 2019

spotUnison's retired members reflect growing anger

Unison's retired members conference met in Southport from 1-2 October, and the debates reflected the growing anger of older people.

9 October 2019

spotChinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'

On 1 October 1949 the leader of the Stalinist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Mao Zedong, declared the formation of the People's Republic of China.

9 October 2019

spotTrump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party

Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives, has announced the beginning of an impeachment process against President Trump.

9 October 2019

spotSocialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

Capitalism means chaos for the majority of us, while the bosses get rich off the work we do.

9 October 2019

spotBest way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party

Why I joined the Socialist Party: I was looking for a clear left alternative to the big issues: Moments in history like this make us question what we can do to influence things. As individuals, ordinary people have little power against the immense force of world events.

9 October 2019

spotSocialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

We asked people who have bought tickets for Socialism 2019 why they are coming. Their answers show how this festival of ideas taking place on 2 and 3 November is an unmissable event for everyone wanting to fight the bosses and the Tories and to defend working-class living standards.

9 October 2019

spotWaltham Forest: mobilisation needed to defend abortion rights

Trade unionists, community campaigners and members of the Socialist Party protested against anti-abortion activists holding up huge images of foetuses in the Walthamstow square on 5 October.

9 October 2019

spotHuge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

"That was challenging and uncomfortable" - the Cardiff and Vale Health Board chief executive's closing remark at a public engagement meeting on NHS cuts in Barry, South Wales.

9 October 2019

spot'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition

After over two years of campaigning, the residents of Woodsworth Drive and Sugar Hill Close in Leeds have had plans to demolish their homes voted down unanimously by Leeds City Council's planning committee.

9 October 2019

spotYork freshers success

The University of York freshers fair revealed an enthusiastic response to Socialist ideas. Queues of students lined up to hear about our chance to take down the Tories and fight for workers' control of society.

9 October 2019

spotBook review: She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

On 5 October two years ago, the #MeToo movement exploded - first on social media, then spreading to protests on the streets and in workplaces - becoming a global phenomenon.

9 October 2019

spotFilm review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions

The most striking thing about this film is how gritty and believable it is. Based on the origin story of one of the most iconic comic book villains of all time, and situated in Gotham City, a carbon copy of New York City, this film is set in the 80s.

9 October 2019

spotBEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

More than nine months of action, including three months on indefinite strike, have paid off

9 October 2019

spotCorbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

While the government and the employers are busy gloating at the 'record numbers' of workers in employment, the figures hide a harsh reality for millions.

9 October 2019

spotBrexit theatrics continue

As 'Brexit Day' on 31 October approaches, the roller coaster crisis for British capitalism intensifies

9 October 2019

spotCutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

Boris Johnson, self-portrayed 'man of the people', has begun his election campaigning. At Tory party conference he announced policies that, on the face of it, would be very popular. One of these is to build "40 new hospitals" in ten years.

9 October 2019

spotAttacks on Caerphilly waste management workers

Unison and GMB trade union banners brightened the rain outside Caerphilly council offices on 3 October. The air rang with chants as waste management workers and their supporters demanded fair play for themselves and five unfairly sacked workmates.

10 October 2019

spotTrump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds

Turkey has launched a military assault on Kurdish areas in north Syria

15 October 2019

spotFlooring workers strike, Derbyshire

More than 70 production workers at Forbo Flooring UK in Ripley, Derbyshire began a series of 48-hour strikes on Tuesday 15 October

16 October 2019

spotCatalonia: Mass protests against punitive political jailings

The Spanish supreme court has condemned nine leaders of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum to between nine and 13 years in prison

16 October 2019

spotClimate watch

Just 20 fossil fuel companies are directly linked to more than one third of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1965

16 October 2019

spotCorbyn must stand firm against establishment and Labour right

The Tory government's new spending promises are not a change in a working-class friendly direction. Rather, they are temporary concessions in an attempt to win a general election.

16 October 2019

spotWales: Hundreds march to save the Orb works

On 12 October steelworkers from all over Britain joined hundreds of Orb workers and their families on an impressive march through Newport, South Wales, to demand that the Tata Orb steelworks in the city is saved.

16 October 2019

spotRMT: Jared Wood - Fighting cuts, defending jobs, pay and conditions

Ballot papers will be posted to RMT transport union members this week to fill a seat on the union's executive committee from the London transport region.

16 October 2019

spotHackney SEND transport workers achieve victory

Drivers and passenger assistants employed by Hackney Council in the Special Education Needs Service have won an outstanding victory following strike action in support of a pay claim.

16 October 2019

spotNEU support staff dismiss Tory 'extra funding' hype

The National Education Union was formed in September 2018 to include school teachers, further education lecturers, education support staff and teaching assistants.

16 October 2019

spotTony Mulhearn 1939-2019: Courageous fighter for the working class and socialism

Tony Mulhearn was a titan, a courageous leader of the working-class movement in Liverpool and Merseyside, as well as a life-long proud member of Militant, now the Socialist Party.

16 October 2019

spotBook: The Making of a Liverpool Militant by Tony Mulhearn

"I'm glad they convinced him to put it down in print": I wasn't able to go to the launch of Tony Mulhearn's book, The Making of a Liverpool Militant, but my copy arrived in the post a couple of days before, so I spent a lot of time reading it.

16 October 2019

spotChina after the 1949 revolution: the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese revolution. In the second of a series of articles marking that event, Tom Baldwin looks at the period following the declaration of the People's Republic of China.

16 October 2019

spotTories out - general election now

Boris Johnson will be hoping that the archaic ceremony surrounding the Queen's Speech will act as a distraction from the Brexit crisis.

16 October 2019

spotThe Cameron Tory legacy

In the establishment's eyes David Cameron's claim to fame will be the EU referendum, triggering the current political crisis and disintegration of the Tory Party.

16 October 2019

spotMajor new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism

Since the financial crisis of 2007-08, many different movements have developed against oppression, austerity, neoliberalism and capitalism - with mixed success.

16 October 2019

spotTrade unionists discuss climate change

Socialist Party members attended a climate change discussion event organised by members of the National Education Union on 12 October.

16 October 2019

spotPressure needed to force secret police disclosure

For at least 40 years, special undercover sections of the police spied on trade unionists, socialist organisations including the Socialist Party, and campaigners such as the family of Stephen Lawrence, victim of a racist murder.

16 October 2019

spotUprising in Ecuador forces government climbdown

Twelve days of mass protests have forced the Ecuadorian government to retreat and restore the fuel subsidies it had removed with Decree 883.

16 October 2019

spotMass union mobilisation needed to counter anti-choice group

Waltham Forest has become the focus of intense activity by an anti-abortion rights group

16 October 2019

spotBe part of the future: join the Socialist Party

Capitalism offers us climate change, poverty, and constant instability

16 October 2019

spotGeneral secretary election: Marion Lloyd - standing for action on members' pay, jobs, pensions and more

Marion is on the election ballot paper, having won 39 nominations

16 October 2019

spotMinimum wage debate: how can we end the scandal of low pay?

The minimum wage hasn't ended low pay. In-work poverty has increased.

16 October 2019

spotMassive vote for strike action: - "We're out to win!"

There was a deafening roar of approval at a CWU meeting when a 97.1% vote for strike action was announced

16 October 2019

spotMass united action against the war on Syrian Kurds

The Turkish army's indiscriminate shelling of towns along the Turkish-Syria border has already led to the slaughter of many civilians

16 October 2019

spotPCS union - A reply on political strategy

A Socialist Party member replies to a statement issued by the PCS Left Unity National Committee

23 October 2019

spotBradford: Workers walk out over council cuts

"If these cuts go through we won't be able to run these services," said Unite libraries shop steward Karen Raynor, on the £2 million cuts to Bradford council's libraries, museums and galleries

23 October 2019

spotWhich way forward for the working people and youth of Nigeria?

Come hear about the struggle for a mass party of the working class and a socialist programme in Nigeria

23 October 2019

spotJoin the party that dares to fight for socialism

More than a decade on from the world economic crash, the ongoing capitalist crisis is ravaging lives across the planet - with wars, homelessness, poverty and inequality

23 October 2019

spotMassive protests against Lebanon's corrupt elite

Mass protests have engulfed Beirut and other cities across Lebanon demanding the ousting of the government

23 October 2019

spot"I need to get to work! I need to feed my kids!"

Extinction Rebellion action opens up divisions on how to stop climate change: The attempt by an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protester to superglue himself to a tube train at Canning Town station on 17 October proved to be a 'tipping point' in a way that no one expected.

23 October 2019

spotBoot racism out of football - reclaim the game!

Football fans were shocked and disgusted when play was stopped twice during the Bulgaria v England Euro 2020 qualifying match on 14 October due to racist chanting from a section of Bulgarian fans.

23 October 2019

spotEnfield North Labour Party: Defend local democracy

Many Labour Party constituencies finally got the go-ahead to start the process of selecting their parliamentary candidate in September.

23 October 2019

spotMarion Lloyd for PCS union general secretary

Nominations for the PCS union general secretary election closed on 14 October, and details of branch nominations have now been published.

23 October 2019

spotAsda contracts: Vital that GMB mobilises for industrial action

About 400 hundred Asda workers and members of the GMB union marched defiantly through Leeds on 16 October, angry at the company's plans to sack staff members that hadn't signed up to the company's 'Contract 6'- with its unacceptable working conditions - by a 2 November deadline.

23 October 2019

spotNEU members strike against sixth-form funding cuts

"The funding for school kids has been cut catastrophically, but the cuts for students aged 16-18 have been even worse," said Alan Clifford, National Education Union (NEU) teachers' rep at Notre Dame Sixth Form College, to Socialist Party members visiting their picket line.

23 October 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports of workplace struggles.

23 October 2019

spotChina at the crossroads: 70 years since the declaration of the People's Republic of China

In the final part of the Socialist's trilogy marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, Nick Chaffey examines China today and where it's heading.

23 October 2019

spotCatalonia: Draconian prison sentences of independence leaders provokes mass protests and strikes

The attempt to crush the aspirations of the majority of Catalans for self-determination by the Spanish state - now headed by the Psoe-led government of prime minister Pedro Sánchez - has not succeeded but instead has ignited widespread anger.

23 October 2019

spotSolidarity with the Kurdish people

As the Turkish onslaught in the Kurdish area of Syria continued last week, the campaign Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) organised a protest at the Turkish embassy in London.

23 October 2019

spotPacked labour movement service a fitting farewell to Tony Mulhearn

Hundreds of people packed the pews and aisles of the Unitarian Church in Liverpool's Sefton Park on 21 October to pay their respects to Tony Mulhearn.

23 October 2019

spotBurnt-out Barking residents picket builders' sales day

Our protest outside the builder Bellway's sales event, at the Hilton Tower Bridge hotel next to City Hall in central London, was a huge success.

23 October 2019

spotPosties speak at Basingstoke Socialist Party public meeting

Four postal workers due to strike with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) were among the 15 people at Basingstoke Socialist Party's public meeting on 16 October. We discussed organising workers to defend jobs and wages.

23 October 2019

spotSocialists attract support at first Newton Abbot meeting

The Socialist Party held its first public meeting in Newton Abbot on 15 October: 'Political parties in crisis, living standards falling - the case for socialism!'

23 October 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

23 October 2019

spotCWU vote for strike action will boost workers' confidence to fight back

The 97% vote in Royal Mail must be a watershed moment for the trade union movement

23 October 2019

spotGeneral election is the real 'people's vote'

Anxious to avoid a no-deal Brexit and desperate to avoid the blame for causing one, both Boris Johnson and the EU institutions stepped back from the brink

23 October 2019

spotChile: An outpouring of rage against the capitalist system

Thousands took to the streets against government repression in the face of the social explosion which has rocked the country

23 October 2019

spotBoot out Boris and his bosses' deal. General election now!

The Tory party chose Boris Johnson as its leader because he promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October 2019, even if it meant leaving without a deal

23 October 2019

spotInterview with Jared Wood - candidate for RMT union executive

Socialist Party member Jared is contesting for a place on the RMT executive

23 October 2019

spotJoin us for a festival of ideas

Socialism 2019 is taking place at a time when the suffering inflicted by capitalism is at horrendous levels.

23 October 2019

spotRail report into death of Cardiff Socialist Party member

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published its report on the death of Beth Roper, who died in an accident on a train near Bristol last December.

23 October 2019

spotMinimum wage: What should we be demanding?

In the last issue of the Socialist, we initiated a debate about how we can end low pay and what level of minimum wage we should be fighting for. Three readers have sent us their thoughts

24 October 2019

spotTony Mulhearn - a Eulogy

A transcript of the leading eulogy at the funeral service for Tony Mulhearn, given by general secretary of the Socialist Party, Peter Taaffe

24 October 2019

spotThe Brexit battles still to come

There is no neat solution at hand for the capitalists and their political representatives

25 October 2019

spotChile solidarity leaflet

30 October 2019

spotAnti-austerity, socialist policies can be a winning formula

As the parliamentary Brexit crisis drags on, the already deep distrust of capitalist politicians is being further undermined

30 October 2019

spotEnfield North socialists lobby candidate stitch-up

Local Socialist Party members joined the lobby of the Enfield North Labour Party meeting to select the constituency's prospective parliamentary candidate on 26 October

30 October 2019

spotSelling the Socialist

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past days..

30 October 2019

spotOpinion: Labour Party is structured to block left councillors

Blairite councillors are doing everything they can to prevent councils standing up to the Tories and defending their communities like Tony Mulhearn and the 'Liverpool 47' councillors did from 1983 to 1987.

30 October 2019

spotMass protests rock the globe

Angry mass revolts have been erupting in many countries across the globe. On Friday 25 October, up to two million people demonstrated on the streets of Chile's capital Santiago.

30 October 2019

spotArgos Christmas bonus cut

Millionaire retail boss Mike Coupe, who was caught on camera singing "we're in the money" on TV before an interview about a possible Sainsbury's-Argos merger, has halved Argos workers' Christmas bonus to just £5.

30 October 2019

spot39 migrants found dead in Essex lorry container

There has been widespread shock and revulsion at the deaths of 39 people on 21 October. Their bodies were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in the Essex town of Grays on 23 October.

30 October 2019

spotPCS union election: For a fighting democratic general secretary

The election for the next general secretary of the 180,000-strong trade union runs from 7 November until 12 December.

30 October 2019

spotUni workers' pay and pension strike ballot

We are waiting for the result of the University and College Union (UCU) strike ballot. The union is asking its members in universities two questions. Will you strike for your pay? Will you strike for your pension?

30 October 2019

spotThe 1929 Wall Street Crash: When the capitalist system was on its knees

Ninety years ago the world was tipped into the 'Great Depression'. The Wall Street Crash saw stock markets descend into free-fall while banks failed. The capitalist economy slumped and the nightmare of mass unemployment for the working class became a reality.

30 October 2019

spotChile in revolt

A human sea of Chilean workers, youth, students and others flooded onto the streets of central Santiago on 25 October. It was the largest demonstration in Chilean history.

30 October 2019

spotDonate to fund the fightback at Socialism 2019

We are asking all our members and supporters to donate to the Socialism 2019 financial appeal.

30 October 2019

spotHow working-class tenants beat Gentrification

Every time I drive up Lea Bridge Road in Walthamstow, east London, I pass the Butterfields estate. I look with pride to the 'Butterfields won't budge' poster still displayed in the window of one of the tenants.

30 October 2019

spotLife in the gig economy

Reading the articles about low pay, I am glad we've raised our figure around the minimum wage. We certainly don't want to be gazumped by the Tories, although they have no intention of implementing an increase.

30 October 2019

spotFilm reviews: Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach

"A stark reminder of the inhumane lengths bosses will go to under capitalism to increase their profits": "Let's get one thing straight, you don't work for us, you work with us". Those words from the boss's mouth in the opening scene of Sorry We Missed You get turned into a sick joke over the course of the film

30 October 2019

spotTV: The Accident - Will capitalism be exposed in upsetting, true-to-life drama?

There's a huge explosion on a building site. Children playing on the poorly guarded site are caught in the blast - dead, injured or trapped in an unsafe building that's collapsing.

30 October 2019

spotThe Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors

30 October 2019

spotTories out now! Bin Boris


Corbyn can win with socialist policies!

Johnson has won the vote for his high-risk gamble on a general election, hoping against hope that it will win him a working majority.

30 October 2019

spotSupport Marion Lloyd - a history of workers' struggle and a programme for the future

An interview with Marion in the Socialist

30 October 2019

spotObituary - Bob Lee: 1954 - 2019

It was with great sadness and shock that I learnt of the death of Bob Lee, a former black member of the Militant Tendency (forerunner of the Socialist Party).

30 October 2019

spotMcDonald's - Striking to end low pay

Workers at six McDonald's stores in south London will go on strike on 12 November

30 October 2019

spotRMT election: Fight the cuts, vote for Jared Wood

Jared Wood opposes the £1 billion worth of cuts by Transport for London. He rejects shift patterns that are killing tube workers, fights for a four-day week, and also campaigns for the policy of transport union RMT - a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government with socialist policies.

30 October 2019

spotLondon - 'autumn of discontent'

Independent union United Voices of the World (UVW) has launched an 'autumn of discontent' with strikes by outsourced, low-paid, mainly migrant workers.

30 October 2019

spotGrenfell inquiry serves to deflect opinion away from the establishment

The inquiry re is trying to put responsibility on to firefighters

30 October 2019

spotBlack Liberation... Only possible through socialist struggle

To mark Black History Month, Hugo Pierre looks at the historic struggle for black liberation and the lessons we can draw from it for today.

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