This is from Tom Eley and Toby Reese (WSWS):
On Saturday and Sunday, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), International Students for Social Equality (ISSE), and World Socialist Web Site held in Ann Arbor, Michigan the first of three national conferences, “The Fight for Socialism Today.” Further conferences will be held in Los Angeles on April 16 and in New York City on April 30.
The conference discussed and advanced a program for the working class to fight back against the attacks that are being leveled against it by ruling classes in the US and all over the world, and to build a new socialist leadership in the working class to lead the struggles ahead.
Five resolutions were presented, and, after discussion and debate, each was passed unanimously. These were entitled, “The attack on the working class and the fight for socialism,” “For the international unity of the working class!,” “No to imperialist war in Libya! Withdraw all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan!,” “Defend democratic rights!,” and “Socialism is the way forward for young people.”
About 150 delegates attended the conference from many states, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. International delegates brought greetings from Germany, Great Britain, Australia and Canada.Delegates represented broad sections of the working class. A number of workers came from Detroit and other economically devastated cities in the Midwest. Many students and young workers came, several of them attending their first socialist meeting. Present were teachers, manufacturing workers, nurses, unemployed workers, librarians, service workers, professionals, and retired workers.
Doesn't that sound cool? I wish there were videos up so we could catch some of it.
I love this statement from them. It's really great to read real Socialists and not bitchy little Democrats who think they're too good for the label so they call themselves "Socialists" while being nothing but Democrats -- yeah, I'm talking about US Socialist Worker which really is worthless. WSWS is a great read.
It'll make you think. It digs deep.
If you're wondering Fringe did not air Friday. So I'm not ignoring it, it just didn't air.
Third did post the latest on Sunday and the credit goes to Dallas and the following:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
What did we come up with?
So you guys do look all gorgeous out there. I know you feel the same about me. Thank you. But I only have 90 seconds, so I have to talk really fast. I think everybody here today knows that the wars are b.s. Everybody knows that it's not just the Republican people who are making wars on other countries, war on women, wars on -- all the wars we talked about. It's not just the Republican half of the capitalist, corporatist party. Of course it's not. We have a Democratic administration now. We had Democrats in power. It was a total Democratic tyranny for two years. And here our country is going down the crapper economically. I can tell you, people say that there's only two things guaranteed in life: Death and taxes. I can guarantee you one more thing -- or three more things. If you vote for a Democrat or Republican, you're voting for more war, you're voting for more economic oppression and you're voting for more environmental devastation. And I want to challenge you today, this is beautiful, this is wonderful, take this energy and don't let it stop. If anybody here wants to go to Lafayette Square in front of the White House and make it our Tahrir Square, I'm there with you. We have to go and we can't stop and we can't leave. Thank you.
I think you'll enjoy that. I know I did.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"