Christine Blower: meeting to mobilise international solidarity against far right.

A meeting to build solidarity against the far right, following elections in Brazil.

Protestors demonstrate against far right in Brazil. Photo show demonstrators, some with mauve banners, some with Red banners. Mass demonstration.Christine Blower, NEU (NUT Section), and trade unionists meet with other campaigners.

Brazil After The Elections

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

House of Commons
SW1A 0AA London
United Kingdom

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NEU-NUT Section International Solidarity Conference 24/11/2018

NEU-NUT Section International Solidarity Conference

Saturday 24 November 2018, 11:00-16:00

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

NEU members at International Solidarity meeting. A group of 9 women and three men facing the camera..Unite with international solidarity activists from across the Union and learn more about how you can make a difference for teachers, education for all, and human rights across the globe. With workshops around the Union’s four key pillars of international solidarity, opportunities for regional and national networking, and speakers from across the Union, this is your chance to connect for change. Click link to register.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neu-nut-section-international-solidarity-conference-tickets-50065335767

Reclaiming Education Annual Conference 10/11/2018

Artwork for Reclaiming Education Annual Conference. Depicts two young children in grey silhouette, standing facing an image of a face reminiscent of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch (1893). The words "Unrelenting Demands" are printed in red letters above the face. The words "Stress", Anxiety", "Excessive Testing", and "Pressure" are printed in each corner of the poster.Reclaiming Education Annual Conference

Saturday 10 November, 10:30am to 3:30pm

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

In addition to Diane Reay, Professor of Education at Cambridge University and myself, the following speakers have been confirmed:

Madeline Holt, Rescue our Schools

John Hayes, Camden Headteacher

Jayne Grant, former Deputy Head Inclusion

Emma Murray, Haringey Headteacher

Richard Reiser, Inclusion Campaigner

Book your place here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-are-we-doing-to-our-young-people-is-education-going-in-the-wrong-direction-tickets-50562165799

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Parents, schools and councillors unite against SEND funding cuts

Report from NEU (NUT Section)

On Tuesday 23 October the School Cuts coalition delivered a petition signed by more than 34,000 people to the Department for Education (DfE), demanding more funding for children and young people with SEND in schools. The hand in was live streamed to supporters on Facebook Live and covered widely on social media and in the local press.

We were joined on the day by more than 60 people, including representatives from the NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Unison, as well as a number of SEND parent groups and teacher activists. Several local councillors joined us at the event to highlight the pressure local authorities face through cuts to their local services for children with SEND, and marched with us under banners displaying the message “parents, schools and councillors united against the #SENDcrisis”.

Before the petition was delivered, School Cuts hosted a well-attended briefing where speakers from the unions addressed the crowd, including NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted, ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton, Unison head of education Jon Richards, and former NAHT president Anne Lyons, demanding a fair deal for our SEND children. We were also joined by Labour MPs Mike Kane, Emma Hardy and James Frith, as well as education spokesperson for the Green Party, Vix Lowthion, who gave rousing speeches about the importance of providing a good education for all.

NEU Logo. Black letters stating National Education Union plus pale blue polygons radiating out from centre. All on white background. Alongside NUT logo with white letters on dark blue background.

Privatisation Update

This month’s Privatisation Update provides all the latest news on academies, free schools and privatisation. This month’s stories include:

  • The National Education Union has welcomed the Labour Party’s plans to reverse the free market reforms of education introduced under the Coalition and Conservative Governments.
  • Over two-thirds of the largest academy trusts have schools that use some form of isolation for their pupils – including for children aged just five and six.
  • 44 free school projects were cancelled before they even opened between 2013-14 and 2016-17, at a cost to the taxpayer of £8.7 million. They include two London primaries that were proposed by a trust founded by the health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy.

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NEU Opposing Academies Campaign header. Outlines of people drawn in black, green, yellow and blue, all on a white background. Fists in air and cheering.

Bringing Palestine to Parliament – Lobby Day

PSC logo imageMessage from PSC:

Dear Friend,

We need your help in bringing Palestine to Parliament! Our 2018 Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday 28th November, and you can support it in a number of ways:

1) Request a meeting with your MP and join us in Parliament. (only do this if you can definitely be in London on the 28th November).
https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/parliament2018

2) If you can’t attend the Lobby Day, then please still write to your MP and ask them to meet with the PSC team for a briefing.
Support the Lobby Day
https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/parliament2018notattending

Join the hundreds of PSC supporters who will be arriving in Westminister to deliver a clear message on Palestine. All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. This is a great opportunity to get together with those who share your passion for Palestine and to make a real difference!

This year’s Lobby Day will focus on two of PSC’s core campaigns; the treatment of Palestinian Child Prisoners
https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/child-prisoners-factsheet-v2-CORRECTED.pdf

and the demand for the UK to Stop Arming Israel.
https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/The-UK-Israel-Arms-Trade.pdf

The Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday 28th November from 12.00-18.00, with all participants also invited to attend a special rally meeting in the evening from 18.00 – 20.00. At this rally we will hear from experts and politicians on how to secure justice for Palestine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard in Parliament!
Register now: Lobby Day 2018
https://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/parliament2018

SUTR: National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism

SUTR poster for National unity demonstration, 17th November. Words "National unity demonstration in red. Words "against fascism and racism" in black. The date Saturday 17th November and assembly time 12 noon and location "TBC" all in red print. The background to all printing is yellow.Saturday, 17 November 2018 at 12:00 UTC

Central London
WC2H 7LH London, United Kingdom

SUTR message:
We are experiencing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s. In Britain fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. We must unite against this threat. A range of national figures are supporting this national demonstration. We will shortly update with more details.

The demonstration is initiated by Stand Up To Racism, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and LoveMusic HateRacism, officially backed by the TUC and supported by Diane Abbott MP and John McDonnell MP amongst others. More details will follow.

PSC Apartheid Conference: Justice in Palestine 03/11/2018

PSC logo imageMessage received from PSC:
Sign up for our conference ‘Justice in Palestine: Ending Apartheid, Achieving Freedom and Equality’ on November 3rd (limited places). This conference will bring together high profile experts and activists to discuss how we can fight against Israel’s apartheid policies.

03/11/2018
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Resource for London
356 Holloway Road
London
N7 6PA

Tickets
Tier 1 (Waged/Standard Ticket): £18

Tier 2 (PSC Members and Concessions): £12

Tier 3 (Students): £3
*Please note: this price is heavily subsidised. Paying the higher price allows us to ensure the conference is accessible to all regardless of income.

Please use the booking form at link below to register your place before midday on Friday 2nd November. Once you have completed the registration form you can either choose to pay online, or call us on 020 7700 6192 between 11am – 5pm to pay over the phone.

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/apartheid-conference/

If you have no means to pay, we will try and help you. E-mail: lewis.backon@palestinecampaign.org

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