On September 28, 2022, the International People’s Front (IPF) was formally launched in Phuket, Thailand, as a peoples’ united front organized at the international level against imperialism and all reaction. The IPF aims to mobilize organizations and individuals from the local, national and international levels, to coordinate and assist efforts in the mutual struggle against imperialism and all its agents and in all its forms.
On the launching of the International Peoples’ Front
Fight and Build an International United Front of the World’s Peoples against Imperialism and All Reaction!
By PRISMM Editors
October 02, 2022
On September 28, 2022, the International People’s Front (IPF) was formally launched in Phuket, Thailand, as a peoples’ united front organized at the international level against imperialism and all reaction.
Over 40 delegates physically attended, representing nearly all global regions—North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Asia-Pacific—and many more participated through the internet.
The IPF aims to mobilize organizations and individuals from the local, national and international levels, to coordinate and assist efforts in the mutual struggle against imperialism and all its agents and in all its forms.
In early 2022, various anti-imperialist people’s organizations took the first crucial steps towards building the IPF by linking up and working together through the International Coordination Network (ICN).
Starting in May 2022, the ICN conducted a series of organizing tours through Belgium, France, Spain and the Netherlands in the context of its Fight Against Imperialist Wars campaign. The tours were led by members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, the International Women’s Alliance, the Asia Pacific Research Network, and the Resist US-Led War Movement.
From June 19 to July 3, the tour participants met with peace advocates and representatives of various workers’, national liberation, and revolutionary solidarity organizations. They attended various anti-NATO protests as well, in the growing expression of resistance against wars of aggression.
Events in recent years, especially 2020-2022, have shown the rapidly worsening global impacts of imperialist oppression, inter-imperialist rivalries, wars (including proxy wars and counter-revolutionary wars by imperialist agents), and fascist repression. The scourge of imperialism is poisoning the entire planet and bleeding dry the whole of humanity, especially the impoverished toiling masses. In response, peoples across all continents are raising their voices and rising up in protest. The struggle against imperialism is a struggle for survival, and the IPF aims to mobilize its broad constituencies to join this struggle and lock arms in the frontlines of struggle.
As a peoples’ united front, the IPF membership is bound to broad anti-imperialist objectives. It is united in purpose and action, and not by formal structures. Anyone who ascribes to the IPF objectives of the IPF, and signs on to the statements published by IPF members, can be considered a member.
The IPF secretariat, currently being set up, collects the names of organizations and their contact details for processing and sends confirmation. Although regular participation in IPF planning
and activities is encouraged, there is no mandatory participation in its meetings and assemblies. Individuals, groups, organizations, and other entities can join only certain actions if they so decide, and disassociate and/or reassociate at any time.
Any IPF member can participate in activities of the front, including sending contributions and proposals for consideration via its website (https://internationalsolidarity.org) or email ([email protected] or [email protected]). Member participation in international campaigns and struggles on different themes is managed through working groups of IPF members with lead/s of their choice. There will also be channels to draw the participation of IPF members in regional coordinated and national campaigns.
The IPF is managed by an International Coordinating Body (ICB), which is composed of representatives of international organizations that operate in an unstructured manner. This includes rotating chairing at each regular meeting. Subsidiary working groups can be created, composed of members and not limited to the ICB.
At present, the IPF members include the following international organizations:
- Asia Pacific Research Network
- Asian Peasants Coalition
- Asian Rural Women’s Coalition
- Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation
- International League of Peoples’ Struggle
- International Migrants Alliance
- International Peoples Research Network
- International Women’s Alliance
- Peace for Life
- People Over Profit
- People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty
- People’s Resource for International Solidarity and Mass Mobilization
- Resist US-Led War Network, and
- Workers International Struggles Initiatives.
The IPF is supported by its members in cash or in kind, mainly through their cooperation and participation in its activities. The IPF also welcomes voluntary contributions mainly to support its website and other secure communication initiatives. ■
International League of Peoples’ Struggle. (2022a). ILPS Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (April-October 2022). https://peoplesstruggle.org/en/ilps-newsletter-april-october-2022-volume-2-issue-2/
International League of Peoples’ Struggle. (2022b). ILPS Facebook video on the IPF public launch, 28 September 2022. https://www.facebook.com/ILPSOfficial/videos/831947738178031