June 19, another meeting was held as part of Alan Woods' visit to Monagas. In
the beautiful building of the Bolivarian
University in Maturín,
Alan Woods held the third launch meeting of his book "Reformism or Revolution. Marxism and Socialism of the 21st
Century (a reply to Heinz Dieterich)" with about 200 students and lecturers
Some 200 oil workers from PDVSA listened attentively to Alan Woods
launching his book Reformism or Revolution in a meeting which took place
in the PDVSA headquarters in Monagas. As Alan said, "The most dangerous enemy
of the revolution is within: the reformist Fifth Column."
Alan Woods' speaking tour in Venezuela is getting wide publicity
coverage as this Bolivarian News Agency report demonstrates. Here the report is
on a meeting with oil workers in the PDVSA building in Maturín, Monagas state.
It was published under the title "British theoretician: Bolivarian revolution a
source of international inspiration."
In the eastern state of Monagas in Venezuela 150
delegates, spokespersons and members of the PSUV attended the first meeting of
Alan Woods' speaking tour to launch his new book Reformism or Revolution. The
audience listened with keen interest revealing a very clear
understanding of what needs to be done.
On June 7 the BPJ held its third national congress, but this
time there was something new on the agenda, the proposal to affiliate to the
International Marxist Tendency. This was agreed unanimously by all those
present, and it marks a major turning point both for the BPJ and the IMT.
Over the weekend, June 13-15, the Venezuelan Revolutionary
Marxist Current (CMR) held its 5th Congress at the Inveval factory -
presently being run under workers' control. One hundred comrades attended the
congress, where all the reports confirmed significant growth over the past
year, both in terms of numbers and influence within the Bolivarian movement and
the wider workers' and youth movement.
This coming weekend the El Salvadorean BPJ (Peoples' Youth Block) is
holding its third congress, where affiliation of the organisation to the IMT
will be ratified. Marxists all over the world welcome this new addition to the
forces of the International Marxist Tendency at a crucial moment in the history
of El Salvador.
On the weekend of May 17 and 18, nearly 30 members of the Workers
International League gathered in Minneapolis, MN for the WIL National
Congress, the most important event in the political life of the
organization. Comrades were present present from Portland, San
Francisco, Minneapolis, Madison, St. Louis, Nashville, New York,
Pittsburgh, Providence, and Washington DC.
Last week, (May 1-4) the Marxist Tendency in Italy, gathered
around the journal FalceMartello, held its national conference. More
than 175 comrades took part in the four-day event. One could feel that the
comrades are on the verge of another leap forward in their development.
Last weekend the Socialist Appeal held its national
conference, the proceedings of which revealed important steps forward in the
development of the tendency in both the youth field and the trade unions. The
mood was one of enthusiasm and determination to build even further on the past