I know this is very short notice but This Writer has only just been informed:
Left-wing groups and movements are launching a new coalition on Saturday (September 18), starting at 11am.
Called Labour Left 4 Socialism, it will be started in a webinar, beginning at 11am and lasting until 1pm.
“This is the start of something for the whole of our movement, the result of months of work by members of left groups and unions working together to confront attacks from the Tory government and also from Labour’s right wing,” said a LL4S spokesperson.
“The right have got away with a full-scale assault on the left of the party, to rid it of socialism, to become a party of the establishment, because the left has not been united.
“Now we are putting down a marker that we are united and we are not going anywhere. We are calling on all socialists in the party to come together around common goals and join us in setting in motion the process of left mobilisation.”
The Labour Left 4 Socialism coalition will launch a manifesto setting out an agenda of unified defiance on major issues affecting all sectors of the labour movement.
It will set out a Left agenda on climate justice; international solidarity and peace; workers’ rights; free speech and democracy; fighting racism; and public services after Covid-19.
It is also backing calls for delegates at the Labour Party conference in Brighton later this month to reject Keir Starmer’s ally David Evans as general secretary.
“With the ferocious ratcheting up of suspensions and expulsions in recent weeks, it’s clear that delegates to Labour Party conference in Brighton next week need to follow the lead of Unite the Union and vote down Evans as party general secretary,” the spokesperson said.
Speakers at the online launch will include Andrew Scattergood (FBU) on workers’ rights, Ekua Bayunu (Labour Black Socialists) on the fight against racism, Chris Saltmarsh (Labour for a Green New Deal) on the climate crisis and Matt Wrack (FBU General Secretary on Public Services.
A standing committee will be established, representing supporting organisations, to plan a series of working conferences to debate and organise. Work is under way for an initial conference on November 27.
That seems like a good idea to me.
Manifesto details are available here: https://www.facebook.com/104483281568745/posts/253017513381987/
Register for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ai3OLJ18SVibhT9WjhfiNQ
Left-wing politics started with people getting together and acting in a common cause.
After the infiltration and takeover of the Labour Party by entryist members of the political right, it seems logical that the process should start again.
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