AWL conference 2006

Wise Words from Yoda and Dumbledore

Submitted by Janine on Sat, 13/05/2006 - 22:14

As requested, here is the speech I made to close AWL conference a couple of weekends ago ...

As you know, I and Charlie McDonald are standing as Socialist Unity candidates in Hackney Central ward in next week's Council elections.

I want to tell you about the area, and about some of the issues - not because I think there is anything special about Hackney (although there is!), but because you will recognise these issues from where you live and work.

Solidarity with Iraqi workers

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 07/05/2006 - 10:20

Motion passed at AWL conference 29-30 April 2006.

1. The situation in Iraq three years after the invasion and overthrow of Saddam is one of chaos and instability within which none of the contending forces (the occupying powers, the Sunni-Baathist insurgency, the Shia and Kurdish parties, the labour movement) is strong enough to impose its will on the others.


Submitted by AWL on Sun, 07/05/2006 - 10:18

Amendment defeated at AWL conference 29-30 April 2006.

Add at the end of point 6: As a consequence, we adopt as a central demand, prominent in our press, alongside our support for and solidarity with the workers’ movement and our opposition to the ‘resistance’, a generalised opposition to the occupation of Iraq. This may be expressed in a range of slogans such as ‘No to the occupation of Iraq’, ‘End the occupation of Iraq’, ‘For an independent, sovereign Iraq.’

The Muhammad cartoons

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 07/05/2006 - 10:14

Motions passed at AWL conference 29-30 April 2006.

Religious conservatives are on the march against free speech and secularism. The violent demonstrations that stopped the play by Gurpeet Kaur Bhatti in Birmingham, the Christian drive against Jerry Springer The Opera, and the support of most religious groups for gagging free speech in the Religious Hatred Legislation, are all part of this reactionary religious offensive.

Welfare State campaigning

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 07/05/2006 - 10:09

Motion passed at AWL conference 29-30 April 2006.

For many on the left the LRC and the crisis of working class representation in politics seems an abstraction compared to short cut demands for a new party now. We have called over the years for a campaign to link the issue of political representation to the defence of the Welfare State representing the independent political economy of the working class. Despite our best efforts and some well attended lobbies and conferences we failed to build the Welfare State Network (WSN) into the broader CND style campaign we desired.

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