A group from Newham and Redbridge were in Calais on December 9th-10th working from the Care4Calais warehouse.
Thanks first to the many who contributed to the trip from our area. We were able to take over a donation of 1000 euros and all the vehicles were packed high with donations of clothing and other material for the Care4Calais winter appeal. Many donations came from individuals, some of which were very generous. Special thanks too to those who collected among their friends and networks and bought and sold the Paddington Bear T shirts, especially the Society of the Sacred Heart and Tower Hamlets GP network. We are well on our way to another thousand euros for the next visit. Others did collections or sold shirts at work, including at Connaught School, London Transport and Horniman museums, Imperial College and in the Tower Hamlets Drug Intervention team.
The weekend was a major operation. We had over 120 volunteers working from the warehouse, with large groups from Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Islington, Haringey and South London as well as a coachload of students organised by Stand Up to Racism and people from as far away as Wigan, Manchester and Wakefield. On Saturday large distributions of individual food and clothing packs were made at four different sites in Calais. There was also a distribution in Dunkirk and another team did a big clean up of the site there. A group visited the centre for unaccompanied minors in St Omer, where there are currently around 50 child refugees, taking clothing and footwear as well as games and art materials. Thousands of pounds were donated from collections like ours all over the country. On Saturday night, some of the refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan (including a thirteen year old boy) spoke at a meeting with the volunteers, where we saw the excellent new documentary, Calais Children – a Case to Answer.
Sunday morning in Calais saw heavy snow, high winds and an icy sleet that went on all day. Conditions for the hundreds sleeping out in the woods and on waste ground were just appalling. Distributions took place again at four sites, this time of winter coats, boots and bivvy bags. We were frozen to the bone by the end of the day, yet we were going home to warmth and security. For the refugees, a whole winter in these conditions awaits.
Message received from Bromley Trades Council via TUC:
Anti-fascist Demo 12noon 4th November Bromley North Train Station
The fascist splinter group, Britain First are aiming to march in Bromley, on Saturday 4 November. This is due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at Bromley police station every week. The two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.
Britain First split from the British National Party (BNP), however their fascist politics are clear. Unfortunately the far right internationally are growing, in Britain they try to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn.
Local people do not wish these fascists to march in Bromley. including Bromley Momentum, Bromley Trades Council, Bromley & Chislehurst CLP and UAF along with other groups are asking people who oppose the odious, hate filled ideas of these Nazis’s and to come out and join us to oppose them and there views on Saturday the 4th of November, 12 noon at Bromley North train station.
Message just received from SUTR:
This Saturday 06/10/2017 Stand up to Racism will be meeting at 1pm opposite Downing Street to distribute a Stand Up To Racism leaflet along with Show Racism The Red Card materials for the “Wear Red” anti-racist day on Friday 20 October.
This event coincides with the Football Lads Alliance demonstration. Politicians and trade union officials (including National Education Union Joint Secretary Kevin Courtney) have signed a statement expressing concern about the FLA demonstration.
Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said:
“We condemn terrorism, hatred, Islamophobia and racism. Many attending Saturday’s FLA demonstration will not be racist and will not be connected to far right racist and fascist group. The English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First have failed to consistently attract large numbers in recent years. There is a danger that some groups will be using this demonstration to revive the racist, far right violent street culture.”
STATEMENT: Continue reading Urgent: Saturday 06/10/2017 Stand up to Racism will be meeting 1pm opposite Downing Street
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.
Continue reading End collective punishment of Gaza’s children
Saturday 21 October 2017
10.30am – 4.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
Speakers include, Kevin Courtney NUT General Secretary
SUTR Conference website
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
Vigil: After Acid Attacks – No to Islamophobia! No to hate crime!
Wednesday 5 July, 18.00 – 19.30, Stratford Station
Stand Up To Racism is holding a mass vigil against anti-Muslim hate crime following the horrific acid attack on Resham Khan and Jameel Mukhtar on 21 June.
(The vigil will also be addressed by speakers including local councillor Rokhsana Fiaz, and will have a message of support from Stephen Timms MP, other speakers TBA)
Palestine: Building Hope 50 years on
GMB National Centre
22 Stephenson Way
Speaker, Hakim Sabbah
(Information supplied by SERTUC)
‘Refugees are Welcome Here’
Newham Schools Competition 2017
• Competition to be run in schools [during Refugee Week or before]
• These entries to be judged in individual schools
Then, asap (Deadline 16h00 03/07/2017):
1st, 2nd & 3rd winners in each category entries to be sent / delivered to
Newham Teachers’ Association,
C/O Newham Town Hall,
• Entries to be judged by independent panel
• Schools to be informed by email of results by 9am Friday 7th July
• Winning children, families and teachers invited to prize-giving event
• Prize-giving event to be held week beginning Monday 12th July [final date & venue tbc] . This will begin at 5pm and last approximately an hour.
Full details and all competition papers can be seen on the Refugee Poetry Competition webpage
On Wednesday 29 March Theresa May is set to invoke article 50.
May plans to use the future of EU migrants in the U.K as bargaining chips in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. This leaves families across Britain with an uncertain future.
EU migrants play an important role across the U.K economy. The government must guarantee their right to stay now.
Stand Up To Racism is calling for people to show solidarity with EU nationals this Wednesday.
Get involved in the day of action to defend EU migrants this Wednesday 29 March.
Join the facebook event to keep up with what is happening on the day around the country and post information about your local activity on it here.
5.30pm, Downing Street: Banner drop and speak out with EU migrants outside Number 10 to tell Theresa May that EU migrants are here to stay.
Organise mass leafleting of your local station, tube, town centre or at your workplace or college on Wednesday 29 March. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for leaflets.
Download a defend EU workers selfie to use at work here.