Archive for Previous Meetings

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/ 

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Eyewitness from Greece – How the Nazi Golden Dawn was beaten

Speaker: Afroditi Fragkou

Hear from our comrade and eyewitness in Greece, Afroditi Fragkou, about how the Greek Nazi party Golden Dawn were beaten back by anti-fascists.
And discuss how we can apply these tactics to the rise of the far right worldwide.

17th February 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

http://isj.org.uk/how-we-smashed-golden-dawn/ 

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Waltham Forest People Before Profit Launch Meeting

7pm

10th February 2021

Online via Zoom

Please Register here for the event: http://bit.ly/3s0KgPr

Speakers include:

John McDonnell MP
Jane Loftus Vice President CWU
Steve White London Regional Organiser FBU
Katie Lindenberg District Secretary NEU
George Thompson PCS DWP NEL Branch Chair

All welcome

You must register here to attend: http://bit.ly/3s0KgPr

The Roots of LGBT+ Oppression

Speaker: Neil Dhanda

February is LGBT+ history month.

3rd February 2021
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/39916/Lets+finish+the+fight+for+LGBT+liberation+that+the+Stonewall+riots+kickstarted

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/51012/High+Court+decision+over+puberty+blockers+will+put+trans+young+people+at+risk

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Is Climate Change caused by Population Growth

Speaker: Martin Empson

Climate change is the pressing issue of our time. How much is it related to over population? Are these two issues related? Are they both a consequence of Capitalism?

27th January 2021
19:30

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/49426/Dont+buy+Chris+Packhams+myth+of+overpopulation

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/49376/Capitalism+and+climate+the+systems+recipe+for+disaster

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Fighting for Abortion Rights

Speaker: Jan Nielsen

The right wants to control women’s bodies and take back the gains fought for and won by women over the last fifty years.

20th January 20212
19:30

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/50795/Why+the+right+want+to+control+womens+bodies

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/50982/Protests+continue+in+Poland+as+support+swells+for+abortion+rights+fight

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Perspectives for Socialists in 2021

Speaker: TBC

The coming year looks to be as full of challenges as 2020. It’s vital that socialists focus on the key areas. Come along to discuss this.

13th January 2020
19:30

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Police: rotten apples or a rotten system?

 

Speaker: Colette Wymer

Is the whole law enforcement system rotten? What does institutional racism mean? Is it possible for the police not to carry the baked in values of the ruling class?

2nd December 2020
7:30 pm

Suggested Reading

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/50168/Britains+not+innocent+a+history+of+racist+cops

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/50336/Cops+reflect+racism+from+the+top+of+society

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