Educate, agitate, organise

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 3:08 Author: Ira Berkovic

Around 40 Labour Party activists attended Southampton Momentum’s weekend school from 19-21 May. 

The event included plenary discussions on perspectives for Momentum and Labour, as well as sessions focused on planning local activity. 

Four external speakers led workshops, on the history of the Labour Party; socialist-feminism and building a working-class women’s movement; understanding and combating antisemitism on the left; and housing struggles. 
Attendees included a diverse range of comrades, from veteran activists with long histories on the far left through to new, young activists recently mobilised into Labour and Momentum by the Corbyn surge. 

The event took place in a hotel in the nearby city of Bournemouth, and had a sociable and family atmosphere.
Many members brought their children, and there were social activities in the evenings.

Southampton Momentum shows how Momentum groups can combine local campaigning, organising in local Labour Parties, and social events with a real commitment to political education and a serious attitude to discussing big ideas and labour-movement history. 

Their school can be a model for other Momentum groups around the country.

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