Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK meeting with trade unions

EVENT: Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK meeting with trade unions
Thursday 13 September 2018, 5pm

TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

The TUC’s London, East and South East (LESE) International Affairs Committee welcomes the Nicaraguan Ambassador (Embassy of Nicaragua in London) to Congress House for an update briefing and statement on the current situation in Nicaragua followed by Q&A.

FREE admission. Please register: lese@tuc.org.uk or 020 7467 1220

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Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018

Supported by TUC:

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EVENT: Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018
A series of FREE events to mark the centenary of the iconic world leader

Now – until Sunday 19 August 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London SE1 8XX

This exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) and marks the centenary of his birth. It provides insight into Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to becoming the inspiration for an international movement against South Africa’s violent and oppressive apartheid system. The role of trade unions was also vital in the struggle and so unions are encouraged to attend these events taking place up until 19 August.

More info
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/129236-nelson-mandela-centenary-exhibition-2018-2018

“Free Lula” Protest, Monday 13/08/2018

Message from TUC:

“Free Lula” Protest, Brazilian Embassy (London)
Monday 13 August 5:30pm

Brazilian Embassy, 14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL

The TUC would welcome your support in getting a good turnout (despite summer holidays) for this protest calling for the immediate release of Brazil’s former President Lula. Unions in Brazil, with some allies in the country’s legal system, are doing their best to free him, but international pressure is vital if they are to succeed.

More info
https://www.facebook.com/events/640420319659190/

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Cuba: New constitutional draft paves way for same sex marriage

New constitutional draft paves way for same sex marriage

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Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Cuba Update 1 August 2018

The Cuban parliament has unanimously approved a new draft constitution which will update the current document, adopted in 1976 and amended in 1992 and 2002.

The new constitution introduces changes that seek to maintain the socialist and revolutionary character of the Cuban state with a focus on promoting economic growth and social policies that would benefit the entire Cuban population and minorities in the country. One of the major changes is the recognition of gay marriage and the strengthening LGBT rights.

The draft paper goes out for public consultation between 13 August – 15 November. Suggested changes will then be analysed and incorporated into a revised draft which will be submitted for public referendum in early 2019.

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Further reading:

· Read the full report from Telesur

· What does the new Cuban constitution mean for the island nation and its revolution? Read Lauren Collins writing in the Morning Star

· Cuba’s path to same sex marriage. Geoff Bottoms on changing attitudes towards LGBTQ rights in Cuba

Brazil: Stand Up For Democracy & Social Progress – Stand With Lula

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Thursday, 13 September 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)

Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN

Everbright booking page

Lula supporters at night demonstration, carrying banner with "Lula Livre" in red and black letters on white background.Two years on from Dilma Rousseff’s removal as President of Brazil, come together for democracy and social progress, in defence of Lula and for the resistance against Temer’s coup-government!

With films plus speakers including: Richard Burgon MP, Julia Felmanas (Brazilian Workers’ Party,) Stephen Russell (TUC, International Relations Department) & more special guests to be confirmed!

Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope you can make it.

No Coup in Brazil

Solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

From NEU Newham (NUT Section) International Officer and the Egypt Solidarity initiative:

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Solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain
Trade unionists, MPs, writers and academics have launched a protest statement calling for the immediate release of Egyptian labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who was seized by the security forces from his home on 18 May. Haitham appeared in court the following day and was remanded in custody for 15 days to face interrogation on charges of “inciting protests over the price of Metro tickets”. His detention follows a wave of arrests in the wake of demonstrations against the sharp rise in fares on Cairo’s underground railways.

Speaking out for social justice is not crime. Add your name to the petition demanding Haitham’s immediate release and an end to repression in Egypt.
Sign the petition online at www.egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/solidaritywithhaitham

Statement text: Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain Continue reading Solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

Traditions of Liberation Education

Fobzu and UCU present

Traditions of Liberation Education

with Professor Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University

and Chair: Professor Hugh Starkey, Institute of Education (UCL)

When: 6.30pm, Thursday 5th July

Where: Elvin Hall, Institute of Education (UCL)

To attend this event please RSVP by signing up on the Eventbrite page here.

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Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Campaign: Emergency Appeal

Message from PSC:

The Nobel-nominated BDS movement’s co-founder, Omar Barghouti, on why you should support PSC’s vital campaigns by donating to the urgent appeal.

In June of last year we took the government to the High Court and won an important victory throwing out regulations designed to stop Local councils from divesting their pension funds from companies supporting Israel’s illegal occupation. In early June, the Court of appeal overturned the ruling.

This has generated significant new legal costs that PSC must now pay. We will also be seeking the right to appeal at the Supreme Court, so that we can consider continuing the legal fight against the Government. Whether we can or not entirely depends on your support.

The need for a strong Palestine solidarity movement in the UK is more vital than ever. Please give what you can – whether it be £5, £10, or £100 – to support our work.

Please give as generously as you can.
https://palestinecampaign.nationbuilder.com/emergency-appeal

NEU Newham is affiliated to PSC.

Play for Cuba – Musical Instrument Appeal

Play for Cuba – Musical Instrument Appeal

The Cuba Solidarity CampaignMusic Fund for Cuba, and the NEU-NUT Section are collecting instruments to support music education in Cuba. Music is hugely important in Cuba, but the US blockade has limited the availability of instruments and resources. You can help by donating new and used instruments to the appeal. Find out more here.