WSPUS activity

June 2023 Forums World Socialist Movement WSPUS activity

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  • #81239
    jondwhite
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    What is the WSPUS activity like? I e-mailed them once and a member in NYC but got no reply. Do they meet?

    #88168
    hallblithe
    Participant

    FYI here is a reply from Comrade Rab WSPUS on this matter:
    Thank you for calling that post to the SPGB Forum (which I never have visited) re WSPUS activity. He must have e-mailed Darren ONeil who is our only comrade in NYC. I don’t know why Darren didn’t reply but I think he’s pretty busy being a full-time Dad.Below is a copy of my reply to Patrick Ndege, who asked a similar question last February: 
    The WSPUS is active mostly on line. Over the last year, our Website (WSPUS.org) has averaged between 4500 and 9500 unique visits a month. We also maintain a Googlegroup for our membership to keep in touch and discuss issues that come up. (I am copying your message and this response to that group of comrades.)It is possible for people to buy socialist literature directly from our Website, and also to download material. If you browse around at WSPUS.org, you will find many articles to read, which can be printed out and reproduced for distribution.Regarding local activity on the ground, I can’t tell you much about other parts of the country, but here in the Boston area we distribute books, pamphlets, leaflets, magazines and DVDs regularly at local fairs, festivals, etc. Occasionally we will have a meeting where we invite new contacts to join us for a viewing of the SPGB’s DVD Capitalism & Other Kids Stuff.Since the postal address of the WSPUS is here in Boston, we also handle all the incoming postal mail; but lately that has slowed down to a trickle since so many people are on line. The postal correspondence carried on is mostly with American readers of the Standard who are incarcerated.In summary, we wish we could do more, but we do as much as we can. The USA is a large country and the WSPUS membership is only about 50 (although there is a much larger number of sympathizers).I hope this satisfied your curiosity!  May I ask what’s going on in your neck of the woods? No matter how much or how little one is able to do, it’s important that all of us socialists ‘keep on keeping on,’ as they say. There is no activity more important than spreading knowledge and understanding of the case for socialism.
    …I do not want to get involved in the SPGB Forum, as I already have enough on my plate! 
    For Socialism,
    Karla 

    #88169
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Much as I like the history and the title of the SPGB and much as I prefer the long title to the shortened ‘socialist party’ and the confusion that generates, this is surely yet another argument in favour of simply renaming ALL parties affiliated as World Socialist Party and then the country or area, so we would be World Socialist Party (UK) or even World Socialist Party (Eu). That can of worms aside, surely this forum should be called the WSM or WSP forum rather than the SPGB and encourage ALL member parties and comrades to contribute, even our US comrades!?!

    #88170
    Ozymandias
    Participant

    I think this forum is proving to be excellent. As I have said before I think the Yahoo groups forums should be discontinued and that all companion party forums should be incorporated into this one global site…much like the Zeitgeist website was like (before their imperious leader decided to completely scrap the forums wtih absolutely no recourse to Zeitgeist “members”).

    #88171
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    Ozymandias wrote:
    I think this forum is proving to be excellent. As I have said before I think the Yahoo groups forums should be discontinued and that all companion party forums should be incorporated into this one global site…much like the Zeitgeist website was like (before their imperious leader decided to completely scrap the forums wtih absolutely no recourse to Zeitgeist “members”).

     

    #88172
    jondwhite
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply about WSPUS.Members still use the mailing lists so they shouldn’t only have the option to use a forum. Likewise WSM companion parties already have forums older than this one so they shouldn’t be asked to stop using it. Some things are worth centralising but discussion is not one of them.

    #88173
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    jondwhite wrote:
    Thanks for the reply about WSPUS.Members still use the mailing lists so they shouldn’t only have the option to use a forum. Likewise WSM companion parties already have forums older than this one so they shouldn’t be asked to stop using it. Some things are worth centralising but discussion is not one of them.

    Nobody had to ask anyone to stop using the older forums, for apart from literally a few diehards, most have deserted the Yahoo lists in favour of this vastly superior medium.   Spintcom and Spopen are effectively dead but have yet to lie down :)

    #88174
    imposs1904
    Participant
    jondwhite wrote:
    What is the WSPUS activity like? I e-mailed them once and a member in NYC but got no reply. Do they meet?

     Hi jondwhite,just spotted this. I’m a member in NYC, but I don’t remember receiving your email. What email address did you contact?The WSPUS is very small and very dispersed across the country. I can’t speak for other members but family commitments does mean I can’t be as active as much as I would like.Writing that, I may be doing a stall at the Brooklyn Peace Fair at the end of this month. It really depends on the aforementioned family commitments.Cheers

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