A consistent point of discussion at the Saturday 18 dayschool on New Unionism was why the period of historical New Unionism, from the late 1880s, is so overlooked by most of the far left.
Many AWL members believe that it’s part of the left’s “retreat from class”, a slow ideological suicide that has seen leftists substitute first the Stalinist states, and latterly political Islam, as the progressive force that can take on the established order. If you see Hamas, Hezbollah and the Iranian government as the frontline of the world struggle for freedom, you’re unlikely to be much concerned with the activity of 19th century London dock workers.
But Workers’ Liberty has not made that retreat. We believe that only the organised working class — thinking and acting indepedently as a class for itself — can liberate humanity. That’s why we focus on learning and re-learning the lessons of periods like “New Unionism” by organising dayschools like that on Saturday 18 February. We are one of the few groups on the left to do so.
But to continue to do so, we need money. We need money to continue publishing Solidarity as a weekly, improve our website, organise other events such as our Ideas for Freedom summer school, and for a host of other costs.
The fundamental focus of our work, as evidenced by our “New Unionism” dayschool, is to put working-class self-emancipation back at the heart of the socialist project. If you agree with this aim, please support us financially.
* Taking out a monthly standing order to the AWL. There is a form at www.workersliberty.org/resources and on this page. (Even a few pounds a month really does help.)
* Making a donation. You can send it to us at the address below (cheques payable to “AWL”) or do it online at www.workersliberty.org/donate.
* Organising a fundraising event.
* Taking copies of Solidarity to sell at your workplace, university/college or campaign group.
* Getting in touch to discuss joining the AWL.
For more information on any of the above, contact us: tel. 07796 690 874 / firstname.lastname@example.org / AWL, 20E Tower Workshops, 58 Riley Road, SE1 3DG.
Total raised so far: £8,473
We raised £830 this week from donations, a new standing order, and sales of merchandise at our New Unionism school (thanks to Sean, John, Colin and Paul).