PANEL: No jobs, no houses, no planet. If we don't fight for a better world, who will? How are we going to halt the degradation of our only planet and ensure a safe future for all? SPEAKERS: Nathan Roberts (UK Corbyn campaigner), Pas Forgione (Australian Poverty Network activist), Sarah Hathway (Retail and Fast Food Workers Union activist & Co-Convener of Socialist Alliance Geelong).
PANEL: The inspiring success of Jeremy Corbyn's inspirational election campaign has set the pace for the role of socialists in elections in the 21st century. What can activists in Australia learn from the UK Labour Party's campaign? SPEAKERS: Nathan Roberts (UK Corbyn campaigner), Sue Bolton (Socialist Alliance Councillor for city of Moreland)
PANEL: The Global Women's Marches were the culmination of women across the world saying enough is enough. It's time to set our sights on the misogynists in parliament and in the White House. SPEAKERS: Celeste Liddle (National Indigenous Officer for NTEU), Mia Sanders (National Co-Convener for Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance), Kamala Emanuel (Abortion Rights activist)
Featuring Sam Wallman, political cartoonist, Nicky Minus and Michelle Baginski.
Activist have been campaigning for marriage equality for 13 years. Just when it looked like the campaign had won we're facing an option non--binding postal survey conducted by the ABS. How are we going to win this campaign? SPEAKERS: Dean Cardigan (Geelong Rainbow Inc. committee member) and Farida Iqbal (Socialist Alliance member).
Under President Rodrigo Duterte the Philippines is heading towards a fascist dictatorship, with some areas already under martial law and a "war on drugs" that is been called a "war on the poor" is underway and has resulted in mass killings by police and vigilantes. SPEAKER: Ellecer "budit" Carlos (Democracy activist from the Philippines)
For 6 years Syria has been engulfed in a terrible war. The original democratic revolt against the Assad regime has given way to a brutal multi-sided conflict. In the midst of this carnage, the freedom struggle in Rojava is a beacon of hope. Initially a struggle for Kurdish self-determination, the liberation forces have established the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria as a model for a multi-ethnic, federal and socially just Syria. SPEAKER: Dima Al-Msodny (Iraqi refugee)
100 years later, what lessons can be learnt from the Russian revolution and other revolutionary struggles around the world? SPEAKERS: Alex Bainbridge (National Co-Convener of Socialist Alliance) and Jacob Andrewartha (Co-Convener of Socialist Alliance Melbourne).
Art and media have been used by refugees and activist to build solidarity in the movement. SPEAKERS: Zebedee Parkes (International award winning film maker and Green Left Weekly journalist) and Ravi Navven (Poet & Former Nauru detainee).
Featuring: The Same Boat Ezekial Ox And spoken word performances to ignite and inspire. Bar and meal available. Venue: Victoria University MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
We invite all conference attendees to take part in our YES to equality speak out and action between 1pm and 2pm at the conference venue. Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance is calling on young people to enroll to vote and vote YES to marriage equality.
The Venezuelan revolution is facing its biggest crisis since the US-backed attempted coup of 2002. The mainstream media narrative is of protests against a dictatorial government. But missing is the violent and extreme right-wing nature of the protesters, the sabotage by Venezuelan elites and Western powers and the progressive achievements of the revolution. SPEAKERS: Federico Fuentes (Co-author of Latin America's Turbulant Transitions and Denis Rogatyuk (Latin America solidarity activist)
Treaty, land rights and deaths in custody. First Nations activist continue to fight for justice. Since the British invasion in 1788, First Nations peoples in Australia have suffered genocide, enslavement and displacement which continues to this day. What does solidarity look like in the struggle for justice? SPEAKER: Meriki Onus (Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance)
Australia, USA and Europe are taking the same fortress style approach to locking out refugees despite being complicit in the wars that create refugees to begin with. SPEAKERS: Dima Al-Msodny (Iraqi Refugee), Justin Akers Chacon (US activist, co-author of "No One is Illegal") and Mohammad Baiqiri (former Nauru detainee and refugee rights activist).
Coles, Bakers Delight, Dominos. No longer just corporations, but the sites of a new wave of workers struggle, led by youth. Young workers are beginning to get organised to stand up to being screwed over by rotten bosses. SPEAKERS: Rebecca Edwards (young worker) and Michael Johnstone (Organiser with the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union)
Do we really live in a classless society? If not, how significant is the economic divide between rich and poor? Who was Karl Marx, what did he say about the world, and why should you care? SPEAKERS: Susan Price (National Co-Convener of Socialist Alliance) and Blair Vidakovich (Retail and Fast Food Union activist).
The Adani Coalmine would be a disaster for the climate, but still, the major parties push ahead. But the resistance is growing to the fossil fools and their powerful lobby. SPEAKERS: Pip Hinman (Stop CSG Sydney activist) and Callum Simpson (Australian Student Environment Network)
The system is on the brink of collapse, but in a time of great political polarisation, it could topple in either direction. How has capitalism's crisis given rise to the far right? SPEAKER: Lisbeth Latham (Socialist Alliance member and union activist)