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Laura Sc
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Oct 1 2007 14:28
Agenda for Feminist Fightback conference, 20 October

Dear sister or brother,

Below you will find:

* Details of an activist planning workshop for Feminist Fightback, Saturday 6 October, in London
* The provisional agenda for the conference, Saturday 20 October
* Details of the Education Not for Sale gathering, which will also take place at University of East London, on the day after (Sunday 21 October). Please consider staying over for it, particularly if you are a student or trade unionist.

If you need any more information, if your organisation would like to officially sponsor the conference or book a stall (harriness@hotmail.com for stalls) or if you would like to get accommodation, get in touch at feminist.fightback@gmail.com

Yours for feminism and socialism,

Laura Schwartz
Feminist Fightback

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1. Get together to plan, make materials etc for Feminist Fightback

From 2pm, Saturday 6 October, at the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitchapel, E1 1ES (Aldgate East tube)
Feminist Fightback is only a few weeks away, and we need as many people as possible to come and help out with preparations - banner-making, envelope stuffing, definitely not illegal flyposting - and we'll also be talking politics and having a laugh... all genders welcome! For more info email back or ring Laura on 07890 209 479

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2. Provisional agenda for Feminist Fightback
For updates and more details see www.feministfightback.org.uk
ENS Women: www.socialistfeminist.org.uk

Saturday 20 October, University of East London Docklands Campus (Cyprus DLR)

Throughout the day day: stalls, exhibitions, film showings (including Love, Honour and Disobey, a film by Southall Black Sisters; and A Place of Rage: women in the black civil rights movement)

11.30
Registration starts

12-12.30
Welcome and introduction to the event. Speakers will include Feminist Fightback organising committee and the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq

12.35-1.45 Workshops
a) Is sexy always sexist? Speakers include: K Good (Shark Infested Waters); Sofie Buckland (ENS Women); anti-lads mags campaigners
b) Race, sex, class. Speakers include: Barbara Bush, author of 'Imperialism, Race and Resistance in Britain and Africa, 1919-1945'
c) Latin America: Speakers include: Central American Women's Network; Heather Shaw (No Sweat); Alejandra Crosta (Argentina Solidarity - invited)

1.45-2.15 Lunch
Lunchtime workshop: Women in Darfur. Speaker: Jo Read (Day for Darfur)

2.15-3.30 Workshops
a) Ecofeminism. Speakers include Women's Environment Network
b) Gay liberation and women's liberation. Speakers include Maria Exall (Communication Workers' Union executive; LGBT representative on TUC General Council)
c) Introduction to socialist feminism. Speaker: Laura Schwartz (Workers' Liberty)

3.35-4.50 Workshops
a) Islamic feminism. Speakers include: Haleh Afshar, author of 'Islamic feminisms', Yassamine Mather (Campaign for the Abolition of All Gender Based Misogynistic Legislation and Islamic Punitive Laws in Iran)
b) Debate on women's representation in politics. Speakers: Katy Clark (Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran), Janine Booth (independent socialist candidate in Hackney and RMT activist); Sam Lyle (Warwick University), Ellie Crimbo (Oxford Women in Politics).
c) The "gender pay gap", low pay and the class struggle

5-6 Action: workshops
a) The fight for abortion rights. Speakers: RAG Irish pro-choice campaigners, Oxford Pro-Choice Forum, ENS Women, Abortion Rights (invited)
b) Feminists against borders. Speakers include: International Union of Sex Workers and ENS Women

6-7 Closing plenary: what future for socialist feminism?
Speakers include Eva Caradonna (IUSW), Amrit Wilson (South Asia Solidarity Group), Heather Shaw (ENS Women), Janine Booth (chair, RMT Women's Committee)

Followed from 8pm by a social at the Ivy House, 8-10 Southampton Row, two minutes from Holborn tube, to raise money for Iranian women's liberation organisations

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3. "Education for freedom": Education Not for Sale gathering, UEL, Sunday 21 October

What would a democratic, egalitarian, sustainable education system look like? How do we get it?
This gathering, which will take place at the University of East London's Dockland campus from 12-5pm on Sunday 21st October and is sponsored by Education Not for Sale, looks at the challenges facing radical and socialist activists in the education sector.

More: http://www.free-education.org.uk/?p=392

Laura Sc
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Oct 1 2007 14:44

That session will be a debate!

NB creche places. There will be a free, professionally staffed creche all day. If you want to book a place or places, please get in touch in advance if you can by emailing feminist.fightback@gmail.com

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Oct 1 2007 22:26

Trot alarm...

jack white
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Oct 1 2007 22:44
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Trot alarm...

well it does look like a lot of the socialists are from one goup. However 'RAG Irish pro-choice campaigners' are the Revolutionary Anarcha Feminist Group' and are sound. Besides even if the whole thing is set up to recruit to a specific trot group (and I'm not saying it is because I don't know so much about it) doesn't it make sense for anarchists to also turn up and try to meet people who might be interested in anarchism or anarch-feminism?

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Oct 1 2007 23:18

I have no problem with a 'supporting our comrades' line, or intervening in an otherwise popular event with a view of making the trots not appear to be the only alternative to capitalism, the problem is that outside of the Marxist left no one appears to show enough intiative to launch events like this (maybe they do but theyre v small) and partly the reason I feel is because were too used to leeching onto the far-lefts activity or meetings - STWC, No Sweat, Defend Council Housing, Revo, UAF etc.

Shoot me down if you think Im wrong.

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Oct 4 2007 20:36

It is basically a Worker's Liberty group, being a broad coalition of socialist feminists in the same way that Globalise Resistance was a broad anti-capitalist coalition.

However I'm going, largely on the basis that hopefully most attendees won't be from that milieu and therefore some of the discussions might be interesting and worthwhile.

God, I'm such an optimist.

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Oct 6 2007 10:51

labour mp's, ngo's, ''anti-lads mag campaigners'' and wadical feminists what a fascinating combination

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c) The "gender pay gap", low pay and the class struggle

Out of all those workshops though, this is the only single one that approaches women in the workplace as workers.There is nothing on the politics of unions and alternatives, workplace action,, maternity leave, childcare, benefits, housing and so on.

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b) Debate on women's representation in politics. Speakers: Katy Clark (Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran), Janine Booth (independent socialist candidate in Hackney and RMT activist); Sam Lyle (Warwick University), Ellie Crimbo (Oxford Women in Politics).

So you've got a labour party mp, and Oxford women in politics, both of whom have nothing to do with socialism. Especially not this lot http://www.oxwip.org/
One would assume this is sam lyle http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/postgrad/ourphd2007/current/samanthalyle/ and calling janine booth an ''independent socialist and rmt activist'' isn't strictly true either is it, she's an AWL member.

However, more importantly why on earth would we want to talk about womens representation in liberal democratic politics?

Plus seriously why are we allowing this crap to be posted on here, its not as if laura or any other AWL members ever engage with any other posts on this forum or contribute anything to libcom, they're not even abe to respond to basic criticisms of their events on the threads they start. In my book, that lack of engagement means that their posts are little more than spam. Especially since we've had like several threads about this shitty ''fightback'' conference already.

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Oct 16 2007 12:40

Sigh... the session about women's representation is a debate, precisely because we want to challenge the idea that having more women MPs, or "Oxford women in politics" type initiatives are going to change anything for the majority of women.

Please note too that the pro-choice march launched out of the conference last year focused heavily not just on abortion rights but also on NHS provision, benefits, childcare etc etc. This is something we got a lot of stick for (predictably) from the liberal careerist pro-choice crew, so it's then a bit depressing to be attacked for allegedly not taking these issues seriously.

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Updated agenda:

Provisional agenda for Feminist Fightback

For updates and more details see www.feministfightback.org.uk
ENS Women: www.socialistfeminist.org.uk

Saturday 20 October, University of East London Docklands Campus (Cyprus DLR)

Throughout the day: stalls, exhibitions, film showings including Love, Honour and Disobey, a film by Southall Black Sisters; and A Place of Rage: women in the black civil rights movement; Salt of the Earth, a story of workers', Mexican-Americans' and women's struggle for liberty and dignity

11.30
Registration starts

12-12.30
Welcome and introduction to the event. Speakers will include Teodora Todorova from ENS Women/Feminist Fightback organising committee

12.35-1.45 Workshops
a) Is sexy always sexist? Speakers include: K Good (Shark Infested Waters); Sofie Buckland (ENS Women); anti-lads mags campaigners
b) Race, sex, class. Speakers include Priya Gopal, writer and activist
c) No sweat: women sweatshop workers fightback. Speaker from the No Sweat campaign and showing of the film China Blue, about garment workers' struggles in China

1.45-2.15 Lunch
Lunchtime workshop: Women in Darfur. Speaker: Jo Read (Day for Darfur)

2.15-3.30 Workshops
a) Ecofeminism? Socialism, feminism and ecology. Speakers include Women's Environment Network and Laura Sterry (Feminist Fightback)
b) Sexual liberation vs capitalism? Fighting homophobia. Speakers include Maria Exall (Communication Workers' Union executive; LGBT representative on TUC General Council)
c) Introduction to socialist feminism. Speaker: Laura Schwartz (Workers' Liberty)

3.35-4.50 Workshops
a) Feminism, imperialism and women in the Muslim-majority world. Yassamine Mather (Campaign for the Abolition of All Gender Based Misogynistic Legislation and Islamic Punitive Laws in Iran)
b) Debate on women's representation in politics. Speakers: Katy Clark (Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran), Jill Mountford (socialist council candidate in Lewisham); Sam Lyle (Warwick University), Ellie Crimbo (Oxford Women in Politics)
c) The "gender pay gap", low pay and the class struggle. Speakers include Marsha jane Thompson (London Unison youth activist); Jean Lane (teaching assistant and Unison activist in Tower Hamlets)

4.55-6 Action workshops
a) The fight for abortion rights. Speakers: RAG Irish pro-choice campaigners, Oxford Pro-Choice Forum, ENS Women, Abortion Rights (invited)
b) Feminists against borders. Speakers include: International Union of Sex Workers and ENS Women

6-7 Closing plenary: what future for socialist feminism?
Speakers include Eva Caradonna (IUSW), Amrit Wilson (South Asia Solidarity Group and author of Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain), Heather Shaw (ENS Women), Laurie Penny (Red Pepper magazine). Collection for striking Fremantle care workers in Barnet

Followed from 8pm by a social at the Ivy House, 8-10 Southampton Row, two minutes from Holborn tube, to raise money for Iranian women's liberation organisations

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Feminist Fightback presents

SHOW US YOUR ART, LOVE!

"Show us your art, love!" is an exhibition of work by women artists. This diverse collection aims to raise the profile of new women artists, and to highlight the inequality they face in a male dominated art world. It is hosted by the Feminist Fightback conference (Saturday 20 October - see http://www.feministfightback.org.uk) at the University of East London. Its opening will be celebrated on Friday 19 October with a private view to raise money for the Fremantle care workers' strike.

Come along and make a donation...

Private view
Where: Atrium, UEL Docklands campus (Cyprus DLR)
When: 5-10pm, Friday 19 October 2007

Exhibition
Where, Atrium, UEL
When: 20-21 October

Contact
Louise Gold 07746 759 773 / lougified@hotmail.com

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Oct 17 2007 01:39
Laura Sc wrote:
Sigh... the session about women's representation is a debate, precisely because we want to challenge the idea that having more women MPs, or "Oxford women in politics" type initiatives are going to change anything for the majority of women.

In the context of a conference on socialist feinism it just sounds like a rather irritating and simplistic bout of back slapping to me. Anyway as an AWL member don't you support more women being involved in liberal democratic politics one way or another, afterall you support the labour representation committee and want to ''reclaim'' the labour party and that crap.

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Please note too that the pro-choice march launched out of the conference last year focused heavily not just on abortion rights but also on NHS provision, benefits, childcare etc etc. This is something we got a lot of stick for (predictably) from the liberal careerist pro-choice crew, so it's then a bit depressing to be attacked for allegedly not taking these issues seriously.

From what i heard that pro-choice march was a poorly organised joke. Anyway we're not talking about the march we're talking about the conference which as i said excludes all those things because when push comes to shove the conference is broad tent nonsense the AWL are just hoping to recruit liberal anti-sweat shop types from.

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Oct 22 2007 11:23
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Ellie Crimbo (Oxford Women in Politics).

brilliant surname though...

posi
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Oct 25 2007 14:39

That's not her actual surname, they got it wrong.

Yasmine Mather was exceptionally good.

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Oct 25 2007 14:49
posi wrote:
That's not her actual surname, they got it wrong.

Yasmine Mather was exceptionally good.

Any chance her surname is wrong? Someone speaking about misogyny with the name Y. Mother would be brilliant.