Ideas for Freedom 2014: Their class war and ours


Our Saturday and Sunday sessions are at University of London Union. The address is ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY. Please note that this is *not* UCL or UCL Union – ULU is very near UCL but not part of it.

For a map of where University of London Union is see here. This shows where nearby Tube stations are.

1. Parking
There is free parking all weekend on the roads next to Euston station - where our Friday night venue, the Exmouth Arms, happens to be (see below). This is not much more than five minutes walk from ULU. There are also various car parks nearby.

2. Tube
ULU is near Euston (Northern and Victoria Lines), Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines), Russell Square (Picadilly Line) and Goodge Street (Northern Line Charing Cross branch) Underground stations. Euston and Russell Square are nearest. For bus links see the ULU website here.

3. Friday and Saturday nights
Our Friday night venue is the Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, NW 2HR. This is a couple of minutes from Euston station.
The venue for our Saturday night social is the Institute of Education Students' Union bar (20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL). This is round the corner from ULU, near to Russell Square.

If you're lost, call 07796 690 874 or 07904 944 771.


A weekend of socialist education, discussion, and debate hosted by Workers’ Liberty

Across the world, capitalists are waging class war against the living standards and rights of workers and the oppressed. At Ideas for Freedom, we will be asking: how can we effectively resist and fight back? And how can we organise and educate to revive and strengthen our movement for the long term?

Thursday 3-Sunday 6 July 2014
University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY

The main body of the event will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July at ULU, but there will also be events at other venues on the evening of Thursday 3 and Friday 4 July. Full agenda below.

For the Facebook event click here.

Free creche and accommodation (get in touch to book) and cheap food.

More information or to book accommodation or creche: or 07796 690 874

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Radical Walking Tour of East London
Meet 6pm, Bow Church DLR
Facebook event here.


A century of radical women's struggles, 1914-2014
7pm, The Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, Euston NW1 2HR
Including: Jill Mountford on the women's movement during World War 1; film about the Grunwick strike; Unison activist Jean Lane on Women Against Pit Closures; SUArts President Shelly Asquith on women workers and students' struggles at London universities; RMT Women's Committee Chair Becky Crocker on transforming the labour movement; and Jasmin Stone from the Focus E15 Mothers campaign
With food
Facebook event here.


10.45 Registration

12 Opening plenary: Their class war and ours – putting class struggle and socialism back on the agenda
Speakers: Becky Crocker (Workers' Liberty and RMT); Beth Redmond (Workers' Liberty and NCAFC national committee); Holly Fishman Crook (striker at the Ritzy cinema)

1.30 Lunch

2.50 Workshops
i. Marxism and intersectionality. Camila Bassi and Kate Harris
ii. WW1: How world war became world revolution. Stephen Wood
iii. Introduction to Marxism: How could a revolution happen in Britain? Liam McNulty
iv. Will there be a Labour government? What should the left demand of Labour? John McDonnell MP; James Elliot (Labour Students for Free Education); Gemma Short (Workers' Liberty)
v. How socialists in the late 19th century built a constituency for socialism. Paul Hampton

4.20 Break

4.50 Workshops
i. Introducing the Great Miners' Strike, 1984-5. Pete Radcliff
ii. WW1: The soldiers' revolt after the war. Alwyn Turner
iii. Is the far right winning over Europe's workers? Yves Coleman (from French journal Ni patrie ni frontières); Matt Cooper (Workers' Liberty); Theodora Polenta (Greek socialist activist)
iv. How can unions regrow? Ruth Cashman (Lambeth Unison secretary); Holly Fishman Crook (Ritzy striker); Jason Moyer-Lee (University of London IWGB President); professor Gregor Gall (Bradford University)
v. Ukraine: what should socialists say? With Zakhar Popovych (Ukrainian Left Opposition, via Skype); Chris Ford (Ukrainian Socialist Solidarity Campaign)

6.20 Break

6.30 Workshops
i. WW1: The shop stewards' movement and workers' struggles during the war. Edd Mustill
ii. The radical left after the SWP crisis. Simon Hardy (International Socialist Network national secretary and Left Unity national council); Edd Bauer (Birmingham Anti-Capitalists); Cathy Nugent (Workers' Liberty)
iii. How to fight inequality. Alex Bax (Equality Trust).
iv. What's going on in Iraq? Aso Kamal (Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan); Morad Shirin (IRMT); Martin Thomas (Workers' Liberty).

8.15 Solidarity Night to support socialists, trade unionists and feminists in Iraq
@ Institute of Education SU bar, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL (just off Russell Square)
Facebook event


10 Workshops
i. Politics and class struggle in India after Modi's election. Jairus Banaji (SOAS); Sarbjit Johal (South Asia Solidarity)
ii. The Miners' Strike and liberation. Jean Lane (Workers' Liberty); Ray Goodspeed (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), plus short film
iii. Introduction to Marxism: socialists and Western military intervention. Rosie Woods
iv. Introduction to Marxism: Could socialism end all wars? Cathy Nugent

12 Lunch

12.55 Workshops
i. The socialist environmental struggles of 2006-10. Stuart Jordan and Bob Sutton
ii. The international fight for LGBT rights. Paul Penny (London Transport RMT LGBT Officer, Workers' Liberty) and speaker from the African Out and Proud Diamond Group
iii. Migrants struggles in Britain: past and present. Vicki Morris (Workers' Liberty) and Shreya Paudel (NUS International Students' Officer)
iv. Revolutionary Jews. Daniel Randall
v. Workers in the Portuguese revolution, 1974-5. Miguel Perez

2.20 Break

2.30 Workshops
i. Socialists and religion. Pat Murphy (Workers' Liberty, NUT national executive) and Yemisi Ilesanmi (Nigerian trade union, socialist and human rights activist)
ii. Why everyone loves a TV murder. With screenwriter Clive Bradley
iii. The miners' strike and the state. Jill Mountford
iv. Why we need an International. Maziar Razi (Iranian Revolutionary Marxists' Tendency); Martin Thomas (Workers' Liberty)
v. Introduction to Marxism: How can socialism end women's oppression? Esther Townsend

4 Closing plenary
Speakers: Omar Raii (UCLU External Affairs & Campaigns Officer); Liam Conway (Notts NUT Secretary)

4.30 Close