The DSP seeks to build a mass revolutionary socialist party that is capable of organising the Australian working class to bring into being a socialist society through replacing the political rule of the capitalist class with a working people’s government.
Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez once again sent waves of shock through the US elite, and the corporate media, by using his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 20 not for diplomatic niceties but to expose the reality of US imperialism’s domination of the world and to call for a global struggle to end it.
The rising tide of enthusiasm for Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution is reaching Australia. This was seen at the Fourth National Latin American Solidarity Conference held in Sydney on September 29, the biggest such solidarity gathering in over a decade.
Convened by the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network (AVSN) and the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (ACFS), and hosted by the Research Initiative on International Activism at Sydney’s University of Technology, the conference attracted 250 people to discuss “The Empire’s Weakest Link: Venezuela, Cuba and the Rebellion in the Americas”.
'We stand for socialism, a society that is run by and for the working-class majority' - Socialist Alliance candidate
"We stand for socialism, a society that is run by and for the vast working-class majority, a society in which the needs of the mass of people come first, not the greed of a handful of mega-millionaires", explains Margarita Windisch, Socialist Alliance candidate in the November 25 Victorian elections.
Socialist Alliance candidate Sam Watson scored 1.9% of the vote in Brisbane Central but the real successes were what we achieved on the ground, raising issues that the other parties ignore - from Aboriginal stolen wages to Black deaths in custody to homelessness and the prioritisation of corporate handouts over public health.
Comrade John Cummins made a big difference in working class politics in Australia. While many thousands from his generation were radicalised around a socialist vision for the working class movement, few persisted with the struggle as Comrade Cummins did, and even fewer persisted with such effectiveness.
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Cuba’s revolution and the new generation
After a vigorous debate, delegates to the Democratic Socialist Perspective’s 22nd Congress on January 5-8 reaffirmed the DSP's commitment to building the Socialist Alliance as a new party project. (Read the Green Left Weekly article on the congress here.) The following reports were delivered to the congress:
The following statement was issued by the Socialist Alliance, of which the DSP is an affiliate, on July 18, 2006
Israel’s incessant and indiscriminate bombardment of Lebanon in response to Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 is an outright act of terrorism. It is a continuation of the Israeli state’s ongoing war against the Palestinian people, which has in the last few weeks turned the Gaza Strip into a massive prison. The collective punishment of the Lebanese people, with air strikes on civilian populations around the country and the deliberate destruction of public infrastructure, is a war crime.