US Labor Against The War meets

Submitted by AWL on 17 December, 2004 - 9:58

United States labor’s antiwar forces took a giant step forward when U.S. Labor Against the War’s National Leadership Assembly concluded successfully on Saturday, December 4 in Chicago, IL.A total of 136 people participated, exceeding the number expected. A preliminary review of credentials indicates that 87 delegates from 57 labor organizations, joined by 39 observers from 29 organizations and more than 10 guests hammered out a plan of work for USLAW for 2005. Several organizations affiliated at the Assembly.

The 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster

Submitted by Janine on 17 December, 2004 - 5:09

Notes from a talk by Clive Bradley at North London AWL branch, 14 December 2004

The disaster took place on the night of 2-3 December 1984. Just after midnight, poison gas leaked from a chemical factory, which killed up to 8,000 people immediately, and between 16,000 and 30,000 people over time. It was a terrible atrocity, which symbolises global inequality and the reality of capitalism to people in the 'third world'.

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Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform calls conference

Submitted by cathy n on 17 December, 2004 - 11:50

From Pete McLaren, Convenor SADP

The Socalist Alliance Democracy Platform has called a conference on 12 March 2005 at the United Services Club, Gough Street, Birmingham.

The Socialist Alliance NEC, under the direction of the SWP leadership, have promised to organise an AGM of the Social ist Alliance on February 5th 2005. The SADP encourage all comrades who can, to attend this AGM of the Socialist Alliance.

Respect's "loyal opposition" condemn Galloway's slur on SSP

Submitted by AWL on 15 December, 2004 - 1:33

The Socialist Unity Network, a generally loyal and uncombative grouping within the Respect coalition formed mainly by former Socialist Alliance members who are close to the SWP on most political questions, has sharply condemned George Galloway's disruptive comments on the Scottish Socialist Party.

SSP attacks Galloway for attempting to split left in Scotland

Submitted by Janine on 14 December, 2004 - 5:38

SSP Press Release: 05/12/04. The Scottish Socialist Party today angrily condemned George Galloway for coming to the aid of New Labour with a threat to split the left vote in Scotland.

In an article in The Mail on Sunday George Galloway raises the prospect of Tommy Sheridan standing as a Respect Unity Coalition candidate at the next Scottish Parliament elections.

Today Tommy Sheridan categorically ruled out any such move.

Interview with Christian Parenti

Submitted by AWL on 9 December, 2004 - 1:12

Christian Parenti, author of the new book The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, spoke to Solidarity at the Iraq Occupation Focus conference on 5 December in London.

My comments on the Iraqi resistance at the conference today were a response to a presentation of the situation that I felt overlooked some of the more problematic aspects.

Left conference debates Iraqi resistance

Submitted by AWL on 9 December, 2004 - 1:10

The nature of the Iraqi resistance militias was openly debated from the platform - for probably the first time in a fairly large gathering of the British left - at the Iraq Occupation Focus conference in London on 5 December.
The debate was not planned, and the conference organisers wanted to push it aside. But it happened.

Tubeworker 4/12/04: Stand by to fight station job cuts

Submitted by AWL on 7 December, 2004 - 1:10

While the press howls with outrage that London Underground station staff have won a shorter-hours deal which brings them 52 days' leave per year, the new issue of Tubeworker alerts readers to the other side of the deal, and urges them to fight the coming job cuts. It also calls on signallers to vote Yes to strike against a shorter-hours deal with even worse strings attached.

Workplace reports include one local strike that has been called off, one that is still on, and yet another that may be coming up soon.