Speech notes

Public speaking: some guidelines

Public speaking: some guidelines

You can drop some of these rules when you become practised and confident at public speaking.

1. Keep it brief. Limit yourself strictly to two or three points. The most common failing is trying to say too much.

2. Even if it is just a speech or question from the floor in a public meeting, write down what your two or three points are. If it is a prepared speech, write it out; memorise it as far as you can, but have your notes to refer to.

3. Decide in advance, and write down, what the final sentence of your speech will be.

Introduction to the AWL

Notes of a speech introducing the AWL made by Sacha Ismail to a student group on 15/01/04.

1. The first, basic thing the AWL stands for is the idea of socialists being organised. We believe that individual socialists, no matter how right their politics or good their intentions, can never be as effective as an organised, educated, activist socialist group.

We also believe that the last hundred years have seen many historical situations in which socialism was possible - and that the absence of effective socialist organisation has meant dozens of missed opportunities.

Is "cultural difference" an excuse for sexism?

There was a discussion at Workers' Liberty's 'Ideas for Freedom' discussion weekend in 2006 about 'The Left and Cultural Relativism'. The two speakers were Janine Booth and Peter Tatchell. These are the notes from Janine's contribution.

AWL is a socialist organisation. We are part of ‘the left’. For us, that means we unequivocally support women’s rights, freedom and equality. Similarly, we unequivocally oppose racism and homophobia.

Constance Markievicz: a life

These are biographical notes on the 'Red Countess', Constance Markievicz, prepared for the London Socialist Feminist Discussion Group on 10 October. Also attached are two one-page files giving a timeline of her life.

Constance Georgine Gore-Booth was born on 4 February 1868 at Buckingham Gate in London, the elder daughter of Arctic explorer and adventurer Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet, and Lady Georgina née Hill.

Israel/Palestine: Speaking for Solidarity not Boycott


Janine Booth

This is the speech I gave proposing the resolution on Solidarity With Israeli And Palestinian Workers at RMT's Annual General Meeting 2008 - followed by my reply to points made in the debate.


Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people is terrible.

This year, we have seen Israel blockade and bomb the Gaza strip, killing innocent Palestinians and blighting the lives of everyone who lives there.

Discussing the first two Labour governments



When introducing a discussion at our AWL branch meeting on the first and second Labour governments, I found it useful to tell the story, then ask people to discuss some questions. The 'timeline' and discussion questions are listed below, and are attached as Word documents for use as handouts.



1918: Representation of the Peoples Act

14 December 1918: General Election – coalition government led by Lloyd George wins a landslide; Labour gains 21.5% of the votes but only 57 seats.

Islamic Feminism


Sarah Ley

I’m going to give a quick definition and overview of Islamic feminism in this lead off (which hopefully the reading should already have given you.)
I’m then going to try to position the emergence of what has come to be known in Islamic feminism within a wider political context, which is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this topic.
Finally I’ll raise some questions which might help us to consider how we, as socialist feminists, might think about/ relate to Islamic feminism.

Che Guevara: the politics behind the icon

Who was Che Guevara?

Ernesto Guevara was born in 1928 to middle class parents in Argentina.

He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires and after qualifying as a doctor travelled through Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela in 1953 – recorded in his Motorcycle Diaries.

In 1954 Guevara was in Guatemala when a CIA-backed coup overthrew the reforming Arbenz government, which turned him towards political activity.

Notes for speakers: Venezuela

By Paul Hampton

1) The AWL

Socialism is the self-emancipation of the working class

Our conception of socialism is a thoroughgoing democracy – at work, in communities, self-rule by organisations

The key issue = solidarity with workers fighting back against local, national and global capital

- Help workers to help themselves

- Solidarity not charity

Concretely we support workers who take industrial action, such as strikes, sit-ins, factory occupations etc

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