Wednesday April 14 - Branch Meeting:

How do we make the unions fight

Speaker: Tom Kay

Trade unions are organisations that defend working class people within capitalism. Faced with the power of bosses in the workplace, individuals can’t win by kicking back themselves. But organising collectively gives our class strength—whether it’s fighting for higher pay, health and safety or standing up to a bullying manager.

Unions have seen an increase in membership since the coronavirus crisis, which has hit workers the hardest. But unions have a bureaucracy—the full-time officials who face almost no accountability.

As socialists, how do we organise effectively within unions to build workers’ confidence and lead the fight for a better system?

Join us to discuss this important challenge!

 

14th April 2021
7:30 pm

 

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Branch Meetings

Branch meetings in person are suspended for the duration of the Corona Virus emergency but we are still holding meetings via Zoom.
Venue for Branch Meetings when physical meetings resume:
William Morris Community Centre
6 – 8 Greenleaf Road
Walthamstow, E17 6QQ
A list of our upcoming meetings can be found in the panel on the right of this page.

Meetings hosted by SWP nationally

The Socialist Workers Party are hosting meetings at the weekends during the Coronavirus crisis. Details of all SWP meetings across the country can be found here: https://swp.org.uk/events/

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Wednesday April 28 - Branch Meeting:

After the Sewell report, how can we beat institutional racism?

Speaker: Chin Chukwudinma

Boris Johnson’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities- led by the Tory, Tony Sewell – has caused outrage by its denial that institutional racism exists in the UK and in its refusal to examine the legacy of Britain’s history of slavery and colonialism.

After a year of pandemic that has hit black communities disproportionately and in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the government is determined to deny the reality of racism. It has targeted the BLM movement in its new police bill, while stoking up the scapegoating of refugees and migrants with Priti Patel’s new asylum legislation.

A government which accuses its ideological opponents of “cancel culture” is trying to cancel reality with a racism commission which insists there is “no evidence of institutional racism in Britain”.

The daily experience of millions shows the need to combat institutional racism is more important than ever.

Join this meeting to discuss how we can make racism history.

 

28th April 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/51559/Sewell+report+denies+institutional+racism+to+obscure+how+the+system+works

We have cancelled all meetings in person and will be hosting this meeting via Zoom.

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Wednesday April 21 - Branch Meeting:

Pamphlet launch: Capitalism and the politics of food

Speaker: Amy Leather, author of the pamphlet and joint national secretary of the SWP.

The global food system causes obesity and malnutrition in equal measure. Capitalist agriculture drives environmental crisis and encourages the emergence of new diseases. At the same time, corporations make vast profits through the exploitation of millions of workers and the cruel treatment of animals in factory farms.

How can we build an equitable, sustainable food system? Is it enough to change our own diet or do we need more fundamental change? Today the food on supermarket shelves connects agricultural workers in the Global South, factory farmers in North America and growers of cash crops in sub-Saharan Africa.

Join us to discuss how we can feed people healthily and sustainably.

21st April 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

 

Capitalism and the Politics of Food (pamphlet) – visit Bookmarks Bookshop online or contact us to buy a copy:

https://bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/view/50906/Capitalism+and+the+Politics+of+Food

We have cancelled all meetings in person and will be hosting this meeting via Zoom.

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Wednesday April 7 - Branch Meeting:

Mass extinction: Why capitalism drives the biodiversity crisis

Speaker: Ian Rappel (a conservation ecologist and SWP member)

Capitalism’s thirst for profit is leading to climate change, pollution, species extinction and the depletion of natural resources at alarming rates.

Are all humans to blame for climate change and mass extinction? How can anti-capitalist politics inform the discussion? Can the biodiversity crisis be solved under capitalism?

Ahead of the COP26 climate talks in November this year, we’ll be discussing all these questions and more.

 

7th April 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

https://socialistreview.org.uk/455/looming-tragedy-extinction

http://isj.org.uk/natural-capital/

https://bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/view/48591/System+Change+not+Climate+Change

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Can Biden put America back together again?

Speaker: Hope Ryan-Hughes

The celebrations following Donald Trump’s defeat in the U.S. elections last year were justified. He was unwelcome from the beginning and his exit was a blow to the far right worldwide.

But as a replacement, Joe Biden’s neoliberal and imperialist credentials leave little to be excited about. In his first month as president he managed to bomb Syria, break his promise to deliver sorely needed $2,000 ‘stimulus’ cheques, and reopen a detention centre for migrant children.

Confronted with a global pandemic, economic crisis and the threat of climate change, can Biden put the U.S. back together again? And if not, how do we fight for the kind of radical change that is needed – both in America and worldwide?

31st March 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

 

https://swp.org.uk/biden-administration/

http://isj.org.uk/the-end-of-a-nightmare/

 

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Lenin: A revolutionary for today

Speaker: Matthew Shepherd

Capitalist society is hurtling towards catastrophe with climate change, global slump, pandemics and the threat of nuclear war.

The ideas of Vladimir Lenin, who was born just over 150 years ago, remain crucial for all of us who want to get rid of this rotten system.

Join us to discuss Lenin’s life, ideas and how his legacy is crucial to the struggle for socialism today.

24th March 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/49912/Lenin+and+his+ideas+today

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/50023/Russia+1917+++how+a+revolution+beat+back+a+pandemic

https://bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/view/44879/Lenin+For+Today

 

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End violence against women: Sexism, the police and the state

 

Speaker:

Judy Cox – author of The Women’s Revolution: Russia 1905-1917 (Haymarket, 2019) and Rebellious Daughters of History (Redwords, 2020).
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In light of the anger and resistance that has erupted since Sarah Everard’s murder, as well as the violent behaviour of the police at vigils held around the country, we have decided to change the topic of this week’s meeting.
Join us as we discuss how to end violence against women – and the sexist system that creates it.

 

17th March 2021

7:30 pm

Suggested Reading
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The Egyptian Revolution: Why it matters ten years on

Speaker: Anne Alexander (Editor of Middle East Solidarity Magazine)

In 2011 the Arab Spring shook despotic regimes across the Middle East. Mass strikes, protests and uprisings swept the region. In Tunisia and Egypt revolutions swept away dictators and brought people power onto the streets.
The Egyptian Revolution inspired people across the globe. From the Indignados Movement in Spain to Occupy Wall Street people were moved to challenge inequality and austerity. Yet 10 years later the mass protests of Tahrir Square in Cairo seem far away. The new regime in Egypt has seen repression of activists.
Join us as we discuss the Egyptian Revolution and ask what are the lessons for the struggle against capitalism today.

 

10th March 2021

7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

Socialist Worker’s 10-Year Anniversary series on the Egyptian Revolution: https://socialistworker.co.uk/tag/view/689

The Egyptian Revolution—when the ‘muck of ages’ began to wash off (Nadia Sayed): https://swp.org.uk/long-read-egypt/

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Indian Workers and Farmers: Mass Revolt Against Modi

Speaker: Balwinder Rana

‘Kisan Ekta Morcha’, the ‘United Farmers’ Campaign’, in India is an inspirational uprising against the far-right government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to push through free market reforms in agriculture that will allow big business to squeeze the poor for profit.
The Indian economy is in a nosedive, suffering from inflation, low growth rates and massive unemployment. Ministers hope that agricultural ‘reform’ will see big investment and the potential for exporting more foodstuffs. The price of ‘reform’, however, will be the destruction of millions of small farmers and landless labourers.
Tens of thousands of protesters have blocked main roads into the capital New Delhi since the beginning of December, and the struggle is transforming those taking part with huge communal camps of resistance springing up and women coming to the forefront.
On Tuesday, 26 January 2021 – Indian Republic Day – 100,000 tractors and other farm vehicles put New Delhi to siege. The right are scared and on the back-foot. If the farmer’s win it will be massive blow to Modi and his far-right BJP party and it will discredit neo-liberalism across the world. The stakes are high. Modi is trying to divide the movement along religious and ethnic lines.

The movement – so far – has resisted these tactics and has refused to be bought off with a temporary suspension of the laws.
In this meeting we will hear from Balwinder Rana, a socialist activist from a Punjabi farming background and a long-time member of the SWP, who will lead a discussion on the significance of this inspirational movement.

3rd March 2021

7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/51228/Indian+farmers+reap+success+after+state+violence+fails+to+stop+march+into+New+Delhi

http://socialistreview.org.uk/464/india-falls-turmoil

http://isj.org.uk/polarisation-repression-and-resistance-in-modis-india/

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Wednesday February 24 - Branch Meeting:

COVID-19 and Economic Crisis

Speaker: Rob Hoveman

Hear from Rob Hoveman about two of the biggest issues of today: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic crisis brought on by the capitalist leaders who have failed to manage it.

Discuss how we can fight for a better system that puts peoples lives and wellbeing before profits – and doesn’t end in crisis for the economy or the environment.

24th February 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

http://isj.org.uk/the-crisis-deepens/ 

We have cancelled all meetings in person and will be hosting this meeting via Zoom.

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