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Bethlehem protest in Lewisham

06 January 2007
On the week before Christmas, Bethlehem 2006 with its apartheid wall came to the streets of Lewisham in a lively piece of street theatre devised by members of Lewisham Stop the War and South East London Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Victory for Ladywell Pool campaign

18 November 2006
A two and a half year long and hard-fought campaign to save Lewisham’s Ladywell pool, jointly initiated and chaired by Lewisham Respect, led to a stunning victory last week.

Reports round-up

24 June 2006
Lewisham young people in protest People gathered in Lewisham, south London, last Saturday to protest against a dispersal order that targets young people on Lewisham high street.

Reports round-up

18 February 2006
Crofton School About 50 teachers joined the picket line outside Crofton School in Lewisham, south east London, last week as they struck for a day over pay cuts. The cuts are a result of the implementation of new allowance payments for teachers, which means some face the loss of thousands of pounds a year. Strikers then travelled to Woolwich to join a protest outside the town hall against New Labour’s education White Paper. BBC Radio strike is called off Media unions at the BBC have called off strikes at BBC Radio after a new offer from management over changes to job descriptions.

Postal workers

29 January 2005
THE POSTAL workers’ CWU union has received information that Catford and Lewisham Crown post offices in south London are being considered for privatisation. The prospective buyers have visited the offices to measure them up and assess the viability of the proposed sale.

No pleasure at leisure closure

31 July 2004
THE NEW Labour council in Lewisham, south London, has voted for the closure of a much-loved leisure centre—despite opposition from all the other parties on the council.


24 July 2004
LEWISHAM RESPECT, and others, are campaigning against the closure of Ladywell leisure centre in south east London.

Ray Dissington 1953-2004

26 June 2004
Socialists in south east London were saddened to hear of the sudden death of SWP member Ray Dissington. An active trade unionist at Lewisham council until his redundancy, he had a real anger at the injustices of the system and despite difficulties due to a disability always came on demonstrations.

News in brief

09 August 2003
Court frees Lewisham two ALL OF the charges against two of the Lewisham Three, Rene Bravo and Marcela Massingnotti, were thrown out by the magistrate at Belmarsh last week. Rene and Marcela are the parents of a student and all three were taking part in peaceful anti-war activities on the day war broke out.

Strikers say no to redundancies

05 July 2003
SOME 59 NUT union members at Crofton School in Lewisham, south London, took strike action on Thursday of last week. They are fighting against the redundancies of three teachers on annual contracts at the school.

Activists win refugee reprieve

05 July 2003
PRESSURE FROM local campaigners in Lewisham, South London, has won Tham Sarki, an asylum seeker from wartorn Nepal, a temporary reprieve from deportation. Over 750 letters were written to David Blunkett in support of the Lewisham College student.

School revolts against job cuts

17 May 2003
PARENTS AND teachers at Crofton School in Lewisham, south London, have launched a campaign to stop 11 teaching staff being made redundant. Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Crofton are balloting for strike action. If the proposed job cuts go ahead, one in seven teachers at the school will be made redundant.


25 January 2003
FRIENDS AND campaigners were angered by the news that SWP member Tham Sarki was detained on Friday 17 January and is facing deportation. Tham is an asylum seeker from Nepal and is currently studying at Lewisham College in south London.

The warning from Downham

16 November 2002
THE NAZI British National Party got 519 votes in the Downham ward by-election in Lewisham, south east London, on Thursday of last week. This alarming number of votes gave the BNP third place with 20 percent of the total vote in the ward. The Liberal Democrats won the council seat with 998 votes. Labour came second with 769. The BNP is cashing in on the atmosphere created by home secretary David Blunkett.

The day we beat the Nazis

10 August 2002
THE BATTLE of Lewisham, which took place 25 years ago this month, was a decisive turning point in the fight against the Nazis in Britain. On 13 August 1977 over 10,000 people-black and white, old and young, women and men-joined together to physically confront the Nazis and stop them from marching. The battle showed how the Nazis could be driven off the streets and it marked the beginning of a mass campaign to smash the Nazis.

Stop the war

03 August 2002
SOME 300 people attended a Stop the War Coalition event in Brockley, south east London, on Wednesday of last week. One activist said he thought it was the largest political event in the borough of Lewisham for at least ten years.


01 June 2002
TRADE UNIONISTS, tenant activists and socialists are joining forces to campaign to defend council housing in Lewisham. The campaign is aimed at fighting off proposals to set up any "arms length" companies.

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