SYLVIA PANKHURST: New film 'Everything is possible'

WORLDwrite is an education charity set to launch a feature length documentary, Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible.
It provides an in depth examination of the campaigns, context and politics of a forgotten heroine, suffragette and British revolutionary. The film is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images from museums and archives, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia's son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.   
There will be a special outdoor screening of the film in London at the WORLDwrite centre on Thursday, 2nd June at 7pm. Tickets are available here.
Screenings are also planned in Birmingham and Leeds. Later in the year the film will be screened as part of the cultural programme of the CUB 2011.
It is  available on DVD along with an accompanying website which hosts archive images of Sylvia's security files as well as the film trailer, comments and reviews. Go here to order copies.
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CONVENTION OF THE LEFT: Statement - Stop the Cuts, Defend Public Services, Promote Sustainable Public Ownership

The Convention aims to bring together the Left, across green, socialist, radical, communist, anarchist and trade unionist. We explicitly challenge the Tory / Liberal Democrat Coalition programme of cuts and privatisation, with its continued warmongering and failure to tackle environmental destruction. The Convention meets 24 September. View meeting details.


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MORNING STAR CONFERENCE: Capitalism is the crisis

Saturday, 19 June 2010, Congress House, Great Russell Street London WC1


9.30 – 10 a.m. Registration

10 – 11 a.m. Plenary session: Star Gazing

The Morning Star is part of our common history. It is also the future! Put it all in perspective – Shine the Star on the problems!

Speakers: Professor Mary Davis

Megan Dobney (Secretary, SERTUC)

Joe Gill: on behalf of the Ken Gill Memorial Fund

Plus the premiere of an 80thanniversary year dvd!

Chair: Liz Elkind(PPPS Management Committee Chair)

11 am – 12.30 pm DEBATES

a) The energy debate: “Keeping the lights on: coal, nuclear or renewables?”

Speakers: Chris Kitchen(National Secretary - NUM)

Keith Taylor(Green Party Member of the European Parliament for SE England)

Chair: Christiane Ohsan

b) The economy debate: “Public spending/services: should the axe fall?”

Speakers: Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary

Michael Meacher(Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton)

Panos Rentzelas(UK branch of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE)

Chair: Jackie Simpkins

12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch break: sandwich lunch; tea and coffee.

There will be two fringe meetings:see attached Guide below.       

You will also be regaled by the talents of the Birmingham  Clarion Choir in the lobby/exhibition

area outside the main hall

1.30 – 3 pm DEBATES

a) The trade union debate: “Trade union freedoms/the Labour Party: can you have one without the other?”

Speakers: Tony Burke(Unite Assistant General Secretary)

Bob Crow(RMT General Secretary)

Professor Keith Ewing

George Galloway( former Respect MP for Tower Hamlets)

Chair Carolyn Jones(Institute of Employment Rights Director)

b) The trade debate: “Trade : threat – or opportunity?”

Speakers: John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want

 Andrew Love, Labour and Cooperative Party MP for Edmonton

Phineas Malapela, Anti-Privatisation Forum (South Africa)

3 – 4.30 pm Plenary session : Life, the universe and everything: the way forward in fighting capitalism

Speakers: Bill Benfield, Morning Star Editor 

Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador

Carolina Amador Perez, Head of International Relations, Federation of Cuban Women (together with Ana Milagros Martinez Rielo,Department of International Relations)

Billy Leonard (Sinn Fein member of the Legislative Assembly for East Derry– Northern Ireland)

Chair Anita Halpin


During the lunch break, two fringe events will take place. These are:

In Congress Suite Two

Where next for LGBT Rights - under the ConDem Government?

an open discussion led by Dr. Peter Purton, Deirdre Costigan (LGBT LabourTrade Union Liaison Officer), and Thierry Schaffauser

Chair: Anton Johnson(Greater London Association of Trade Councils LGBT Officer)

organised by: Left Front Art - a network of progressive LGBTQ community activists, artists, academics and Labour Movement activists - promoting debate within LGBTQ communities for a progressive agenda for LGBTQ

In Congress Suite Four

PCS on Privatisation

A power point presentation by Enrico Tortolano and John Medhurst

PCS opposes privatisation, PFI and the sell-off of public assets.  But doing so involves more than just challenging individual privatisations, and lobbying political parties to change their minds. It involves challenging the failed ideology of marketisation and privatisation, and formulating social and economic alternatives to that ideology

Karl Marx to come alive in Highgate Cemetery

John Callow, Director of the Marx Library is to talk at the Highgate Cemetery this Friday. His topic, appropriately, 'Is Karl Marx Alive Or Dead?'. Dr Callow is author along with Asa Briggs of Karl Marx in London. For more information view events. 

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