SWP poorly treat 2 young women member victims of sexist behaviour/rape by CC member. Lessons for ultra/anarchist groups?

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Jan 23 2014 23:28

Ex-swp people doing interesting and worthwhile stuff:

http://revolutionarysocialism.tumblr.com/post/73992888820/the-case-for-a...

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Feb 25 2016 11:33

Mass resignation from Australian section of Peter Taaffe’s CWI over abuse of women members

among those who resigned is Stephen Jolly, their only local councillor

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and in Sheridan's Solidarity: http://www.thenational.scot/news/solidarity-in-turmoil-tommy-sheridan-ac...

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TOMMY Sheridan has been accused of ignoring the sexual harassment of female party members in Solidarity. Sheridan, as co-convenor, was alerted to allegations around one of his key allies, John Park, last November, but did not formally investigate the complaint.

It was only in February when the party introduced new procedures and structures, and the complaint was re-submitted to a new body that did not involve Sheridan, that Park’s behaviour was first probed.

Members of Solidarity’s Executive Committee upheld complaints that Park had made “unwelcome sexual advances” to party members and that in addition he had acted aggressively and had spread damaging rumours about women who spurned his advances.

In a series of leaked documents seen by The National, Sheridan has been accused of resisting attempts to have Park face disciplinary action.

The row has resulted in candidates and officials walking away from the party.

In her resignation letter, Joyce Drummond, a candidate in Glasgow and an activist who followed Sheridan from the SSP, and who testified for him during his perjury trial, says she “can no longer be part of a party, which includes John Park”.

Drummond says Park is an untrustworthy liar who has attempted to bully her: “Since the nasty days of the SSP, through the formation of Solidarity, until now, I have remained loyal to Tommy and Solidarity. Despite this, in this instance, I cannot continue. In the spirit of friendship, I ask that you all be very careful in your dealings with John Park.”

She continued: “Tommy, you, in particular, cause me great concern. You are blind to what is going on around you. When will you ever learn to trust the people who have proved their loyalty? I truly hope that you, or others I love and care about, are not dragged down by John Park.”

In one upheld complaint against Park, he is said to have approached a party official and invited her to “have an affair with him”.

Park is also a candidate on the Central Scotland list and an organiser of Hope Over Fear, who next week host the “Declaration of Glasgow – Rock for Indyref 2” event at the Glasgow Barrowlands where revellers are being asked to pay £13.20 for a ticket.

He is also a founder of the Communities United, Promoting Inclusion (CUPI) who took in donations gathered at the last Hope Over Fear rally in George Square. Submissions to charity regulator OSCR show CUPI made £337,246 in the last financial year. It is understood he is also the campaign manager for Gail Sheridan’s bid to become an MSP on the West of Scotland list.

In a message seen by The National, Sheridan tells a party colleague he believes Solidarity is facing “a co- ordinated and concerted attack from within”.

“So-called friends are trying to destroy us,” he says before asking “Who is behind it comrade. Who is the rat or rats?”

Solidarity declined to comment.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/tommy-sheridans-solidarity-party-is-set...

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Jan 11 2018 10:46

and in the AWL: https://awlstatement.blogspot.co.uk/

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Jan 11 2018 11:08

And the RCG (this is their statements where they suspended then reinstated someone three months later, not sure if there's a site collecting testimonials though) http://www.revolutionarycommunist.org/9-uncategorised/5056-our-311217

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Jan 15 2018 15:57
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and in the AWL: https://awlstatement.blogspot.co.uk/

and the reply by the AWL: http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2018-01-11/response-statement

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Feb 19 2018 16:34

another AWL statement: http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2018-02-14/note-readers

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https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/08/30/the-necessity-of-organization-th...

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Rios’s political career ended abruptly in 2018. Inspired by #MeToo, Shiree Teng and another woman who had worked closely with the League broke years of silence and revealed that Rios had sexually abused them at the time of the strike. Rios issued a brief written mea culpa and resigned from the City Council. He had functioned as the League’s most visible representative in Watsonville during the strike, and was generally acknowledged even by those who did not share his politics to be a superb organizer. The revelation of his misconduct – details of which were truly disturbing – prompted intense soul-searching on the part of League veterans, who struggled to understand how such behavior could have passed under the radar in an organization which prided itself on its predominantly female leadership and its readiness to struggle against any manifestation of sexism within its ranks. One can only hope that this is a question which future generations of revolutionaries will not have to ask themselves.

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Mar 18 2019 11:50

https://socialistworker.org/2019/03/15/letter-to-the-iso-membership

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https://telegra.ph/Why-Not-To-Join-The-Socialist-Party-CWI-in-Ireland-07...

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A Safe Place for Women?

The Socialist Party is currently affiliated to the Committee for a Workers International (CWI). As we explained at the start the CWI is in the middle of a bit of a crisis and is gradually splitting in two, with different national sections picking sides. However, on thing that is clear is that the Irish Socialist Party and the Australian Socialist Party are both on the same side of this split. Which is quite natural, considering the Socialist Party's de-facto leader, Kevin McLoughlin, and Australia's Anthony Main, have been good friends and allies for a long time. And here in lies the problem. The Irish Socialist Party's close relationship with it's Australian sister party.

One of the current, and, we hear, leading members of the Australian Socialist Party's members is a confessed rapist. He raped a member of his own party. This is not disputed, and is not an accusation. It is a fact. He confessed. He was suspended (we think for about a year) because he raped a member of his own paper. He was then, unforgivably, re-admitted to the party and allowed to take on a leadership role.

Before he was re-admitted, his victim was taken aside by the leadership of the party and asked if she would be okay with his being re-admitted. She said yes. And some time later, resigned from the party altogether. We ask you, in what world is it okay to ask a victim of rape is it okay to put her back in the vicinity of her rapist? Rape victims can suffer severe mental trauma, and the last thing that should ever happen is for them to be asked to work in close proximity with their attacker. But this is what happened in Australia, in a party with whom the Socialist Party in Ireland continues to share close ties.

But it doesn't end there. A few years back, the current leader of the Australian Socialist Party, Anthony Main, was accused of being mentally and physically abusive to his then partner, also a party member. The CWI sent people to Australia to investigate this. They found that nothing could be done, recommended that everyone just move on. This incident split the Australian party in two. We have since learned, that some members of the party came forward at the time of the investigation and offered to bear witness against Anthony Main. Those witnesses were never interviewed by the investigators, and the entire incident was swept under the carpet in an attempt to protect Anthony Main. As usual, protecting the party leadership came before all else. And the Irish Socialist Party continues its close relationship with the Australian section, in particular Kevin.