For the last 15 months, a number of left groups and individual members of the Socialist Alliance (SA) have grouped together under the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP). Our main aim has been to maintain the SA as a major focus for left unity as part of the process of building a new workers’ socialist party, organisation or network as an alternative to New Labour.
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.
A meeting in London on 6 November 2004 provided the only opportunity since the Socialist Alliance's special conference in March 2004 for SA members to challenge and question the SA Executive which has effectively shut the Alliance down.
The website of the Socialist Alliance, recently revived after some months offline, advertises an open meeting of the SA on 6 November.
The Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP) emailed and posted a letter to the National Committee of the SWP on 27 September concerning the future of the Socialist Alliance (SA).
There are two major semi-hidden disputes within the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP). These differences underpin a number of recurring arguments in the SADP around RESPECT; around how we see the SA experience being possibly re-created; and about what our relationship should be with the LRC and the residual left within the Labour Party.
By Riki Lane and Janet Burstall
The Socialist Alliance (SA) began as an electoral alliance in early 2001 and has developed work in other areas, especially trade unions and anti-war campaigning. In local areas specific campaigns have also been taken up. Membership has grown, but the active membership core has not grown in proportion. The Alliance is changing as an organisation too, with a publication program, and organisational structures to include the affiliates and non-aligned members in Alliance decision making.
The Alliance for Workers' Liberty in Britain sends its best wishes to the Australian Socialist Alliance conference for further progress towards the development of an open, pluralist, multi-tendency socialist party.
By Martin Thomas
On our way to leaflet a new batch of streets for Alison Brown, the socialist candidate in Sheffield City Council's elections, we passed the Yemeni mosque.
A group of men were standing outside, so I gave them leaflets. "I'm supporting Respect", said one of them.
Alison Brown, standing for the Democratic Socialist Alliance (People before Profit) in Burngreave ward, Sheffield, tripled her vote by comparison with 2003 (which, in turn, was her best result up to then of the three times she had run in the ward).
For more Democratic Socialist Alliance results, click here.