Attached (below) please find the latest report from Calais, where several of us were working last week and at the foot of this post, a video from one of the Paris refugee support workers.
The next trip to Calais is the weekend of December 9th – 10th. Some people are going for both days with an overnight stay. Others may just go for Saturday 9th. If you are interested in going, please email back so we can sort out transport.
It would be good to take donations of goods and money, so more details to follow soon of fundraising schemes. (and yes, it does involve more Paddington Bear merchandise). If you’d like to donate clothes, shoes, sleeping bags etc, please refer to the Care4Calais items list at www.care4calais.org/donate.
Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. Thanks, all.
Message received from Bromley Trades Council via TUC:
Anti-fascist Demo 12noon 4th November Bromley North Train Station
The fascist splinter group, Britain First are aiming to march in Bromley, on Saturday 4 November. This is due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at Bromley police station every week. The two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.
Britain First split from the British National Party (BNP), however their fascist politics are clear. Unfortunately the far right internationally are growing, in Britain they try to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn.
Local people do not wish these fascists to march in Bromley. including Bromley Momentum, Bromley Trades Council, Bromley & Chislehurst CLP and UAF along with other groups are asking people who oppose the odious, hate filled ideas of these Nazis’s and to come out and join us to oppose them and there views on Saturday the 4th of November, 12 noon at Bromley North train station.
Assemble 12noon at Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch in London
For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.
Join us on Saturday 4 November to make it right for Palestine!
Opposing Academisation – meeting for parents/teachers from 3 schools under imminent threat: Hallsville, Scott Wilkie and Keir Hardie.
Over 50 adults, and a lot of kids, attended the meeting this evening (12/10/2017) at St. Luke’s Community Hall E16. There were teachers from 2 of the schools, staff from all 3 schools and many parents from all 3 schools, chiefly Hallsville. Also, Cllr Rokshana Fayaz whose constituency covers Keir Hardie and Scott Wilkie schools, and who has written opposing academisation.
Your attention is drawn to the Team Margot organisation which is conducting an education campaign to raise awareness of the need for more BAME and mixed-race involvement in bone marrow / stem cell / blood & organ donations.
Team Margot is hosting an invite-only event for philanthropy and education influencers to introduce their visionary primary education programme – ‘Giving to Help Others’. Held at City Hall, this will be followed by the ‘Power of One’ photographic exhibition, in conjunction with City Hall’s Education and Youth team.