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2nd Anti-Capitalism Conference 28-29 Sep Auckland


America's war moves against Afghanistan, which could spread across central Asia, the Middle East and even wider, give added urgency to the 2nd Anti-Capitalism Conference.

This conference, again hosted by the Socialist Workers Organisation, is open to everyone who wants a better society. All are welcome!

America's drive to war will be the focus of a panel discussion ("Our world is not for sale, our bodies are not for war"), as well as a combined inter-active workship ("America's war & the WTO: building a grassroots fightback").

This will give activists from around the country a unique chance to discuss anti-war themes, network across the left and start to organise a nationwide anti-war coalition.

There will also be inter-active workshops on: € building the GE-free campaign in our communities & unions € anti-capitalism in the Third World € GE & bio-colonisation € racism & immigration controls: no human is illegal € anti-capitalism & the media € activists & elections € Palestine, Zionism & resistance € can the Left unite & fight corporate power?

And a panel will discuss the topic "From Seattle to Genoa: history of anti-capitalism".

There's an impressive selection of speakers and workshop presenters from across the left spectrum. They include:

Entry to the conference is by koha - you pay what you can afford. There will be a free lunch on Saturday from 1-2pm. Everyone is welcome.

The only rules are those necessary for proper dialogue: € discussion must be political, not personal € speakers are not to be interrupted € time-wasting repetitions will be frowned on by chairs.

On Saturday evening there will be a Rock Out Against Capitalism gig at a nearby cafe/bar.


FRIDAY EVENING, 28 SEPTEMBER, from 8pm to 9.30pm. This features a panel discussion on "Our world is not for sale, our bodies are not for war".

ALL DAY ON SATURDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, from 11am to 6.30pm. This starts with a panel discussion on "From Seattle to Genoa: history of anti-capitalism". Then, after a free catered lunch, there are eight inter-active workshops split into two streams. These are followed by a combined inter-active workshop on "America's war & the WTO: building a grassroots fightback".

€€€ CONFERENCE VENUE Trade Union Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland.


SATURDAY EVENING, from 9pm, at Notes Bar, Karangahape Rd. The bands: Roofdog (ska), Loniz (hip hop), Paul Williams (acoustic) and a samba band.

Please circulate this invitation to everyone you know, and bring your friends to the Anti-Capitalism Conference. It will be a fantastic chance for everyone who values people & planet, rather than profits & power, to meet other activists, get organised and feel empowered.

If you're planning to come, it would be very helpful if you replied to this email, so we have a better idea of how much food to buy in.

If you're from out of Auckland, and are stuck for a place to stay, let me know. We'll do our best to arrange free billets (but no promises).

The full conference agenda is printed below.

Kia kaha
Grant Morgan
SWO secretary
(09) 634 3377


8-9.30pm on Friday, 28 September: Panel: Our world is not for sale, our bodies are not for war Speakers:
€ Simy Gulzar
€ Maire Leadbeater
€ Michelle Whittaker
€ Other(s) to be confirmed

11am-12.45pm on Saturday, 29 September: Panel: From Seattle to Genoa: history of anti-capitalism Speakers:
€ Linda Martelletti
€ Ross Gardiner
€ Vaughan Gunson

12.45pm on Saturday: Establishing a Broad Left theoretical journal in NZ: who's interested? € Presenter: Len Richards

1-2pm on Saturday: Lunch (provided free)

Workshops: first stream (2-3pm on Saturday):

€ Anti-capitalism & the media Presenter: Geraldine Peters

€ GE-free NZ: Building in our communities & unions Presenter: Steve Abel.

€ Activists & elections Presenter: Maire Leadbeater

€ Palestine, Zionism & resistance Presenter: Zaeem Baksh

Workshops: second stream (3.30-4.30pm on Saturday):

€ Racism & immigration controls: no human is illegal Presenter: Rajinder Singh

€ Anti-capitalism in the Third World Ppresenter: Simy Gulzar

€ Can the left unite & fight corporate power? Presenter: Catherine Delahunty

€ GE & bio-colonisation Presenter: Grant Morgan

Combined workshop, 5-6.30pm on Saturday:

€ America¹s war & the WTO: building a grassroots fightback Presenter: Kane Forbes

Rock Out Against Capitalism, from 9pm on Saturday. At Notes Bar, Karangahape Rd. Performers: Roofdog, Loniz, Paul Williams, a samba band

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