10th March 2014
ALL OUT TO BUILD THE 22 MARCH DEMOS AND THE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST GRIFFIN AND BRONS
22 March demos – a focus for us all
There are just 12 days left until the anti-racist and anti-fascist demos in London, Cardiff and Glasgow. www.standuptoracism.org.uk/
Battling against racism and fascism remains central to our work in this period. We have to push out as widely as possible to fill the coaches and make sure there is a strong showing on the streets.
Every person we win to the 22 March protests can be a leader in their workplaces and communities in the fight against anti-immigrant scapegoating.
There is a full transport list at www.standuptoracism.org.uk/
Across the country a number of groups are organising meetings to mobilise for the 22 March demonstrations. These include:
Cambridge: Monday, 10 March, 7.30pm, Erasmus Room, Queens College, Cambridge CB3 9ET.
Waltham Forest: Tuesday 11 March, 7.30pm, Harmony Hall, Truro Road, Walthamstow, E17 7BY
Hackney: Wednesday 12 March, 7.30pm, The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Lower Clapton, E5 OPU. Speakers include Diane Abbott and Billy Hayes.
What can you do in your city or town? Find a busy area, involve the widest possible forces and pump out the leaflets.
Last Friday saw thousands of leaflets given out at tube, rail and bus stations across the country. We should leaflet as many workplaces as possible this week.
Stand up to Ukip: To order Stand up to Ukip leaflets and other materials, go to http://standuptoukip.org/
This is a highly political time. And although there is not nearly enough national struggle, there are very important battles where victory is possible.
Events in Ukraine have set off many debates about imperialism, the power and weakness of the US, the nature of Putin’s Russia and the need for socialist organisation. The International Socialist Tendency, of which we are part, has produced a statement http://internationalsocialists.org/wordpress/2014/03/488/
The revelations about the disgusting infiltration of the Stephen Lawrence campaign and other campaigns will intensify the feeling against the police.
Thousands of solicitors and barristers walked out last week in protest at cuts in legal aid http://socialistworker.co.uk/art/37639/Lawyers+walk+out+in+historic+stri... We sold 70 SWs on the London demo.
Around 3,000 people joined the protest at the Lib Dem conference in York, and comrades sold 52 papers.
The fracking demo in Manchester on Saturday brought together at least 1,000 people. We sold 65 SWs
The Care UK and SOAS strikes are inspiring examples of battles by low-paid workers. We have sold about 140 SWs in two weeks in Doncaster and 41 at the SOAS strikes.
The NUT teachers’ strike on 26 March is an important day for everyone to relate to.
Comrades have done very well around these strikes and protest. We are building the party through involvement in the struggle, the clarity of our politics and by arguing for the socialist alternative.
42 people came to Bristol North’s branch meeting on Ukraine last week with 24 non-members including several Russians. One person joined the party. Every branch and student group should have a meeting on Ukraine.
There have also been successful international women’s day meetings. A comrade report from Edinburgh: “Great public meeting for international women's day tonight with Judith Orr. 43 people came, almost half of them non-members. There were lots of young people and a number of Spanish women who came because of the abortion campaign in Spain – one spoke on the the platform. Excellent discussion and comrades feel it was a real achievement. One person joined the SWP.”
The day before in Glasgow the international women’s day meeting had 66 present and two joined the party, including a Polish worker we met through M22 work. Five people signed up for Marxism 2014.
While pushing outwards and working with others we need to strengthen the party’s structures. This includes raising the sales of Socialist Worker and winning more members to selling at work and in their localities. It also means using the re-registration process to increase the activity and participation of all our comrades – and to increase the party’s income so we can do even more.
Building Marxism 2014 has to be integrated into all our activity.
This Saturday our main priority is the People’s Assembly, but there are also important demonstrations in Edinburgh (at the Tory conference) and in Liverpool (against the cuts).
People’s Assembly 15 March
The People’s Assembly recall conference takes place this Saturday, 15 March, 10am – 5pm at the Emmanuel Centre in London. A good number of comrades are delegated. If you cannot be a delegate, you can go as an observer and take part. Register at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peoples-assembly-delegate-conference-regis...
If you are delegated please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of the 19 March budget day protests see http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/budget_day
Last week the Coventry People’s Assembly was a big success. Around 220 attended and we sold 42 copies of SW. Alongside others, the party was an integral part of the organising team who initiated and built that meeting.
Around 200 also came to the Lancashire PA to hear speakers including Owen Jones, Michael Lavalette and Paul Jenkins from UAF. We sold 30SWs.
30th anniversary of the Great Miners’ Strike
The 30th anniversary of the Great Strike will see events in many parts of Britain but particularly in the former mining areas. The ones last week were big - you can look at some of them at https://www.facebook.com/pages/30th-anniversary-of-the-miners-strike/645...
The London event had hundreds at it, with some excellent speakers and lots of discussion and debate. One major highlight was the showing of Miners Shot Down, a fantastic film about the Marikana massacre in South Africa http://www.minersshotdown.co.za/ We hope to have DVDs availabe soon.
At the Barnsley versus Nottingham Forest football match, fans displayed an Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign banner.
There are many forthcoming meetings and events including Rotherham (21 March), Leeds (13 March), Barnsley (14 March), Merthyr Tydfil (14 March), Armthorpe (16 March), St Albans (26 March), Edlington (5 April), Kirkby-in-Ashfield (12 April), Aylesham, Kent (5 May), Orgreave (14 June) AND MANY MORE. Make sure you know about events in your area, have lots of SW specials (order well in advance from circulation), the other party publications, the new miners’ strike pamphlet (order form attached). Marxism materials and the special postcard etc.
NW anti-cuts demo, Liverpool, Saturday
Trade unionists and campaigners from across the north west of England will march in Liverpool this Saturday. The demo will highlight the £156 million cuts in Liverpool and similar assaults elsewhere in the region.
10am assemble Pier Head
11.30am Rally at St George’s Plateau
Demo at Tory conference, Edinburgh, Saturday
Demonstrate against Cameron and Co at the Scottish Tory Party conference. Saturday 15 March: Demo, Assemble Edinburgh, The Mound, 11am.
There are a million reasons to oppose the Tories from cuts to their racism against immigrants. Bring your banners and friends.
Sunday 16 March: Action Against Austerity Conference. Edinburgh University, Teviout Building, registration 12pm. Book at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-against-austerity-conference-tickets... Speakers include Owen Jones.
SWP members’ re-registration 2014
1. Please re-register yourself! You can return the form or go to www.swp.org.uk/forms/re-registration
2. Each week the district will receive a list of who has re-registered. Each week the district should identify comrades they are going to contact and make sure they are phoned and visited.
3. Sign people up to Marxism at the same time.
In February we recruited 40 people, with two-thirds of them signing direct debits. This monthly figure is slightly down on February 2013, but the direct debit figure is much higher.
Keep up support for SOAS cleaners’ battle
SOAS cleaners, members of Unison and mainly migrant workers, struck for two days last week in their fight to win equality with “in house” staff at the university. The picket lines were brilliant with delegation after delegation arriving with collections and banners.
More strikes are set to be announced if the employers don’t move. We need to keep taking collections (sheet attached), sending messages of support and getting SOAS Unison members into branch and campaign meetings.
Contact the branch at email@example.com to request speakers.
SOAS Unison branch has set up a hardship fund for the cleaners. You can either contribute via a credit/ debit card at http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RECG... or you can drop us a cheque (made payable to SOAS UNISON, c/o Peter Baran, SOAS UNISON Branch Treasurer, SOAS Students’ Union, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG), or pay into the account directly; Unity Trust Bank, Account Name; SOAS UNISON, Sort Code: 08-60-01 – Account Number 49022162.
For further information see the SOAS Justice for Cleaners facebook page at “https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Cleaners-SOAS/487787121252241“
Care UK workers set to strike again!
Following an inspiring seven day strike, over 200 Care UK workers in Doncaster crammed into a rally last week where they voted unanimously for another seven day strike.
Comrades sold 73 papers, which means we've now sold 130 papers to strikers across the two issues.
One of the leading strikers then travelled to Sheffield at the end of last week to speak at the 250 strong 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike event put on by Sheffield NUJ branch and Unite the Resistance where nearly £600 was collected towards the Care UK strike fund.
The dates for the next seven day strike will be announced shortly, so keep up the messages of support, solidarity donations and invites to the strikers to speak at union branch meetings. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marxism 2014: book now
Marxism 2014: 10-14 July: 1914-2014: A century or war, crisis and revolution: What are the alternatives for today?: Book online at www.marxismfestival.org.uk
Only four weeks until the end of the special offer: Book before 6 April and get £5 off. Make sure your branch makes the most of the offer:
• Sign up comrades at the same time as doing re-registration
• Make sure that every comrade and non-member who went last year is asked to go before the offer ends
• Target new members. Explain what Marxism is and also the practicalities – that we provide a free crèche, accommodation and that districts put on picnics etc
• Draw up a branch target list of people we have worked with over the last few years to invite. Ask all those involved in your local Peoples Assembly and who are building the 22 March demo.
• Students – every branch should pick a Uni or college to target. Put up posters and set up Marxism stalls. Use the Marxism sign up sheet to get contact details of anyone interested then follow them up.
• Use the publicity far and wide: on stalls, workplace sales, demos and protests and at meetings. If you need more leaflets or the miners’ postcard please get in touch.
• If there is a miners’ strike meeting make sure you have the special postcards and a team of comrades to build Marxism at it.
• Above all else every branch needs a Marxism Organiser. If you have not got one yet please agree it at your branch meeting this week. Those districts with a Marxism team like Glasgow, Manchester and East London have had a great start to building Marxism.
Teachers’ strike, 26 March
On Saturday there were over 100 campaign stalls organised by the NUT in the run up to the strike on 26 March. Reports show well attended reps’ meetings. Today NUT Divisional Secretaries met in London.
In London there will be a pre-strike rally on Wednesday 19 March at 5.30pm at the NUT HQ, Mabledon Place, WC1H 9BD. Owen Jones, Mark Serwotka and Christine Blower are amongst the speakers. We should be going flat out to build this event. A leaflet is attached.
There is clearly a crucial debate going on across the union about “what next” after the NASUWT pulled back from action. While pushing for the best possible action on 26 March we have to be arguing for escalation to beat Gove.
A new Socialist Worker leaflet for schools will be out tomorrow.
Egypt Solidarity: sign up and build it
Please look at the website and use the model motions (for trade union, student unions and education unions. Ask everyone you know to sign up and to pass support through unions, campaigns etc.
International solidarity has made a difference to the fate of Egyptian activists in the past and can do so again. Of course events in Egypt (such as the heroic strike taking place in Mahalla) matter most, but the regime will be less confident to jail, torture and murder its opponents if there is a big wave of solidarity internationally.
Stand up to racism, fascism and xenophobia demos in London, Glasgow and Cardiff, Sat 22 March
There are only 2 weeks left to build the demo and Every SWSS group should have a strategy in place. Can you get your student union to put on transport?
Set up stalls and leafleting sessions on campus. Email, text and phone all those who have joined SWSS and UAF
For areas where we don’t have a SWSS group, branches should set up stalls at both Unis and FE colleges to build for the demo and also Marxism
Build SWSS: Meetings, stalls and postering
Every week we need to push out to build the SWSS meeting and make sure SWSS has a big presence on campus. Poster every day for the meeting – put them up in departments and all round the campus: walls, bus stops etc. Make sure there is a weekly email and text out for the meeting and other SWSS activities and call those students contacts we have met before.
Our meetings still attract a wide audience with 44 attending at Sussex last week on Socialism and Anarchism and 20 in Manchester on the first world war. SWSS groups should have a meeting on the First World War before the end of term aswell as a meeting on Ukraine.
This term is crucial for building Marxism on campus. Every group should sign up their members this week and start getting the publicity out far and wide. For districts where we don’t have a SWSS group there still needs to be a student strategy with a focus on Marxism. Any students who come are more likely to build SWSS next year. Can you do a stall once a week on campus? Can you poster the Uni area? Can you get posters and Marxism flyers into departments? Use the Marxism sign up sheets to get contacts for those interested in attending and make sure they are followed up quickly.
NUS conference: 8-10 April 2014, Liverpool
We want to ensure a good SWSS intervention at NUS conference. That means we need as many comrades as possible to stand for election. Please check out the dates of NUS conference delegate elections at your Uni this week and let us know when the elections are asap.
Fast Food Rights Day of Action 29 March
Fast Food Rights: next day of action 29 March
The next organising meeting for the campaign is Monday 17 March at the House of Commons. The next Fast Food Rights day of action is Saturday 29 March.
In every area comrades should, through Unite the Resistance, get in touch with the local BFAWU bakers’ union and discuss what to do on the day of action. As soon as you have anything planned it’s important to send the details to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org . Watch the Fast Food Rights website for upcoming meetings and events http://fastfoodrights.wordpress.com/ .
If you’d like to discuss Fast Food Rights in your area
Defend our NHS
The avalanche of privatisation contracts sweeping through the NHS will lead to resistance. The government is also seeking to change the law so they can shut hospitals without public consultation.
LONDON-WIDE NHS FORUM: 27 MARCH
What next to Defend London's NHS
Thursday 27 March 6.30pm, Camden Town Hall; Judd St, WC1. Speakers:
John Lister Peoples Inquiry into the NHS, Louise Irvine Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, Sam Strudwick Whipps Cross Hospital Unison
STOP HOSPITAL CLOSURE CLAUSE 119
Protest TOMORROW Tuesday 11 March 11am to 1pm
St Stephen’s Gate, Houses of Parliament
Supported by health unions
Urgent: Sign the new petition: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/cameron-and-clegg-hands-off-our-h...
Video that explains the threat: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/content/plans-for-your-hospital/?sp...
More information and what you can do:
KEEP OUR ST HELIER HOSPITAL PUBLIC MEETING: 13 March
Thursday 13 March 7.30pm, Merton Civic Centre, Morden, http://goo.gl/maps/OisI5
Called by Keep Our St Helier Hospital part of South West London Keep Our NHS Public
UNITE NHS EVENT: 20 March
‘London’s NHS at the crossroads’ report launch Thursday 20 March, 10am to 12.30, Committee Room 5, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA
SAVE EALING’S HEALTH SERVICE PUBLIC MEETING: 26 March
Wednesday 26 March, Ealing Town Hall
Called by Save Our Hospitals Ealing and Ealing TUC Save Our NHS Campaign
WHITTINGTON HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN
Next planning meeting: Monday 7 April at 7pm, Archway Methodist Church Hall, in Archway Close, in the roundabout. Ground floor room, wheelchair accessible
PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT: 29 April
JOIN THE DEBATE – SAVE OUR NHS
Tuesday 29 April 6.30pm, Committee Room 19, House of Commons, http://thepeoplesparliament.me.uk/themes/nhs/
KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC NATIONAL AGM: 28 June
Saturday 28 June, 10am to 4.30pm, Venue : Central London
SW sales successes
As well as the sales on page one,
In Coventry: “We sold 42SWs at the Coventry and Warwickshire People's Assembly due to a combination of factors. The content of the paper was of course important, not least the pull out on the Miners’ Strike, which appealed to older trade unionists in particular.
And 220 people turning up for the event exceeded expectations and the number of new people present made comrades feel more confident about selling the paper. Around ten comrades were selling, with others engaged in UAF activity at the event.
“The number of SWs sold also reflected the fact that many SWP members are well rooted and there is therefore great respect for them, not least our role in building for the event and campaigning work more generally.
“It also shows the importance of presentation; a stall with posters Saying 'Axe the Bedroom Tax' will inevitably attract people at such an event, with a petition to match.
In Southwark: “Following the revelations about the Stephen Lawrence case in the Ellison Report, we wrote a petition on police corruption and cover-ups, which we also linked to the role of the police during the miners' strike, and the coverage in this week's paper. It resulted in our best SW sale of the year so far. We took along all available SWs we had, and three comrades sold 32 papers in 90 minutes.
“We also gave out M22 leaflets and collected lots of emails of those interested in coming on the demo. One person took a SWP membership form and another interested in coming to Marxism. Two comrades collected £40 for the SOAs cleaners in their adult education class last week, selling four papers in the process, two other comrades collected £30 and £70 respectively at their workplaces, and at South Bank Uni we continued a good run of paper-sales with another 12 sold at SWSS events last week.
In Chesterfield: “It was a good week, we sold 12 papers at a ‘Save our NHS’ meeting on Thursday, another 45 at a Miners’ event during the day session and another 25 at the concert in the evening. We also managed 20 on our regular Saturday stall.
In Leicester: “We sold 18 papers on Saturday using the petition on Doncaster care workers which went down really brilliantly and we also collected £18 donation on top of the sale – three comrades attended an international women’s day event on Saturday and sold eight papers and three SWP pamphlets and a book.
Great sales in Ipswich: Saturday 37 + Thursday 36 + Wednesday 29 making it a total of 102 across the week
Glasgow sales: Buchanan St Saturday sale 50 + Airdrie 16 + Hillhead Friday 15 + Coatbridge 11 + Motherwell 6 + Strathclyde Uni 5 + Langside FE 5 + residential workers meeting 7 + Independence meeting 5
Manchester sales: Anti fracking demo 65 + Market Street Sat 40 + Chorlton 19 + Longsight 15 + Stockport NHS activist meeting 12 + Bolton 7 + UAF rally 7 + Legal aid demo 17 + Trades council 6 + personal sales 3
Edinburgh Saturday sale 34 and 1 recruit; Portsmouth 43 across the week; Hackney 42 across the week
In Dumfries comrades sold 12 SWs at a miners’ strike meeting of 70.
RMT tube strikes: An updated leaflet will be sent out tomorrow. The hearing for victimised worker Mark Harding is on Friday 23 May at the City of London Magistrates Court. Send solidarity to email@example.com
Unite: Lewisham’s school truancy team will strike for 24 hours on 12 March over plans to cut the staff from 22 to 12.
Strikes at the Faslane and Coulport nuclear and naval armament bases - the first for decades - are back on after workers kicked-out a derisory pay offer from the employer Babcock Marine.
There will be discontinuous strike action consisting of a two-hour stoppage commencing at 10am on Tuesday 11 March and then further discontinuous strike action in the form of staged stoppages from Wednesday 12 March onwards.
UCU members at UCLAN struck on Thursday and Friday last week over 52 job cuts. Further strikes are set for Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 March. Rush messages of support to: firstname.lastname@example.org (branch secretary) email@example.com (branch chair) and firstname.lastname@example.org (branch treasurer).
OUT THIS WEEK
1984, The Miners and the Strike that could have Won. A Socialist Worker pamphlet by Ian Taylor, £3. Thirty years ago more than 160,000 miners went on strike in defence of their jobs. They stayed out for a year, sustained by solidarity from millions of people across Britain who had never previously been near a coal mine. Ian Taylor gives a narrative of the dispute and the key turning points that could have forced the Tories and the Coal Board to their knees.
- Buy 50 copies for £100 or 20% discount for smaller orders. Order now from Bookmarks on 020 7637 1848 or email email@example.com. We will post them out as soon as they arrive, or you can pick them up at the People's Assembly on 15 March. Order form attached.
John Maclean: Red Clydesider by Dave Sherry, £4. New edition of the booklet on Maclean, Scottish socialist who stood up against the First World War. With a new introduction looking at the debates around Scottish independence and the centenary of the war.
Coming soon - new updated edition - Immigration: the Myths Spread to Divide us. A Socialist Worker pamphlet by Charlie Kimber, £2. Buy 50 copies for £65 or 20% discount for smaller orders. Place your orders now and pick them up at the 22 March anti-racism demo in Trafalgar Square.
For any information about Bookmarks stock, orders or opening hours phone 020 7637 1848 or go to: www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE