Ideas For Freedom 2009

Submitted by Anon on 16 May, 2009 - 1:59

The AWL’s annual event will this year focus on the capitalist crisis, and on socialist and working-class responses to it.

Friday 10 July: evening film showing and social at the Bread & Roses pub, 68 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4. Will we be showing With Babies and Banners, the story of women's role in the great sit-down strike against General Motors at Flint in 1936.

Saturday 11-Sunday 12 July: School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H

Saturday night social. Cheap food, free creche and accommodation will be provided.

Sessions include

- How economic crises transform politics

- People's Charter or Workers' Plan?

- The state of the labour movement

- The fight for jobs

- What's wrong with the Green New Deal?

- How and how not to fight fascism

- Should the left say "No 2 EU"?

- National Union of Students president Wes Streeting debates Daniel Randall of Education Not for Sale

- Janine Booth introduces her new book on the Poplar Council struggle of 1919-21 and its lesson for today

- French socialists on the New Anti-Capitalist Party and the rising tide of class struggle in France

- The politics of Northern Ireland: Sean Matgamna debates John Palmer

- The war in Sri Lanka

- Revolutionary anniversaries: world revolution 1919; Cuba 1959; Iran 1979; the miners' strike 1984-5

- Introductory sessions: Why capitalism has crises; What is a revolutionary party and do we need one?; Marxism vs anarchism; Violence, non-violence and class struggle

Cheap rates for bookings before the end of May: £18 waged, £13 low-waged/students, £7 unwaged for the weekend. (Day tickets are also available.)

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