Message from PSC:
Donald Trump is coming to Britain on Friday 13th July. The Together Against Trump coalition are planning actions across the country, and we want to make sure the Palestine struggle is represented strongly.
From moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, refusing to condemn Israel’s massacres in Gaza, and emboldening settler colonialism in the West Bank – Trump has proven himself to be no friend of Palestine or justice.
Join the Carnival of Resistance, and find out what’s going on near you. We are expecting a massive turnout for the rally in London. So come along – and don’t forget your Palestinian flags!
14:00: Assemble outside BBC in Portland Place, march to Trafalgar Square.
17:00 – 19:00: Rally in Trafalgar Square
This demonstration is also supported by Stand Up To Racism & CND
News from The People’s Assembly:
On Saturday 2 June we will be gathering together hundreds from across the country to discuss how we can achieve an anti-austerity Government.
Change is Coming: How Can We Achieve An Anti-Austerity Government?
Saturday 2 June 2018, 10:00-18:00, St Pancras New Church, Euston Rd, London
Tickets £5 / £3 (advance booking necessary)
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The “Fighting Apartheid Exhibition at Islington Museum is hosting a talk by the “London Recruits”.
24th May, Marx Memorial Library. 7pm.
TALK on London Recruits: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-london-recruits-tickets-45100670319?aff=es2 “
Continue reading Fighting Apartheid – London Recruits talk 24/5/2018
TUC London, East & South East Race Relations Committee in Association with Go London Tours: Mittel Europe NW3
Wed 13 Jun 2018 – 17:30 to 19:30
Swiss Cottage NW3 London
Tickets LIMITED SPACES: £5 per person (first 20 places) / £7 per person thereafter. Continue reading TUC LESE Race Relations Committee Walking Tour
Fighting Apartheid Exhibition at Islington Museum.
Associated activities are available as part of the exhibition.
TALK on London Recruits:
TALK on local activism:
My Home: a BFI Study Day
Join us at our free BFI Southbank Study Day to explore the themes of ‘home’, ‘being an outsider’ and ‘being a refugee’
Tue 05 Jun 2018 | BFI Southbank 10:30-12:45
What does ‘home’ mean to you? Have you ever felt like an outsider? What does it mean to be welcomed?
We would like to invite you and your pupils to join us on Tuesday 05 June from 10:30-12:45 at BFI Southbank for our Study Day: My Home. In this interactive event we will explore what it means to be an outsider, how we define ‘home’ and how it feels to be a refugee.
Pupils will watch an extract from Paddington and then two short films: Jemima and Johnny and Palle Alone in the World. These films will challenge their perception of what it means to find your place in the world. We will follow each film with a wider discussion around the themes of ‘finding your place in the world’ and ‘being an outsider’.
Tickets for this event are free but booking is essential as space is limited. We are especially keen to welcome schools that have significant numbers of children recently arrived from outside the UK.
To book, please contact us on 020 7815 1329.
Click this link to see our full study day programme.
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
Pupils’ nationality data will no longer be collected as part of the school census
The Windrush fiasco has finally exposed the regressive, draconian and heartless immigration policies pursued by Theresa May, first as Home Secretary and latterly as Prime Minister. Congratulations to members who helped bring the Home Office’s latest outrage to the surface and signed petitions to force a discussion in the Commons. Congratulations too to everyone who fought to keep the Government’s noxious immigration policies outside school gates.
We are pleased to report that the Government has finally bowed to pressure from teachers and school staff, parents and student groups and will no longer collect data on pupils’ nationality and country of birth.
Our joint campaigning with Schools Against Borders for Children has proved successful. I spoke at a national meeting about the campaign and the Union was part of proposed legal action against the plans.
The NEU and students groups continue to call on the Government to destroy all existing nationality and country of birth data held by schools and the DfE so that it is not disclosed to the Home Office or police at some future date and without the knowledge of data subjects.
Kevin Courtney, from Officers’ eBulletin
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.