Hamilton House Meeting: Resistance against far right in Brazil

“Brazil: Stand with the resistance against far-right Bolsonaro” event this Thursday (March 28) from 6.30pm at Hamilton House, London, WC1H 9BB, with eyewitness accounts from the struggle in Brazil. You can register here
and see info on Facebook here

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

Message from PSC:

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

The Sabbagh family were originally made refugees during the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948.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

Challenge hostile environment data sharing

Message received from NEU:

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The National Education Union (NEU) is partnering with Liberty in its campaign to stop the Department for Education passing pupil data to the Home Office, without the knowledge of pupils and parents, for immigration control.

Although the NEU’s campaign to stop nationality and country of birth data being collected from parents as part of the school census was successful, other pupil and family data is still being disclosed.

Parents provide this information to schools without being told it may be passed on. The NEU believes that this secret data sharing undermines the relationship of trust between members, pupils and families. Fear that school data may be passed on means some children are kept at home and are unable to access their internationally recognised right to education.

The NEU has signed a pledge demanding that the Government commits to a firewall – a guarantee that personal data will not be shared with the Home Office for immigration control purposes.

CARE, DON’T SHARE – add your pledge today.

Yours sincerely,

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Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union

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Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union

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Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Seminar

From NEU eBulletin

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Seminar

24-26 July  9.00-17.00
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

How do individuals and groups in a democracy organise to correct injustice? Join Facing History and Ourselves for a two-and-a-half-day seminar that will use the desegregation of Central High School in 1957 as a case study to explore the US Civil Rights Movement, positioning members to help their students understand how change happens in a democratic society. This seminar explores the teaching of US civil rights and race relations in Key Stage 4, highlighting Choices in Little Rock – the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement. Click here for more information, including how to register

Free Iranian Teacher Trade Unionist

Free Iranian Teacher Trade Unionist on Hunger Strike

Amnesty International has launched an online appeal calling on the Iranian authorities to release Esmail Abdi. Abdi is a maths teacher and trade unionist who was arrested in 2015 while trying to attend Education International’s World Congress and, after an unfair trial, sentenced to six years in prison. Since 24 April, Abdi has been on hunger strike in protest of the Iranian authorities’ crackdown on trade unionists and his treatment in prison. Support AI’s appeal here.

Resource to Support Teaching Migration in Schools

The Runnymede Trust has developed a website presenting the often untold stories of the generations of migrants to the UK and celebrating the richness of contributions made, and lives lived, by Britain’s many migrant groups.
It is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain. There are classroom activities, lesson plans and lesson activities.

From NEU Officers’ eBulletin

Care4Calais Report

Message from local member Andy Brown of Care4Calais:

A group of volunteers went from Newham and Redbridge to work at Care4Calais last week. Attached please find a diary of our week, to let you know how things are and to show the wide range of activities in a typical Care4Calais week.

This time, thanks to your support, we were able to take £500 worth of new jackets (reversible fleeces and waterproofs). We also took 400 euros, which was used to supply material in the warehouse and fuel for the vehicles for the whole week. Thanks to all who donated goods or money, bought T shirts and badges etc. A particular shout out this time to local members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who have arranged for a separate £1000 donation to Care4Calais from their ministry fund.

We are sending two cars to Calais with volunteers to work at Care4Calais on Saturday April 28th for the day. One will leave at 5am and the other at 6am, returning by 10pm. We have some spare seats at the moment. If you’d like to come, please email back. Donations also welcome, especially of money. The idea that day is to distribute 750 specially made packs containing clothes, toiletries and food.

Thanks, as always, for your interest and support.


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