Sylvia Pankhurst anti-air war memorial re-dedicated

The anti-air war memorial erected by socialist and feminist campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst was re-dedicated in an event organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to co-incide with World Disarmament Day. The monument was put up by Sylvia on the grounds of the “Red Cottage”, her home in Woodford Green, in 1935 to show opposition to the fascist Italian government’s invasion of Ethiopia.

At the event a statement was read on behalf of her son Richard Pankhurst, who lives in Addis Ababa. Other speakers at the event included peace campaigner Bruce Kent, Pankhurst’s biographer Katherine Connelly, former Ilford North MP Linda Perham and Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green.


The Left Unity women’s caucus banner made its first outing at today’s re-dedication. In a bit of irony, the banners of several groups including CND, the Green Party women’s group and our banner were asked to be taken down as the event was “unpolitical”. Somehow, I doubt Sylvia Pankhurst would have agreed!

More information on Sylvia Pankhurst can be found here

20 years on from the ‘Battle of George Green’

This article recently appeared in the local paper commemorating the anniversary of a significant anti-roads campaign in Leytonstone and Wanstead back in the early 1990s:

A activist’s view can be found

NHS strike: Report from the Whipps Cross picket line

Around 35 health workers and supporters braved the weather from 7am at the picket line on Whipps Cross Road.
Unison, Unite and the GMB unions were represented. Many members of the public showed their support by sounding their horns as they drove past.

A longer report can be found here


Paramedics at the picket line

Paramedics at the picket line

Walthamstow Wetlands development

Walthamstow Reservoirs cover an area of 200 hectares on the western edge of the borough bordering Hackney, Haringey and the river Lea. It is an internationally and nationally recognised ecological resource and wildlife habitat as well as providing drinking water for London’s residents and fishing.

Waltham Forest Council has raised £8m of funding to develop the area, owned by Thames Water, as a free, publicly accessible wetland, with amenities and facilities for school students to engage with the environment. It will become Europe’s largest urban wetland.

London Wildlife Trust has been appointed to oversee the development. This will include renovating the historic engine house, close to Ferry Road, and the Coppermill, off Coppermill Lane. Work is expected to be completed by 2017.

This project has the potential to enrich our community. But Left Unity believes that capitalism’s incessant search for profit poses a grave and imminent threat to the world’s ecosystem. Despite the efforts of the ‘climate sceptics’ to downplay this threat a large proportion of people are now questioning the logic of such a destructive system. As such any effort to preserve our environment and to build an understanding of how we interact with it is very welcome.

Our draft environmental policy details our assessment of the ecological peril and the radical proposals necessary to remedy it.

More info can be found at

Project updates should be posted on the Council’s website

The Coppermill, September 2014

The Coppermill, September 2014

Big Breakfast for the NHS

Monday 13 October from 7 am

Whipps Cross Hospital main entrance (by Whipps Cross roundabout)

NHS workers have been through 5 years of pay freezes and pay caps. This has had a massive impact on their living standards, Inflation has already wiped out 12 per cent of the average NHS worker’s pay since 2011. Workers in the bottom two pay bands are paid less than the Living Wage and 70% per cent of NHS staff are not due a pay rise for another two years
On Monday 13 October Nurses, Midwives and other vital health workers will be striking for fair pay across England from 7am to 11am with emergency cover. This will be followed by four days of action short of strike action from 14-17 October for the rest of that week, where health workers will take their break, something many of us never get to do.
Let’s show our support for health workers and our NHS which is threatened by cuts and privatisation.

Join us on the picket line for a while, bring food and messages of support.

Called by Waltham Forest Save Our NHS

The New Putney Debates

Occupy London is holding a series of events inspired by the Levellers’ and Diggers’ demands for social justice, civil rights and equal access to the land. There will be an inaugural event at Walthamstow Council Social Club on Wednesday 15th October starting at 19:30. This will be a “Banner Theatre” performance and discussion on “Austerity”.
More information here.