Posts Tagged ‘Arise Festival’

Details of Labour Party Pro-NHS Rally This Saturday

March 9, 2023

I got this email from the Arise Festival of left Labour ideas giving the details for a pro-NHS rally this Saturday.

SOS NHS Demo,¬†Saturday, London ūüď£

GET INVOLVED: RSVP here + Retweet here // Read more here

Hello David

A range of Labour left groups have come together to organise a ‚ÄėLabour bloc‚Äô on this Saturday‚Äôs SOS NHS ‚Äď End the Crisis ‚Äď Support the Strikes demo. Supporters include the Labour Assembly Against Austerity, Momentum, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Labour Representation Committee, Red Labour and Labour Women Leading. Full info is below.

Supporting the initiative, John McDonnell MP,¬†‚ÄúWe must make our voices heard collectively at the SOS NHS demonstration¬† ‚Äď bringing people together in the run-up to the Budget to fight for our NHS‚Äô future.‚Ä̬†You can read more from John, LAAA, Momentum, NHS Workers Say No and Diane Abbott¬†here.

We will be meeting from 11.30 outside Lidl on Tottenham Court Rd and need volunteers to help carry our banner and promote our #PeoplesBudget event Рplease email arisefestival@yahoo.com if you can help!

Yours in solidarity,
Matt Willgress, Labour Assembly & Arise РA Festival of Left Ideas.

DEMONSTRATION DETAILS! SOS NHS

  • Saturday March 11, 12.00pm, Warren St. (Labour bloc meet up 11.30 outside Lidl on Tottenham Court Rd.)
  • Get NHS demo info here & RSVP for Labour bloc here + Retweet here
  • Read more from LAAA’s Matt Willgress¬†here¬†on why with Wes Streeting backing NHS privatisation, the Left must back this important initiative.

I won’t be able to go because of the cost and ill health, but I’m putting this up for those who do want to go.

Online Rally Tonight on Fighting Back Against the Tories

February 1, 2023

I had this message yesterday from the Arise people.

Fightback this Wednesday¬†ūüďĘ

Hello David

The February 1 day of action is shaping up to be a massive show of resistance. You can be part of it by:

  • Joining a picket line, in support of striking teachers, lecturers, civil servants and many more. Find out where you can go on Strikemap here.
  • Sharing the actions listed on righttostrike.org
  • Coming together with us in the evening¬†at the¬†#BuildingtheFightback¬†online rally¬†at 6.30pm.¬†Full details are below – PCS, NEU, RMT, CWU & more voices of resistance will be joining us!

Yours in solidarity.
The Arise & Labour Assembly volunteers.
 

RALLY: Building the fightback in 2023.

Online rally, 6.30pm, THIS Wednesday February 1. Join us on to hear about & build on a day of action across the country!
Register here // Invite & share here // Retweet here.

FINAL-LINE UP CONFIRMED:¬†Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary // John McDonnell MP // Riccardo La Torre, FBU //¬†Diane Abbott MP // Dave Ward, CWU GS // Richard Burgon MP // Angie Rojas, Acorn¬†//¬†Tandrima Mazumdar, Migrants Organise // Logan Williams, striking teacher //¬†James Braithwaite, RMT Young members activist // Robert Poole, co-founder of Strike Map // Helen O’Connor, GMB Southern Region & Peoples Assembly // Nabeela Mowlana, Young Labour // Holly Turner, NHS Workers Say No/

Join leaders of key industrial disputes – and who are at the forefront of fighting proposed anti-union laws – at this vital event! NÔĽŅow is the time to build the growing fightback, co-ordinate the resistance & popularise policies that put people before profit. 

Hosted by Arise Рa Festival of Left Ideas. All other pages listed on social media are kindly helping to promote the event. 

I’m not planning to go, but I’m putting this up for those who are interested. And I’m 100 per cent behind everyone battling the Tories and their anti-worker policies.,

Breaking News from Arise: Firefighters Vote Overwhelmingly for Strike Action

January 30, 2023

Just got this from the Arise Festival of Left-wing Ideas:

BREAKING: Firefighters deliver emphatic mandate for industrial action

Hello David

We are writing to share the breaking news that Firefighters have delivered a decisive mandate for strike action, with 88% voting Yes on a 73% turnout. You can:

Yours in solidarity.
The Arise & Labour Assembly volunteers.

This is so overwhelming that the vote would still be valid and binding even under Sunak’s proposed cruddy legislation to stifle strikes. We’ve seen the firefighters before lock horns with the government over pay and redundancies. This is shows how massively discontented they are, and with good reason.

So maximum support to our firefighters, and out with Sunak and the Tories.

Online Arise Event Tonight Asks If Marx Was Right

January 23, 2023

Just had this email notification come through from the Arise Festival of Left Wing Ideas.

1) ONLINE FORUM: The economic crisis –¬†was Marx right?

TONIGHT. Monday January 23, 2023. Register here // share & invite here // retweet here to spread the word

Here in Britain and around the world the economic crisis is deepening. Join economist Michael Roberts for debate and discussion – was Nye Bevan right, wrong, or both when he said ‚ÄúMarxism put into the hands of the working class movement… the most complete blueprints for political action the world has ever seen?‚ÄĚ

Labour Outlook forum as part of the Socialist Ideas series Рkindly streamed by Arise РA Festival of Left Ideas.

I’m not going to attend it, but I thought I’d put it up here for anyone who was interested.

Message from Diane Abbott about Online Rally to Build Resistance against the Tories in February

January 20, 2023

We must do everything we can in support of the strikers РDiane Abbott

Be part of the fightback ‚Äď Register¬†here¬†// Retweet me¬†here¬†// FB share¬†here¬†// Read article¬†here.

HelloDavid

Whatever the Tories may tell us, the current strike wave that has been unleashed is as a direct result of government policies to benefit big business by impoverishing workers. Now, ministers are directly involved in attempting to defeat the strikes in numerous ways. As a result, these strikes are objectively highly political. The government has made them so, and is willing to use every type of divide-and-rule tactic and press vilification to defeat the strikers.

The unions taking action on pay, conditions and jobs are therefore effectively taking on the government head-on. There is no doubt the public is with the strikers. The strikers are the big battalions in the fight against this government, but everyone has a part to play. All of us must now do everything we can in terms of moral, political and financial support for the strikers because they really are fighting for us all, and I will be pleased to join with speakers from the PCS, CWU, FBU, GMB and NHS Workers Say No on the national day of action on February 1 at the Building the Fightback rally.

I hope to see you there,

Yours in solidarity,
Diane Abbott MP (via Arise.)

PS: Register for February 1 today here.

RALLY: Building the fightback in 2023.

Online rally, 6.30pm, Wednesday February 1. Join us on to hear about & build on a day of action across the country!
Register here // Invite & share here // Retweet here.

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary // Diane Abbott MP // Dave Ward, CWU GS // Richard Burgon MP // Helen O’Connor, GMB Southern Region & Peoples Assembly // Liz Cabeza, Acorn (Haringey) // Nabeela Mowlana, Young Labour // Holly Turner, NHS Workers Say No // Matt Wrack, FBU GS & more.

Join leaders of key industrial disputes – and who are at the forefront of fighting proposed anti-union laws – at this vital event! NÔĽŅow is the time to build the growing fightback, co-ordinate the resistance & popularise policies that put people before profit. 

Hosted by¬†Arise – a Festival of Left Ideas. All other pages listed on social media are kindly helping to promote the event.¬†‘

Calendar of Coming Left-Labour Events

January 17, 2023

I’ve had some of this blog’s great commenters wondering what the Labour left is doing to challenge Starmer’s stranglehold on the party and his determination to turn it into another version of the Tories. And not necessarily one further to the left. The Labour left is still around and organising events. I’ve had some emails about them, but didn’t put them up as they were in-person meetings in London, and so difficult to get to for people like me in the provinces, or they were about foreign politics, like Latin America, which I didn’t think many people would be interested in. Yesterday I had another email from Matt Willgress through the Arise festival of left ideas and the Labour Assembly against Austerity, giving details about events coming up in what remains of this month and February.

Let’s make 2023 the year of growing waves of resistance.

Read my article here // Retweet it here to spread the word // Register for Feb.1 here

Hello David

Last week, Tory ministers met numerous unions to discuss public-sector pay, but no movement was made, meaning that strike action is set to escalate, including with the PCS announcing 100,000 will be on strike on what is shaping up to be a major day of industrial and other forms of action on February 1st, the day of our #BuildingtheFightback rally.

The Tory refusal to budge on pay is the logical follow-on from locking-in austerity for years. On the Left we need to understand the scale of what we are up against politically, the extent of the crisis Britain is facing, and the nature of what is to come if the Tories aren’t forced out, including that this is an increasingly authoritarian Government.

We need to be organising resistance ¬†right now ‚Äď and¬†we need to be backing those movements taking direct action and backing those workers taking industrial action.¬†Let‚Äôs make 2023 the year of¬† growing waves of resistance to the Tories ‚Ästjoin us at¬†Building the Fightback¬†on February 1¬†(details below) in solidarity with workers in struggle and to map out our next steps.

Yours in solidarity,
Matt Willgress, on behalf of the Arise volunteers.
 

RALLY: Building the fightback in 2023.

Online rally, 6.30pm, Wednesday February 1. Join us on to hear about & build on a day of action across the country!
Register here // Invite & share here // Retweet here.

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary // Diane Abbott MP // Dave Ward, CWU GS // Richard Burgon MP // Helen O’Connor, GMB Southern Region & Peoples Assembly // Liz Cabeza, Acorn (Haringey) // Nabeela Mowlana, Young Labour // Holly Turner, NHS Workers Say No // Matt Wrack, FBU GS & more.

Join leaders of key industrial disputes – and who are at the forefront of fighting proposed anti-union laws – at this vital event! NÔĽŅow is the time to build the growing fightback, co-ordinate the resistance & popularise policies that put people before profit. 

HÔĽŅosted by Arise – a Festival of Left Ideas. All other pages listed on social media are kindly helping to promote the event. 

OTHER 2023 DIARY DATES:

1) FORUM: The economic crisis –¬†was Marx right?


Online. Monday January 23, 2023. Register here // share & invite here // retweet here to spread the word

Here in Britain and around the world the economic crisis is deepening. Join economist Michael Roberts for debate and discussion – was Nye Bevan right, wrong, or both when he said ‚ÄúMarxism put into the hands of the working class movement… the most complete blueprints for political action the world has ever seen?‚ÄĚ


Labour Outlook forum as part of the Socialist Ideas series Рkindly streamed by Arise РA Festival of Left Ideas.

2) CONFERENCE: The World At War РA Trade Union Issue

Register here. Saturday 21 January 2023, 10.30am, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD (Nearest tube: Euston/Kings Cross). 

Jeremy Corbyn MP // Mick Whelan, ASLEF // Salma Yaqoob // Fran Heathcote, PCS // Alex Gordon, RMT // Ricardo La Torre, FBU & more.

Organised by the Stop the War Coalition.

3) DIARY DATE: A Society in Crisis РBuilding a Progressive Policy Platform.

Sat 11 Feb, 2023, 10:00am, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, WC1B 5DQ. Register here ‚Äď Retweet here.

“The economic, social and environmental crises we face mean the need for a transformative policy agenda is more urgent than ever. For this reason, on February 11, I will be bringing together academics, think tanks, policy researchers and experts, campaigners and others to develop a progressive policy platform ‚Äď and hope you can join us there.” – John McDonnell MP.

Organised by¬†Claim the Future¬†&¬†Influencing the Corridors of Power’

It’s a pity the last meeting is in London, as this is what the left really need to challenge neoliberalism, in the Labour party as much as anywhere else. Perhaps they’ll release a video of it later on YouTube.

Our Nurses Are Striking against Real Starvation Wages

November 25, 2022

According to the news, the NHS nurses are going on strike on the 15th and 20th of December. I don’t want the nurses to strike, but I don’t blame and absolutely support them. Or rather, what I should say is that I don’t want the nurses to have to strike. Because I don’t believe they have a choice. I went to one of the fringe Labour meetings online a few weeks ago. I can’t remember whether it was organised by Arise or the Labour Assembly Against Austerity. Not that it really matters. One of the speakers was a medical professional or activist with the NHS. And what she said was really chilling. One quarter of the country’s NHS trusts – I don’t know whether this is Britain as a whole or just England – were running food banks for their nursing staff. For the nurses! And we have student nurses considering dropping out, because they can’t afford to feed themselves and study! And that obese abomination Therese Coffey wanted the NHS budget cut further. Like all the other right-wing Tories, including Farage, who boast about they’re going to cut waste. The Irish vlogger, Maximilien Robespierre, asked in one of his videos whether she was the most odious Tory politician. She had responded to an interviewer’s question by saying that if nurses didn’t like it, they should look for work elsewhere. It’s the standard Tory answer that you hear trotted out whenever there’s a strike. Presumably Coffey thinks we could get more poor immigrants to work for cheap wages to replace them, as one of these horrors suggested we could do to plug the labour shortage in other industries. I’m sick of Coffey, sick of Hunt, and sick of the Tories full stop.

Defend the NHS!

Pay nurses a living wage!

Tories out!

Demonstration on Saturday to Demand a General Election

November 2, 2022

I got this reminder the other day from the Arise Festival of left Labour ideas that there’s a demonstration organised in London demanding a general election. I can’t go, but I’m putting it up for those who may be able to.

REMINDER: National Demo¬†–¬†General Election Now!

Saturday, 5 November, 12.00, Embankment Place, London, WC2N 6, United Kingdom.

The People’s Assembly is asking for your continued support to help us take our simple message onto the streets – General Election Now! Let’s say No¬†to another unelected Tory PM.

Full details & spread the word here РLabour bloc details here.

This, and other demonstrations and campaigns like it, contradict the theme of a recent Lotus Eaters’ video. This announced that democracy had had its day as people were giving up on it. No! People across the UK are demanding more democracy, because the Tories are withholding it!

The Labour Party Is Preparing to Campaign for a General Election

October 26, 2022

Rishi Sunak is the second unelected Prime Minister who’s been foisted on us following the resignation of Boris Johnson. He hasn’t even been elected by the Conservative party, like Truss, but has been chosen by the Tory MPs in parliament. He has absolutely no democratic, popular mandate and his policies threaten to impoverish and immiserate this country’s great, hardworking people further. Open Democracy and other internet advocacy groups have stated that they are going to push for a general election. Keir Starmer, the head of the Labour party, has also called for an election. And he means business – serious business. I’ve had emails from deputy leader Angela Rayner asking me to volunteer for their campaign for a general election, Labour Southwest are organising a conference to discuss tactics and the Arise Festival are also requesting donations to fund their meeting about the issue. I’m fully behind these initiatives, although my ability to actively help out is limited. I’ll let you know what else the Labour party are doing as and when I get any more information.

Queasy Kwarteng – Not a Diversity Hire, But a Member of the Tory Hard Right

October 2, 2022

I’ve got a few interesting remarks from some of the great commenters on this blog about a piece a put up about a video by Simon Webb of History Debunked about Kwarteng. Webb wondered if the man now doing his best to trash our economy was a diversity hire, whose sole qualification for the job was his skin colour. Mark Pattie and Jim Round have pointed out that he isn’t. He was appointed because he was another Old Etonian willing to implement the programme of the Tory hard right.

Mark wrote

‘Kamikaze Kwarteng was *not* a diversity hire. He may be of Ghanaian descent, but he was Eton educated (hence probably why he got the Chancellor job). Suella Charlatan got the Home Sec job because she was more right-wing than Patel, and James Cleverley got his role because of his many years in the Army. Unlike the rest, he seems to be one of the very few (ten or so) genuinely decent Tories I‚Äôve any respect for. It‚Äôs a damn shame he didn‚Äôt run for the leadership.’

And Jim commented

‘As with quite a lot of Simon Webb‚Äôs videos, it is what isn‚Äôt said rather than what is.
It isn‚Äôt mentioned that groups like The Taxpayers Alliance and The Institute of Economic Affairs had a major influence on this ‚Äúbudget‚ÄĚ (Tim over at Zelo Street has covered this)
Also remember that The New Culture Forum, who Webb has been a guest of are based there.
They think that this is a ‚ÄúConservative‚ÄĚ budget but it is unknown whether they thought that the markets would react so badly.
Also not mentioned is the fact that Kwarteng is highly likely to be a millionaire, as well as attending Eton.
But no, let‚Äôs feed the narrative that he is only there because of the colour of his skin.’

The Taxpayers’ Alliance tends to turn up on BBC News programmes to give their views on economic policies. They are always presented as if they are a politically independent organisation, but their leaders are all members of the Tories. The Institute of Economic Affairs have been demanding hard-right economic policies since before Thatcher. I don’t think Kwarteng’s a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but this shows that the people at the Arise Zoom meeting on the Tory minibudget were absolutely right: he’s a Thatcherite true-believer, working for arch-Thatcherite think tanks, and so shares the same grotty mediocre views as his leader, Liz Truss. I should say that I haven’t watched Webb’s wretched video, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a section of the Tories is now trying to make him a scapegoat for Truss’ abject economic failure.