Thursday, October 30, 2008

Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis

Press Release for immediate use 30/10/08
Capitalism in crisis – come and hear the case for socialism

Activists, left trade union leaders, workers in struggle and young people to discuss the fight-back against the bosses’ crisis. Speakers from across the globe to attend rally in central London. We are living in historic times. The utter unplanned chaos of those 'in control' of the levers of finance has been revealed to working-class people. The self styled 'masters of the universe' have been exposed for the parasites - who have gambled away trillions - that they are. People are outraged, firstly at these creatures' wanton recklessness, but even more so at the fact that they have been bailed out with our money. The situation urgently cries out for a socialist explanation of the crisis-ridden capitalist system and what to do about it. And that is what you will get Socialism 2008 on 8 & 9 November. Left trade union leaders, activists and workers in struggle from across the globe will gather together to discuss how working people can best respond to the crisis.

Speakers include: Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
Janice Godrich, PCS president
Mark Steel, stand up & activist
Cllr Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councilor and ex-Labour MP
Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary
Hannah Sell, Socialist Party Deputy General Secretary
Kevin Ovenden, RESPECT
Robbie Segal, candidate for the presidency of the USDAW shop-workers' union (she won 40% of the vote in the general secretary election)
Fang Guoli, a Chinese socialist and activist
David Redelberger, a German school student strike leader
Nikos Anastasiadis, a leading activist from the new Greek coalition of the radical left, Syriza
Onay Kasab, Greenwich Unison branch secretary, currently being witch hunted by Unisons national leadership
Tony Mulhearn, one of the leaders of the Liverpool council struggle in the 1980s
Lynn Walsh, editor of Socialism Today magazine

Registration opens at 12 noon on Saturday 8 November at the University of London Union building (ULU), Malet Street, London WC1.
The Rally for Socialism will take place from 5:30pm - 8:30pm on Saturday 8 November at Euston Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London. Tickets are available on the door.
The closing session of Socialism 2008 will be a discussion forum hosted by the Campaign for a New Workers' Party. This will take place from 3:00pm - 4:30pm on Sunday 9 November at Logan Hall, Institute of Education. Tickets for this closing forum will be available on the door.

More details here.
There are some reports of the event. A Very Public Sociologist is carrying typically interesting and engaging reports, including some immediate impressions here (but please don't follow up references to the subject of the comrades' discussions on the way home) and one on the debate between Martin Smith for the SWP and Hannah Sell for the SP. Left-Wing Criminologist reports on the Fourth International and After session here. Devon Socialist Party has a report here. Nation of Duncan here and The Revolution Decides here. Socialist Party videos here. And the lengthy report in The Socialist is here. Sounds big (900, but remember Marxism gets 1000s, going to be interesting how many people go to the special Marxism event on Dec 6th) and certainly enthused the comrades.
Campaign for a New Workers Party has a report on the closing rally by Dave Carr.



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