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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #312 - Against racism, Federal orientation: UCL's commitment against Islamophobia (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:52:05 +0200

Like the League of Human Rights, Amnesty International, Solidaires and others, UCL protested against the dissolution of the Committee against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) by the government, which accused it of having part linked with jihadism, although it is an NGO for the defense of rights guaranteed by secularism. To clarify its commitment against Islamophobia, the federal coordination of the UCL adopted 90% of the mandates, in October 2020, this framing motion. ---- While the government designates "religious separatism" as a new enemy from within, it is necessary to reaffirm, by clarifying it, the approach of the UCL in its fight against Islamophobia.
The UCL Manifesto identifies two sources of Islamophobia in the West: on the one hand, the building of a " white and Christian national body"; on the other hand, the persistence of colonial racism. For UCL, Islamophobia targets people who are Muslim or assigned as such. It leads this struggle on an anti-racist and class basis, against the division of the proletariat by power, for equality and for freedom of worship and conscience. A commitment in no way contradictory with the radical criticism of religions.

The goal of UCL is not only to denounce Islamophobia, but to roll it back on a mass scale. To take this fight to a mass scale - which the UCL cannot achieve on its own - we need a broad unitary framework.

Why a unitary framework
The march of November 10, 2019 was driven by such a unitary framework, with an arc of force largely rallying to the left (politically and unionally). A denominational component was added to it, including the LES Muslims platform, with conservative elements.

This November 10, 2019 march - which responded to a wave of Islamophobia fueled by the highest peaks in the state - marked a turning point. For the first time in a long time, the French left as a whole braved the media smear campaign and affirmed its rejection of the stigmatization of the Muslim minority. The anti-racist camp has emerged strengthened.

What political perimeter?
It is necessary that the union, political and associative structures engaged in the anti-racist fight participate in this unitary framework: CGT, Solidaires, CNT, CNT-SO, FSU...; FA, NPA, Ensemble, EELV, PCF...; Mrap, LDH... In addition, it is vital that this unitary framework integrates associations which, although not denominational, can themselves be targeted by Islamophobia - CCIF, FUIQP, ATMF, FTCR, ACTIT, Acor, Adama Committee...

The UCL will seek as a priority to associate these structures with the unitary framework because, as indicated in its Manifesto , its solidarity goes " in the first place to the movements which, with the anti-racist struggles, associate a democratic project of social emancipation based on the action of the popular classes".

On the other hand, the UCL will do nothing to associate with this unitary framework conservative associations, denominational or not, institutional or not - of the style CFCM, Amif, platform LES Musulmans. But, insofar as they do not explicitly defend a fundamentalist project, their presence in a unitary framework will not hinder the signing of the UCL on a common appeal, since this is politically clear, and not contradictory with what the UCL stands for.

Our activist approach
The libertarian communist current must be part of the mobilizations, not just comment on them from the outside. It is by being in a framework that we make it evolve, and the march of November 10, 2019 proved that it was possible that this would go in the right direction. This approach remains that of UCL. The debate can remain open on the advisability of the presence or not of certain structures or personalities in this unitary framework. But this debate should not be a means of weakening the response to the Islamophobic offensive.

Federal coordination of the Libertarian Communist Union, October 2020

Logo: Demonstration of families of police victims, March 19, 2017, in Paris. cc Vincent Nakash / UCL Saint-Denis

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