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New Year's Greetings


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Warmest greetings of revolutionary solidarity and best wishes for the new year 2010!

The current severe crisis of the imperialist system inflicts intolerable suffering on the people and incites them to fight back in order to uphold, defend and advance their rights.

Let us take up the 18 concerns of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS). Let us intensify our efforts at political education, strengthening the ILPS structure and mass campaigns in alliance with other forces.

We look forward to greater victories of the International League of Peoples' Struggle, all ILPS member-organizations and all allies in the anti-imperialist and democratic struggle of the people.

Best regards,

Jose Maria Sison
International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle


18 Concerns of the ILPS:
  1. The cause of national liberation, democracy and social liberation against imperialism and all reaction;
  2. Socio-economic development for oppressed and exploited countries and nations and social equity for all working people;
  3. Human rights in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural fields against state violence, national oppression, class exploitation and oppression, gender oppression, fascism, castism, racism and religious bigotry;
  4. The cause of just peace and struggles against wars of counterrevolution and aggression and against nuclear, biological, chemical, missile and other weapons of mass destruction;
  5. Promotion of trade union and other democratic rights of the working class, improvement of wage and living conditions against all forms of intensifying exploitation of labor and the destruction of working class organizations in their pursuit of the historic mission of fighting for social liberation;
  6. Agrarian reform and rights of peasants, farm workers and fisherfolk against feudal, semifeudal and capitalist exploitation and oppression;
  7. The cause of women's liberation and rights against all forms of sexual discrimination, exploitation and violence;
  8. Rights of the youth to education and employment;
  9. Children's rights against child labor, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation;
  10. Rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities, and nationalities for self-determination and decolonization against discrimination, racism, and national oppression by imperialism and local reaction;
  11. The rights of teachers, researchers and other educational personnel and struggle against ideas and researches directed against the people;
  12. The right of the people to health and the rights of health workers;
  13. Science and technology for the people and development, environmental protection against plunder and pollution and the destruction of the foundations of human life the right to safe and healthy food and water and opposition to manipulation of genetic technology for imperialist profit;
  14. Arts and culture and free flow of information in the service of the people and the rights of artists, creative writers, journalists and other cultural workers against imperialist and reactionary propaganda and oppression;
  15. Justice and indemnification for the victims of illegal arrest and detention (especially political prisoners), violations of due process, torture, extra-judicial executions, disappearances, mass displacement, and other blatant forms of human rights violations.
  16. Rights and welfare of homeless persons, refugees and migrant workers displaced by imperialism and local reactionaries;
  17. Rights of the elderly and differently-abled towards a life in dignity and secure existence;
  18. Rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people against discrimination, intolerance and homophobia.

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