International

The class struggle in Nepal

Author: 
Bibhusit Bista

Class struggle in Nepal is in a period of “democratic reaction”. The masses feel betrayed. After the 2006 revolution, there has been no change in land and production relations.

The Paris Commune: Revolution, Resistance, a Model for Revolutionaries

Date: 
14 January, 2013 - 19:30 - 21:00
Location: 

The Bath Hotel, 66-68 Victoria Street, Sheffield

Description: 

The Paris Commune was a short window of time in 1871 when workers took control over Paris, and made radical demands for a programme of socialist government:

- the separation of church and state;
- the remission of rents owed for the entire period of the siege (during which, payment had been suspended);
- the abolition of night work in the hundreds of Paris bakeries;
- the granting of pensions to the unmarried companions and children of National Guards killed on active service;
- the free return, by the city pawnshops, of all workmen's tools and household items valued up to 20 francs, pledged during the siege; the Commune was concerned that skilled workers had been forced to pawn their tools during the war;
- the postponement of commercial debt obligations, and the abolition of interest on the debts; and
- the right of employees to take over and run an enterprise if it were deserted by its owner; the Commune, nonetheless, recognized the previous owner's right to compensation.

The Commune, though it lasted just a short while, formed a large part of the basis on which Marx wrote his later writings on revolution and socialist society. It has informed much of the theory and practice of both Socialist and other revolutionary schools of thought (such as Anarchism) until the present day.

Sheffield Workers Liberty will be leading a discussion about the nature and legacy of the Commune - what, who, where, how and why, and what we can learn from it today.

You don't have to know anything in advance, but if you want to read up first, here's some recommended online texts:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune
Karl Marx, The Civil War in France: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1871/civil-war-france/ch05.htm
Frederick Engels, Introduction to The Civil War In France: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1871/civil-war-france/intro.htm
Marxist Internet Archive: http://www.marxists.org/glossary/orgs/p/a.htm
Olivier Lissagaray, History of the Paris Commune 1871: http://www.marxists.org/history/france/archive/lissagaray/index.htm
Lenin: Lessons of the Commune: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1908/mar/23.htm

No one is Illegal: Stop the BNP and EDL

Date: 
22 September, 2010 - 21:00 - 23:00
Location: 

Unite House, 128 Theobold's Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN

Description: 

Public meeting with guest speakers Pragna Patel from Women against Fundamentalism and the Stop Racism and Fascism Network.

Migrant Voices play - Moorside Primary School - Newcastle - FREE

Date: 
8 June, 2006 - 21:00 - 23:00
Location: 

Moorside Primary, Beaconsfield St, Newcastle

Description: 

Please forward to anyone who may be interested:

FREE theatre performance, Banner Theatre company's
MIGRANT VOICES - Thurs 8 June - 7pm
Hosted by Newcastle City Unison

More info contact:
Ed Whitby Campaigns officer (ed.whitby@workersliberty.org)

Migrant Voices: Touring in 2006

Migrant Voices explores the real-life experiences of asylum seekers
and refugees in twenty-first century Britain – how they got
here, why they came, and what they have found here.

Based on in-depth interviews with Iraqi Kurdish refugees and asylum
seekers living in Salford, this show combines live music, drama
and video to show some of the harsh realities behind the media myths
about asylum seekers.

It shows people who have fled their homes to escape torture and
persecution only to find themselves the victims of racist abuse
and intimidation, with insecure and badly paid jobs and substandard
living accommodation. The show draws the link between refugees living
in Britain and British intervention in Third World countries and
demonstrates powerfully that “they” are here because
“we” were there.

Migrant Voices interweaves Middle Eastern and British musical traditions
and provides insight into the causes of the global instability that
makes people into refugees. It presents an emotionally charged theatrical
experience to set audiences thinking about the real reasons why
people abandon their homes and families to seek refuge in the west.

www.bannertheatre.co.uk

description:

Please forward to anyone who may be interested:

FREE theatre performance, Banner Theatre company's
MIGRANT VOICES - Thurs 8 June - 7pm
Hosted by Newcastle City Unison

More info contact:
Ed Whitby Campaigns officer (ed.whitby@workersliberty.org)

Location:
Moorside Primary, Beaconsfield St, Newcastle