2nd Feminist Fightback conference, UEL, 20 October 2007

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Laura Sc
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Aug 22 2007 17:24
2nd Feminist Fightback conference, UEL, 20 October 2007

Feminist Fightback ‘07

Back for a second year, the Feminist Fightback activist conference will take place on Saturday 20th October 2007 at the University of East London. Fightback is organised by a group of socialist feminists, including activists from the Education Not for Sale network. It aims to bring together feminists from a wide range of perspectives to debate ideas and develop practical strategies for fighting sexism and exploitation. Fightback 07 will build on the success of last year’s conference, attended by over 220 people, which gave rise to several activist initiatives, including the Torch-Lit March for Abortion Rights that took place in March 2007.

This year will continue our campaign to defend and extend abortion rights and will also include workshops on eco-feminism, sex trafficking and migration, equal pay and class struggle, feminism and Islam, attitudes to pornography and much, much more.

Feminist Fightback is officially supported by the National Union of Students Women’s Campaign.

For more information and our founding statement go to www.fightback.org.uk (the website is currently experiencing a few technical difficulties but will be 100% fixed by August 30 at the latest)

Or email laura_schwartz2003@yahoo.co.uk

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Aug 22 2007 21:52

The march wasn't the best either.....

arf
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Aug 25 2007 09:35

the site doesnt work.

im dubious about the "wide range of perspectives".

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Aug 25 2007 13:22

Is this the AWL front group?

si
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Aug 25 2007 13:26

yes

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Aug 25 2007 13:31

news ?> annuncements

Laura Sc
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Sep 7 2007 18:02

Thanks for that, Jess. So it was only 250-300 people, but I think it was still a good event, and most participants seemed positive afterwards.

No, this isn't an AWL front group. Clue: the last conference had 220 people at it. Also: it's supported by groups including NUS Women's Campaign, the RMT women's committee and the International Union of Sexworkers. Also: in terms of wide range of perspectives, all sorts of people are involved in organising this including the AWL, independent socialists, left Greens, Labour lefts and even individuals from the Socialist Party and Respect. And look at the agenda for last year's conference (on the website) and you'll see it's genuinely broad.

The website is a mistake. It's actually www.feministfightback.org.uk

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Sep 7 2007 19:20
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No, this isn't an AWL front group. Clue: the last conference had 220 people at it. Also: it's supported by groups including NUS Women's Campaign, the RMT women's committee and the International Union of Sexworkers. Also: in terms of wide range of perspectives, all sorts of people are involved in organising this including the AWL, independent socialists, left Greens, Labour lefts and even individuals from the Socialist Party and Respect. And look at the agenda for last year's conference (on the website) and you'll see it's genuinely broad.

eh? its a front group, obviously its going to be ''broad'' no?

Anyways Laura, would you be a member of that fine cadre the AWL out of curiousity?

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Sep 17 2007 15:10

Sigh. Yes, AWL people were central to initiating Fightback, and yes were are centrally involved as organisers, though in a clear minority. Does that satisfy you? For people who are not hopelessly sectarian, here are some updated details:

Feminist Fightback II - Saturday 20 October ‘07

Back for a second year, the Feminist Fightback activist conference is organised by a group of socialist feminists, including the Education Not for Sale student network (www.socialistfeminist.org.uk). It aims to bring together feminists from a wide range of perspectives to debate ideas and develop practical strategies for fighting women’s oppression and exploitation.

Fightback 07 will build on the success of last year’s conference, attended by over 220 people, which gave rise to several activist initiatives, including the March 3 2007 Torch-Lit March for Abortion Rights.

This year we will continue our campaign to defend and extend abortion rights and our discussions will include...

- Is sexy always sexist? Feminism, lads mags and pornography
- Ecofeminism
- Feminists Against Borders
- Islamic feminism
- Race, sex, class
- The gender pay gap, low pay and the class struggle
- Women's struggles in Latin America
- Darfur
- Women against sweatshops
- Introduction to socialist feminism

Plus film showings...
- Love, Honour and Disobey: a film by Southall Black Sisters
- A place of rage: woman in the US civil rights movement

Free creche provided.

Followed by a fundraising social at the Ivy House, 8-10 Southampton Row, near Holborn tube.

Feminist Fightback’s supporters include the National Union of Students Women’s Campaign, the Rail Maritime and Transport Union's Women’s Committee and the International Union of Sex Workers.

The conference will be held at the University of East London Docklands campus (see here for details and directions). For more information, or to register, ring 07890 209 479, or email feminist.fightback@gmail.com

Laura Sc
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Sep 17 2007 15:10

PS Sorry, the answer's yes.

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Sep 18 2007 22:35
Laura Sc wrote:
PS Sorry, the answer's yes.

Ah see now thats a nice clear answer, if only all your answers were so clear. For example, take this article.
http://www.workersliberty.org/node/1823
Now laura since i'm a crazy undisciplined anarchist and lack the correct scientific analysis of the vanguard party, or at least one ot them, i'd be glad if you could tell me exactly what this guy is harking on about? Would you say he was supporting the labour party or not, i can't seem to work it out. I know you guys are generally down with cheerleading for the labour party and that, but this guy seems to be somewhat confused, he seems to be almost making a dialectic out of his arguement.

Also, while the rest of those talks seem to fit the rather banal, tick the boxes approach you might expect from such an event (even the rather amusingly titled 'ecofeminism'' workshop) i haveto say that 'is sexy always sexist'' seems a rather absurdly pointless question to ask; since the answer one would assume is obviously no. Well at least you'd hope the answer would be no anyway otherwise thats going to be one dull few rounds of drinks after the conference.

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Sep 19 2007 16:24
Laura Sc wrote:
Sigh. Yes, AWL people were central to initiating Fightback, and yes were are centrally involved as organisers, though in a clear minority. Does that satisfy you? For people who are not hopelessly sectarian, here are some updated details:

I don't see that it's being sectarian to point out AWL involvement - especially when the text referred to another group that AWL 'initiated', ENS, as a reference point.

As it happens, I'd already twigged the AWL involvement and still decided to attend. Doesn't stop me listening or getting involved in debates, just means I have more awareness about the likely tone of the event, and how the discussions might shape up.

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Oct 10 2007 18:50

re "is sexy always sexist, Feminism, lads mags and pornography"

it is a daft question. very loaded though. (pun not intentional)