This summer the IIRE had two very successful international activities. From 6 to 10 of August, we organized the sixth LGBTIQ strategy seminar. These seminars are spaces for radical left LGBTIQ liberation activists to develop theory and strategy. This year's seminar was especially focused on issues of pink-washing and homo-nationalism, the use of (rhetorical) support for LGBTIQ rights to whitewash imperialism and nationalism. We had participants from Lebanon, Britain Palestine, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Portugal, France, and the Netherlands.

 Shortly after the seminar, we had our yearParticipants in the Youth School show their support ot Danish refugee-activistsly Youth School from August 17 to August 28. This course is intended for younger left-wing activists to give an intensive introduction to socialist politics and theory. In earlier years, the school was more focused on Europe but in recent years, we have more and more non-European participants. This year, we had 26 participants from Brazil, Mexico, France, Belgium, Mozambique, Morocco, Denmark, Germany, Lebanon, Sweden, Tunisia, Britain, and Spain. This was also the first youth school with a majority participation of women.

 The participants evaluations of both activities were very positive. The LGBTIQ seminar was a step forwards in developing a common understanding of such concepts as homonationalism and to think about the difficulties of sexual liberation in times when 'LGBT rights' are so often abused as justifications for war, occupation and for claims of 'cultural superiority'. The seminar is expected to lead to published articles and deepened links, especially with activists in the Arab region.

 Participants in the Youth School especially appreciated the international character of the 10 days course, saying it gave them new perspectives and enabled them to learn things they would not be able learn at home.

 Both activities are organized on tight budgets. Interpretation is done by volunteers and participants take care of tasks such as cooking and cleaning the building while they are here. This allows us to keep participation fees to a minimum to make participation easier for everyone. Another essential source of income for us are donations, either ones that are earmarked for a specific activity, such as a school or seminar, or general ones that help us pay the daily costs of our maintaining our facilities.

We especially want to thank our supporters for their support to our work.

 Dans les prochaines semaines, l’IIRF organisera deux évènements importants. Du 6 au 10 août, nous organiserons un nouveau Séminaire LGBTIQ (Lesbiennes, Gays, Bisexuel-le-s, Transgenres, Intersexués, Queer). Peu après se tiendra notre École Jeunes annuelle, du 17 au 28 août.

 Ce sera déjà le sixième Séminaire LGBTIQ de l’IIRF. Ces séminaires sont l’occasion de se rassembler pour des militant-e-s des mouvements LGBTIQ de toute la planète, dont l’engagement politique est radicalement anticapitaliste. Le but du Séminaire LGBTIQ est de partager et développer des idées sur les sujets les plus importants de la lutte pour les droits humains dans la communauté LGBTIQ, de débattre des stratégies de libération LGBTIQ, et de discuter de la manière de participer aux luttes LGBTIQ sur la base d’un projet politique anticapitaliste.

 Ce séminaire se focalisera sur plusieurs sujets :

- Les lesbiennes dans le capitalisme du 21e siècle.
- Les luttes des trans et des personnes intersexuées.
- Les personnes LGBTIQ dans les soulèvements contemporains.
- Entre l’impérialisme et l’homophobie : homonationalisme et homophobie.

L’École Jeunes permet à de jeunes militant-e-s de discuter de stratégies politiques. L’École a pour but de donner une perspective globale sur les luttes sociales et de fournir à de jeunes militant-e-s les outils pour comprendre et changer le monde. Comme un participant l’avait formulé, l’École Jeunes est une opportunité importante pour « les jeunes activistes impliqués dans la reconstruction d’un mouvement révolutionnaire international ». Comme toutes nos écoles, l’École Jeunes est un évènement international. Cette année encore, nous attendons des participant-e-s du monde entier.

Mais cette participation internationale représente également un défi. L’augmentation du nombre de participant-e-s et la portée importante de nos activités signifient aussi une augmentation de nos besoins de financement. Les organisations participantes contribuent largement aux coûts de transport, mais les mouvements sociaux des pays du Sud ont besoin de notre solidarité pour être représentés le plus possible. C’est pourquoi nous appelons tout le monde à contribuer financièrement au Séminaire LGBTIQ et à l’École Jeunes. Tous les dons, petits ou grands, aideront à rendre possible la participation de militant-e-s des pays du Sud.

Les dons peuvent être faits avec Paypal ou à :

SOWS (Stichting voor Onderzoek naar en Vorming in het Wetenschappelijk Socialisme)
Adresse : Postbus 1962
1000 BZ Amsterdam
IBAN : NL55INGB0001039161
BIC : INGBNL2A
Banque : ING
Postbus 1800
1102 BW
Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
(si vous voulez soutenir l’une des activités en particulier, indiquez si votre don concerne l’ « École » ou le « Séminaire »)

 

The IIRE is organizing two important activities in the coming weeks. From August 6th to August 10th, we are organizing a new Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Intersex-Queer seminar. Shortly after the seminar, we will have our yearly youth school from August 17th to August 28th.

 This is already the sixth LGBTIQ seminar at the IIRE. These are gatherings of activists in LGBTIQ movements from around the world who are committed to radical anti-capitalist politics. The aim of the LGBTIQ Seminar is to share and develop ideas on the most pressing topics concerning the struggle for human rights in the LGBTIQ community, debate about strategies for LGBTIQ liberation, and discuss how to participate in LGBTIQ struggles on the basis of an anti-capitalist political project. 

This seminar will focus on several topics:

-Lesbians in 21st century capitalism
-Trans/Intersex struggles
-LGBTIQ people in the contemporary uprisings
Between imperialism and homophobia: homonationalism and homophobia

The youth school enables young activists to discuss political strategies. The school aims to give a global perspective on social struggles and provide young activists with tools to understand and change the world. As one of the participants put it, the youth school is an important opportunity for 'young activists involved in the reconstruction of an international revolutionary movement'. Like all our schools, the youth school is an international event. This year we expect participants from all over the world.

But this global participation also poses challenges for us. The increase in participants and the wide reach of our activities means an increase in the money needed. Participating organizations make large contributions to the travel costs but social movements from the Global South need our solidarity to make the most of their participation. That is why we appeal to everyone to contribute to the seminar and the youth school. All donations, large or small, will help to make possible the participation of activists from the Global South.

Contributions can be made via the 'Donate' button on the right or made out to:

SOWS (Stichting voor Onderzoek naar en Vorming in het Wetenschappelijk Socialisme)
Address: Postbus 1962
1000 BZ Amsterdam
IBAN : NL55INGB0001039161
BIC: INGBNL2A
Bank: ING
Postbus 1800
1102 BW
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

(please mark your donations as 'school' or 'seminar' if you want to support a specific activity)

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