Renewal and building strength for the struggles ahead
This is my first report as President of the SEARCH Foundation. How the world has changed in the 12 months since our last AGM! These changes underline the challenges and opportunities for SEARCH. We can meet the challenges and seize the opportunities if we press on with the renewal of SEARCH as a unified, inclusive and influential force that contributes to the wider Left through its ideas, policies and activities.
Globally, we have had the Brexit vote, the election of the extreme right-wing populist Trump as US President, the growth of right-wing movements and parties in Europe, dangerous confrontation in the South China Sea, and continuing bloody conflicts in the Middle East reflecting ongoing imperialist interference, big power conflicts, and the complexity of regional and national politics
including clashes between Islamist fundamentalisms and more secular political forces.
Left and progressive movements and parties are also emerging in response to the consequences of the GFC and the failures of neoliberalism, including Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, the election and re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as British Labour Party leader, and the strong showing of Bernie Sanders in the US Democratic Party primaries.
The challenge for the Left everywhere is to build support for its own policies rather than just respond to those of the populist Right.
Read the full report here: SEARCH_AGM_2016_President_s_Report
President’s Update – October 2016
I am writing to update members on some current SEARCH activities and issues, including decisions of the Committee at its meeting on Saturday (8 October).
In addition to these specific SEARCH activities, I want to acknowledge all our members who are active in their workplaces, unions, communities and movements fighting for progressive causes and in opposition to conservative neoliberal policies such as the Turnbull government’s latest moves on Gonski educational reforms, anti-union legislation, welfare “reform”, inhumane treatment of refugees, and refusal to allow a parliamentary vote on marriage equality.
1. Working Groups
The establishment of our working groups is proving its value as a way for members to become involved in and help extend our activities.
Read the full message here: President’s message 12 October 2016