An IYSSE international meeting series
The war in Ukraine and how to stop it
The historical and political origins of the US-NATO war against Russia
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The International Youth and Students for Social Equality—the student and youth movement of the International Committee of the Fourth International—is holding a series of meetings throughout the world to explain the evolution of the war in Ukraine and elaborate a socialist and internationalist strategy to end it.

As the war enters its second year, the US and NATO powers are moving ever more openly toward a direct war with Russia. The most advanced weaponry is being flooded into Ukraine, and behind the scenes there are plans for the deployment of NATO ground troops.

The world stands closer to a full-scale conflict between nuclear powers than at any point since the 1960s.

The Putin regime’s invasion of Ukraine was reactionary and reckless, launched to defend the interests of the Russian oligarchy. However, the war was instigated by the US and NATO powers with the aim of pursuing longstanding aims.

To fight against this war, young people must above all understand it. These meetings will address the following questions: What is the historical background to the war? What are the geopolitical interests driving the US and the NATO powers? What social and political factors shaped the Putin regime’s decision to invade Ukraine? What is the relationship between the war and the growth of the class struggle throughout the world?

We urge all students and youth to make plans to attend a meeting in your area. Further meetings are being scheduled. If there is not a meeting scheduled near you, contact the IYSSE using the form on this page.

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Meeting schedule
More events will continue to be announced internationally, including in France and Germany. Check back to this page to find out about new meetings planned in your region.
United Kingdom

Saturday, 18 March, 2:00 p.m.


Woodhouse Community centre

197 Woodhouse St, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 2NY

Tuesday March 21, 7:00 p.m.


Friends Meeting House

6 Mount Street, Manchester M25NS

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.


This meeting will now be held online, and not at the previously publicised venue.

Register here.

Saturday, March 25, 2:30 p.m.


The Hall, The Old Firestation

84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT

Tuesday 28th March, 7:00 p.m.


Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk St

Sheffield City Centre, S1 2JB

Saturday, May 6, 2pm


Spectrum Centre

1B Margaret Street


Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.


The Quaker Meeting House

The Institute room, 22 School Lane

L1 3BT

Saturday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.


Kala Sangam Arts Centre, St Peters House

1 Forster Court, Bradford BD1 4TY

Saturday, May 13, 4:00 p.m.


Cathays Community Centre

36-38 Cathays Terrace

CF24 4HX

For an up-to-date lists of all meetings taking place in Germany, see here.
United States
An additional meeting is currently being finalized in Seattle.

Thursday, March 9, noon

Wayne State University, Detroit

Hillberry A+B, Student Center

Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Pendleton Room (2nd Floor), Michigan Union

Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Saturday, March 18, 5 p.m.

Washington DC

Conference Room, Watterson House

224 2nd St SE, 20003

Speaker: Andre Damon

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Folwell Hall #108

Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.

University of Illinois, Chicago

Student Center East Room #613

Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m

University of Texas, Dallas

Engineering and Computer Science North building, Room 2.704

Speaker: Tom Carter

Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m.

New York University

Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life

C95 Lecture Hall

238 Thompson Street, NY 10012

Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Wednesday, April 19, 6.00 p.m.

University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA Humanities Kaplan 169

415 Portola Plaza, CA 90095

Thursday, April 20, 6.30 p.m.

University of California, Berkeley

Latimer Hall 120

Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Cambridge, Harvard Square

Christ Church Cambridge, Parish Hall

1 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 01238

Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Tuesday, April 25, 6 p.m.

San Diego State University

West Commons–230

Speaker: David North

Tuesday, April 25, 3 p.m.

Appalachian State University

Plemons Student Union, Room 169 Three Top Mountain

263 Locust St, Boone, NC 28608

Speaker: Andre Damon

Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m.

Seattle Public Library

University Branch Meeting Room

5009 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Speaker: Bryan Dyne

Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.


Lecture Theatre 2 (enter via Little Lonsdale Street)

Victoria University: City Queen Campus

295 Queen Street, VIC 3000

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.


Lecture Theatre V205 (Mathematics Building)

University of Newcastle (Callaghan campus)

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.


T2 Theatre

Macquarie University

14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Ave

Macquarie Park

Tuesday, April 4, 4 p.m.


Victoria University of Wellington

Room AM103 (Alan MacDiarmid building)

Sri Lanka

Tuesday, March 7, 3:00 p.m.


In front of Jaffna University

Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 p.m.


In front of the University of Peradeniya

Galaha Junction


Monday, March 20, 2:00 p.m.

São Paulo

Universidade de São Paulo

Auditório Nicolau Sevcenko, History Department, FFLCH


Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m.


Conrad Grebel University College, Room 1302

140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, N2L 3G6

Thursday, April 13, 6.30 p.m.


Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, A-2835 (2nd floor)

400 Sainte-Catherine Est, H2L 2C5

Sunday, June 4, 2:30 p.m.


Lillian H. Smith Branch—Toronto Public Library

Lillian H. Smith Auditorium (Basement floor)

239 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1R5 (at College and Huron—near Queen’s Park Subway)

The IYSSE takes the pandemic seriously and aims to minimize risk of COVID transmission. We encourage all attendees to wear an N95 mask throughout the event to protect yourself and others.
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