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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2019

Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

We asked people who have bought tickets for Socialism 2019 why they are coming. Their answers show how this festival of ideas taking place on 2 and 3 November is an unmissable event for everyone wanting to fight the bosses and the Tories and to defend working-class living standards.
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Socialism 2018, photo Mary Finch

Socialism 2018, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

As a postal worker, a CWU member and branch secretary of Scotland No.2 branch of the CWU, I'm attending Socialism this year as it's a great place to meet fellow working-class people and hear socialist ideas about how society should be run. This could not come at a better time for us postal workers as we're facing the most anti-union management we have ever had.

Gary Clark, CWU branch secretary

I'm coming to Socialism 2019 because it is the best place to find clarity in such turbulent times about what is going on and what I can do about it. This is my 4th year and every year the things I discuss at Socialism end up being the things which sustain me politically for the year ahead, through all the ups and downs of whatever battles open up or capitalism throws at us.

Bea Gardner, student and climate activist

At a time when it seems the whole world has gone mad, it's a chance to get some clarity and re-charge the batteries for the struggles to come.

Mick Whale, chair, Hull Trade Union Council

The opportunity to spend a weekend meeting, discussing and enjoying time with like-minded socialists, trade unionists and comrades can't be missed. A must-attend every year.

Matt Whale, Unison nurse (personal capacity)

Socialism is a wonderful opportunity to develop your political understanding of a volatile capitalist world and to get strategies for the working-class fightback.

Lynda McEwan, Glasgow

The sessions are brilliant and it's great to meet activists from around the country and internationally.

Neil Bahn, Unison (personal capacity)

The debates and rally are inspiring, even for an old-time revolutionary like me. It brings together the cream of working-class activists and fighters who show the real strength of our movement.

Paul Spooner, Unite trade union member

Being at Socialism is a bit like being on an island of calm surrounded by storms of confusion when looking at the world today. I always feel refreshed and inspired afterwards.

Alison Hill, Waltham Forest

I'm coming to Socialism 2019 to further my knowledge on the past and present so I will have more confidence to take part in discussions, debates and campaigns.

Michelle Francis, student

I look forward to the event every year. I am spoiled for choice over which sessions to attend. You learn so much about socialism in just one weekend. And it's great to make new friends and meet up with old ones. I never tire of it.

Heather Rawling, Leicester

Socialism for me is an anchor in troubled, political waters. Our annual 'Socialism' never fails to move and motivate me. Can't recommend it highly enough!

Dave Nellist, former Militant Labour MP

I'm coming because we need socialist solutions as the cracks deepen in this brutal capitalist system.

Suz Muna, Unite executive

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In The Socialist 9 October 2019:


What we think

Brexit theatrics continue

Syria: Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds


News

Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

Asda workers protest callous bosses

Cynical Tories' domestic violence bill not enough


Labour and workers' rights

Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

Labour and the fight for a shorter working week


Obituary

Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019


Workplace news

BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

Vote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

Birmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation

Attacks on Caerphilly waste management workers

Equity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts

Vote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections

Sainsbury's strikers win

Unison's retired members reflect growing anger

Lincolnshire health visitors strike


Chinese revolution

Chinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'


International socialist news and analysis

Trump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

Best way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party

Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

Waltham Forest: mobilisation needed to defend abortion rights

Huge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition

Selling the Socialist

York freshers success


Reviews

Book review: She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions


 

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Socialism:

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triangleMajor new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party & Socialist Students: Socialism, what we stand for

triangleSocialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

triangleSocialism 2019: An unmissable event

Working-class:

triangleStanding up for the needs of working-class people

triangleWorkers' movement must launch a campaign for a general election

triangleThe Peterloo Massacre 1819: When a fearful ruling class tried to crush working-class political aspirations

triangleTV: Years and Years - Engaging family drama pushes confused, reactionary message

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triangleMassive vote for strike action: - "We're out to win!"

trianglePressure needed to force secret police disclosure

CWU:

triangleVote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

triangleRoyal Mail dispute: Workers determined to fight bosses' injustices

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