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Women's Caucus: We want a women's mag

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Dear Friends and Comrades

We are writing to invite you to participate in the setting up of a new women's liberation magazine, and would like to invite you to our initial meeting in central London on Saturday 18 January Goldsmiths University rm. Richard Hoggart Building, Room 307 from 12 to 6pm on Saturday 18th January. Please see link below.

Please feel free to share this, and invite others.

The idea for the magazine first stemmed from discussions in the women's caucus of the International Socialist Network, and with wider discussions with other women in the movement.

Although the idea was initially inspired by discussions about the role and content of the SWP's Women's Voice from the 1970s and early 1980s, this magazine is not intended to replicate Women's Voice and nor is it intended to be the magazine of one organisation. Rather we are aiming to involve a wide-range of organisations and individuals in writing for the magazine, and also in editorial decisions and in the production of the magazine.

We have copied below our initial statement of intent about the magazine, which was agreed by the women's caucus of the ISN. This statement is not set in stone, but was written to form the basis of an open discussion. The precise form, content and style of the magazine, including its name, will be up for discussion at the launch meeting on 18 January.

Statement of Intent:

• Editorial decisions will be taken by an editorial board of women, elected at the launch meeting in January, accountable to the groups and individuals supporting the publication.

• From a leftist perspective

• Multi- party, including women from an assortment of different backgrounds

• As accessible as possible

•The content will mainly be written by women, but we will also welcome contributions from people who do not identify as women or who experience other forms of oppression.

• Diverse - a mix of theory and day-to-day life, including reports, reviews, artwork... anything a woman wants to produce and express

We do hope that you will choose to get involved in this project. We have had many positive responses from a wide-range of women on the left, and believe that such a magazine could not only make an invaluable contribution to debates on the left, but could also connect with an audience beyond existing left groups.

If you are interested in coming to the meeting, please do let us know by emailing the address below. Similarly if you would like some more information, or to chat to one of us, then do get in touch.

If you are bringing children, please also let us know on the gmail address below so we have an idea of numbers. We will cater for children at the event.

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In comradeship,

Women's Caucus of the International Socialist Network

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