Monday, 26 September 2011

Book launch: People Demand. Out now

'The People Demand: a short history of the Arab revolutions' - video trailer

Posted: 25 Sep 2011 01:43 PM PDT

28 September: London book launch - details HERE

12 October: Newcastle book launch - details HERE

Read an extract and buy the book HERE

Trailer by Elly Badcock

Friday, 23 September 2011

Book and/or donate to 1st Oct Coalition of Resistance conference

Coalition of Resistance Against Cuts & Privatisation | 28 | September 5th

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Bookings are coming in fast now from across Britain and Europe. Next Saturday is set to be an exciting day! Make sure you have booked your place -
click here to register

An urgent appeal from the Coalition of Resistance

Dear supporter,

As you may already be aware, Coalition of Resistance has initiated an important European wide conference to help co-ordinate the resistance to austerity on a mass, global scale taking place on October 1st in London.

The conference is costing in excess of £10,000 and we need to raise this money through our supporters.

How you can help:

1) Book your place for the conference now. Click here to book online
or send a cheque for £5 waged / £3 unwaged / £10 rep. from organisation to Europe Against Austerity, Coalition of Resistance, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX
We wan't everyone to register in advance as ticket money will help towards the cost of the conference.

2) Donate to the Conference. Click here to make a donation online
or send a cheque to Europe Against Austerity, Coalition of Resistance, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

Thank you for your continued support and see you on the 1st October,

Andrew Burgin
Secretary, Coaliton of Resistance



Saturday 1st October, London

Should Greece default?
Has the euro got a future?
Is there an alternative to cuts?
Are we facing 'double dip' recession?

As the European economic crisis worsens and ordinary people are made to pay, hear what the left parties and campaigns across Europe have to say. Take the opportunity to be part of the debate: join us to discuss alternatives and action for change.

Speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn MP; Unite; NUJ; Pierre Laurent, Party of the European Left; Sevim Dagdelen MP Die Linke; Sinn Fein; Olivier Besancenot NPA; Annick Coupe Solidaires, France; Max Banc Attac Germany; Piero Bernocchi COBAS, Italy; Prof Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS; Marisa Matias MEP, Left Bloc, Portugal

Registration: £5 waged / £3 unwaged / £10 delegates from organisations


More info from / / +44(0)7939 242229

Conference initiated by Coalition of Resistance.

See here for a list of supporting organisations.

Our mailing address is:
Coalition of Resistance
Coalition of Resistance, c/o Housman's Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, London N1 9DX

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011


For more details, see:

Whether you attend the Antiwar SpeakOut/TweetOut in person in    
London, or you watch the live stream on the Stop the War website,   
this is an event not to be missed.

You will see poets, rappers and spoken word artists (see below)   
performing at a Twitter convention in which everyone can   

Don't worry if you are not a Twitter user yet. This will be an     
event in which you can learn how it works and why it has become   
such an important tool for activists and campaigners, not least   
as was shown in the Arab Spring uprisings. It is today enabling   
instant eyewitness reports of the brutal crackdown on the Yemen   
democracy movement.

Stop the War has taken the idea of a TweetOut from the Egyptian   
democracy movement, which used them to spread the word about   
their protests.

As well as enjoying the brilliant cast of spoken word artists    
performing for Stop the War, the aim will be to publicise as   
widely as possible in the Twittersphere the Antiwar Mass Assembly   
in Trafalgar Square on 8 October, marking the tenth anniversary   
of the war in Afghanistan.

If you're coming to the SpeakOt/TweetOut in person, come armed     
with your mobile! Or your laptop, if you want to be really   
ambitious (there will be a WiFi link).

If you're not a Twitter user yet, you will be able to text your   
messages which Stop the War will turn instantly into tweets for   
display on the Tweet Screen and publish directly to Twitter.

The performers in the SpeakOut include author Michael Rosen, who   
was until recently the Children's Poet Laureate, poets Michael     
Horowitz, Michael Powell and Sanasino Al-Yemen, rapper Jimmy   
Jitsu, and many more.

Twitter users at the event, and those following it on the live     
stream, are asked to use the hashtag #8oct (non Twitter users    
will learn what a hashtag is on the night!).

Tweeters will also be reacting to the spoken word artists,   
whether watching them in the audience or the live stream, and    
instantly communicating with their Twitter followers about the     

The aim is to make SpeakOut/TweetOut as interactive as possible   
and as much a collective event as we can. Join us in person if     
you live in London, or online if you don't.

For more details, see:

Thursday, 15 September 2011

TUC votes to reaffirm support of Palestine

Lots of good stuff coming out of the TUC this week...
The Trades Union Congress voted on Wednesday to reaffirm its work with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to actively encourage affiliates, employers and pension funds to disinvest from, and boycott the goods of, companies who profit from illegal settlements, the Occupation and the construction of the Wall'.
The new policy also 'calls on all unions on the basis of this policy to review their bi-lateral relations with all Israeli organisations, including Histadrut'. To read a full report click here, to find out more about trade union support for PSC at this year's TUC read here.

TUC statement on pensions

embargo: For immediate release

The TUC's public service unions met urgently today after the conclusion of the TUC's annual Congress to receive a report on the most recent round of negotiations with the government on public service pensions and to consider the next steps in their united campaign to defend decent pensions for millions of public services workers as part of their battle for decent pensions for all.

The TUC and unions are committed to continuing the talks with the government, and with the relevant employers in each of the separate major public service pensions schemes, but the government is urged to bring new proposals to the table urgently to make progress possible. Today's meeting also agreed, however, given the failure of the government to engage properly in the negotiations, to step up the campaign and to hold a first day of action on Wednesday 30 November.

Each union has been asked to consider taking what they judge to be the most appropriate form of action possible to show their support for this united campaign.

This would range from strike action, where ballot mandates have been secured from members and unions judge that appropriate, through to lunchtime meetings, rallies and joint events with community groups and service users. The intention will be to take the call for pensions justice for both public and private sector workers to every corner of the land on that day in the biggest trade union mobilisation in a generation.

Further consideration is being given to what further action may be appropriate beyond the day of action if progress towards a settlement is not secured.

A further meeting will be held before the end of September to receive reports from unions on plans being made.

This call reflects the huge anger of public service workers over the threat to their pensions and the deep frustration over difficulties of securing government engagement in meaningful negotiations. This planned day of action will be an unprecedented coming together of the whole public service workforce and the communities they serve in a united demand for pensions justice.

The TUC and unions remain absolutely committed, in good faith, to seeking a fair negotiated settlement of this dispute so that this action will not be necessary. But the government needs to understand the strength of unions' resolve reflected in today's decision.


- All TUC press releases can be found at


Media enquiries:
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E:
Rob Holdsworth T: 020 7467 1372 M: 07717 531150
Elly Gibson T: 020 7467 1337 M: 07900 910624 E:

Press release (500 words) issued 14 Sep 2011

Friday, 9 September 2011

Fab Fernando's Kitchen at Philosophy Football event.

For the third year running  Philosophy Football is organising a party for the TUC as part of the World Day for Decent Work. This year the evening is headlined by the sublime comedy of Isy Suttie , best-known as Dobby in  Channel 4's Peep Show. Plus Llewella Gideon performing her brilliant one-woman show,  Little Big Woman. And closing the night a musical fusion of Flamenco, Latin and North African beats from Fernando's KItchen to get you up and dancing. Plus a DJ set by Melstars:Music filling the dancefloor into the early hours. 

As always our ambition is to provide a night to mix entertainment and ideas. With contributions from Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class; Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC; Danny Dorling, author of So You Think You Know About Britain ; and Rebecca Asher, author of Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality. A panel guaranteed to get you thinking!

FRIDAY 7 October. At the New Red Lion, 271 City Road in Islington,  one of London's premier theatre pubs. 

Booking opened last week and the first couple of rows are sold already so don't delay!  Book your tickets at >

Or call 01273 472 721


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

War? Not up my tweet.

Very glad to be asked to participate in this fab event. Copied from our friends in Egypt, what an exciting sounding project. Hope to see you there too.

This brand new, exciting Stop The War project is to raise awareness of the Anti-War Assembly on 8 October in Trafalgar Sq and, hopefully, get it 'trending' on twitter. Remember to bring your smart phones.

Hosted by Clare Solomon this fun-packed evening includes poetry and spoken word by Michael Rosen Michael Horowitz and Sanasino Al-Yemen, 140-second special tweet appearances by Laurie Penny, Sanum Ghafoor & Owen Jones, MC's Jimmy Jitzu & Raggo Zulu Rebel, live link-ups with Joe Glenton and others, and much much more.

All acts will be live tweeted and projected on a large Twitter Wall.

**Please can you also publicize the event on your blogs, Facebook walls and, of course, Twitter** And you can also set up your twitter to feed directly to Facebook using Selective Tweets:

Suggested donation of £3/£5 to go towards the costs of the Assembly.

If you can't make it you can still participate on the night by simply tweeting at the same time using the hashtag #StWOct8Assembly anytime between 7.30-10pm on 22 September.

Line up so far:

Micheal Rosen
Micheal Horovitz
Owen Jones
Laurie Penny

Sanum Ghafoor
Sanasino Al-Yemen
Jimmy Jitsu
Raggo Zulu Rebel
Black Snow
Nekz Mc
Ed Greens
Alan Morrison
Celia Mitchell
Martin Powell
Clare Saponia...more to come.


The assembly on 8 October has been organised to mark the 10 year anniversary on the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and the injustice of Palestine, and now of course Libya. The event will be a rallying call against the injustices of the war, from Guantanamo Bay to arms sales around the world, and a chance to show the creative richness of all those campaigning for peace.