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Issue: 2709

Dated: 16 Jun 2020

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Atlanta rises up to fight the killer police

Rage at the police killing of another black man has exploded onto the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, in the US. 

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Thousands in Oxford call for Rhodes statue to be torn down

Around 4,000 people gathered on Tuesday to call for the removal of the statue of the racist and imperialist Cecil Rhodes that fronts Oriel College in central Oxford.

Ten million could soon be stuck waiting for NHS care

Health bosses fear the Covid-19 crisis could see the number of people waiting for NHS treatment double to ten million by the end of the year.

Anti-racists across Britain take the knee

Thousands of people “took the knee” to protest against racism and remember George Floyd

Pregnant women and new mothers hit hard by coronavirus crisis

Pregnant women and women who have recently had children are facing intensified discrimination during the coronavirus crisis.

Homeless people turfed out as Covid-19 support ends

The Tory government promised to help care for homeless people during the  pandemic. But now the measures adopted are ending, writes Sadie Robinson 

Thousands march for Black Lives Matter ahead of weekend protests

Anti-racists are gearing up for Black Lives Matter protests this weekend in the face of a Tory attempt to stoke a right wing backlash.

Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across Britain

Thousands of people across Britain have joined another wave of protests as part of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Nazis and racists stage protest to attack Black Lives Matter

The British far right is hoping to initiate a right wing backlash against the BLM movement.

Huge support as south London anti-racists take to streets

An inspiring protest against racism took place in Southwark, south London, on Sunday.

Tories try to hide truth behind death rate for black and minority ethnic people

Racism and social inequality has contributed to the higher death rates from coronavirus among black and Asian people

Anti-racist rebellion grows in Britain

Thousands of people across Britain joined another wave of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests over the weekend. Socialist Worker reports

Tories push for lockdown end

The Tories were patting themselves on the back this week—despite the official coronavirus death toll in Britain climbing to over 40,000 and millions of workers facing unemployment. 

Protest says black lives matter at work

Over 50 people protested against institutional racism outside St George’s hospital and medical school in Tooting, south London, on Monday.

SNP claps NHS workers but won’t pay them extra

NHS workers are angry that the Scottish government has refused to reopen talks over pay.

Pressure on over holidays and respect at Royal Parks

Around 20 of London’s Royal Park attendants who are outsourced to multinational company Vinci appeared in court this week.

Chaotic and unsafe school reopening plan could burst the Tories’ bubble

Secondary schools across England began opening to wider numbers of children on Monday of this week.

Tower Hamlets strikes called + Reject pay deal + Councils in cash crisis

Unison union members are set to strike on 3, 6, 7, 14, 15 and 16 July.

Not every cloud has a silver lining

The scale of the climate catastrophe could be far worse than predicted, according to new research. 

Action needed on university funding

The UCU union has launched a campaign demanding the government puts forward a plan to protect universities and colleges.


Virus tears through poorer countries as fears of a ‘second wave’ grip China

The global coronavirus crisis is far from over.

Powerful movements against racism and austerity unite on the streets in France

Militant anti-racism and the fight against austerity are coming together powerfully in France


When war criminals fall out— Trump vs the generals

For retired US Marine general James Mattis to publicly condemn the US president as a threat to the constitution is unprecedented. 

Use US funding debates to push for an end to the police

Demands to ‘defund the police’ are opening a wider argument

This uprising has won gains—keep fighting

The great Black Lives Matter uprising is far from over. But already it has made history.


Are all white people racist?

Is there a role for white people in the movement against racism? And what should it be?

Fannie Lou Hamer: ‘I am sick and tired of being sick and tired’

The indomitable political activist Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the most urgent and important voices of the US civil rights movement.

How blood of slavery fed profit system

Defenders of slavers’ statues warn that ­tearing them down amounts to an attempt to “erase” Britain’s history. On the surface of it, many of them pretend this is about keeping the legacy of slavery visible, not hiding it away. 


Judy and Punch—an ambitious, slightly clunky dark comedy

This strange drama turns the story of Punch and Judy into a tale of revenge against an abusive husband

New documentary on the murder of Daniel Morgan

Murder In The Carpark, a new three-part series from Channel 4, explores the most investigated unsolved murder in the history of the Metropolitan Police

What We Think

Rising up against racism terrifies our rulers

Boris Johnson has announced a new government commission to look into racism in Britain. 

We’re proud to be revolutionary

Right wing newspapers have attacked the Black Lives Matter movement on the grounds that revolutionary socialists are involved in it.

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Letters: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement in Ireland

Almost 70 Black Lives Matter protesters have been issued with fines for attending the socially-distanced rallies in Derry and Belfast on Saturday 6 June. 

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