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Proposed program, Europe-wide People’s Conference on the October Revolution

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To all groups interested to participate in the forthcoming Europe-wide People’s Conference on the October Revolution this 23-24 September 2017, we offer this proposed program of activities for your consideration, comments and suggestions.


PROPOSED PROGRAM
The Continuing Validity of the October Revolution in the 21st Century
23–24 September 2017

“De Buurtzaak”
Chris Lebeaustraat 4 1062DC Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Friday, 22 September

  • 16:00 Start arrival of speakers, participants, guests. Start registration at De Buurtzaak
  • 19:00 Film Showings

Saturday, 23 September, morning session

  • 09.00: Conference Opening
    Welcome Remarks: People’s Resource for International Solidarity and Mass Mobilization (PRISM)
    Welcome Remarks: International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS)
  • Conference Keynote Speech: Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON — Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines; Chairman, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
  • TOPIC 1: Achievements of the October Revolution: Celebrate the historic significance of the October Revolution
    • Topic highlights:
      • Review key events and conditions leading to the October Revolution and the achievements of the first socialist state;
      • Immediate and long-term impact of the October Revolution;
      • Lessons that resonate throughout the world
    • Keynote speaker: IRINA MALENKO — Author, Sovietica trilogy (2009); Communist and Soviet woman, born and raised in the USSR

Saturday, 23 September, afternoon session

  • 13.30: TOPIC 1 (continuation)
  • 15.00: TOPIC 2: Revisionist betrayal and consequences: Draw and share lessons from the reversal of the October Revolution
    • Topic Highlights:
      • Rise to dominance of revisionism in the Soviet Union and other socialist countries
      • Factors that gave rise to revisionism in all its forms; how these set back the development of the socialist movement and the working class movement in general
      • Long term impact of revisionist reversal on the socialist movement, proletarian parties, and revolutionary and anti-imperialist movements worldwide
    • Keynote Speaker: STEFAN ENGEL — Former Chairman, Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD)
  • 19.00: Solidarity Night & Cultural Performances

Sunday, 24 September, morning session

  • 09.00: TOPIC 3: The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution as counter to the rise of modern revisionism
    • Topic Highlights:
      • What the GPCR sought to achieve
      • Lessons from its defeat in the People’s Republic of China

Keynote Speaker: Prof. FRED ENGST (Yang Heping) — School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing)

Sunday, 24 September, afternoon session

  • 13.30: TOPIC 4: Continuing validity of the principles of the October Revolution against imperialism and for socialism
    • Topic Highlights:
      • Review of current international situation
      • Evaluation of current proletarian revolutionary forces, Communist-led national liberation movements, and other social movements
      • The task of rebuilding proletarian revolutionary parties
      • We are confident of the prospects for the next wave of revolutionary struggles and the subsequent advance of socialism.
    • Keynote Speaker: PER-GUNNAR SKOTÅM — Red Party (Norway)
  • 17.00: General Declaration: The Continuing Validity of the October Revolution in the 21st Century
  • Closing Remarks: LUIS G. JALANDONI — Chief International Representative, National Democratic Front of the Philippines
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