America First? Transatlantic discussions in London


The Angry Workers of the World collective are hosting a series of discussions involving US comrades at the May Day Rooms in London. If you’re in that area, and have any interest about what’s going on over in the US, these look great. From their website, “Itsgoingdown2017” (I wonder where they got that name from?)

“The going gets tough, but there is loads of inspiring stuff happening in the US at the moment. Things we want to understand and learn from. From prison organising, fightback against anti-abortionists, strikes for higher minimum wages, resistance against deportations and evictions, to struggles in the rural hinterland.

Over the next year or so, we’ll be hosting a series of meetings with the virtual presence of comrades from the US, talking about different aspects of class struggle and their wider context. Please come along! The first three meetings will be:

Friday, 26th of May, 6pm: Amiri Barksdale (Insurgent Notes) will join us to discuss the historical development of race and class relations in the US.

Friday, 23rd of June, 6pm: Scott Nappalos (IWW), a long-time Wobblie and health worker will talk about rank-and-file organising in precarious jobs.

Sunday, 23rd of July, 6pm: Comrades of Redstockings and Women’s Liberation Movement will tell us about fighting back against state and religious attacks on abortion and the wider social background of reactionary anti-women politics.

Further meetings will be announced as and when – so stay tuned! All meetings will take place at:

May Day Rooms
88 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1DH

We will publish short papers and reading lists for each meeting, so that, if they want, participants can prepare a bit for the discussion. We will also publish minutes of the meetings.”

Proposed future meetings are:

Working class and migration – with IWW Houston or Gifford Hartman

Prison system and revolts – with people from the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee / IWOC (TBC)

Rural/Urban divide – with Redneck Revolt (TBC)

Working class self-defence – with the African Peoples’ Caucus of the IWW (TBC)

Solidarity networks, community organising, housing – with Portland Solidarity Network

University struggles and struggles around education – with Alex Kolokotronis

A look into the future and the past – with Dan Georgakas

Labornotes and rank-and-file union organisation – with Kim Moody and friends from Labornotes (TBC)

Final meeting: On organisation – with comrades of Unity and Struggle (TBC)


About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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