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Issue: 2577

Dated: 24 Oct 2017

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Stand Up To Racism conference calls for a mass movement to stop the right

A call to build a mass movement against racism went out from the Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) conference in central London on Saturday.

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Half a million demonstrate in Barcelona against Spanish state’s crackdown

Around half a million people demonstrated in Barcelona on Saturday.

Croydon defendants deny Reker attack

The trial of six people charged with violent disorder in relation to events that left Kurdish teenager Reker Ahmed fighting for his life is underway at Croydon crown court.

Stop the pensions robbery—keep up pressure in the post

Workers are defiant despite Royal Mail bosses’ legal challenges to strikes, reports Nick Clark

Humiliated May faces deepening Tory crisis

Rows rumble on in the Tory party, but it will take struggle to get them out, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Labour’s Starmer says he will work with Tory ‘rebels’ over Brexit

Labour will collaborate with Tory MPs in parliament over legislation about leaving the European Union (EU), shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has said.

Most Grenfell survivors still wait for new homes

Only ten out of 203 Grenfell Tower households have found permanent housing. Most are still waiting to be rehoused four months after the fire.

Housing is a ‘safe place’ for money, say rich property developers

Property developers, politicians and investors descended on Kensington Olympia in west London to carve up the housing market

Rochdale tower blocks under threat

A giant redevelopment project in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, threatens to wreck hundreds of lives

Strike against cuts that harm education

Workers at the University of Manchester began a two-day strike on Monday.

Children’s centres face the Tory axe in Cambridgeshire

Young mothers with babies and toddlers, grandparents and trade unionists demanded entry into the council chamber in Cambridge

Brave Sheffield jobcentre struggle shows need for national fight

Workers at a Sheffield jobcentre began a four-week strike on Monday—a final stand against the closure of their office

Haringey council faces formal complaint over plans to push out tenants

Housing campaigners have lodged a formal complaint against Haringey council

Unions need to organise anger against Tory pay cap

Anger against the Tories’ 1 percent public sector pay cap was clear on the streets of central London

Reports round-up: Durham teaching assistants stand against deal

Mears workers vote for further strikes | Choke up the chokers | Exeter porters stand firm | Defend activist from jail term | Cleaners want to sweep away low pay | Don’t let laws leave strike grounded | Film workers to vote on major deal | Firefighters walk out at Sellafield

Arriva drivers pull the brake on rotten pay offer

Over 2,000 bus workers in north west England have struck for two days over pay. Unite and GMB union members at Arriva buses struck on Thursday last week and Monday this week.

Reject this unsafe and divisive Southern rail deal

Train drivers’ union Aslef has recommended a deal to its members to end their long-running dispute with Southern rail.

Anti-fascism round-up: English Defence League is shamed in Peterborough

Also: Protests planned at Tommy Robinson’s ‘book launches’ | FLA leader backs Nazi demo

School cuts campaigners descend on parliament

Parents, children, teachers and campaigners gathered in central London for a mass lobby of parliament

Health workers slam new move to deny care to migrants

New up-front identity checks in the NHS that came into force on Monday are discriminatory and dangerous

Behind Trump's contempt for Myeshia Johnson lies a story of US imperialism

The death of US Sergeant La David Johnson in Niger has exposed the callousness of Donald Trump towards those he orders into battle.

Healthcare ‘AirBnB’ is no substitute for hospital beds

Patients recovering from surgery in Essex could be removed from hospital and put up in ordinary people’s spare bedrooms.


Fury as Nazi MPs enter the German parliament

Half of the Alternative for Germany party’s new MPs are linked to fascist groups, says Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Trump’s Muslim ban is foiled again

Protesters in the US celebrated a victory as injunctions delayed the implementation of president Donald Trump’s third travel ban on Wednesday of last week.


Catalan struggle can damage smug bosses

“When the first reports of serious disorders in Catalonia were reaching Madrid, the English ambassador wrote home that he saw ‘nothing in the business that is hard to settle’.”


Harvey Weinstein sentencing: how do we get rid of sexual abuse and violence?

Recent revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s abuse and rape of women have exposed the sexism at the heart of society.

‘We will build a mass movement to stop racism,’ vow activists at 1,300-strong conference

As world leaders ramp up racism against Muslims and migrants, hundreds of anti-racists met in London last week to discuss building the resistance

Capitalist state power versus soviet power

As the Russian Revolution developed a situation of dual power existed—but it was unsustainable


I Am Not a Witch: The cruel humour behind a mix of tradition and money

In the film, a young girl is accused of witchcraft in Africa and is drawn into a world of corruption and sexism, writes Charlie Kimber

Reviews round-up: Winds of October

Plus: Portrait of Palestine, Pop Art from North Africa and Grime4Justice

What We Think

Border controls mean slavery and death

Tuesday marked one year since the demolition of the “jungle” refugee camp by cops in Calais.And one year on the refugee crisis is as bad as ever.

Abortion is a right

Poorer women in Northern Ireland who come to England to have an abortion will now be able to claim money for travel and accommodation.

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Letters: we teaching assistants will fight on after a divisive deal

There’s a lot of hurt among Durham teaching assistants (TAs) after the latest pay deal was accepted.

The Troublemaker - The money was just resting in the academy trust’s account

An academy trust that recently abandoned its schools siphoned off millions of pounds to its own accounts.

Celebrate the 1967 Act—and extend abortion rights too

Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act marked a major breakthrough for working class women. Sarah Bates looks at what life was like before the Act—and why abortion rights are so crucial

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