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From: The Socialist issue 1017, 7 November 2018: Tories out - we need socialism

Search site for keywords: CWI - LGBT - USA - Socialist Alternative - Socialist - Seattle - Kshama Sawant - Australia

CWI news in brief

USA: Socialist Alternative convention success

Socialist Alternative convention 2018 in Chicago, photo Socialist Alternative

Socialist Alternative convention 2018 in Chicago, photo Socialist Alternative   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Alternative (CWI USA) held its biggest ever National Convention in Chicago on 20-22 October.

Over 300 socialists from across the country discussed the crisis of global capitalism, the rising wave of labour struggle, the growing women's movement, renewed interest in socialist ideas, and the growth of the new left.

Alongside national and international issues, it also discussed the critically important campaign to re-elect Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council in 2019. And as a demonstration of the sheer determination of members, the financial appeal raised $125,000!

Taiwan: Fighting for LGBT+ rights

Fighting for LGBT+ rights in Taiwan, photo International Socialist Forward

Fighting for LGBT+ rights in Taiwan, photo International Socialist Forward   (Click to enlarge)

On 27 October, a record 137,000 people marched in Taiwan's capital in the 16th annual Taipei Pride demonstration.

The main reason for the high turnout is the LGBT+ referenda - one pro and one anti-LGBT+ rights - on 24 November, the same day as local and regional elections.

International Socialist Forward (CWI Taiwan) last summer set up the radical platform "Let's fight! LGBT" - holding three protests and calling on people to kick out homophobic politicians. In contrast to the official LGBT+ movement, it stands for politicising the movement with a class struggle approach and orientation.

Union rally brings Melbourne to a standstill

Trade union rally brings Melbourne to a standstill, photo Socialist Party Australia

Trade union rally brings Melbourne to a standstill, photo Socialist Party Australia   (Click to enlarge)

A "Change the Rules" rally on 23 October, called by the Australian Council of Trade Unions, saw more than 100,000 people bring central Melbourne to a standstill, demanding pay rises and secure jobs.

The union leaders' strategy is solely based on getting Labor elected in Victoria and at a federal level. However, the very rules unions are trying to change were implemented by Labor!

The Socialist Party (CWI Australia) says the campaign must prioritise mass industrial action, including a one-day national stop-work, to really change the rules, regardless of who is in power.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

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