Marxism 2: Opening Rally

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to this, the second post in my series about Marxism 2015, the five day political festival currently taking place at the Institute of Education in central London. The first post can be viewed here.

LIGHTING THE RED TOUCHPAPER

The opening rally, expertly chaired by Emma Davies, was such a fantastic occasion, with so many fabulous speakers that I cannot possibly do justice to it in words, so I hope that the various photographs I use do the job for me…

Emma Davies was entrusted with the task of chairing the opening rally and did an excellent job.
Emma Davies was entrusted with the task of chairing the opening rally and did an excellent job.

On the day the London was brought to its knees by a tube strike, it was only appropriate that the first speaker should be one of the strikers. Unjum Mirza revealed a great piece of international solidarity in the form of a bilingual English/ Greek banner, and another in the form of a collection that raised over £100 for the SEK, Greek sister organsiation to the SWP who host Marxism.

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Unjum Mirza with Panos Garganos in the shot.
Unjum Mirza with Panos Garganos in the shot.
Unjum, Panas and a Unison rep diplay international solidarity, holding up the bilingual banner.
Unjum, Panas and a Unison rep diplay international solidarity, holding up the bilingual banner.

Next up were these three…

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Jenny Sutton, TUSC (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition) candidate for Tottenham (polled 1,300 votes) spoke next…

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I cannot remember all the rest of the speakers, but a group oc campaigners against the privatisation of the National Gallery were among them…

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Panos Garganos had his own moment as a member of SEK in the spotlight…

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The evening was brought to a close by event organiser Amy Leather…

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Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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