Workers’ Liberty brought together spoken-word artists, performance poets, rappers, and other musicians on Saturday 24 November in Kings Cross for the fourth edition of “Beats, Rhymes, & Picket Lines”, an occasional night of music and poetry to raise money for ongoing working-class struggles, as well as AWL itself.
What we do
PART ONE: WHAT THE AWL IS FOR
In the Communist Manifesto Marx defined the purposes of the Communist League as follows:
Solidarity has to do a lot of different jobs.
The Apprentice, Dragon’s Den, classes on “enterprise” in schools... the British establishment is doing its best to push a UK version of the American dream.
Nadine Dorries, the MP who is leading a new campaign to cut abortion time limit, has been suspended from the Tory parliamentary party over her decision to appear on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
AWL members sold several hundred copies of this newspaper on the 20 October TUC demo in central London.
Our new book, Antonio Gramsci: Working-Class Revolutionary, is now available to buy from radical bookstores, online and from local AWL branches.
Looking at the explosive struggles in Greece and Spain, or mass strike victories like the Chicago teachers or Queensland Children’s Hospital construction workers, or at inspiring incipient labour movements like that of the Chinese workers, you could get gloomy about the relatively low levels of struggle in Britain and the lack of strategy from the capitulatory trade union leaders.
On Sunday 9 September, the AWL’s five-a-side football team took part in Feminist Fightback’s “Left Foot Forward” tournament of left groups and campaigns — and won!
The final total raised in our fundraising drive was £18,096.