22/11/2017 Lobby of Paliament for Palestine

JOIN THE LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT FOR PALESTINE
Wednesday 22nd November
12.00 – 18.00

On Wednesday 22 November, people from around the UK will arrange to meet with their MPs in Parliament to ask them to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and the abuse of Palestinian children under military detention.

By doing this together, it shows MPs that there are huge numbers of people across the country who care about Palestine.

We need you to join the lobby! Please send a letter to your MP requesting a meeting (please only do this if you are actually able to travel to London on the 22nd November). We will then register for you to join us in Parliament.

All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. You will also be invited to join the PSC evening event in Parliament (from 18.00 -20.00) where you can hear from experts and politicians about what they are doing for Palestine.

JOIN THE LOBBY DAY: REQUEST A MEETING WITH YOUR MP

22/11/2017 Lobby of Parliament for Palestine

Message from PSC:

JOIN THE LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT FOR PALESTINE
Wednesday 22nd November
12.00 – 18.00

On Wednesday 22 November, people from around the UK will arrange to meet with their MPs in Parliament to ask them to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and the abuse of Palestinian children under military detention.

By doing this together, it shows MPs that there are huge numbers of people across the country who care about Palestine.

We need you to join the lobby! Please send a letter to your MP requesting a meeting (please only do this if you are actually able to travel to London on the 22nd November). We will then register for you to join us in Parliament.

All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. You will also be invited to join the PSC evening event in Parliament (from 18.00 -20.00) where you can hear from experts and politicians about what they are doing for Palestine.

JOIN THE LOBBY DAY: REQUEST A MEETING WITH YOUR MP

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Trade union delegation visits Moroccan embassy to call for political prisoners’ release

Message from MENA Solidarity Network:

Representatives of four British trade unions visited the Moroccan embassy in Trade union delegation visits Moroccan embassy to call for political prisoners’ release. Outside embassy.London on 16 October to hand in a petition with over 500 signatures from trade unionists and activists calling for the release of political prisoners detained during the crackdown on the Hirak popular movement in the Rif region. The delegation was timed to highlight the upcoming trial of Hamid el Mahdaoui, editor of the news website http://www.badil.info which was set to begin on 17 October.

Alan Gibson, a member of the National Union of Journalists’ National Executive Committee, took part in the delegation to the embassy.

The jailing of Hamid el Mahdaoui is an outrageous attack on freedom of speech, and his upcoming trial is a travesty of justice,” he said. “There should be an international campaign to bring about his release as quickly as possible.”

El Mahdaoui is already serving a one year sentence and has been detained in prolonged solitary confinement, conditions which Amnesty International has condemned as “amounting to torture”. Nasser Zefzafi, a leading figure from the Hirak movement has also been kept in solitary confinement over a period of several months. Meanwhile at least 35 detainees were reported to be on hunger strike by the beginning of October.

Trade union delegation visits Moroccan embassy to call for political prisoners’ release. On steps of embassy.Andy Reid from the civil servants’ trade union PCS added:

I am here to show solidarity with political prisoners and journalists in Morocco, and to show continuing support for trade union rights and human rights. We are very concerned to hear about the treatment of journalists who have simply reported the facts and then been accused of sedition.”

Sandy Nicoll, Branch secretary of the Unison trade union branch at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and member of the Unison National Executive Committee for the Higher Education sector (personal capacity), said:

I think it is truly appalling that activists are facing lengthy prison sentences and have been arrested for what is basically standing up for human rights. The fact that there are trade unionists and journalists among those arrested makes it even worse, because standing up for the rights of ordinary people is exactly the role that trade unionists ought to be playing. I’m here to show my solidarity for people who are resisting what is showing itself to be a draconian regime.”

Miriam Scharf, International Officer for Newham National Union of Teachers said:

I was shocked to hear that a movement demanding investment in public services and jobs for the unemployed has been repressed so brutally. As a trade unionist who is heavily involved in fighting for these things in Britain, I want to send my solidarity to my brothers and sisters in the Rif and other parts of Morocco who have been detained simply for demanding their rights. I also have a clear message for the Moroccan government: you can’t lock up the struggle for justice – it is much bigger than any of your prisons.”

Anne Alexander, co-editor of Middle East Solidarity magazine and a member of the lecturers’ trade union UCU said,

In July, at the time we launched this petition, my union raised concerns about the arrests and repression of the Hirak movement. Our general secretary wrote to the Moroccan trade union federation UMT to express solidarity with fellow trade unionists arrested in the crackdown. Although we welcome the news that a small number of prisoners have been released, overall, the situation is getting worse, not better, and we are now hearing that there are over 400 detainees. After today, we will be contacting our trade union colleagues in the UK and around the world and urging them to support the campaign for the release of the Hirak prisoners.”

Read the text of the petition: Continue reading Trade union delegation visits Moroccan embassy to call for political prisoners’ release

MENA & Moroccan Embassy

Message from MENA

We are going to the embassy on Monday in advance of the trial of Hamid el Mahdaoui, a well known journalist who has already been convicted in another case and is in jail currently. Hamid’s trial is due to start on Tuesday.

MENA Solidarity has been in touch with Moroccan colleagues from the Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners in Casablanca and they have said that it will be very important to activists and to the families of the prisoners to see the support from trade unionists in the UK.

The address of the embassy is 49 Queen’s Gate Gardens, SW7 5NE and the nearest tube is Gloucester Road.

The embassy is open until 5pm on Mondays.

Other colleagues are welcome.

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

Venue
NUT, Hamilton House

Description
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
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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”

Petition

“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: http://londonforpalestine.com/child-prisoners

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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.

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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