Monthly Archives: November 2019

Seattle City Council election: Socialists defeat Jeff Bezos and Amazon

By Michael O’Brien It is not typical for a city council election contest in the US to be the subject of national and international attention. Socialist Alternative (US sister organisation of the Socialist Party) councillor Kshama Sawant’s successful defence of her seat was one such case. The concerted attempt by wealthy Republican Party donors and big corporations to unseat her ...

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Socialist Party Policy on Dealing with Complaints of Sexual Harassment or Assault

The Socialist Party is committed to the struggle of the working class and all the oppressed for socialist change by overthrowing capitalism as a system, and all the injustices and inequalities that this system perpetuates. This includes sexism in all its forms. To this end, the Socialist Party is committed to ensuring women and gender non-conforming people play a full role ...

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Socialist Party Procedure for Safeguarding Young People

Scope This procedure must be read and applied in conjunction with the policy for safeguarding young people. This procedure applies to all members of the party. Definitions “The party”, refers to the Socialist Party. “Member(s)” refers to any member of the Socialist Party. The term young person, for the purpose of this procedure refers to any member of the party ...

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Socialist Party Policy on Safeguarding Young People

This policy applies to any member, supporter or participant at events organised by the Socialist Party who is under 18 years of age. This policy flows from the relevant legislation North and South. Parents or carers who attend events with children remain responsible for arrangements such as informal childcare during these events. The Socialist Party recognises the important role young ...

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Socialist Party Procedure for Reporting Sexual Harassment

The reporting of sexual harassment can be difficult, so the Socialist Party aims to make the process as clear and straightforward as possible. The term “authoritative member” is used throughout this document. Members are considered authoritative by virtue of; Their personal or professional experience and expertise,Their standing within the organisation as defined by the length of their membership, level of ...

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Vote Fiona Ryan in Cork North By-Election

Text of leaflet for Socialist Party member and Solidarity Councillor Fiona Ryan’s By-Election campaign. Use your vote to strike back  Years of misrule by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are bringing us down: 10,400 officially homeless Record high rents at €1,372 per month in Cork City  Unaffordable childcare – €845 per month in Cork City  A cost of living crisis, ...

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2019: A turning point

By Per-Ake Westerlund from the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated  2019 marks a definite political turning point globally. Particularly in the last months, we have seen mass struggles and general strikes around the world with revolutionary characteristics. This is a mass explosion, a result of accumulated ...

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Northern Ireland: End Gender Based Violence

By Lucy Marron Northern Ireland, tied with Romania, is the region with the highest reported rate of femicide in Europe. One-fifth of women in the North will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and domestic abuse crimes have increased by 68% since 2004 at a time when funding for services and refuges for those fleeing abuse is ...

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Prince Andrew: a stomach-churning example of the unaccountable, super-rich elite

By Jacqui Berry, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England and Wales) “Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do” sneered Prince Andrew as he struggled to contain his disdain for ordinary people.  In an astonishing interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew spectacularly failed in his attempts to distance himself from convicted sex offender ...

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Mental health crisis and the system

By Michael Shields In Ireland and across the world, people are grappling with a mental health crisis. According to Mental Health Ireland’s most recent figures, one in 12 Irish people are affected by depression, and one in 10 children experience mental health problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there are 300 million people living with depression worldwide, 23 million ...

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