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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.
Starting on October 7th, Extinction Rebellion groups across the world will gather in key cities to rebel. In the UK, we will peacefully shut down all roads into Westminster in Central London and nonviolently disrupt the government until our leaders agree to TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION NOW. Other nonviolent actions will target corporations, ministries and infrastructure that maintain our toxic system. Respect existence or expect resistance.Find out more »
Every day brings new climate calamities. Beyond these looms the risk of cascading 'tipping points’ and runaway warming. The ecological catastrophe is inseparable from the capitalist system; from its border regimes, from imperialist wars, from the relentless drive for profit. The problem facing us is political, not simply technological. The change we need is revolutionary. But what sort of revolution? Could there be a revolution in Britain? Wouldn't it need to be global? Is human nature a barrier? Would it mean violence? Is there time?Find out more »
Inter-imperialist rivalries are leading to growing tension and conflict, intensified oppression and countless new victims. Whether it is the US threatening Iran or seeking to push back China’s growing power, India’s brutal assault on Kashmir, or the rivalry between regional and global powers in Syria – imperialism remains at the heart of how capitalist states operate. What can Marxist ideas do to help explain the complexities of today’s imperalism – not just the dangers of conflict and the oppression of subjugation of peoples, but the nature of economic rivalries?Find out more »
Come and join the discussion in room 2.6 on the limits of democracy in modern Britain. 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? Employers, landlords, the police and courts are not democratic. Many people are excluded from voting. How we can collectively resist state repression and control across all aspects of our lives?Find out more »
Toxic masculinity and the hetero-normative dominant culture in our institutions has created a "rape culture" environment leaving victims not believed when they report an attack. The #MeToo solidarity campaign has shown just how pervasive misogyny and gendered violence is at all levels of society.
When Cambridge students attempted to obstruct a fascist and sexist group from holding meetings on campus they were not supported by the institute. Cambridge rs21 will host an open forum discussion on "Rape Culture & Gendered Violence" to discuss how we can overturn this status quo.
Every day brings new climate calamities. Beyond these looms the risk of cascading 'tipping points' and runaway warming. The ecological catastrophe is inseparable from the capitalist system; from its border regimes, from imperialist wars, from the relentless drive for profit. A mass movement against climate change is emerging. We need the strategies and practical capability to confront governments and capital to radically reduce emissions. Join us for a day of anti-capitalist discussion on the politics of climate breakdown.Find out more »
Campaign Against Climate Change trade union group national meeting and AGM. From the climate strikes to the UK hosting the UN climate negotiations in Glasgow next year, how do we build on this energy and work with allies across the climate movement?Find out more »
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