Know Your Rights: the campaigns of Bob and Roberta Smith

A review of Bob and Roberta Smith’s exhibition at the William Morris Gallery E17

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James B reviews the latest exhibition of Bob and Roberta Smith, finding a powerful defence of art as a human right, source of self-empowerment and tool of protest. The show until January 31 in Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery.

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Public meeting: Stop Trident – jobs not bombs!

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7.30-9.30pm, Monday 15 February

Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Rd, London E11 1AY
(Five minutes from Leytonstone tube station)

Trident is a weapon of mass destruction. Its use would be illegal and immoral. It would kill millions of people, maim millions more, and render vast parts of our world uninhabitable for generations. But the government is proposing to spend £100 billion (and inevitably much more) on renewing it.

We oppose this criminal waste of human and natural resources. The same money and skills could be used to produce renewable energy, to support and improve our schools and hospitals, to pay a decent wage to millions of public service workers and to end the vicious attacks on poor, sick and disabled people.

In the run-up to the national demonstration on 27 February, Waltham Forest Left Unity invites you to a public forum with CND General Secretary Kate Hudson, and Sophie Bolt from Waltham Forest Stop the War. All welcome.

Leytonstone United Free Church

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Walthamstow eviction resistance workshop

Sunday 5 July 4-6pm, St Barnabas Church Hall, St Barnabas Rd, Walthamstow, E17 8JZ

Nearest rail: Walthamstow Queens Rd (Gospel Oak to Barking Line)

Nearest tube/rail: Walthamstow Central (Victoria line, also Liverpool St – Chingford rail)

Map/buses directions

And join us later next door where a pop up pub is selling fine ales from Wildcard Brewery

Organised by Unite Community Waltham Forest, Radical Housing Network and Eviction Resistance

For more information, contact: 0795 404 7527

Save the Independent Living Fund protest: an activist’s report

On 24 June disability activists went to Parliament. Here one activist explains what happened.

The lobby of ILF on 24-06-15 turned into a demonstration. The ILA PA arrived at 0840, followed by the cab at 0845. This demonstration was no surprise, my revolutionary comrade Andy Greene briefed me beforehand. So we all filed into the central lobby, about thirty of us, all defiant. We got our green cards on which you note MPs down, sometimes they will see you. At a given signal we all hurtled down a corridor. At the end there was a door, directly behind which prime minister’s questions were occurring. We raced down the corridor following our inspirational leader followed by thirty police officers, who were determined to get our chairs out of there. We were shouting “save the ILF” and we just outside the main chamber where there was Prime Ministers Questions. We could not get in the main chamber but the police grabbed my chair and I put my brakes on and dug my heels in the floor. Nonetheless they shoved my chair into the main lobby where we shouted “save the ILF” but my PA was very determined, and was helping a disabled lady. The police dragged him out, so I had to leave with him, he was a foreign national so I was scared he would be deported. After this, disabled people went outside and blocked the road, they went outside Downing Street and protested, but I stayed with my PA.

Whipps Cross Hospital: PFI is not our debt, scrap it now!

from Waltham Forest Trades Council

Demonstration – 12-2pm on Wednesday June 3rd – at the gate of Whipps Cross Hospital

It’s no accident that years of privatisation in all its guises, under governments of all colours, has undermined our NHS. Private profiteering companies suck the lifeblood out of the public purse for their own gain.

Nurses suffer pay down-banding. Some porters eke out a living on zero-hour contracts. Domestics struggle on different agency rates for the same job. At the same time overpaid high-handed managers make unrealistic, even bullying, demands.

Yet, despite such difficulties the staff at Whipps Cross do a marvellous job. Their loyalty and commitment is recognized by thousands of grateful patients, and even by the CQC – at least in words.

But Whipps Cross, all its staff and everyone in our borough face a real Emergency.

The response to the critical report of the CQC and the draining of finances due to exorbitant demands of PFI contractors at the London Hospital could pose a threat to the very existence of Whipps Cross. There are rumours of a state-of-the art hub, or something – but not a General Hospital. We cannot let this happen.

 

Surround Yarl’s Wood detention centre

From Movement For Justice

Surround Yarl’s Wood on 6th June
Set to be the biggest demonstration ever outside Yarl’s Wood

SHUT IT DOWN!

Join us in our fight to END detention, END Fast Track and
STOP the scapegoating of immigrants

MFA London Coaches meet 9.30am, Euston Station (Eversholt st), email mfj@ueaa.net for a seat (see facebook event for other coaches)

Facebook event

Waltham Forest Unite Community supports Boycott Workfare

Week of Action Against Workfare April 25 – May 2

Can you help?

Boycott Workfare writes…

As the general election campaign gets underway we are already seeing politicians calling for more of the same policies. More workfare. More sanctions. Yet we know that these policies have been a total disaster. It is shameful that workfare and sanctions are supported by all the main political parties. This is why we are holding a week of action in the week before the election (Sat 25 April – Sat 2 May) We need your help to expose and challenge workfare and sanctions policies and the political lies that underpin them.

http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=4239

Want to know more about Workfare? Here’s some background information (taken Keep Volunteering Voluntary http://www.kvv.org.uk)

What’s wrong with Workfare?

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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.