Events /FRFI 237 Feb/Mar 2014

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LONDON

Thursdays 6 February and 6 March

6-8pm

Demonstration for Palestine – Boycott Marks & Spencer

6 March – International Women’s Day celebration of the women of Gaza

Outside M&S, Oxford Street, WC1

Nearest tube: Marble Arch


 

Sunday 9 February 4pm

Viva Venezuela film show and discussion

Gik-Der, 3 Victorian Grove, N16 8EN

Nearest station: Dalston Junction/Dalston Kingsland

www.vivavenezuela.co.uk

For further details phone 020 7837 1688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday 13 February 7pm

 

Film showing: Life and Debt

Brixton Soup Kitchen, Southwyck House, Moorlands Road, SW9 8TT

Nearest tube: Brixton

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Saturdays 15 February and 1 March

 

3-5pm

Focus E15 mothers campaign meeting

Please ring for venue details

020 7837 1688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every Saturday 12-2pm

Focus E15 mothers weekly campaign stall

The Broadway, Stratford E15 (outside Wilkinson’s)

Nearest station: Stratford


 

Friday 28 February 7.30pm

Public meeting in association with MLKP

Imperialism out of the Middle East: discussion on Syria and Rojava

Gik-Der, 3 Victorian Grove, N16 8EN

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Saturday 1 March 12 noon

 

Speak-out against the cuts

Peckham Square, SE15 5DT


 

Tuesday 11 March, 7.30 pm

Blackadder or Michael Gove? Who’s right about the First World War?

Film show and discussion hosted by North London RCG

Oak & Pastor pub, 86 Junction Road, N19 5QZ

Nearest tube: Archway


 

Wednesday 12 March 7pm

International Women’s Day film show – Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is possible

Brixton Soup Kitchen


 

MANCHESTER

Monday 10 February 12pm

Justice 4 Grainger: demonstration outside the CPS

Sunlight House, Quay Street,

M60 3PS 


 

Thursday 27 February, 8pm

Rebel Music Night

Sandbar, Grosvenor Street, M1 7HL


 

Saturday 29-Sunday 30 March

Palestine weekend of action

For details phone 07519 427 093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Sunday 2 March 1-3pm

Justice 4 Grainger: event in Piccadilly Gardens to mark the second anniversary of Anthony’s death at the hands of Greater Manchester Police

For more information telephone 07519 427 093 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/manchesterfrfi/


 

NEWCASTLE

Wednesday 5 March, 6pm

Smash the Bedroom Tax! Protest at full council meeting

Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, NE1 8QH

Nearest metro Haymarket

For details of regular street events and political educational meetings call 07858 346 276, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., join the FRFI North East email list at: https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/frfinortheast or add us on Facebook.com/FRFInortheast


 

GLASGOW

Thursdays 6 and 20 February

6 and 20 March 3.30-5.30pm

Protest: Free Palestine – Hands off Syria!

Outside M&S, Sauchiehall Street


 

Saturday 1 March 12-2pm

No trade with the occupation!

Protest outside Sainsbury’s as part of the Boycott Israel Network initiative

Next to Queen Street Station


 

Sunday 23 February 2-4pm

Voices of Resistance series: Lessons from the anti-apartheid struggle

Woodside Hall, 36 Glenfarg Street,

Maryhill, G20 7QE

Nearest underground: St George’s X


 

Tuesday 4 March 10.15am

Unite against the cuts! Defend free speech!

Demonstration outside the trial of FRFI supporter for ‘using a loudspeaker’

Court 19 (open to the public), Glasgow Sheriff Court,

1 Carlton Place

See glasgowdefencecampaign. blogspot.com


 

Sunday 16 March 2-4pm

Voices of Resistance: Revolutionary Women

Woodside Hall

For further details call 07734 348 065, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Glasgow FRFI on Facebook


 

DUNDEE

Wednesday 19 February 12-2pm

Dundee Against Atos, part of the National Anti-Atos Day of Action

Greenmarket

For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook Dundee Against Atos


 

Sunday 16 March 3-5pm

Dundee Rebel Cinema: Cuba, Africa, Revolution! Part 1

Room G2 Dundee University Tower Building


 

Every Saturday 1-3pm

Street sale of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!

Murraygate

 

Events/ FRFI 233 Jun/Jul 2013

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 233 June/July 2013

London

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Thursdays 6 June and 4 July 6-8pm

 

Thursday of every month)

Demonstration for Palestine – Boycott M&S

Outside M&S, Oxford Street, WC1  (Marble Arch tube)

 

Wednesday 5 June 7.30pm

Public meeting: Can’t pay! Won’t pay! Smash the bedroom tax!

Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY (New Cross station)

 

Wednesday 12 June 7pm

Public meeting: Why we must boycott Israel

In association with Football Beyond Borders

Room G50, SOAS , Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1N 0XG (Russell Square tube)

Contact 020 7837 1688 or

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Wednesday 26 June 7pm

Public meeting: Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela – how the fight against austerity became the fight for socialism

The Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant (corner with Warner Street), WC1X 0AE  (Chancery Lane or Farringdon tube)

 

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada barracks which sparked the Cuban revolution!

Saturday 20 July, 1-5pm

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL (Warren Street tube).

Contact 020 7837 1688 or office­@ratb.org.uk


 

Manchester

Thursday 13 June 7.30pm

FRFI forum

The Vine, Kennedy Street M2 4BQ

 

Saturday 8 June 12 noon

UEFA out of Israel, Israel out of Palestine

Protest against the UEFA under-21

football championships taking place in Israel

Outside Adidas on Market Street

 

Saturday 6 July 10.30am-4.30pm

Dayschool: Capitalism, the crisis and the alternative

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M2 1NL

Contact 07519 427 093 or

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Newcastle

Saturday 1 June 3pm

Organising meeting Tyneside Community Action against Racism

St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street, NE1 5JG

http://tcarblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Monday 3 June, time tbc

Say no to the bedroom tax!

Rolling picket of rent offices in the East End of Newcastle

Contacts: Walker Action Group: 07895 270 495 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Byker and Heaton against the Bedroom Tax: 07912 504 210 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday 4 June 5.30pm

Organising meeting Newbiggin Hall against the Bedroom Tax

Simonside Community Centre, Bedeburn Road, NE5 4JQ

Contact: 07543 582 866 or visit www.facebook.com/cantpaywontpaynewbiggin

Tuesday 18 June 7pm

Film showing: Maquilapolis: City of Factories

About the fightback of women used as cheap labour in Mexico.

Bar Loco, Second Floor, 22 Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PG

Saturday 29 June 12.30-3.30pm

Dayschool: The capitalist crisis and the politics of class war

St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street, NE1 5JG.

Contact 07858 346 276 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Glasgow

 

Saturday 1 June 12 noon

All-Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax demonstration

Join the FRFI contingent marching alongside Glasgow Against ATOS – no cuts, full stop!

Assemble at George Square

Thursday 6 June 1-3pm

Solidarity with Bangladeshi workers! Demand justice from Primark!

Protest outside Primark, Argyle St

Tuesday 11 June 12-2pm

FRFI public meeting: Oppose the war on welfare! Smash the bedroom tax!

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre

6 Daisy Street, G42 8JL

Wednesday 19 June 9.30am and Thursday 25 July 10am

Defend the Glasgow Against ATOS 2! Arrested for speaking the truth!

Court protests, Glasgow Sheriff Court, Carlton Place

Wednesday 26 June 7.30-9.30pm

FRFI public meeting:

Oppose the war on welfare! Smash the bedroom tax!

Woodside Halls, 36 Glenfarg Street, G20 7QF

Friday 28 June and 26 July 12.30pm

Glasgow Against ATOS picket

Assemble at ATOS testing centre on Cadogan Street then rolling picket through city centre

Glasgow Against ATOS: see

glasgowagainstatos.wordpress.com

Glasgow Defence Campaign: see glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.com

Hamilton Against the Bedroom Tax: Facebook: Hamilton Against the Bedroom Tax

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 07734 348 065


 

Edinburgh

Wednesday 10 July 7-9pm

Public meeting: End the war on welfare!

Leith Community Education Centre

12A Newkirkgate, EH6 6AD

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Dundee

 

Friday 7 June 2-4pm

Launch picket of Dundee ATOS office

Supported by FRFI and Glasgow Against ATOS

Greenmarket

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Wednesday 19 June 7pm

Public meeting: Fighting the cuts! Fighting for socialism!

Baxter 1.35, Dundee University Tower, Perth Road

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EVENTS

 

LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the intifada! Boycott M&S!

Demonstration for Palestine

458 Oxford Street,

London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

Every Saturday

Stop the sell-off at Whittington Hospital

Join us on the street in Holloway – contact us for details by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every Saturday

Defend Lewisham A&E

Join us on the street inLewisham to defend the hospital A&E –

e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday 27 March 7pm

No to the bedroom tax and benefit cuts!

Public meeting

Salvation Army Hall,

55 Chichester Road, Kilburn

NW6 5QW

Saturday 6 April 1pm

No to the bedroom tax and benefit cuts!

Protest at Downing Street

Whitehall, opposite Downing Street

Nearest tube: Westminster

Saturday 13 April 12 noon

Hands off Somalia – Hands off Africa!

Public meeting

Horn of Africa Centre

Cocoon House,

Market Approach (off Lime Grove),

Shepherds Bush W12 8EE

Wednesday 17 April 7.30pm

What can we learn from the Bolivarian revolution?

Public meeting in the wake of the Venezuelan elections

Venue to be confirmed – e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

Tuesday 7 May

Hands off Somalia!

Protest at international conference on Somalia hosted by Britain

Venue and time to be confirmed – e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

Friday 24 May

Boycott UEFA Under-21 tournament in Israel

March and rally at UEFA’s annual congress

11am-4pm

Grosvenor House,

86-90 Park Lane W1K 7TN

MANCHESTER

Wednesday 17 April 7.30pm

Venezuela after the election

FRFI discussion forum

Downstairs at The Vine, Kennedy Street M2 4BQ

Sunday 28 April 2pm

Engels – The Condition of the Working Class in England

Free film showing

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street M2 1NL

For more information on our regular political activity, stalls, meetings and campaigns telephone 07519 427 093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEWCASTLE

 

Tuesday 16 April 3pm

West End FRFI Political Forum

Refreshments available and children’s activities provided

Venue to be confirmed – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

Thursday 18 April 7pm

The revolution will not be televised

Free film showing followed by discussion of the prospects for Venezuela and lessons for the movement against austerity in Britain

Barloco, 22 Leazes Park Road

NE1 4PG

Friday 29 March 6pm

Stop the cuts! Smash the bedroom tax!

Community action meeting

St Silas Church, bottom of Shields Road, Byker – opposite Morrisons

Tyneside Community Action against Racism (TCAR) organises

regular meetings and campaigns – visit http://tcarblog.blogspot. co.uk for events and reports.

For more information on events in the North East join the

FRFI North East e-mail list at: https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/frfinortheast

or add us on facebook: Facebook.com/FRFInortheast.

You can also telephone

07858 346 276.

GLASGOW

For news and updates on organisation against the DWP and Atos attacks on welfare rights, visit: http://glasgowagainstatos. wordpress.com,

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or telephone: 07734 348 065.

 

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EVENTS

 

LONDON

Tuesday 5 February 7pm

Public meeting: Malcolm X

Discussion on the relevance of his political struggle

Horn of Africa Community Centre

Lime Grove, W12 8EE

Nearest tube Shepherd’s Bush

 

Tuesday 12 February 7pm

Film showing and discussion: Salud – Cuba, Venezuela, health care for all

The Misty Moon Gallery,

Ladywell Tavern,

80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS

Nearest railway station Ladywell

 

Sunday 3 March 2pm

Readers and Supporters Group

Imperialism and the plunder of Africa

Venue to be confirmed

 

Viva Venezuela! Building socialism and showing what is possible

Visit our blog and watch the film – www.vivavenezuela.co.uk

Contact us if you would like to show the film and have a speaker

 

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Demonstration for Palestine – Boycott M&S

Outside M&S, Oxford Street, WC1

Nearest tube March Arch

 

Every Saturday 1pm

Housing for the Counihans! Housing for all!

Street stall,

Kilburn Square NW6

Contact Jim on 07958 157 392

 

Local FRFI branches hold regular events in northeast, northwest and south London. For further details, call 020 7837 1688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MANCHESTER

Sunday 3 March 1-3pm

Justice4Grainger campaign

Speakout and vigil to mark one year since Anthony Grainger was shot dead by Greater Manchester Police

Piccadilly Gardens

For more information contact

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or 07881 958 176

 

Wednesdays 13 February and

13 March 7.30pm

FRFI discussion forums

Downstairs at The Vine Inn, Kennedy Street, M2 4BN

 

For information on our regular political activity, stalls, paper sales and campaigns, contact 

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or 07519 427 093

 

NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 5 February 7pm

Film showing of Maestra about Cuba’s literacy campaign, followed by discussion on the socialist approach to literacy and education

Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PG

 

Saturday 16 February, assemble 12 noon

March and rally: Stop the Cuts: Save our services

Open mic for everybody affected by the cuts

Centre for Life (next to Central Station) to march through the city visiting Newcastle

Civic Centre and key targets of the cuts, ending at Grey’s Monument

 

Tyneside Community Action against Racism (TCAR) organises regular meetings and campaigns, visit http://tcarblog.blogspot.co.uk/

for events and reports.

 

For more information on events in the North East

join the FRFI North East

e-mail list at: https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/frfinortheast or add

us on Facebook.com/ FRFInortheast

 

We have street actions and political educational meetings in Newcastle and Sunderland –

for details call 07858 346 276

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GLASGOW

Saturday 2 February,

assemble 12 noon

Demonstration to delay redevelopment of George Square

Supported by Glasgow Defence Campaign

George Square, city centre

 

Wednesday 6 February 7.30pm

Rebel cinema: Ken Fero’s Who polices the police?

Upstairs at the Piper bar, Cochrane Street,

George Square

 

Wednesday 13 February

7.30-9.30pm

Monthly Glasgow Against

Atos (GAA) campaign meeting

New venue: Unite offices, 145 West Regent St, city centre (disabled access)

 

Fridays 22 February and 29 March

Assemble 12.30pm

Atos kills – kill Atos!

No welfare cuts! Rolling picket and protest

Meet outside Atos offices, Cadogan Street, city centre

Wednesday 27 February 7.30pm

Film show and meeting: anniversary of the Caracazo uprising in Venezuela

Upstairs at the Piper bar, Cochrane Street, George Square

 

Wednesday 13 March

7.30-9.30pm

Monthly GAA campaign meeting

For venue details please see http://glasgowagainstatos.wordpress.com

For updates on opposition to the George Square redevelopment plans and attacks on democratic rights in Glasgow, visit: http://glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.com

For news and updates on organisation against the DWP and Atos attacks on welfare rights, visit: http://glasgowagainstatos.wordpress. com

For FRFI activities contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07734 348 065

 

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FRFI 230 December 2012/January 2013

LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Demonstration for Palestine – boycott M&S

Outside M&S, Oxford Street,

London WC1 1LT

Nearest tube March Arch

 

Saturday 1 December 1pm

March and rally against the cuts

Housing for the Counihans! Housing for all!

Organised by the Counihan-Sanchez Campaign

Meet at Kilburn tube NW6 7QL

 

Saturday 1 December 1.30pm

Public meeting

Hands off immigrants! Hands off Somalia!

Organised by Hands off Somalia

Horn of Africa Community Centre, Lime Grove,

London W12 8EE

 

Wednesday 12 December 7pm

Film showing and discussion

The Black Panther movement and its relevance today

Horn of Africa Community Centre, Lime Grove, London W12 8EE

 

Every Saturday

Street stalls against the cuts and privatisation.

Join us to help us sell FRFI

For further details, call 020 7837 1688

Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MANCHESTER

Wednesday 16 January 7.30pm

FRFI Forum

Downstairs at The Vine, Kennedy St,

Manchester M2 4BQ

 

For information on our events in solidarity with the Palestinian people and regular stall and activities,

contact 07519 427 093 or

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NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 11 December 7pm

Film showing

South of the Border by Oliver Stone

BarLoco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

Saturday 26 January 1pm

Public meeting against racism

Organised by Tyneside Community Action against Racism

http://tcarblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road, Gateshead NE8 4JA

 

For more information on events in the Northeast join the FRFI Northeast

e-mail list at: https://lists.riseup.net/www/

subscribe/frfinortheast or add us on Facebook.com/FRFInortheast

We have street actions and political education meetings in Newcastle and Sunderland – for details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GLASGOW

Saturday 1 December 1-3pm

Day of Action against selling off of George Square

RIP George Square

Join Glasgow Defence Campaign to protest against Glasgow City Council’s ‘redevelopment’ of George Square and in defence of public space and the right to protest. There will be a mock funeral procession to mark the square’s killing off – join us!

Assemble Concert Hall steps, Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2FF

 

For other GDC events visit http://

glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Monday 3 December 1pm

National Day of Action against Atos

Join the Black Triangle Disability Rights Campaign and Glasgow Against Atos for actions in solidarity with the sick and disabled.

Assemble Cadogan Street,

Glasgow city centre G2 6QQ

 

Wednesday 13 December

7.30 - 9.30pm

Monthly campaign meeting

Glasgow Against Atos

All welcome, venue to be confirmed

For other Glasgow Against Atos events visit http://glasgowagainstatos.wordpress.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday 16 December 1pm

FRFI anti-imperialist readers’ group

Monthly revolutionary readers’ group based on the latest edition of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07734 348 065.

 

LONDON ROCK AROUND

THE BLOCKADE

Tuesday 22 January 7pm

Film showing and discussion

Maestra – a powerful new film about the literacy campaign in Cuba

Venue to be confirmed, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott

Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest

corporate sponsor of Israel

Outside M&S, 458 Oxford Street,

London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Saturday 27 October 1-3pm

Viva Venezuela!

Street rally publicising the FRFI Venezuela delegation reportback meeting on 3 November

Elephant & Castle

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

 

MANCHESTER

Thursday 11 October 7.30pm

Venezuela and the significance of the election

FRFI discussion forum

Downstairs @ The Vine, Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BQ

 

Thursday 15 November 7.30pm

FRFI discussion forum

Downstairs @ The Vine, Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BQ

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For details about our regular street stalls and other political activity

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or phone 07519 427 093.

 

NORTH EAST

Saturday 6 October 11.30am

Anti-fascist demonstration against EDL

Assemble outside Murray Library on Chester Road (opposite City-Space), Sunderland, for march to new mosque on St Mark’s Road.

 

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October

North East Feminist Gathering

FRFI comrades will be speaking at this event. Entry £5-10.

6th floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QE

 

For more information about events in the North East join the FRFI North East e-mail list at: https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/frfinortheast or add us on

facebook.com/FRFInortheast.

Alternatively contact us by emailing

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone

07858 346 276.

 

 

GLASGOW

Saturday 6 October 1-3pm

Viva Chavez! Viva Che!

Street rally on the eve of the the 2012 Venezuelan election and the 45th anniversary of the execution of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in Bolivia.

Donald Dewar Statue, top of Buchanan Street, Glasgow

 

Wednesday 10 October 7.30-9.30pm

Glasgow Against Atos: in defence of welfare rights

Organising Meeting

Upstairs in the Piper Bar, 57 Cochrane Street, George Square, Glasgow G1 1HL

 

Thursday 18 October 7.30-9.30pm

Defend the right to protest! Hands off George Square!

Glasgow Defence Campaign Meeting

Upstairs in the Piper Bar, 57 Cochrane Street, George Square, Glasgow G1 1HL

 

Fridays 26 October & 30 November 2-4pm

End the war on welfare! Picket Atos!

Outside Atos Medical Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogan Street, Glasgow G2 7RD

 

Tuesday 13 November 10am

Defend FRFI supporter Dominic O’Hara

Glasgow Defence Campaign call-out to support Dominic O’Hara who is standing trial

Glasgow Sheriff Court, Court 19, 1 Carlton Place Glasgow G5 9DA

 

Edinburgh

Saturday 13 October 12 noon

James Connolly Commemoration

Join FRFI on this Celtic Commemoration Committee event

Assemble at Chambers St, Edinburgh

 

For more information about our political work in Scotland email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Glasgow and Edinburgh) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Dundee) or phone 07734 348 065. Also,

you can find Glasgow FRFI on facebook.

 

 

RATB EVENTS

 

LONDON

Wednesday 26 September 7pm

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Filmed live in Venezuela at the time of the coup in 2002, this remarkable documentary exposes the violence and lies of the right wing and the power of the people who came onto the streets to demand the return of Chavez. Free entry.

Somers Town Community Centre,

150 Ossulston Street,

London NW1 1EE

Nearest tube: Kings Cross

 

Saturday 6 October, 12-2pm

Viva Chavez! Viva Che!

Marking the 2012 Venezuelan election and the 45th anniversary of the execution of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in Bolivia.

Kilburn Square

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Wednesday 21 November 7.30pm

Maestra

An inspiring documentary about the Cuban literacy campaign which in 1961 eradicated illiteracy within a year, with 250,000 volunteers teaching 700,000 people.

Free entry.

Venue TBC – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

for details

For reportback meetings from Venezuela see page 6

 

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EVENTS

LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Outside M&S, 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

We have regular street actions and political educational meetings around London every week – call 020 7837 1688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

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Build a new movement against war and austerity

As austerity bites deeper, we are seeing serious movements emerging in Greece and Spain – and inevitably new forces and struggles will emerge here in Britain, with 80% of cuts still to come. Every week FRFI supporters hold actions on the streets around Britain to raise awareness of the brutality of the impending cuts – contact us today to get involved.

Hands Off Somalia!

In London the Hands Off Somalia campaign (HOS), which was initiated by FRFI in January 2012, has rapidly gained support and recognition, with a representative of the campaign invited to appear on the platform at a Stop the War Coalition demonstration in May outside the US embassy – the campaign also spoke at Africa Liberation Day in May, and has spoken at local STWC meetings.

On 28 April HOS held a well-attended public meeting at Somerstown Community centre. Speakers included Somali lawyer Elmi, who spoke about the racism and criminalisation faced by Somali youth in Britain, radical poet Awoowe Hamza, who made the connection between Britain’s oppression of Ireland and its current agenda in Somalia, and FRFI activist Ithisham ul-Huq, who pointed to Britain’s history in Africa to show that the British state’s overriding priority is to suppress resistance to Britain’s plundering and looting of the continent.

David Yaffe (FRFI) spoke from the floor about the material basis for Britain’s military interventions, pointing to the way that the imperialist super-profits are used to undermine resistance to war at home, creating divisions in the working class. It follows that to be effective, campaigns against intervention must be anti-imperialist and confront the opportunism of the Labour Party and its supporters here in Britain. HOS is also organising in Liverpool, where it held a public meeting at the end of March. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit HOS website http://handsoffsomalia.co.uk.

Justice for Anthony Grainger! End police violence!

The struggles against war and austerity must necessarily confront the repressive forces of the state. In Manchester FRFI activists are part of the Justice4Grainger campaign, set up by the family and friends of Anthony Grainger, who was murdered by Greater Manchester Police on 3 March. Anthony’s partner Gail, who is leading the campaign, told FRFI:

‘I just want some answers... He was sat in his car and he got swarmed by police. They were following him for a few weeks, in which time they never saw him doing anything wrong apart from driving the car which they now say is stolen. They pre-planned it because they were already there, 16 armed officers, dedicated surveillance officers, five or six cars in the car park... it was a pre-planned execution’.

The campaign has called a vigil on 17 June to demand that the police involved are brought to justice. The campaign is keen to link with others fighting police injustice: since 2000 at least 33 people have been shot dead by British police and about 419 have died in police custody, yet not one police officer has been convicted. The campaign can be contacted via www.facebook.com/#!/groups/anthony.grainger/.

Defending Cuba – making the case for socialism

The alternative to austerity and war is socialism. Cuba is the leading example in the world today of the achievements and challenges of socialism in practice; bringing Cuba’s example into movements in Britain is an important part of FRFI’s work, conducted through our campaign Rock Around the Blockade (RATB). In April RATB organised events in London, Manchester and Newcastle to commemorate the Cuban victory at Playa Giron (the Bay of Pigs invasion), as part of the international day of action to free the Cuban 5, five men imprisoned by the US government for gathering information to prevent terrorist attacks against Cuba. In London, a street event was held at Trafalgar Square with music, speeches, petitioning and leafleting. A 15-metre banner was displayed in Trafalgar Square and later outside the Houses of Parliament.

RATB holds public meetings and screens films in order to spread information about Cuba. In London in May we showed Cuba! Africa! Revolution! – a film about the part played by Cuba in national liberation struggles in Africa. RATB comrades also introduced a discussion about the Federation of Cuban Woman at a Hands Off Somalia meeting on 15 May, highlighting the integral role of the struggle for women’s rights within the struggle for socialism, and the crucial role that women have played in anti-imperialist struggles throughout history.

Labour politicians exposed on May Day

One might hope that after 100 years of the Labour Party undermining working class struggles and defending the interests of British imperialism, it would be obvious that Labour politicians have no place on platforms for International Workers Day. But not so for the British left! In Newcastle the ‘May Day Committee’, led by Martin Levy of the Communist Party of Britain, chose Grahame Morris MP for the platform – only elected in 2010 but already distinguished by his support for the invasion of Libya.

In Nottingham the Trades Council, who local activists describe as under the influence of the Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party, decided the headline speaker should be Sir Alan Meale MP – who has voted most actively since 1997 to support the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, for increased criminalisation of asylum seekers, for ID cards, and for ‘anti-terror’ laws.

The idea that such reactionary MPs have anything to offer the international working class is absurd. Both Morris and Meale were met with angry heckling and boos when they got up to speak in Newcastle and Nottingham, to which organisers such as Levy responded by grabbing and shoving activists, trying unsuccessfully to silence their opposition. In Manchester the presence on the platform of former Labour MP and newly elected Mayor of Salford Ian Stewart – another active supporter of the war on Iraq, criminalisation of asylum seekers, ID cards and terror laws – met similar opposition from FRFI activists.

Building a different kind of movement

FRFI supporters are trying to build alternatives to the stale, reactionary politics of the Labour Party and its allies. FRFI links the fight against Britain’s wars and imperialist plunder abroad with struggles against austerity and racism in Britain. At the end of April FRFI organised public meetings in Newcastle and Sunderland to discuss Britain’s ‘hidden wars’, exposing the material interests driving the British state’s interventions in Syria, Somalia and elsewhere. We are now producing a pamphlet and video to make the introductions given to the meeting available to a wider audience.

Long live Palestine!

The Palestinian resistance to occupation continues to be an inspiration to people struggling against imperialism around the world. Our pickets of Marks and Spencer, Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel, continue, including the weekly picket of the company’s flagship store on Oxford Street in London, now into its 12th year (see Events). In May FRFI supporters in Newcastle marked the anniversary of the Nakba, when Palestinians were driven from their homes to make way for the establishment of Israel, with a rolling picket of M&S and banks that profit from the war. In London, we joined a demonstration outside Downing Street to commemorate the Nakba and to show solidarity with the hunger strikers.

We need your support to grow and to develop our work: contact us today to find out how you can help.

 

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EVENTS

LONDON

Saturday 14 July 2-5pm

The fight against austerity and the need for socialism

FRFI day school, looking at struggles in Greece, Spain and Britain against austerity, and towards a revolutionary standpoint on the crisis

Venue TBC – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check www.frfi.co.uk

 

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

Outside M&S, 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Hands Off Somalia events

Saturday 16 June 2-6pm

Imperialist Hands Off Africa!

Conference on the new scramble for Africa with speakers from HOS, FRFI, All-African Peoples’ Revolutionary Party, Uhuru and more

Horn of Africa Community Group, Cocoon House, Market Approach (off Lime Grove), London W12 8EE

 

Saturday 30 June 2pm

Rage Against the BBC: No to biased and exploitative journalism about Somalia

Protest against the BBC’s Escape from the World’s most Dangerous Place documentary and its lack of coverage of the real issues behind the underdevelopment of Africa

Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA


 

MANCHESTER

Thursday 14 June 7.30pm

FRFI political discussion group

Downstairs at The Vine, Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BQ

 

Street actions take place in Manchester every Saturday –

call 07519 427 093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Justice4Grainger event

Sunday 17 June 12 noon

Vigil: bring the police to justice

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester


 

 

LIVERPOOL

Hands Off Somalia event

Saturday 30 June 1-3pm

Picket of BBC Radio Merseyside

Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DF


 

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 2 June 12.30pm

The Walk of No Shame: Slutwalk Newcastle 2012

Assemble at Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle NE1 4EP (near Central Station)

 

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June 12-7pm

Green Festival

FRFI will have an indoor stall and a slot at Talk Corner

Leazes Park, Richardson Road, Newcastle NE1 4LR

 

Saturday 28 July 12 noon

Viva Cuba!

Street rally in solidarity with Cuba

Assemble Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE1 8QH

 

We have regular street actions and political educational meetings in Newcastle and Sunderland: for details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

SUNDERLAND

Tuesday 12 June 6.30pm

Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible

Free film showing

The Borough Pub, 1 Vine Place, Newcastle SR1 3NE (two minutes from Park Lane Metro)


 

GLASGOW

Wednesday 13 June 7-9pm

Action against ATOS: in defence of welfare rights

FRFI Supporters Action Group meeting

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre,

6-8 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

 

Thursday 21 June and 19 July

4-6pm

Boycott M&S! Victory to the Intifada!

Demonstration outside M&S in solidarity with Palestine

M&S, 172 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EE

 

Wednesday 27 June 7.30pm

War On Welfare: time for action!

Public meeting

Piper Bar, 57 Cochrane Street, Glasgow G1 1HL

 

Friday 29 June and 27 July 2-4pm

No To Welfare Warfare!

Picket of ATOS

ATOS Medical Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogan Street, Glasgow G2 7RD

 

Wednesday 11 July 7-9pm

Eurozone crisis: the struggle against austerity

FRFI Supporters Action Group meeting

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, 6-8 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

 

Wednesday 25 July 7.30pm

Cuban socialism versus Greek austerity

Public meeting

Piper Bar, 57 Cochrane Street, Glasgow G1 1HL


 

DUNDEE

Tuesday 26 June 7-9pm

No to Austerity! Greece, Revolution and Socialist Cuba and Catastroika

Public meeting and free film showing about the crisis in Greece

Room 2G14, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4HN


 

RATB EVENTS

 

LONDON

Sunday 1 July

Bike ride for Cuba

Sponsored bike ride to raise money for RATB’s work in solidarity with Cuba –all welcome to join

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and a sponsorship form

 

Saturday 28 July 1-3pm

No to war, No to austerity – Viva Cuba!

Street rally to celebrate the anniversary of the guerilla attack on the Moncada Barracks, seen as the starting point of the Cuban Revolution

Next to Angel tube station on Upper Street, Islington,

London N1 9LJ

 

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The government’s response to the global economic crisis has been to attack public services and drive down living conditions within Britain, and to intensify its plunder of oppressed countries. FRFI supporters are active on the streets and in communities every week, organising to help build a movement against exploitation at home and abroad, and to fight for a socialist alternative to austerity.

Fighting cuts and privatisation

As part of the national day of action called by Boycott Workfare at the start of March, FRFI supporters took part in protests in Lewisham, Brixton and Oxford Street in London, and in Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Dundee. High street shops using forced labour under the government’s Workfare scheme were picketed by protesters to raise public awareness and to put pressure on the companies to cut all ties with this vicious scheme.

During February and March councils set their budgets at meetings where they voted through the next wave of cuts. In Newcastle, FRFI helped organise a ‘noise protest’ outside the Council Executive as it agreed proposals which added cuts of £30m to last year’s £44m, and a city centre demonstration and march as the full council met to vote on the budget. In London Islington at the 2011 budget meeting, a packed public gallery had shouted down the meeting and people were ejected by the police. This year we went again to the demonstration, organised by Islington Hands Off Our Public Services.  However, having tied itself absolutely to the trade unions and the Labour Party, it could hardly muster a protest.

The Liberal Democrats had the gall to hold their spring conference in the North East in Newcastle, a region badly affected by the cuts. As part of the local Anti-Cuts Network (ACN), FRFI activists were central in organising a march from the working class neighbourhood of Byker, through the streets of Newcastle to the conference, and were harassed by the police the entire way. The march was supported by the majority of anti-cuts groups in Newcastle, but was opposed by the SWP who accused the organisers of abandoning the working class because they did not simply tail the trade unions’ Public Sector Alliance march, which only moved 100 metres along the quayside. The success of the ACN march shows that there are people prepared to resist the government’s austerity programme, but we need to be organised in order to pose any threat.

Defending targets of state repression

FRFI has consistently warned that capitalist governments’ austerity programmes will require repressive policing in order to stamp out resistance, and that every person targeted must be defended. This is not limited to Britain. In February FRFI supporters in London joined a demonstration outside the Italian embassy to protest against the arrest of 12 communists in Bologna. The communists had been active in the movement against austerity, and were arrested using laws created under the fascist regime of Mussolini.

Opposing imperialist war and plunder

Alongside austerity measures targeting the working class in Britain, the ruling class is stepping up its efforts to exploit other countries. The RCG wants to strengthen the struggle on both fronts by building links between the movement against austerity here and anti-imperialist resistance in oppressed countries.

Somalia is one country receiving increasing attention from the British ruling class, and so in January we initiated the Hands off Somalia (HOS) campaign, to mobilise opposition to an international conference hosted by David Cameron in London on 23 February. We did this together with the Somali community in London and other anti-imperialists, and held a public meeting in Kentish Town at the start of February. On the day of the conference the limousines carrying diplomats and NGO workers were greeted by angry demonstrators who used the open mic to make sure everyone knew what they thought of the imperialists’ plans. The protest continued throughout the day and swelled to hundreds of people. The campaign is planning to hold a public meeting in April to talk about imperialist intervention in Somalia. Follow HOS on Facebook and Twitter (@HandsOffSomalia) and at www.handsoffsomalia.co.uk, where you can watch videos of the demonstration.

The war drums continue to beat against Syria, with a massive media campaign to demonise the Syrian government. In March a pro-NATO intervention march was organised in London. FRFI however, joined members of the Syrian community in a counter-protest, demanding an end to sanctions and the threat of war. Speeches pointed out the hypocrisy of the British ruling class, which has plundered the world and murdered and tortured millions in its quest for profit.

Thousands of British troops continue to occupy Ireland, Britain’s oldest colony. In January Scotland RCG joined the Bloody Sunday March in Derry, commemorating the 14 citizens of Derry murdered by the British army in 1972. Thousands marched, declaring that since there was not a single soldier behind bars for the crime, they would continue to march for justice, and cheered speakers as they expressed support for campaigns including that to free Marian Price and the protesting prisoners at Maghaberry.

Solidarity brigade returns from Cuba

In February FRFI supporters from across Britain took part in a solidarity brigade to socialist Cuba, taking material aid to support the revolution and bringing back inspiring lessons for the struggle in Britain (see pages 8 and 9). The brigadistas have spoken about their experiences in public meetings in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sunderland, Glasgow and Dundee.

Building the socialist alternative in Britain

The government’s claim that there is no alternative to austerity is a lie – and our alternative is to resist. A new movement has to be built, which makes common cause with those resisting imperialism and building socialism in other countries. The RCG organises street events, meetings, film showings and cultural events in towns and cities across Britain. Contact us today and join us in this important work.

GDC steps up pressure on Crown Office

The Glasgow Defence Campaign has launched a petition calling for an end to police and Crown Office criminalisation of political protest in Scotland. The petition demands that Strathclyde police end the practice of kettling demonstrators, and calls for an end to the misuse of charges such as breach of the peace, obstruction and street trading legislation to criminalise political activity in Scotland. It also calls upon the Procurator Fiscal to recognise that pursuing charges against peaceful anti-cuts protesters is not in the public interest.

The petition will be handed to the Crown Office to show the public’s belief in the right to protest.

On 1 March, the trial of Dominic O’Hara, where the debate over the legality of the police tactic of ‘kettling’ was due to take place, was once again postponed as the Crown was ill-prepared.  It has been re-scheduled for 2 April, when the GDC will protest outside the court. This is the first legal challenge in Scotland to this abuse of police powers and forms part of the GDC strategy of challenging those who seek to undermine our basic democratic rights. The GDC has also recently produced Know your rights bust cards, which are available from the campaign.

The GDC petition can be signed online at:

www.petition.co.uk/defend-the-right-to-protest-oppose-the-criminalisation-of-protest

 

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LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Saturday 7 April 1-3pm

Speak Out against the Cuts!

Street rally – let’s tell RBS and the other bailed-out banks that we won’t pay for their crisis

Outside RBS Bank, Upper Street, Islington (directly next to Angel tube station)

 

FRFI discussion groups

We hold fortnightly discussion groups based around articles in FRFI – for details email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone

07865 453 033


 

MANCHESTER

Weekend of Action for Palestine – release all Palestinian political prisoners!

 

Saturday 14 April 12 noon

Rolling picket of shops that trade with and support Israel

Meet at H&M, 68-70 Market Street, Manchester M1 1PN

 

Sunday 15 April 2pm

Lelia Khaled – Hijacker

Film showing

Percival Suite, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester M2 1NL

 

Thursday 19 April 7.30pm

FRFI discussion group

Downstairs at The Vine, 42 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BQ

 

For information about our other street events, meetings and Marxist educational discussions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?or call 07519 427 093.


 

NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 10 April 7pm

The Miners’ Campaign Tapes

Screening of a series of short campaign films detailing the British state’s war on the striking miners during 1984-85

Barloco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

Saturday 28 April

Britain’s hidden wars

Public meeting with speakers on imperialism and crisis, Syria, Kony 2012 and imperialism’s plans

for Africa

Barloco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

Sunday 29 April

Britain’s hidden wars

Public meeting with speakers on imperialism and crisis, Syria, Kony 2012 and imperialism’s plans

for Africa

The Borough Pub, 1 Vine Place, Sunderland SR1 3NE

 

We have street actions and political educational meetings in Newcastle every week – for details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

GLASGOW

Monday 2 April 10am

End the use of kettling! Defend anti-cuts protest!

Protest outside the trial of FRFI supporter challenging the use of kettling in Scotland

Glasgow District Court,

St. Andrews Street

 

Wednesday 11 April 7-9pm

Seize the time!

FRFI discussion group

Govenhill Neighbourhood Centre,

6-8 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

 

Thursday 26 April 4.30-6.30pm

Support Palestinian

hunger-strikers!

Demonstration outside M&S, Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 172 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EE

 

Wednesday 16 May 7-9pm

Fight the cuts!

Anti-cuts action meeting

Govenhill Neighbourhood Centre,

6-8 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

 

Thursday 24 May, 4.30-6.30pm

Support Palestinian

hunger-strikers!

Demonstration outside M&S, Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 172 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EE


 

 

RATB EVENTS

 

LONDON

Saturday 14 April 12-3pm

Free the Cuban 5! Celebrate the victory at Playa Giron!

Rally to raise awareness of the case of the Cuban 5, political prisoners of US imperialism, on the occasion of the 51st anniversary of the failed US-backed invasion of Cuba, which was defeated at Playa Giron in 1961.

North pavement of Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

 

Tuesday 24 April 7.30pm

Cuba! Africa! Revolution!

Free screening of this documentary about Cuba’s role in supporting revolutionary movements in Africa and defeating South African apartheid

Venue to be confirmed –

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 14 April 12-3pm

Free the Cuban 5!

Demonstration in solidarity with the Cuban 5, prisoners of US

imperialism

Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1


 

GLASGOW

Saturday 21 April 1-4pm

Free the Cuban 5!

Demonstration in solidarity with the Cuban 5, prisoners of US

imperialism

Donald Dewar statue, Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1

For other RATB events in Glasgow email?This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?and see?www.ratb.org.uk


 

 

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London

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Saturday 4 February 1-3.30pm

Hands off Somalia!

Public organising meeting called by the Hands off Somalia campaign

Kentish Town Community Centre

25 Greenwood Place (behind the Forum concert hall), London NW5 1LB

 

Saturday 11 February 1-3pm

Hands off Iran, Syria and Somalia!

Solidarity with Palestine!

Demonstration outside Marks & Spencer,

Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Thursday 23 February

Hands off Somalia!

Demonstration organised by the Hands off Somalia campaign

Location and time to be confirmed – for further information contact us using the details below

 

Saturday 25 February 12-2pm

Speak out against the cuts

Street rally to speak out against the cuts as bankers continue to receive obscene bonuses

Outside RBS Bank, Angel

(directly next to Angel tube station)

 

FRFI discussion groups

We hold fortnightly discussion groups based around articles in FRFI – for details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07865 453 033

 

MANCHESTER

FRFI discussion groups

We hold monthly FRFI discussion meetings –

for details phone 07519 427 093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NEWCASTLE

Every Thursday 6.30pm

FRFI discussion groups

Each month a different topic is discussed in depth

February: Introduction to Cuban socialism

March: Capitalism and the Marxist

theory of crisis

 

For details of the discussion groups, and for other information about our weekly community street actions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07858 346 276.

 

Glasgow

Every second Wednesday 7.30pm

FRFI discussion groups

Langside Halls, 5 Langside Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 2QR (across from The Shed nightclub)

 

8 February: What is capitalism?

22 February: Capitalism and the Marxist theory of crisis

7 March: What is imperialism?

21 March: Imperialism and the labour aristocracy

 

Thursday 1 March 9.45am

Defend FRFI supporter Dominic O’Hara

Court protest outside Glasgow District Court

21 St Andrews Street (just off Saltmarket), Trongate, Glasgow G1 5NA

 

Thursday 8 and 22 March 4.30-6.30pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 172 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EE

 

 

RATB Events

 

London

Friday 3 February 7.30pm till late

Rebel Music

Get your dancing shoes on: RATB presents an evening of music with revolutionary warmth, to raise funds for our forthcoming brigade to Cuba

El Comandante Pub, 10 Annette Road, London N7 6ET

Nearest tube: Holloway Road

 

MANCHESTER

Sunday 5 February 2pm

Cine Revolution ­– double bill!

Cuban Story followed by Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

The Percival Suite, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester

M2 1NL.

 

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As capitalism sinks deeper into crisis, the ruling class continues to cut services and force down wages and working conditions; its relentless drive for profit brings war and racism in its wake. Over the last 18 months, lots of people have been drawn into political activity for the first time, from the August 2011 riots to student protests and UK Uncut, to campaigns to save local services, to the Occupy movement. FRFI tries to draw lessons from these experiences and to turn defensive battles into a revolutionary offensive to end poverty, war and racism and build socialism. We need your support and active involvement.

No cuts – full stop

Wherever we are active, we are helping to build opposition to the public sector cuts and the dismantling of the NHS. Every week in cities around the country we hold street activities to protest against the cuts; to argue that the working class should not pay for the crisis, because we did not cause it. In December FRFI supporters in London joined a march against ward closures at Chase Farm hospital, and in January supported a protest outside the House of Lords as it debated the Welfare Reform Bill.

In Byker, Newcastle, FRFI supporters held a meeting in January to discuss the capitalist crisis and the need for organised resistance to the next round of cuts. Elderly people there are particular targets, with wardens in sheltered housing to be replaced by a telephone system, care packages cut and an increase in charges for meals on wheels.

In Govanhill, Glasgow, FRFI supporters exposed the city council library’s practice of throwing out books without consulting the community. The books are now being sold to library users at affordable prices (www.nocutsfullstop.com).

Alongside cuts to services, wages and working conditions are under attack. Electricians in the construction industry have shown the necessary response: consistent action with or without the official backing of the union. FRFI supporters have joined electricians’ protests in Newcastle, Glasgow and London. On the marches we have consistently exposed Unite’s refusal to risk its huge assets and investments by challenging the anti-trade union laws, and have called for action led by the rank and file which would unite the directly-employed with agency workers.

FRFI has been part of the Occupy London movement from the outset, and continues to join it every week in opposing the parasitic banking and finance sector. In January Nicki Jameson from FRFI’s editorial board spoke at the tent university on Resistance behind bars. We are currently preparing for an action outside RBS in Angel on 25 February, and we call on the Occupy movement and everyone interested in fighting the cuts to join us.

In January, the police and council dismantled the camp in Newcastle and then incinerated hundreds of pounds worth of equipment. In response activists, including FRFI supporters, called a series of meetings to find other ways to continue the struggle, from political education to direct action. An initial street event took place on 21 January with an open megaphone, and further actions are planned; contact FRFI in Newcastle to join in (see Events).

Stop political policing!

If resistance to the government’s onslaught is to be successful, a movement needs to be built that has a clear understanding of the role of the state in defending the interests of the rich, and must be prepared to defend all those targeted for repression. The August uprisings reflected working class people’s frustration with harassment from the police and council, anger at the millionaires, and expressed the massive inequalities that exist.

Yet those targeted for the state’s revenge since the riots have received little support from the main organisations of the British left or the trade unions. At the Manchester pensions rally on 30 November, a Unison speaker from Manchester City Council called for ‘a round of applause for Sir Richard Leese and all the Labour politicians who support us’ – the same Richard Leese who said following the uprisings that he wanted to ‘send a shudder of fear through the thugs who did this’ and called for evictions of families and the stopping of benefits. We need urgently to build public political defence campaigns. The success of this approach has been demonstrated by the Glasgow Defence Campaign, which FRFI supporters set up last year (see page 4).

Fight imperialism – Hands off MENA! No intervention in Somalia!

FRFI supporters continue to show their solidarity with all those fighting imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa, with weekly pickets of M&S’s flagship store in London in solidarity with Palestine, and other actions in Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester.

In Newcastle, a meeting organised by FRFI supporters in December discussed resistance, self-determination and our role in the heartland of imperialism. This was important because groups and individuals like the Socialist Workers Party and the anarchist Ian Bone, founder of Class War, have given their tacit support to NATO’s imperialist intervention by celebrating the defeat of Gaddafi. FRFI by contrast refuses to condone or accept imperialist intervention – see ‘Alex Callinicos asks us to celebrate NATO’s war on Libya’ at www.revolutionarycommunist.org/index.php/ international/2356-alex-callinicos.

NATO has killed 60,000 people in Libya, with barely a murmur from what is left of the anti-war movement. The urgent challenge facing anti-imperialists is how to build real resistance to the war-drive. In January FRFI supporters in London attended a meeting entitled Is Western democracy worth killing for? The panel’s analysis was excellent, but left unanswered the question of what we should do.

An FRFI supporter then announced that we want to organise a response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for imperialist intervention in Somalia. Britain will be hosting a conference on 23 February in London to get backing for intervention into what Cameron defines as ‘a failed state that directly threatens British interests’ (see page 16). On 24 January we held the first organising meeting. FRFI calls on its readers to join us in organising this action, against what will be yet another imperialist bloodbath; come out on 23 February! Follow on twitter for updates @HandsOffSomalia.

Solidarity with socialist Cuba!

Our campaign Rock around the Blockade stands in solidarity with socialist Cuba. In January, events were held in London, Newcastle and Manchester to mark 53 years since the triumph of the revolution, and supporters have been working hard over the last few months to prepare for our solidarity brigade which is going to Cuba in February, with meetings, film showings and fundraising events (see page 6).

Join FRFI – Build the movement for socialism in Britain!

FRFI supporters organise protests, street events, film showings, public meetings and cultural events to make sure that the argument for a revolutionary alternative is heard loudly. We support local campaigns and argue for the defence of the working class against the onslaught of cuts and criminalisation. We stand for socialism and promote Cuba as an example of how society can be organised in the interests of ordinary people. This work needs to grow, and for that we need more people to get involved. The fightback has to be massive – get involved, get active!

 

FRFI round-up/ FRFI 224 December 2011/January 2012

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism 224 December 2011/January 2012

Occupation and resistance

Recent political developments like the Occupy movement and the electricians’ pickets show us the potential for resistance to ruling class attacks on living standards. As these cuts bite and austerity deepens, the challenge is to create a conscious revolutionary movement capable of destroying capitalism. FRFI supporters are among those arguing for revolutionary class politics in struggles across Britain.

Fight the cuts

FRFI organises regular anti-cuts street events across Britain in opposition to all public sector cuts, as the ConDem Coalition forces the working class to pay for the capitalist crisis. In October we participated in a Scottish TUC march in Glasgow, and pointed out that it was unacceptable for Labour Party figures to lead and speak at the march while Labour councils implement cuts. When FRFI comrade Dominic O’Hara was pulled from the march by police, hundreds of demonstrators surrounded the police in a magnificent show of solidarity, winning his release.

In London on 9 October FRFI supported the ‘Block the Bridge’ demonstration on Westminster Bridge against the Health and Welfare Reform Bill, and on 15 November protested outside Parliament alongside tenants’ associations from across Britain. Protesters condemned the current and previous governments for failing to build council houses and for dividing the working class between the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’ poor.

Occupy movement

FRFI supporters have been part of the Occupy movement in London, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dundee and have been contributing to political education and helping to set up ‘Tent Universities’ at OccupyLSX and Occupy Newcastle.

The inaugural talk at the London Tent University was given by Trevor Rayne from the Editorial Board of FRFI, who spoke about imperialism and war. Other FRFI comrades have led sessions about the dismantling of the NHS and the economics of revolution, with reference to Cuba. Twice at OccupyLSX we screened an FRFI film about the 1980s non-stop picket of the South African embassy in which the RCG played a leading role.

In Newcastle Tent University talks were given by FRFI supporters about socialist Cuba, attacks on council housing, the capitalist crisis and immigration controls, and involved both occupiers and passers-by in political discussion and education.

Also in Newcastle, FRFI supporters argued for the occupation to take a clear position against racism and fascism (see p16). Counterfire, a faction that left the SWP in 2010, had planned an event on 29 October entitled Rising against Islamophobia, which the EDL, SDL and National Front announced they would mobilise against. However at the last moment, Counterfire cancelled the event, leaving Occupy Newcastle vulnerable to the fascists.

On the day, members of the EDL, SDL and the National Front arrived and verbally abused the occupation – and then in the middle of the night a group of about 30 racists violently assaulted the encampment. FRFI supporters stood with the occupation in defence against both attacks. However, since then, the continued refusal of dominant forces in Occupy Newcastle to take a public stand against racism, together with their reliance on the police to protect them, has made it politically impossible to mount a more sustained defence of the occupation.

Support the electricians

In London, Newcastle and Glasgow FRFI has supported electricians’ demonstrations  against attempts by employers to force down pay and conditions. We have joined their direct action against the employers, in the face of inaction by Unite officials. Our leaflet argued that organisation needs to extend to non-unionised workers, including migrant workers on the sites. These have been widely distributed, particularly by electricians in the North East, and a second leaflet we produced has a short explanation of the dispute translated into several of the languages commonly spoken by migrant workers on the sites. In London, we produced a series of online video reports, to help publicise the dispute (www.youtube.com/user/rcgfrfi).

Fight state racism!

In Manchester FRFI has been involved in a campaign to defend the Farooqi family from eviction (see p4). The father of the family, Munir, has been locked up on terrorism charges, secured through police entrapment, which he is now appealing. Contact the campaign to defend the Farooqi family: www.savethefamilyhome.com. In Newcastle, FRFI has supported the family and friends of prisoner Kevan Thakrar, whose acquittal in November on charges of attacking prison guards exposed the brutal, racist regime at Frankland prison (see p13).

Free Palestine! Hands off Libya!

FRFI argues that the only way the working class in Britain will be able to defeat the British state is through an alliance with liberation movements in oppressed countries. On 14 October FRFI held a public meeting, Palestine: Unity and Liberation, at Bolivar Hall in London, where Adam Hanieh, author of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States, activist Jody McIntyre and Trevor Rayne from the FRFI Editorial Board spoke to a packed audience.

On 3 November Trevor Rayne spoke about Britain’s imperialist invasion of Libya and the uprisings in the Middle East to a meeting of the University of London Union Marxist Society. As FRFI readers will know, we oppose any form of imperialist intervention, and we support the right of Libyans to self-determination – in stark contrast to the apologists who make up most of the British left.

In London our weekly picket of M&S, Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel, continues every Thursday outside the flagship store on Oxford Street. In Newcastle FRFI plays a leading role in the Palestine Action Group (PAG), which organises film showings, meetings and demonstrations. On 4 October, PAG showed Budrus, an inspiring documentary about a West Bank community defying Israel’s plans to build the apartheid wall through their village.

Solidarity with Cuba

Cuba continues to be a shining example of what is possible when the working class seizes control and begins to build socialism. Film showings, street events and educational meetings take place regularly as part of our Rock Around the Blockade campaign (see Events and www.ratb.org.uk), and in February 2012 we will be sending our next solidarity brigade to Cuba.

Educate to fight back!

Education is a vital part of our work. On 18 November in Manchester FRFI hosted a dayschool at which FRFI editor David Yaffe spoke about the crisis of capitalism and Robert Clough discussed building resistance. A local comrade gave an eyewitness report of the August Manchester riots. The Q&A session showed that there is a genuine interest in understanding the roots of the crisis and there were excellent contributions from the floor.

Get involved – contact us or come along to one of our events. If there isn’t already a branch in your area, contact us to set up an FRFI Supporters’ Group. We can provide help with speakers and materials.

Don’t just get angry, get active!

 

EVENTS / FRFI 224 December 2011/January 2012

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 224 December 2011/January 2012

London

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 458 Oxford Street,

London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Sunday 15 January 2pm

FRFI discussion meeting

Hobgoblin Pub, 73 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF

Nearest tube: Angel

We have other street actions across London every week – for details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

MANCHESTER

Thursday 1 December 7.30pm

FRFI discussion meeting

Upstairs at the Lass O’Gowrie Pub,

36 Charles Street (next to BBC), Manchester M1

 

FRFI Marxist discussion group

Comrades in Manchester will be starting a new educational programme to discuss Marxist theory and how it relates to building a socialist movement in Britain

For more information about the Marxist discussion group, other events or our weekly Saturday street stalls, phone 07519 427 093 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 10 December 3pm

Libya: Open for business

Public meeting

Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle NE1 4SG

Saturday 17 December 12-3pm

Palestine Action Group: Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 77-87 Northumberland Street, Newcastle NE1 7AS

 

Tuesday 17 January 7pm

Palestine Action Group: To Shoot

an Elephant

Free screening of the documentary that charts Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s deadly 22-day assault on Gaza in 2008-9

Barkollo, 22 Leazes Park Rd, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

We hold street actions in Newcastle every week, and FRFI discussion meetings each Thursday evening. For details phone 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

GLASGOW

FRFI Educationals

Langside Hall, 5 Langside Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 2QR

Wednesdays 7.30pm:

30 November: Imperialism and the environment

14 December: Socialism or barbarism

11 January: The need for communist organisation

25 January: What is Marxism?

Monday 5, Tuesday 6 and Monday 19 December 9.45am

Defend FRFI supporters

Protest outside Glasgow District Court

21 St Andrews Street (just off Saltmarket), Glasgow G1 5NA

 

Thursdays 8 and 22 December, 5 and 19 January 4-6pm

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel – bring Palestinian flags

172 Sauchiehall Street,

Glasgow G2 3EE

We have other street actions in Glasgow every week – for details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

RATB  Events

LONDON

Sunday 4 December 5pm

Anti-imperialist Film Club: Cuba! Africa! Revolution!

Free screeing of film about Cuba’s role in supporting revolutionary movements in Africa, and in defeating South African apartheid

Hobgoblin Pub, 73 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF

Nearest tube: Angel

Friday 16 December 8pm-12 midnight

Rebel Music

Fundraising event for RATB’s 2012 brigade to Cuba, with live music from King Toadfish and the All-Weather Riders – donation on the door

Royal Inn on the Park, 111 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, London E9 7JH

Bus: 277 (from Mile End or Highbury and Islington)

 

Saturday 7 January 12-3pm

Speak out for Socialism!

Street rally to celebrate 53 years of the Cuban revolution

Outside Angel tube station

 

Saturday 7 January 5pm

The revolutionary thought of Che Guevara: education and socialism

Meeting discussing the role of education in building socialism, using the example of Cuba, followed by a social event

Hobgoblin Pub, 73 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF

Nearest tube: Angel

 

Saturday 14 January 8pm

Fundraising meal for RATB brigade to Cuba

Delicious food and drink in an informal setting; come and help us raise money to make our solidarity brigade possible – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

 

Friday 20 January 7.30pm

Cultura Cubana

Classical music concert with Cuban musicians celebrating 53 years of the Cuban revolution, and raising funds for the RATB brigade to Cuba in February 2012

Tickets £10

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way,

London W1T 5DL

Nearest tube: Warren Street

 

NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 13 December 7pm

Comuna Under Construction

Free showing of a documentary charting the progress of the communal councils in Venezuela

Barkollo, 22 Leazes Park Rd, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

Saturday 31 December 12-3pm

Socialist Cuba, celebration of resistance

Music and speeches celebrating the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution

Grey’s Monument,

Newcastle City Centre

 

Tuesday 31 January 7pm

Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Free showing of RATB’s documentary

Barkollo, 22 Leazes Park Rd, Newcastle NE1 4PG

Educational discussions about Cuban socialism will be taking place every other Wednesday in the run up to the February 2012 brigade to Cuba – for more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07858 346 276.

 

 

GLASGOW

Tuesday 6 December 7-9pm

Commandante!

Free showing of Oliver Stone’s famous film, in which he interviews Fidel Castro – followed by discussion

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre,

6 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

 

Saturdays 10 December 1.30-3pm and 24 December 12-1.30pm

RATB Collection at Celtic Park

Celtic Football Club (Jock Stein entrance), Celtic Park,

Glasgow G40 3RE

 

Tuesday 20 December 7-9pm

Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Free showing of RATB’s documentary

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre,

6 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

 

Wednesday 21 December 8pm-1am

Rebel Music

RATB brigade fundraising night with live bands

Tickets £3-5 – available on the door

Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street,

Glasgow G2 6AY

 

Organise the fightback – join with FRFI / FRFI 223 Oct/Nov 2011

FRFI 223 October/November 2011

The August uprisings punctured the veneer of democracy in imperialist Britain. For a short period, the ruling class lost control of the streets in areas of the country. This will be remembered. Once again the most determined resistance has not come from the British trade unions, but from the poorest sections of the working class, particularly the youth. We can now see that the state will do everything in its power to smash any challenge to its rule, including breaking its own laws and suspending supposed ‘human rights’. If you agree with the need to fight back and build an organisation capable of defending people targeted by the state then this is no time to delay – organise with FRFI.

Below is just a part of the work done by RCG and FRFI supporters since the uprisings, alongside anti-racist work, opposition to imperialist interventions in the Middle East and North Africa, solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle, and support for the residents of the Dale Farm Travellers site against eviction and the electricians against attacks on pay and conditions.

Opposing the vengeance of the state in London

London comrades have contributed to defence work with the families and communities of those targeted by the state in revenge for the uprisings. On 13 August comrades took part in a 3,000-strong march from Dalston to Tottenham, and since then they have attended court hearings and are involved in the Tottenham Defence Campaign, whose first priority has been taking legal advice door to door to communities under threat. South London FRFI supporters have campaigned against threats by the Labour-controlled Southwark Council to evict tenants where any member of the household is convicted of a riot-related charge. Comrades took part in a demonstration outside the town hall on 1 September and attended the council’s phony ‘Conversation’ exercise about the riots, with placards and megaphone speeches exposing their vicious criminalisation of local communities. The council has now said it will not evict families, but sole-occupancy tenants remain at risk. On 13 September FRFI organised a public meeting in London, ‘The Riots and the Vengeance of the State’, to discuss how we can defend those arrested, including the need to go beyond a purely legal defence to build active political defence campaigns.

Fighting political policing in Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester

Alongside our defence of those targeted following the uprisings, we continue to fight all police attacks on political activity. On 6 September, the Glasgow Defence Campaign, established by FRFI supporters, issued a statement celebrating one year of continued resistance to state harassment of anti-cuts protests. The statement reiterated the point that ‘the defence of working class living standards is the defence of democratic rights.’ See Events for future court dates; please show your support (http://glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.com).

In Newcastle, a court appeal for two supporters, Mark and Patrick, arrested in December 2010 during anti-cuts protests at an HSBC branch, is scheduled for 27 and 28 September. The HSBC 3 Defence Campaign is planning protests outside the court on both days – join us. Political benefit gigs have also been organised by supporters of the campaign (http://defence campaign.wordpress.com).

Political activity in Manchester has also come under attack. On 17 September an FRFI stall on Market Street was harassed by officers from the Labour council and the police, who claimed the stall was an ‘obstruction’ under the Highways Act. After comrades refused to back down the stall was confiscated and they were told they would have to pay to get it back. This also happened to a nearby SWP stall. On 20 September FRFI participated in a meeting with the SWP and other socialists and campaign groups to discuss this harassment. The meeting committed to a joint mobilisation of stalls on Market Street on 24 September.

Raising the level of debate in Manchester and London

The work of FRFI in Manchester has new significance since the uprisings, with new people participating in events and discussing the issues involved. On 1 September we held a public meeting on the uprisings, where an FRFI supporter spoke about the context of the events in Manchester, including the Labour council’s £110 million cuts, and condemned their hypocritical witch-hunt for ‘thugs’ and ‘looters’. On 17 September FRFI supporters intervened at Islington People’s Assembly in London, calling out the Labour Party for its attacks on the working class, and distributed a leaflet: ‘Meet the Challenge – Break with Labour’.

Building independent community organisations in Glasgow and Newcastle

FRFI Glasgow consistently fights for working class politics and organisation outside the control of the Labour Party and its supporters. As part of this work, on 20 September we hosted a meeting in the working class area of Govanhill: ‘The Great Deception? Ten years of the struggle for Govanhill Baths’, where local FRFI supporters who were active in the campaign against the baths’ closure ten years ago called for greater accountability from the Trust that has now taken over its running.

FRFI Newcastle has been working with residents in Byker to oppose the transfer of council housing to a private Trust. A vote endorsing the stock transfer, which closed on 21 July, is disputed by many residents because the community had been flooded with glossy pro-Trust literature and family fun days. On 27 August the campaign against the Trust held a demonstration in the city centre, using tents to represent the ‘tent city’ that could be created as the Trust gains powers to increase rents and service charges and decide on repossessions and evictions. Meetings in Byker continue.

Seize the time!

A communist organisation is needed today to make a prin-cipled defence of those targeted by the state, to raise the level of political discussion to equip new movements with an analysis to guide their struggle, and to organise in communities and workplaces independently of the Labour Party and other false friends of the working class. We urgently need your help to expand the scope of our work. Contact us today to discuss how you can contribute.

Free the Cuban 5: RATB joins international days of action

On Saturday 10 September, as part of the international days of action for the Cuban 5, on the 13th anniversary of their incarceration in US gaols, Rock Around the Blockade held street rallies and stalls in Newcastle, Manchester and London (rained off in Glasgow), and showed the documentary, Will the real terrorist please stand up, which exposes 50 years of US terrorism against Cuba.

We gathered under banners demanding freedom for the five political prisoners, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez. With petitions, leaflets, flags and placards, speeches and music, we ensured people understood the importance of the Cuban 5, the need to build the campaign for their freedom and solidarity with the socialist revolution in Cuba. The Cuban 5 may have exhausted their legal avenues in the US, but the political struggle on the streets around the world goes on – because in the struggle for a more just future for humanity, socialist Cuba and the Cuban 5 are showing the way.

 

EVENTS / FRFI 223 Oct / Nov 2011

FRFI 223 October/November 2011

Stalls, street events, meetings and film showings take place every week – visit www.revolutionarycommunist.org for reports and updates or contact us using the details below.

London

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration in solidarity with Palestine against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel

M&S, 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP

Nearest tube: Marble Arch

 

Saturday 1 October 1-3pm

Speak Out Against the Cuts!

Outside Angel tube station

 

Friday 14 October 7pm

Palestine: Unity and Liberation

Public meeting with speakers Adam Hanieh (author of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States), Jody McIntyre (Equality Movement) and Trevor Rayne (FRFI Editorial Board)

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1

Nearest tube: Warren Street

 

Saturday 15 October 1-3pm

Speak Out Against the Cuts!

Outside Wood Green Central Library,

187-197A High Road, Wood Green N22 6XD

Nearest tube: Wood Green

 

We have other street actions across London every week – for details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

MANCHESTER

Saturday 1 October 12 noon

Boycott Israeli Goods!

Rolling demonstration against retail supporters of Israel in solidarity with Palestine

Meet outside M&S, Burnley town centre

 

Sunday 2 October

March against the Tory Party conference

Join the FRFI contingent on the march, contact us at the email address below for details

 

Wednesday 5 October and Thursday 3 November 7.30pm

FRFI discussion meetings

Upstairs at The Lass O’Gowrie Pub, 36 Charles Street (next to the BBC), Manchester M1 7DB

 

Saturday 15 October 12 noon

Boycott Israeli goods!

Rolling demonstration against retail

supporters of Israel in solidarity with Palestine

Meet outside H&M, 68-70 Market Street, Manchester M1

 

Saturday 12 November 10.30am

FRFI Manchester day school

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

 

For further information and other events, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

NEWCASTLE

Every Thursday 6.30pm

FRFI discussion forum

Contact us at the email address below for details

 

Tuesday 4 October 7pm

Budrus

Free film showing organised by Palestine Action Group

Barkollo, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

We have other street actions in Newcastle every week – for details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

GLASGOW

Fortnightly educational sessions, open to everyone

Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, Shawlands

Contact us at the email address below for details

 

Friday 7 and Monday 31 October 9.30am

Trial of FRFI supporters

Protest outside Glasgow District Court

21 St Andrews Street (just off Saltmarket), Glasgow G1 5NA

 

Thursday 13 October 1.30pm

Sentencing of FRFI supporter

Protest outside Glasgow District Court

21 St Andrews Street (just off Saltmarket), Glasgow G1 5NA

 

We have other street actions in Glasgow every week – for details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

RATB Events

 

London

Sunday 9 October 5pm

Anti-Imperialist Film Club: Comuna under construction

Free film showing about the grassroots organisation of the communal councils in Venezuela, followed by discussion

The Compass Pub, 58 Penton Street (corner of Chapel Market), London N1 9PZ

Nearest tube: Angel

 

Sunday 6 November and Sunday 4 December 5pm

Anti-Imperialist Film Club: Parts 1 & 2 of Cuba! Africa! Revolution!

Free film showing about Cuba’s role in the liberation

struggles against apartheid, followed by discussion

The Compass Pub, 58 Penton Street (corner of Chapel Market), London N1 9PZ

Nearest tube: Angel

 

Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution by Helen Yaffe

Ongoing series of educationals, going through this important book chapter by chapter

The Compass Pub, 58 Penton Street (corner of Chapel Market), London N1 9PZ

Nearest tube: Angel

 

Sunday 30 October 5pm:

Discussion of chapter 4

 

Sunday 20 November 5pm:

Discussion of chapters 5 & 7

 

Sunday 18 December 5pm:

Discussion of chapters 6 & 8

 

MANCHESTER

Sunday 20 November 2pm

Cuba film showing

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

 

NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 25 October 7pm

Maquilapolis

Free film showing about Mexican sweat shop workers at the forefront of the resistance against multinational companies in Tijuana, followed by discussion

Barkollo, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG

 

EVENTS / FRFI 222 Aug/Sep 2011

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 222 August/September 2011

London

Tuesday 13 September 7pm

The Greek Debt Crisis

Public meeting including a screening of the film Debtocracy

The Compass pub, 58 Penton Street

(corner of Chapel Market) N1 9PZ

Nearest tube: Angel

 

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Weekly demonstration against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel in solidarity with Palestine

M&S, Oxford Street (Marble Arch end)

Nearest tubes: Marble Arch/Bond Street

 

Saturday 24 September 12-3pm

Boycott Marks & Spencer! 11th Anniversary of the second Intifada

Demonstration in solidarity with Palestine

M&S, Oxford Street (Marble Arch end)

Nearest tubes: Marble Arch/Bond Street

 

Tuesday 27 September 7pm

Resistance in Palestine

Public meeting at the Venezuelan embassy about Palestine to mark 11 years since the start of the second intifada

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way WC1 4PZ

Nearest tube: Warren Street

 

We have other street actions across London every week. For details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

MANCHESTER

Thursday 4 August 7.30pm

Hands Off Libya!

Public meeting

The Lass O’Gowrie, Charles Street M1 7DB

(by side of BBC)

 

Saturday 20 August 12 noon

Solidarity with Palestine!

Rolling Picket of shops on Market Street that profit from their support for Israel

Start at Lloyds Bank, St Mary’s Gate

(bottom of Market Street)

 

Thursday 1 September

No Cuts – Full Stop!

Public meeting

The Lass O’Gowrie

 

For further information and other events contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GLASGOW

Wednesdays: 10 & 24 August; 7 & 21 September 7.30pm

FRFI education classes

Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, Shawlands

 

Thursdays: 4 & 18 August; 1, 15 &

29 September 4.30-6.30pm

Solidarity with Palestine! Boycott Israeli goods!

Demonstration outside M&S, Sauchiehall Street

 

Saturdays: 6, 13 & 20 August, 3, 10 & 17 September 1-3pm

Speak out against the cuts

Outside Lidl supermarket, Victoria Road, Govanhill

 

Saturday 27 August and Saturday 24 September 1-3pm

Speak out against the cuts and political policing!

Rally against the cuts – all anti cuts groups invited; open megaphone

At Donald Dewar statue, Buchanan Street

 

Wednesday 10 August and Tuesday 23 August 10am

Solidarity with anti-cuts activists! Drop the charges now!

GDC protest in solidarity with FRFI members on trial

Glasgow District Court, St Andrews Street, off Saltmarket

 

NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 2 August 7pm

The Iron Wall

Free film showing organised by Palestine Action Group

Barkollo 22, Leazes Park Road NE1 4PG

 

Wednesday 10 August 5pm

The State of Racism in Britain

Public meeting with TCAR members talking about their experiences of state racism

St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street NE1 5JG

 

Thursday 18 August 7pm

Eyewitness: Palestine

Public meeting with FRFI supporters Rachel Francis and Toby Harbertson, two activists just returned from a house-rebuilding programme in East Jerusalem

St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street NE1 5JG

 

Saturday 10 September 12-3pm

Boycott Marks & Spencer!

Demonstration against Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel in solidarity with Palestine

M&S, Northumberland Street

 

We have other street actions in Newcastle every week – for details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RATB Events

 

LONDON

Sunday 31 July 11am

East London Bicycle Convoy for Cuba

Bicycle convoy with sound system will travel across East London parks to celebrate 26 July Movement in Cuba with speeches and music and salsa – cycling from

Victoria Park to Clissold Park

Meet at Victoria Park (near Royal Inn on the Park), Lauriston Road/Grove Road E9

 

Sunday 31 July 5pm

RATB Cuba Educational

First in a series of monthly educationals based on the book, Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution by Helen Yaffe

The Compass, 58 Penton Street (corner of Chapel Market) N1 9PZ

 

Sunday 4 September 5pm

Will the real terrorist please stand up?

Film exploring the history of US support for violent counter-revolutionaries

The Compass

 

MANCHESTER

Sunday 31 July 2pm

Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Showing of RATB’s own film to celebrate the formation

of the 26 July Movement in 1956 and the start of the

Cuban revolution

Cross Street Chapel, M2 1NL

For September events around the country in support of the Cuban Five see page 12

 

Fight the cuts - Fight imperialism / FRFI 222 Aug/Sep 2011

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 222 August/September 2011

As the attack on the public sector begins to bite, FRFI is stepping up activities against the cuts, holding meetings, street events and direct actions, and participating in local campaigns. In London we have held a series of theatrical Speak Out Against the Cuts street actions, where we occupied the Angel Islington Branch of RBS, recipient of a £45 billion bailout; we turned the branch into an emergency NHS surgery, a hide out for Robin Hood and his merry men and at the latest Speak Out the theme was ‘Banks and Robbers’.

On 28 May Manchester FRFI supporters managed to shut down Barclays on Market Street in opposition to the £2.7bn in bonuses that the bank is paying its executives and, on the same day, supported UK Uncut’s demonstration against NHS cutbacks. Protesters went to Santander, the Spanish bank which awarded its CEO £3.44m in 2009. While a comrade spoke outside about the link between Santander’s obscene wealth and Spain’s mass youth unemployment, activists occupied the branch and formed a blockade outside it, forcing it to close for the day. The protesters inside the bank were arrested for aggravated trespass – some were even re-arrested in their cells, but all were later released without charge.

On 22 June in Glasgow, Black Triangle disability activists group called a direct action at the Inland Revenue office. Supported by FRFI, carers from the Save the Accord campaign and other activists, they managed to close the building down before police arrived.

In Newcastle on 25 June we held an ‘Anti-Cuts Gathering’, attended by people from a range of local campaigns. FRFI has also been working with council tenants in Newcastle to oppose attempts to transfer council housing stock in the Byker Wall estate to a private trust.

Around the country on 30 June FRFI supported strike actions in defence of public sector pensions, joining picket lines and marches.

Fight political policing!

The Glasgow Defence Campaign (GDC) continues to fight police aggression and harassment. On 23 June, GDC and the Black Triangle held protests at the Strathclyde Police Authority meeting. Supporters were met with a heavy police presence and were denied entry, although it transpired that, running scared, the Police Authority had secretly changed the venue of its ‘public’ meeting at the last minute. On 25 June people from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee united in Glasgow city centre to rally against the arrests and harassment of anti-cuts organisations. FRFI members are set to appear at Glasgow District Court once again in August – see http://glasgowdefencecampaign. blogspot.com for updates.

On 9 July in Newcastle the HSBC3 Defence Campaign rallied against political policing outside HSBC at Grey’s Monument. As soon as it began HSBC locked the main doors to the bank, and kept them locked throughout. On 12 July we held a meeting where Paul Mallon from the GDC detailed the history of Britain’s political policing in its colonial activities in Ireland and Africa, explaining how such tactics are ready to be used to combat resistance in mainland Britain. Visit http://defencecampaign.wordpress.com.

In London FRFI supported the demonstration called by the Defend the Right to Protest Campaign, outside the court hearings for the 144 anti-cuts protestors arrested at Fortnum & Mason during the TUC march of 26 March 2011. Of the 144, 114 have had all the charges against them dropped. It is indicative of the vindictive and political nature of the policing of protests that the 30 against whom cases are continuing have been identified by police as having taken part in previous demonstrations.

 

Fight state racism!

Tyneside Community Action against Racism has been working with members who suffer racism, particularly at the hands of the police and social services. Mariama Bayo has been battling with social services over the care of her children who were taken away from her over a year ago. Mariama has been denied translation services, had contact sessions with her children cancelled, and has been penalised for speaking in her own language to her children. She has also been arrested without explanation.

Freedom for Palestine! Imperialism out of Libya!

FRFI continues its solidarity work in Newcastle, as part of the Palestine Action Group. On 11 June in Manchester, comrades supported a demonstration organised by Muslim activists outside the BBC to oppose its censorship of the word ‘Palestine’ in its reports. In July, we held a rolling picket of shops that support Israel, which Zionists and EDL racists attempted to disrupt – but they were outnumbered. The protesters then supported a demonstration against Islamophobia organised by MPAC.

Our weekly picket for Palestine continues every Thursday evening in London, outside the flagship store of Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel, Marks & Spencer (see Events), and on 25 June we held a special picket of M&S against the bombing of Libya by NATO. We also held two meetings at the Royal Holloway College and the London School of Economics, where Trevor Rayne from the editorial board of FRFI spoke about Britain’s deceitful justification for its bombing of Libya, and highlighted how critical the Middle East and North Africa are to the survival of imperialism.

On 12 July London FRFI supporters attended a Stop the War (STW) demonstration outside Parliament against the bombing of Libya. Politically stymied from the outset, by its reactionary attempt to both oppose NATO and support the ‘rebel forces’ who called for imperialist intervention, STW has been unable to organise any significant opposition to this latest onslaught. This demonstration was attended by not more than 40 people and those who did attend were subject to heavy political censorship: Libyans attending were told to put away placards of Gaddafi; only ‘agreed’ slogans were permitted and, when – in a lull in the chanting – an FRFI comrade made a speech about the real motives of the imperialists in attacking north Africa, a leading STW member refused to pass him the megaphone and announced that it had also been ‘agreed’ that no speeches were allowed.

Solidarity with socialist Cuba!

Rock around the Blockade North East has held monthly film and discussion evenings. We showed Cocalero and Red Oil in June and July. On 23 July we held a street celebration of the anniversary of the 26 July Movement.

In London on 26 June, we launched our new pamphlet, 50 Years of the Cuban Revolution. Over the coming months, we will be holding in-depth political educationals based around reading from Helen Yaffe’s book, Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution. We continue to hold our monthly Anti-Imperialist Film Club (see Events).

On 30 June RATB supporters attended a meeting about Che Guevara and the Cuban revolution at the Socialist Workers Party’s annual Marxism conference, where Dave Sewell repeated the SWP’s usual denials of Cuba’s socialist character. It is shameful to think that such meetings are all that a lot of SWP members ever hear about Cuba, a country that is concretely building socialism. Thankfully four of our comrades intervened from the floor – we attend the Marxism conference every year precisely to counter the distortions of the SWP on Cuba, and we distribute our leaflet, ‘The Poor and Oppressed of the World Support Socialist Cuba – why doesn’t the SWP?

 

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Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! campaigns around the country, against the poverty and unemployment that are set to increase dramatically in the wake of the vicious cuts; against racism, imperialist war, occupation and destruction and in support of immigrants’ rights, the Palestinian struggle and socialist Cuba.

No cuts – full stop!

The starting point of any serious movement against the cuts must be opposition to all cuts, whether it is Labour or Tory councils implementing them, and defence of working class interests as a whole. In Glasgow and Newcastle FRFI has been involved in high-profile agitation against the cuts; this has made us a target for police harassment – see p2 for details.

In Manchester FRFI has been holding regular street rallies against the cuts and attended the Trades Council and TSSA-organised May Day march. On 2, 7 and 14 May, together with UK Uncut, we organised rolling pickets of companies that are known for tax avoidance. In particular we targeted those that signed the October 2010 letter to the Daily Telegraph urging George Osborne to push ahead with deep cuts immediately. On 14 May, the demonstration shut down Barclays Bank, which – as well as tax dodging – backed apartheid in South Africa to the hilt, profited from war in DRC and, like all British banks, benefited from the £1.3 trillion bail-out of the financial industry. Three activists were arrested outside Vodafone on the same day and were charged with public order offences – a defence campaign has been organised.

In Holloway, North London, weekly anti-cuts stalls have been held with support from local people, ahead of a public meeting there on 1 June. We also held ‘Speak Out Against the Cuts’ demonstrations in Angel on 21 and 28 May, outside the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the banks that was bailed out using public money. The Speak Out on 28 May took up the proposal of UK Uncut to hold medically-themed demonstrations on this day in order to draw attention to the butchering and privatisation of our health service. FRFI also supported the London march to Save the NHS in May, the Disability Week of Action, and the annual May Day march with a ‘No Cuts – Full Stop’ contingent.

Freedom for Palestine! Hands off the Middle East and North Africa!

In the North East FRFI has been active within the Palestine Action Group, which on 3 May held a film showing of Occupation 101, a documentary about the Israeli occupation, and on 14 May organised a demonstration outside Marks and Spencer (M&S), the biggest British retail sponsor of Israel. The demonstration engaged with hundreds of passers-by for more than two hours, despite the presence of English Defence League supporters who tried to harass our activists.

In central London, the weekly demonstrations outside M&S have continued every Thursday (see Events). This picket has now been going since the start of the second Intifada, for over a decade. It is the most long-standing activity in London in support of the Palestinian struggle.

On 20 May, at Royal Holloway University in Surrey, FRFI held a meeting entitled ‘Hands off Libya!’. Trevor Rayne spoke about the history of imperialism in Libya and the hypocrisy of the current attack, which is being conducted under the guise of humanitarianism.

Re-unite Saleh and Ruby!

Manchester FRFI has been supporting a campaign to reunite a British woman, Elaine Crompton, and her daughter Ruby with husband and father Saleh Jarad, a Palestinian refugee working in Dubai. Whilst rich bankers come and go as they please, Saleh, who is poor and Palestinian, has been denied a visa.

Support the campaign by writing letters of protest, demanding the reunion of this family, to the Home Office at: Minister for Borders and Immigration, 3rd Floor, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF, quoting ref: FCO Number 598037. Find the campaign on Facebook as ‘Reunite Saleh and Ruby’ or email the campaign at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rock around the Blockade: solidarity with socialist Cuba

During April and May, Rock around the Blockade (RATB) held successful events in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the victory at Cuba’s Playa Giron (the Bay of Pigs) on 19 April 1961 and the declaration of the socialist character of the Cuban revolution. The CIA-sponsored invasion of Playa Giron was defeated by Cuba’s armed forces, led by Fidel Castro, within 72 hours of the attack.

The London event was held at the Venezuelan embassy’s Bolivar Hall, and was filled with supporters. This was an extra special day for the campaign because the new Cuban ambassador, Esther Armanteros, spoke from the platform, describing her role in the defence of Cuba during the invasion – as a teenager she joined the people’s militia – and her participation in the literacy campaign. She spoke passionately of how the revolution and the declaration of socialism in Cuba has meant that people are educated, giving them a dignity that was denied to the majority of the population before the revolution. Esther’s speech closed the meeting and received a standing ovation from the appreciative audience.

Alongside Esther on the panel were Henry Suarez, First Secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy, Tony Kapcia, Director of the Centre for Research on Cuba at Nottingham University, Alex von Tunzelmann, author of Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean, and RATB’s Helen Yaffe, author of Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution.

At the Manchester meeting RATB heard from Rafael Sardiña Gonzalez, counsellor at the Cuban Embassy, and Fernando León Jacomino from Cuba’s Ministry of Culture.

Fernando spoke again at a  RATB public meeting in Newcastle on 17 May, about the CCP Congress and the economic developments underway in Cuba (see article on p7).

On 22 May London RATB held the first of its 2011 educational series to discuss these important changes. Both meetings hosted an in-depth dis-cussion of socialist economics. In London on 14 June, Fernando will present a documentary about prostitution in Cuba for the FRFI Student Society at the London School of Economics. RATB will support the event.

Happy birthday Mumia Abu Jamal!

On 23 April, London FRFI joined a demonstration and march through Brixton to celebrate the revolutionary Mumia Abu Jamal’s birthday. Mumia is a political prisoner who, despite having been incarcerated for nearly three decades on death row in the US, continues to speak out from his confinement in defence of people’s struggles. He is also a supporter of socialist Cuba. Days after his birthday, he won a significant legal victory challenging his death penalty – see

article on www.revolutionarycommunist.org.

 

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Glasgow

Wednesdays: 1, 15, 29 June; 13, 27 July 7.30-9.30pm

FRFI education classes

Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, Shawlands

 

Thursdays: 9, 23 June; 7, 21 July 4.30-6.30pm

Demonstrate for Palestine! Victory to the Intifada!

Outside M&S, Sauchiehall Street

 

Saturdays: 4, 18 June; 2, 9, 16, 23 July 1-3pm

Speak out against the cuts and political policing!

Outside Lidl supermarket, Victoria Road, Govanhill

 

Saturday 11 June 12.30pm

30th Anniversary Irish Hunger Strike commemoration march

Join the FRFI contingent

From Garngad to Queens park

 

Saturdays: 25 June and 30 July 1-3pm

Speak out against the cuts

All anti-cuts groups invited, open megaphone

At the Donald Dewar Statue, Buchanan Street

 

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 4 June 1-4pm

Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR) general meeting

All anti racists are welcome to come and plan action

in the north east.

St Thomas Church, Haymarket

 

Saturday 11 June 12 noon

No to political policing!

Demonstrate to defend the right to protest

and defend the HSBC 3.

Grey’s Monument

 

Saturday 25 June 10am-5.30pm

Anti Cuts Conference

Get involved in discussing and planning action to

take forward the anti-cuts movement locally.

Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, NE1 2NP

 

We have street actions every week in Newcastle

For details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MANCHESTER

Tuesday 31 May 7.30pm

FRFI Educational: Fight the Cuts – Full stop!

Lass O’Gowrie pub, 36 Charles Street, M1 7DB

(near the BBC)

 

Saturday 4 June 12 noon

Free Palestine! Boycott Israel! Anniversary

of the Six-day War

Rolling picket of shops/stores that support the

racist Israeli state.

LloydsTSB Bank, St Mary’s Gate/Market Street

 

Unless otherwise specified we have street stalls every Saturday in and around Manchester City Centre

For details call 07519 427 093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LONDON

Wednesday 1 June 7pm

Don’t panic, organise to fight the cuts!

Public meeting about resisting  cuts to services and welfare. Includes speaker from anti-cuts student occupation at London Metropolitan University.

Manor Gardens Community Centre,

10 Manor Gardens (off Holloway Road) N7 6JS

Nearest tubes: Archway or Holloway Road

 

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Demonstrate for Palestine! Victory to the Intifada!

Weekly demonstration outside Marks & Spencer flagship store, Oxford Street (Marble Arch end)

Nearest tubes: Marble Arch/Bond Street

 

Sunday 3 July

FRFI sponsored bike ride

30 miles along scenic canals, from Hackney to Waltham Abbey and back.

To raise money for the FRFI 2011 fund drive.

To join in or sponsor us email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RATB Events

NEWCASTLE

Tuesday 21 June 7pm

Film showing: Cocalero

A documentary about the Bolivian Coca farmers union and the rise of Evo Morales.

Bar Kollo, 22 Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PG

 

Tuesday 19 July 7pm

Film showing: Red Oil

A documentary about how the struggle over Venezuela’s oil is driving the Bolivarian Revolution.

Bar Kollo, as above

 

MANCHESTER

Weekend of action to mark the

anniversary of the 26 July Movement:

 

Saturday 30 July 12-3pm

Street event in Piccadilly Gardens

 

Sunday 31 July 2pm

Film showing and discussion on

revolution in Cuba and Latin America

Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, M2 1NL

 

LONDON

Sunday 5 June 7pm

Anti-imperialist film club: Cuba – Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Documentary of 2009 RATB brigade to Cuba. Followed by a Q&A with director and producer.

Upstairs at The Compass pub, 58 Penton Street

(corner with Chapel Market), N1 9PZ

Nearest tube: Angel

 

Tuesday 14 June 6.30pm

Documentary about prostitution in Cuba

Hosted by the LSE FRFI Student Society

London School of Economics, Room S75, St Clement’s Building, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE

Nearest tube: Holborn

 

Sunday 26 June 5pm

Educational: 50 years of the Cuban Revolution

Discussion of the achievements of the Cuban revolution over the past 50 years, and pamphlet launch.

Upstairs at The Compass, as above

 

Sunday 10 July 7pm

Anti-imperialist film club: The Cuban Excludables (1994)

Cubans who left Cuba in the 1980 Mariel boat lift and were later in trouble with US law were locked up indefinitely awaiting deportation back to Cuba. This film shows the altogether more humane reception they received on their return home.

Upstairs at The Compass, as above

 

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Free Palestine! Imperialist hands off the Middle East and North Africa!

As imperialist bombs rain down on Libya with British support, FRFI supporters all over the country joined protests to call for internationalist solidarity and opposition to imperialist intervention.

On 22 February FRFI supporters joined protests in Glasgow’s George Square, distributing placards of Che Guevara like those held by demonstrators in Yemen – ‘leader of the revolution of the poor’. On 26 February FRFI led a militant contingent on a march through Glasgow in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings. On 5 March FRFI supporters from Glasgow and Dundee attended a protest called by the newly-formed Scottish Committee to Support the Arab Revolution in Edinburgh.

In February and March, Newcastle comrades joined demonstrations in solidarity with the uprisings in Egypt and Bahrain and in support of self-determination for the people of Libya. On 8 March, FRFI held a joint meeting with students from Bahrain on the history of British involvement in Bahrain and what we can do in Britain in solidarity. FRFI activists also took part in a Stop The War Coalition demonstration on 21 March opposing air strikes on Libya.

Through our involvement in Palestine Action Group in Newcastle, FRFI activists have continued to oppose British support for Israel. Palestine Action Group has been exploring the role of imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa through monthly film showings which have included Three uncles ride to Gaza and John Pilger’s The war you don’t see.

Regular pickets of Marks & Spencer in solidarity with Palestine have continued in London, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Fight racism, fight the cuts!

FRFI supporters have been involved in the resistance at Homerton hospital in Hackney in London, where midwifery services have been cut and entire language services, such as Kurdish, will be closed – in a borough with a sizeable Kurdish and Turkish community. FRFI has also been involved in the COLACOR organisation of Latin Americans against cuts.

Funding for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is also being savagely cut. The majority of people on low wages will have to pay towards lessons which they cannot afford. Asylum seekers will be some of the hardest hit: they will have to pay at least 50% of the cost. The fight to defend ESOL must be seen as part of the wider struggle against the cuts. A campaign has been set up by Tyneside Community Action against Racism (TCAR) and ESOL staff and students at Newcastle College. There was a march through Newcastle on 24 March.

The racist assault by the government is paralleled by a rise in racism on the streets. On 19 March TCAR’s ‘Speak Out against Racism’ at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle was attacked by the racist English Defence League (EDL). Activists were harassed for over two hours. Members of FRFI, TCAR, the Anti-Cuts Network and the Socialist Party supported each other in mutual defence against the attacks. Despite having stalls nearby, neither the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) nor Coalition of Resistance came to stand in solidarity, although they knew what was happening. We condemn this lack of solidarity: activists must stand together. Through their actions, the EDL demonstrate that not only are they boot boys for British imperialism but they are now also cheerleading the government’s attacks on the working class and attempting to drive activists off the streets. Measures are being taken to respond more effectively to future EDL mobilisations. Contact us at frfinorth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07858 346 276 to get involved.

On 20 February FRFI London showed In prison my whole life, a film about Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner on death row in a US gaol. FRFI also attended screenings of In the Land of the Free, a film about the Angola 3, political prisoners in the US, addressed by Robert King, the only one to have been released.

Stop political policing!

FRFI supporters in Glasgow have continued to organise through the Glasgow Defence Campaign in defence of the right to protest and in opposition to political policing. In March, a significant victory was won as the court case against an FRFI supporter for selling Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! in Govanhill in August collapsed. A complaint is now being pursued against Strathclyde police. Trials are still pending against FRFI supporters arrested on anti-cuts protests on 9 December and 29 January. On Friday 18 March, supporters of the Glasgow Defence Campaign protested outside the court as an FRFI supporter appeared in connection with his arrest on student protests on 9 December. However this was once again postponed because the prosecution failed to disclose vital CCTV evidence.

Political policing in Dundee has also been stepped up. On 16 February uniformed police officers came to a public meeting on the Egyptian uprising; FRFI and SWP supporters joined forces to demand their removal. In the week beginning 14 March, anti-cuts activists from Dundee Defend Services, including an FRFI supporter, received home visits from police detectives, seeking (unsuccessfully) information on proposed protests and political organisations.

The HSBC 3 Defence Campaign has been launched to oppose the charges against three activists arrested for demonstrating alongside hundreds of others on anti-cuts protests in Newcastle on 18 December 2010. The campaign has organised demonstrations outside every bail and court hearing and has received widespread support. In March investigative journalist and film-maker John Pilger sent the campaign the following message of support:

‘The arrests of Patrick, Mark and Toby starkly represent the most disturbing trend in Britain – the rise of an openly political police. This has happened in the past of course – such as the Miners’ Strike in the 1980s – but what’s different now is the impunity given to the police on a wide range of critical issues by politicians, and a bi-party acceptance of their political role. At worst, the police can kill with impunity, it seems, and increasingly they arrest and prosecute arbitrarily those whose dissent marks the line between democracy and a state of fear and compliance. All power to the complete exoneration of the HSBC 3.’

Viva socialist Cuba! Rock around the Blockade

On 11 February RATB London raised hundreds of pounds for Rock around the Blockade’s 2012 brigade to Cuba with a party at El Commandante pub in Holloway. Rebel Music’s regular DJs kept the party lively and we held our ‘Rebels’ Raffle’. Make sure you join us at the next one on 2 April (see Events).

On 27 February, the anniversary of the Caracazo uprising in Venezuela in 1989, RATB Manchester screened Listen to Venezuela, which shows the progress made by the Bolivarian Revolution. Afterwards there was a discussion session with the two film makers, Dee O’Neill and Mike Wayne.

RATB has continued with monthly film showings in London and Newcastle. Salud! and With our memory on the future were shown in London and John Pilger’s War on democracy and Hasta siempre? by Rice & Peas in Newcastle.

 

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London

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Demonstrate for Palestine! Boycott M&S

Outside M&S, Oxford Street WC1

Nearest tube March Arch

 

Every Saturday

Street actions against the cuts

For further details call 020 7837 1688

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 2 April 3.30pm

Public meeting: No Cuts! Full Stop!

Jointly organised by London RATB and Latin Americans organising against the cuts

SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square WC1H 0XG

Nearest tube Russell Square

 

Saturday 2 April 7.30pm

Rebel Music presents Latin beats and revolutionary rhythms fund-raising party

£3 on the door

The Three Kings, 7 Clerkenwell Close EC1R 0DY

Nearest tube Farringdon

 

Sunday 3 April 7pm

Film showing: 638 ways to kill Castro (2006) – documenting the numerous attempts to kill Fidel Castro since 1959

Upstairs at The Compass, corner of Penton Street/ Chapel Market N1

Nearest tube Angel

 

Sunday 8 May 7pm

Film showing: The day diplomacy died (2010) –

about the 75 people arrested in 2003 and their real motives in Cuba

Upstairs at The Compass, as above

 

For further details call 020 7837 1688 or

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.ratb.org.uk

 

MANCHESTER

Wednesday 30 March 7.30pm

Public meeting: Cuts or socialism?

Upstairs at The Lass O’Gowrie pub,

Charles St M1 7DB

 

Tuesday 19 April 7:30pm

FRFI Readers Group: Imperialist hands off the

Middle East! Hands off Libya!

Upstairs at The Lass O’Gowrie, as above

 

For more information about the regular

FRFI Readers Groups at The Lass O’Gowrie,

street stalls and campaigns

call 07519 427 093

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 9 April 1-4pm

Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR) general meeting

All anti-racists are welcome to come and plan action in the north east

St Thomas Church, Haymarket

 

Tuesday 12 April 7pm

Film showing: The power of the community –

how Cuba survived peak oil

Bar Kollo, 22 Leazes Park Rd NE1 4PG

 

Tuesday 10 May 7pm

Film showing: Red oil – documentary detailing the struggle over Venezuela’s oil and how it is driving the Bolivarian Revolution

Bar Kollo, as above

In Newcastle each Thursday we hold political discussions on articles from FRFI. We have street actions in Newcastle and Sunderland every week

For details call 07858 346 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GLASGOW

Thursdays 31 March, 14 April, 28 April, 12 May,

26 May 4.30-6.30pm

Demonstrate for Palestine! Victory to the Intifada!

Outside M&S, Sauchiehall Street

 

Saturday 2 April 1-3pm

Speak out against the cuts

Outside RBS Gordon Street

Followed by street rallies against the cuts on Saturdays 16 April, 30 April, 14 May and 28 May

 

Wednesdays 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June 7.30-9.30pm

RCG education programme

Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, Shawlands

 

Thursday 7 April 7.30-9.30pm

Glasgow launch of the new pamphlet

No Cuts – Full Stop!

Free Hetherington Club, University of Glasgow, off University Avenue

 

Tuesday 24 May 7.30-9.30pm

Southside launch of the new pamphlet

No Cuts – Full Stop!

Daisy Street Community Centre, Govanhill

 

http://glasgowdefencecampaign.blogspot.com/

 

DUNDEE

Friday 29 April 11am

No Cuts! Full Stop! Join our May Day march contingent

Assemble Hilltown Park

 

Friday 29 April 1pm

Off with their heads! Anti-Royal garden party

Reading Rooms

 

Saturday 30 April 12-2pm

Speak out against the cuts – street protest

All welcome. Open mic. Bring banners.

Murraygate

 

Saturday 30 April 3-5pm

Public meeting: Organise against the cuts –

launch of the pamphlet No Cuts – Full Stop!

Conference Room, Central Library

Bay of Pigs anniversary

 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the defeat of the US-backed mercenary invasion at the Bay of Pigs and the declaration of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, Rock around the Blockade is holding events in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and London.

Details below and at www.ratb.org.uk:

 

Newcastle: Saturday 2 April, 3pm

St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5JG

Speakers: Hannah Caller – National Committee RATB and hospital doctor; Sam McGill – RATB activist

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07858 346 276

 

Glasgow: Sunday 10 April, 4pm

Main Hall, Garnethill Multicultural Centre. 21 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RE (up from the GFT cinema)

Speakers: Helen Yaffe, author of Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution; RATB and other activists

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07734 348 065

 

Manchester: Sunday 17 April, 2pm

Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL.

Speakers: Rafael Sardiña González – Counsellor Cuban Embassy; activist from Rock around the Blockade

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07519 427 093

 

London: Friday 6 May, 7pm

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL (nearest tube Warren Street)

Speakers: Esther Armenteros – Cuban ambassador; Representative from the Venezuelan embassy; Tony Kapcia – Director of the Centre for Research on Cuba, Nottingham University; Steve Ludlam – Lecturer in Politics,

University of Sheffield; Helen Yaffe – RATB activist. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 020 7837 1688

 

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EVENTS

MANCHESTER

Thursday 2 December, 7pm

FRFI film show: To Shoot an Elephant

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M1

 

Saturday 4 December, from 12 noon

Support Palestine! FRFI Rolling Picket of shops that support Israel

Assemble at Lloyds Bank, bottom end of

Market Street

 

Monday 13 December, 7.30pm

FRFI educational meeting: What is capitalism?

The Lass O’Gowrie, Charles Street

 

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 18 December, 12pm

Israel off your trolley – action in

solidarity with Palestine

Organised by Palestine Action Group

For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 15 January, 12-2pm

Speak-out against racism

Called by Tyneside Community Action against Racism – all anti-racists welcome, open mic

Grey’s Monument

 

Every Thursday, 5-7pm

Victory to the Intifada! Isolate Zionism!

Picket of Marks & Spencer

Northumberland Street

 

Every Thursday, 7.30pm

FRFI group with political discussion and action planning

We also have street actions in Newcastle every Saturday 11am-2pm and other stalls around the region

For further details phone: 07858 346 276

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LONDON

Wednesday 8 December, 7pm

Public meeting with discussion: We won’t pay for the capitalist crisis

Room 78, St Clements Building, LSE,

Houghton Street, WC2

(Nearest tube Temple/Holborn)

 

Saturday 18 December 12-3pm

Victory to the Intifada – Isolate Zionism!

Outside Marks & Spencer, Oxford Street, WC1

(Nearest tube March Arch)

Tuesday 25 January, 5-6pm

Fight Labour’s racist immigration laws!

Demonstration at Communications House Immigration Reporting Centre

Old Street, EC1

(Nearest tube Old Street)

 

Every Thursday, 6-8pm

Victory to the Intifada! Isolate Zionism!

Outside M&S, Oxford Street, WC1

(Nearest tube March Arch)

 

Every Saturday – street stalls around London

Join us to help us sell FRFI

 

For further details phone: 020 7837 1688

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GLASGOW

Wednesday 15 December 7pm

Educational: Class struggle and the state

Contact Glasgow FRFI for venue details

 

Wednesday 19 January 7pm

Educational: Imperialism and crisis

 

Every Saturday – street events and campaign work

For further details phone: 07877 691 825

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ROCK AROUND THE BLOCKADE

EVENTS

 

LONDON

Sunday 5 December, 7pm

Anti-imperialist film club: ¿Quién dijo miedo? (Who is afraid?)

Film about the Honduran people’s resistance against the military coup in 2009.

Upstairs at The Compass, corner of Penton Street and Chapel Market, N1

(Nearest tube Angel)

 

Sunday 9 January, 7pm

Anti-imperialist film club:

Mission against terror

Film about the Cuban 5, political

prisoners held in the US

 

For further details phone: 020 7837 1688

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MANCHESTER

Sunday 9 January, 2pm

Film: After Fidel

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M1contact us to find out more.

 

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FRFI 217 October/November 2010

Fight imperialism! Defend socialism!

Organise with Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!

The imperialist system divides the world into oppressed and oppressor countries, brings war and poverty to millions and threatens environmental destruction on an unprecedented scale. The British Labour Party is politically and morally bankrupt, a racist and imperialist party which has consistently shown that it can offer no solutions for the working class and oppressed. Yet the major organisations of the British left continue to advocate an alliance with the Labour Party against the ‘Tory cuts’, attempting to bury Labour’s rotten history of privatisation and their pre-election pledge to make cuts ‘tougher and deeper’ than those under Thatcher in the 1980s (Chancellor Alistair Darling, comments to BBC, 26 March 2010). There is an urgent need to break with the Labour Party and its apologists on the left in order to build a movement against imperialism and for socialism, in solidarity with movements which are already fighting back around the world, from Palestine to Cuba. Building such a movement in Britain requires consistent local work that makes links between different struggles and issues, both politically and organisationally. That is why we consider our newspaper to be essential:

‘The role of a newspaper, however, is not limited solely to the dissemination of ideas, to political education, and to the enlistment of political allies.  A newspaper is not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organiser.’ (Lenin, 1901, Where to Begin?)

We urge you to join us in building the fightback: come along to one of the events listed or contact us to find out more.

As part of our political work, we send copies of FRFI free of charge to prisoners. The prison authorities frequently attempt to ban and censor the paper. The latest attempt, at HMP Whitemoor, will be opposed vigorously, as all such attempts are, and we have already informed the prison that if it does not lift the ban we will take legal action to defend the democratic rights of our subscribers.

In Glasgow, comrades have continued to face harassment from the police for selling FRFI in the neighbourhood of Govanhill (see p16). The Procurator Fiscal threatens further criminal prosecution if activists continue to distribute the newspaper despite it being a perfectly legal activity. The Govanhill Defence Campaign has been formed in response to these events (http:// govanhilldefencecampaign.blogspot.com). FRFI activists refuse to be intimidated and continue to be active, week in, week out.

Victory to the Intifada!

In Newcastle on 9 August, FRFI activists helped to build a well-attended public meeting, ‘Gaza: Breaking the Siege’, with the local Palestine Action Group. The meeting heard from Alex, an activist with the Free Gaza Campaign (www.freegaza.org) who was part of the Flotilla that was brutally attacked by Israel on 31 May, leaving nine activists dead. The meeting raised £200 for the next Free Gaza Flotilla, which plans to sail in October.

On 22 August FRFI activists joined a protest outside Newcastle BBC, in conjunction with protests at other BBC centres around the UK, against the pro-Zionist reporting of the ‘Death on the Med’ Panorama programme, which grossly distorted the facts in an attempt to justify Israel’s attack on the flotilla. This was followed by a film showing, Palestine is still the issue, on 7 September and a lively picket of Marks & Spencer on 16 September, dedicated to commemorating the Sabra and Shatila massacre orchestrated by Israel and carried out by Phalangist fascists in Lebanon in 1982.

On 11 September in Glasgow, FRFI supporters joined Scottish PSC and Friends of Al Aqsa in a Boycott Israeli Goods action in the Pollokshields area. Around 50 people participated in the action, carrying banners and Palestinian flags, receiving much support from local residents. The protest was filmed by Al Jazeera and broadcast on the Middle Eastern Network. This follows previous protests in the area, which have succeeded in removing Israeli produce from local shops. On 23 September Glasgow FRFI held a picket outside Marks & Spencer in Glasgow city centre, marking the tenth anniversary of the second Intifada. FRFI activists in London also held a Victory to the Intifada demonstration on 25 September to mark this anniversary, and therefore also ten years since the start of the weekly pickets of the Marks & Spencer flagship store at Marble Arch (see page 9).

Fight Racism!

Newcastle FRFI are active in Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR), which organises a monthly ‘Speak out Against Racism’ and is currently building for a Northern March Against Racism 2010 on 20 November, aiming to unite different groups and campaigns and build an anti-racist presence on the streets of Newcastle. The march will provide an open platform for all anti-racists. TCAR is asking for support from campaigns, community groups, trade unions, political organisations and individuals. If you can help please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07989 879 310.

Defend the alternative to imperialism and war! Solidarity with socialist Cuba!

Over the summer, screenings have been taking place around Britain of Rock Around the Blockade’s new documentary, Cuba: defending socialism, resisting imperialism, filmed during the 2009 brigade to Cuba. Many people attended the showings and participated in post-film discussion, wanting a detailed insight into the progress of the socialist revolution. Members of RATB North East were also invited to give an introduction at a Newcastle screening of Oliver Stone’s South of the Border documentary, about revolutionary and social movements across Latin America. On 5 September, London RATB screened the film Cocalero, which is about the run-up to the 2005 election campaign in Bolivia, when Evo Morales became the country’s first indigenous president.

RATB has held several street events in Manchester city centre in an ongoing effort to counter the lies of the imperialist press surrounding Cuba. On Fidel Castro’s birthday we held a lively stall in Piccadilly Gardens with music, flags, revolutionary pictures and placards.

On 11 September, the 12th anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban 5 by US authorities, street events were organised by RATB in London, Manchester and Newcastle. Protests were held around the globe on this day to call for the release of the Cuban 5. Our events included members of the public signing cards of solidarity to send to the Cuban 5, information stalls, speeches and pavement art. Speakers highlighted the long history of US and European imperialism’s interventions in Cuban and Latin American affairs and their sponsorship of terrorist acts against Cuba. We were joined by Hands off Venezuela and the Free Mumia Campaign (see p13); Mumia has been a lifelong friend of the Cuban Revolution and to this day pledges his support for the struggle of the Cuban 5.

In London on 18 September, RATB activists also supported a demo called by Hands off Venezuela, to show solidarity ahead of the Venezuelan elections.

 

EVENTS / FRFI 216 Aug/Sep 2010

FRFI 216 Aug/Sep 2010

EVENTS

 

LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Demonstration for Palestine

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott M&S

Outside Marks & Spencers, Oxford Street

(Marble Arch tube)

 

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FRFI Round-up / FRFI 216 Aug/Sep 2010

FRFI 216 August/September 2010

Fight imperialism! Defend socialism!

Eyewitness reports from Latin America

RCG supporter Sam McGill recently returned from six months living and working in Cuba and Venezuela. Since her return she has been speaking at public meetings about her experiences, from working in a community youth project in Havana to teaching for a government social programme in Venezuela and participating in the World People’s Summit on Climate Change, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which she visited from Venezuela.

On 10 July Sam spoke at a dayschool entitled ‘Voices of Resistance’ in Glasgow city centre. Over 60 people attended to hear Sam alongside speakers from Ireland and the Basque country. In London on 17 July Sam spoke at ‘Reports from the Frontline’ with two other speakers: Alex Harris from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and Ghassan Abu-Sitta, a surgeon who has worked in Gaza, who spoke about the crisis of legitimacy in the Middle East leading inevitably to war.

 

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EVENTS / FRFI 215 Jun/Jul 2010

FRFI 215 June/July 2010

LONDON

Every Thursday 6-8pm

Demonstration for Palestine

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott M&S

Outside Marks & Spencer, Oxford Street, WC1

Nearest tube March Arch

 

Tuesday 27 July 1-2pm

Fight Britain’s racist immigration laws!

Demonstration at Communications House Immigration Reporting Centre

Old Street, EC1

Nearest tube Old Street

 

Every Saturday

Street stalls

Join us to help us sell FRFI

Call for location details

For further events and information call 020 7837 1688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

 

LIVERPOOL

Monday 21 June 7.30pm

FRFI meeting: After the election, the deepest cuts in decades

The Methodist Centre (next to News from Nowhere), Bold Street

For further information about activities in Liverpool call 07956 458 331

 

MANCHESTER

Thursday 17 June 7.30pm

FRFI Readers Group: Greece and the economic crisis in Europe

Lass O’Gowrie, Charles Street (by the side of BBC)

 

Saturday 26 June 12 noon

Speak Out Against Racism

Piccadilly Gardens

 

Thursday 15 July 7.30pm

FRFI Readers Group

Lass O’Gowrie, Charles Street

 

Sunday 25 July 2pm

FRFI anti-imperialist forum

Cross Street Chapel, city centre

For further info on above events or other

activities call 07519 427 093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NEWCASTLE

Every Thursday 5-7pm

Demonstration for Palestine

Victory to the Intifada! Boycott M&S

Outside Marks & Spencer

Northumberland Street

 

Saturday 12 May 12-3pm

Speak Out Against Racism

Organised by Tyneside Community Action for Refugees

Grey’s Monument

We have street actions in Newcastle every Saturday 11am-2pm and other stalls around the region, for details call 07858 346 276 or

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

GLASGOW

Saturday 10 July 12-5pm

FRFI dayschool: Voices of resistance: fighting imperialism across the world

Jurys Inn Hotel, 80 Jamaica Street

Speakers on Ireland and the Basque country and eyewitness reports from revolutionary Latin America (tickets £2)

There will be regular meetings in Daisy Street community centre, Govanhill and street work around the area over the next two months. For further details call 07879 675 864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ROCK AROUND THE BLOCKADE EVENTS

LONDON

Sunday 6 June 7pm

Film showing: Let’s make money (2008)

The Compass, corner of Penton Street

and Chapel Market

Nearest tube Angel

 

Tuesday 8 June 7.30pm

RATB documentary, followed by an open discussion

Cuba – defending socialism, resisting imperialism

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way

Nearest tube Warren Street

 

Sunday 4 July 7pm

Film showing:

The revolution will not be televised (2003)

The Compass

 

LIVERPOOL

Wednesday 7 July 7.30pm

Film showing: Cuba – defending socialism, resisting imperialism

El Rincon Latino, Roscoe Street

For further information call 07956 458 331

 

MANCHESTER

Thursday 10 June 7.30pm

Campaign meeting

The Vine, Kennedy Street, city centre.

 

Saturday 24 July 12 noon

Rally to commemorate Moncada Day 26 July 1953

Piccadilly Gardens

For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fight imperialism! Defend socialism! / FRFI 215 Jun/Jul 2010

FRFI 215 June/July 2010

The British General Election turned out, as predicted, to be a fraud and a farce. Now two of the three major parties have constructed a coalition in order to run the country on behalf of the ruling class, implement savage cuts and further attack the working class. Meanwhile the other party, Labour, licks its wounds, worries that it should have been even harsher on immigrants and deliberates on who its next leader should be. For the mass of British people nothing has changed.

In the run-up to the election most of the British left either supported the Labour Party on some conditional/critical basis, or campaigned for the few candidates of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and other irrelevant groupings, which between them mustered few votes. In contrast, FRFI supporters used the election to hold meetings and street events, pointing out how the election was constructed so that whoever ‘won’, the outcome would be the same agenda of cuts and attacks. We debated with those who consider that voting is the only way forward, and talked about the ways to build a real opposition movement on the streets instead of relying on the sham democracy of Parliament.

London FRFI held two meetings entitled General Election – General Fraud and on the streets staged mock elections, with members of the public casting ‘votes’ for the issues that mattered to them – from opposing the closure of Whittington Hospital A&E to putting the Labour government on trial for war crimes, as opposed to voting for political parties or personalities with the same corrupt capitalist policies.

In Newcastle FRFI activists also organised several ‘street parliaments’. Many people stopped to discuss the war in Afghanistan, the racism of the British police and immigration system, and the cuts to public services. Over the megaphone, speakers pointed out that only under socialism is society organised for people not profit, so people are treated as human beings not commodities. In revolutionary Cuba the right to recall elected representatives is enshrined in the electoral system, ensuring that they represent their voting constituencies or face being removed from office. The expenses scandal would never have been possible in Cuba, where there are no career politicians and no material incentives to enter politics – that means no corruption, no lying and no cheating.

In Glasgow we concentrated on street work in the working-class area of Govanhill. The vast majority there did not need to be told that the General Election was a complete fraud. In fact, we often had to explain that we were not out for votes before people would speak to us! On 11 May we held an inspiring, angry meeting in Daisy Street community centre, where important points were raised about the need for collective action on the part of poor and working class people outside electoral politics and the role of police, racism and drugs in destroying communities. On 25 May, we met again in Daisy Street for a meeting entitled Enough is Enough! where we discussed the need for unity among the poor in order to confront the unity of the exploiters.

Victory to the intifada! Defend the right to defend Palestine!

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! is actively supporting the Gaza Demonstrators Support Campaign (GSDC). The campaign was set up by a group of activists to defend the people criminalised for demonstrating in 2008/09 against the barbaric Israeli onslaught on Gaza, after it had become apparent that Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War, which had organised the protests, were not going to organise this defence. Demonstrators have been handed down severe sentences in a clearly racist and Islamophobic attempt to prevent future solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. On 18 May the FRFI society at the London School of Economics hosted a meeting entitled ‘Defend the right to defend Palestine!’ (see page 16).

Weekly pickets of Marks & Spencer continue in London and Newcastle. Following a particularly successful picket in Newcastle on 8 April, activists decided to establish a new independent local campaign, Palestine Action Group, to coordinate pickets, film showings and other solidarity actions. This group has developed out of networks which began in the protests against Israel’s attacks on Gaza at the beginning of 2009, and have been sustained and developed through weekly pickets and larger street actions since then.

On 22 May in Manchester FRFI’s Victory to the Intifada campaign held another successful rolling picket, responding to the Palestinians’ call for consistent solidarity and making their case heard in the busiest street in Manchester. Outside H&M shoppers were shocked at the company’s decision to open six new stores in Israel at a time when the UNHCR has accused Israel of breaking international law, using illegal weapons, committing war crimes and deliberately attacking the whole people of Gaza. We will be holding another rolling picket in few weeks time.

Fight racism!

Newcastle FRFI has continued to be active in Tyneside Community Action for Refugees, which resolved at a general meeting on 22 May to add a section to the organisation’s principles expressing solidarity with Muslims under attack from both the British state and organised racists. FRFI has been centrally involved with building opposition to the English Defence League Newcastle mobilisation on 29 May. FRFI came together with a diverse collection of socialists, anarchists and other anti-racist activists at the Tyne and Wear May Day march to establish a new network, North East Against Racism (NEAR), to oppose the EDL march. Leading members of Unite Against Fascism were part of this discussion, but they walked out half-way through, refusing to be part of any mobilisation that they did not control and called a separate march on their own. In the event, the EDL was only able to mobilise hundreds rather than the thousands predicted, and they were constantly harassed by NEAR supporters until the police sealed off their assembly points.

On 28 May London comrades attended and spoke at a meeting in defence of US political prisoner and former Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal, organised by the Pan Afrikan Voice and the Pan Afrikan Society Community Forum. On 19 May this was followed up by a demonstration outside the US embassy for Mumia, who is on death row in the US facing execution.

Viva Cuba! Viva Venezuela! Viva socialism!

In April and May Venezuelan comrade Rafael Ramos toured the country, speaking about the revolutionary process in Venezuela at meetings organised by FRFI’s Cuba campaign Rock Around the Blockade (RATB) in Manchester, Liverpool, London and Newcastle. Rafael is an art student at the Experimental University for the Arts (UNEARTE) in Caracas, and a member of the youth wing of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (JPSUV).

In response to questions, Rafael said the Revolution would survive whatever happened to Chavez, because the people were now awake and could not possibly go back to sleep. He identified US imperialism as the key force behind attempts to destabilise the country and destroy the Bolivarian revolution. He also condemned the surrender of sovereignty of Colombia to the US with its agreement to accept the establishment of seven new military bases, but made clear that Venezuelans saw the Colombian people as ‘our brothers’. People who attended the meetings agreed it was a privilege to hear a representative of the Venezuelan people speak about the Revolution and provide meetings of real political substance during the farce of the British general election.

In London, as part of our monthly anti-imperialist film club, RATB previewed its new documentary Cuba: defending socialism, resisting imperialism to a packed audience. Showing it just days before the British bourgeois elections drove home the points about alternative systems and real democracy. The film includes significant interviews with a lawyer and an economist, who provide intricate and insightful detail into the Cuban electoral system, the impact of the blockade and Cuba’s economy. There is inspiring footage of the 2009 May Day parade and the film abounds with the enthusiasm of the Cuban people, their awareness of the country’s achievements and the ever-present need to defend the revolutionary process, their honesty about the problems and preparedness to constantly analyse and adapt while never losing sight of the ultimate goal of building socialism. RATB congratulates comrades Anthony and Ethesham, who have produced this amazing film following their participation in RATB’s 2009 brigade to Cuba. It is a substantial contribution to our work in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution and enables us to take the discussion about socialism to a much wider audience.

Join us!

Help support and take forward FRFI’s political work. Come to one of the events listed on this page or contact our office to see how you can get involved.

 

FRFI Round Up / FRFI 214 Apr / May 2010

FRFI 214 April / May 2010

Fight imperialism! Defend socialism!

Over the last two months, international responses to the devastating earthquake in Haiti have starkly demonstrated the two alternatives that face humanity – barbarism or socialism. On the one hand the US has sent in thousands of troops, using the disaster to further tighten its imperialist grip over the country; and, on the other, Cuba and other Latin American countries have sent thousands of medical personnel and supplies to join the hundreds of Cuban doctors already delivering free services in Haiti’s poorest areas.

On 24 March, London FRFI supporters joined a lively picket of the US embassy organised by the Haiti First! Haiti Now! campaign. We have held film showings and meetings around Britain to publicise the situation in Haiti and the actions of the imperialists. We are calling for real solidarity and the withdrawal of all foreign military forces, and, at our meetings and events, are collecting donations for the Cuban medical team in Haiti.

Defend asylum seekers! Fight Labour Party racism!

From 5 February to 19 March asylum-seeking women detained in Yarl’s Wood immigration prison staged a protest hunger strike (see page 16).? FRFI supporters around the country have initiated and joined solidarity actions to highlight this struggle.

In Newcastle on 27 February FRFI participated in the ‘Speak out against Racism’ event organised by Tyneside Community Action for Refugees. Street theatre, involving a cage and placards, was used to attract attention from people passing by. A lot of people stopped to help collect petition signatures and listen to speeches, including accounts from some of the women on hunger strike via mobile phone.

In Manchester on 3 March, FRFI supporters and local refugees organised a similar event in Piccadilly Gardens, speaking out against the appalling treatment of refugees in Yarl’s Wood and in Britain in general. Participants included a representative of the Lall family who have fled homophobic oppression and now face deportation to Trinidad and Tobago.

In London FRFI supporters have joined with other groups to demonstrate outside Holloway prison, following the moving of five of the Yarl’s Wood women to criminal prisons.

In Glasgow the barbarity of the asylum system was starkly demonstrated on 7 March by the tragic deaths of three Russian immigrants, who had jumped from the tower block in Red Road in which they had been housed. FRFI comrades joined the vigil on 9 March organised at the flats, where over 200 people, including asylum seekers, local residents and activists came together to remember them and condemn the Home Office’s punitive immigration policies, and on 13 March, participated in a demonstration of around 1,000 people, from Red Road to Glasgow city centre, demanding freedom and justice for asylum seekers.

Organising against racist ‘defence leagues’

Wherever we have local members, FRFI actively supports the mobilisations against the racist English and Scottish ‘Defence Leagues’. On 20 February, FRFI supporters joined the protest organised by Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Alliance (EAFA) against the Scottish Defence League (SDL). The SDL was successfully trapped in pubs and prevented from open mobilisation. State-sponsored campaign Scotland United organised a separate rally away from the conflict and tried unsuccessfully to divert  EAFA protesters away from confronting the SDL. FRFI has been active in exposing the repeated attempts of Scotland United and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) to weaken the movement in this way.

On 20 March Manchester FRFI comrades were in Bolton where the English Defence League (EDL) had mobilised for a national event. The futility of the UAF strategy of appealing to the state to ban the racist EDL from marching was clearly demonstrated when, far from doing this, the police attacked the UAF protest, arresting 55 demonstrators, including three prominent UAF leaders.

Imperialism out of the Middle East!

FRFI has repeatedly pointed to the link between racism in Britain and imperialism abroad. The vicious anti-Muslim reaction of the EDL and SDL is a reflection of the racism promoted by the Labour government to legitimise its wars of aggression in the Middle East, and its continuing support for the Zionist state of Israel. FRFI supporters are active on the streets, demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Pickets of Marks & Spencer, Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of Israel, continue weekly in London and Newcastle.

On 20 March FRFI hosted a public meeting in Newcastle under the heading ‘Racism in Britain, Imperialism in Gaza: Globalise the Intifada!’ The meeting heard from independent journalist and activist, Jody McIntyre, who had just returned from nine months in the West Bank and Gaza (http:// jodymcintyre.wordpress.com) and Hicham Yezza, founder and editor of the magazine Ceasefire (www.ceasefiremagazine.co.uk), who was wrongly arrested under terror laws in 2008, cleared and immediately re-arrested under immigration laws, and finally won his freedom last year after five months’ imprisonment. Anti-racist and Palestine support activist Ihtisham Haque spoke on behalf of FRFI. The meeting was a valuable opportunity to discuss the tasks facing us in building a movement against racism and imperialism in Britain today. Jody spoke about the sacrifices and determination he had seen in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, which is at the forefront of the campaign against the building of the ‘apartheid wall’. He said that in Britain we could be doing much more and made a strong call for more direct non-violent tactics. Hicham said that the state depends on oppressed people relating to it as isolated individuals and argued for the importance of building political communities, solidarity and organisation to fight back. Ihtisham reported on the belated but much needed organisation of a defence and support campaign for the young, mostly Muslim, people who have been criminalised for participating in the protests against the Zionist attack on Gaza in January 2009. They are now facing punitive charges which judges have admitted are aimed at ‘setting an example to their communities’ (see page 16).

We must be clear. All state attacks on progressive forces must be met with collective solidarity. Arrested comrades must be defended and supported. Together we are stronger. Together we can win.

 

EVENTS / FRFI 214 Apr / May 2010

FRFI 214 April / May 2010

GLASGOW

Tuesdays 13 April and 18 May, 7.30pm

FRFI readers’ group

Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue

Thursday 29 April, 7.30pm

Public meeting:

General election: general fraud

Upstairs at the Junction Bar, next to Queen Street station

 

FRFI will be holding regular Rebel Cinema film showings and discussions at Glasgow University. Free entry.

Non-students welcome.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07779 785 529

EDINBURGH

Tuesday 27 April, 7.30pm

Public meeting:

General election:

general fraud

Tollcross Community Centre

NEWCASTLE

Saturday 10 April, 1pm

Tyneside Community Action for Refugees (TCAR) General Meeting

St Thomas Church, opposite Haymarket Metro

Every Saturday, 3.30pm

Weekly meeting of TCAR

Big Lamp Youth Project, 297 Westgate Road

TCAR monthly general meetings

St Thomas Church, Haymarket

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07989 879 310

Every Thursday, 5-7pm

Demonstration for Palestine – Boycott Marks & Spencer

Northumberland Street

Every Saturday, 11am-2pm

Street action in Newcastle

Call or email for details of this and other stalls around the region

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07858 346 276

MANCHESTER

Tuesday 13 April, 7.30pm

FRFI Readers Group:

The General Election –

No Vote for Labour,

Don’t Vote, Organise!

The Lass O’Gowrie, Charles Street (by the side of BBC)

Sunday 2 May

FRFI Forum: General Election – General Fraud, Don’t Vote, Organise!

Contact: 07519 427 093

Saturday 22 May, 12 noon onwards

Rolling picket of banks and shops that profit from the suffering of the Palestinian people

Meet at Co-op Bank, Corporation Street, City Centre

LONDON

Every Thursday, 6-8pm

Demonstration for Palestine – Boycott Marks & Spencer

Outside M&S, Oxford Street, WC1

(Nearest tube March Arch)

Tuesday 13 April, 7pm

Public meeting:

Whoever you vote for,

the ruling class gets in!

The Compass, corner of Penton Street and Chapel Market, N1

(Nearest tube Angel)

Wednesday 28 April, 7pm

Public meeting:

Whoever you vote for,

the ruling class gets in!

South London venue – contact us for details

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7837 1688

ROCK AROUND THE BLOCKADE EVENTS

LONDON

Sunday 11 April, 7pm

Film: Salud – followed by discussion of health care in Cuba

The Compass, corner of Penton Street and Chapel Market, N1

(Nearest tube Angel)

Sunday 2 May, 7pm

Film: Cuba: Defending socialism, resisting imperialism

Filmed by RATB during the 2009 brigade to Cuba

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7837 1688

LIVERPOOL

Saturday 24 April, 2-5pm

Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution!

Public meeting with three activists from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela

El Rincon, Roscoe Street

MANCHESTER

Thursday 8 April, 7.30pm

Campaign meeting with film of Cuba’s ‘Bay of Pigs’ victory over the US-backed invasion

The Vine, Kennedy Street, City Centre

Sunday 25 April, 1.30pm

Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution!

Public meeting with three activists from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela

Percival Suite, Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street

Sunday 16 May, 2pm

Film: Venezuela Bolivariana

Cross Street Chapelwe are stronger. Together we can win.

 

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