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Issue: 2525

Dated: 11 Oct 2016


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Birth of a movement—voices of resistance from the Stand Up To Racism conference

The Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) conference in London united refugees, councillors, students, trade unionists and others —and showed the potential to push back racism.


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News

Brutal truth behind Ken Loach benefit film

Veteran left wing director Ken Loach’s new film tells the story of a joiner who stops work due to ill health.

New tests for Jeremy Corbyn after purge of the right

Right wing members of the Labour Party were raging last week after left wing party Jeremy Corbyn moved against them with a shadow cabinet reshuffle.

Lancashire’s fracking plan generates deep resistance

Hundreds of protesters gathered at short notice on a rural stretch of Preston New Road in Lancashire last Saturday against the Tories forcing through fracking.

Far right got 'more than they bargained for', Rotherham 12 trial hears

A Nazi ringleader led a drunken street attack on Asian men after an anti-fascist demonstration in Rotherham marking the racist murder of a grandfather, a jury has heard.

Ealing and Haringey - anti-racists get organised and on the streets in London

Anti-racists lobbied Ealing council in west London yesterday, Tuesday, to demand councillors support the implementation of the "Dubs Amendment". 

Big turnout on Newsquest picket lines as workers start 7-day strike

Journalists working on regional newspapers in south London walked out on the first day of a week-long strike today, Thursday.

Anti-racists take to streets across Britain to demand child refugees are let in

Two men who came to Britain as child refugees in the 1930s spoke out for the refugee children of today at London Liverpool Street last night Friday. Labour lord Alf Dubs and Professor Leslie Brent came as part of the “Kindertransport” trains fleeing the Nazis. 

Activists rally for east London youth worker who says he was attacked by the police

Around 150 people crowded into the Arbour youth centre in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Friday night for a public meeting. They had came to show solidarity with Zac Hussein, a youth worker at the centre, who says he was attacked by the police. 

Rotherham 12 - prosecution witness seen with men giving Nazi salutes, court hears

A prosecution witness in the Rotherham 12 trial was pictured alongside a group of men giving Nazi salutes.

We won’t be border cops, say London midwives

Theresa May has backed a scheme by bosses at a London hospital to make pregnant women show their passport or immigration documents before giving birth.

Over 1,500 gather in London to Stand Up To Racism

Trade unionists, students, refugee solidarity volunteers, politicians, socialists and campaigners from all over Britain are queueing up for a landmark conference to launch a mass anti-racist movement.

Stand Up To Racism conference - activists debate and organise to defend migrant rights and oppose racists

People have travelled from across Britain to join the Stand Up To Racism national conference in central London today, Saturday.

Afternoon workshops at Stand Up To Racism conference

Migrant workers are not to blame for falling wages and worsening conditions at work.

Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott speak at Stand Up To Racism conference

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott, new shadow home secretary, were greeted with a standing ovation as they entered the Stand Up To Racism conference today, Saturday.

As Heathrow runway decision looms—airport expansion is toxic for the Tories

Government airport expansion plans will bring widespread noise pollution to south east England—and damage the climate.

Huge conference shows how we can stop Tory racism

The Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) conference last Saturday was a fantastic success. It must now become the launchpad for a mass social movement.

Joint cinema workers' strike called after Ritzy workers walk out

Striking workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, marched to the BFI London film festival in Leicester Square on Thursday of last week.

Woman had 'impressive' details about defendants in Rotherham abuse case, court hears

A complainant in an abuse trial gave “pretty impressive” detail about defendants who claim they never met her, a court has heard.

Housing demo hits awards event to protest over selloffs and demolitions

Activists protested outside the annual Stirling Awards for architecture on Thursday of last week.

Anger at council on anti-cuts protest in Brixton

A rally and march called to Stand up to Lambeth Council brought together over 200 people last Saturday, angry and disgusted at the south London Labour council.

We should not pay for the pound’s fall in value

Currency markets reacted to Brexit with a fall in the pound, as bosses make us pay for their system’s chaos

Week-long walkout set at Newsquest to stop cuts

Journalists working on regional newspapers in South London were set to begin a week-long strike on Thursday of this week.

Tiny flats will do for you lot, says Gavin Barwell—housing minister with the plush pad

Tory housing minister Gavin Barwell has a bizarre solution to the housing crisis.

News in-brief

Hull College , Southall against academies, biscuit dispute, cleaners protest, Fujitsu ballot, Ipswich buses, Clitheroe chemicals, Kurdish protest, anti-racism

3,000-strong rally marks 80th anniversary of Cable Street - and remembers how to win

Some 3,000 people marched down Cable Street, east London, on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

Privatised staff fight back in Sheffield

Two strikes in outsourced council services are exposing the cost of privatisation in Sheffield.

'Southern rail - do your worst' say defiant striking train guards

Train guards were defiant as they began a three-day strike on Tuesday against Southern rail bosses’ plans to introduce the dangerous Driver Only Operation (DOO).


International

US candidates exposed by their own words

Two of the least popular presidential candidates in US history had words they hoped would never be heard exposed in leaks last week.

Victory for abortion rights movement shows how Polish society is changing

A wave of mass protests in Poland has smashed a proposed total ban on abortions in a humiliating defeat for the right wing government.

Protests after Saudi airstrikes hit Yemen

Thousands of Yemenis, some with guns, protested in the streets of the capital, Sanaa, last Sunday after a Saudi Arabian airstrike.


Comment

Ukip’s been floored—but is it a killer blow?

Nigel Farage’s party should have been careful what it wished for. Sadie Robinson diagnoses the racists’ post-Brexit headaches

Theresa May shifts to the right—but makes new enemies

Theresa May used last week’s Tory conference in Birmingham to shift her party and her government sharply to the right.


Features


Reviews

Skinheads–a working class cult that’s been ska’d for life?

Say “skinheads” and most people will think instinctively of fascist thugs but the truth is far more complex.

Brutality lives on in US as prisons replace plantations

Black people in the US make up 5 percent of the total population—but 25 percent of the prison population. This insightful documentary film exposes the reality behind the statistic.


What We Think

Angry at society? Let’s fight for a better one

There is a deep bitterness in British society. Every serious analysis of the vote for Britain to exit the European Union (EU) concedes that the Leave vote was fuelled, at least partially, by anger.

Cops’ filth won’t wash

More former police officers have spoken out against the policing of striking miners during the 1984 Battle of Orgreave.


Other Categories

Dario Fo - a committed revolutionary who stood against the state

Nobel Prize-winning playwright and revolutionary activist Dario Fo, who has died at the age of 90, was one of the most important writers in Italian history, writes Mark Brown

LETTERS: There’s some justice at last over racist ‘perfect murder’

At Glasgow High Court last Wednesday, Ronnie Coulter was found guilty of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar.

Mazher Mahmood found guilty but tougher questions remain about the ‘Fake Sheikh’

Mazher Mahmood, known as the “Fake Sheikh”, has been found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.



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