COMMUNIQUÉ: International Coordinating Committee Plenary Meeting, 17-18 March 2018

The International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ICC-ILPS) held its plenary meeting on March 17-18, 2018.

The ILPS Chairperson, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, opened the meeting and welcomed all those present, including those on Skype.

  1. The roll call was made and a quorum was confirmed.
    The ICC members physically present were: Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Len Cooper, Malcolm Guy, Florentino Lopez Martinez, Antonio Tujan, Veerle Verscheuren, Bill Dores, Ramon Bultron, Berna Ellorin, Paloma Polo, Pascual Duarte and Samuel Villatorro. The following stood as proxies: Susan Cruz for Liza Maza, Fidel Agcaoili for Elmer Labog, and Tatiana Lukman for Rudi ¬¬¬¬Daman. Malem Ningthouja participated through Skype.
    The agenda was presented and approved.
  2. The minutes of the meeting were reviewed and approved after a number of corrections were made.
  3. Reports were made by the Executive Officers of ICG/ICC, the different ILPS commissions, global region committees and national chapters.
    1. The ILPS Chairperson, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, made his report. As spokesperson of the League, he put forward the position of ILPS to address various important developments in the world such as the US-led wars in the Middle-East, the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, Turkey’s invasion of Afrin, US threats against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and others. He also issued solidarity messages to events of ILPS member organizations and ILPS allies.
      He informed the body of appointments of certain people to represent the Chair in conferences and to perform certain tasks such as the expansion of ILPS in the former Soviet Republics and Eastern Europe and so on. He also informed the body about some steps taken to streamline the support staffs for the Chair and the General Secretary.
    2. The Vice-Chairperson for Internal Affairs in his report presented a general picture of the status of the work and functioning of the commissions. He pointed to the need to take decisive and effective measures to revitalize the commissions.
    3. The Vice-Chairperson for External Affairs gave his report. He reported on the progress in the organizational consolidation of ILPS in Latin America and the expansion of the ILPS organization and influence in the region.
    4. The General Secretary gave his report on the status of the work and organization of the General Secretariat in relation to internal and external communications, maintaining the website, publication of a newsletter, storage of records and publications. He also informed the body about measures to clarify the division of tasks between the members of the General Secretariat: General Secretary, the two deputies, the Treasurer and the heads of the support staffs of the Chair and General Secretary.
    5. The Treasurer gave her report. She informed the ICC that ILPS has a positive balance. The problem of collecting the membership dues remains. The ILPS has opened a new bank account.
    6. Commissions 2, 5, 10 and 12 submitted written reports on their work and plans. The VCIA gave an oral report on the work and plans of commissions 1, 6, 8 and the Commission on the Homeless.
    7. The ASPAC Global region committee gave a report on the developments of the work in the region. The various national chapters also gave their reports on the objective situation in their countries, the status of the ILPS organization, past and present campaigns and struggles, and future plans : Australia, Argentina, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, US, Canada, Senegal. One ICC member in Europe reported on the activities of ILPS organizations in Europe.
  4. The ICC made the final decision to hold a 4-day 6th International Assembly (6thIA) in Hong Kong on June 23-26, 2019 after taking into account the important political and organizational considerations.
    The theme of the 6thIA was affirmed: “Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight and end imperialist war, racism and fascism!”
    Recognizing the importance of ILPS presence in Latin America, the ICC shall support a major event to be organized by the ILPS in Latin America. The event can lay the ground for the establishment of the global region committee for Latin American.
  5. The Vice-Chairperson for Internal Affairs presented a list of different campaigns, conferences and seminars on various issues and struggles.
    1. Marx bicentennial culminating in December 2018 in Manila
    2. Youth Camp in Mexico on July 30-Aug 5, 2018.
    3. IPRN Conference on militarism
    4. Commission on homeless will organize a conference on May 19, 2018 in Vancouver
    5. Campaign and demonstration against the World Bank in October in Jakarta led by ILPS Indonesia
    6. Action vs. Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila on May 3, 2018 led by ILPS Philippines
    7. A global coordinated campaign vs. “5 worst TNCs”
    8. Campaign vs. US-led War and Militarism
    9. Solidarity mission to Pyongyang around Sept. 8, 2018
    10. International Solidarity Mission on July 23-26, 2018 and that will culminate in a big rally during the State of the Nation Address of Duterte
    11. International Peoples’ Tribunal against Trump and Duterte in Brussels on Sept. 18-20, 2018. Verdict will be delivered to the ICC in the Hague
    12. ILPS will join the No to NATO in July 2018
    13. ILPS action vs. G7 in Quebec on June 8-9, 2018
    14. G20 Summit in Buenos Aires in December 2018
    15. Organize an Anti US Bases global conference
  6. The ICC approved the following resolutions:
    1. Campaign versus FTAs and TNCs
    2. Campaign to RESIST US-led Wars and Militarism
    3. Support the Symposium on Struggles of the homeless and displaced
    4. Solidarity with the People of Palestine, Kurdistan, Yemen and other peoples in West Asia in commemoration of Nakba
    5. Condemning the killing of Marielle Franco
    6. Calling for the freedom of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier
    7. Solidarity with the People of Puerto Rico
    8. Solidarity message for the National Conference against Austerity and Cutbacks to be held in Detroit
    9. International campaign versus US-Duterte regime
    10. Support for the Assembly of the International Migrants Alliance
    11. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People Against US Intervention
    12. Solidarity with the Korean People for Peaceful Reunification
    13. Solidarity with GN Saibaba
    14. To use new communications technologies (Zoom) for ICC, ICG and other global meetings of ILPS.
  7. The ICC confirmed the membership applications earlier approved of the following:
    1. Movimiento por la Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo (MODEP)
    2. Movimiento por la Constituente Popular (MCP)
    3. Colectivo Nacional Sindical Clasista Guillermo Marin (NSCGM)
    4. CIEP
    5. Organizacion de Mujueres del Pueblo de Colombia (OMPC)The ICC also approved the new membership applications of the following:
    6. Sante pour le Peuple (Health for the People) from Tunisia
    7. COAST Trust from Bangladesh
    8. Centre d’Action pour le Developpement Rural (CADR) from Togo
  8. The ICC appointed Mustafa Kilinc as the new ILPS Auditor after it accepted Lyn Meza’s resignation for health reasons.
  9. The ICC set the next ICG meetings on September 22, 2018 and February 15, 2019 and the next ICC meeting on February 16-17, 2019 in Utrecht.

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