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TWT OPENING RALLY: The struggle for a socialist future

Tue 01.09.20
GMT+1 / British Summer Time
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From the pandemic to BLM, and now the biggest economic crisis for a century, 2020 has been a year where things have changed irreversibly. After December's election defeat, it’s understandable that many of us are feeling demoralised. But the left is bigger and better organised than we were during the crisis of 2008, and we now have a popular programme to fight for. Losing hope is not an option.

In this opening event of TWT20 we’ll be hearing from speakers involved in inspiring struggles in the UK and beyond, who are demonstrating that the future is ours to claim and that a world transformed is still possible.


Samantha is an active member of PEACH (People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House).

Dave is the General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)
Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian-Canadian poet and human rights activist who lives in London. She is a lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at SOAS University, where she researches the political economy of war and humanitarianism, and racism and the security state.

Rashida Tlaib is a US Congresswoman for the Democratic Party, representing the 13th District of Michigan.

John McDonnell is the MP for Hayes and Harlington, and former Shadow Chancellor.

Ash is Senior Editor at Novara Media.

Laura is a student nurse from North Wales who is training in Liverpool.

Travis Dupree is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SEIU (Service Employees International Union). He is also one of the leaders of the Fight for $15 campaign and a key organiser for the strike for black lives.

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TWT Opening Rally: The Struggle for a Socialist Future


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