Solidarity greetings to Sarah MacDonald, Ben Lewis, and their other comrades, who will be running the Vienna Marathon on Sunday for Workers Fund Iran. As Sarah writes:
“… it is both possible and urgently necessary for the working class to organise solidarity, not charity. The popularity and universality of sport can greatly assist this process. For example, the BBC’s Sport relief recently saw people in this country raise over £50 million. What a shame that these funds will be frittered away, filtered through the corrupt, bureaucratic and undemocratic apparatuses of bourgeois charity. Surely, our goal as the workers’ movement must be to raise this kind of money and beyond – strengthening the cause of working class self-organisation and combativity across the globe. The funds we raise right now will, of course, be much smaller. But they are symbolically important, and point towards what our movement could achieve.”
I know relatively little about Workers Fund Iran, but what I know about the politics of sport convinces me that she, and they, are right.
(Donations to WFI via the link, above).