Bristol Marxist Forum

wdrb at siva.bris.ac.uk wdrb at siva.bris.ac.uk
Fri Jun 2 15:44:51 MDT 1995


To all: this is the future program for the Bristol Marxist Forum,
a left discusion group based in Bristol, UK. We have a mailing list
of 100 and get 15 to meetings. We're part of a loose coalition
of left groups called the Revolutionary Socialist Network.
I've put this on the board for two reasons;
if any of you ever come near SW England and
fancy coming to a meeting (even leading a discusion) you'd be
very welcome. Secondly, it gives a flavour of a few things going on
here - if you're like me your curious how leftwingers are trying
to organise and act in a new world situation. All the best,
Will Brown, Bristol, UK



The Bristol Marxist Forum.

8pm Tuesday 13th June, St Werburgh's Community Center,
Horley Road, Bristol.


Zico Tameli-Farewell Discussion-'South Africa - the current
situation'

Zico has been a regular at our discussions but is about to
return permanently to South Africa after six years of
political exile. At our planning meeting in May we decided
unanimously to invite him to lead off the June discussion on
a topic of his own choice. We're pleased to say that he's agreed
and will talk about the latest situation in South Africa with an assessment of the ANC government. We hope people will turn
up to give him a good send off.

Our future program.
Those attending the plannning meeting in May drew up the
following program for the next 6 months. We hope these
proposals will be ammended and approved at the June meeting.


July 11th  Lawrence Dailey and the Fife Socialist League 56-62.
Dave Chapple

August 14th   The revolutionary party...Open Polemic

September 12th   The Spanish Civil War....John Sullivan

October 10th    The Labour Party and the Unions..Hanah Purbrick

November 14th  The Working Class and Technological Change..
Jeremy Clarke

December 12th   The Politics of Mental Health...Glen Burrows

Jan '96 The prospects for working class internationalism
Will Brown
February '96 The 84/'85 Miners' Strike  ...Brian Drummond
March '96 The SWP...hegemony Left of the Labour Party...theSWP
April '96 The law of Value...Mike Richardson
May '96  The Poll Tax - a victory at last ....David Larcombe

Other news:
A working class archive.
At the May organising meeting Mike Richardson noted the lack
of written records of working clas history and politics in Bristol.
He suggested that the members of the forum should compile an
archive recording their political ideas and experiences. The
material collected would include writing related to the subjects
discussed by the forum and also current political and industrial
struggles that members are involved with. Mike has agreed to
coordinate this initative and will speak briefly about it at
the June meeting. Mike Richardson   9643161

International football.
Sunday the 21st of May saw the 7th annual 5-a-side soccer
tournament 'The Copa Sandino' organised by Blinc (Bristol
Link with Nicaragua). 10 teams battled it out at the Windmill Hill
City Farm stadium and raised sterling500 for a Puerto Morazan
nursery school "Pre-Escolar Communal Bristol" which serves
70 children. For a record third year running the cup was won by
Ashton Villa who beat local arch-rivals Totterdown Hotspur
in a closely contested final. The overseas challenge failed
when a skilled Chilean side went down during a disputed
penalty contest in the semi-final. Anyone interested in
supporting Blincs activites or entering a team next year
should contact Alex Hughes at Blinc on 9411442

Totterdown discussion group
Anybody living in the Totterdown, Windmill Hill or Knowle
area is welcome at the new Totterdwon leftwing discussion
group. We meet monthly and very informally and so far
have discussed 'Animal rights' and 'The future of communism'.
Our next two topics are 'Why do the middle classes always
vote conservative?' and 'Post Modernism'. Phone David Larcombe
on 9776293

Marxism on the net
A thriving bulletin board dedicated to discussing all aspects
of Marxist theory has been running for a year from Duke
University in Virginia, USA. A list of several hundred
subscribers discuss every aspect of Marxism from the Labour
Theory of Value to Peronism. The participants are principally
North American but include Latin Americans and Europeans.
On average at least 20 messages a day are posted, taking more
than an hour to read.







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