Steering committee

Hopi steering committee as elected at the Hopi annual conference on February 12 2011.

Yassamine Mather, Glasgow (Hopi chair)

Yassamine Mather is an Iranian socialist in exile in Scotland. Her political activities on the Iranian left started in the 1980s in Tehran and later in Kurdistan. In exile, she has been a member of the coordinating committee of Workers Left Unity Iran. She is a member of the Centre for Socialist Theory and Movements (Glasgow University) and the deputy editor of the journal Critique. Recently she has been active in the Hands Off the People of Iran campaign and a member of the Faslane academic blockade.

Mark Fischer, London (Hopi secretary)

Mark FischerMark is the national organiser of the CPGB and a member of its leadership. He has been centrallyl involved in setting up Hopi.

Marsha Jane Thompson, London

I am a member of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC), elected to the LRC National Committee and co-Chair of the Socialist Youth Network (SYN), youth wing of the LRC. I was instrumental in securing the affiliation of both SYN and more recently the LRC to HOPI and would like to continue this work as a member of the Steering Committee.  I am also a UNISON activist and Chair of UNISON United Left the broad left organisation within UNISON. I believe that the working class movement needs to show solidarity with the people of Iran, who face the prospect of imperialist aggression, without offering uncritical support to a sexist, homophobic and anti-working class theocracy. To do this we need to build the widest possible support within the trade union movement in particular.

Moshé Machover, London

Moshe MachoverMoshé Machover is an Israeli socialist, founding member (1962) of the Socialist Organization in Israel (Matzpen). In the 1970s and 80s, he was co-editor of Khamsin, Journal of revolutionary socialists of the Middle East. He is on the Editorial Board of Middle East Forum (formerly Iran Bulletin). He is author of many articles on the Middle East and socialist theory, as well as of several books, including Laws of Chaos: A probabilistic Approach to Political Economy (co-authored with Emmanuel Farjoun), Verso, 1983.

Chris Strafford, Manchester

I am a member of the CPGB and Communist Students based in Manchester. I have been involved in HOPI since its expulsion from Stop the War and have worked to build the campaign through helping to organise meetings in Manchester, going to ASLEF conference and organising news stories for the website. Over the next year I think HOPI needs to strengthen its links with the trade union affiliates we have, as well as winning new union branches as affiliates.

Torab Saleth, London

Torab Saleth is an Iranian Socialist who was a member of the International Executive Committee of the USFI (United Secretariat of the Fourth International) at the time of the Iranian Revolution and the National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party of Iran. He was very critical of the USFI’s line on Iran and left that organisation in 1984. In exile he was the editor of the journal ‘Socialism and Revolution’, he is currently on the editorial board of the journal Critique  and a prominent  member of Workers Left Unity Iran.

Nasrollah Noori, London

Nasrollah is a member of Rahe Kargar

Charlie Pottins, London

Charlie Pottins lowCharlie is a member of the Jewish Socialists Group and Brent Trade Union Council

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