4 Aug 2008

Convention of the Left time table


Saturday 20th September

[stop the war protest from 12.30]

What unites us!
3.00pm Main Hall, Friends Meeting House
with John McDonnell MP, Tony Benn, Lindsey German & Derek Wall

The Break up of the UK?
4.30pm, Main Hall, Friends Meeting House
with Leanne Wood AM (Plaid Cymru) and others from across the UK

Campaigning against Immigration Controls
with Campaign against Immigration Controls and M/cr No Borders
4.30pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House

How do we stop the ‘Database State’
4.30pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with No2ID, Open Rights Group and Statewatch

Trade Unions and International solidarity
4.30pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with trade unionists from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Colombia and Zimbabwe

[Social from 6.30 at Saffron]

[Sunday 21st September - note, main sessions are at the Mechanics on Sunday]

also, in Friends Meeting House:

The twilight zone: slavery in Britain today
3.00pm, meeting room, (NB) Friends Meeting House
with Rahila Gupta

Tamil Liberation in Sri Lanka
3.00pm, meeting room, (NB) Friends Meeting House
With British Tamil Forum]


Main Sessions in Mechanics:

Working for Left Unity
11.00am, main hall, Mechanics Institute
with Tariq Ali and John Nicholson and, most importantly, you.


Fighting together for women´s equality
1.00pm, main hall, Mechanics Institute
How do we work together across the women’s and trade union movement to
challenge sexism and win equality? with Maria Exall (Vice - Chair of the LRC / Left Women´s Network), Katy Clark MP, Linda Riordan MP, Amrit Wilson IMKAAN, Margaret Boyle, Charter for Women, Abortion Rights and many more…

Where now for the Unions?
2.30pm, main hall, Mechanics Institute
with Prof. Gregor Gall (labour movement academic), Mark Serwotka and Sue Bond * (PCS), Matt Wrack* (FBU), Jane Loftus* (CWU) and Carolyn Jones (Institute of Employment Rights) (*personal capacity)

Conclusions - Unity in Action - Probable? Possible? Potential?
4.00pm, main hall, Mechanics Institute
with John McDonnell MP and Cllr. Salma Yaqoob

Monday 22nd September

Including “Sold Out” - a subversive photographic exhibition by David Dunnico - examining the sinister undertones of advertising.Dangers of Globalisation: World Poverty, Food Shortages and Environmental Destruction
12.30pm, Main Hall, Friends Meeting House
with John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want.

The Economic Crisis - how we got there and how to get out
12.30pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
Left Economics Advisory Panel forum with John Christensen, Raphie de Santos and Prem Sikka

When The Levees Broke - a film by Spike Lee
1.30pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
A four hour documentary about Hurricane Katrina and the inadequate, incompetent and racist response of the authorities.

Stopping Brown’s Nuclear Madness
5.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Martin Empson (SWP) and Greater Manchester CND

An anti-fascist strategy for Manchester
6.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Chris Chilvers, Pat Walsh and Weyman Bennett (UAF)

Forum with The Link - Repeal the Anti-Trade Union Laws
6.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Alec McFadden, Stefan Cholewka, Derek Clarke, Rae Street & Christine Taylor

How we can build a movement to stop climate change?
6.00pm, Main Hall, Friends Meeting House
With Tony Kearns (CWU), Robbie Gillett (Plane Stupid) and Jonathan Neale (author of Stop Global Warming, Change The World?)

Tuesday September 23rd

People and Public Services: Opening Plenary
12.30pm, Main Hall, Friends Meeting House
with Jeremy Corbyn MP and Javier Navasques (United Left, Sevilla)

Housing
1.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Professor Chris Allen (author of Housing market renewal and social class), Alan Walter (Defend Council Housing, pc), John Grayson (author of Opening the window: the hidden history of tenants organisations)

Transport
1.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Peter Cranie (Green party), Ken Ferguson (Scottish Socialist Party, Free Public Transport Campaign) followed by showing of Navigators - a film by Ken Loach

Education
5.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Bill Greenshields (president NUT, pc), Barry Conway, and others

Health
5.00pm, meeting room, Friends Meeting House
with Dr John Lister (Health Emergency) and Karen Reissmann

Challenging Inequality - Reclaiming Public Services
7.00pm, Main Hall, Friends Meeting House
with Astørn Wahl, (Campaign for the Welfare State, Norway) and others

Wednesday September 24th

Africa’s Forgotten Wars
1.30pm meeting room 1, Friends Meeting House
with the Congo Support Project and African Liberation Support Campaign

The Humanitarian Costs of war
1.30pm main hall, Friends Meeting House
with CND & Campaign Against Depleted Uranium

If they can talk to the IRA, why can’t they talk to Hamas?
1.30pm meeting room 2, Friends Meeting House
with Palestine Solidarity Campaign and friends

Voices from Iraq 3.30pm, main hall, Friends Meeting House
with Hassan Juma, (Iraqi Oil Workers Union), Andrew Murray (Stop the War Coalition) & Iraq Occupation Focus

Pakistan - the struggles for Peace and Democracy
3.30pm, meeting room 2, Friends Meeting House
with speakers to be confirmed

Forum on Iran - Stopping the next war
3.30pm, meeting room 1, Friends Meeting House
forum with Campaign Iran, Action Iran & Hands Off People of Iran.

Question Time for The Left
6.30pm, main hall, Friends Meeting House
with Colin Fox, George Galloway, Lindsey German, Robert Griffiths, John McDonnell, Mark Serwotka, Hilary Wainwright and Derek Wall

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