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

Newham NEU is affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Justice Now! Make it right for Palestine 04/11/2017

Assemble 12noon at Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch in London

For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.

Join us on Saturday 4 November to make it right for Palestine!

Full details HERE

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.

Justice Now! Make it right for Palestine 04/11/2017

Assemble 12noon at Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch in London

For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.

Join us on Saturday 4 November to make it right for Palestine!

Full details HERE

VSC AGM 07/10/2017

Meeting theme:

Keep Trump out of Latin America –
Solidarity with Venezuela Against US Sanctions & Threats of Military Intervention!
With special guests from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Argentina & Brazil.

10.00am (registration 9.30am,)

Saturday October 7 2017

Discus Room, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN (Nearest Tube: Holborn)

Newham NUT Section of NEU is affiliated to VSC and would like to send a delegate. Committee Members of the Newham NUT Section of NEU should email their interest to the usual committee email address. Other members interested should use:

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Peace Pledge Union

Following an interesting conversation at the NUT Annual Conference 2017, the NTA receives correspondence from the Peace Pledge Union. The latest message includes the following information:

“….the London arms fair will take place at the Excel Centre in Newham Borough in September (known formally as Defence Systems and Equipment International, or DSEI). The PPU will be campaigning against it, along with lots of other organisations such as the Campaign Against Arms Trade and War Resisters International….”

If interested, members can contact the PPU at:

Symon Hill
Co-ordinator

Peace Pledge Union
020 7424 9444
@PPUtoday
facebook.com/peacepledgeunion

Latest news on pacifist activism: read PPU July 2017 update