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Issue: 2676

Dated: 15 Oct 2019

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Extinction Rebellion—a carnival of resistance on London’s streets

Rebels from the Extinction Rebellion took over some of the most famous streets in London in a bid to force action on climate change.

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Bootle anti-racist postal walkout ends after bosses use strikebreakers and injunction

An unofficial strike over alleged racism and victimisation has ended after Royal Mail bosses used strikebreakers and a court injunction.

Cops launch major attack on International Rebellion

Chaotic scenes filled the streets of central London as police fought to throw Extinction Rebellion protesters off the streets

Extinction Rebellion protesters take on aviation industry with occupation at London City Airport

Climate protesters occupied London City Airport

Turkish socialists condemn invasion of Syria and attacks on refugees

The Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (Dsip) in Turkey calls for peace and support for refugees

Hillsborough match commander had ‘extraordinarily bad’ failings, court hears

David Duckenfield's actions “contributed substantially” to the deaths of 96 football fans, a court has heard.

Extinction Rebellion actions target BBC HQ and fossil fuel bosses’ conference

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists staged two more major direct actions in central London on Friday—the fifth day of their International Rebellion.

Tens of thousands of people join big Extinction Rebellion march

March organisers Extinction Rebellion said 30,000 people marched

London demonstration shows solidarity with Kurds against Turkish invasion of Syria

Around 20,000 people marched through London

Extinction Rebellion targets the City financiers

Hundreds of rebels occupied the junction outside Bank underground station—under the shadow of the Bank of England

Northern Ireland abortion law changes are a victory—but the struggle goes on

abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland on 21 October—if a devolved Northern Irish government does not meet before then.

New Tory immigration policies spark outrage from migrants

The Tories’ plans will mean some people will be forced to leave Britain under the new scheme. Anti-racists should rip apart the racist border system, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Health service battles for equal pay justice

Two groups of health workers in the north west of England are escalating their fight for equal pay.

Lincolnshire health worker action spreads

Health visitors in Lincolnshire are escalating their fight for equal pay and terms and conditions.

Sixth form workers set for strike over pay and funding

NEU union members in 23 sixth form colleges were set to strike on Thursday in a battle over pay and funding.

‘Build on climate strikes’ say education workers

Over 250 education workers, students and activists joined the Climate emergency—educating for the future conference in London last Saturday.

Steel workers march in Newport AND unions round up

eCourier workers who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), struck for two days from last Thursday.

Strike to shelve cuts plan at libraries in West Yorkshire

Library and museum workers in West Yorkshire were set to hold a 48-hour strike from Monday of next week.

Workers at Nottingham College deliver no confidence vote in boss

UCU union members at Nottingham College plan to hold 14 more days of strike next month in a battle over new contracts.

Pressure to reach Brexit deal adds to huge crisis for Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson this week faces one of the biggest crises of his ­government.

Queen’s speech is a preview of a repressive Tory election manifesto

The queen’s speech on Monday won’t lead to many, if any, new laws.

Labour MPs use Brexit to stop a Corbyn government

Right wing Labour MPs ganged up at a meeting in parliament on Monday evening to insist that there shouldn’t be a snap election.

Postal workers’ strike coming at Royal Mail after huge vote for action

Workers in Royal Mail are gearing up for a major battle after posting a stunning vote in favour of national strikes.


Protests around the world for the planet

From Germany to India, the US to New Zealand, people from around the world took action in unity to demand climate justice.

Protests in Ecuador force government to back down

Protesters in Ecuador have forced the government to cancel an austerity package

International round-up - US car workers’ strike continues

Bosses at General Motors n the US offered a new contract, as a strike of nearly 50,000 workers entered its fifth week


Treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one

Sadie Robinson looks at a new programme to give heroin users diamorphine which aims to help people escape addiction

Imperialists betray the Kurds—again

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have denounced Donald Trump’s decision to pull back American troops blocking a Turkish invasion of northern Syria as a “betrayal”. Of course they’re right.


1919 race riots in Britain—a legacy of empire

One hundred years ago Britain was gripped by huge workers’ struggles but also horrific race riots. Ken Olende looks at how the racist violence was unleashed—and how some of the left organised against it


Raising Dion—a super-powered mixture of adventure and family drama

Raising Dion mixes superhero staples with life’s everyday problems—and the result is a show that’s pathbreaking for both genres, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Giri - Haji—new crime thriller doesn’t quite live up to ambition

Ambitious is a good way to describe Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame).

Reviews round-up—Joy Labinjo and Roy Lichtenstein

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What We Think

Celebrate the climate movement - and join it

The International Rebellion has brought together tens of thousands of people across the globe to demand climate justice.

Stand with Catalonia after new wave of repression

Massive protests erupted across Catalonia this week after a Spanish court sentenced nine pro-independence Catalan leaders to vicious prison terms.

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Obituary - Alan Hunt, 1927-2019

Members of Chesterfield Socialist Workers Party were very sad to learn of the death of Alan Hunt aged 89. He has been a member of the branch for many years.

Letters—A hard working life, and now my pension has been stolen

This month I will be 62, but there will be no real happy birthday feeling until I am 66.

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