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This year’s Socialist Party Yorkshire Regional School is taking place on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st August in Leeds. The theme of the school will be “War, Imperialism & the Second International.”

The first world war began 100 years ago, unleashing slaughter on an unprecedented scale. Millions of working-class people were sent to their deaths in trench-warfare. This was the price of capitalism’s drive for profit, exploitation and new markets.

However, it didn’t have to be like this. Before the war, the Socialist (2nd) International had pledged to organise opposition to imperialism and militarism. Yet, when the crunch came, their parliamentary representatives voted for war and supported their own ruling class.

Today, we are in the midst of numerous conflicts provoked and prepared by the various imperialist world powers. Join us in discussing the lessons from 100 years ago and their relevance today.

The venue is the Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2 Lower Briggate, Leeds, LS1 4AE. Entry is £5 waged and £2 unwaged. All welcome!


Saturday 30th August

10am – Registration
10.30 – What is Imperialism? by Alistair Tice, Socialist Party Yorkshire Secretary

1.30pm- Workshops

1) The National Question
2) The Middle East
3) The conflict in the Ukraine

3pm – Organising for Socialism

1) Social Media and the Paper
2) Financing the Revolutionary Party
3) Building a model branch

Sunday 31st August

10.30am – Marxism and the First World War
Guest speaker – Hannah Sell, Socialist Party Deputy General Secretary

1.30pm – Workshops

1) Trade Unions and the First World War
2) The Collapse of the Second International and Birth of the Third
3) The Approach of Trotskyists to War

3.00pm – Forty Years of the CWI by Ian Pattison, recently returned from the USA & Iain Dalton, Socialist Party National Committee

Harrogate Socialists will be meeting at the Harrogate bus station at 9.00 on Saturday 30th August to travel to the school. If you would like to attend or would like further details, please contact us on harrogatesocialists[at]gmail.com

Socialism Today July/August 2014 special on WW1

180-coverFor a socialist perspective on the anniversary of WW1 and the betrayal of the Second International, see the latest issue of our monthly journal Socialism Today.

Articles include “The Bolsheviks & the War”, “Class War in Britain”, “The War Poets” and “One Year of War”, the first English translation of an article by Leon Trotsky from 1915.

For more details see: http://www.socialismtoday.org/

Harrogate Socialist Party Branch Meeting – Tuesday 9th September

The next branch meeting of the Harrogate Socialist Party will be Tuesday 9th September, beginning 7.30pm. More details to follow.

Note that we now have a new venue for branch meetings:

The Stone Beck pub, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate HG3 2XQ