Supporters Update – January 2014
As we get some distance from the festive period Anticapitalist Initiative (ACI) activists across the country are getting back stuck in on a variety of fronts. Below is a brief round-up of just some of the work supporters are involved in.
Following our conference we have stepped up discussions with other revolutionary groups on forming a new common organisation. ACI supporters attended a meeting with delegates from Socialist Resistance, International Socialist Network (ISN) and Workers Power to begin working out the timetable for discussions. The meeting was serious and friendly with the unity committee calling for a joint members meeting on 26 April where it is hoped a unity statement will be discussed, amended and adopted. A fourth issue of The Exchange magazine is currently being prepared and will be available in late February.
In London ACI activists have been hard at work building Left Unity and participating in the ISN after our conference agreed to unify our work in London. Supporters are also at the centre of organising a day school on the war in Syria with other left groups and Syrian exiles for 15 February. Speakers include Yasser Munif, Razan Ghazzawi, Ewa Jasiewicz, Joseph Daher, John McDonnell MP.
In Birmingham ACI supporters are participating in the occupation and campaign at the University of Birmingham which is building up to a national demonstration on the University campus for 29 January – see www.defendeducationbrum.org. Our supporters have also helped set up the first meetings of Left Unity whilst continuing to support the work of Communities Against the Cuts who have just launched a new campaign to save a gym and a pool with two successful public meetings. Activists are also preparing the second issue of a new community paper called Slaney Street which aims to be broad monthly review of politics and culture in Birmingham with 10,000 being distributed this weekend. See the website www.slaneystreet.org.uk. An ACI meeting will be called in Birmingham in February.
Up in Manchester ACI supporters are working hard on campus with Manchester Anticapitalist Students in a variety of campaigns, a series of theoretical discussion groups and supporting strike action by Higher Education workers. As part of our work to bring together a united left Manchester activists have helped organise a meeting with academic and revolutionary Cinzia Arruzza on 29 January following a reading group of her new book Dangerous Liaisons: The marriages and divorces of Marxism and Feminism. There will also be a joint day school in central Manchester on February 1 with the groups involved in unity discussions with activists from Revolutionary Socialism in 21st Centrury and Plan C invited to participate as observers. The meeting will bring together activists from across the North to hear reports on national unity discussions, debate the state of the movement and prepare the ground for closer coordination and joint work.
Marxism and Feminism
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 7pm
Bloomsbury Room, Canterbury Hall, London University 19 – 26 Cartwright Gardens, WC1H 9EF (Kings Cross, Euston, Russell Square tubes)
Dangerous Liaisons! The marriages and divorces of Marxism and Feminism
Wednesday 29 January 2014, 6pm
Friends Meeting House,
6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS
National Demonstration in defence of Education
29nd January, at the University of Birmingham
Meeting: 11am, The Chaplaincy
Demo: 2pm, The Clocktower
Saturday 1 February 2014, 11am
Salt Hill Park, Slough
The 1960s and the New Left
Saturday 1 February, 1.30pm
Room B35, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX
Northern Unity Meeting
Saturday 1 February, registration from 10am
Collier Room, Central Methodist Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
Syria in the context of the Arab Uprisings
Saturday 15 February, 11.30am
Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, London, NW1 1TT