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20 September: oppose the EDL at Downing Street

Counter-demonstration against the English Defence League


Saturday 20th September. 
Downing Street, London.
Nearest tube: Westminster.
Assemble 11.30

There is a Facebook event for this. Please share widely and invite peopole to attend.

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20 September: Solidarity event in support of the cleaners of the Ministry of Finance in Greece


Statement of solidarity with the struggle of 595 Greek Cleaners (Καθαρίστριες / Katharistries) against austerity and injustice

The Greece Solidarity Campaign, founded by Tony Benn and supported by many individuals, trade unions and other organisations pledges its solidarity with the 595 cleaners at the Greek Finance Ministry whose jobs have been stolen and given to private sub-contractors. 

We join others in sending you, the cleaners, this message: 

“We thank you for your fortitude in your year-long opposition to the privatisation and austerity attacks on the working people of Greece, which motivates us to continue the same fight in our own countries. When the Samaras government and the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund), took you on, they thought women cleaners were a soft target. But they hit a wall of resistance. You refused to be intimidated by police violence and government propaganda, and insisted on your right to reclaim your jobs and to live in dignity. Our resolve to stand with you in your struggle has been strengthened by the horrific media images of riot police beating, assaulting and gassing women, some in their 50s and 60s. The struggle against austerity is embodied in your campaign. Your situation is a warning to all European working people. We are all weakened if poverty, loss of union rights and social destruction can be imposed in Greece. We wish you every success and send you the most emphatic expression of our solidarity and determination to fight alongside you for the interests of all working people.

As part of an international solidarity campaign, we are organising a solidarity event in London, on 20 Sept, 9.30-11, outside the Hellenic Centre, 16 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS.” 

Aλληλεγγύη και φιλία – solidarity and friendship

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 19:20

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27 September: Stand up to UKIP

UKIP are continuing to grow and their influence on the political agenda, as shown by their recent electoral success, is increasing. To counter this Stand up to UKIP has been initiated as UKIP are not a fascist party, despite their overtly racist agenda, and therefore require us to use different tactics. 
Stand up to UKIP is an umbrella organisation which believes all good people, must unite and stand up to UKIP, racism and bigotry. You can read the launch statement here:
There will be a protest at UKIP's national conference on Saturday, 27th September in Doncaster. The Facebook event for this is:

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21 September: Pavlos Lives!


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17 October: Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture

Anthony Walker was a Black British A-level student from Huyton, Merseyside, a Christian and a keen basketball player, who was brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack on 30 July 2005 near McGoldrick Park in Huyton. The crime shocked the local community and gained widespread national publicity. The perpetrators were brought to justice and received lengthy prison sentences.

In conjunction with the Walker Family and the Anthony Walker Foundation, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) instituted an annual lecture in Anthony's name in 2007.

This October, for Black History Month, the eighth annual Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture will be held at The Broadway theatre Barking (The Broadway, IG11 7LS, 5 minutes’ walk from Barking station) on Friday 17th October 2014 from 6:30pm – 8:45pm. NUT is delighted to have the support of Unison, Unite and GMB this year. The lecture is attended by many teachers, students and others in the field of education as well as champions of race equality from around the country. It is one way that they can use our role as educators to challenge the stereotypes and ideas that lead to discrimination and racist violence. 

The theme for this year’s lecture is ‘Unite for Anti-Racist Education


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Columnist for The Independent and other newspapers
Founder member of British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Jeremy Crook OBE
Director Black Training Enterprise Group

Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary

Max Hyde, NUT President

A ‘Music for Youth’ performance

A representative from Barking and Dagenham Council

All teachers and students (14-19 yrs. old) are welcome. In addition to the invited audience, the Broadway is delighted to be able to offer a limited number of places, which are free but must be booked in advance by calling the Broadway box office on 020 8507 5607.

For more information email

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 20:34

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