On Saturday, March 20, the 29th Congress of The Struggle opened with sessions on the world crisis of capitalism, followed by a discussion on the impact of this crisis on Pgakistan, as the country is ravaged by war, rising unemployment, power cuts, and terrorist attacks. Economic collapse is causing widespread misery among the masses, leading to growing social protest. In these conditions, over the two days the total figure attending was 2,183 people.

On the weekend of June 5-7th, working class activists from across Canada travelled to Montreal to discuss the way forward for Canadian revolutionaries. Representatives of Fightback from BC and Ontario joined, together with the militants of the International Marxist Tendency of Quebec, in an incredibly enthusiastic meeting of solidarity and struggle.

The second day of congress was dedicated to elaborating on the Perspectives for Pakistan, as well as a discussion on the building of the Marxist tendency, followed by a report on the work of the IMT around the world. After the congress the more than 2000 comrades left the conference hall and organised a protest rally in the streets of Lahore.

At half past nine on Friday 27th March, in the magnificent surroundings of the Aiwan Iqbal Hall, Lahore, the 2009 Congress of the Pakistan Marxist Tendency commenced its sessions in an atmosphere of tremendous enthusiasm. As the delegates and visitors poured into the hall, they shouted revolutionary slogans such as "Inqlab! Inqlab! Socialist Inqlab!" (Revolution! Revolution! Socialist Revolution!)

The North Punjab Regional congress of the IMT's Pakistani section was held on March 8, in Rawalpindi. More than 120 comrades from Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Attock, Taxila-Wah and Abbottabad areas participated in the gathering, including trade union comrades, the PTUDC, People's Youth Organization and JKNSF.

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 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 year's successes.

The second day of the congress saw more than 2000 delegates, members and visitors registered. The enthusiasm of the first day was nothing compared to the second. The discussions revealed a high level of understanding of the tasks that lie ahead. The workers and youth who intervened showed that the Marxist Tendency in Pakistan has come a very long way since its early days in the 1980s.