Kirche, Klerus und Christen – Anpassung oder Widerstand (8,70 mb, pdf-Datei) eine Broschüre der Kirchenkommission des Kommunistischen Bundes (KB) von 1979, welche sich mit den Themen (häufig mit dem Schwerpunkt Hamburg/Nordelbien) „War Jesus ein Revolutionär?“, „Kirche und Faschismus“, „Kirche und Anti-AKW-Bewegung“, „Berufsverbote in der Kirche“, „Kirche und Apartheid-Südafrika“ und „katholische Kirche in Lateinamerika“ auseinandersetzt. Wie eine Reihe anderer linker Organisationen der 1970er Jahre (DKP, KBW, SB) zählte der KB eine Reihe von u.a. durch die 1968er-Bewegung und das Aufkommen der Theologie der Befreiung radikalisierten (protestantischen) TheologInnen und PastorInnen zu seinen Mitgliedern und SympathisantInnen, die Herangehensweise des KB an die Thematik bestand nicht darin, abstrakt Atheismus zu propagieren sondern (implizit gramscianisch) Kirchen als zivilgesellschaftliche Institutionen aufzufassen, in welcher sich Auseinandersetzungen zwischen unterschiedlichen gesellschaftlichen Kräften abspielten:
Archive for 2. Februar 2010
Posted by entdinglichung - 2. Februar 2010
Quelle: Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres (ESSF):
A historic gathering of workers and peasants in Pakistan
On 29th January an historic gathering took place at Faisalabad, the third largest city in Pakistan. The event was jointly organized by the Labour Qaumi (National) Movement and the Anjuman Mozareen Punjab (Punjab Tenants Association), two movements of workers and peasants that, by their defiant activities in several Punjabi districts, have caught the imagination of thousands. For the first time, these two important movements of workers and peasants in Punjab shared a common platform.
The famous Dhobi Ghat parade ground was a sea of red flags that caught the attention of the incoming crowd. Several bookstalls by left-wing organizations and publishers reminded me of the 1960s. Many hundreds visited the book stalls.
The high point of the conference must have been the arrival of peasants from areas including Lahore, Okara, Depalpur, Renala Khurd, and Kulyana Military Estate. After travelling from different areas of the country, over 3,000 peasants joined one procession. They wore their traditional dress and carried Dhool Damaka (drums).
Earlier on 27-28 January, 140 delegates from Labour Party Pakistan held their 5th congress in the same city and leaders of the two movements participated in the congress as delegates.
For two weeks prior to the conference, the city was decorated with the red flags of the Labour Party Pakistan and of the LQM. LQM activists worked day and night for two weeks in order to cover all the roads with signs. Normally only the parties of the rich are able to muster resources enough to color the city. In this case, however, activists’ sheer determination to reach as many as possible got out the message of a new labour-peasant movement. Banners, posters and wall chalking signaled the message.
During a time of daily suicide attacks and bomb blasts, holding the workers-peasant conference was a significant development, uniting the under-privileged class under their own leadership. Aside from religious gatherings and rallies, it had been a long time since that many workers and peasants had gathered together in Punjab.
The conference took place in a tense atmosphere, so only committed activists and workers of the two movements participated. Altogether there were over 10,000 participated. Local city officials prepared for any unwanted incident by installing security doors and placing ambulances and fire brigade buses on the site. (We had hoped to mobilize 30,000 but in this atmosphere many local sympathizers stayed home.)
Following the end of the conference, a young worker from Faisalabad told me, “I have come here to see what a labour and peasant conference is. Now I have a telephone number of Mian Abdul Qayum, the LQM leader ; I am going to organize workers in my factory”. At present, there is no union at his textile factory in Faisalabad.
Several social organizations including South Asia Partnership (SAP), Pakistan Institute for Research and Education (PILER), Patan Taraqiyati Tanzeem, Women Workers Help Line and others mobilized the women for the event alongside with AMP and LQM. Over 1000 women participated : peasant women from Okara Military Farms and other areas as well as women workers from different factories.
The two main conference slogans were the issuing of social security cards to all industrial workers and land ownership rights to the Mozareen of Military Farms. But solidaritistic and revolutionary slogans were very prominent : “Workers of the world unite,” “One’s sorrow is everyone’s sorrow,” “Long live working-class solidarity,” “Those who cultivate should sow,” “Asia is red,” “Give one more push to demolishing walls,” Socialism is the only answer,” “Revolution is our path,” “Struggle is our strategy,” “Ownership of land or death,” “Trade union rights, our human right,” “Issue social security cards,” “Down with capitalism and feudalism,” “No to the IMF and World Bank,” “Down with American imperialism,” “No to drone attacks and religious fundamentalism,” “For a peaceful democratic Pakistan,” “Equal rights for women,” “No to discriminatory laws,” “Stop violence,” “Give peace a chance.”
The conference was chaired by Mian Abdul Qayum and the proceedings were conducted by Aslam Meraj, LQM’s secretary. Speakers stressed the need for worker and peasant unity to defeat the politics of the rich and feudal. They demanded that all agriculture land occupied by the Military Farms administration must be given to the tenants working on these lands for over 100 years. They called for implementation of the minimum wage in all factories and for a 15,000 rupees ($160) monthly wage. They announced their intention to participate in the coming local government elections at Faisalabad and other cities. They condemned the atrocities by the military in Baluchistan and announced full solidarity with Baluch people in fighting exploitation and injustice. And they demanded the recovery of the missing persons.