Monday, 23 April 2018

“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike

“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike
Booklet launch event with Terry Conway, Hilary Wainwright, Terry Harrison and Liz French
Wednesday 2nd May, 7pm, Free Entry

In March 1984 over 150,000 miners walked out on strike against plans for widespread pit closures in action supported by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Alongside the dispute developed a large and diverse support movement within Britain and internationally, which provided invaluable practical solidarity. Thousands of people collected food and money, joined picket lines and demonstrations, organised meetings, travelled to mining areas and hosted activists from the coalfields in their homes. This event will mark the publication of a booklet edited by David Featherstone and Diarmaid Kelliher which brings together some of their stories, experiences and reflections on the strike. The event will offer reflections on the solidarities shaped during the strike and their contemporary political relevance.

Liz French (Betteshanger Women’s Support Group)
Terry Harrison (Betteshanger National Union of Mineworkers)
Hilary Wainwright (author of A New Politics from the Left, editor of Red Pepper)
Terry Conway (trade union activist, Islington North Labour Party LGBT officer, personal capacity)

Organised in association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre:
A digital version of the booklet can be viewed here:

Friday, 20 April 2018

SCRAP Universal Credit,

At Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group it was agreed we would hold our monthly protest outside Tothill Street HQ to continue the call to SCRAP Universal Credit, with Unite Community.4th May 12-1pm
Agreed that singing and dancing will also be on the menu and people to speak out. Travel and coffee costs available with receipts.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Solidarity with the Windrush generation and their families

Solidarity with the Windrush generation and their families

Windrush Square Brixton, Friday, 20th April 5pm-7pm
Join us in the place that celebrates the remarkable contribution of African and Caribbean men and women to this country. They built the NHS and worked hard against all odds and racism to maintain public services and communities across the UK.
Speakers at this event include:
Gary Younge, journalist • Cllr Claudia Webbe, chair of Labour Party NEC • Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham • Florence Eshalomi AM London Assembly Member, Lambeth & Southwark • Michael Groce, son of Cherry Groce and Green Party member • Paul Reid, director of Black Cultural Archives • Cllr Michelline Ngongor • Micky Broom, Brixton tube National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) • Stephanie Bernard, black teachers convenor for National Union of teachers • Glenroy Watson, RMT • Margaret Greer, UNISON equalities officer • Weyman Bennett, Stand Up to Racism • Alex Wheatle, author • Sara Bredemear, actor • Unjum Mirza, ASLEF - The UK Train Drivers' Union • Rachel Heywood, councillor for Coldharbour Ward • Ellen Lebethe, Chair of Lambeth Pensioners Action Group

Stand together in defence of the absolute right of the Windrush generation to be at the heart of any society that purports to be democratic, diverse and just.

Defy the disgraceful position of government and secure full rights for them to be citizens of the UK.

Demand an immediate end to Tory government racist immigration legislation and actions that bully and frighten our elders and the community.

Monday, 16 April 2018



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

UCU London Retired members’ Branch against deportations

UCU London Retired members’ Branch
As part of the growing racist atmosphere, we note the recent increase in deportations, particularly of retired people from the Caribbean. We shall support and encourage campaigns against deportations both at a local and national level, working where possible with other trade unions trades councils and the TUC. We welcome the initiative from Caribbean Labour Solidarity to initiate such a campaign in London.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Green Left, statement re media coverage of Jeremy Corbyn

Green Left, the eco-socialist current within the Green Party has expressed its disapproval at the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn by much of the national media recently

In a statement Green Left said, QUOTE

"Many of us are veterans of anti-racist campaigns that Corbyn has supported and we reject the repeated suggestions that he has condoned anti-Semitism in the Labour Party as spurious  nonsense. We have political disagreements with the Labour Party but have the greatest respect for Jeremy Corbyn and his record as an anti-racist campaigner. We feel that this is a record that the mainstream media has repeatedly and deliberately ignored,

We call on the National Union of Journalists to remind its members of the fine principles in its code of conduct and in particular the first four:

“A journalist:
1.     At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed.
2.     Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair.
3.     Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies.
4.     Differentiates between fact and opinion.”

contact P.Murry: Secretary Green Left;

Friday, 30 March 2018

14-15 April: Act to defend democracy and human rights, in Catalonia and everywhere

14-15 April: Act to defend democracy and human rights, in Catalonia and everywhere

Web: English Català  Español Français 
The Spanish state’s repression against Catalonia’s democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. They are accused of violent rebellion, although they have never used violence. By mid April the two leaders of the main Catalanist organisations, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, will have spent 6 months in prison.
And apart from the 10 political prisoners and 6 political leaders in exile, from 1 October until now there have been: 1,500 people injured while voting or demonstrating; 150 fascist attacks; 140 web sites closed; police attacks on journalists; censorship of rappers, writers and artists…
In protest at this situation, there will be a united demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday 15 April at 11 am, organised by a very broad platform of social movements, including the ANC, Òmnium Cutural, trade unions, the neighbours’ organisations, youth movements, cultural and sporting organisations, the federation of NGOs… It will be a massive call for solidarity with the political prisoners, and with all those suffering the current attacks in Catalonia and increasingly in other parts of the Spanish state.
We call on international solidarity movements to organise actions over the weekend of 14 and 15 April: demonstrations, rallies, public meetings, symbolic events…
If we allow repression to go unchallenged in Catalonia today, then fundamental rights can be repressed tomorrow in any part of the world.
Please mobilise on 14-15 April. Defend democracy and human rights.  In Catalonia and everywhere.

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Call in different languages, in PDF: English | Français | català | castellano | Deutsch | Polska
Poster in PDF, in different languages, to download and print


Initiative to promote international solidarity
Iniciativa per promoure la solidaritat internacional amb Catalunya
Iniciativa para promover la solidaridad internacional con Catalunya
Initiative de promotion de la solidarité internationale avec la Catalogne
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