On International Women’s Day 2010 a new political organisation called Counterfire was launched. The aim of the organisation was to eliminate the unnecessary barriers between socialist politics and the thousands of activists being drawn into opposition to austerity and war. Counterfire was a key component in launching the Coalition of Resistance and, through that coalition, the People’s Assembly, which has become the undisputed, essential vehicle for a united resistance to austerity. Even the TUC recognised the effectiveness of bringing anti-cuts activists and the unions together when it voted to support the Assembly after the 4,500-strong founding conference in June 2013.
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“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to keep moving forward.”
― Eduardo Galeano