ACTIVISTS protested outside the Egyptian embassy in central London on Friday of last week against the jailing of five Egyptian anti-war campaigners. Demonstrators were urged to attend the second Cairo conference which has now been arranged for 13 and 14 December.
Students learn from movement
STUDENTS FROM around the country attended a national meeting of SWP activists from the universities last Saturday. Many stressed the importance of the 27 September demonstration and the mobilisation for the European Social Forum in Paris this November.
Activists plan to rebuild Stop the War groups in every college involving large numbers of students, as well as organising weekly Marxist forums as an 'interface with the movement'. There is a thirst for ideas and information on campuses, making Socialist Worker an important tool.
What future for Palestine?
AROUND 200 people attended a conference, 'Palestine, What Future?' organised by the Association of the Palestinian Community in central London last Saturday. Discussion centred on the need to continue the struggle against the Israeli occupation. The former Labour MP Tony Benn said, 'I am here to express my solidarity with the Palestinian cause. British opinion is shifting, but too slowly.'
Help to make a wall of sound
DRUMMERS AND percussionists will be creating a 'wall of sound' on the 27 September Stop the War Coalition demonstration. Protesters are invited to bring kazoos, whistles, pots, pans and biscuit tins and to meet at 11.30am at Speakers Corner. Look out for Wall of Sound banners and flags!
Which way for the left now?
SOME 210 people packed out a meeting in Middlesbrough to discuss the way forward for the left in Britain. George Galloway MP, who faces possible expulsion from the Labour Party, received a standing ovation. He said that he had growing doubts about whether Labour could be reclaimed from Blair and Brown. Other speakers included Salma Yaqoob from Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and Nick Wrack, national chair of the Socialist Alliance.
New Labour humbled
LABOUR SUFFERED a defeat in the Pentwyn Cardiff by-election on Thursday of last week. Their vote fell to 673 while the Liberals took the seat with 1,836 votes. Labour sent councillors and MPs in to fight the election, but lacked local party activists. The Welsh Socialist Alliance received 81 votes.