Pete Kennedy built the communist movement in UK over four decades

By Jonathan Silberman
September 14, 2020

LONDON — Pete Kennedy, a longtime member and supporter of the Communist League in the United Kingdom, died Aug. 19 a few months after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 61.

Kennedy joined the International Marxist Group, a forerunner of the Communist League, in his hometown of Liverpool in 1983.

For the last two decades he was part of the supporters auxiliary that is responsible for the production and distribution of books by communists, helping make it possible for the party to introduce its program to workers and youth.

Kennedy also shouldered responsibility for leading the supporters monthly financial appeal in the U.K. and Europe.

Understanding the importance of making the Militant widely available to working people, Kennedy volunteered to work on the production of the audio version of the paper. This ensures it can be accessed by visually impaired readers and others who, for whatever reason, enjoy listening to the paper’s content.

Making use of newly acquired Spanish-language skills, Kennedy participated this year, for the first time, as an enthusiastic volunteer at the Pathfinder booth at the Havana International Book Fair, a major literary and cultural festival in Cuba.

He had been living on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands over the past year, with his companion Fuen de la Cruz.