John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

October politics conference - date and deadline changes

Our politics conference has moved by one week, to 19-20 October 2013. More details on venue and start/end times coming soon.

Deadlines for submissions to the conference have also moved accordingly, giving you an extra week. The deadlines are now 20 September for the first bulletin and 13 October for the second bulletin. Email submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*** CANCELLED *** National Members' Meeting Sat 21 September: Agenda

NOTE: This meeting has been cancelled to allow full support of the opposition to the EDL Yorkshire-wide demo that day; new arrangements have been made to discuss this agenda at the October Political Conference and a new Members' Meeting is proposed be arranged.

http://internationalsocialistnetwork.org/index.php/13-calendar/225-note-changes-to-meeting-dates

National Members' Meeting Agenda 21 September

1pm Liberation Joint Caucus

  • It has been suggested that the Network’s self-organised groups hold a Liberation day school in November. This is an opportunity for members of those groups to get together and begin to organise it.

2pm Report Backs and Discussion

  • Although discussion and decisions on perspectives will primarily be reserved for the politics conference in October, this session is for general discussion on fields of the Network’s activity, and feedback from local groups and activists.

3:15pm Break

3:45pm Organisation and Constitution

  • This will be an opportunity to discuss the current structures of the Network and how they could be improved, to elect people to organisational bodies including the Steering Committee, and to vote on amendments to the constitution.

4:45pm Agenda and Organisation of Conference

  • A session on how the conference should be organised and what should be discussed.
  • Also an opportunity to discuss and debate issues that have arisen in the pre-conference period so far.

6pm Finish

CANCELLED: National Members' Meeting Sat 21 September

NOTE: This meeting has been cancelled to allow full support of the opposition to the EDL Yorkshire-wide demo that day; new arrangements have been made to discuss this agenda at the October Political Conference and a new Members' Meeting is proposed to be arranged.

 

http://internationalsocialistnetwork.org/index.php/13-calendar/225-note-changes-to-meeting-dates

The IS Network’s next National Meeting is on Saturday 21 September, in Sheffield. This is an opportunity for members of the Network to discuss current political issues, vote on future activity, elect people to positions, including the Steering Committee, and share information from the movement in their local area.

We will be arranging transport from London for people who need it. Please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.

As usual we are asking that any motions for the meeting be submitted in advance, so that they can be circulated to members before the meeting. Please email motions to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">IS Network Secretary by Monday 16 September.

Upcoming national events

8 September

National RevSoc Meeting, London
Event Facebook page

21 September

IS Network National Members Meeting, Sheffield NOTE - this meeting has been cancelled so comrades can support anti-EDL activities in Yorkshire on that day - see here.

MOVED TO 19-20 October

IS Network Politics & Policy Conference, London
For background on the rationale behind this conference and what we hope to achieve, please see the recent proposal from Ged Colgan and Paris Thompson.

Volunteers are urgently needed for the October Politics & Policy Conference - if you are interested in helping organise it, please email Robert Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marxism 2013 Fringe: Embracing the F-Word - Feminism and the Left

On Saturday 13 July the IS Network held a fringe meeting at Marxism 2013, titled 'Embracing the F-Word - Feminism and the Left'.

Read more: Marxism 2013 Fringe: Embracing the F-Word - Feminism and the Left

IS Network at Marxism 2013

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