Resolutions on youth and campus work adopted by the 11th National Conference of Socialist Alliance

Resolutions on youth and campus work adopted by the 11th National Conference of Socialist Alliance

  1. That branches prioritise getting their youth membership to the Radical Ideas 2015 event in December, including fundraising if required to subsidise comrades’ travel.
  2. We reaffirm our party's strategic commitment to recruiting and training young activists, including building youth leadership in branches.
  3. RYSA members, nationally and in branches, are empowered to meet and organise to advance Resistance's goals of: organising a national youth education conference; organising young people to build Socialist Alliance; and helping to recruit and integrate youth into Socialist Alliance. As with other areas of Alliance work, Resistance bodies are accountable to the relevant branch or national bodies of Socialist Alliance.
  4. Socialist Alliance and its youth wing should continue to prioritise building and/or rebuilding bases on campus. This should be a top priority in all branches in terms of allocation of branch resources. Whilst it is the priority of the youth to build and rebuild bases on campus, it should be the prerogative of branches and clubs to determine campaign focuses on campuses they’re intervening in rather than setting a national campaign priority.
  5. The National Conference empowers the National Executive in collaboration with the Resistance leadership to explore options in regards to membership and subscription deals for campus joiners.
  6. That we commit to a mid-year second semester re-launch of RYSA/SA on campuses for mid-year o’week events. This would include a new series of information material about Resistance.
  7. That our organisation develops an educational as a way of explaining the difference between the political practice of Socialist Alliance as compared to identity politics and other ideas current in the student arena. That we empower the new RYSA executive to work with the SA education working group in developing this new educational.
  8. That youth work take a particular focus on campus intervention by starting to firmly plant a regular presence on university campuses through the establishment of clubs and/or weekly stalls or GLW selling.
  9. That work done on campus be structured so as to do the best intervention possible by consolidating our intervention and prioritising where the most promising work can be done.
  10. That branches work on ways to become more engaged with and visible to youth and students through methods of postering, holding events on campus and having themed stalls around current campaigns or introduction to socialism classes.
  11. That the education and integration of youth and student recruits continue to be prioritized, ensuring that introductory level political ideas are covered as soon as possible, for example, through casual ITS and ITM sessions run by pairs of experienced and non-experienced comrades.
  12. That campus and youth work is organised under the direction of the branch, and campus organisers prioritise the integration of new campus joiners into the branch. This will assist the training of youth comrades by being involved in movement work outside of student work and benefit from the open discussion of campus work in branch meetings.
  13. That our campus intervention include RYSA initiating campaigns and protests alongside the building of collaborative relationships between other progressive groups and networks.
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