STEAL MY CAMP!

The generation Y is stereotypically defined as seeking instant gratification and pessimistic pessimistic that all is wrong with the world, apathetic that they can't change it because those in power won't listen to them anyway.

But there are so many everyday heroes off the radar of opinion leaders. I was talking to a really inspiring activist who's set up a living wage campaign at her university - she's been involved since the age of 16, but who do we hear about instead in the press - where Amy Winehouse is buying her fags, how much money Prince Harry has spent on some treasure cocktail? I forgot, we're the "ipod generation", it's all about being fed consumption.

Meeting up with Anna and Dan from Social Innovation Camp, Sunny from Liberal Conspiracy and our two activists of the week Luke and Matea really captured the spirit of what excited me to get involved with becoming an activism/campaigner.

Of course, for Compass Youth it's about tracking emerging issues and unmet needs for young people. The broader the reach of our understanding, the richer the picture that will emerge, and the more effective we will be able to uncover emerging issues and build campaigns and coalitions around them. But we need to ensure that what we campaign on and how we campaign reflect their everyday lives and values - at the heart of what drives Compass Youth is that it is shaped by the ideas and people that form it.

As SI Camp argues, "individuals want to produce – and are capable of producing - better outcomes for themselves, provided they are given the tools and support to do so." Our better outcomes are to campaign for greater equality and democracy and nurture progressive values across society. And guess what, the good folk at Social Innovation Camp are letting us steal their concept!

What better way than to

  • Get inspired by people who have had the opportunity to change the world around them (think Chuka, Sunny or Jacinda but it could be you too)
  • Get involved in trying this out yourself on the day (we loved this but do you have any ideas)
  • Get support from other young activists through our network (because it's still all about solidarity or otherwise this could happen)



I guess in an ideal world this is about connecting up people who have had the opportunity to make an impact and be recognised for it with young people who haven't had that chance or don't feel confident about getting involved. It's also about matchmaking people who may be interested in campaigning on a similar issue but are interested in different ways about trying to make a difference on the ground.

P.S. Ali and Jessica wonder “Where are all the young bloggers?”. Are they all outside of London as Lee suggests, like Talinn, are they all Tory as Matt laments? It would be great to get all the young bloggers on the left on the suggested weekend above. What do people think?

P.P.S. In the meantime, I'm going to follow Robert's advice and have started developing this (please feel free to add content!) and check out the fworders.

It is all about mixing it up between the online and the streets as Jim reminds us.

As Nye Bevan once said, we know what happens to people to stay in the middle road...they get run over. Our future is transformed the moment we feel it is ours to create.

THE DIARY BEGINS: FROM HOTEL BABYLON TO TALKING WALLS

I've never been good at writing diaries, but not having the skills has never stopped me before, so I’m going to have a crack and you can tell me what you think!

As mentioned here, Compass Youth have been taking part in a youth & student leader delegation to Southern Africa organised by ACTSA. The journey starts on Tuesday, well no it actually begins on Sunday, but that was pretty much getting on the plane, digesting the playdo-like food and thinking of this film while jetting over most of Africa to reach our destination. Monday was checking into the trendiest hotel I’ve ever seen. It was like Hotel Babylon – with lifts themed around shark cages and cable cars - a swimming pool circling the restaurant and a climbing wall outside the hotel, so much for fighting consumerism.

We did manage to squeeze a trip to the Robben Island Museum, not being able to make the trip to the island itself because of lack of demand. I'll leave you to think about the uncomfortable paradox between the shark cage lift and the human cages on the island. We also got the cable car up to Table Top Mountain which talks for itself I guess.

From reconciliation to truth: the final frontier?

From touring the South African Parliament, witnessing the creative use of tapestry to tell stories and capture memories to visiting the District 6 Museum, we realised how important it is to collect text and photos,
particularly in times of oppression. It reminded me of a quote by Nelson Mandela that we should “hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly”.

The curators made the museum visually exciting and emotional to capture the imagination and create a connection between the generation that endured the apartheid and the generation that enjoys the new democracy. It showed the personal attention to everyone that visited – a human touch rather than a stuffy set of artefacts.

The facilitators organise memory methodology workshops. They enable people to look at memory practices to share experiences and creatively explore the many ways memory work. The aim of this is to advance social justice and understandings of non-racialism. Could this work for “community cohesion” projects in areas where there has been a past of cultural or ethnic tension, such as Bradford, Barking or Oldham?

As we went through this living museum, I noticed the “talking wall” – it asked a set of questions that people could choose to answer:
  • “Do you have a bright idea?
  • “Do you want further information?”
  • “What can you/we do to change the injustice in the world?”

We will be launching soon our own ideas competition through the “Living in the 21st Century” participative process – wouldn’t it be great if we could adapt a method used by a group like District 6 the other side of the planet?

HOPE NOT HATE - WHERE NOW?


This month Searchlight launches a debate over the future direction of the anti-fascist movement in Britain. The BNP has secured one seat on the London Assembly, gained an extra ten councillors across the country and averaged 13.9% of the vote in the 642 wards it contested. It is clear that the BNP is emerging as a significant political force in many areas of the country.

Nick Knowles has kicked off the debate with an article entitled, Where Now? Click here to read it.

The New Statesman has run a reduced version of this article and earlier this month 60 trade unionists and anti-BNP campaigners met in London to discuss the way forward.

Searchlight would like to extend this debate – the issues at stake are too important. We believe that the anti-fascist movement has to have an honest debate about how we defeat the BNP, particularly in the very communities where they are gaining success.

Get involved and submit your ideas here.

Of course the talking must eventually end and action begin and so it will by the end of September but in the meantime there is room for debate. This discussion allows to reflect on our current strategies and hopefully sharpen our thoughts and analysis. Only then can we leave the comfort zone and really begin addressing some of the difficult issues that we face.

WHAT SHOULD THE CENTRE LEFT DO NEXT?


The left is out of breath in Europe. While the right is ruling France, the left is weakened in the UK. More than anytime before, it's critical to explore together what solutions the left has.

The PS is organising a public meeting on this theme on Wednesday 9th July @ 6.30-8.30pm with an exciting panel of speakers facilitated by Dr. Catherine Fieschi (Demos):
The debate will take place at the Edwardian Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF. As places are limited, please reserve a place as soon as possible by contacting londres@ffe-ps.fr.

IMAGINE 2018


One of the greatest challenges facing the current negotiations process is the lack of connection between the leadership and the street. If the leaders are to be successful and deliver on their commitment to reach an agreement, the people on both sides need to feel invested in and connected to the process. Only then will they be able to build back the trust they have lost after years of missed opportunities and empty promises.

OneVoice is working to serve as the catalyst, as the connector – bridging the gap between the leaders and the people.

This past month, OneVoice youth from Israel, Palestine, and the international community brought their message before an array of world leaders, challenging them with their demands for progress at the negotiations table and their visions for a better future.

OneVoice is launching imagine 2018 to inspire and motivate the Israeli and Palestinian people, by asking youth to visualize what the region would look like in 10 years if a peace agreement were to be signed in 2008. The objective is to challenge people to regain hope and inspire their own communities to take action toward supporting their leaders through a negotiations process which will lead to the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel.

You want to get involved and find out more? See here.


Really hope you'll be able to join us for One Voice's event next week on Tuesday 1st July at St Ethelburga's Centre from 6- 8 pm. Nisreen is an incredible woman and well worth hearing from.

On Tuesday 1st July Nisreen Shaheen, OneVoice’s Palestinian General Director, will be speaking about her work in engaging civil society in Palestine at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace from in conjunction with the City Circle. St Ethelburga's, 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG (nearest tube: Liverpool Street).

On Wednesday 2nd July for those of you in Coventry, Nisreen Shaheen will be speaking at Habibi's restaurant from 7pm. Habibi Restaurant, 142 Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5DY.

SAVE ZIMBABWE FROM MUGABE


During our trip to Southern Africa, organised by ACTSA, we met youth leaders from Zimbabwe. At first sight, it was like being at a students conference talking about free education and student governance - wanting to be the vanguard of society, never again wanting to be in the same situation as now.

But when this was overshadowed by the arrests and torture that young activists face on an almost daily basis, I felt humbled by seeing their world through their eyes and gaining a much deeper insight into the issues surrounding Zimbabwe, such as when one comrade explained that after its independence, Zimbabwe failed to put any checks and balances on the power over its people.

Those that have been forced to flee the country travel crocodile-infested waters to cross the border to South Africa, and even when they find refuge in the countries they flee to - are exposed to destitution as they have lost everything.


While SADC and the international community's credibility, the youth organisers are organising "get out the vote" rallies, going individually to mobilise neighbours in local communities. Neighbours that are faced with famine as the ruling party ZANU-PF tell them that if they don't vote for them, they won't get any food. Neighbours who tell democracy activists that "whatever happens, we are dying", where a loaf of bread for voting for ZANU-PF is important to survive the day than voting for MDC under the threat of torture or death.
But the young people we met are going into the elections to give Zimbabweans another fighting chance. They warned that as important as showing international solidarity was, it was critical to listen to the Zimbabwean organisations working on the ground before taking action. Similarly, people considering military intervention would be well advised to learn from the mistakes of previous invasions of other countries. If there was a change of government, they argued that this should not be a transfer of power, but changing the role of the state and it's relationship with its people.

However, we do need to challenge the policy of conditionality of international aid by many governments and hold those companies still involved in the Zimbabwean economy, as by doing so, they are indirectly funding the guns and torture chambers used by Mugabe to oppress his people.



If there is one message that brings together the different stories throughout the day, from the journey through apartheid, the struggle for inequality in the new South African democracy to the fight against oppression and torture in Zimbabwe, it is that we can humbly follow the example of our comrades - "Young people are capable, when aroused of bringing down the towers of repression and raising the banners of freedom" (Nelson Mandela).

It may look like we're playing on different football fields in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality, but what links us all together is that wherever we are, history is repeated, from the oppression in South Africa in the apartheid years to that of Zimbabwe and Swaziland today. So in our 24/7 lifestyle, it may seem like a struggle to think for a moment, let alone take action in solidarity with our friends in this region - but that struggle is nothing compared to the struggle that they endure on a daily basis.

Please act now by protesting to the Zimbabwean government to stop all violence and detention of trade unionists and for them to use their influence with the authorities to secure the immediate release of the ZCTU leadership.


In elections this March, the people of Zimbabwe sent a clear message: Morgan Tsvangirai, not Robert Mugabe, should lead their government.

Since then, through a campaign of violence, fraud, and intimidation, Mugabe's government has undermined any hope for a legitimate run-off on June 27. The MDC has, appropriately, withdrawn. But this is not a concession of victory -- it is an acknowledgment of reality.

Now, the world's eyes turn to the leaders of Southern Africa -- without whom even Mugabe cannot retain power. Please sign on to this message to Thabo Mbeki and other Southern African leaders, and Avaaz will deliver it this week in newspaper ads throughout the region (click the image on right to see a mock-up)!

Below is a short note you can send to tell people about this campaign. Please only send it to people you know personally. Spam won't help our cause!

Click here to open a new email and invite your friends, family and colleagues to get involved.

If you would like to find out more about out European and International activities click here, fill in our survey to join the network or contact compassyouth7@gmail.com.

DISCUSSION ON CLASS AND CULTURE

Special offer to Compass members

Save £20 on Soundings discussion day on class and culture

Saturday 28 June 2008 10am-4.30pm

Speakers: Zoe Gannon, Gareth Stedman Jones, Beatrix Campbell, Jon Cruddas MP, Andrew Pearmain, Mark Perryman, Leslie Sklair, Jane Wills

Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3

Class has been the central organising principle in the history of left politics, but it is frequently argued that a class-based society is now giving way to a more individualised, meritocratic culture. There clearly have been changes – which we will be discussing on the 28th – but class still remains a constitutive part of capitalism. How should we now think about class and politics?

Sessions on Class, history and culture; Class and globalisation; Nation and class,
The middle classes; A new politics of class.

Registration is normally £50 for non-subscribers (including lunch) but we are offering Compass members the same rate as Soundings subscribers - £30. To reserve a place, go here. You can also take out a Soundings standing order subscription with your ticket for only an additional £20. A total of £50 will cover the costs of admission and a year’s subscription. For subscription and ticket order form go here.

VICTORY IS SWEET


At last Friday’s meeting of SOAS Governing body, the decision was made to ensure that all outsourced contracted workers receive the London Living wage-currently £7.20/hour. At present SOAS cleaners are currently paid £5.52ph, the minimum wage. Although the decision falls short of SOAS Justice for Cleaners Campaign which demanded that cleaning services are brought back in-house, this result is clearly a victory for SOAS cleaners who have campaigned tirelessly since Jan 2007 for a decent living wage.


The SOAS J4C campaign will scrutinise the agreements to ensure that when new contractors are selected SOAS upholds this agreement and also holiday, sick pay and pension rights are in line with the GLA LLW policies.

It’s ironic that the school have claimed this as a victory by blocking our demands to bring it in-house when they wouldn't even be considering paying LLW if it wasn’t for this campaign and the unearthing of the rotten treatment of the cleaners last December.

COMPASS YOUTH IN PHOTOS: GOING GLOBAL









All of the pictures above were taken during Compass Youth's plenary seesion at this years Robin Cook memorial conference. The panel were Zoe Gannon (Compass researcher into drug companies, on the left hand side), Alejandro Olmos (Spanish Socialist Party, second from the right); Prof Richard Wilkinson (Univ. of Nottingham Medical School, second left); Alevero Sanchez (Venezualan Embassy, speaking in the first picture); Samuel Tarry (Chair, Compass Youth, furthest right).

If you came along we hope you enjoyed the session. If not, we hope to see you next time!

BNP BACK BORIS DECISION TO CUT ANTI RACISM FROM RISE FESTIVAL

Richard Barnbrook, the oddball BNP member of the London Assembly has strongly welcomed Boris Johnson's decision to cut anti-racism from the Rise music festival funded by the GLA.
This follows the decision of Boris Johnson to drop the central message of the festival which was 'London united against racism' from the publicity and character of the event.

A spokesperson for the National Assembly Against Racism said:

''This is the 'different' kind of anti-racism Munira Mirza, Boris Johnson's advisor on culture, was talking about on the BBC - one that is welcomed by the BNP. The BNP judged accurately in giving its second preferences votes to Boris Johnson - the first time that the BNP endorsed a mainstream candidate for Mayor. They were relying on Boris Johnson to dismantle the defences against racism in London and he is doing just that. The fact that Johnson/Mirza's position is welcomed by the BNP shows the real issues involved.'

Samuel Tarry Chair of Compass Youth and London Young Labour Anti Racism Officer said:

"The fact that Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London has already moved to make such a blatant political gesture is indicative of what we will come to expect from the new Tory administration at City Hall. You would have thought given the accusations of racism levelled at Boris Johnson from the Black and Asian communities in London during the Mayoral election then he would have made every effort to dispel those ideas. Instead at a time of increased racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism he pulls the plug on the anti racist message of one of London's biggest free music festivals. Given the momentum of the BNP at the moment and the fact that they openly backed his run for City Hall he has gifted them another opportunity to come out in support of his agenda and claim credit for this move"

youthchair@compassonline.org.uk


BORIS CUTS ANTI RACISM FROM RISE FESTIVAL


The National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR) has been informed by the Greater London Authority that anti-racism will no longer be a central element of the annual 'Rise: London united against racism festival' due to take place in July.

A free anti-racist music festival has been held in London by the trade unions since 1996. Since 2001 this was supported by the Mayor of London, the trade unions and the National Assembly Against Racism - Britain's broadest anti-racist coalition. It was Europe's largest anti-racist music festival.

The festival has consistently attracted major international and homegrown talent to perform for fees far less than the would commercially command because of the anti racist message.

In 2005, the festival, with artists including artists Lemar
, Billy Bragg, and Suggs, was part of a series of events helping celebrate London's unity in the aftermath of the terrorist bombings of 7 July that year.

This year the central anti-racist message of the festival has been dropped by Boris Johnson's administration.


Initial publicity for the festival confirms this dropping the message 'London united against racism' - indeed not mentioning racism at all.


A spokesperson for NAAR said:

'We were contacted by the Greater London Authority last week and told anti-racism will no longer be the central message of the Rise festival.

'This is confirmed by initial publicity which drops the message "London united against racism" and all reference to opposing racism.

'Support for the festival from performers and communities has always been based on this anti-racist message so the change is sure to be highly controversial.

'The sincerity of Boris Johnson's claimed commitment to opposing racism in his election campaign is shown to by that fact that one of his first decisions is to abandon Europe's biggest anti-racist festival.'

STATEMENT BY COMPASS YOUTH CHAIR ON 42 DAYS / TRICKETT RESIGNATION

I would like firstly to thank Jon for all the hard work he has put in for Compass and Compass Youth over the past few years. He has always made time to hear our arguments and mentored many of us as we develop as young socialists and young Trades Unionists. It is Jon who has pushed with myself and others on the Compass Management Committee to make Compass's policy making process's, including the forthcoming one as participative and democratic as possible, that genuinely reach the grass roots and rank and file members.

Jon understands that for Compass to be a success we much build a genuine movement for social change - not just a current within the Labour party, but something that mobilises and involves people across the Labour movement and wider civic society. On this issue of detention without trial though Jon found himself seriously out of step with Compass grass roots members. Yesterday the Compass Youth Organising Committee took a collective decision to individually lobby Jon over his announced decision to support the Government. We now fully support Jon in the decision he has taken and believe that it is the correct one and the decent thing to do. Many a lesser politician would have clung on in the face of opposition from grass roots and rank and file activists.

I know that Jon will continue to support the Compass project and I am sure will continue to build the movement. The fact that he took the time to write individual replies to every activist that took the time to lobby him shows that he listens and values the opinions of those who form the backbone of Compass and the work it does. Our Comrades on the left I believe have been to quick to judge him, will for example the 9 Campaign group MP's who voted with the Government now resign from the Campaign group too?

There were also at least another 7 Compass MP's besides Emily Thornberry who voted against the Government. Given that Compass is a far looser political grouping then the Campaign group with far less control over its associated MP's I hope that then due respect will be afforded to Compass because of this and that interested parties will feel able to partake in the forthcoming Compass Conference.

It is a shame that some persons who wrote to Jon Trickett did so in an abusive and derisory manner- That is not the way in which Compass Youth operates and Jon Trickett has personally thanked us for the constructive manner in which we addressed our concerns to him. It seems the hard left has lurched into denouncements and sectarianism that has for decades seen the left weakened, divided and incapable of moving forward to actually make tangible achievements for working people. Despite the fundamental disagreement with John Trickett and other Labour MP's who voted for this abominable measure we should engage them with debate and argument to win them over to our ideas.

Samuel Tarry

Chair - Compass Youth
youthchair@compassonline.org.uk

42 DAYS - LETTERS TO JON CRUDDAS AND JON TRICKETT

Many members of Compass Youth have been lobbying hard to try and win over their local MP's and both Jon Cruddas and Jon Trickett, below we publish two letters from CYOC member's Tom Miller and Dan Elton, many more have been sent. Many many Compass members and those on the wider left will be bitterly disappointed as to the decision by our two leading MP's. However Compass is bigger then just two MP's, who as inexcusable as it may be, seem to have been pushed into a corner: Vote for 42 days or face the prospect of Brown going and Labour losing the general election to a landslide defeat. I do though wish that they had considered the impact this has on wider society and asked a simple question: Can I put party politics aside and vote on the basis of what is decent and proper. Nevertheless - Compass has been building a formidable coalition and that included comrades from Labour briefing and the LRC who are becoming more receptive to the fact that we have actually sat down and produced an analysis of societies and the economies ills and of course the problems with the political sphere. This was the programme for renewal - the best piece of work produced by the democratic left for many years. Something that socialists could actually build on as stepping stones to hard policy that is not just social, democratic and entwined with the delivery of genuine equality - not the savage unleashing of free market forces in the hope of some trickle down effect, which explained with the kind of political story compass have developed would be seriously electable. I say to the LRC and other comrades on the broader left - get involved - help develop those polices in a democratic and participative process. Because through that process we can build a new social movement, not just a current within the Labour party - but something far stronger, deep set and far reaching.

Samuel Tarry - Chair, Compass Youth


"Dear Jons',

I'm afraid I must object strongly to your decision, as published by the Guardian, to vote for the current bill allowing the Government to detain potentially innocent terrorism suspects for 42 days. I'm sure I don't have to list the reel of stakeholders who object to the bill; suffice it to say that, if those who favour civil rights cannot look to Compass, they have little place other than the Lib Dems to look to.

That in itself is a disgraceful situation which will marginalise and confine those who fight for the basic freedoms on which both liberal democracy and the working class movement in this country were founded on, and depend upon.

Many of the concessions offered by the government are powerful ones. Yet, as someone who myself has completed pieces of lengthy research into the interrelation of human rights and the Government's various strategies on terrorism, I must agree with David Panick QC in the assessment that this legislation is not ECHR compatible. On this ground alone, in my view, the legislation should be voted down - leaving aside the potential effects on innocent individuals, the Muslim community, and the unnecessarily wide application of the current Bill.

However, I write to you not as a constituent, but chiefly in my role as a committed and long term public supporter of Compass. This has already caused a ruckus across the left which has publicly embarrassed the organisation; we must also prepare for the onslaught from the right which will pick apart the inconsistency between our members and elected representatives at Compass, and yourselves.

Compass's time will be soon. It is more imperative than ever that this kind of situation is avoided. I am not aware as to whether any concessions have been offered by the government in return for your votes on these matters, but in any event, I am convinced that Compass
is in a position strong enough within the Labour Party to apply pressure for concessions wherever it wants them. There is no need to pursue actions along the lines to which you are currently committed.

I have tremendous respect for both of you, but must register my strong objection to your planned course of action.

I hope, given the level of opposition to the policy within the group for which both of you are public faces, that you will once again consider your votes, and at the vary least think about debating the breadth of application of the measure, in order that the resulting record in Hansard may be used in the courts as part of a Pepper v Hart approach to interpreting the legislation.

It saddens me greatly to have to look to the opportunism of the Conservatives for the protection of my civil rights.

Best regards,

Tom Miller

Compass Youth Organising Committee"

"Dear Jon and Jon,


I am writing to express my dismay at your decision to vote to extend detention without charge to 42 days tomorrow. Before I explain why I am so concerned, let me underscore how much I admire and respect you both. You are part of the reason why I have stayed in the party, and have often wished there were 400 other Labour MPs just like you. That is what has made your decisions even more devastating for me.


I am sure that many others have written to you about basic moral reasons why this is simply wrong. When I read that we are even debating for how long the government can take you away from your family and your community without telling you why, I find it hardly credible. Not only is it wrong but it is wrong-headed. The police are a bureaucracy like any other and will always ask for more pay, more resources and more time. By extending the time available to remove someone's liberty without having to charge or release is likely to make them less effective not more so.


But what I can not emphasise enough is the damage that this will do to what so many of us are working for. I am just a Compass activist who works very hard. However, many of my colleagues in Compass Youth are working tirelessly to support those we consider our leaders such as you. We are drawing in all sorts of young people: Those who are Labour loyalists by nature but feel they must take a stand; Those who join the Far Left as a way of opposing radical Blairism but do not want the party stranded in 1983; And young people who are intensely political but are highly sceptical of organised parties. This is painstaking work, and every individual needs convincing and persuading to let go of their cynicism. I imagine it is the same for those working to expand the organisation in trade unions, CLPs and other areas. In one vote, you are threatening to destroy our credibility with all three groups and amputate our efforts.


Please do not misunderstand me. I am not trying to put our voluntary work ahead of your profound parliamentary responsibilities. But what we are trying to do is build a base for politicians like you. We are trying to strengthen your hand, to accumulate your political capital, so you can spend it as you see fit. Your next move can now destroy what we have given so much of our free time, and even some of our work time, to create. I am begging you, please don't do it.


Bevan said that you have to choose between the 12 pieces of silver and the crown of thorns. If you follow this course you'll forfeit both. Please think again before committing to this self-destructive and regressive path.

Yours,

Daniel Elton
Compass Youth Secretary"

BORN FREE AND EQUAL - HOW CAN WE DELIVER EQUALITY?

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Compass Youth will be facilitating a session on "Going global in the fight against inequality"

Given that the progressive left is out of breath in Europe and across the world in the face of the increasing cultural hegemony of the right, it is critical that we work together on the ideas and the actions needed to deliver change.

How can we build coalitions on key issues through a “global reach, local impact” approach?

How can we better connect with our progressive soulmates abroad?

How can we find local solutions to global issues?

How can we promote a more social and democratic agenda that relates to people’s everyday lives?

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The Robin Cook Memorial Conference
Saturday 14 June 2008 • Institute of Education, London

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The first major gathering of progressives post the 2008 elections...

Over 60 speakers including:
Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP; Neal Lawson; Prof Ruth Lister CBE; Derek Simpson; Jon Cruddas MP; Polly Toynbee; Jon Trickett MP; Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP; Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; John Harris; Beatrix Campbell; Prof Danny Dorling; Chuka Umunna; Katharine Rake; Melissa Benn; Dr Tom Smith; Dr Alex Scott; Hilary Wainwright; Kate Green; Deborah Littman; Graeme Cooke; Matthew Pennycook; Tony Benn; Mick Shaw; Christine Shawcroft; Richard Murphy; Doreen Massey; Ann Pettifor; Jonathan Rutherford; Andrew Harrop; Patrick Diamond; Mark Perryman - who'll be joined by other leading figures from across the Left and wider progressive community...

Hosting over 35 sessions organised by the leading think tanks, pressure groups, NGOS and publications all at the one event including: The Fawcett Society; Searchlight; NUT; Socialist Health Association; The Fabian Society; Progress; Crisis; NUS; Campaign for Therapy; Demos; Liberty; UNISON; Unions Together; CPAG; Amnesty International; War on Want; IPPR; Fair Pay Network; nef; Migrants Rights Network; Barrow Cadbury Trust; Red Pepper; RENEWAL; Tribune; Friends of the Earth; Labour Left Briefing; Soundings; Age Concern England; Electoral Reform Society; Make Votes Count; CND; LGBT Labour; Unions 21; Unlock Democracy; Compass Youth...

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LONG HOT SUMMER PARTY

Compass Youth will be participating in the Long Hot Summer Party on Friday 13th June, the evening before Compass Conference. Organised by Philosophy Football, this party will feature a mix of music and dancefloor, art and photography, poetry and ideas, food and drink.

Special offer : Half-price entry with your Compass Conference ticket, so why not make a weekend of it?

The venue is The Offside Bar and Gallery at 271 City Road, London EC1.
Nearest tube is The Angel . Starts 6.30pm.


COMPASS YOUTH IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE BIRTHDAY PLEDGE

Compass Youth will be participating in a youth & student leader delegation to Southern Africa organised by ACTSA. The delegation will visit South Africa and Swaziland between the 10th and 21st June 2008.

Participants will spend time in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa and Manzini and rural areas in Swaziland. The programme will include visits to the anti-apartheid museum, Robben Island, a local workers plant, a visit to parliament, peer HIV/AIDS education projects and much more.

There will be an opportunity to meet with peers from these southern African countries and develop lasting and shared relationships. There will also be a chance to experience first hand, the energy and colour of southern Africa but also the poverty and difficulties facing the region. There may also be the opportunity to visit other southern African countries as well as meetings with delegates from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

ACTSA have run two successful youth and student delegations to southern Africa in the last two years. Click here to read last year's report.

Mandela

On Friday 18 July 2008 millions of people throughout the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. It will be an occasion to recognise Mandela’s great qualities and also to focus on the achievements, opportunities and challenges of the movement for development, justice and rights for southern Africa. We celebrate the man and celebrate the movement.

ACTSA is encouraging people to run activities throughout 2008 and not just on or around Mandela’s actual birthday.

We want you to celebrate both Mandela the man and the movement which he led.

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In solidarity with our South African comrades and ACTSA, Compass Youth would like to encourage to sign this birthday pledge

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FACEBOOK

Join Compass and Compass Youth's joint facebook group here.

Compass Youth also runs a separate facebook 'page' here, and has his or her own special profile here.



Cute or what?