Making Sense of the Coronavirus crisis

Millions of the poorest and most vulnerable will feel the greatest impact from this health crisis. The majority have no funds to self-isolate and feel pressured to go in to work where poor health and safety practices still operate. While we rely on the Government to organise our infrastructure to support us through this crisis, huge gaps in need are exposed.

As a matter of urgency People’s Assembly supporters need to make contact with affiliates, Trades Councils, Unions and local neighbourhood groups. We want to know how the crisis is impacting our communities, what the gaps in need are and to help make sense of what is happening. 

  • Use the contact details to lets us know what is happening in your area. 
  • Look out for online events organised by your local group. 

Making Sense of the Crisis

Please join us for our online event with Laura Pidcock, Lindsey German, Grace Blakeley and workers on the frontline. We will take online questions and comments.

Agenda for Monthly Meeting on 9th of January 2020, 7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley

07:00 PM 1 Attendance and apologies
07:30 PM 2 Attendance and apologies
07:35 PM 3 Review minutes of October meeting
07:40 PM 4 Matters Arising from the Minutes
07:30 PM 5 Forthcoming events, including Ken Loach film
07:45 PM 6 Industrial reports
08:20 PM 7 Time tabled motion
08:30 PM 8 Meeting Ends

MOTION: Barnet TUC agrees with the Unite policy that clean, free, accessible public toilets are essential for a civilised society, and urges all those with influence to seek to ensure that this principle is included in the Labour Party Manifesto.

We welcome the publication of the Royal Society for Public Health’s report “Taking the P***: the Decline of the Great British Public Toilet’ well summarised in a Guardian article by Owen Jones ‘No-one should have to pay to go for a pee. Time for a toilet fightback’.

We deplore the closures of public toilets and creeping privatisation that have placed a discriminatory  health and financial burden on women, children, disabled and older people.

We note that public transport, delivery and other workers, tourists, and patients suffering from chronic and acute illnesses and many other medical conditions often treated with diuretics, put more pressure on diminishing public toilet provision. The growing blight of homelessness also requires adequate public provision of toilets.

We call for a statutory obligation to be placed on local authorities to provide public toilets at an agreed level and for ring-fenced central government funding to be provided by a Labour government.

Barnet TUC MEETING SEPTEMBER 12TH

We are meeting at the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Britannia Road Fincley, 7pm as usual.

07:00 PM 1 Attendance and apologies
07:05 PM 2 Review minutes of 2018 AGM
07:10 PM 3 Matters Arising from the Minutes
07:15 PM 4 Barnet Stand Up to Racism Launch
07:30 PM 5 Launch of Barnet Stand Up to Racism
07:45 PM 6 20th of September Climate Strike
07:55 PM 7 Proposal for End of Year Music Night
08:10 PM 8 Industrial reports
08:30 PM 9 Meeting Ends

Barnet STAND UP TO RACISM LAUNCH – SUNDAY 15th of SEPTEMBER

BARNET STAND UP TO RACISM LAUNCH EVENT
Sunday 15th September 2.30 to 5pm
Woodhouse College, North Finchley, N12 9EY

Speakers include:
Jacqueline McKenzie on the Windrush scandal.
Sabby Dhalu from Stand Up To Racism .
Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE
and Show Racism the Red Card (TBC)
Plus a panel of local speakers

There is no doubt that the far right is manipulating current political issues to further an agenda of division and hatred. We are seeing a well documented rise in populism and xenophobic versions of nationalism.

Emboldened by Donald Trump, far right parties have made electoral gains throughout Europe and beyond. There has been a worrying rise in racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and anti migrant hostility both abroad and within the U.K, where there has been a serious attempt by fascist “Tommy Robinson” and other far right figures to build racist street movements.

In London there has been a big rise in racist attacks and abuse. Specifically in Barnet, the number of Racist and Religious Hate Crimes reported in 2018/2019 Q2 has increased for the second consecutive quarter and is up from 667 last year to 711 this year. Given the strong tradition of anti-racism here in Barnet we believe that we need to come together to marginalise the racists and those who would divide us.

We pledge to stand with our diverse community in Barnet against racism, discrimination and injustice.

16 November- Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance- Trade Union Conference

10.30am – 17.30pm

University of Greenwich, Stephen Lawrence Building, Old Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Undercover policing & trade unions: the Political and the Personal

Including sessions on:
Impact of undercover policing on the trade union movement
Women against the State
Privacy & Surveillance in the Workplace
Truth and Fiction: Representations of Spycops on Screen
Undercover policing – inquiry or cover up?

General Election Now / #StandWithCorbyn

General Election Now rally with Jeremy Corbyn this Thursday (July 25, 6pm, Parliament Sq.)
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On Thursday, join Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament Square and send a message: we need a General Election. Tory incompetence has led to a deadlocked Parliament, a deeply divided country, and a government led by a man decided by just 160,000 Tory members. We need a General Election, and Parliament is where we’ll pile on the pressure. Will you be there?
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international conference to combat racism and fascism: Sat 19 October

Trump in the White House…. Far Right growing internationally… Hate crime at epidemic proportions… Political crisis in Britain…

BOOK NOW

How do we stop the racist right?

The racist and fascist right are experiencing their biggest growth in their support across Europe since the 1930’s.

Inspired by the likes of Donald Trump in the white house racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise everywhere. Hate crime has reached epidemic proportions, and the horrific attacks in Christchurch and Pittsburgh represent a new level of threat from far-right terrorism.

In Britain the toxic debate around the Brexit crisis has seen populist racists like Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Nigel Farage come to the centre stage of politics.

Hunt backed Trumps’ attacks on London mayor Sadiq Khan and his “Londonistan” retweets. Johnson described Muslim women as “letter boxes”. Farage built his reputation by attacking immigration to the UK.

Although fascist Tommy Robinson and far right UKIP were humiliated in the EU elections, thanks to mass campaigning work by anti-racists Johnson, Hunt and Farage will play the politics of divide and rule, scapegoating migrants and refugees and targeting the Muslim community with Islamophobic attacks.

It doesn’t matter whether you voted “Leave” or “Remain” everyone must oppose their racist agenda.

And whoever wins the Tory leadership election race the hostile environment for migrants that led to the Windrush scandal remains at the heart of government strategy and the reality of institutional racism continues.

On Saturday 19 October anti-racists activists will gather in London from across Europe and the US at the Stand Up To Racism international conference to debate how we build an international movement against the racist and fascist right and how we drive back the populist racism of the Tories and Farage.

Saturday 19 October, 10 – 4pm, Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ London

Previous speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell, Emma Dent Coad, David Lammy, Catherine West, Claude Moraes, Sabby Dhalu, Shahrar Ali, Mohammed Kozbar, Weyman Bennett, Maurice Wren, David Rosenburg

Workshops and plenaries include: Combating the “Hostile environment”, fighting for justice – Solidarity with refugees – The battle against Islamophobia in the age of Trump and Johnson – How do we stop the far right in Europe – Solidarity with refugees – Climate refugees and the climate crisis

international conference to combat racism and fascism: Sat 19 October

The racist and fascist right are experiencing their biggest growth in their support across Europe since the 1930’s.

Inspired by the likes of Donald Trump in the white house racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise everywhere. Hate crime has reached epidemic proportions, and the horrific attacks in Christchurch and Pittsburgh represent a new level of threat from far-right terrorism.

In Britain the toxic debate around the Brexit crisis has seen populist racists like Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Nigel Farage come to the centre stage of politics.

Hunt backed Trumps’ attacks on London mayor Sadiq Khan and his “Londonistan” retweets. Johnson described Muslim women as “letter boxes”. Farage built his reputation by attacking immigration to the UK.

Although fascist Tommy Robinson and far right UKIP were humiliated in the EU elections, thanks to mass campaigning work by anti-racists Johnson, Hunt and Farage will play the politics of divide and rule, scapegoating migrants and refugees and targeting the Muslim community with Islamophobic attacks.

It doesn’t matter whether you voted “Leave” or “Remain” everyone must oppose their racist agenda.

And whoever wins the Tory leadership election race the hostile environment for migrants that led to the Windrush scandal remains at the heart of government strategy and the reality of institutional racism continues.

BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW
On Saturday 19 October anti-racists activists will gather in London from across Europe and the US at the Stand Up To Racism international conference to debate how we build an international movement against the racist and fascist right and how we drive back the populist racism of the Tories and Farage.

Saturday 19 October, 10 – 4pm, Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ London

Previous speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell, Emma Dent Coad, David Lammy, Catherine West, Claude Moraes, Sabby Dhalu, Shahrar Ali, Mohammed Kozbar, Weyman Bennett, Maurice Wren, David Rosenburg
Workshops and plenaries include: Combating the “Hostile environment”, fighting for justice – Solidarity with refugees – The battle against Islamophobia in the age of Trump and Johnson – How do we stop the far right in Europe – Solidarity with refugees – Climate refugees and the climate crisis

Book up now

Windrush Justice Parliament Roundtable 13 JUne 2019, 6-9pm

Thursday 13 June 2019, 6-9pm 

Hosted by Diane Abbott MP

Palace of Westminster, St Stephen’s entrance

Ahead of our National Windrush Day of Action in 7 cities, BAME Lawyers for Justice have organised a roundtable event in parliament to discuss how we campaign for justice for the Windrush generation plus their multi generational families and others impacted by the hostile environment.

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