[Marxism] Lessons on from Manila floods on climate change, responses

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 02:21:53 MDT 2012

As the Philippine government dithered and made excuses for its grossly
inadequate response to the catastrophic floods — which inundated 80% of the
country's capital, Manila — Sonny Melencio was leading a grassroots relief
effort that brought the first food supplies in days to some of the poorest
and most badly effected communities.

Together with other activists from the Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM),
Melencio went to urban poor communities along the flood-breached Marikina
River with supplies collected from ordinary people, whose upsurge of
solidarity was a sharp contrast to the official response.

On August 13, Peter Boyle from a correspondent for*Green Left Weekly* and
Links Interanational Journal of Socialist Renewal, interviewed Melencio,
the chairperson of the PLM. The party is part of a global network of
people’s organisations and NGOs demanding imperialist countries pay up for
the consequences in global warming and to take radical actions to cut
greenhouse gas emissions.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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