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icon4.gif  International Socialist Org imploding? [message #482] Mon, 01 April 2019 22:28 Go to next message
Karl
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Yet another leftist org appears to be kaput.

There are no claims that the ISO (a socialist org throughout the U.S. with a visible presence in many colleges and universities) has voted to dissolve itself. Apparently there was some kind of leadership crisis and the situation has been made worse by the fact that there was (allegedly) a rape cover-up within the organization in 2013.

It's not clear to me if this is the same allegation of rape that was already made public years ago or a new allegation that was only revealed recently. Apparently there was a big shakeup in the leadership of the group, followed by new? allegations of a rape coverup, followed by resignations of many of the old leadership and possibly a vote to dissolve the organization and its newspaper.

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The news about the 2013 case came shortly after a momentous convention devoted to addressing the organization's unaccountable leadership structures and a damaging internal culture that had a disproportionate impact on people of color and others with oppressed identities. The convention resulted in a thorough change in our national leadership and a commitment to chart a new direction so the ISO could be more engaged in struggle and with the new socialist movement.
I'm not really sure what to make of this...

"A letter to our readers"
https://socialistworker.org/2019/03/19/a-message-to-our-read ers
Letter to the ISO:
http://socialistworker.org/2019/03/15/letter-to-the-iso-memb ership
Todd Chretien:
https://revolutionary-socialist.org/2019/03/31/why-i-voted-t o-dissolve-the-iso/
An old case?
http://socialistworker.org/2014/02/19/a-response-to-slander
Crisis in the ISO:
https://louisproyect.org/2019/03/20/the-iso-metoo-and-the-ne ed-for-a-fresh-start/



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Re: International Socialist Org imploding? [message #483 is a reply to message #482] Mon, 01 April 2019 22:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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A perspective from member Joel Geier:
http://likembe.net/Documents/ISO%20Preconvention%20Bulletins %202019/Joel-With%20Profound%20Regret%203-21-19%20.pdf

Looks like, based on his account, a new leadership was elected within the organization who then jumped on a rape accusation to accuse the older leadership of a coverup and have them suspended. I think most of those people have now resigned...
Re: International Socialist Org imploding? [message #486 is a reply to message #483] Tue, 02 April 2019 00:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ackoli
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Looks like COINTELPRO or right-wing sabotage. This seems so retarded that I can't really think of any other explanation
Re: International Socialist Org imploding? [message #487 is a reply to message #486] Tue, 02 April 2019 03:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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It definitely looks like some kind of COINTELPRO operation but I have no proof.
Re: International Socialist Org imploding? [message #499 is a reply to message #487] Fri, 05 April 2019 03:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Wooswoos has published an article summing up what's happened in the ISO:
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/02/inte-a02.html

"Towards a critical defense of identity politics"
https://socialistworker.org/2019/04/03/towards-a-critical-de fense-of-identity-politics

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To be clear: I reject the idea that the group that I helped to build for decades was a racist organization. That would erase the hard work of comrades of color, especially, and doesn't explain the whole story.

But I also reject the idea that anti-racist practices and ideas themselves could have made the ISO, or could make any white-majority socialist group, immune to the racism that rages around us. Whether through direct acts of racism from individuals, ideas that ended up targeting and invalidating POC experience or undemocratic practices that had a disproportionate impact on POC, comrades have been victimized for years. And we are the ones who stayed.

The socialist left, if it is ever to be successful, needs to transform itself to meet the needs of POC comrades, and to stamp out the ugly presence of racism wherever it raises its head.
So, what the above person is saying is that the ISO was always anti-racist, but also racist at the same time... because they didn't put POC in charge. Is it any wonder that the moment these idpol types gained control their first major act was to dissolve the organization?
Re: International Socialist Org imploding? [message #500 is a reply to message #499] Fri, 05 April 2019 03:46 Go to previous message
Karl
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The historic argument against Black or POC caucuses in the ISO -- which I also made, for years -- is a clear example of how our excessively critical approach to identity issues tended to push oppressed communities back.

The implicit assumption here is that POC getting together would somehow weaken our project of building a multiracial socialist organization. Such lack of trust is extremely harmful, and reproduces the marginalization that POC feel in society everyday.
"Letting us form internal factions based on idpol won't harm the organization."
*votes to dissolve the organization.*
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