First International

Celebrating 150 years of the founding of the International Workingmen’s Association.


28 September 2014

From 10:00 am Karl Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green London. EC1R 0DU.

• Invited Guests Panel includes: • political leaders • commentators, • academics • Representatives of the international working class

Karl Marx description of the inaugural address 1864.

According to Karl Marx at the meeting, which was packed to suffocation, “The undersigned members of the committee, holding its powers by resolution of the public meeting held on Sept. 28, 1864, at St. Martin’s Hall, London, have taken the steps necessary for founding the Working Men’s International Association;

They declare that this International Association and all societies and individuals adhering to it, will acknowledge truth, justice, and morality, as the basis of their conduct towards each other, and towards all men, without regard to colour, creed, or nationality;

They hold it the duty of a man to claim the rights of a man and a citizen, not only for himself, but for every man who does his duty. No rights without duties, no duties without rights.”

150 years later there is an even greater need to collectively reflect and act upon the guiding principles of International working class solidarity to uphold the Marxist tenet of “Workers of the World unite”. The “workingmen” have now been replaced by working people and a gender mixed working class, however the exploitation remains equally applicable.

We look forward to your participation.

Co-sponsored by Association of Indian Communists, Communist Party of Britain and the Indian Workers’ Association GB

For information contact Harsev Bains 07956 811553 email: harsevbains@hotmail.com



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