Participants

Tariq Ali

Author, activist, journalist, film-maker. Tariq Ali has been a central figure on the British left since the 1960s. From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan he has been a key critic of imperialism as well as the racism and islamophobia it breeds. Author of numerous books and screenplays, including the forthcoming The Extreme Centre: A Warning, and editor of New Left Review, no serious event of the radical left in this country would be complete without Tariq Ali.

Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is a social geographer working on issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. He is the author of a number of books, including All That Is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster and, more recently, Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists.

Clive Lewis MP

Clive Lewis MP is a Labour Member of Parliament for Norwich South and a shadow minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has been involved in a number of anti-cuts campaigns and has spoken on People’s Assembly platforms.

Feyzi Ismail

Feyzi teaches at SOAS, University of London, and has been active in UCU and the student movement of 2010. She is a contributor to The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, and a member of the Counterfire editorial board.

Events:
How oppression divides: Women's liberation, race and class. 10:30–11:45am

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray is a British campaigner, journalist and Chair of the Stop the War Coalition. Murray has been a senior official for several trade unions over a couple of decades and is presently Chief of Staff for Unite the Union.

Twitter:
@apdmurray
Events:
How can the left win? 5:15–6:00pm

Francesca Martinez

Actor, comedian, disability rights campaigner, People’s Assembly spokesperson and now author, Francesca Martinez is one of the sharpest, angriest (and busiest) standup comedians out there. She has recently turned her acclaimed show What the **** is normal? into a book which has garnered rave reviews from everyone from Russell Brand to The Sunday Times. She is the organiser of the #JC4PM tour.

Tom Mills

Tom Mills is the author of the forthcoming book BBC: The Myth of Public Service. Tom has a PhD in sociology from the University of Bath, where he works as a researcher.

Events:
Who controls the media and how do we get it back? 3:45–5:00pm

James Schneider

James Schneider is a leading activist with Momentum, Senior Correspondent at New African magazine and was formerly the Editor-in-chief of Think Africa Press. He has a particular interest in the study of political economy, capital flows, and equitable development. He is also a frequent media commentator on African affairs.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson is the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and a founder member of Left Unity. She was instrumental in building the Stop the War Coalition and was one of the organisers of the million-strong 2003 demonstration against the invasion of Iraq. She has written widely on a number of subjects and spoken on many platforms. She is active in the People’s Assembly and the Greece Solidarity Campaign.

Twitter:
@kate4peace2015
Events:
Armed and unstable: The US elections and the new world disorder 10:30–11:45am

James Meadway

Radical economist James Meadway has been an important critic of austerity economics and at the forefront of efforts to promulgate an alternative. James is co-author of Crisis in the Eurozone (2012) and Marx for Today (2014).

Events:
The best of towns, the worst of towns. London in the age of big finance 2:15–3:30pm

Katherine Connelly

Kate Connelly is a writer and historian. She led school student strikes in the British anti-war movement in 2003, co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign in 2013 and is a leading member of Counterfire. Her book, Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire was published by Pluto Press last year.

Twitter:
@katefconnelly
Events:
How oppression divides: Women's liberation, race and class 10:30–11:45am

Elizabeth Mizon

A political writer and film-maker, Elizabeth Mizon is an upcoming journalist and media activist focused on exploring and interrogating mainstream narratives. As News and Politics writer for The Canary, co-director of Bristol Radical Film Festival, and producer of the 2015 press ethics documentary The Fourth Estate, she is an active member of the burgeoning radical media movement in Britain.

Twitter:
@elizabethethird
Website:
medium.com/@emizon
Events:
Who controls the media and how do we get it back? 3:45–5:00pm

Clare Solomon

As President of the University of London Union 2010-2011, Clare was a key organiser of the 2010 student rebellion. ‘Springtime: The New Student Rebellions’, her book on the student and youth revolts worldwide, co-edited with Tania Palmieri, is published by Verso. She is a leading member of the People’s Assembly and Counterfire.

Twitter:
@claresolomon73
Events:
How oppression divides: Women's liberation, race and class 10:30–11:45am

Sam Fairbairn

Sam Fairbairn is the national secretary of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity which has brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets to protest cuts and privatisation. He has been a life long political organiser and activist since getting involved with School Students Against the War in 2003. He has written for Counterfire and the Morning Star.

Twitter:
@samfairbairn
Events:
The Euro crisis, the left and the resistance 3:45–5:00pm

Shelly Asquith

Shelly Asquith is the president of the students’ union at the University of the Arts London.

Twitter:
@ShellyAsquith
Events:
A very British coup? Corbyn, the Blairites and the state 12:00–1:15pm

Alastair Stephens

Alastair Stephens has been a socialist his whole adult life and has been active in Unison and the TGWU. He studied Russian at Portsmouth, Middle East Politics at SOAS and writes regularly for the Counterfire website.

Events:
Armed and unstable: The US elections and the new world disorder 10:30–11:45am

Alex Snowdon

Alex Snowdon is a Counterfire activist in Newcastle and commissioning editor for the Counterfire website. He is active in People’s Assembly, Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the NUT.

Events:
Israel and anti-imperialism: Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitic 5:15–6:00pm

John Rees

John Rees is a writer, broadcaster and activist, and is one of the organisers of the People’s Assembly. His books include The Algebra of Revolution, Imperialism and Resistance, Timelines, A Political History of the Modern World, The People Demand, A Short History of the Arab Revolutions (co-author) and A People’s History of London (co-author). He is co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition. He is the founder of the Lilburne 400 anniversary conference and is writing a book on the Levellers for Verso, The Leveller Revolution.

Twitter:
@JohnWRees
Events:
The Marxist theory of political representation 3:45–5:00pm

Lindsey German

As national convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, Lindsey was a key organiser of the largest demonstration, and one of the largest mass movements, in British history. Her books include Material Girls: Women, Men and Work, Sex, Class and Socialism, A People’s History of London (co-author) and How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women.

Twitter:
@LindseyAGerman
Events:

The best of towns, the worst of towns, London in the age of big finance 2:15–3:30pm

How can the left win? 5:15–6:00pm

Stathis Kouvelakis

Stathis Kouvelakis is a writer, academic and activist who was a key figure of the left in the national leadership of Syriza and is one of the founder members of Popular Unity. He is author and editor of many books, including Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism and Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth, co-edited with Sebastian Budgen and Slavoj Zizek.

Events:
The Euro crisis, the left and the resistance 3:45–5:00pm

Des Freedman

Des Freedman is the author of The Contradictions of Media Power (2014) and teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Events:
Who controls the media and how do we get it back? 3:45–5:00pm

Kevin Ovenden

Kevin Ovenden is a progressive journalist who has followed politics and social movements for 25 years. He is a leading activist in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, led five successful aid convoys to break the siege on Gaza, and was aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship when Israeli commandoes boarded it killing 10 people in May 2010. He is author of Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth.

Events:
Islamophobia, immigration and the resistible rise of racism 2:15–3:30pm