Radical Left General Assembly

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Date(s) - 14/05/2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

SOAS, Institute of Education, Student Union


The election has proved that Social Democracy is dead.

The space has opened up for something that is democratic, bottom-up, radical, and based on mass action from below.

We want to build a London-wide network that begins to operate in a joined-up way. Let’s get together and start brainstorming how to do this.

Here is the Brick Lane Debates statement and proposal for the Radical Left General Assembly tomorrow night.

Why we have called this meeting

The general election result has created a political crisis. A hard-right austerity regime has taken power with the support of barely one in three voters and one in four of the adult population. The rich are celebrating: the shares of banks, property companies, energy suppliers, and arms manufacturers have soared. The rest of us will be made to pay.

The reaction has been massive. Thousands have already joined militant anti-Tory demonstrations, and thousands say they are coming to meetings to discuss what to do. A space has opened up for something that is democratic, bottom-up, radical, and based on mass action from below.

Our aspiration is to facilitate the creation of a new movement or network of the Radical Left. We want the form of this to be worked out, in debate and in practice. But we have some preliminary ideas we would like to share in advance of Thursday’s meeting. We envisage:

• A movement made up of independent activist groups which retain their autonomy but work together to support each other’s campaigns and plan joint action.

• A movement rooted in real campaigns and struggles, especially those in which the people themselves organise to fight back against injustice and oppression.

• A movement that fights together on every issue – on unemployment and unaffordable rents, on fracking and climate change, on tuition fees and student debt, on the gentrification of our communities, on the privatisation of the NHS, on the militarisation and racism of the police, on the criminalisation of the homeless and the poor, and so many more.

• A movement structured and controlled democratically, from below, but with a loose federal structure which can accommodate an expanding number of independent radical groups and assemblies within it.

• A movement united around a broad but comprehensive set of anti-capitalist aims, these to be formulated by the constituent groups, but agreed by general assemblies.

• A movement which aims to unite the broadest possible number of people in active struggle against the system.

Brick Lane Debates
May 2015


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