The Socialist 9 February 2006 |
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ISR/Socialist Students week of action 15-22 February
Get organised, get active!
International Socialist Resistance (ISR) and Socialist Students are
holding their annual conference on 4 March 2006. We are aiming to get
hundreds of young people and activists to it, to discuss and debate the
way forward for our campaigns, to share experiences and to discuss the
There will be a line-up of speakers giving reports of the roles that
young people are playing in the trade unions, including Eleisha Mullane,
the youth forum convenor of the PCS (speaking in a personal capacity).
There will also be a speaker from the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign and an
eyewitness from Venezuela and the revolutionary events that are taking
It will be an excellent event, inspiring everyone there, particularly
if we manage to pack the hall out. We are planning a week of activity
from 15-22 February to make sure that we do. Local branches should
discuss going out to the schools, colleges, universities and workplaces
and selling tickets to young people and students. We can hold public
meetings and leaflet areas, including lunchtime and Saturday stalls, as
well as planning stunts and other attention-grabbing events.
In Leicester we have already had meetings where young people have
joined ISR and bought tickets to the conference. In Reading they are
planning to campaign in the town centre during half-term, as well as
having a discussion on how to take the work forwards in that area.
In Cardiff, Swansea, Tunbridge Wells, and across England and Wales we
are building in the local trade union branches, talking to young
activists about the importance of getting politically organised and
In Manchester we have very well organised plans of how to get people
to the conference, including emails, meetings, college and university
stalls, and the picture is similar in many places across the country.
There is the potential for this conference to be an event that will
be a big step forwards for ISR and Socialist Students and a step forward
to getting young people organised and active in the struggle for