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SOCIALISM 2013 – Socialist Aotearoa Conference,

OPENING SESSION: What changed in 2013? | Friday 1 November: 7.30pm

From the election of a neo-liberal government in Australia to the beginning of an American fast food rebellion; Ed Snowden’s NSA revelations and the anti-GCSB protests, to the elevation of David Cunliffe to Labour leader, the welfare reforms and the super-charging of Auckland’s housing crisis; What changed in 2013 and why? And how should the radical left relate to the struggle today?

With: Paddy Gibson, co-editor Solidarity Magazine, organiser Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney;
Joe Carolan, Socialist Aotearoa, McStrike campaign organiser;
and Nicola Owen, Linda Miller, Bevan Morgan.


SATURDAY SESSIONS: State of the Struggles | Saturday 2 November: 10.30am to 5.30pm

10.15am -10.30am | Registration

10.30am – 11.30am | Strike!: The Battle in the Workplace

With: Grant Brookes, Nursing unionist and Fightback member; Meredydd Barrar, Vice President NZEI West Auckland branch; Taylor McLoon, Unite delegate and McDonald’s striker.

11.30am – 12.00pm | Morning Tea

12.00pm – 1.00pm | Te Kapehu Whetū: The Future of Mana

With: John Minto Mana’s Auckland Mayoral candidate; Lisa Gibson, Tamaki Makaurau chair; Roger Fowler, Mangere council candidate and Respect Our Community chair; Cheyne Timmermans, Auckland University Mana on Campus co-ordinator.

1.00pm – 2.00pm | Lunch

2.00pm – 3.00pm | Rebel History: The Role of Revolutionaries in NZ History

Eoin Sher on the Red Federation of Labour and New Zealand’s 1913 Great Strike; Mike Treen on the 1970s and 1980s heyday of the Socialist Action League in the meatworks and campuses of New Zealand; and Joe Carolan on the first five years of Socialist Aotearoa

3.15pm - 4.15pm | United We Stand: Marxism and Liberation

Jayson Gardiner on tino rangatiratanga today; Nicola Owen on women’s liberation; and Eva Allan on LGBT struggles.

4.30pm – 5.30pm | What sort of Marxism do we need in 2014?

Paul Brown, on Lenin's theory of the party and the making of the Russian revolution; Dave Josling on the contemporary debates within Marxism on the economic crisis; Jared Phillips, Fightback and CWI supporter on key questions for the left in 2014; and Shane Malva on Marxist storms in academic teacups, what we can learn from Badiou and the Zizek-Chomsky debate.

5.30pm onwards | BBQ

BBQ and radical folk music by Matt Billington and Paul Brown

Registration: All members and supporters welcome | Email 

Koha on the door ($10 suggested for waged members and supporters 
Morning Tea, Lunch and Dinner provided.


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