Tuesday, 20 February 2018

croydon assembly manifesto 2018


Monday, 19 February 2018

Croydon Assembly: ‘Save Our Schools – Stop Funding Cuts’

Croydon Assembly:
‘Save Our Schools – Stop Funding Cuts’
Saturday 24 February, registration 11.30am
Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD

Dear Friend

I hope you will join teachers, parents and students at the Croydon Assembly this Saturday, February 24 to plan a fight back against drastic education cuts that have hit the borough.

New research from the Schools Cuts Coalition shows that the ratio of pupils to each classroom teacher has gone up in 58% of Croydon’s secondary schools since 2014/15, 

Cuts in spending have seen secondary school staff numbers in England fall by 15,000 between 2014/15 and 2016/17 despite them having 4,500 more pupils to teach.

Joseph Flynn, Croydon NUT secretary says: “Government cuts to education are really hurting Croydon’s schools. Fewer teachers per student will inevitably have a damaging effect on pupil’s education.”

The Assembly is being sponsored by the National Education Union and Croydon TUC.

As well as planning action to stop the education cuts, we are also having a film launch of our People’s Manifesto for the council elections.

The manifesto spells out alternative policies and calls on councils to abandon being “managers of austerity” an instead mobilise the community to demand a stop to the destruction of its local services. 

The manifesto calls for the end of the cabinet system and the restoration of the committees system to give all councillors and Croydon residents a louder voice in council decisions, and demands “mandatory and binding ballots” on all developments affecting local communities.

It takes particular aim at the council’s Brick by Brick company, which it accuses of “acting like the developers in imposing new schemes on estates while ignoring residents’ views”.

If you haven’t yet registered, please follow this link to book your place. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/save-our-schools-stop-education-cuts-tickets-42079211053

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Ted Knight, chair Croydon Assembly

Larry Herman, Social Documentary Photographer CUBA PHOTO EXHIBITION

Larry Herman, Social Documentary Photographer  CUBA PHOTO EXHIBITION@ LESE Regional Council AGM, Saturday 28 April 2018Also currently available to view @ TUC Congress House (Marble Hall, Ground Floor)
Larry Herman's portfolios are collected by museums in several countries.
In the UK, the Museum of LondonNational Galleries of ScotlandTate Britain, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others. His work is also collected by various trade unions and many individuals.
He has won several Arts Councils grants in Britain including their major Bursary. He has won grants from the Ford Foundation, the International Fund for Concerned Photography, and was a finalist in the International Fund for Documentary Photography, San Francisco.
His work is published throughout the world. He has participated in numerous multi-person shows, including the seminal: ART FOR SOCIETYexhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. He has had one-person shows in several countries.
He is a trade union activist in the National Union of Journalists in the UK. Originally from New York City, he immigrated to the UK during the Vietnam War.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018


Friends of the Earth Scotland      Scottish Trade Union Congress    UNITE
UNISON Scotland    Public and Commercial Services Union    Communication Workers Union
University and Colleges Union       WWF Scotland
It’s time for a Just Transition in Scotland, moving to a modern low-carbon economy in ways which protect workers’ livelihoods, create a new industrial base and deliver a fairer Scotland. The need for action is urgent in order to avert the environmental and economic costs of climate change and to rebalance the economy to one which provides enough decent jobs making things in clean ways.

We share a concern that plans for this transition so far have not been ambitious enough and that progress has been slow except regarding on-shore wind. There has been little planning to ensure the protection of the people most affected, in particular those who work in sectors reliant on fossil fuels. It is necessary to confront the danger of losing a large part of the industrial base as employment in traditional sectors declines. Workers, if losing their job in these sectors, should be able to redeploy to new sectors and opportunities for retraining must be expanded.

As a new Scottish Energy Strategy and Climate Change Plan are being drafted we hope to see a pipeline of ambitious investment projects and the capacity to finance them put in place. Scotland has the opportunity to create an example which other nations might follow. However fine words and targets are not sufficient on their own and experience to date shows that the growth of renewable energy generation does not necessarily result in the creation of new manufacturing and engineering capacity and employment in Scotland. Specific measures are needed to ensure that these benefits accrue.

The government should take a decisive lead with plans to transform key sectors, for example electricity generation, energy storage, transport infrastructure, energy efficiency and sustainable heating for homes and businesses. Where necessary to secure change at sufficient pace and scale, options for public and community ownership or partial stakes in flagship projects and enterprises should be pursued.

Employment and social benefits for Scotland, and in particular for communities most affected by industrial change, should be secured through creation of local supply chains, community benefit clauses and local ownership. Social justice and equity have to be built in, with no-one left behind in this transition to economic and environmental sustainability.

We aim to create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities, invite others to join our commitment to promoting a just transition and help assemble the powers, finance and enthusiasm to ensure it happens in Scotland.
13 December 2016

16 Colleges and 61 Universities on strike

Thursday, 15 February 2018

"how fossil fuel use became unsustainable"

From: Simon Pirani <simonpirani@gmail.com>
Subject: tue 20 feb: "how fossil fuel use became unsustainable"

Hello friends. I am giving a talk about "how global fossil fuel consumption became unsustainable" on this coming Tuesday, 20 February, at the Radical Anthropology Group. It's open to all - please turn up and/or pass this on. Thanks, Simon.