Conference this weekend: Saturday 19th March. In person in Berlin, or online. Watch the livestream here.
Over the last decade, the rise of the far-right has accelerated globally, in its biggest upsurge since the 1930s. It takes many different forms, but it presents a real threat to our democracy and diverse communities wherever it is found. From street attacks and mobilisations to government office, they use Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism to spread hate and fear. They attack trade unionists and the left, and the rights and liberties of us all; the onslaught on women’s rights, in particular, has been severe. In the time of Trump, they received an enormous boost, becoming increasingly internationalised, well-funded and well-organised. They used ‘lawfare’ and coups to overthrow legitimate governments and exclude left candidates.
Trump has gone but Trumpism continues; its increasing paramilitary orientation, fake news and anti-fact approach presents an enormous challenge, particularly during the pandemic. The far-right has weaponised the pandemic in its own political interests, and the economic crisis that is running alongside the virus is being exploited by the far-right to build its social and political base. But there are victories too, where the people mobilise for a different vision of society and defeat the hate and fear. We must build that alternative together.
These are crucial issues for us to address: it’s urgent for us to analyse and get organised together to defeat the far right.
This conference brings together activists and experts from Europe and beyond to plan the most effective ways of challenging the far right and defeating them. We will share experience, analysis and strategies for mobilisation and action.
In the first part of the conference, we will be looking at the internationalisation of the far-right, the role of neoliberalism and war in its rise, its attacks on our rights and liberties, the increase in racism and Islamophobia, how the pandemic is used by the far right, and how the Left is responding.
In the second part, we will focus on how we fight back, with movement building and grassroots work, unity in action and alliances, international solidarity and coordination, migrant self-organisation and solidarity with migrants, and effective trade union action across borders.
Our main aim is to build a new narrative – based on the reality of people’s lives, to create a different society where there is no space for fascism in any of its forms.
* To strengthen a radical left counter-narrative to far-right manipulation of interlocking crises
* To develop and strengthen European-wide mobilising in this and other areas
* To share best practices and concrete actions of social struggles, movements, politics to fight back the far-right
* To develop and strengthen unity on the left and across progressive movements in Europe
* To facilitate movement-building in individual countries via a preparatory process
* To work together to build a society where there is no space for fascism and everywhere is free of fascism.
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
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