Around the weekend 10-11 July 2021.
A festival of socialist ideas and leftwing discussion, hosted by Workers' Liberty, Ideas for Freedom is an opportunity to explore, through talks, film showings, workshops and debates, ideas about how our world works, and how we can fight for a better one.
Read agenda below, or click here to download as pdf.
You can buy tickets in advance either for in-person attendance (first panel below) or online participation only (second panel). You can use either of those panels to pay by credit or debit card or by PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account to use them). If you want to pay another way, check out other ways of payment at www.workersliberty.org/payment.
Also included in the tickets:
Thursday 8 July, 6:30pm: online film showing and discussion: Dear Comrades. Tickets are free but please register for Zoomlink here.
Friday 9 July, from 6pm: walking tour, "Battersea vs the British Empire". Tickets for walking tour only (£5) here. Facebook event here. Meet in car park of the offices of the Public and Commercial Services Union 160 Falcon Rd, London SW11 2LN (corner of Falcon Road and Station Approach)
We did all our planning from the start on the assumption that the lockdown-easing pencilled in for 21 June would not go ahead as scheduled, so postponement of that easing makes no difference to our plans. Our plans to allow the benefits of an in-person event to as many as possible, but safely, include:
• Limiting the numbers in-person (but, with many people choosing the online option, no-one yet has reason to worry about being turned away because we risk overcrowding the venue beyond the official restrictions). Please use the outdoor areas at the venue to gather and chat and eat and drink when not in formal sessions. (There are sufficiently large indoor lobbies, etc., to enable covid-distancing even if we are driven indoors by rain).
• Asking everyone to take a lateral flow virus test before coming. We do not have the means to check this testing, but we ask you to do one to protect others. Please also wash your hands on arrival and frequently, and wear a face-covering indoors outside the actual sessions.
• On Saturday 10th, please enter the school via Bartholomew Rd rather than Sandall Rd to avoid mixing with another group using the site.
• No large-scale food and drink provision. We're working on having a few snacks and drinks available on a scale and in a way possible with Covid-safety, but basically everyone should plan on bringing their own food.
• No crèche. If you want to come but think you will be prevented because you can't afford childcare at home while you're at the event, consult us and we may be able to help out.
• No systematic provision of "crash" accommodation for the weekend. We advise people coming from outside London first to see if they can make arrangements with friends or family, and then to consider booking a cheap hostel place, e.g. https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-london-central. If you can't do that, we may be able to help out by having you accommodated by comrades in London with relatively spacious housing, or to help out with hostel costs. Consult us.
• No Saturday evening social gathering as we usually have.
• Is socialist revolution possible? Is it desirable? Ruth Cashman, Workers’ Liberty, debates Professor John Strawson
• QAnon and the rise of a new far right, with Joe Mulhall, Hope Not Hate, and Cathy Nugent, Workers' Liberty
• Alan Turing and us
• Organising the unorganised. John Moloney, Assistant General Secretary, PCS union (pc), and Kelly Rogers, former Picturehouse striker
• What should socialists say about the police and criminal justice system?, with Ellie Clarke, Workers' Liberty
• Should socialists support a “Progressive Alliance”? Frances Foley (Compass) debates Anita Downs
• Capitalism and mental health, with Todd Hamer, Workers’ Liberty
• The next wave of climate activism, with speakers including Simon Pirani, author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption, former MP Alan Simpson, and Vicki Morris, Workers' Liberty
• Covid: what we know and what we don’t know, with Prof. George Davey Smith
• Class-struggle anti-racism, with Jocelyn Cruywagen, Vice Chair, Lambeth Unison, and Mahes Tillakaratne
• The experience of “Corbynism” and the future of the left in Labour, with speakers including Alan Simpson, former Labour MP
• Winning freedom of speech, with Shiva Mahbobi (CFPPI) and Cath Fletcher, Workers' Liberty
• China, Hong Kong, East Turkestan: workers’ and democratic struggles, with Chris (long-standing Hong Kong socialist activist), Alvin Lam (Power to Hong Kongers), and Ben Towse (Uyghur Solidarity Campaign)
• Confronting antisemitism on the left, with Keith Kahn-Harris and Vicki Morris, Workers' Liberty
• Resisting Bolsonaro in Brazil, with Brazilian socialist Luisa Xavier
• The struggle against occupation and racism in Israel/Palestine: featuring an on-the-ground report from Danielle Bett, Yachad UK, plus Omar Raii, Workers’ Liberty
• What’s happening in Myanmar? with speakers from the Myanmar labour movement, including Khaing Zar Aung, President of the Industrial Workers' Federation of Myanmar, and Moe Sandar Myint, Chair of the Federation of General Workers of Myanmar
• The legacy of James Connolly, with Micheál MacEoin, Workers' Liberty
• Why you should read Lenin's 'What Is To Be Done?', with Paul Hampton
• The backlash against trans rights, with Christie Neary, Workers' Liberty
• USA: where next for workers, unions, and the left? with speakers including Traven Leyshon, Vermont AFL-CIO and Democratic Socialists of America, and Ben Towse
• What is socialist feminism? With women activists in Workers' Liberty
• Understanding the Renaissance, with Prof. Cath Fletcher, author of The Beauty and the Terror
• Left perspectives on Lebanon’s protest movement, with Lebanese socialist Joey Ayoub
• Trade unionism in and after lockdowns, with speakers including Prof. Gregor Gall and Janine Booth, RMT activist and Workers’ Liberty
• Resisting the Tories' immigration policy: the fight for free movement, with Ana Oppenheim, Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Joan Martin, mother of Osime Brown, and Josh Lovell
• From #MeToo to the future: confronting violence against women, with Mithu Sanyal, author of Rape: From Lucretia to #Me Too, and Jill Mountford (Workers’ Liberty)
• The historical roots of antisemitism on the left, with Daniel Randall, Workers' Liberty
• Erdogan: Turkish imperialist? with Pete Boggs, Workers' Liberty - Note: This session will be in-person only and will not be available on Zoom.
• Geoengineering and carbon drawdown: thinking through climate futures, with Holly Jean Buck, author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration, and Zack Muddle, Workers' Liberty
• Thursday evening, 8 July: online film showing and discussion: Dear Comrades. Tickets are free but please register for Zoomlink here.
You can use this panel to pay by credit or debit card or by PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account). If you want to pay another way, check out other ways of payment at www.workersliberty.org/payment.
For online participation, in sessions that will be livestreamed on Zoom, you can book a regular ticket (which helps pay the costs of putting on the event), above, or an online-only ticket for £10 flat-rate. If you buy an online-only ticket in advance, but decide to come in person after all, you can top up to an in-person ticket at the "early" prices offered at the time you booked your online ticket. You can use this panel to pay by credit or debit card or by PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account). If you want to pay another way, check out other ways of payment at www.workersliberty.org/payment.