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Democracy – is this it?
3 October 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for an open meeting on the limits of democracy in modern Britain, and how we can collectively resist state repression and control across all aspects of our lives. The meeting will begin with opening thoughts to kick off discussion from two activists, then move into an open forum discussion.
Ian Allinson is a trade union militant, a former candidate for General Secretary of Unite, and the current President of Manchester Trades Council.
Ida Picard is a migrant solidarity activist with Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and rs21.
Check the Facebook event for details of which room we will be in at SOAS.
Brexit chaos and a looming election have refocused attention on the political system at Westminster, with conflicting parties laying claim to a “democratic” mandate. But do an elected government and parliament really amount to a democratic society in any case?
Democracy in modern Britain is limited in all kinds of ways. Workers are governed by a hierarchy of bosses and are punished for trying to exercise more freedom at work. Beneath the fiction of equality before the law among ‘citizens’, systemic racism, Islamophobia and state repression continue to persecute communities of colour, while non-citizens are often excluded from voting in elections and from other basic rights like access to health services and welfare. Many political activists against social injustice also find that the state will mobilise vast resources to suppress them.
Building real democracy for the majority means organising mass power across many areas of life – as students, tenants, workers, and more. Join us on 3 October for an open discussion on how to build that power!
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