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Socialism 2017: weekend of discussion and debate
November 11, 2017, 1:00pm - November 12, 2017, 5:00pm
SOCIALISM 2017 – IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
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Socialism 2017 is a weekend of political discussion and debate on ideas - socialist ideas to build a wall of resistance against Trump and the 1% and change the world. It is proudly hosted by the Socialist Party and open to everyone who wants to see change to this unequal crisis-ridden world.
Socialism 2017 will bring together working class fighters, trade unionists and youth and student activists, anti-cuts campaigners, those who are curious about socialism and Marxism, and people who want to change the world.
Over the years our fantastic line-ups of keynote speakers have included Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary and former editor of Militant; Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary and author of Socialism in the 21st Century; Kshama Sawant, outspoken socialist councillor in Seattle and a leader in the fight for $15/hr min wage and now in the movement against Trump; Juan Ignacio Ramos, general secretary of Izquierda Revolucionaria; Anna Palumbo, leading tenant activist in the successful campaign to stop evictions in Butterfields, east London and many trade union leaders, anti-cuts campaigners and many more. Before his untimely death Bob Crow, former general secretary of the RMT was a frequent speaker.
One theme of the weekend will be the question of uniting the workers’ and socialist movement internationally to build a powerful force that is capable of changing the world. International speakers and visitors from the Socialist Party’s sister parties in the Committee for a Workers’ international will attend. The CWI is in the process of unifying with Izquierda Revolucionaria on the basis of Marxist ideas.
At Socialism 2017 we will discuss the Russian Revolution 100 years ago. 1917 provides a powerful example of how it is possible for the working class and poor to take their destiny into their own hands and transform the world. We will be discussing the impact of the revolution, including on women’s rights, on art and technology, on people’s lives all across the world and also why the Soviet Union degenerated into dictatorship.
But Socialism 2017 will not be a history lesson! It is focused on the burning questions our movements face. How can we kick out the Tories? Can Jeremy Corbyn win? What role can workers and young people play in changing the world? Do we need parties? What about terrorism? How can we defeat racism, sexism, homophobia? Protectionism and free trade; What do socialists say about Brexit? Building solidarity, defending refugees, fighting deportations; The working class, the gig economy and technology; The NHS and the battle against privatisation; Crisis in trade unionism – can they turn left? Environmental crisis in the age of Trump; and more! There will be a special course of bitesize meetings for school students if they wish to attend.
If you would like to get a ticket for Socialism 2017, or for more info, you can call our office on 020 8988 9777 or go to our website www.socialism2017.net
You can book a ‘Golden’ ticket which includes accommodation at a hostel nearby or free accommodation which may be on a floor/sofa. We offer a free crèche. Get in touch if you have any questions.
Online booking is available for 2017 now – there is a 20% discount currently available and special offers for students and school students
Reason to come to Socialism #34456754456
To hear Kshama Sawant
Latest news from Seattle where Kshama is a council member:
Seattle City Council just passed Councilmember Kshama Sawant 's resolution and Seattle is now the first city to officially support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders #MedicareForAll senate bill!
This resolution also called on Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell to support and cosponsor this law. This part was almost removed from the resolution in an attempt to water it down by Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, but the public who showed up made sure the senators were named to put maximum pressure on them. As Councilmember Bagshaw said about naming the senators, "it looks like thats the way it's going".
The lesson of today is that pressure from active movements can make the crucial difference in pressuring corporate politicians!
Now let's spread this to cities across the country (let us know if you want the resolution language) and let's build a movement strong enough to force Congress to pass improved #MedicareForAll as a step towards fully socialized medicine!