The NPA’s Olivier Besancenot is just the latest high profile speaker committed to be at the October 1 conference against Austerity in London.
Those who were hoping that the summer would bring some relief to the crisis must be cruelly disappointed. Share values continue to fall and the Eurozone bail-outs are hitting the rocks. And resistance continues apace – links between the indignados in Greece and the Spanish State are getting stronger – and there was a general strike in Italy on September 6.
In Britain, the political and social crises roll on with the revelations about News International and the riots in August. The outlook for the ruling class is bleak as they have no solution, and the economies are teetering on the edge of a recession. We can expect more appeals that “we are all in it together” and that there is no alternative to a radical programme of austerity.
As the crisis is international, so must be the response of all those who refuse to make the working class and society pay for this crisis.
That’s why the Europe Against Austerity conference in London on 1st October is so important. It will be the first event since the start of the crisis in 2008 where all those who want to oppose the attacks will meet. The conference will not only issue a declaration against the austerity programmes but plan a movement of resistance across Europe.
The Coalition of Resistance is hosting this conference jointly with the other organisations and individuals sponsoring the event. These include the European Left Party, Die Linke, Attac, CADTM, Union Syndicale Solidaires, Tony Benn, Ken Loach, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Len McCluskey Unite, and Bob Crow RMT. The full list can be seen here.
Agenda:there will be plenaries and workshops on topics such as The Crisis and the Debt, Ending the War, Students and Youth Fighting for a Future, Women against Austerity, and Mobilising against Austerity. The information on agenda will be updated on the website.
The day will start at 10am promptly and be concluded at 5pm by the adoption of a declaration
Main speakers include:
Pierre Laurent (president of the ELP), Marisa Matias (Bloco MEP, Portugal), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sevim Dagdelen (Die LInke MP, Germany), Annick Coupe (Solidaires, France), Piero Bernocchi COBAS, Italy, Elizabeth Gauthier (Transform), Costas Lapavitsas, Len McCluskey, UNITE, Sinn Fein speaker and others.
The venue is the Camden Centre and the Argyle Street primary school, directly opposite St Pancras station, London. Click here for transport info ;
there will be simultaneous interpretation in English, German, French and Castillian (in the main hall only) through radio-linked headsets;
food and drinks will be served all day in the cafeteria of the Camden Centre
one of the rooms will be set aside for the showing of films all day;
there will be stalls from campaigns and other organisations in the main hall.
What needs to be done:
Register now for the event both as individuals and as delegates from organisations. Go to www.europeagainstausterity.org
Continue to seek sponsorships from organisations and individuals. Please ask your trade union branch, local anti-cuts group or community organisation to support the conference.
Leaflet every event with the publicity now available. Pick up leaflets from Housmans Bookshop or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to send you some in the post.
Feed to the website news and letters of support for the conference – email email@example.com
Seek donations from organisations and individuals to pay for the costs not covered by the registration fees (our costs will total at least £10,000).
Offer bed or floor space for those attending the conference from outside of London and across Europe.
Volunteer to interpret on the day: please contact us if you can help at firstname.lastname@example.org.