ASIAN SOCIALISM CONFERENCE

The Asian Socialism Conference will be held in Manila from November 28 to 29, 2014. The conference will be capped by the participation of guests and delegates to the November 30 rally in Manila to commemorate Bonifacio Day, a national hero who led the armed struggle in the revolution against Spain.

The socialism conferences have been a regular feature of PLM’s activities over the last decade and an important part of the party’s efforts to reach out to international left parties, organizations and movements and to learn from the political struggles in our region.

 

This year the theme will focus on the much trumpeted ‘Asian century’ and linked to this the plans for ASEAN integration, designed by the region’s rulers, as their ‘vision’ for the Asian Century.

The title of the Conference will be: “The Asian Century: For a Socialist Alternative in the Region”.Specific topics include:

 

  • · The implications of ASEAN integration for the working class and people’s movements
  • · Neoliberal economics: The same medicine in bigger doses
  • · Labor’s response to ASEAN integration
  • · The impact on agriculture and the future of agrarian reform
  • · Militarization and  ‘pivot’ strategy in Asia: Women, violence and war
  • · The People’s Alternative: 21st Century Socialism and Bayanihang Sosyalismo in the Philippines.

 

Participants in the region include the socialist party in Malaysia (PSM), communist parties in Nepal, socialist groups in Indonesia and other Asian countries. The conference also invited the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest industrial trade union in South Africa, which has recently launched a discussion on renewing the struggle for socialism. The NUMSA representative will be a featured guest speaker on the socialist alternative and the struggle for socialist renewal in the African region.#

 

PLM-Kababaihan, March 8 International Women’s Day Statement

Women Fighting the System! For an End to Elite Rule!

On this March 8, International Women’s Day, women have very little to celebrate! The multiple-burdens that we bear have not eased. They are getting heavier and even unbearable for a majority of women.

The country is still reeling from the disaster of Typhoon Yolanda that left around 14 million victims and survivors. It’s a well-documented fact that women are some of the most vulnerable to being affected by climate-induced disasters – the loss of lives, the loss of livelihoods, the destruction and damage to infrastructure and services, as well as the many forms of sexual violence against women that tend to increase in the wake of disasters.

The Partido Lakas ng Masa-PLM initiated the People’s Caravan, which reached some of the devastated communities, even before the government agencies or relief organizations did. We witnessed how women and their communities had been affected by the typhoon. We also witnessed how slow and inadequate the government’s disaster response and rehabilitation efforts in the devastated areas have been.

Women are especially opposed to the program of disaster capitalism of the Aquino government, which will carve up the battered communities into the reconstruction and investment areas for big corporations and investors such as SM, the Pangilinan group of companies, Aboitizes and Ayalas. This is yet another example of the neoliberal framework of the government, which places corporate profits above the needs of the women, this time in the devastated communities.

Women have the most to lose from the government’s program of disaster capitalism. Therefore on this day, PLM-Kababaihan and other sisters are protesting in the devastated areas, demanding: livelihood funds for women; calamity and anti-poverty funds for women; subsidy for farmers and fisherfolk; automatic PhilHealth coverage for affected communities; housing subsidies; regular work, not cash for work, and more. We stand in solidarity with them as they fight for the basic needs of their devastated communities.

The neo-liberal program of this government, which has led to the privatization of essential infrastructure and services, such as power and health, hits women especially hard. The privatization of the power sector under the EPIRA (Electric Power Industry Reform Act), the monopoly control of the industry by MERALCO, resulting in record high electricity prices, has made modern, quality-of-supply, energy services, inaccessible to the poor and affects women’s daily lives in many practical ways. It increases the time women spend on household chores and undermines their income generating activities which, for millions of women, tend to be home-based. Power shortages can also affect women’s safety and mobility.

Therefore we support demands for the repeal of EPIRA, to dismantle the monopoly control of MERALCO and to put the power sector under public control, with special attention given to the energy needs of women. This would include significant subsidies to make quality household energy services free and affordable, as well as the development of decentralized renewable energy technologies and systems based on community control, with the consultation and participation of women.

With respect to women’s health, we call for the establishment of a modern, public reproductive health system, based on the provision of free and accessible reproductive health services and modern and scientific methods of contraception and reproductive health technologies, which meet international standards of best practice and provide women with a wide array of choices. The laws and regulations governing such a system must be based on the framework of a women’s right to choose, to control her body, her reproductive functions and health.

Finally, we understand that the root cause of the multiple burdens that oppress and exploit women, as workers, as unemployed housewives, as the urban and rural poor, as students, as professionals, as poor farmers and fisherfolk, is the system of elite rule, which defends an economic system based on the supremacy of private profits over peoples needs.

Various factions of the elite are now jostling among themselves in preparation for the 2016 Presidential elections. Roxas, Binay, Cayetano: the dynasties and the political representatives of the system of elite rule in this country and trapo politics. If these are the only choices, then women have already lost the 2016 elections, unless we manage to put forward a genuine alternative that challenges the political dynasties and trapo politics.

We note that there are progressive parties and individuals coming together to form a slate that challenges the political dynasties. PLM-Kababaihan thinks that it’s in the interest of women’s rights advocates and activists to actively support such an initiative and attempt to influence it to take up a strong women’s rights agenda. We believe that the campaign against political dynasties is a key issue in the campaign to advance the struggle for women’s rights and gender equity.

To significantly reduce and ultimately eradicate the multiple-burdens of exploitation and oppression faced by women, requires a massive redistribution of resources – of wealth and productive assets – to meet the needs of women. This is what is happening in countries such as Venezuela today, where the Bolivarian revolution towards socialism, has resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth towards the people, towards women. The gains for women in the last 15 years of the revolution include the provision of basic services, such as free health and education and the eradication of illiteracy, increasing income, with the minimum wage (now the highest in Latin America) increased by 2000% and reducing poverty by up to 60%. Under the Bolivarian Constitution women’s reproductive labor is recognized as productive labor and unemployed housewives are awarded 80% of the minimum wage. The Venezuelan government describes this as the path to 21st Century Socialism.

On this day, PLM-Kababaihan also stands in solidarity with this path and vision of socialism, a bayanihang (solidarity) socialism, in solidarity with our sisters in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, across the South and North, standing up and fighting for their rights, against exploitation and oppression around the world.

 

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Socialist Dialogue

Socialist Dialogue is now available for download. December 2013 and February 2014 issue.

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People’s Caravan

PEOPLE’S CARAVAN

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Transform Asia Appeal

TRANSFORM ASIA APPEAL: We have been asked to support relief operations and set up feeding stations, starting in Marikina, one of the areas worst hit by the flooding in Metro Manila. We are launching a fund appeal aimed at out international friends and networks.


Donations can be sent to: Transform Asia Gender and Labor Institute

Account No. 304-2-304004562

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Metrobank, Anonas Branch Aurora Blvd., Project 4

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Email: transform.asia1@gmail.com

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Reihana Mohideen
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International Women Conference

 

 

“Women and Politics Going Together”

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN  CONFERENCE

 

PRESS RELEASE

March 28, 2013

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International Women Conference Statement

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Statement

Politics and Women Going Together

International Women Conference

25-28 March, 2013

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

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Nepal: International Women Conference

March 28,2013 –With the purpose of sharing and exchanging organisational skill and experiences to strengthen women’s movement and identifying the common agenda for international women movement and develop strategies, International Women Conference organised by Swedish left wing political party, Vansterns Internatioanl Forum and All Nepal Women Association (ANWA) with the theme of “Women and Politics Together “has been concluded in Kathmandu.

 

At the first day of the Conference, Women  rally in Kathmandu was started from Ratnapark  converged into inaugural session at National Academy. Hundreds of GEFONT affiliate women workers also participated in rally chanting the slogans – Long Live Women’s Unity !, Stop Violence Against Women  and so on in.

 

The conference was inaugurated by Chief Guest  CPN-UML Chairman  Cde. Jhalanath Khanal.

 

Delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Sweden and  Nepal  had participated in the conference .

 

Phil-Ven-Sol Condolences

 

Solidarity statement with the Venezuelan people on the death of

Compaňero President Hugo Chavez

 

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PLM Statement on the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Crisis

Let Our People Live!
Save Lives, Redistribute Food, Stop the Economic and Environment Plunder!
Climate Justice Now!

The people are still reeling from the impact of possibly the biggest typhoon to strike the country. Death toll numbers are rising rapidly. There is massive devastation. Many are still trying to contact their relatives, friends and comrades, but communication systems are down, in the hardest hit areas. How should we, as activists and socialists, respond to the crisis?

Firstly, we have to support and take whatever measures are necessary to protect the people. This means all measures that bring the people immediate relief. In the hardest hit city of Tacloban, in south eastern Visayas, the people are already taking what food and relief supplies that they need from the malls. The media reports this as looting and the break-down of law and order.

But we say: let our people live. This is not “looting”. People are taking food, where they can get it, in order to survive. If there is no timely and organized support system from government, people just have to do it themselves and they should organize themselves to do it more effectively. Even some grocery owners understand the need for this. According to one report of a man who broke into a grocery store, “The owner said we can take the food, but not the dried goods. Our situation is so dismal. We have deaths in our family. We need to save our lives. Even money has no use here now”. Where possible, PLM will assist them to organize to take over food supplies and necessary relief goods.

Then there’s the issue of the government response. Our experience has been that it has always been too slow and inadequate. Any efforts are undermined by corruption. The exposure of the organized plunder by the political elite and sections of government, of development funds or “pork barrel” funds meant for the people, is a testimony to this. This outraged the country and brought almost half-a-million people out in to the streets in a massive show of protest on August 26 this year. While one plunderer has been arrested, the President has not responded decisively to clean up the system.

The public funds plundered by the elite should have been used for preventative measures to support the people weather these disasters: for infrastructure, including better sea walls and communication infrastructure; for early warning systems; for well-constructed and therefore safe public housing, to replace huts and shacks built out of dried leaves and cardboard; for health and education; for equipment and personnel for rapid emergency response, and the list is endless. But no, this was not the case, it was eaten up by the greed of the elite classes.

Unfortunately, we have no reason to believe that the government and the system will deliver and meet the needs of the people, this time round either. The self-interest of the elite, and their control of the government and the system that is designed to perpetuate their interests, through the plunder of the people’s assets and resources, renders the entire set-up inutile in the face of a disaster on this scale.

Then there are our international ‘allies’, such as the United States government, who have sent us their best wishes. But these so-called ‘allies’ are also responsible for the situation faced by our people. These typhoons are part of the climate crisis phenomenon faced by the world today. Super Typhoon Haiyan (referred to as Yolanda in the Philippines) was one of the most intense tropical cyclones at landfall on record when it struck the Philippines on Nov. 7. Its maximum sustained winds at landfall were pegged at 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph. Some meteorologists even proclaimed it to be the strongest tropical cyclone at landfall in recorded history. Haiyan’s strength and the duration of its Category 5 intensity — the storm remained at peak Category 5 intensity for an incredible 48 straight hours.

The still-increasing greenhouse gas emissions responsible for the climate crisis are disproportionately emitted by the rich and developed countries, from the US, Europe to Australia. For centuries, these rich, developed countries have polluted and plundered our societies, emitting too much greenhouse gases to satisfy their greed for profit. They have built countless destructive projects all over the world like polluting factories, coal-fired power plants, nuclear power plants and mega dams. They have also pushed for policies allowing extractive industries to practice wasteful and irresponsible extraction of the Earth’s minerals. They continue to wage environmentally destructive wars and equip war industries, for corporate profits. All of this has fast-tracked the devastation of the Earth’s ecological system and brought about unprecedented changes in the planet’s climate.

But these are the same rich countries whose political elite are ignoring climate change and the climate crisis. Australia has recently elected a government that denies the very existence of climate change and has refused to send even a junior Minister to the climate conference in Warsaw, Poland. The question of climate justice – for the rich countries to bear the burden of taking the necessary measures for stopping it and to pay reparations and compensate those in poorer countries who are suffering the consequences of it – is not entertained even in a token way.

The way the rich countries demand debt payments from us, we now demand the payment of their “climate debts”, for climate justice and for them to take every necessary measure to cut back their greenhouse gas emission in the shortest time possible.

These rich ‘friends’ and so-called ‘allies’ have preached to us about our courage and resilience. But as many here have pointed out, resilience is not just taking all the blows with a smiling face. Resilience is fighting back. To be truly resilient we need to organize, to fight back and to take matters in to our own hands, from the relief efforts on the ground to national government and to challenging and putting an end to the capitalist system. This is the only way to ensure that we are truly resilient.

Makibaka, huwag matakot! Fight for our lives, don’t be afraid!

November 10, 2013.

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