Politics after Trump: Building resistance

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 to 17:30

Politics after Trump: Building resistance
A day of discussion on fighting for a better world.
Saturday 8th of April, 9:30 am – 5 pm.
Siteworks, 33 Saxton Street, Brunswick

Cheap delicious lunch and snacks available.

Socialist Alliance and Resistance Young Socialist Alliance are hosting a day of discussion on the new political situation bought about by the election of Donald Trump, the rise of Pauline Hanson and the continuation of the Turnbull Liberal government's pro-corporate agenda.

Day to be introduced by Moreland Councillor Sue Bolton.


9:30 am – doors open

10:15 am – Introduction/Greetings by Sue Bolton Moreland City Councillor

10:30 am – Trump and the new war on the poor

The impact of austerity and cuts in social services in advanced capitalist countries has given risen to widespread anger and anxiety. In many western countries, this anxiety is being directed towards the poor, indigenous peoples, migrant communities, and refugees. This session will examine how the austerity drive by our governments is giving rise to right-wing populists such as Donald Trump, France’s Marine Le Pen, and Pauline Hanson and how their emergence signals intensified attacks on the poor and marginalised communities around the globe.

12:00 pm – Lunch time

1:00 pm – Fighting for real climate action

The US Trump administration is stepping up its attacks on clean energy and emboldening the Australia federal government to do likewise, despite the utmost urgency of the climate crisis we currently face. This session will discuss these new challenges and what kind of global movement we need to fight for real climate action.

2:30 pm – Break

3:00 pm – What is to be done: Building a people’s movement

With the rise of Trump and the far-right, and growing global inequality caused by the current status quo, our current political situation might appears hopeless. Yet the ascendency of Trump has led to unprecedented resistance with an outburst of protests such as the women’s march against Trump and airport sit-ins forcing a pause in immigration restrictions. How can such a level of resistance be achieved in Australia against the regressive policies of the likes of Turnbull and Hanson? This session will hear from local activists on how we can build a people’s movement that can fight for a better world.

All sessions will be held in Workroom 2 of Siteworks.

Entry by donation. 
Suggestion donation $20/10 all-day and $10/$5 for a single session.

For more information email melbourne@socialist-alliance.org or phone 03 9639 8622.