Despite all the talk of "reopening" and "things going back to normal," the reality is that nothing will ever be the same again. We can never magically return to a pre-covid world. The shadow cast over us by the coronavirus will blanket us for decades to come.
The following speech was written for the Apartheid Off Campus “Fight Like Colombia! Resist Like Palestine! Solidarity Demo” – at which a Red Fightback member spoke on the 15th May 2021. Our speaker ended up being pushed for time, and we chose not to give the speech in full.
If Liverpool is to have any claim of being a "socialist city", we must relearn the lessons of its radical past. The left needs to abandon electoral politics, including Labour and Joanne Anderson, and return to the path towards revolution, towards liberation.
While filming season one, the Metropolitan police refused to assist in the making of the show, due to concerns over its portrayal of police corruption. This lack of affection, however, does not go both ways: The police may not have liked Line of Duty, but Line of Duty loves the police.
Our communities must take power to get what we need. We need to resist the police, stop gentrification, build programmes that allow us to survive and support one another, and to defend and organise our communities - this power will never be granted to us, but it's ours for the taking.
Members of Red Fightback’s Midlands branch, who attended the #KillTheBill demo in Birmingham, provide the following report on the day’s events.