The Socialist Party will hold its Revolutionary Ideas day school in Melbourne on Saturday April 14. As 2018 is a significant year for political anniversaries, the school will have a focus on some key historic events.
The Communist Manifesto was written 170 years ago. The first session, kicking off at 11am, will look at the Manifesto’s relevance today against the backdrop of ongoing capitalist crisis and political instability. This session will also serve as a launch for our own new pamphlet ‘What is democratic socialism?’
The 1.30pm session is titled ‘#MeToo: Women stand up to sexism’. This will look at the rise of women’s movements in recent years. In addition to understanding where these movements came from, the discussion will look at the politics necessary for them to win real improvements while addressing the root cause of sexism.
From 3.30pm we will look at the situation in China and Hong Kong, specifically the increase in political repression. The introduction will be given via skype by a member of our sister group in Hong Kong and report on our work in China where our organisation is banned.
The final session, ‘50 years since the May 68 general strike’, will be held at 5.30pm. This will commemorate the famous French strike which shook capitalism to its very foundations. In particular we will look at just how close the French workers and students came to changing the system.
The school will conclude with a fundraising social. Dinner and drinks will be available by donation, with all money raised going towards the Socialist Party’s work building a revolutionary alternative in Australia and across the world.
All sessions will be held on level 4 of the back building at Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street Carlton South. The venue is wheelchair accessible and childcare is available by prior request. For more information text 0432 447 036 or contact our national office.
By Socialist Party reporters