Due to engineering works, the Docklands Light Railway will not be running on 19 April. A rail replacement service is operating, but the best way to get to Cyprus DLR station seems to be to get the Jubilee Line to Canning Town and then the (very regular) 474 bus.
An introduction to Marxist ideas, organised by the Alliance for Workers' Liberty
12-7pm, Saturday 19 April 2008, University of East London Docklands campus (next to Cyprus DLR)
Sweatshop labour, soaring inequality, privatisation, war, racism, destruction of the environment, women's oppression... why is the world like it is? And how can we change it?
Workers' Liberty is a Marxist, revolutionary socialist organisation. We believe that the problem is capitalism, and all societies based on class exploitation; and that workers' struggle and working-class revolution can create a new society, one without exploitation or oppression, in which human beings are able to develop their individuality freely.
This year is the 40th anniversary of 1968, when French workers and students rose up against the rule of capital, in the vanguard of a worldwide upsurge against capitalism and Stalinism. We will be discussing both the lessons of 1968 and the significance of the struggles by workers and young people that are shaking France today.
Plenty of time for debate, discussion and questions
Welcome and introduction to the event. Speakers: Becky Crocker, Stephen Wood
i) Why the working class? Young workers, class struggle and rebuilding the labour movement. Facilitator: Daniel Randall
ii) Marx’s ecology: rediscovering a forgotten tradition. Stuart Jordan
i) “Radical chains”: how does class struggle relate to the fight against women’s, black, LGBT and other forms of oppression? Sofie Buckland and Kate Pallas
ii) Socialism, democracy, revolution and violence. Ed Maltby
i) What do “imperialism” and “anti-imperialism” mean? A debate with Permanent Revolution. AWL speaker: Sacha Ismail
ii) How (and how not) to fight the BNP. Facilitator: Tom Unterrainer
i) Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba: models of 21st century socialism? David Broder
ii) Why is the left so divided? How do we get socialist unity? A debate with the Socialist Party
Assessment of the day and closing plenary, with discussion on the lessons of 1968 and the class struggle in France today. Speaker: Heather Shaw
Reading available soon. For some ideas of what kind of questions we will be discussing, see here.
Tickets for the event £5 waged, £3 unwaged - with a £1 discount if you pay in advance. You can just turn up on the day, but please preregister if you can by emailing email@example.com or ringing 020 7207 0706.
Cheap vegetarian and vegan food provided.
We can find you somewhere to stay if needed.
Followed from 8pm by a fundraising social with Marxist hip-hop artist the Ruby Kid @ the Ivy House, 8-10 Southampton Row, Holborn (a couple of minutes from Holborn tube).