Marxism 2010: Are Population Controls a Solution to Climate Change?

Part of Marxism 2010, a weekend of ideas, discussion and debate.
1:30pm, Saturday the 5th of June
Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St
Wellington

The idea that the planet will soon reach, or has already reached, the limit on how many people it can sustain is one that is gaining credibility in the environmental movment. Before the last election the Green Party released a population policy arguing that New Zealand’s upper limit for population is 5.7 million, but is this correct? And what does this mean for immigration? This debate will touch on these and other issues relating to population and the environment. Byron Clark is a long time Workers Party activist and has previously studied environmental sociology, he will be arguing New Zealand can sustain a much higher population. Local activist John Robinson will be arguing in favour of a capped population.

Britain under the “Con-Dems”


Mike Kay caught up with Daniel Randall, an activist with the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty based in London for his thoughts on the political situation since the formation of the Conservative/ Liberal Democrat coalition government dubbed the “Con-Dems”

Dan R

MK: What was your initial reaction to the election result?
DR: I was surprised by a number of things. For one thing, I thought that there was a serious danger of the British National Party taking control of Barking & Dagenham council. Instead they got annihilated in that area.
How did that happen?
There was a group called Barking, Dagenham and Havering Together that I’ve been involved with. It is quite broad and open, mostly run by local trade unionists. The local Labour Party had about 50 people out canvassing. They ran a popular campaign to save the local Accident & Emergency Department, which was totally disingenuous as [Local Labour MP] Margret Hodge had voted for the cuts!
Now that the Tories are in power nationally and Labour locally, it’s essential that the campaign keeps going.
Also quite surprising was the high turnout, bucking the trend of recent elections. [Read more...]

Marxism 2010: provisional schedule

A weekend of ideas, discussion and debate. Communism, Revolution, Socialism, Capitalism and anything in between…

FRIDAY: 4th of June – Thistle Hall (293 Cuba Street)
7:30pm: International panel: Mike Ely on Nepal, Daphna Whitmore on India, John Edmundson on Afghanistan
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Wgtn conference: Marxism 2010

In solidarity with the Greek people’s resistance against austerity

Joint statement from Asia-Pacific

May 13, 2010

[If your organisation would like to sign on, please email international@socialist-alliance.org.]

We, left and progressive organisations from the Asia-Pacific region, express our solidarity with the resistance of the Greek people against the harsh austerity being imposed upon them by the governments of the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The proposed “rescue package” for the Greek economy by the IMF-EU has triggered a huge struggle that will have worldwide ramifications for working people. [Read more...]

Don’t get caught in a bad hotel

Support the struggle for democracy and social justice in Nepal

The following joint statement of solidarity has been signed by a number of left and progressive organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. If your organisation would like to sign on, please email international@socialist-alliance.org

On May Day, international workers’ day, a huge demonstration of between 500,000-1 million people took place in Kathmandu. Called by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), people came from all over Nepal to make their voices heard. It was the largest demonstration since the fall of the centuries-old monarchy and was the culmination of a growing series of mass demonstrations and strikes aimed at restoring civilian supremacy and democracy. [Read more...]

May 1st International Workers Day

Thousands of people marched in Auckland on May Day against mining national parks.

There were also strikes and pickets outside JB Hi Fi stores in Auckland and Wellington as part of Unite union’s $15 minimum wage campaign.

The tradition May Day march in Auckland took place later in the day. The march has been held in Auckland every year since the 1970s.

May Day march Wellington 2010

JB Hi Fi workers strike May 1 Wellington

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