We hope you can find this key summary of points helpful in sharing the message about the abuse of the political cult MFJ, to warn others and support survivors. Consider this a TL;DR version of the blog disclosures. For more details refer to the sidebar with links to specific posts.
This post aims to be easy to share and digest for those who want an overview of the abuse in activism that harms vulnerable people. This is the plain truth about Movement for Justice/Revolutionary Internationalist League and its cult abuse:
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We have been contacted by several people with regards to future demonstrations at detention centres (particularly Yarls Wood), as RIL pushes MFJ to continue holding theirs.
We are happy that there is a strong feeling amongst activists for an end to detention, a need for alternative actions to participating in demos ran by known abusers. We have proven it entirely possible to facilitate, by co-organising a demonstration in the summer which was on separate date and entirely untouched by MFJ. It is so important for the progressive movement that it is progressive for all, and puts safety and wellbeing of all migrants and vulnerable people first, without secret agendas and pitting migrant sufferings against each other. We encourage people who want to demonstrate at detention centres to simply gather together and do so (see tweets below).
Here are thoughts of some MFJ ex-members who participated/organised for March and June actions at Yarls Wood, on seeking to disaffiliate from MFJ and stopping their exploitation:
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100 days since the first #HungerForFreedom strike passes in June 2018. Join us at the 30th June demonstration at Yarl’s Wood IRC to show support for the demands made by those incarcerated there during the strikes.
Organised collectively, without abusive groups. Please spread the word and support this. Details in the link above.
Transport to Yarl’s Wood – (live post)
Format of the demo & safeguarding –
About co-organisers –
Leaflet (Eng) – http://bit.ly/ywleaflet
On-the-day guide – http://bit.ly/ywontheday
I have recently received a rather horrible letter from someone who defends MFJ/RIL, who I had met with personally when still an MFJ member. Aside from the psychological harm condescending and sexist invalidation of abuse causes, it made me painfully realise that I may have to give more context to why the abusive ‘intervention’ in October 2017 that began the UnfollowmMFJ and #SpeakPlainTruth runs so much deeper and sinister than people realise.
Talking about personal history of trauma is extremely difficult and personal, and I had hoped it would not be necessary, but yet here we are.
tw: rape, abuse, exploitation, and aftermath
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Since the exposure of the true nature, structure and priorities of the group “Movement for Justice by any means necessary”, front of a trotsky cult Revolutionary Internationalist League and its British & USA white man actual leadership, numerous things have happened. Ugly and abusive things.
Those of us who left and made testimonies were attacked, harassed, intimidated, threatened, there were attempts to silence us, to run a smear camapaign, to discredit the forthcomers who spoke the truth. Those who did not leave were presented a horrific scenario of being on the receiving end of RIL’s panicking wrath and some MFJ members’ retailiation against speaking truth, should people ever go against RIL.
You can recognise the group’s true nature by how it handles serious revelations about abuse and misconduct.
Here is a list of examples of what RIL/MFJ have done to the person(s) disclosing abuse:
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Many individuals, groups and organisations have reached out with determination to stand against abuse, assuring us of believing the truth and cutting ties with Movement for Justice/Revolutionary Internationalist League. Migrants rights activism is dealing with vulnerable people often in desperate sitations, often with history of abuse, threats, displacement, estrangement from loved ones, and other difficult experiences. No matter where you come from, you should be safe from manipulations, abuse, lies, coerction and threats when you seek help or want to fight for your rights. No cult group should be able to abuse and exploit people for their own profits, hiding behind ‘activism’.
Here are some of the public statements on abuse in MFJ made by organisations that fight for human rights, including migrant rights: [click to open]
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During my ‘political training’ with MFJ/RIL I was subjected to classic cult tactics. Love bombing, progressive isolation, indoctrination, sleep deprivation, loyalty entrapment – first through emotional ties and then legal and financial.
I am taking a break from politics, as I cannot tell yet which things I still believe and why. MFJ/RIL was the first British political group I was properly involved with. They used their position as long-term involved in the British Left to explainRead More »
Movement for Justice’s sister organisastion By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is also a front for the trotskyist cult.
Revolutionary Internationalist League (RIL) and Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) are sister cults that had set up their respective fronts MFJ and BAMN.
The abusive tactics are pervasive.
Read the testimonies here: https://archive.is/zQGqG
Letter from an RWL member of his experience leaving including being sectionedRead More »
The survivor does not wish for anyone to engage in ‘accountability meetings’ on their behalf with RIL members or MFJ. Especially when they are not present in the room.
The RIL leadership has made it clear where they stand on abuse. Denial, riling up MFJ members against those who left, rumours, smear campaign, vile and brutal messages to MFJ chat group that continued for weeks, silencing, ereasure, manipulation, rejection of any accountability or wrong-doing, continuous weaponising of people’s traumas and identities, attempts to out the person who had disclosed to their estranged abusive family, attempt to drag friends of person who had disclosed to harass them and force contact. Additionaly, RIL member who led the abusive ‘intervention’ in October expressed a wish to ‘punch’ the person who had disclosed, after holding a 7hr meeting on said disclosure, where MFJ members were required to switch their phones off and put them on the table because ‘there is a mole’. Read More »
“11. So the MFJ thing: I have very serious reasons to believe the allegations against its lead members are true. They are a very, very centralized group, led by a few. They are controlling of their image and members (both of these things I have noticed from the start, but refrained from commenting on too much given the work they were doing). That they would end up abusing one of their members in that way is of no surprise Read More »
After everything coming out about MFJ, I am making a short statement about my experience and why I am no longer associated with them.
You can read more details on this site: https://unfollowmfj.wordpress.com and this Twitter account @unfollowMJF.
Trigger warning for brief mentions of abuse, torture, rape and gaslighting.
First of all, I have never imagined I would have to leave MFJ under these circumstances and I’m deeply saddened by all of this mess.Read More »
From a former member involved this year.
“In solidarity with those who have shared their accounts of MFJ involvement, here is mine….
I became involved in the organising side of MFJ a year ago, trying to organise in Bristol for a Yarl’s Wood demo.
At some point late last year, I was asked to be one of their “young leaders” in Bristol. Among other things, I remember them saying stuff like “Bristol is ready…” or “it’s time for Bristol” which resonates very closely to the blogs that have been published recently. Read More »
From former members who were involved this year.
“With all of the things going around about Movement for Justice at the moment, I wanted to write about my experience of them and what’s happened recently.
There is some discussion of abusive behaviour and gaslighting in the post, and a brief mention of rape.
I’m quite nervous about posting this but I’ve made the post public, so please feel free to share it if you want to. Read More »
From another two former MFJ members, whose stories are published anonymously for safety. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I first came into contact with MfJ at UK Black Pride in the summer of 2010, after completing my undergraduate degree. I was 22 at the time. They had a stall with leaflets and the first person I spoke with was a 1995 recruit. I was impressed by what they had to say about racism and homophobia and I stayed in touch with the group (or they stayed in touch with me) and I began attending the Sunday meetings they held at the YMCA in Tottenham Court Road. MfJ seemed very small at the time, made up mainly of RIL members and a few asylum seekers they had come across at Pride events.
MfJ had regular Sunday meetings which had two distinct parts: In the first part we were encouraged to relate our personal experiences of ‘struggle’ to the book The narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass. Many of those present were LGBT asylum seekers and so had to prepare for their asylum cases. MfJ leadership often stated that reading the book was preparation for writing one’s own narrative of personal struggle, i.e. a personal statement. We read the Narrative very very slowly and in a lot of detail, and people were always encouraged to speak about personal experiences, and they would. These were often very personal and traumatic experiences, discussed in a room of relative strangers and included accounts of being raped/beaten or watching a gay partner being killed or of being held in detention. This put us all in a highly vulnerable psychological state, making us more vulnerable to suggestion.
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* WHAT NEXT FOR YARLS WOOD DEMONSTRATION? *
This is where I need your help. Please read. Read More »
I am one of the token migrants Revolutionary Internationalist League (a trotsky-marxist group secretly running Movement for Justice, see earlier posts) tried to recruit. The other EU migrant was made full member the day I was appointed ‘an apprentice’ despite not completing the obligatory indoctrination ‘study programme’ of Trotsky’s book and a long document from 1980s, by undisclosed author (with suggestion the RIL theorist was the co-writer) on ‘special opression’.
I was told RIL is happy to have me as it significantly boosts their ‘average age’, and the fact we are both migrants from Europe is important.Read More »
Movement for Justice is NOT what it has led you to believe it is. It is a front, recruitment ground and puppet movement for an authoritarian marxist-trotskyist group called Revolutionary Internationalist League. It is ran by a white English trotskyist man in his seventies and his small British-born cultish group of 40-50year olds with two token migrants, out if which only one is a full member. The man writes ALL leaflets, statements and pamphlets of MFJ and makes political strategic decisions for MFJ. Not many people know his actual role even if they have met him, and the true stucture of MFJ is kept away from people.
I am a young migrant with history of severe abuse, and I have been manipulated by this group and almost recruited fully to the RIL as a token ‘young&migrant’ member Read More »
Since the release of this blog my personal facebook account has been reported by RIL. They know it is me who is the person disclosing abuse and they know what they’ve done. They know my username on facebook. RIL also knows in depth the history of my estranged family’s abuse towards me, and that I have been in hiding from them in my new life in UK. They also know that my estranged family has been stalking me for years, and recently did find me on social media, Read More »
During my ‘political development’ since the RIL programme ‘for leaders’ I have also heard and seen disturbing things about how the organisation operates and treats its migrant and young members, as the masks started to slip and the RIL believed they ‘had me’ and I was like them. What they failed to realise that I was dependant on support due to my abuse, isolation, poverty and mental health recovery from an abusive family and assault. This also meant indoctrination didnt work fully on me as I couldn’t focus on compulsory Trotsky readings in complex language, and anyway the correct readings of the studies were always translated to you by the study group leader for ‘correct understanding’.
The RIL has revealed to me they take orders from another top members in USA ‘sister organisation’ RWL and their fromt BAMN (google them if you dare, it is severely disturbing) for most of the movement strategies. Read More »
The truth about Movement for Justice by any means necessary (the front ‘movement’) & Revolutionary Internationalist League (a trotskyist-marxist political cult which runs it)
MFJ is not what it has led everyone to believe it is. It is a front, a recruitment ground and puppet movement for an authoritarian marxist-trotskyist group called Revolutionary Internationalist League (RIL). It is ran by a white English trotskyist man in his 70s, and his small cultish team of British-born 40-50year-olds and some token migrants (out of which one is not even a full member).
The RIL theorist old man writes ALL leaflets, statements and pamphlets of MFJ and makes political strategic decisions for MFJ. Migrants, asylym seekers and youth are ‘consulted’ during Sunday meetings, but make no strategy decisions nor can shape the political statements that are being published. They can agree on things like ‘layout of the leaflet’ or ‘how can we build this week for the action that has been decided’.
MFJ operates as a recruitment and grooming ground to recruit people to the RIL for a ‘revolution’. MFJ seeks out most marginalised, vulnerable, desperate migrants and youth and uses them for ‘building the movement’. The migrants are often called only to bring them to the demonstrations, and if they speak the RIL members check and sometimes write their speeches – citing concern for ‘correct political message’.
Not many people even know his actual role even if they have met him, and the true structure of MFJ is kept away from people. MFJ is not migrant & youth-led. It is not a grassroot movement, but a deceptive political project of a cultish trotskyist group. It is also getting orders from its sister organisation front By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) ran by a secret group Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) – google if you dare, the testimonies and accusations of being a cult.
MFJ has led everyone to believe something opposite to truth, and you only find out the true extent of control and connections if you are ‘trusted’ and spend a lot of your personal time on working with MFJ. As MFJ tagline goes – ‘truth is the motor power of progress’. Therefore the truth about MFJ and RIL must come out.
Proof and more information coming.
Also, follow on Twitter @unfollowMFJ.
You can email your story to email@example.com.
Signed: group of former members.