Report on the III. Congress of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency
by the International Bureau of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 10 April 2021, www.thecommunists.net
The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) held its III. Congress between 2nd and 5th April 2021. Due to the restrictions of capitalist governments, delegates from the RCIT’s section were forced to meet via video conference.
Due to the competent preparation of the congress by a special commission, which had been elected by the outgoing International Executive Committee, delegates were able to discuss, amend and adopt a number of documents. We also debated organizational issues and elected an international leadership for the next period.
The congress reflected the progress of our tendency in several ways. Not only have we been able to grow in numbers as well as in geographical spread with a presence in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Over the last years, the RCIT could create an international collective of cadres who are leading the work of the tendency both politically and organizationally. (1)
This important achievement has been reflected in the broad range of authors of draft documents for the congress. The Mexican section produced a draft document on the international situation and a leading comrade from the section in Occupied Palestine elaborated a document on the current situation in the Arab world. Furthermore, two women comrades of the International Secretariat provided a draft for a document on the liberation struggle of women and the strategy of socialist revolution.
In addition, the congress discussed, amended and adopted a new programmatic Manifesto called “The Fire of Revolution Will Burn Down Catastrophic Capitalism!” which had been drafted by a comrade of the International Bureau. This document, confirming the methods and strategies of the RCIT’s previous programmatic documents – “The Revolutionary Communist Manifesto” (2012) resp. the “Manifesto for Revolutionary Liberation” (2016) – represents an update which takes the changes and challenges of the new era into account.
Of particularly importance has been the discussion and adoption of a document called “Thesis on the Liberation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual, Two Spirited and all other sexes and sexual orientations (LGBTQIA2S+)”. Drafted by two women comrades, this document allowed us to discuss an issue with which we had previously not dealt in much detail.
The congress was both a reflection of our political and theoretical achievements in the past period as well as a pledge for future successes!
All congress documents will be published on the website of the RCIT in the next weeks.
1) For a more detailed balance sheet of the work of the RCIT, we refer to the article by Michael Pröbsting: A Decade of Concentrated and Successful Work. On the 10th Anniversary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 31 March 2021, https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/10th-anniversary-of-the-rcit/