The International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ICC-ILPS) held its plenary meeting on March 16-17, 2017.
The ILPS Chairperson, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, opened the meeting (via audio recording) by thanking and welcoming the members of the ICC present and online. He then requested Len Cooper, Vice-Chairperson of ILPS, to preside over the meeting while he remained connected via Skype.
The roll call was made and a quorum was confirmed.
The following regular ICC members were physically present: Malcolm Guy, Antonio Tujan, Pascual Duarte, Yoshio Nakamura, Elmer Labog, Len Cooper, Erdelan Baran and Veerle Verschueren.
ICC members Liza Maza, Paloma Polo and Rudi Daman were represented by proxies, namely, Paul Quintos, Angie Gonzales, and Tatiana Lukman, respectively.
Participating by Skype were regular ICC members Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Ramon Bultron, Florentino Lopez Martinez, Rudi Daman, Bill Dores, Berna Ellorin and Rev Jang Chang Weon as well as alternate ICC member L. Muh Hasan.
The agenda was presented, reviewed and approved. The minutes and communiqué of the last ICC meeting were also reviewed and approved with corrections to the minutes.
The Chairperson’s report was read by Len Cooper. The Chairperson reported on the statements he issued as chief ILPS spokesperson covering the period April 2016 to March 2017, as well as the solidarity messages in response to requests from member organizations of ILPS on the occasion of their conferences and congresses. He outlined the major developments in the current world situation and noted the escalating plunder and wars unleashed by the imperialist powers and local reactionary forces. He highlighted the need to strengthen the international workers movement and the anti-imperialist and democratic solidarity of the peoples of the world. He underscored the importance of celebrating the centenary of the October Revolution this year to serve as inspiration to the world’s proletariat and the peoples in the countries oppressed by imperialism and domestic reaction.
Len Cooper, as Vice-Chairperson, also gave his report to the ICC noting the growth in right wing reactionary forces around the globe and raising the importance of building a united front of the people against growing exploitation, war and fascism. Tony Tujan, Vice- Chairperson for Internal Affairs, reported the results of the meetings of the ILPS Commissions; the status of formation of ILPS country chapters in Argentina, Kenya and Senegal; and updates on the implementation of ICC resolutions from 2016 related to militarism, West Papua Liberation, neoliberal trade and transnational corporations. He also shared plans for commemorating the October Revolution in different countries this year.
Florentino Lopez Martinez, Vice-Chairperson for External Affairs, reported on efforts to promote the ILPS in Latin America, including the formation of a new chapter in Argentina and the upcoming launch of a new chapter in Mexico on April 9, 2017.
Malcolm Guy, General Secretary, gave his report on the work of the General Secretariat since the last ICC meeting. He provided a preview of the new ILPS website; reiterated the League’s policy on financial assistance for ICC members from the global South to attend ICC meetings; and reported efforts to improve the communications of the League. He also reported on his visit to Manipur and New Delhi.
Veerle Verschueren, Treasurer, reported on the status of the League’s finances. She reported a positive balance but noted the need to improve the collection of membership dues and raising funds for the League’s activities.
All reports from the executive officers were adopted and approved. This was followed by the ICC discussion of the reports and recommendations from the Commissions, Country Chapters and the Global Committees for Latin America and Caribbean, and East Asia-Oceania.
The ICC discussed ongoing and upcoming campaigns, conferences and seminars of the ILPS, including:
The international conference against imperialist wars of aggression titled “Solidarity and Fightback: Building Peoples Resistance to US-led War and Militarism” on August 5-7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada
ILPS East Asia Oceania Conference and Protest versus the East Asia Summit and ASEAN on November 11-14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines
Study Conference on West Papua Liberation on March 26-67, 2017 in Davao, Philippines
People Over Profit (POP) Campaign versus Neoliberal Trade Agreements and TNCs
Celebration of the Centenary of the October Revolution
No to NATO Summit on May 24-25, 2017 in Brussels
May Day Protests in the US
The ICC also discussed preparations for the 6th International Assembly (6IA) with updates and suggestions from Florentino Lopez Martinez from Mexico. The ICC decided to schedule the next International Assembly of the ILPS on July 26-28, 2018 in Mexico City. This will be held back to back with an international assembly of youth to be held in the same city. Proposals for the theme were discussed. The ICC decided to continue discussing and refining these proposals to finalize the theme for the 6IA. The ICC has requested that the ILPS-US, Canada and Latin America chapters assist the 6IA host committee in Mexico with additional advice from ILPS members in Hong Kong with experience in hosting previous assemblies of the ILPS.
The ICC agreed on the resolutions to be issued on various urgent issues that ILPS should address in the face of current developments in the world situation as a whole and in the different countries and areas of conflict and struggle. These include resolutions to:
Campaign against US-led Militarism, War and Neo-fascism
Commission a Study on the Growth of Fascism and Reaction
Campaign against Neoliberal Trade Agreements and TNCs
Celebrate the Legacy of the October Revolution
Production of an ILPS Newsletter
Support the International Conference organized by the ILPS East Asia Oceania Regional Committee
Support the 7th International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR-7)
Support the International Rural Youth Assembly in Indonesia
Support the Struggle of 1300 Workers of the Adidas and Mizuno footwear factory of the Panarub Dwikarya (PDK) Company – Indonesia
Support the May Day Demonstration in the US
Support West Papua
Support for the People of Korea
Support the First Forum on Indigenous Peoples, Genocide and Forced Assimilation in Argentina
Send a Delegation to Rojava
Form an Ad Hoc Committee for the Homeless and Displaced
Bunge la Mwananchi (Kenya)
Kenyan Peasants League (Kenya)
Struggle to Economize Future Environment (Cameroon)
The next meeting of the ICG was set on September 10, 2017 and the next ICG-ICC meeting on April 16-18, 2018.
The Vice Chairperson congratulated the members of the ICC for a successful and fruitful meeting and declared the meeting adjourned.