In the long and winding struggle for socialism, we should also keep in mind Sivanandan’s lesson, that ‘unity has to be forged and reforged again and again’.
Oppressive behaviour must be combatted with determined criticism, a rejection of ego and an unflinching pursuit of practical restoration and concrete liberation.
The acceptance of (trans)misogynistic abuse and violence serves to alienate women from Communist organising - weakening our movement, and ultimately benefiting the same white supremacist patriarchal capitalist state that we are fighting to abolish!
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.
We call on the EC of the YCL to permanently expel the member found to have comitted an act of sexual harassment. If members are unable to achieve this, they should resign alongside those who have already left the organisation.
Breaking the nightmarish logic of capitalist realism necessitates a shattering of illusions in left reformism and the ‘parliamentary road’ as representing anything other than a brake on working-class emancipation.