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Join us at Marxism 2010

Socialist Alternative’s annual Marxism 2010 conference will be commencing on Thursday 1 April. This year Marxism has an inspiring line-up of guest speakers from hot spots of struggle and resistance across the world.

Opening night will see hundreds of socialists and activists from across the country – and the world – attend the panel discussion, “Capitalism, crisis and revolt in the 21st century”. Speaking on the injustices we are facing across the globe and the kind of response needed will be Sandra Bloodworth (Australia), Ashley Smith (USA) and Trevor Ngwane (South Africa).

Many regular writers for the Socialist Alternative website will be speaking over the weekend. These include Louise O’Shea, Ben Hillier, Mick Armstrong, Corey Oakley, Vashti Kenway, Liz Walsh, Katie Wood, Tom O’Lincoln, Liam Byrne, Rebecca Barrigos, Daniel Lopez, Kate Jeffreys and many more.

Featured speakers

From Palestine comes the controversial journalist Sameh Akram Habeeb. Habeeb is a photojournalist from Gaza who is now based in the UK. He was the founder of the Palestine Telegraph newspaper and has performed several speaking tours about the war on Gaza across the UK and Europe. In light of recent developments in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – where Israel has significantly ramped up the theft of Palestinian land – Sameh’s commentary on the reality of Israeli apartheid will be invaluable.

Sameh will be speaking on “Imperialism and the struggle for a free Palestine”, Friday 2 April, 4pm.

From Indonesia we welcome Mahendra Kusumawardhana, the Vice Chairperson of the International Department of the Working Peoples’ Association of Indonesia. Kusumawardhana became an activist in 1997 during the struggle to overturn the Suharto dictatorship. At that time he joined a high school student organisation called the Revolutionary High School Student Movement. At the age of 21 he was jailed for three years for insulting the government, after leading a demonstration against moves to raise fuel prices. He co-wrote a book during his imprisonment, In Action with the People: a History of the Indonesian Student Movement and Social Changes in Indonesia.

Mahendra will be speaking on “Indonesian workers and the struggle today”, Friday 2 April, 4pm.

From the Northern Territory of Australia we are honoured to have Richard Downs, spokesperson for the Alyawarra nation and the Ampilatwatja walk-off. On 14 July 2009, Alyawarra Elders and their community walked off the Ampilatwatja township in protest against the appalling conditions that existed there. They set up a protest camp and have maintained it ever since. The community says they will not leave their protest camp until the whole of the Northern Territory Intervention is scrapped.

Richard will be speaking on “Standing up to Aboriginal dispossession means standing up to the Northern Territory Intervention”, Sunday 4 April, 2pm.

Socialist Alternative is also pleased to welcome back for a second year the left-wing journalist, filmmaker and author John Pilger. Noam Chomsky has written of Pilger: “[His] work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration.” We encourage everyone to come and hear one of the most principled journalists of our times, in conversation with Brisbane academic and socialist Tom Bramble.

“Speaking truth to power: Q and A session” with John Pilger, Friday 2 April, 2pm.

Other sessions over the weekend

The conference has over 60 other sessions on a variety of topics. There are streams on “Sexuality and gender”, “Imperialism, revolution and the Middle East” and “Debates in Marxist theory”.

Those keen to better understand socialist politics will be interested in the “Marxist Foundations” stream, which will cover everything from “Can capitalism be abolished without violence?” to “Why a class analysis matters to changing the world” and “What do Marxists say about the ALP and the Greens?”

On Saturday afternoon at 2pm La Trobe University academic Adrian Jones goes head to head with UNSW lecturer and revolutionary Diane Fieldes on the topic “Did Lenin lead to Stalin?”

The conference will also be hosting two discussions on significant campaigns of the day:

At 11:30am on Saturday 3 April, the 2009 National Union of Students Queer Officers will be discussing the campaign for same-sex marriage rights.

At 10am on Sunday 4 April, there will be a discussion on “Building solidarity with the Palestinian people: lessons from Students for Palestine.”

In the evenings there will be a variety of cultural events. On Friday night, left-wing film maker John Hughes will speak on his documentary on the Communist Party film unit in the 1930s while, in another session, Tess Lee Ack will speak about and perform some of the radical poetry of Bertolt Brecht.

On Saturday night get your lungs into gear for the “Radical folk evening” sing-along with Janey Stone and Graham Smith.  




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