Thursday, 3 September 2015

National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network

National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network 

This event has been called in response to various reports of refugees fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven. This includes the death of 200 refugees off the coast of Libya, around 70 refugees in a truck in Austria and on going reports of refugees drowning crossing the Mediterranean, stranded in Hungary and prohibited from moving around the EU, and those in Calais struggling to find sanctuary.

The government response to this has been disgraceful. Unlike Germany, Italy and Greece, Britain has not offered a safe haven for these people. 

Monday 14 September Home Secretary Theresa May will be meeting with EU leaders about the refugee crisis. We must learn the lessons of history and call on the government to take a humanitarian and compassionate response to refugees.

We are calling on the British government to meet its share of the responsibility for providing protection. Let's send a strong message: we say refugees are welcome here.

We are also calling for a national day of action on Saturday 12 September, organise local events at places of worship or unveil a "Refugees Welcome Here" banner at football matches, use your imagination!

Join us on Saturday 12 September 2015 2pm Downing Street

Monday, 31 August 2015

IT'S NOT AN INVASION

Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group extends its protests against Genesis Housing Association

KUWG extend anti-property market greed protest to Genesis HA Willesden offices, Wed 2 Sept, 4pm-5pm

Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group extends its protests against Genesis Housing Association's CEO (Neil Hadden) proposal to just build private units for sale rather than building 'social' housing with low rents.  

Two weeks ago we picketed Genesis HA Camden; next we picket Genesis HA Willesden offices on Wednesday 2 September, 4pm-5pm, as agreed at KUWG business meeting held on Thursday 27 August.

(If it ain't 'social' it must be ANTI-social)...SIMPLES!

The protest will be at :

Utopia House

192-196 High Road
Willesden
London
NW10 2PB 

Wednesday 2nd September 4pm-5pm.

The first protest was at their Camden Head office, so we feel a bit of outreach to Brent workers and citizens would show we like to inform all concerned and let the small fry know what the big fry are up to.

Me, Pam, Alan3, Elizabeth2, Ivy and Giselle going with Michael and Ellen as maybes. (All others welcome, even if only to see Ivy's "GULP AND SHIT" poster!)

Below is a link to a letter in this week's Camden New Journal by Comrade Peter Rutherford who is a persistent thorn in Genesis' backside


Would be good to have union representation at the protest, as sure the workers signed up to be in social roles not real estate agents for the rich! STOP SOCIAL CLEANSING BY WASHING HADDEN'S CRAPPY IDEAS AWAY!!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Please join this anti-fascist demo in Croydon called by UAF

Please join this anti-fascist demo in Croydon called by UAF

We are Croydon

No to Racism & Fascism -

No BNP in Croydon

 Saturday 5 September 11.30am Lunar House 40 Wellesley Road,
Croydon CR9 2BY

The fascist and racist British National Party are coming to Lunar House to try to intimidate new migrants in our community.

A coalition of local people and trade unions have come together to stand against racists and to stand up for our diverse community.

Join the demonstration against the BNP coming to Croydon.
Supported by Croydon Trades Council, PCS, NUT, GMB, Unite, UCU and DPAC

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ALSO on 5TH SEPT
Solidarity with migrants and refugees in Calais
A solidarity delegation is heading to Calais on Sat 5th September organised by Stand Up to Racism
People can donate money, food or practical things such as clothing, sanitary products, bedding or children’s toys etc a collection sheet is available via the link below.If you have items to donate or can organise a collection at work or in your community this week please contact nathan.pettefar@hotmail.co.uk

A second delegation is being planned for October 17. If you would like to help organise a contingent from South East London to join this delegation and collect for it contact mark.dunk@gmail.com
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check for what's happening locally - collections etc or start something ! Contact and coordinate with those groups starting up ? Socks/ jeans / t shirts / hoodies / sleeping bags / wash stuff / phones / etc

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), March to Cardiff City Stadium

2.00 SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER  - CITY HALL CARDIFF
March to Cardiff City Stadium


Protesters are set to descend on Cardiff City Stadium when Wales play Israel in scenes that will be reminiscent of the sporting boycott of apartheid South Africa.
On 6 September, when Israel play Wales, thousands of people are expected to protest in a call for UEFA and FIFA to expel Israel and for action to be taken against its apartheid state. Organisers hope the protest, labelled Fair Play for Palestine, Don’t Play Israeli Apartheid, could spark a movement reminiscent of the 1980s that saw South Africa banished from the sporting world and led to international pressure help end apartheid and free Nelson Mandela.
The boycott saw South African teams in sports such as rugby union and cricket expelled from playing international matches after boycotts, pitch invasions and protests.
The match could be one of the biggest in Welsh football history with the potential of Wales qualifying for their first major competition since 1858 if they win their next two games.
Former South African minister and ANC leader Ronnie Kasrils is supporting the campaign and organisers were given a boost when a vocal supporter of Israel and Zionism admitted Israel is an apartheid state for its treatment and separation of Palestinians.
Bradley Burston, a convinced Zionist and senior editor of the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, has joined those who now regard Israel as an apartheid state. Writing in Haaretz he says: “I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. I was one of those people who could be counted on to argue that, while the country’s settlement and occupation policies were anti-democratic and brutal and slow-dose suicidal, the word apartheid did not apply.
“I’m not one of those people any more.  Not after the last few weeks.
Not after terrorists firebombed a West Bank Palestinian home, annihilating a family, murdering an 18-month-old boy and his father, burning his mother over 90 percent of her body – only to have Israel’s government rule the family ineligible for the financial support and compensation automatically granted Israeli victims of terrorism, settlers included.
“Not after Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, explicitly declaring stone-throwing to be terrorism, drove the passage of a bill holding stone-throwers liable to up to 20 years in prison.
“The law did not specify that it targeted only Palestinian stone-throwers. It didn’t have to.
“Just one week later, pro-settlement Jews hurled rocks, furniture, and bottles of urine at Israeli soldiers and police at a West Bank settlement, and in response, Benjamin Netanyahu immediately rewarded the Jewish stone-throwers with a pledge to build hundreds of new settlement homes.
“This is what has become of the rule of law. Two sets of books. One for Us, and one to throw at Them. Apartheid.”
John Rose, a Jewish campaigner and author of 'The Myths of Zionism’ will be speaking at the demonstration on 6 September. He said: “In Britain the best way to achieve solidarity with the Palestinians fighting the Apartheid state is to become active in the Boycott Disinvestment & Sanctions campaign, BDS.“The Israeli government is so panicked by BDS that it has established a special unit to try and combat it.As a member of the UCU, the University & College Lecturers Union, I helped introduce BDS onto campuses. Resolutions supporting BDS have been carried by our union’s annual congress.”
Apartheid does not exclude football and Palestinian players have been prevented from playing at international tournaments, while stadiums have been demolished, players shot at checkpoints, while Arab players and fans face vile abuse from many Israeli terraces.
The demonstration has been called by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), with support from PCS Wales, Red Card Israeli Racism, Friends of Al Aqsa and others in a bid to extend the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign (BDS) into sport.
Jeff Hurford of PSC said: “This the first mass demonstration calling for a sporting boycott of apartheid since the defeat of South African apartheid.“All sporting links should be broken with the apartheid Israeli state that oppresses the Palestinians. Fair play means siding with the Palestinians who face constant violence, harassment and murderous attacks -most recently last summer in Gaza.
“Israel has launched a war on football in Palestine: footballers have been killed, stadiums bombed and players have been refused permission to travel to matches. “We are near a “tipping point” where Israel faces its “South Africa moment” and becomes very broadly isolated and vilified, and6 September will bring that movement to Wales to act as a catalyst for the rest of the UK and world.
 “Israel has launched a war on football in Palestine: footballers have been killed, stadiums bombed and players have been refused permission to travel to matches.“There can be no normal sport in the abnormal situation that exists between Israel and Palestine.  We stand for a free Palestine and an end to Israel apartheid.”
Buses have already been booked from across the country for the demonstration and activists have had a warm response leafleting Cardiff City matches, mosques and Cardiff city centre.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Greece Solidarity Campaign The time for solidarity is now

The time for solidarity is now

Medical Aid for Greece - fundraiser Fri Sept 18

Cypriot Centre, Wood Green


Fabulous Buffet Dinner!
Live Bouzouki Music!
Art Auction!


Book your tickets

Art auction for MAfG 

Bidding starts now!  


Respected Greek Cypriot painter Alexandros has donated a painting Colour blind test (Greek flag to auction at the fundraising dinner. It is a water colour painting on 300 GSM cold pressed water colour paper, unframed 297 mm x 420 mm, framed 425 mm x 525 mm

Every penny raised goes to MAfG. If you can’t make the dinner, you can still send your ‘sealed bids’ by email to greecesolidarity@mail.comBids invited to start from £40 (no reserve price).

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Solidarity needed as Greece goes to the polls again


Little of the 23 billion Euros, the first tranche of the 3rd bail out, paid to Greece on 20th Aug will be available to the Greek government to spend.

The country is weighed down with debts that can never be paid, as even the IMF admits. For the people of Greece the ravages of austerity continue.

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Medical Solidarity Crowdfund 


As the Greek people face further extreme hardship, health professionals are crowd funding to provide urgent support. €5709 euros raised. Please help them reach the target of €200 000 target in the next 2 weeks.

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How to get involved 


Join the GSC as an individual or affiliate your organisation
Donate. All money for the GSC is for campaigning, all money for
Medical Aid for Greece is for Solidarity Health Clinics in Greece
Organise - hold a meeting, set up a local group
All welcome at GSC organising meetings 6pmon 3rd Wed monthly Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road, London.
Next meeting Wed 16 September 6pm
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Time to Act on Climate Change: Manchester Climate Conference Saturday 10 October 2015

Time to Act on Climate Change: Manchester Climate Conference Saturday 10 October 2015

Despite worsening news about climate change little is being done. As the world warms, and millions of peoples lives are threatened, politicians continue to prevaricate. Britain's Tory government is more interested in helping its friends in the fracking industry, undermining renewable energy policy, promoting airport and road expansion and cutting budgets for home insulation schemes then action on climate.


In December, world leaders will meet in Paris to discuss international action on climate. As they meet mass protests and direct action will take place in cities across the world, culminating in an international event in Paris itself. 

This Manchester conference will examine climate politics in the run up toParis. We'll discuss how climate change will impact upon people through inequality, refugees and racism. We will look at what can be done, and the alternatives to austerity and climate chaos such as One Million Climate Jobs. Groups involved include trade unionists, Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and other local groups. We want a bigger, stronger and more united environmental movement.

Come and join this discussion, which takes place after the Peoples' Assembly's week of Action against the Tory Party conference in Manchester.

Speakers include:
Chris Baugh, deputy general secretary PCS
Manuel Cortes, general secretary TSSA
Kate Pickett, author "The Spirit Level"
Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
John Hilary, War on Want
Martin Empson, Campaign Against Climate Change, author "Land and Labour"
Asad Rehman, Friends of the Earth
Rachel Thompson, Reclaim the Power

Workshops & Plenaries include:

Migration, Racism & Inequality
Why Don't they Act?
Energy Policies and Alternatives
Global Trade, TTIP and economic systems
Finance and Divestment Campaigns
Transport Policies and Alternatives

Register and pay online:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/manchester-time-to-act-on-climate-change-tickets-18130835818

For more information, please contact Martin 079 585 35231