The Lucas Arms Pub, 245a Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QZ
Room G8, Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street (off Brick Lane)
Following the mobilisation against the EDL's protest in Tower Hamlets, how can we build an anti-racist movement that can confront the far-right in the streets and provide socialist political answers to the issues that allow them to grow?
An open branch meeting of North East London AWL: all welcome.
Wilberforce building, University of Hull
The British National Party is in disarray and the English Defence League is consumed by infighting. Nonetheless, the far right in Britain is much stronger than it was only a few years ago, and the conditions which allowed it to grow - crisis, cuts, betrayal of the working class by the trade union and Labour leaders - are still present in spades.
Is it right to call the BNP and EDL fascist? What exactly is fascism, from a Marxist point of view, and how do we fight it? Is the strategy pursued by campaigns like Hope Not Hate and Unite Against Fascism, of working for the "broadest possible" anti-fascist "unity", the right one? What is the relationship between anti-fascism and class struggle?
More info: 07791 249 733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Unite House, 128 Theobold's Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN
Public meeting with guest speakers Pragna Patel from Women against Fundamentalism and the Stop Racism and Fascism Network.
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester
Follow up meeting from conference organised by Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP to launch labour movement-based anti-fascist network. Facebook group here.
Room 2, Woodside Halls, Glenfarg Street, Glasgow
An Alliance for Workers' Liberty discussion forum
12:30-2:00: Organising against the Tory-Lib Dem coalition
With the Tories back in power, backed up by their junior partners in the Lib Dems, how can the labour movement fight back? Does the continuing affiliation of most big unions to the Labour Party mean that workers can exert pressure on Labour? Or should socialists push for the creation of a new party? In Scotland, should the left focus on pursuing an alliance with the nationalists and a fight for independence?
2:15-3:30: Organising against the far-right
The BNP did badly at the elections, but they still exist as a force with a significant following that could pose a real threat. Could their electoral defeats signal a turn towards the street-level style of organising we've already seen from the English, Scottish and Welsh "Defence Leagues"? How can we build a working-class anti-fascist movement that organises to physically confront fascist organisation as well as campaigning around the issues that fascists exploit in order to grow?
Facebook event here.
University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Two years of capitalist economic crisis have seen a sharp growth of the BNP and the rise of groups like the English Defence League. Existing anti-fascist campaigns have been totally ineffective at stopping these developments. Why?
This dayschool, organised by Workers' Liberty, is an attempt to locate a socialist understanding of the BNP and EDL in the classical Marxist tradition of analysing fascism, and use that tradition to get to grips with the issues confronting anti-fascists so urgently today.
Sessions will include:
* The capitalist crisis and the rise of the far right
* How do Marxists understand fascism? Trotsky on Nazism
* Are the BNP and EDL fascist? Who supports them?
* No platform, free speech, self-defence and the state
* Nationalism, migration and the working class
* Why UAF and Searchlight are failing
* Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia
Queens Walk Community Centre, Queens Walk, The Meadows, Nottingham
Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP has called a conference on 27th March to discuss building a campaign against racism and fascism which, unlike UAF and Hope not Hate, bases itself on the labour movement and working-class communities, provides answers to the social problems the Nazis exploit, and has open and democratic structures.
NWLondon AWL hosts a discussion on how to beat racism and fascism, drawing on lessons from the recent events in Harrow. Two speakers - Faryal Velmi from AWL, and Steve Hedley, London region RMT (personal capacity) - but also lots of time for everyone to ask questions/share views. Wednesday 16 December, 7pm, Victoria Hall, Sheepcote Road, Harrow
Edith Cavell statue, St Martin's Place, London WC2 (between National Portrait Gallery and St Martin's In The Fields).
AWL is in discussion with a number of other groups about co-sponsoring this protest against the "March for Sharia" on 31 October and the counter-demonstration called by the "EDL St George Division" (and against the Daily Express demagogy around the "March for Sharia"). See http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2009/10/22/sharia-law-secularism-and-workers-unity. More: 07796 690 874.