National Sections of the L5I:

Anti-Racism

Does Obama's victory signal the end of racism?

Barack Obama's inauguration as president of the USA is a historic milestone. Read more...

Stop fascist pogroms in the Czech Republic!

A report from the SOP, Czech section of the League for the Fifth International, on fascist attacks on Roma Read more...

Can America's first Black President change society?

There will be huge celebrations if Obama wins. And these celebrations will be all the more intense given the oppression black people have endured in North America over hundreds of years.Just think of the long years of slavery, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement and the systematic discrimination against US blacks to this day, and it is obvious why the entry of a black man into the White House will be met with an explosion of joy. Read more...

1968 in the USA: From civil rights to Black Power

On 1 February 1960, an impulsive and practically unplanned act of bravery by four black college students sparked the great civil rights' revolt in the USA. The students went into a Woolworths store in Greensboro, North Carolina and then sat down at a lunch counter which was reserved for whites. Read more...

The oppression of black people in the USA today

The systematic oppression of black Americans is deeply embedded in the fabric of US society. In a nation made up of immigrants, blacks were the ones brought there forcibly and kept as slaves for 150 years. Although racism afflicts many ethnic groups, racism against black people is "justified" by a racist ideology derived from slavery and the hundred year old apartheid system of Jim Crow, which insists on their inferiority to whites. Though officially hidden today, it underpins the horrific inequality in education, employment, housing, healthcare, and levels of poverty dividing black and white Americans.A 2008 report by the National Urban League (Annual Report on Socio-economic Conditions in Black America), which investigates the realities faced by black citizens, has uncovered some brutal facts. It finds that there is still indisputable evidence that the criminal justice system is pitted against young black men, and systematically criminalises them. Read more...

Parole opportunity for Màrio

Màrio Bango, a young Roma imprisoned since 2001 for defending his brother against a racist attack, will be able to apply for early release in October of this year. As he says in his latest letter from Ilava, the hardest prison in Slovakia: “I think I have a great chance because they forgave me two years and this is a lot. But we must do everything we can to take this chance – it really will be a great success if I can be free. I can’t imagine it. Really freedom – incredible!!!” Read more...

The slave trade: unceasing resistance and revolt

Official celebrations credit William Wilberforce for the abolition of the Slave Trade. Marcus Chamoun looks at the slave rebellions that really forced Britain's hand Read more...

Slavery and the roots of racism

Dave Stockton introduces the first in a series of articles on the history of the slave trade and its abolition. In this article he explains the roots of slavery and the racist ideology that was used to justify it Read more...