LGBT+ History Celebrations Wednesday 27 February 2019 – 18:00 to 20:30 @TUC Congress House

Wednesday 27 February 2018

18:00 – 20:30

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

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.

Please register: 020 7467 1220 / lese@tuc.org.uk

This event is supported by LESE LGBT+ Network 

Trump, The Special Relationship & War in the Middle East

As well as the current shifting sands of Trump’s Middle East policy, the scrapping of the INF treaty will also undoubtedly be high on the agenda at our upcoming public meeting on 16th February, as will the attempted coup in Venezuela. In light of these recent events this is a hugely important meeting at a time when these monumental issues are being masked by the ongoing Brexit wrangling.

Stop the War stalwarts Lindsey German and Tariq Ali will be joined by the excellent campaigning MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, and author and Oxford University Professor, Karma Nabulsi.

Get your ticket here!

Future of the Arts & Culture Conference 13.00-17.30 on 23 February 2019 2

The fourth conference of the Show Culture Some Love campaign – hosted by the London, Eastern & South-East Region of the TUC – is being held on Saturday 23 February between 13.00-17.30pm in TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

The conference will cover two critical questions facing the culture sector – how should it be funded and how should funding be distributed? In examining these questions, the conference will consider the current state of the economy; what kind of economic models might replace neo-liberalism and the austerity agenda; how the arts are currently funded; and what alternative might we argue for.

We will have contributions from politicians, economists, academics and the trade unions. Speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Book your free place now! To register for the conference, please email:

lese@tuc.org,uk

TUC Congress House

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

#bingate public meeting Colindale Library, 7 Bristol Avenue, NW9 4BR, at 6.30pm on Monday 28th January

Our bin services are in crisis. Literal mountains of rubbish have been building up in many estates across the borough, with the west of Barnet hardest hit. Council management have shamefully brushed off disgusting scenes in Grahame Park, by saying it was simply “forgotten”. Forgetting to collect rubbish in a major working class estate is not just a nuisance, it’s a health and environmental hazard.

The problem comes directly from serious mistakes made by Barnet Council, which prefers to pay huge sums of our taxpayers’ money to Capita instead of investing it in good, accountable services, and chooses not to listen to its workers.

Despite warnings from sanitation workers, routes were changed and facilities downgraded without taking the needs of communities into account.

Shamefully, the council is preventing any discussion of the crisis, and has prevented opposition councillors and the public from bringing up the issue at the Town Hall.

Barnet Alliance for Public Services have called for public meetings to discuss the emergency. Facebook event here.

Colindale Library, 7 Bristol Avenue, NW9 4BR, at 6.30pm on Monday 28th January

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Councillor Alan Schneiderman, Labour lead on Environment
  • John Dix aka Mr Reasonable

Invited speakers:

  • Councillor Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council

Workers Rights under a Labour Government – the Manifesto for Labour Law

The Institute for Employment Right’s 2016 Manifesto for Labour Law garnered support from major unions across the UK. The Labour Party’s popular and influential 2017 Manifesto For the Many, Not the Few adopted many of the IER’s recommendations as a blueprint for future reform. Rights at work affect us all, and a critical to making our society more just.

Barnet Trades Union Council is proud to use our meeting on Thursday April 11th jointly with our local Labour Parties to host a meeting with a speaker from the IER to talk about what policies and actions we need to obtain decent rights for all workers.

Facebook event here.

 

Our first meeting of 2019

Agenda for Monthly Meeting on 10th of January 2019, 7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley

07:00 PM

1

Attendance and apologies

07:05 PM

2

Review minutes of previous meeting

07:10 PM

3

Matters Arising from the Minutes

07:15 PM

4

Ideas for community organising with Cllr. Sara Conway

07:45 PM

5

Antifacism and antiracism – Building the demo on the 17th and solidarity with migrants

08:05 PM

6

Continuing the #kickoutcapita campaign

08:20 PM

7

Motions and Reports

08:30 PM

8

Meeting Ends

Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule

Date And Time

Sat 9 February 2019

10:00 – 17:00 GMT

Location

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

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Our 3rd annual SPOT conference provides an ipportunity to hear from those who have seen and experienced the reality of life under Erdogan’s authoritarian regime and invites you to find out more about what we are already doing to build international solidarity and call to account both the Turkish State and the complicity of our own government.

On the day we will be joined by the following speakers;

• Deniz Yucel, Die Welt

• Ben Hicks, The Guardian Foundation

• Cagri Sari, Evrensel Newspaper

• Mustafa Kuleli, TGS

• Sarah Clarke, Article 19

• Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network

• Mustafa Yalciner, Labour Party of Turkey

• Kate Osamor, Labour Party MP

• Ali Seker, CHP MP

• Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition

• Bermal Aydin, Academic

• Steve Sweeney, Morning Star

• Aydin Cubukcu, Yeni E Editor

• Arif Kosar, Journalist

• HDP Rep / MP (TBC)

• Mark Serwotka, Public & Commercial Services Union (TBC)

• Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (TBC)

• Feray Aytekin Dogan, EgtimSen (TBC)

Turkey’s ruling powers are pushing the country towards a dictatorship and Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attacks on democracy are impacting all sections of society. With this increasingly authoritarian regime, the state of emergency has become normalised and entrenched in law, an executive presidency created, independent media outlets shut down, academics and public-sector workers purged and criminalised, attacks on Kurdish regions intensified, opposition politicians arrested, violence against women on the rise, discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT increasing, the environment being destroyed and so the list goes on.

Meanwhile, world leaders watch unflinching, continuing to sell weapons and tip-toeing around Turkey’s human rights record. But the battle for democracy and workers’ rights in Turkey goes on and provides a ray of hope. And we know that democracy maybe denied but it is not yet lost.

Register.

 

Decolonising education: confronting racism on campus

Speakers include:

Kate Osamor MP • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, poet and activist • Priya Gopal, Academic at University of Cambridge • Nita Sanghera, UCU Vice-President • Myriam Kane, NUS NEC • Naima Omar, Student Stand Up to Racism • more tbc

Sessions include:
Decolonising education • Challenging Islamophobia and Prevent • Kicking fascists off campus • Defending migrant students & workers • Confronting institutional racism

We have seen a massive rise in racism across society, from Tommy Robinson here to Trump in the US.

Students are often on the sharp end of this. Muslim students are treated as suspects from the Prevent agenda, EU nationals have their rights threatened by Brexit, and BAME students face institutional racism.

We have also recently seen attempts by the far right to gain a foothold on campus with groups like Generation Identity appearing at universities including Manchester, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Birkbeck.

This conference will bring together students, staff and education workers to discuss how we can decolonise our campuses and make them free from racism.

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