Hundreds march for LGBT Pride in Coventry

Hundreds march for LGBT Pride in Coventry

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Socialist Party placards at Coventry Pride

Hundreds of people marched through Coventry on Saturday 18th in the city’s first Pride march. In a month when we the massacre in Orlando reminded us of reality of the violence that LGBT+ people face around the world, the march was loud and proud, with marchers chanting “we’re here, we’re queer, we will not live in fear!”

At Fargo Village we were the only political party campaigning, showing our solidarity with LGBT+ people and distributing leaflets and pamphlets against austerity. Pride events are often commercialised, with some LGBT+ organisations telling us to “celebrate” rather than fight for real equality and liberation – but in a world where we face hatred and discrimination every day for being who we are, we know we have a long way to go. To end LGBTphobia and hatred we need to fight for a socialist society.

Seattle Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant wrote the below statement in response to Orland0 – we stand in solidarity with our LGBT+ brothers and sisters around the world.

This morning, we were all devastated to learn of the horrific terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to all grieving, most especially to the victims and their families.

This mass murder did not happen in a political and social vacuum. Indeed, we did not even have time to come to terms with this loss before news broke of another would-be mass killer in Los Angeles. Fortunately, his plans to attack L.A. Pride were discovered and stopped. But this kind of bigotry and violence will continue unless we fight it through unified mass movements.

We condemn this monstrous terror attack, allegedly by a man claiming allegiance to ISIS. We must absolutely stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers.

We must also fight back against any scapegoating and Islamophobia.

We have to organize, mobilize, and stand up to violence, hate speech and the many forms of oppression forced down on LGBTQ people and minorities under capitalism.

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Socialist Party stall at Pride

Solidarity greetings on International Women’s Day 2015 – Fight for socialism!

Solidarity greetings on International Women’s Day 2015 – Fight for socialism!

International Women's Day 2015

International Women’s Day 2015

Coventry Socialist Party is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and the struggles of working class women across the world by hosting a meeting next week entitled ‘Revolutionary Women and the Fight Against Austerity Today’. We encourage you to attend, the details are –

Wednesday 11th March

6pm, Urban Coffee Company, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, CV1 5ED. Facebook event page here

We are also posting the following links from the international organisation that we are part of, the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) which is active in 50 countries around the world. These links are a useful resource for IWD and the global battle against capitalism and give an insight in to some of the work that the CWI is engaged in.

Sri Lanka – Women face up to the challenges

China – Capitalism is pushing back women’s rights

Sweden – Breakthrough for Feminist party

Scotland – Exploited at work, fighting back

England and Wales – Women and new unionism: lessons for today

If you have read these links and want to get involved, click here!