On Friday 29 people met in Liverpool for the first meeting of Left Unity It was largely a word of mouth meeting with no leaflets or mailing list so the organisers were both pleases and surprised. It had started off just as a meeting of three people to discuss geographical divisions in the Merseyside/ Cheshire areas It was a mixture of older and younger, experienced and new activists. People wanted to know more about the project. There was huge anger and energy from bedroom tax activists. The bedroom tax is a terrible attack from the Tories but it is encountering serious grass roots resistance. The meeting though stressed the need for a political response, from working class people, and in the interests of our class. A political response meaning putting over ideas not just elections. We are sending Rachel Boothroyd and Laura Crockett, who organised the meeting, to the May 11th event. We agreed to have a central meeting rotating with local area meetings at first. We stressed the need to work with local anti-cuts campaigns, not to set up alternatives, thereby breaking up the unity in those organisations. We stressed need for open democratic debate, for recognition of women’s' rights, for an anti-racist and internationalist approach, for respect for the rights of people with disabilities. We will meet again after the 11th to get a report back and plan for action. Oh and we didn't like the cuts in Liverpool from the Labour Council making those cuts. I think everyone enjoyed the meeting and were heartened by it Felicity
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Sat 2 Mar, 9.30-17.00
Confronting the Rise of the Far Right, European Conference
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