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Imagining the Future: Ideas for Freedom 2015

Come and imagine the future!
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 2 July to the afternoon of Sunday 5 July, and takes place mainly at Birkbeck University in London.

Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty from the 2nd - 5th of July. mostly in the main building of Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX: for maps click here or click here.

The main theme of this year's event, titled Imagining the Future, will be visions of and ideas about a post-capitalist, egalitarian, liberated future - and how to fight for it.

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Schedule for Solidarity over summer

Solidarity 370 will be out on 3 July (i.e. mostly distributed at IFF)
No.371 will be out 15 July
No.372, 29 July
No.373, 19 August
No.374, 2 September.
We then return to the usual weekly schedule.

Solidarity 370 will be out on 3 July (i.e. mostly distributed at IFF). No.371 will be out 15 July No.372, 29 July. No.373, 19 August. No.374, 2 September. We then return to the usual weekly schedule.

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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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

Workers' Liberty summer camp (West Yorkshire, 20-23 August 2015)

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

20-23 August, Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire (Hebden Bridge rail station has trains running from Leeds and Manchester)

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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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The Fate of the Russian Revolution: Lost Texts of Critical Marxism, volume 1

Buy new e-book edition, or the printed book. Or download the introduction (145 pages) free.

By Max Shachtman, Hal Draper, C L R James, Leon Trotsky and others, with an introduction by Sean Matgamna. 608 pages. £8 post free. Buy print edition online or send a cheque for £8, payable to AWL, to AWL, 20E Tower Workshops, Riley Road, London SE1 3DG.





Click here to buy mobi e-book edition

Click here to buy epub e-book edition


Click here to download a study guide to The Fate of the Russian Revolution as a pdf.

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Autocollants: the public face of the activist

Author: 

Beth Redmond

Workers' Liberty has produced a set autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here)

In his book on autocollants, Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

Buy a batch of the new Workers' Liberty autocollants, and get your socialist message out and about!

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