A weekend of discussion and planning for struggle, solidarity and socialism. Queens Birthday Weekend (May 31st-June 2nd). FREE ENTRY.
Friday May 31st: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
6:30-8pm – Global situation: Crisis, Imperialism, Fightback
Saturday June 1st: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
10-10:50am – Eco-Socialism or Barbarism
11-11:50am – Workers, Unions and class struggle today
Grant Brookes, Heleyni Pratley
12-2pm: Lunch break
2-3pm – What is Marxism?
3:10-4pm – Tino rangatiratanga and socialism
4:10-5pm – Where Next for Gender Liberation?
5:10-6:30pm – Building an anti-capitalist movement in Australasia
Sunday June 2nd
Writing workshop for Fightback members, and those who want to write for Fightback. Text 022 3841917 for details.
How would you like to see power companies run? Why do the people have no say? What’s the alternative?
A socialist analysis of asset sales led by Ian Anderson, Fightback member.
6pm, Tuesday 30th of April
19 Tory St, Wellington
Facebook event here
On April the 8th former British Prime Minister Maragret Thatcher died at the age of 87. Described by media as a “controversial figure” Thatcher was possibly Britain’s most loathed politician. Her death was celebrated with street parties and Glasgow and Brixton, and following a social media campaign Brits purchased the song “Ding Dong The Witch is Dead” in an effort for it to be the number one hit on the charts the week of her death.
While she left office in 1990, few have forgotten her decade in power. The Thatcher led government enacted a series of neoliberal economic reforms, the likes to which soon became vogue around the world as the end of the long economic boom following World War II meant that capitalism was no longer productive enough to provide a welfare state. The tax burden was shifted from the rich to the poor, state assets were privatised- including social housing, and the labour movement was crushed.
Before Thatcher and the conservatives came to power in 1979, 13.4% of the British population lived below the poverty line. By 1990, it had gone up to 22.2%. Unemployment hit levels not seen since the Great Depression, inequality rose and health outcomes became worse after cuts to the Nation Health Service and the deregulation of school meals. Famously she also ended a scheme that gave free milk to children, earning her the moniker “the milk snatcher” Read the rest of this entry »
In 2012, Fightback (then the Workers Party) held a conference in Wellington with over 120 attending. Over the weekend comrades discussed topics including tino rangatiratanga and socialism, safer spaces in political organising, industrial struggles, and the student movement.
This year’s conference will be held on Queens Birthday Weekend, 31st of May to 2nd June, at Newtown Community Centre in Wellington.
The conference will open with a Friday night panel on the international situation. Saturday’s schedule features discussions of youth fightback, industrial perspectives, gender liberation, and building an anti-capitalist movement in Australasia, among other topics. On Sunday June the 2nd there will be a writing workshop for Fightback members and others who want to contribute to our monthly magazine. Further details to come. For more information please contact 022 0351077
In Wellington over 2013, Fightback are holding a series of monthly discussions. We’re kicking off with “What is Capitalism,” presented by Joel Cosgrove.
6pm, Wednesday 13th March, 19 Tory St
Facebook event here
12pm, Saturday 24th November
Cuba Mall bucket fountain
On Saturday November 17 Workers Party members, contacts, and supporters in Auckland will be holding the third monthly day school in a series of three.
In the previous day schools we examined why we need a revolutionary party and studied Lenin’s pamphlet on Imperialism.
This month the topic will be how socialists relate to the union movement. The day school is being held at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Auckland.
10.30 -11am Meet and greet, refreshments
11.00am -12.15pm Study: “Transitional and democratic slogans as bridges to socialist revolution”, by Joseph Hansen
12.15-1.30pm Study “Teamster Power”, Chapter 3 “A class struggle policy” by Farrell Dobbs
1.30-2.30pm Lunch Break
2.30-4pm Discussion “Organising a workers’ fight back in Aotearoa in 2013: Tasks and Perspectives”
Please confirm attendance in advance so that we can provide adequate handouts on the day. For further enquiries, if you wish to attend, or if you want the readings emailed out please contact Mike Kay on 021-288-5601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Koha or $10 solidarity entry to help fundraising efforts for the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
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