30-minute solidarity climate stoppage

Support UCU’s TUC motion for a 30-minute solidarity climate stoppage

Millions of school students across the globe have struck for climate justice. Their action has forced governments across the world and the UK parliament to declare a climate emergency. We need to keep up this pressure. If this is not achieved then the earth’s climate will have passed a dangerous tipping point with temperatures rising up to 4 degrees by the end of the century – in the lifetime of young people alive today.

Climate is a trade union issue. Trade unionists must play a central role in shaping the way society’s economic and social organisation meets the needs of future generations and the planet.

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KITES & KEYS

Waltham Forest Remembers Palestinian ‘Nakba’
(1948 catastrophe)
Bring your picnic!
Join us for a celebration in
Walthamstow Town Square!
4th May 1pm – 4pm• Kite decorating • Dabke dance workshop
• Poetry readings • Henna art & face painting
• Handmade gifts from Palestine
• Speakers from local Palestine solidarity organisations incl.
WFCOM, trade unions, Jewish groups, Cyclist for Palestine and more!

Southall Resists 40

In April, and beyond, this year, the communities of Southall and people from afar will honour the memories of Gurdip Singh Chaggar and Blair Peach. Both were killed in the locality by violence dictated by racism.

Gurdip Singh Chaggar, a young Asian boy, was an innocent victim of a racially motivated attack on 4 June during the hot summer of 1976. His untimely and senseless death galvanised young Asian people nationally to create their own political culture of self-organisation and self-defence as well as new artistic movements.

Blair Peach, an anti-racist schoolteacher, was killed on St Georges Day (23rd April) in the spring of 1979 by the Metropolitan Police’s Special Patrol Group.… Read on ...

Solidarity with the Birmingham Muslim community

We condemn this disgusting targeting of our Muslim sisters and brothers in Birmingham and we stand in solidarity with you. We call on all trade unionists to prioritise the fight to defend our communities against racist attacks and call for renewed funding of further education to deliver hope and understanding in the place of the ignorance and hatred that flourishes when educational opportunity is smashed.
We condemn the continual feed of “othering” of Muslims in our media and through institutional use of the Prevent strategy as part of the process of dehumanisation leaving our sisters and brothers open to attack, and continue our resistance to this.… Read on ...

Stansted 15

The Stansted 15 are a group of concerned citizens who peacefully stopped a deportation flight to Nigeria and Ghana at Stansted airport on 28 March 2017

They have now been convicted. The Stansted 15 expected to face retribution for their protest. They never expected to be found guilty of terrorism offences. But on Monday, the group became the first activists involved in a non-violent direct action protest to be convicted under laws that were formulated in response to the Lockerbie bombing. 

The group had information of people meant to be on that flight, who would be put in extreme danger if they were forcibly returned.… Read on ...

Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign

On Wednesday 21st November, a group of residents from Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign presented a petition to the full council meeting, requesting that the council ‘Safeguard Palestinian Solidarity’. [1] This was in response to the recent adoption of the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, without any caveat that would enable Palestinians and their supporters to continue to speak out freely about harmful actions of the Israeli government.

Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign are pleased that in response to our petition councillors Sirajul Islam, Kevin Brady, and Mayor John Biggs made supporting statements in solidarity with Palestine.… Read on ...

Treason: Rebel Warriors and Internationalist Traitors

Edited by Steve Cushion and Christian Høgsbjerg
ISBN 978-0-9930104-9-1
An Occasional Publication from The Socialist History Society [£5]

Book Launch 14th November 2019 6:30pm
Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE

Speakers:- Steve Cushion, Christian Høgsbjerg (chair) and Merilyn Moos

Treason: Rebel Warriors and Internationalist Traitors – Introduction – Dave Gilchrist (Bookmarks) and Christian Høgsbjerg
url:https://youtu.be/PW6PB5PX_jA


Treason: Rebel Warriors and Internationalist Traitors Resistance to the Nazis from 1933 from within the German workers’ movement (Merilyn Moos)
url:https://youtu.be/L4RN_Ts2ZY8

Treason: Rebel Warriors and Internationalist Traitors Steve Cushion
url:https://youtu.be/DAtkQ0dWlyE

The publication tells the story of some courageous individuals and groups who put their commitment to a progressive cause before any consideration of loyalty to a nation state, in particular people who have acted from principle when they consider that the country of their birth is acting in a repressive or unjust manner.… Read on ...

Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia and the Labour Movement

What is undeniable is that an atrocity has taken place. Whether or not we discover the full story, Khashoggi is a victim of state murder by agents of a regime synonymous with repression and his death has provoked global outrage. The killing is anything but an isolated event….

Read the full branch statement “Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia and the Labour Movement”, which may be downloaded here….

The last branch meeting also asked Dave to draft a motion formally expressing our position.
This may be read here…

Reinstate Paul Jonson!

Defend trade unionists’ right to free speech! Defend employment rights!

If, having read the following statement, you wish to sign it, click here…

Paul Jonson, a community safety officer in Dudley and a member of Unison, has been suspended by his employer, Dudley Council.

According to a report in the local press, Paul was suspended by Dudley Council for a Facebook post stating “Stand up for Palestine – Israel is a racist endeavour”.

Paul is a long-standing anti-racist activist and campaigner against antisemitism and all forms of racism. He is also an active campaigner for Palestinian rights.

Whatever one’s views on Israel or the nature of the Israeli state and its founding, there is nothing antisemitic about this statement.… Read on ...

NATIONAL UNITY DEMONSTRATION AGAINST RACISM & FASCISM

SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2018

UCU London Retired Members who wish to march with the banner should assemble by 12:30 at the junction of Argyll St and Oxford Street. We can then go together to the start of the demo in Portland Place.