The first policy-making conference of Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement took place in Glasgow last weekend.
The conference opened with inspiring speeches from leading human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, Rose Gentle of Military Families Against the War and Solidarity co-chair Tommy Sheridan.
Conference gave both Aamer and Rose standing ovations, while Tommy expressed the feelings of those present when he argued that showing support for outstanding fighters like them was what Solidarity was all about.
That same spirit of solidarity with those in struggle was also in evidence later in the day when conference was addressed by a postal worker, a civil service workers and a striking Glasgow day centre worker.
Amid the many debates and decisions which took place over two days, members agreed to support the activities of the National Shop Stewards Network and the Organising For Fighting Unions, to oppose all anti-terror laws and to offer support to Aamer Anwar, and to affiliate to the Stop the War Coalition.
Importantly, the conference also unanimously backed a resolution which stressed the need to look outwards and to engage in discussion and debate with all those in Scotland who are seeking to build an electoral alternative to New Labour.
Solidarity is well-placed to initiate such a process.