Tories celebrate local election results while Starmer signals further shift to right
The Tories are celebrating following Thursday’s local elections in England. Labour’s Keir Starmer has responded with decisive action. But it’s not by resigning himself—as he should have done—but by sacking Angela Rayner from her roles as the party’s chair and national campaign coordinator. It is a prelude to an assault on the Labour left that will undoubtedly follow—and underlines how rotten Labour has now become.
Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah - Resist Israeli apartheid
The Israeli state is aiming to ethnically cleanse Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. The evictions have prompted mass protests and resistance, which have led to violent state repression by Israel including a brutal assault on Al Aqsa mosque that wounded hundreds. Protests have been called across the UK in opposititon to the ethnic cleansing of Sheikh Jarrah and the racism of the Israeli state, including Oxford on Sunday We urge everyone on this mailing list to show their support. Read SW article here
This week's Oxford and Thames Valley SWP branch meetings - all welcome
Lenin - A Revolutionary For Today 7PM Wednesday 12th May - all welcome
Zoom meeting ID: 861 2001 6477 Passcode: 967537 http://bit.ly/OxTVSWP
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov or as he is better known Lenin was the foremost leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917. He remains one of the most iconic figures of the last hundred years. To some he is an inspirational leader and peerless revolutionary thinker, a tireless champion of the working class. Others say he was a ruthless dictator with blood on his hands.
at this meeting we will discuss the legacy of Lenin nearly a century after his death, and explore why his ideas and methods can still be a powerful guide for people fighting for a better world. Join this meeting to discuss these questions and more. All welcome.
7PM Wednesday 19th May - all welcome
Zoom meeting ID: 861 2001 6477 Passcode: 967537 http://bit.ly/OxTVSWP
An explosion of resistance against attempts to force Palestinians out of Jerusalem has exposed Israel’s racism and brutality. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have resisted an attempt by Israel to evict Palestinian families from their homes—despite attacks by Israeli cops and settlers. Israeli police launched a brutal assault on Palestinians at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday. Cops fired rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinians inside the mosque’s compound. This Saturday, 15 May, also marks Nakba Day - marking 73 years since the displacement of Palestinians for the creation of Israel. This meeting will discuss how the ongoing Palestinian resistance can be supported and what is the road to liberation for the Palestinian people.
Oxford Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah Protest
Sunday 16th May - Assemble 2PM Manzil Way, Cowley Rd to march to Bonn Square
Called by Help the World Oxford and supported by Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other campaign, trade unions and councillors.
2 PM Saturday 22nd May - Assemble Manzil Way green, Cowley Road
Called by: Oxford Stand Up To Racism/Rhodes Must Fall Oxford/ Extinction Rebellion Oxford/ CWU South Central Postal/ more tbc
- Black Lives Matter
- No more police powers
- Defend the right to protest
- Reject the CRED report
One year ago the brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer led to a global wave of demonstrations and the resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
This historic movement has changed the public debate on racism and police violence, but a massive backlash is underway, not only against the Black Lives Matter movement, but also against climate protesters, women's activists, and anyone else who challenges and holds the government to account.
The government’s CRED report into the BLM protests was a whitewash - finding no evidence of institutional racism in policing, and health and education systems. This flies in the face of all evidence.
The government is also handing the police and courts new powers to criminalise Black and minority communities, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families, and anyone who wants to protest against racism, against the climate and ecological emergency which threatens all of us, or for a better world.
As we mark a year since the murder of George Floyd, it is vital that we step up the movement for justice and against racism.
Let’s keep it Covid safe: Stay away if you have Covid symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with covid symptoms l wear a mask l maintain a safe social distance l bring hand sanitiser l follow stewards’ advice
Inviting friends and supporters to the Oxford Memorial Protest facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/477752153343655
- Tuesday 11th 12:45 BMW Garsington Rd
- Tuesday 11th 5PM meet outside Brewdog, corner/CowleyRd/Princess St
- Wednesday 12th 8.15 AM Oxpens college
- Wednesday 12th 5 PM Carfax
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Major online rally at 5pm(GMT+1) with speakers from the anti-racist movement in the US as well as here in Britain.
Speakers confirmed so far:
Diane Abbott MP • Victor Sylvester, Roger Sylvester Justice Campaign • Elise Bryant, Coalition of Labour Women President & United Against Hate (US) • Aman Ali, Head of Community Engagement & Development at MEND • Bell Ribiero-Addy MP • Cammilla Mngaza, Free Siyanda Campaign • Lawrence Davies, Equal Justice solicitor for Belly Mujinga case • Shaka Hislop, ex footballer & Show Racism The Red Card ambassador • Andrew Boateng, campaigner who was accosted by police while cycling with his son • Rev. Kobi Little, President of the Baltimore NAACP • Ryan Colaço, campaigner and target of racist stop & search • Sabby Dhalu & Weyman Bennett, Co-convenors of Stand Up to Racism
Workers at the JDE factory in Banbury held their first day of strike. JDE has announced plans to fire and rehire the workforce on worse terms and conditions. Some workers are set to lose £7,000 a year. Fire and rehire attacks have spread to oncude 9% of UK workers so far according to the TUC. JDE workers will began an overtime ban last week. JDE were forced to admit the stike and overytime ban has hit production and their profits. JDE workers' resistance will will send a message to bullying JDE bosses that workers will not be intimidated. It will also signal to other workers that it's possible to fight back. It is vital their battle is supported. A second strike day is set for 15th May followed by an escalation to a 72 hour strike from 26th May. Please send messages of solidarity to firstname.lastname@example.org
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