Internationalism & the Crisis – Building a world of co-operation, ending debt, sanctions & war

Friday May 1, 3pm, online event – register here // retweet here to spread the word // RSVP+share+invite here.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP and Lindsey German of the Stop the War Coalition will be joined by international guests for this event, which is part of a number of special events on May Day.

Hosted by Arise – A Festival of Labour’s Left Ideas – contact arisefestival@yahoo.com for more information.

SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIAN WORKERS

Palestinian workers are facing the constant pressures of living and working under the Israeli military control of the occupation and siege.

Covid-19 is presenting them with a new set of deadly challenges. This includes Israel’s almost complete closing off of the West Bank, affecting the survival of the 70,000 West Bank Palestinians who work in Israel.

Join us to hear how the current global health crisis is affecting Palestinian workers, and what we can do in solidarity, for justice and equality.

Register here for Palestinian workers webinar

SPEAKERS:
Samia Al-Botmeh, Assistant Professor in Labour Economics and the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Birzeit University in Palestine
Abed Dari, Field Coordinator, Palestinian Workers Department, Kav LaOved – Worker’s Hotline
Mariela Kohon, Senior International Officer TUC

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020

Meet Adelaide, Paul and Nadia Joseph close friends and comrades with Nelson Mandela.

They live in Barnet and are good friends and comrades of mine.

Each in their own way have inspired me to work harder and to believe that we all have the ability to change lives and to organise fight backs no matter the odds stacked against us.

On Thursday 12 March 2020, 7pm in the Greek Cypriot Centre 2 Britannia Road , North Finchley , London, N12 9RU you have the opportunity to listen to Adelaide and Paul talk about their fight against Apartheid in South Africa and why we all must keep fighting the relentless attacks on our communities, our public services and democracy and the rise of the far right.

If you live and or work in Barnet, make a serious effort to come along. I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

Defend Civil Liberties – Stop the Criminalisation of Protest

The Metropolitan Police recently produced a pamphlet associated with the Prevent initiative on terror threats which suggested that Stop the War, CND and a range of other campaigning organisations posed a terror threat.

The pamphlet was distributed widely amongst staff at the frontline of our public services. This is the most blatant case in a growing trend towards the criminalisation of protest and the suppression of debate of a whole range of vitally important issues in our society including matters of war and peace.

This Thursday, campaigners from some of the named groups including Stop the War’s Lindsey German will be joining the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, National Education Union Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney, the rapper Lowkey, Ragad Al-Tikriti from the Muslim Association of Britain and Jamie Potter, Joint Head of Bindmans’ Public Law and Human Rights team, to discuss the issues and how best to push back against attacks on our civil liberties.
Please join us and be part of this crucial campaign…
Register for Free Here – Donations Welcome

Thurs 27 Feb | 18:30-20:30
Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London, WC1H 9BD

We need volunteers for the meeting so please email office@stopwar.org.uk if you’d like to help out.

Stop the War Activist Meeting


A Stop the War activist meeting is being held on 30 January at 7pm in the Leslie Foster Suite, Friends House Euston NW1 2BJ.


The assassination of Iranian General Soleimani by Trump brought us to the precipice of another Middle Eastern war. Although the immediate crisis has passed we still need to put maximum pressure on our government as the situation in the Middle East remains critical. 

It is clear that at any moment, either by accident or design, the Americans could lead us into a war with Iran. Such a war would have devastating repercussions throughout the region. We need to be ready to act at a moment’s notice to prevent this slide to war.

Please come along to this meeting and help us to plan the next stage in our campaign.

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No War on Iran – Demonstrate This Saturday

The assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is an act of war by Donald Trump. The act was carried out in Baghdad, violating all agreements with the Iraqi government. Trump has further threatened attacks on 52 Iranian targets, including cultural sites. Iran has said it will retaliate, and there is huge opposition to this action both in Iran and Iraq, where the parliament has voted for US troops to leave.

Trump has been heading for war since tearing up the nuclear deal with Iran and if he succeeds will create a bigger war than we have seen in the Middle East. It will draw in major players across the region including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia.

We must do everything we can to oppose war with Iran and attacks on Iraq. This begins with a public meeting in London on Wednesday and a demonstration on Saturday. Other protests and events will be taking place across the country and you can stay notified of them on our events page here.

Trump, the Palace & the Right to Protest

It is exactly two weeks until Donald Trump descends on Buckingham Palace in the middle of one of the most important General Elections in British history. It’s an unprecedented moment and one our movement must capitalise on.

The Metropolitan Police are trying to the restrict the route for the demonstration organised by a wide coalition of campaign groups who are planning to protest outside Buckingham Palace during a reception for NATO leaders on December 3rd. We must be allowed to make a stand outside Buckingham Palace for everything Trump can’t stand – peace, human rights, climate justice, equality, tolerance & diversity.

Join the protest: https://bit.ly/356wXAI

As the de facto leader of NATO, the largest military alliance on earth, Trump will be pushing his fellow NATO heads of state to increase military spending whilst reasserting US priorities for the organisation. Over the past couple of decades NATO has been central to the so-called War on Terror, particularly in Afghanistan and the bombardment of Libya.

Trump’s seemingly critical attitude towards NATO is designed to pass the burden of funding for the alliance onto European nations in order to strengthen its power, not lessen it. Any notion that Trump wants to pull out of NATO is absurd. NATO is a crucial arm of violent US foreign policy power and must be opposed.

Coca-Cola violates workers’ rights around the world

Coca-Cola continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the USA.

The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) has launched a global online campaign to protest this — which we encourage you to support.

In Haiti, Coca-Cola’s bottler continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union.

In Indonesia, Coca-Cola’s bottler pursues its long running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.

In Ireland, Coca-Cola closed two of its directly owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionised, and shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses to engage in collective bargaining with the union.

And finally, in the USA the company’s bottler spent more than $330,000 hiring a union-busting consultant firm to persuade workers at its Greenfield bottling plant to not join the union.

Please show your support for the IUF campaign by sending a clear message to Coca-Cola CEO and Chairman James Quincey, expressing your outrage over these ongoing human rights violations and demanding that the company act to remedy them. 

Please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.

Coca-Cola workers fighting for their rights in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland, and the USA still need your support

Coca-Cola continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the USA.
In Haiti Coke’s bottler La Brasserie de la Couronne continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union, SYTBRACOUR.
Haiti is a dangerous place to live and to work. Companies should, at a minimum, be alert to this situation and exercise maximum due diligence. In July 2019, a Coca-Cola truck driver was shot in his vehicle while at work. The Coca-Cola Company has made no meaningful independent investigation of this killing, choosing instead to rely on a version of events provided by their local bottler, which sought to shift blame onto the driver. Subsequent IUF investigations into this case have exonerated the driver and exposed a callous disregard for the truth on the part of the Coca-Cola bottler and The Coca-Cola Company.

In Indonesia Coca-Cola bottler Amatil pursues its long running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.

In Ireland, The Coca-Cola Company closed two of its directly owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionized, and shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses to engage in collective bargaining with the IUF-affiliated SIPTU.

In the USA the Company’s bottler spent more than 330,000.00 US dollars hiring a union-busting consultant firm to persuade workers at its Greenfield bottling plant to not join the RWDSU/UFCW.

Please show your support for these workers and the fight for rights in the Coca-Cola system.

CLICK HERE to send a message to Coca-Cola’s CEO and Chairman James Quincey, expressing your outrage over these ongoing human rights violations and demanding the Company act to remedy them. Your name will also be added to a petition that will be delivered to The Coca-Cola Company.

Vigil tomorrow: After 39 Tragic Deaths, Safe Passage Now

Today our thoughts and solidarity go to the 39 victims, found dead in a lorry in Essex and their families.

The 39 are the latest victims of Fortress Europe and this government’s “hostile environment” for refugees and migrants that sees people forced to turn to traffickers to escape poverty and war.

Thousands have died attempting to reach Europe, and thousands remain stranded while being denied their right to seek asylum in Britain.

Tomorrow we are holding a vigil with refugee groups Care4Calais and Safe Passage to commemorate the victims, demand safe passage for those fleeing poverty and war, and that the racist hostile environment must end.

Join us to send solidarity to the loved ones of those who died and demand immediate change to ensure such a tragedy does not happen again.

AFTER 39 TRAGIC DEATHS:
VIGIL: SAFE PASSAGE NOW

Thursday 24th October 6pm
Home Office, 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF
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