Minneapolis celebrates 100-year anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution
Minneapolis, MN – The walls were covered with red stars and Russian revolutionary posters, as more than 70 trade unionists, community, anti-war and student activists came together here, Oct. 14, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October revolution in Russia. The event was organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO).
In a video address to the event, Professor Jose Maria Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines stated, “I am highly honored and deeply pleased to convey warmest greetings of solidarity to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization on the occasion of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution and to give some brief remarks on the significance of this earth-shaking revolution.”
Sison went on to state, “Most important of all, Lenin led the Bolsheviks in the overthrow of Tsarism in Russia in February of 1917 and then in the overthrow of the bourgeois Kerensky government on October 25, 1917 in order to establish the first durable socialist state on one-sixth of the surface of the earth. The most crucial element in socialism is the class dictatorship of the proletariat defeating that of the bourgeoisie and nationalizing the land and strategic industries, despite the vestiges of feudalism and medievalism, the exigencies of civil war and resistance to foreign intervention and transitory measures like ‘war communism’ and the New Economic Policy.” Fight Back! will be publishing the entirety of Sison’s statement early next week.
Mick Kelly, from the national leadership of FRSO, stated, “The October Revolution was a world-changing event. At one stroke, it settled the question of whether another world was possible. Releasing one-sixth of the world from the chains of wage slavery, it smashed the myth that rule by the few was a sort of permanent condition, and, by successfully establishing proletarian political power, the October Revolution succeeded in opening the road to socialist construction. And for the years that followed the great achievements of the Soviet Union, that created a new and better way of life and would exercise a powerful effect on working and oppressed people around the globe.”
The final speaker of the evening, Steff Yorek, the political secretary of FRSO, talked about the need to build a new communist party that has the capacity to contend for power. Yorek also spoke the need for the working class to remake all of society.
“One of the most powerful lessons of the Russian revolution was an understanding of what we are up against and the need for organization,” said Yorek.
The event concluded with the singing of The International.