Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All
I thought I would let you know about two forthcoming events Southampton PSC has organised.

Firstly Southampton FC play Hapoel Beersheva on evening of December 8th. We are planning to hold a peaceful demonstration.If you can support this, please do. It is very important that we take a clear stand on this issue. It is massively unjust that Israeli teams get to play in top flight European football while Palestinians face so many restrictions on their travel and the state of Israel has built so many illegal settlements on Palestinian land. See fair play for palestine docx

On Dec 8th We will be meeting at 6.30pm at the old King Alfred Pub Northam Road and marching from there to St Marys Stadium. Please join us. bring banners and flags.  “Say No to Israel in UEFA”

Secondly We are holding a Christmas BDS event on December 14th at 6pm at the Bargate in Southampton. We will be singing Alternative Christmas Carols, (Carols that talk about what is really happening in Bethlehem) and giving out some leaflets and offering people some non-Israeli Dates! Please join us if you can.

Lastly regular BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Stalls take place on most Saturdays. They will resume in mid -January. If you would like to volunteer to help sometimes with these ,we would love to have some new volunteers on the rota, so please get in touch if you have a bit of time to offer and would like to get a bit more involved in campaigning for Justice for Palestine. We are a friendly group and would love to get to know you and we would welcome your support.


Cathryn Spiller (Branch Secretary) – Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign




For further information see:

Red Card Israeli Racism
Their Facebook page
Saints Against Apartheid Facebook Page
Kick Racism Out of Football

Minutes of Manchester and Salford Womens TUC 1900-1902

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This is the third post about my work on the MSWTUC Transcription Project.

From 1900 onwards  the MSWTUC changed in many ways. Up to this point it had been involved in organising women in laundries, bookbinding, shirtmaking, fancy box making, printing, upholstery and the india rubber trade. It had 950 members,  and two organising secretaries whose job was not just to encourage women to join unions,  but also  to give them the self confidence to run those unions.

Its profile was changing as more women became active in the Council, trade union representatives now sat on the Council,  and the number of yearly meetings went up from 5 to 11. The dynamism of its work is reflected some of the new people becoming involved in the Council.  This included Eva Gore Booth,  who became an organising secretary in 1900, and was active in both trade union, socialist  and suffragist…

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Sacramento Wobbly killed by Turkish state.

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

Michael Israel.Michael Israel.

With great sadness we learn that on 29th of November 2016, Fellow Worker Michael Israel, a founder member of Sacramento IWW, and six other people, were killed in a bombing raid by Turkish air force north of Raqqa, Syria. Michael was serving his second tour as a volunteer with the YPG.

In his own words:

“I am back in Rojava again and will be here for the next several months to do my part in defending the revolution.

The Rojava struggle is the most dynamic and ground breaking revolutionary movement of our time. I am determined that it is the job of leftist allies and internationalists to rally behind this movement, to help build it up and learn from it. Things that we may have only dreamed of in theoretical writing are acted upon in Rojava, modified and adapted to their struggle and made real. Rojava is doing…

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Lessons from the Lucas Plan – Don’t waste working class creativity on Labour and the state

Angry Workers of the World

Some of us take part in the ’40 years of Lucas Plan’ conference in Birmingham

See leaflet below


One of our grandfathers was a manual worker at Lucas in the Bedford battery plant during the 1970s. He arrived from Punjab in the 1960s and worked in industrial jobs until his retirement. Like many other manual workers, he was left pretty untouched by the Lucas Plan at the time. While this might seem like an individual story, behind it lies more general problems. In light of the current resurgence of leftist politics trying to rekindle trust into the Labour party (or other parties) amongst workers, we want to use the opportunity to write down some basic thoughts on the subject…

1) The Lucas Plan was proof of workers’ potential to run production themselves, with the wider social and environmental good in mind.

2) The Lucas Plan was also proof…

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Resilient neighbourhoods


With the prospect of continuing austerity after the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – – and increasing political turmoil as the Brexit process lurches towards crisis, 2017 is shaping up to be turbulent year. While we can comment and pontificate about that turmoil until the cows come home on here, as grassroots community activists, we have to think about what action we can take in our neighbourhoods to deal with whatever comes our way next year.

As part of the process of building support for the Southend Radical Fair next year – – we’ve been having a series of contact meetings with a variety of groups and individuals. During the course of these meetings, we’ve had some really interesting and inspiring conversations on grassroots community action and issues such as neighbourhood resilience. These are conversations with people who are rolling up their sleeves and working on some really interesting projects…

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