Meeting 11/10/2017: London NUT Women’s Network

Our Bodies, Our Choice: the Abortion Act 50 Years On
by London NUT Women’s Network supported by the TUC and Abortion Rights

Date and Time
Wed, October 11, 2017
18h30 to 20h30

NUT, Hamilton House

It is 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act which gave most women in the UK access to safe abortions. We are meeting to celebrate the passing of this Act but also to build the campaign to improve women’s rights to abortion.
Women in Northern Ireland are still not covered by the Act and many women across the UK are still obstructed by poor access and cuts to reproductive rights services. It is also the case that abortion is only available on the authorisation of two doctors and, without this, it is still a criminal act.
We know that worldwide millions of women do not have access to safe abortion and thousands of women die.
Globally, the rights we have won are under threat. Come and hear from experts and campaigners about what we’ve won and what is still to fight for.
This meeting will be a rallying call to act.
Confirmed speakers:
Caitlin de Jode, London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign,
Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights
Dr Marilyn Thomson, specialist on abortion rights in Latin America
Diana Johnson MP
Supported by Trades Union Congress, Abortion Rights, Marie Stopes UK
There will also be stalls from Humanists UK, Abortion Support Network and Bookmarks
London NUT Women's Network Meeting Poster for 11/10/2017

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End collective punishment of Gaza’s children

Message from Brad Parker
“Staff Attorney & International Advocacy Officer
Defense for Children International – Palestine”


“An entirely man-made humanitarian crisis faces the nearly 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza, 43 percent of whom are under 15 years old. Israel’s 10-year military siege of the tiny coastal enclave and repeated Israeli military offensives have trapped Palestinians in dire conditions.


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London Child Prisoners Campaign Committee

Message received from London Child Prisoners Campaign Committee

Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for your support, you are among the over two thousand people from across London who have joined the co-ordinated London wide campaign to highlight the plight of Palestinian child prisoners.

……We still need your support
East Ham is one of the key constituencies where we still need more signatories to the letter to your MP, Stephen Timms.
We are asking for your support by encouraging your friends, family, house mates and acquaintances in the local area to please sign the letter. As we enter the critical phase of the campaign we have only 6 more weeks before we write to your MP.

They can learn more about the campaign, see the full text of the letter and add their names to the campaign by using the following link:

Continue reading London Child Prisoners Campaign Committee

Teachers as social justice advocates

Report from conference organised by Education International, the global confederation of teachers’ unions.

Teachers are in a unique position as social justice advocates, not just educational advocates, writes Chris Smith in The Morning Star.
Educators from across the globe spent three days last week in Brussels debating the UN’s recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The conference organised by Education International, the global confederation of teachers’ unions, was the first of its kind in gathering together young teachers (currently defined as below 35) to discuss how the 17 goals that make up the SDGs can be acted upon by educators and also how teachers, unions and wider civil society can use the SDGs to challenge and change their governments.

Chris Smith teaches history and politics in Norwich and is a member of the NUT’s national organising forum for young teachers. You can follow him on Twitter @chriswriteshere.

Read the full article online.

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Middle East Solidarity Magazine Issue 6 Out Now!

Middle East Solidarity Magazine Issue 6
Middle East Solidarity Magazine Issue 6

Middle East Solidarity magazine is published by Middle East Solidarity Network (MENA)

Issue 6 out now!

Print copies £3 each or £20 for 10 (plus postage). Order direct from

Bookmarks Bookshop

Newham Teachers’ Association is affiliated to MENA

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Training: EqualiTeach & the NUT

EqualiTeach is working in partnership with the NUT to deliver a training day which aims to equip teachers to deal with young people’s questions and fears in light of the recent tragic events that have happened across the UK.

The training is free of charge for NUT members and will take place on Wednesday 12th July 10am – 3.30pm at NUT HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD.
Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

The aims of the training day are as follows Continue reading Training: EqualiTeach & the NUT

Campaign to highlight the plight of Palestinian child prisoners

Message from London Palestinian Child Prisoners Committee:

Palestinian child prisoners.

London wide campaign to highlight the plight of Palestinian child prisoners.

You can see the full text of the letter and sign it by using the following link: Continue reading Campaign to highlight the plight of Palestinian child prisoners

North Africa at the Crossroads

A workshop organised by Middle East Solidarity magazine with the support of SOAS Unison

Saturday 1 July – 1pm – 5pm

Room 4426, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

Tickets £4 (unwaged), £8 (waged), £15 (solidarity)
Available in advance via Eventbrite (plus fees) or on the door.
Speakers include: Mohamed Boutayeb and Souad Jellal (Moroccan public sector trade unionists); Jaouhar Bani (Tunisian activist); Anne Alexander (Middle East Solidarity magazine)

The publicity for the MENA solidarity  workshop on the Maghreb is up online now here:

MENA workshop poster

MENA workshop flyer
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Kalushi – South African Freedom Fighter

On Thursday 6th April 2017 I attended the BFI showing of the film Mandla Dube’s “Kalushi” covering the life and execution of South African freedom fighter Solomon Mahlangu:

and do not forget to watch the news following the trailer.

It is a simple construction of the short life of Solomon told in such a way by film that it becomes a crystal clear reminder of the objective of the armed struggle conducted by MK [uMkhonto we Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, “Spear of the Nation”); the armed wing of the ANC] when you look at the events in South Africa today.
Poster for screening of Kalushi film.It has the advantage of using young South African black actors to tell the story of the lives of young South African black people of that time and for me directed the emotions involved in a positive political way in that I have no doubt it will help the young black people of South Africa find their way forward today.
The colonial law, guilt by association, used to impose the death penalty on Solomon is still South African law today is stated in writing at the end of the film.
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Peter Smith, NTA Divisional Secretary. One of the London Recruits
and demobbed from MK in 1997 following twenty years of assistance.

Irish History Month event: History of Irish Immigrants to Britain

The first Irish History Month event in TUC Congress House:

“Migration of labour – History of Irish Immigrants to Britain of the last few centuries.”

Time: Registering at 12 midday and starting the session at 1 pm
Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
Lasting for at least three hours, followed by a drinks reception in TUC Congress House. We may have a social in a pub with a band afterwards.

Venue: Invision suite, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3L. It is near the British Museum and the nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road.Irish migrant workers in 19th century factory

Austin Harney, Joint SERTUC Race Relations Secretary
Dr. Sonja Tiernan from Liverpool University
Phien O’Reachtigan
& others to be confirmed.

For further information, please contact:
Austin Harney, Joint Secretary of the SERTUC Race Relations Committee.

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The event is organised by the SERTUC (South East Regional Trades Union Congress) Race Relations Committee.