Exposing Labour's corruption in east London

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On 18 May, the East London branch of the RCG joined the Focus E15 campaign at the Annual Council Meeting in east London to expose the corruption of Mayor Robin Wales and the Labour Council in Newham.

As he congratulated two councillors for their 25 years of service, Robin Wales spoke of the beautiful entity that is Newham after 25 years of his reign as head of the council and then mayor, lifting it up from being an 'incompetent backwater' to a shining example for other councils. The reality is that there are more registered homeless people in Newham than anywhere else in the country, that 25% of people are living in overcrowded conditions and that Newham is one of the top boroughs in terms of forcing people to move out of the borough and out of London. The council is proud of increased satisfaction rates in council surveys, Robin Wales told the 300 people in attendence, claiming that it really is putting 'power into the hands of residents'.

No mention of course was made of the Lobo loan scandal, £563m of debt from risky long-term loans, with debt repayment taking precedence over frontline services. No mention of the 46 Labour councillors in Newham who own or control almost 100 properties in the borough – including one who has 19 properties that bring in monthly rent of over £20,000.

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Exposing the Guardian's lies about Venezuela - 20/5/17

On Saturday 20 May, a protest called by the RCG and Rock Around the Blockade (RATB) was held outside The Guardian’s offices in London to oppose The Guardian's media war against Venezuela and the Bolivarian revolutions. 

While positing itself as a 'voice for the left', The Guardian has actively fought against socialism for decades, perhaps nowhere more unashamedly than in Venezuela, consistently supporting US-backed attempts at destabilising the region, including the 2002 coup that attempted to depose President Chavez, forcing power out of the hands of the people and back to the ruling class. In the current wave of violent protests against the government by the reactionary, imperialist-backed opposition, the newspaper has consistently taken the side of the right-wing anti-government protests, and reported their lies and distortions. It recently called for the country’s democratically-elected socialist president Nicolas Maduro to be given ‘pariah status’. The Guardian has not interviewed any member of the Venezuelan government or its supporters, while deliberately failing to address or condemn any of the violent actions of its right-wing opponents, including attacks on hospitals, schools, and bakeries that serve the people, and which have led to a rising number of deaths - a majority of the victims being government supporters. The Guardian's role in the conflict is to provide an ideological framework for another right-wing takeover. 

Present at the protest were comrades from Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, Ireland and Palestine, among others, reflecting that the fight against imperialism and capitalism is a global struggle and as such requires international solidarity. We recognise that many of the tactics and attacks against building socialism we can see in Venezuela have been seen before in countries such as Cuba and Chile, and so we must be ready to fight back to ensure success against reactionary forces. The protest achieved powerful international coverage, with Venezuelan President Maduro tweeting about it, along with progressive Latin American news network Telesur. 

We were opposed by a very small group of counter-protestors from the right-wing, wealthier classes of Venezuela, holding signs declaring Maduro to be a dictator and killer, and calling for 'Elections Now'. They were unable to distract us from the task of exposing the media's lies, condemning the violent anti-socialist protests, and showing our solidarity and support for the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela.  

Given the power and wealth of the media in Britain, and its willingness to attack working class movements both domestically and internationally, our efforts to repel their lies and propaganda must be strong and unwavering. As long as The Guardian and media outlets like it continue to support imperialism and violence against the oppressed peoples of the world, we will continue to expose them.

For more detail on the current protests in Venezuela, and the media lies, see: evolutionarycommunist.org/americas/venezuela/4787-vb280417 

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Rolling picket of Oxford Street, London, to mark Palestine Land Day

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On the 1 April 2017, Victory to the Intifada and the Revolutionary Communist Group organised a rolling protest against businesses that trade with Israel.

The demonstration was held to mark Palestinian Land Day and the goal was to highlight the support of Israel given by British corporations and banks such as Marks & Spencer's and HSBC. Protesters pushed for a boycott of both these companies and Israeli goods in general, as part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign

Despite a fascist march taking place in London on the same day the atmosphere on the picket was very lively with many different people speaking on our open microphone to point out different companies that had collaborated with the Israeli state.

The picket highlighted the importance of taking the fight against Israeli occupation to the streets of Britain as Israel is funded and supported by imperialist nations. To support oppressed people across the world it is important to make a stand against British imperialism.

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Stand Up To Racism Demo - London - 18th March 2017

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On 18 March, the London branches of the Revolutionary Communist Group marched with thousands on the Stand Up To Racism demo marking UN Anti-Racism Day. Our contingent carried a banner reading 'Fight Britain's Racist Immigration Laws' and calling for an end to deportations by the racist British state.  

Highlighting both the Conservative and Labour Party's history on immigration and of waging wars abroad, our message was to know your enemy - not only the small contingent of Britain First thugs who stood with their butcher's aprons, but the police protecting them and the whole vicious systematic machinery of British imperialism and racism. We operated a lively open mic on the mic and at the rally afterwards, with many people taking the opportunity to lead a chant or to speak out against racism. One man spoke of the four years he had been imprisoned in immigration detention centres, and how this had revealed to him the reality of Britain's treatment of migrants. This redoubled our determination to continue fighting racism and imperialism on every day of the year - not just on UN Anti-Racism Day. 
 
We raised our banners and voices on the march for those resisting British imperialism at home and around the world, and we will continue to do so. 
 
Raise your voices with us. 
#RevolutionaryCommunistGroup organising and resisting throughout Britain.
 
Join us on our rolling picket for Palestine, targeting shops which support Israel.  
April 1st / 12pm / outside M&S Oxford Street (Marble Arch End).

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