UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
18-03-2012 23:32Responding to and International call out for actions against exploitation, austerity and capitalism, Solidarity Federation branches around the country have been organising anti-workfare actions on March 31st.
17-03-2012 13:47The North West Infidels (NWI), a splinter group from the English Defence League with links to many other fascist and extreme-right groups, are planning a demonstration in Greater Manchester on Saturday 24 March.We call on all anti-fascists, anti-racists and organised workers to mobilise in opposition to the presence of these fascists on our streets.
We call for a national mobilisation of anti-fascists!
17-03-2012 13:38On Sunday 25th of March members of the Traveller Solidarity Network are coming to Cambridge to hold an info night on the issues effecting Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) communities. The tour hopes to bring together grass roots activists, human rights groups, and those from travelling communities with the aim of building the GRT civil rights movement.
17-03-2012 13:09A meeting to bring together NHS campaigns and campaigners for urgent action to save the NHS - including discussion about a national demo.
17-03-2012 12:50This Monday (19th March) members of the Traveller Solidarity Network are coming to Sheffield to hold an info night on the issues effecting Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) communities. The tour hopes to bring together grass roots activists, human rights groups, and those from travelling communities with the aim of building the GRT civil rights movement.
16-03-2012 15:52Interview with occupiers
16-03-2012 01:36We are having a public meeting today -Friday 7pm- at the Miners Welfare Hall in Cinderford, Glos. Please come along and join in discussing the future of your centre, and how it relates to the future of environmental education, and the privatisation of Forestry land -by proxy- through-out the country.
Night Pickets at the Mayr-Melnhof Packaging plant in Bootle, Merseside.
International and local speakers will discuss whether the Olympics legacy will be exploited garment workers and the marginalisation of east London communities. The leader of sweatshop workers in Bangladesh and community representatives in east London will speak out this month on the human cost of the Olympics. They will address a major conference staged by War on Want, after the anti-poverty charity accused top sportswear brands of exploiting Bangladeshi staff.
14-03-2012 03:41On the 7th March, the United States submitted the draft resolution against Sri-Lanka to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its 19th session in Geneva, which began on February 27. The resolution notes that Sri Lanka has failed to implement the reconciliation measures recommended by the country’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and calls for Sri Lanka to take more concrete actions towards reconciliation and especially, addressing the accountability issue and implementing the recommendations put forward by the LLRC.
Though the resolution seeks to address alleged violations of international law, critics point to the fact that the resolution, in giving credibility to the LLRC, will only entrench Sinhala state rule over Tamil territories and provide it a fraudulent legitimacy to do so (see below). Irrespective of this, Sri Lanka is confident that the country has support from enough of the UN Council`s member states to vote against the resolution, such as China, Russia and Pakistan as well as from African states, the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and the members of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International have just issued a report saying human rights violations remain routine in Sri-Lanka almost three years after the end of the war Ref: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/new-report-exposes-ongoing-illegal-detention-sri-lanka-2012-03-13 Channel 4 broadcast the 2nd part of their documentary of what has been happening in Sri Lanka later this evening (Wednesday 14th March 2012 - 10.55pm), alleging that several war crimes suspects are now in senior government posts. Part-1 of their investigation "Sri Lanka: The Killing Fields" broadcast on Tue 14 June 2011 showed gruesome footage of summary executions and other abuses of Tamils at the end of the war.
14-03-2012 03:03Action against the Coalition Government's planned Health and Social Care bill has so far largely been what ministers will have expected and planned for, since privatisation of the NHS was first mooted (long before the 2010 general election).
As a result, such action is being largely ignored by those who will vote, and indeed by the mainstream media.
We are calling for a Day of Action on Wednesday 14th March
14-03-2012 00:31The Hope Not Hate website run by Anti-Fascist campaign group Searchlight has published a review by Sam King of historian Paul Preston's new book "The Spanish Holocaust". Sam King states that "Preston makes it clear that the Anarchist CNT were as anti the Republic as the Fascists", and that claim is historically false...