Protest the Turkish State’s recent airstrikes on Kurds in Rojava: Brighton, 1pm, Sat 29 April

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

We invite you to join us to protest the Turkish State’s recent airstrikes on Kurds in Rojava and Sinjar, which caused at least 20 martyrs of YPG-YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) and many injuries and many civilians in Sinjar. 
The Kurds have the most efficient force to combat the so-called Islamic State. Turkey’s hostility is contributing to the conflict and strengthens ISIS’ hand.
We cannot stay silent against these fascist attacks, let’s say in one voice NO TO TURKEY & ISIS TERRORISM.
Please come and show your solidarity with whom are fighting for humanity. 
Date: Saturday 29th April 2017
Time: 1pm 
Address: Churchill Square, Russell Pl, Brighton BN1 2RG

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Don’t dump on your fellow Travellers!

Political Women; Lisa Turnbull: Single Mum, Durham Teaching Assistant, campaigner

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Lisa Turnbull did not want to be a political campaigner but in 2015  her employer Labour-controlled Durham County Council told her and  2,700 of her fellow  Teaching Assistants  that their highly skilled work  would be downgraded  and  their  pay  cut by 23%.

It’s only women’s work….

She says, “I just had to do something. I was so angry, and still am, but I have to stand up for what I believe in.“  95% of the TAs are women, who work with children and, like many other groups of women workers –  such as care workers, cleaners and catering staff – face managements who  label their work as women’s work that is not skilled or valued. But over the last few years those women are fighting back in campaigns for cleaners, care workers and TAs.

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Lisa comes from a part of the country that had a dyed in…

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Class War nail it on the housing crisis in London…

May Day in Southampton 2017

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Monday 1st   May 11am Palmerston Park, Southampton Centre, SO14 1ND

Southampton Trades Union Council, Unite Community and People’s Assembly Against Austerity will celebrate International Workers’ Day with a family-friendly march and Rally.

11am Assemble at Bandstand

11.15 March from Bandstand to Peace Fountain, past the Cenotaph to Bargate and back through the parks to the Bandstand

12.00 – 3pm music, poetry, speakers, with local trade union, left and progressive stalls and Indian food

There will be a large marquee in case of bad weather.

Donations welcome toward the cost of event

For peace and a united Working Class. HAPPY MAY DAY!

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News from Southampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Here are some important dates for your diary. Please come along and join us we would love to see you. We meet monthly to plan actions and events. For dates and agendas, please e-mail

The Dorset Book Fair Sat 3rd June at Portfield Community Hall, Christchurch, BH23 2AQ. This is a fair promoting anti-oppression, anti-racism and environmental awareness of all kinds. There will many stalls and speaker events taking place. Southampton PSC will have a presence there and if you want to be involved please contact us.

A Celebration of May Day in Southampton, Monday May 1st 11am to 3pm, Palmerston Park, SO14 1ND. Please see attachment for further information. If you are available to help on the PSC Stall at this event then please get in touch. It should be an enjoyable day.

Sponsored Walk 28th May. A walk from Salisbury to Tisbury, through beautiful countryside. Please join us; it is a lovely opportunity to get to know others in the group. The sponsorship is for Medical Aid for Palestinians as well as PSC. Meet at 9.55, platform 4 Southampton Central. Back by 5pm.

Saturday 10th June London, Lunchtime Celebration of Palestinian Culture and Grand Send off for those walking in “Just Walk to Jerusalem.” Just Walk to Jerusalem is a campaign organised by Amos Trust to raise awareness of Justice for Palestine. See how you can become involved:

An Action you can take:

On Friday 7th April, Kamel Hawwash member of PSC Executive and also vice chair of the British Palestine policy council was refused entry into Israel under the new anti- boycott law. This follows the refusal last month to allow entry to Hugh Lanning PSC chair, and last weekend to Anuar Majluf, director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile. Kamel was on a family holiday with his wife and son, who he had to leave at the airport. Kamel’s wife has Jerusalem ID and he has many relatives in Jerusalem. Kamel has stated “I am personally devastated at my denial of entry. Firstly because I could not be with my wife and son for our holiday, but also because I have been denied entry to my homeland. I have elderly relatives that I will never see again if I am not allowed to enter in the future. I had to leave my wife and son alone in the airport in tears.”

Ben Jamal PSC Director stated ”The BDS movement peacefully pressures Israel to comply with international law and cease human rights violations. It draws directly from the tactics of Gandhi and Mandela to effect positive change. According to the Israeli government, human rights activism is a security threat. Fundamental democratic norms and freedoms don’t matter. The British government must demand that Israel ceases this harassment.”

Please write to your MP and ask that he/she writes to the foreign secretary and ask that they protest to the government of Israel in the strongest of terms.




Interview with UK YPG volunteer and medic John Harding

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Source: Kurdish Question, 24th April, 2017

John Harding is a 54 year old ex-military serviceman and prior to joining the YPG he worked as an engineer. John is from the north east of England and has participated in several military operations worldwide and mostly recently with the YPG in Rojava. John became actively involved with the medical unit during his last tour in Rojava where he went on to lead the YBT (Tactical Medical Units) as a commander and train the new recruits within the unit.

By Erem Kansoy and Alan Sahin

How did you get involved in the Kurdish struggle in Rojava? How were you introduced to the Kurds?

Initially I became interested because I felt my government was not doing enough to fight ISIS and I became aware of the opportunity to volunteer through the Lions of Rojava facebook page. In 2015, I made contact with the page…

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Picket lines and court dates – pre-May Day round-up

KNK statement on Turkish aerial attacks on Rojava and Shengal

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) released a statement regarding the Turkish airstrikes on Shengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan).

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) released a statement regarding the Turkish airstrikes on Shengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan).

The statement by KNK is as follows:

“According to the latest information, 26 Turkish warplanes attacked Amûd and Geliyê Kersê of Shengal/Sinjar. The bombardment is still going on. It has been learned that prior to the aerial operation, communication networks had been completely cut in Dêrik and its surrounding areas.

Many civilian Kurds and Kurdish fighters killed and wounded

Last night, Turkish warplanes bombed Dengê Rojava Radio and ÇIRA-FM and also YPG headquarter in Karaçokê of Dêrik city. In relation to the attack, YPG general commander released a statement in which it called upon the Rojavan people to stand up for themselves. YPG statement declared; “On Tuesday 25 April, at 02:00 o’clock, Turkish warplanes launched an…

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