Due to the pressure of work, the National Education and Literature Working Group has not yet met in 2011, but below are some thoughts from working group convener Dave H.
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I think all branches have realised the need to step up their educational work with members and supporters, both in SA and in Resistance. Those who are becoming active need a solid grounding in socialist ideas if they are to be effective and survive in the chill ideological winds that constantly buffet anyone who sticks their head above the parapet and seriously questions the system.
Educational materials currently used by Melbourne branch have been circulated. We urge all branches to look at these carefully and consider making use of them.
Of course, on top of these two series there is a large space which can and must be filled with a range of other educational activities (especially for Resistance members): reading circles around articles in GLW; ad hoc guided discussions around key topics (imperialism and war, how capitalism works, women's oppression, etc.); and special seminars/conferences (on a Saturday afternoon) around particular topics or themes.
Above all the formal elements to our educational work, we need to develop a real culture of political discussion in SA and Resistance. We especially want comrades to read our books and pamphlets and talk about them.
The Resistance Books publishing program has slowed down a lot over the last several years. So far this year nothing has appeared. This too is due to the remorseless pressure of work. But we hope to produce the following before the end of the year: