Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All
Greetings from Southampton PSC.
Christmas is a time when people think about Palestine, sometimes without realizing it. The story of the birth of Jesus, central to the Christian faith and to the celebration of Christmas traditions, even in a secular context, took place in Palestine. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, now a city besieged by occupation and surrounded by Israels security Wall.As a group we intend to encourage people to make the link and to show concern for the injustice taking place in Palestine today.

Alternative Carols 5.30pm at the Bargate Southampton 18th December. We are joining with the Red Stars Choir to sing some alternative Carols declaring our concern for Palestine. We will also be giving out information. Please join us if you can. Come in good voice, song sheets will be provided.

Three campaign Actions you can take in support of Palestine:

Attached to this email you will find  a letter concerning the possible intention of President Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a gross violation of International law and a flagrant betrayal of the Palestinian people. Please call on the UK Government to condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Please use the attached to send to your MP. Either fill in your address, the name of your MP and your name and then print it out and send it as a letter or copy it in to your email format and send it to your MP as an email. Whichever way you do this Please Please stand up for Palestine this Christmas and send this protest.

Secondly Along with PSC, Amnesty International is running a “Ban Settlement Goods” Campaign. There are 137 recognised settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank, plus a further 100 unrecognised settlement outposts. There are 547000 settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. All of these have the protection of the IDF and are often armed themselves.They have roots in the US or Eastern Europe, not in Palestine, and yet they live on stolen Palestinian land. Much of the agricultural produce sold in the UK as”from Israel” actually comes from illegal settlements. Despite the Governments official position that Settlements are illegal under international law and the UK Government does not support them, officially, nevertheless it has not taken action to ban settlement goods from being imported into this country and indeed goods “from Israel” enjoy special status under the EU and benefit from positive trade agreements with the EU. So please follow this link and join Amnesty International’s campaign to change this.. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/ban-trade-israels-illegal-settlements

Finally Waitrose are going all out to sell Israeli Dates this year. These are very likely to be the produce of illegal settlements. They are branded as Duchy of Cornwall. A brand heralded by the Prince of Wales and meant to live up to organic and ethical standards. So please complain to Waitose, to trading standards and to the Duchy label. Most of important of all do not buy them and tell Waitrose why. Also please spread the word and tell your friends as well. https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/waitrose-duchy-organic-medjool-dates/

Well I guess that is nearly all for now. Stalls have stopped for a short winter break but will resume again towards the end of January, when I will be in touch. Please join us on the 18th if you can. Please also continue to like our facebook page.

May I end by wishing you all, on behalf of Southampton PSC, a joyful and peaceful Christmas where you find some genuine goodwill to the world.
Regards
Cathryn M Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)

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Joint Statement by CGT, Solidaridad Obrera and CNT About the Situation in Catalonia

As signatory organizations, unions at state level, we share our concern about the situation in Catalonia, the repression that the state has unleashed, including the diminution of rights and freedoms and the rise of a stale nationalism which is appearing again in much of the state.

We defend the emancipation of all the working people of Catalonia and the rest of the world. Perhaps, in this context, it is necessary to remember that we do not understand the right to self-determination in a statist way, as nationalist parties and organizations proclaim, but as the right to self-organization of our class in a given territory. Thus understood, self-determination passes more by control of production and consumption by workers and by direct democracy from the bottom up, organized according to federalist principles, than by the establishment of a new frontier or the creation of a new state.

As internationalists, we understand that solidarity among working people should not be limited to state borders, so we are not really concerned where these are drawn. What we do find very disturbing is the reaction that is being experienced in many parts of the rest of the State, with the enthusiasm for a stale Spanish state, which is more reminiscent of past times, brewed by the media and in line with the authoritarian drift of the government, notable after the imprisonment of persons for summoning acts of disobedience or the application of article 155 of the Constitution. We do not forget that this nationalist outbreak lays the groundwork for further cuts in rights and freedoms which we must be prevent. The shameful unity of so-called “democratic forces” in justifying repression shows a gloomy picture for all future dissents. It seems that the post-Franco regime that governs us for 40 years, close its ranks to ensure its continuity.

This regime, which has existed and exists in Catalonia as well as in the rest of Spain, feels that its own survival is at stake. Questioned extensively and plunged into a deep crisis of legitimacy, it is alarmed because of the accumulation of open fronts. The threat to the territorial integrity of the state is compounded by corruption scandals, the monarchy’s stigmatization, the questioning of (bank) rescues and cuts that have been applied to the population, discontent with slavery in the workplace derived from the last labor reforms, the extension of retirement age and the economic reduction of pensions, etc. The constant calls to defend the constitution must be understood as foul to rebate and deal with this true existential crisis that besieges the state. The danger is that in the process, repressive behaviors such as those seen recently in many Catalan cities will be sanctioned and become standard. The worst …

Obviously, we do not know in what sense the events will decant. We will remain attentive to what happens, ready to defend the interests of working people throughout the State. We will oppose the repression and the normalization of right-of-way attitudes, which are already perceived, with all our forces. Of course, we will not allow ourselves to be used by the strategies of political parties whose objectives are extraneous to us. At the same time, we will not stop encouraging the mobilizations of the working class when they finally decide that the time has come to shake off the dictatorship of political and economic elites who have spent too long managing the territory to serve exclusively their own interests. As trade union organizations, libertarian and combative, we will be on the streets, in the mobilizations, as we have shown on many occasions, against repression, cuts in rights and freedoms and against corruption.

The Catalan crisis may be the brink of a dying state model. Whether this change is in one sense or another will depend on our ability, as a class, to take the process in the opposite direction of repression and the rise of nationalisms. Let us hope that the final result will be more freedoms and rights and not the other way around. We risk a lot.

FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS! AGAINST REPRESSION OF WORKING CLASSES!

CGT – Solidaridad Obrera – CNT, October 26, 2017.

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch: London Demonstration 4th November.

Dear All

If you are planning to go to the National Demonstration on November 4th and are joining us from Southampton then we are meeting at Southampton Central at 9.30 am and the group will subsidize the fare. However if you are planning to make your own way to London please note the change of assembly point.

Assemble at 12 noon, Grosvenor Square, W1K 6LF

Also whether you are going to London or not please join the Thunderclap. A thunder clap is  a simultaneous post from a huge number of people on either Twitter or Facebook or both. We plan to raise a tremendous thunderclap on November 2nd, the centenary of Balfour.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63366-make-it-right-for-palestine  #Balfour100

We are demonstrating in London and on Social Media to raise awareness of the issue of Justice for Palestine, to put pressure on our Government to right the wrongs of Balfour a century ago but we also do this for  the Palestinian people and for activists  in Palestine. We do it to show solidarity with them. They will be watching social Media. Use the hashtag #Balfour 100  because it has been used by Zionists to “celebrate” Balfour so we are  hijacking it for Justice for Palestine!

Cathyn M Spiller Secretary Southampton Branch PSC

Solidarity demo, Cardiff Crown Court, Monday 23rd October, 2pm.

Cardiff Crown Court, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3PG.

We are calling for support and solidarity for a good comrade and tireless anti arms trade activist who is on trial for direct action against the Cardiff arms fair. This woman could not stand by while arms dealers furthered their profits by marketing mass murder. Instead of acceptance she chose resistance and did all that she could to disrupt the death dealers. She is very clear that her actions were necessary to prevent greater crimes but the judge has ruled that such a defence is not admissible. Evidently they won’t allow their courts to be used as a means to turn the tables and put the arms industry on trial. Now our comrade faces prison as the state seeks to make an example of her and discipline us all. It is crucial we stand together. Join the demonstration to show that she is not alone. Bring banners, placards and noise. Solidarity is our weapon and our best defence.

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability (DPRTE) took place at the Motorpoint arena on 28th March this year. It is an opportunity for the arms industry and government representatives to conduct their murderous “business as usual”, leading to the arming of brutal regimes everywhere with all the latest tools for repression and wars. It was forced to move from Bristol in 2014 as a result of determined demos and actions and activists in Cardiff and beyond are aiming to do the same there. Get involved and help shut them down next year!

Protest Unoliaeth, Llys y Goron Caerdydd Parc Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3PG Dydd Llun y 23ydd o Hydref 2pm

Rydym yn galw am gefnogaeth a unoliaeth i gymrodor da ac ymgyrchydd diflino sydd yn y cwrt am weithredu’n uniongyrchol yn erbyn Ffair Arfau Caerdydd. Ni all hon sefyll yn ddiymadferth tra bod y sawl sydd yn prynu a gwertu arfau yn pellhau eu elw gan farchnata ladd ar raddfa ddiwydianol. Yn lle derbyn y sefyllfa fe dewisiodd hi i frwydro nol a gwneud popeth yn ei gallu i ymyrryd ar waith y sawl sydd yn elwa o’r diwydiant arfau. Y mae hon yn glir iawn bod ei gweithredoedd yn angenrheidiol i atal troseddau gwaeth ond fe wnaeth y barnwr benderfynnu bod y fath amddiffyniad ddim i’w glywed. Nid ydynt yn barod i ddefnyddio’r llysoedd i rhoi y diwydiant arfau yn y doc. Nawr y mae i’n gwynebu carchar tra bo’r wladwriaeth yn ceisio gwneud esiampl ohoni a dysgu gwers i ni i gyd. Mae’n hanfodol ein bod yn cyd-sefyll. Ymunwc y brotest i ddangos nad ydi hi ar pen ei hunain Dewch a banneri, placardiau a swn. Unoliaeth yw ein harf ni ac ein amddiffyniad pennaf.

Cynhalwyd yr “Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability” (DPRTE) yn arena y Motorpoint ar y 28fed o Fawrth y flwyddyn hon. Mae’n gyfle i’r diwydiant arfau a chynryciolwyr o’r llywodraeth gynnal eu diwydiant ffiaidd, yn hwyluso diwydiant sydd yn arfu gladwriaethau sydd yn lladd eu pobl gyda’r teclynau diweddaraf ar gyfer gorthwm a rhyfel. Cafodd y ffair arfau ei orfodi o Fryste yn 2014 ar ol protestidau a gweithredoedd chwyrn a mae ymgyrchwyr yng Ngaerdydd a thu hwnt yn ceisio gwneud yr un peth. Ymunwch a’r ymgyrch i gau’r ffair arfau yma y flwyddyn nesaf!

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Bristol antifascists film premiere, Thursday 7th Sept. 7.30pm

Bristol antifascists invite you to a premiere of the new film “Antifascists”. Footage and analysis from the frontlines of the fight against fascism. More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/theantifascists/

Thursday 7th Sept. 7.30pm at Kebele Social centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton. BS5 6JY.

Free showing but donations welcome to support the relentless work of your local antifascist group.

And if that gets you in the right sort of mood, how about a bit of putting it into practice?…

Everyone out on 10th September! Time for another solid antifascist response in Bristol!

Here’s the callout from our comrades, the angry queer antifascists:

It’s not going to go well for fascists in Bristol this Sunday! Keep your eye on these sites for demo meet point details:

angryqueerantifascists.wordpress.com

facebook.com/bristolqueercaf

facebook.com/bristolantifascists

Stay safe and solid together. No space for fascism in our city!
In solidarity,
BAF.