[Marxism] People's power in the 'Asian Century'

Peter Boyle peterb at greenleft.org.au
Wed May 7 20:21:38 MDT 2014

I would like to invite Marxism List readers to a one-day public conferemce
in Sydney, Australia on Saturday June 7 organised in conjunction with
the Socialist
Alliance <https://www.facebook.com/SocialistAlliance> 10th national

Featuring a range of leading people's power activists from Asia, this
seminar will discuss the tremendous political, social, economic and
environmental economic transformations in our region - from a people-first

International guest speakers include:

* Kavita Krishnan, a central leader of the Communist Party of India
(Marxist-Leninist) and editor of Liberation, the party's central
publication. A former leader of the All India Students Association (AISA),
Krishnan is joint secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s
Association (AIPWA), which is active among women workers and agricultural
labourers, and has led struggles for the dignity and rights of Dalit women,
and against state repression. The AISA and AIPWA played a significant role
in the struggle against sexual violence that followed an
internationally-publicised gang rape of a student in Delhi.

* Farooq Tariq, the general secretary of the Awami Workers Party (AWP),
which was formed in December 2012 from unity of three existing parties. The
AWP recently campaigned for land rights and against the eviction of shanty
town dwellers in Islamabad, mobilising more than 2000 people who marched to
the national parliament.

* S.Arutchelvan "Arul" , the general secretary of the Socialist Party of
Malaysia (PSM). The PSM recently initiated the Left Coalition with Parti
Rakyat Malaysia, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia and other activists and
individuals. The coalition is an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist,
anti-feudal movement, based on class struggle, and taking up the struggle
for women's rights, for the environment and against the privatisation of
public services.

* Sonny Melencio, chairperson of the PLM and a council member of the BMP
(Solidarity of Filipino Workers). At its recent national convention, the
PLM launched a discussion about bayanihan socialism, which draws on lessons
from the Latin American experience, linking the egalitarian principles of
socialism with national and Indigenous historical experiences and
traditions, as a means to popularise the ideas of socialism to a mass
audience in the Philippines.

* Manarishi Dhital, the editor of Janadesh Weekly, a publications which was
published underground during the years of guerrilla war. He is also a
member of central publicity department of UCPN(M), the convener of
Nepal-Venezuela Solidarity Network, and a board member of Nepal Press

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