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Posted on 11 June 2020 at 11:16 GMT

West London Socialist Party: The lessons of the Black Panther movement

Thursday 11th June 2020, 7.30pm

Speaker: Weizmann Hamilton. Weizmann is a member of our sister party in South Africa, living in Soweto. He has a history of struggle against apartheid and capitalism, first becoming active in the black consciousness youth struggles in the 1970s and then finding his way to a socialist outlook when he was living in exile.

The Black Panthers were founded in 1966 as a result of experiences in the civil rights movement in the US. The Panthers view was that the struggle against racism was also one against capitalism.

The meeting will be held on Zoom. If you would like to come along email westlondonsp@gmail.com by Wednesday midday to request details.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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