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Changing Labour, Changing Politics: Ideas for Freedom 2016

Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty from the 7th to 10th of July. Student Central, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX:

The main theme of this year's event, Changing Labour, Changing Politics will be visions of and ideas about rebuilding the labour movement and renewing socialist ideas in the wake of election of a new leadership to the Labour Party.

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Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty. This year it runs from the evening of Thursday 7 July to the afternoon of Sunday 10 July, and takes place mainly at Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

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Workers' Liberty summer camp (West Yorkshire, 11-14 August 2016)

Members and friends of Workers' Liberty are organising a summer event at Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Come and join our now-legendary annual socialist summer getaway in beautiful Height Gate farm, above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. This is the sixth year we've run the camp; it's always great fun.

This will be a long weekend of music, campfires, food, drink, socialist discussions, workshops, tree climbing, and arsing about in the great outdoors - organised by the socialist group Workers' Liberty, but open to all!

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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Right to strike!

Author: 

Gemma Short

Prior to Unison’s national delegates conference (16-19 June), Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis released a press statement about the Tories’ proposed anti-union laws. But neither his statement nor the conference itself resolved to do anything much about the biggest threat to union organisation in two decades.

The new laws would require a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in “core public services” (health, education, transport and fire services). Essentially outlawing all national strikes.

We must campaign for positive demands — for a right to strike.

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Workers against slavery: the US Civil War, the First International and the British working class

In 1865, slavery was abolished in the United States at the end of a four year Civil War. This pamphlet looks at the stand taken during the war by workers in Britain, who organised mass protests against slavery and against British ruling-class plans for military intervention in support of the slave-owners. It tells the story of how this internationalist and anti-racist struggle revived the British labour movement, gave workers the confidence to fight for the vote, and contributed to the birth of Karl Marx's International Working Men's Association, the "First International".

A new pamphlet from Workers' Liberty tells the story of British workers' mass anti-slavery protests during the American Civil War.

Free jailed Iranian trade unionists!

Author: 

Gemma Short
Free jailed Iranian trade unionists arrested on the eve of May Day.

On April 19 Ali-Reza Hashemi, the General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers' Organisation, was arrested and taken to Evin prison.

Teachers' in Iran have been fighting against low pay and pay disparity. On April 16 teachers demonstrated outside Educational Ministry buildings across Iran. In 2010 Hashemi was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for “pursuing [teachers’] trade demands” and “meeting the families of imprisoned teachers” Hashemi was also charged with “gathering and collusion to disrupt national security” and “propaganda against the system”.

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Workers' Liberty Week School 6-10 July 2015

A week school organised by Workers' Liberty 6-10 July 2015 to learn about the history of socialist organisation

Starting after our summer event Ideas for Freedom, Workers' Liberty will be running a week school about "building revolutionary organisations in hard times".

The school will run 10am-6pm every day in University College London and be open to all. The school will be quite intensive, but no prior knowledge is needed and help will be at hand for the more challenging bits of reading.

The school will be split up into several sessions, each looking at a debate from a different period of the socialist movement in the 20th Century.

A week school organised by Workers' Liberty 6-10 July 2015 to learn about the history of socialist organisation

New collection on climate change, capitalism and working-class struggle

"For workers' climate action - capitalism, climate change and working-class struggle" is a new pamphlet collecting together articles and reviews from Workers' Liberty.

Workers' Liberty has produced a new collection of articles and reviews on the fight against dangerous climate change, capitalism and workers' organisation and struggle.

The pamphlet is 45 pages. Contents include:

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Women's oppression, feminism and the left - a book of readings

"Women's oppression, feminism and the left" is a collection of readings about socialist feminist ideas, other forms of feminism and how women's liberation fits in with socialist politics.

"Women's oppression, feminism and the left" is a collection of readings about socialist feminist ideas, other forms of feminism and how women's liberation fits in with socialist politics.

Contents:
Part 1: Feminist theories today
A: Second wave feminism
B: Liberal and Radical Feminism
C. Anarcha-feminism
D: Socialist feminism
E: Judith Butler
F: Third wave: go global and be intersectional
G: Sex work

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Pamphlet on Syriza, the revolutionary left and the class struggle in Greece

A Workers' Liberty pamphlet presenting interviews and discussions with many different groups on the Greek left.

"Greece 2012-2014: views and reports from the Greek left" is a new Workers' Liberty pamphlet presenting interviews and discussions with many different groups in the Greek left and labour movement, plus an editorial article from 7 January 2015, by Greek socialist Theodora Polenta, explaining the new political crisis there.

60 pages (A4). £4. Buy online here:

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