Please help the Sabbagh family to keep their home in East Jerusalem

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Dear Friend,

Sheikh Jarrah

We need your help urgently to stop an eviction – please help the Sabbagh family to keep their home in East Jerusalem. Their neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah has been at the forefront of Israeli efforts to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from Jerusalem.

Join us in writing to the Foreign Office to demand Israel stops illegal settlement expansion, and to protect the right of Palestinians to live in their capital city.

Send a message to the Foreign Office
https://palestinecampaign.eaction.online/lobby/sheikh-jarrah

The Sabbagh family were originally made refugees during the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948. Fleeing from Israeli militias, the family was awarded a home in then Jordanian controlled East Jerusalem. In 1967 Israel illegally annexed East Jerusalem, and has since made every effort to remove the Palestinian population and cut the city off from the rest of the West Bank.

Since 2008 the Sabbagh family has been battling a settler group in court over ownership of their property. The Israeli courts have unsurprisingly ruled in favour of the illegal settlers, and 45 members of the family are now facing forced eviction from their homes.

The case of the Sabbagh family is urgent, but by no means unique. Their plight is part of a systematic process to continue the Nakba and ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their land. But you can make a difference!

International pressure – from people like you – has prevented Israel from demolishing the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar. This is why it is so important for you to join us in sending a clear message  to the British Foreign Office to stand up for the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.

In solidarity,

James Tuite
Campaigns Officer

Join Runners for Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK

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Join Runners for Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK

PUT YOUR RUNNING SHOES ON & JOIN OUR TEAM OF RUNNERS.

2019 starts off with the fantastic collaboration between Diaspora Marketing Solutions UK and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK.

The Vitality Big Half is taking place in London on Sunday 10 March 2019 – we still have a few charity places available!

For more info and to join our team of runners please contact Barbara Grillmaier on +44 20 3077 1231 or barbara.grillmaier@nmcf.co.uk

Get in touch
barbara.grillmaier@nmcf.co.uk

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Support Labour Rights Activists in Iran

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Activists Esmail and Sepideh were first arrested in November 2018 for protesting the unpaid wages and poor working conditions of a sugar cane company in Iran. After speaking out, they were rearrested and have since been badly beaten with metal bars, restrained for long hours and intimidated with sexually abusive language. Join Amnesty International UK and demand the immediate release of Esmail and Sepideh today.

 

Assessment

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Opposition is building to the Baseline Assessment which is due to be piloted for 4-year-olds this September. Campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) has organised a Chalk Protest  to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, which are more about school and teacher accountability than supporting children’s learning.

To take part, just chalk the message Play Not Tests At 4 on a pavement or in a playground near you, take a photograph and share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag More Than A Score: Twitter: @morethanscore; Facebook: @morethanascore

Meanwhile, the MTAS  petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000. Members and parents are encouraged to sign it.New NEU footer. Replaces old NUT footer. New footer is a sky blue rectangle. At the left is the NEU circular logo printed in white letters. In the lower right corner the NEU web address is printed in white letters "neu.org.uk".

Funding

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The petition , set up by head teachers in Gateshead and signed by thousands of NEU members, has been listed for debate in Parliament on 4 March. It would be great to see the petition – which has been signed more than 76,000 times – get to 100,000 signatures by the time of the debate.

We encourage you to contact your MP and urge them to speak in the debate, passing on real stories of the impact of cuts in their constituency. We are sending all MPs a model survey which they can send to head teachers to capture this information. The more teachers who contact MPs with their stories the better.

In recent days, Westminster Hall debates on funding cuts in Gloucestershire and Cheshire and SEND funding have seen politicians of all parties unite to highlight the scale of the crisis and to call for better funding, so now is a perfect time to keep up the pressure.

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UN Anti-Racism day 16 March

UN Anti-Racism day 16 March

Supported by TUC.

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Take to the streets on UN Anti Racism Day. There will be demonstrations on the day in London, Cardiff and Glasgow.

From Trump in the US, right across Europe and back to Bolsanaro in Brazil the racist and fascist right are on the rise. It is vital that while the likes of Steve Bannon are trying to link up the far right on an international scale, we build the links between anti-racists and anti-fascists across international borders.

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For more information please visit here.
http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/download-pdf-leaflet-16-march-un-anti-racism-day-demonstrations/

The proposed increase to the employers’ contribution to TPS

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Proposed increases in the employer contribution to the Teacher’s Pension Scheme (TPS) could lead to some employers withdrawing from the scheme, with members taking a significant hit to their pension.

Proposals to significantly increase employer contributions to the TPS is an immediate and real threat to the terms and conditions of NEU members in the independent sector from September 2019. Some independent schools will withdraw from the scheme; others will curb other spending, including pay.

Read a full briefing, including what members can do about it:

https://neu.org.uk/advice-and-resources/pay/IS_TPS

The Future of the Rohingya After the Stalled “Repatriation” Plan

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The Future of the Rohingya After the Stalled “Repatriation” Plan

Thursday 28 February 2019, 18.30-20.30

NEU HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

Join Justice for Rohingya Minority,  experts and campaigners, most of whom have visited refugee camps, as they shed light on recent developments and discuss JFRM’s legal route to the crisis. NEU Joint President Kiri Tunks will moderate the evening and will be joined by her fellow NEU Joint President Kim Knappett, as well as Dr Richard Cockett, Ronan Lee, Htike Htike and Dr Abdullah Faliq, on the panel.  Click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-the-rohingya-after-the-stalled-repatriation-plan-tickets-55848183420

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