Message of welcome to the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students

In the context of the skinhead subculture, a redskin is a left wing( communist or socialist) skinhead. The term combines the word red, (a slang term for socialist or communist) with the word skin, which is short for skinhead. Redskins take an which is short for skinhead. Redskins take an militant anti-fascist and pro- working class stance The most well-known organization associated with redskins is Red and Anarchist Skinheads (RASH). Other groups that have had redskin members include Anti-Fascist Action, Red Action and Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (although SHARP does not have an official leftist ideology).

Taken from the Facebook page of someone who just tried to add me on there (I think he was at the WFYS as part of the USA delegation).

Anyway, the point is that I am greatly uncomfortable with anyone apparently white–especially those affiliated with anti-racist activism–attempting to claim the word “redskin” for themselves (it’s in his Facebook name as well). Fuck what the skinhead subculture would define it as, it is a pretty obvious referent to classic, racist descriptions of Native/Indigenous people. And furthermore, it’s pretty obvious that that’s intentional, since there are a million ways to express ‘lefty/communist skinhead’ that do NOT require calling on racist tropes.

Request denied, obviously.


Delegations arrive in Quito, Ecuador for 18th World Festival of Youth & Students

1. Communist Party of Cuba arrives.

2. Delegates from the Syrian Baath Party also received enthusiastic cheers as their delegation arrived carrying with them large Syrian national flags and portraits of President Assad.

3. Comrades from the Revolutionar Kommunist Ungdom (RKU) of Sweden. 

4. Delegates from the Workers Party of Korea.

5. Delegations from across the Americas, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia are in attendance.

Photos: Red Youth (Britain)


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Elian Gonzalez to Attend World Youth Festival in Ecuador

Matanzas, Cuba, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) - Elian Gonzalez will attend the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students, to be held in December in Ecuador, as a guest of the Cuban delegation, it was reported here today.

Elian, now 20, was granted this recognition at the Camilo Cienfuegos University here, where he is is studying industrial engineering.

The selection recognizes Elian for the important example he provides for the country’s students and youth, the Giron weekly website posted.

According to Elian, the festival provides a good opportunity to demand the release of the island’s antiterrorist fighters, unjustly condemned in U.S. prisons.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando Gonzalez remain imprisoned in the U.S., for monitoring actions being plotted by extremist groups based in Florida, USA, against the Caribbean island. A fifth member of the group, Rene Gonzalez, returned to Cuba in April, after completing 13 years in prison and an additional punishment of supervised release in that northern country.

Elian also stated that the Ecuadorian youth meeting is a party, “but at the same time, a good opportunity to showcase Cuba, of which each of us should be proud." 

At just six years of age, Elian captured the attention of the press worldwide when he was the focus of an incident between Cuba and the United States after being shipwrecked on a boat in which his mother and several others, encouraged by the Cuban Adjustment Act, sought to emigrate to the U.S.

After seven months of huge effort, including massive demonstrations in Cuba demanding his return, the child was returned to his father and his family unit in Cuba.

Preparatory meetings for the 18th World Festival of Youth & Students begin in the Cuban provinces of Artemis and Cienfuegos on October 4, 2013.

Along with discussion, workshops and cultural performances, the youth will hold hearings for an international tribunal on the crimes of imperialism, and the imprisonment of the Cuban 5 in the U.S.

Photo: Juventud Rebelde