(August 2, 1945 – March 4, 2023)
“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.” This statement by revolutionary fighter Frantz Fanon, born in Martinique, (Caribbean); seems to reflect the life of our Sister Simin Royanian of Iran. Sister Simin’s path of struggle led her to choose the role of being a revolutionary conscious political worker for justice, liberation, and freedom. Her lifetime actions of resistance against Imperialism/capitalism and workers’ domination by capital can be seem though her membership of the Tudeh Party (Iran Communist Party); she fought against the Shah’s regime. She also was a Co-Founder of ‘Women for Peace & Justice’ in Iran.
Being a woman of conscience, understanding the victimization of women and the triple oppression (race, class & gender) they face, as well as, being a worker, she fought to overcome these obstacles with organization and determination by joining and becoming an active member of such groups as: AFSCME Local 1924, DC Labor Committee and the Northeast Feminist Scholars Collective in Washington, DC, while serving on the Listen Station Board of WPFW Pacifica Radio.
Our Sister, Simin Royanian was a longtime ‘Friend’ of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC), its women’s wing, the All-African Women’s Revolutionary Union (GC), and to Africa & her scattered, struggling and suffering children. In her steadfast support and participation in celebrating and honoring the institution of African Liberation Day/Palestine (Nakba) Day in Washington, DC, we will always view her as a true ‘Friend’ of Africa and our people’s struggle for liberation, unity, Pan-Africanism, which will lead toward the defeat of Imperialism, and the advancement to Socialism.
Our condolences go out to her family, friends and all people who will feel her loss and love. May we always remember our sister Simin as one who dedicated her life to the service and advancement of humanity. Simin, we ‘THANK YOU!’
All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)