There has been in the past day or so a Facebook frenzy over a “rape resolution” that supposedly has been adopted by, or is about to be adopted by, the U.S. socialist organization Solidarity.
Following the crisis in the British Socialist Workers Party (SWP), a group of comrades in Solidarity offered to draft a policy document on the issue of gendered violence. What has been made public is only a small portion of the entire document; the full text can be downloaded here.
As the introduction explains, “The majority of this committee agreed to place this document before the membership at our convention, even though there is not complete agreement on some key aspects of its content.” My understanding is that was done because the convention meets July 26-28 to prepare whatever discussion and action might be taken under this point which had been placed on the agenda.
I am making it public here since the Solidarity National Committee voted to publish on our website all documents formally presented in our pre-convention discussion and I accepted an amendment that said, in effect, except those documents that the author(s) request be kept internal. I accepted the amendment even while warning comrades that if some of our “internal” discussions hadn’t “leaked,” that’s because they weren’t interesting or controversial enough. That this 20th-century idea of keeping documents of wide general interest secret was dead, as shown not just by the State Department and NSA, but also the British SWP.
The inevitable has now happened. There is no request that the document be internal, yet this item is not yet in the documents published on our website. So I have decided to release it through The North Star. I think that it is important to clarify that neither is this Solidarity policy nor was there even agreement in the ad hoc commission to present this as a formal proposal for a vote.