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Building a Transatlantic Strategy  – What have we learned from the last 5 years?

Fri 11.09.20
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What have we learned on both sides of the Atlantic over the last 5 years about pursuing a socialist agenda using the vehicle of traditional political parties? 

Taking a historical perspective, this session will examine the challenges and limitations of this approach and what we could have done differently.  Asking the question of what would have happened had we achieved power, participants will map out a long view on socialist strategy and explore different avenues for delivering success. 

As one of the co-founders and now Executive Director of the non-profit division of Cooperation Jackson, Kali Akuno is working to transform the city into ‘a beacon of radical politics’. For the uninitiated, Jackson is the capital city of Mississippi, with a population of around 200,000 people, its 80% black population making it one of the blackest cities in the US, and with 60% of people living below the poverty line. Cooperation Jackson is working, in a context of colonialism, white supremacy and patriarchy, to upend these dynamics through the building of a solidarity economy, to, as he puts it, “transform the material circumstances of the people living in Jackson”.
Richard Seymour is a writer based in London, a founding editor of Salvage, and the author of The Twittering Machine
Joe Guinan is co-author of People Get Ready! Preparing for a Corbyn Government. He serves as vice president at The Democracy Collaborative, a U.S.-based think-do tank, and is executive director of the Next System Project.

Mary Roberson is the senior policy officer at TUC and former Head of Economic Policy at the Labour Party

Former primary school teacher and fair funding for schools campaigner. Laura was the MP for Crewe and Nantwich between 2017 and 2019 and was elected as a local councillor for Crewe South in 2020. She writes regularly for Tribune and alongside Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett is part of No Holding Back, created to tackle the Labour Party’s issues in held back communities.

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