LeftWord Books and our partner publishing houses in India gave the call for Red Books Day to be held on 21 February 2020 as a way to fight back against the unreason of the far right. We asked people around the world to go into public places and hold readings of The Communist Manifesto in their own languages. The effort was immediately supported by the International Assembly of the Peoples and by several political parties, publishing houses, bookstores, writers, and artists. The Indian designer Orijit Sen created the logo; Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research developed a range of posters.
LeftWord Books (India), Expressão Popular (Brazil), and Batalla de Ideas (Argentina) – in collaboration with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research have produced a joint commemorative book called Lenin 150. This volume collects Lenin’s 1913 essay on ‘The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism’, Vladimir Mayakovsky’s epic poem written at Lenin’s death (1924), and a brief essay by Vijay Prashad on the theory and praxis of Lenin.
SARS-CoV-2 or COVID19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilisation; a struggle that needs to put life before profit. We will only win this struggle – as China has already done – if are people are united and disciplined, if governments earn our respect by their actions, and if we act in solidarity across the globe.