Young Labour is hosting its first ever Political School this weekend in Birmingham. Here's a little of what you can expect from a jam-packed day of politics.
What can we do to stop the rise of the far right?
How can we fight for secure work for young people? What is the role of trade unions in this?
What is the right response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria?
These are massive questions. There’s not one simple answer to any of them. But this weekend in Birmingham, Young Labour will be debating, discussing and learning about all of these issues, and many, many more.
Getting involved with Labour politics can open up a new world of international and domestic issues and ask your opinion on every single one of them. Our political school is a chance to hear from experts and people who have incredible experience, so that you can make your own mind up and take back something back to your own communities, letting it shape the activism that you choose to be a part of. It’s a chance for young members to develop their understanding of how politics works and how to respond to big challenges as community leaders.
We are delighted to be joined by organisations from across the movement. We’ll be talking with the Labour Campaign for International Development about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. We’ll be talking about what’s next for the NHS now bursaries are axed with campaigners from Unison. The Jewish Labour Movement will be talking about how we can combat anti-Semitism. We'll be joined by a UAF activist who saw the nightmare inspired by far-right extremism on Utøya in 2011. There’ll be the opportunity to learn about how to organise campaigns in your community with community organising pros.
Talking about politics is important. This is what Young Labour is for: a space for thousands of young people to come together and talk about things that interest them, but also talk about things they’ve never heard of. It’s okay to say, wait a second – what does that mean? Between school, uni or work, there’s not always the chance to discuss what something like universal basic income is and whether it’s a good idea for 2017. Learning about funding and policies for education and the NHS and other things that matter so much to us day to day shouldn’t be reserved for people who do politics at university. Here’s your chance to talk it over.
We can’t wait to see you at our political school in Birmingham on Saturday. If you’re not able to make it, follow the debate on #YLPS17