SUTR: International Conference Against Racism & Fascism

Information from Stand Up To Racism:

Demonstrators supporting Stand Up To Racism. They are carrying a banner unfurled across the whole of the front of the group. Banner states "Stand Up To Racism. Say no to Islamophobia. EU Workers here to stay. Stamp out antisemitism. Refugees welcome."

Sign up for the international conference against Racism & Fascism

An international conference to discuss how we can confront the rise of racism and fascism.

DATE AND TIME
Sat 20 October 2018
10:00 – 17:30 BST

LOCATION
Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

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Cost: £5.98 – £11.37
Buy tickets online here
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/confronting-racism-fascism-international-conference-tickets-47473084273
Refund Policy: No Refunds

Themes and speakers include:
Donald Trump to Tommy Robinson: Halting the growth of the racist right • Opposing Islamophobia & Antisemitism • Windrush – Combating the Hostile Environment • Grenfell – unite against austerity and racism • Refugees Welcome Here

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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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Notting Hill Carnival – Join the Love Music Hate Racism float

Notting Hill Carnival – Join the Love Music Hate Racism float

Love Music Hate Racism and NEU members wearing tee-shirts with slogan "Love Music Hate Racism". The words "Join Love Music Hate Racism & the National Education Union @ Notting Hill Carnival" are featured in yellow and white letters on a pink background, set against a large group of supporters facing the photographer and raising their arms in solidarity greeting.

Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) and the National Education Union (NEU) will be running a float with the Smokey Joe Roadshow on both days of the Notting Hill Carnival; Sunday 26th (T-shirt Day) and Monday 27th (Masquerade aka costume Day).

Carnival began as a celebration of culture to unite the area against racist attacks and our slogan is to ‘party with a purpose’. We want as many people as possible wearing LMHR T-shirts in the precession behind the truck.
On both days from 10 am till midday we will load in behind the Smokey Joe Roadshow truck on the route at Ladbroke Grove (the exact location is yet to be announced and will be released closer to the date), then the procession will set off.

We will dance and walk our way through the route until the event finishes approximately around 7pm, so it’s important that you are fit and in good health to participate as they’re long days.

You can book your T-shirt or costume to join us on the float:
On Eventbrite  (this includes booking fees)

or

Head to the Soca Lounge  at The Tabernacle W11 (the hub of Notting Hill Carnival), on the evening of 22nd August

More details will be sent out to those who buy T-shirts but here’s a summary:
It’s an all-day event on both days from approx. 10 am to 7 pm.
Refreshments can be provided at a small cost beforehand.
You can come for one or both days.
If you can volunteer for 1 hour during the day it would be a major help.
The main collection day for T shirts where we will also customize them is Wednesday 22 August.

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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Bookmarks Solidarity Event 11/08/2018 2pm

Bookmarks bookshop in Bloomsbury, central London, has called on supporters to attend a solidarity event following the recent attack by a far-right group.

Bookmarks is holding a solidarity event in the shop on Saturday 11 August from 2pm. Throughout the afternoon there will author readings as well as speakers from the trade union and labour movement.

Bookmarks is also calling on supporters to donate funds to help bolster security in the shop and to replace lost stock. Donations can be transferred to: Sort Code: 30 93 29 A/c: 00089719

Shop front with books. Books also on display outside.

Bookmarks is a main bookseller for the TUC.

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The Pay Increase

Delaying until the last possible moment before Westminster shut for the summer, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that some teachers will receive a pay increase of up to 3.5% this September.
It’s important that everyone understands what this means for our schools.

Here are the 3 things you need to know:

1. The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies confirmed that for 60% of teachers, this pay “increase” actually represents a real-terms pay cut. As a school community of parents, pupils and staff alike, we need to continue standing together with the teachers that teach our children.

2. The Treasury has not released any new money to fund this. That means the Department for Education will have to raid the needed £500m from other parts of education spending. Then schools will have to fund the rest from already stretched budgets. Until Chancellor Philip Hammond releases new school funding, the Government is robbing Peter to pay Paul — but both Peter and Paul are broke.

3. This won’t bring back the teachers and TAs our schools have already lost. We know schools lost 5,366 teachers in the last year while pupil numbers grew by 136,544*. As the school funding crisis deepens, this announcement does nothing to protect vital staff whose jobs are still on the line.

*Figures obtained from the Department for Education School Workforce Census 2017.