Lindsey German introduced a session on imperialism and the Stop the War Coalition.
She began by highlighting the scale of mass resistance to Israel’s attack on Gaza, which she described as a “phenomenal response”.
The protests over Gaza had reinvigorated anti-war activists while also mobilising a large number of new people.
“This has been a resurgence of the movement – and Stop the War has put itself at the front of it,” she said.
Lindsey pointed out there are a number of organisations vying for the support of the protesters. Socialists “have to fight to hegemonise the movement”, she argued.
Lots of people spoke about their experience of building Stop the War in their areas and workplaces. There was pride in how local groups had rapidly responded to the assault on Gaza.
Dominic from Essex university talked about how the anti-war movement had shaped political life on campus – and how many people involved in anti-war activity had joined the SWP.
There was also a sharp debate about how the anti‑war movement fits into the party’s other political work.
Comrades agreed that the economic crisis will lead to more global instability – and that building the Stop the War Coalition would therefore continue to be one of the central tasks for the party.