On the weekend of 14-16 May, some eleven members and friends of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty will be at the political festival organised by the French Marxist group Lutte Ouvrière in the countryside near Paris.
This festival, organised every year for over 30 years now, draws some 20,000 people each year, and — alongside the food, kids’ games, film showings and so on — has long been the major annual meeting point for diverse groups of the revolutionary left from across Europe. LO provides facilities for such groups to run stalls and stage political debates.
The number of such groups participating (though not the total attendance at the festival) has dropped in recent years. Last year AWL was the only activist-left group from Britain participating, and we may be the only activist-left group in the whole of Europe outside France to have participated consistently over the whole 30-odd years.
But to our mind, making contact with, debating with, and learning from revolutionaries in other countries continues to be as essential as our “domestic” day to day work on the streets, in the trade unions, and in the workplaces.