Socialism 2012: tino rangatiratanga

May 25, 2012

1:30-3pm Sunday June 3rd
Newtown Community and Cultural Centre

Budget Day, Wellington: don’t lock us out of education

May 23, 2012

March against attacks on students, workers and beneficiaries in the May 24th budget.

Meeting 12pm at the Hunter Courtyard, VUW (Wellington) to march on parliament.

Socialism 2012: queer liberation and socialism

May 23, 2012

3pm Sunday June 3rd
Newtown Community Centre

Socialism 2012: conference schedule

May 21, 2012

Annual socialist conference in Wellington, 1st-3rd of June at Newtown Community and Cultural Centre (corner Rintoul & Columbo streets.)

Facebook event here.

5.30 registration

6 – 8pm: Class struggle today (Aotearoa/NZ)
Mike Kay – Port-workers’ struggle, meat industry lockouts and industrial conditions
Jared Phillips – Neo-liberalism and class composition
Sue Bradford – Unemployed and beneficiary fightback
1 hour discussion

Fundraising gig: Bodega
Kittentank, Big Rick, Man/Woman

9.30am registration

10 – 11am
Revolutionary organising in current conditions: combat propaganda group
Mike Kay
40 minute discussion

11am – 12pm: Safer spaces on the left
Kassie Hartendorp
40 minute discussion


1-2.30 pm: Eco-socialism in Australasia
Grant Brookes, Eco-Socialist Network Aotearoa
Ben Peterson, Socialist Alliance (Australia)
Ian Anderson, Workers Party
30 minute discussion

2.30- 3:30pm: Socialist electoral work
Anthony Main, Socialist Party of Australia
40 minute discussion

3:30-4:30pm: The fight against casualisation
Heleyni Pratley – organising casualised workplaces
20 minute discussion

4:30-6pm: Against the capitalist education system
Joel Cosgrove, Workers Party
Jai Bentley-Payne, Auckland student activist
Rowan MacArthur, International Socialist Organisation
30 minute discussion


9.30am registration

The world situation: imperialism
Paul Hopkinson – Imperialism and Palestine
Byron Clark – New Zealand’s imperialist role
30 minute discussion

The world situation: Europe and the global financial crisis
Mike Treen
40 minute discussion

12:30-1:30pm lunch

1:30-3pm: Tino rangatiratanga
Scott Hamilton – Pre-capitalist societies and Marxism
Annette Sykes – The politics of the Brown Table
30 minutes discussion

3-4pm: Queer liberation and socialism
James Froch
40 minute discussion

4-6pm: Left perspectives
Derwin Smith, International Socialist Organisation
Rebecca Broad, Workers Party
Ben Peterson, Socialist Alliance (Australia)
Anthony Main, Socialist Party of Australia
1 hour discussion

Close and thanks

Socialism 2012: the university as factory

May 17, 2012

4:30pm Saturday, June 2nd
Newtown Community and Cultural Centre

Socialism 2012 gig: Kittentank, Big Rick

May 14, 2012

10pm Friday June 1st
Bodega, Wellington

Socialism 2012 (Wellington conference)

May 5, 2012

Socialism 2012: a weekend of radical ideas and discussion
June 1st-3rd (Queen’s Birthday Weekend)
Newtown Community Centre, Wellington

Schedule below:

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Zizek: What to make of the political Elvis (Wellington event)

March 30, 2012

“[Zizek uses] a dizzying array of wildly entertaining and often quite maddening rhetorical strategies are deployed in order to beguile, browbeat, dumbfound, dazzle, confuse, mislead, overwhelm, and generally subdue the reader into acceptance.” Edward R. O’Neill

Slavoj Zizek is one of the worlds most well-known and controversial philosophers.
As a Marxist theoretical thinker, he refuses to be easily labelled and categorised.
And yet Zizek is full of contradictions. He can be infuriatingly vague, suddenly putting his complex subject into a relatively simple and easily understandable phrase, often chucking in some pop cultural example to make his point and explain himself. Few people label themselves as Zizekians, due in part to the constant zig-zagging of his political framework. Yet he has a huge following, matched maybe, only by Noam Chomsky.
Come along for a discussion of Zizek’s ideas, the place of Zizek in radical social change and the myriad of discussions that stem from him.

5-7pm Monday
SU219, Student Union Building, Victoria University

Spark Discussion Group: a space for radical ideas

March 26, 2012

5pm, Mondays
SU219 Student Union Building
Victoria University of Wellington

Auckland event: Rally to Save Our Port

March 9, 2012

Join us to rally to Save Our Port and stand up for job security for the port workers and their families and for a publically owned sustainable and successful port.

This is an issue for all of us - casualisation is not good for workers or their families. This is a growing story of working in New Zealand - even when workers already offer a lot of flexibility, they are expected to give more, and often to give up any hope of a structured and healthy life.

Support the port workers, meet at Britomart at 4pm, Saturday 10th March. Entertainment and speeches at Teal Park to follow.

Interview with Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe
Why wharfies are striking - in their own words


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