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Bringing Corbyn’s new politics into UNISON

12/06/2016
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7pm, Wednesday 22 June 2016

Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

UNISON conference fringe meeting

 

22.06.16 UNISON fringe

Hear from UNISON members, community campaigners and the Labour Left who support public services and stand with public sector workers facing against Tory cuts.  All welcome to discuss the fightback against the latest Tory attempts to fragment and destroy our public services and NHS.  Refreshments available from 6.30pm.  Use the South Wing door to gain entrance.

Stand-Up To Racism & Stop Witch-hunts

26/05/2016
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7.15pm Wednesday 1 June 2016

Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

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Jackie Walker is a long-standing anti-racism campaigner who helped organise the defeat of UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Thanet at the 2015 election. She is the national vice-Chair of Momentum and an Executive member of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC). As a woman of Jewish as well as Afro-Caribbean heritage, who lives with her Jewish partner in an area targeted by UKIP and the far right, Jackie has to deal with racists and xenophobes face-to-face on a daily basis. Did Labour Party officials take this into account when publicly announcing Jackie’s suspension before informing her?  Hear from Jackie about her experience and support the campaign to reform Labour’s suspension process at this meeting  on 1 June.

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Ian Saville

 

The Jewish Socialists’ Group (JSG) is a campaigning organisation which fights for freedom and equality, focussing on issues that affect the Jewish community, other minorities and oppressed groups, and the wider labour movement, including opposition to racism and fascism, and support for refugees.  JSG has described “fearmongering” about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party as “a conscious and concerted effort by right-wing political forces to undermine the growing support among Jews and non-Jews alike for the Labour Party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and a measure of the desperation of his opponents” saying “we stand for free speech and open debate on Israel, Palestine and Zionism”.

Everyone attending this meeting will be encouraged to support the counter-protest to Stop the Fascist March in Brighton on Saturday 4 June.

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The Divide: film screening

29/04/2016
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Tuesday 24 May 2016 – PCS conference fringe

8.15pm The Divide screening, introduced by Mark Serwotka

6.30pm – 8.15pm special briefing for PCS delegates

Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

24.05.16 The Divide poster

The Divide cuts the stories of 7 people seeking a better life in Britain and America, with news footage from 1979 to today, and highlights how the economic divide – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90% – creates social division. It reveals how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. Watch the trailer.

The Divide isn’t based on real life. This is real life. It serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Refreshments will be available in the Cafe from 6pm. Momentum PCS are holding a briefing for PCS conference delegates from 6.30pm – 8.15pm in the Meeting Room. The film screening will follow at 8.30pm and be introduced by PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka. The Divide runs for 77 minutes and there will be time to discuss the issues raised afterwards.

Tickets: £4 waged, £2 unwaged available in advance from Sussex LRC and Momentum Brighton & Hove, or on the door. This event is a fundraiser for Momentum Brighton & Hove.

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Trust Your Doctor, Not A Tory

17/04/2016
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7pm, Monday 25 April 2016

Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

UNISON Health conference fringe meeting

25.04.16 UNISON Health fringe

Hear from NHS campaigners and support NHS staff facing Tory attacks.  All welcome to discuss the fightback against the latest Tory plan to fragment and destroy our NHS.  We must stop this.  Hope to see you there!

Is Labour Learning its Lessons?

20/03/2016
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6.30pm, Saturday 26 March 2016

Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

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All welcome to discuss how we fight the Tories’ plans to privatise all state schools by forcing them to become academies.  Hope to see you there!

Stop the Cuts!

27/01/2016
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Saturday 30 January 2016

March & demonstrate

12pm Brighton & 11am Eastbourne

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Details of Brighton’s Stop the Cuts protest on 30 January 2016

On Saturday 30 January there will be two important protests against cuts to local public services across East Sussex.  Go along and make your voice heard in Brighton and Eastbourne.  These are your councils, so have your say!

East Sussex residents are urged to meet 11am at Bankers Corner, Terminus Road, Eastbourne  to demonstrate until 1pm against cuts by Tory-controlled East Sussex County Council.  Please download and display the demonstration poster on your workplace or community noticeboard.

Lewes Stop the Cuts

Lewes Stop the Cuts protesters in action – the next demonstrations on Saturday 30 January are in Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove.

 

Brighton & Hove residents are asked to assemble at The Level, opposite the Open Market in central Brighton, to march-off at 12pm to hear speakers at a demonstration outside Brighton Town Hall in Bartholomew Square.  Brighton’s protest has been organised by Brighton, Hove and District Trades Council, and has the support of local unions, anti-cuts campaigners and service users.  Contact us if you can help carry the Sussex LRC banner on this march.

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The Tory Government’s harsh cuts to the funding of local councils is forcing Labour councils to implement cuts to services.  This is a Tory political choice, not an economic necessity.  Unlike the 1980s, councils no longer have the option of setting an illegal budget, but Labour councillors do not have to merely accept what they are told by council officers.

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In December Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to Labour Council leaders asking them to mobilise campaigns against Tory cuts.  The LRC encourages Labour councillors to implement that strategy and bring Corbyn’s new politics into local democracy.  We urge Labour councillors to work with council unions, service users and communities to develop innovative solutions, including the use of Councils’ reserves before any closures or cuts of jobs and services.

New kind of politics

Labour councillors must make clear that these are Tory cuts – by joining local campaigns against Tory cuts, not shying away from them.  Labour councillors should remember that they are elected to represent their communities – to represent people to power – not to manage cuts efficiently on behalf of the powerful.  There is no such thing as a “better” or “kinder” cut.  Please support the local demonstrations on Saturday 30 January.  Together we are strong!

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Wapping Lies: Media Democracy 30 Years On

27/12/2015
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1.30pm Saturday 23 January 2016

Doors 1pm, when refreshments will be available

Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Download and display the poster for this event

Download and display the poster for this event

An afternoon of memories, politics, comedy and song as, with support from Brighton & Hove District Trades Council, some great speakers and performers, we mark the 30th anniversary of the 1986/87 Wapping Dispute and link the printworkers’ fight for jobs and justice with campaigns ongoing today. 

Hear from Paul King – Father Of Chapel (union rep) at The Sun Machine Chapel, local performance poet Attila the Stockbroker, Ivy Smith – London SOGAT Women’s Branch Chair, John Bailey – FOC for the NGA at The Sun, Mike Simons – Executive Producer of Still The Enemy Within and a journalist during Wapping, comedian Kate Smurthwaite, Morning Star Editor Ben Chacko, singer/songwriter Robb Johnson, Independent journalist Liam Young,  and others.  Doors open at 1pm on the day.  Refreshments will be available.

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 As well as remembering the Wapping Dispute, we shall examine how ownership of the media stifles press and broadcasting freedom in the UK, discuss the impact of social media, hopefully raise funds for the News International Dispute Archive and the Campaign For Press and Broadcasting Freedom, and have some fun!

You won’t want to miss this great event, so make sure that you buy your tickets early.  Contact us to buy advance tickets – just £4 waged, £2 concessions, or to make a donation or sponsor the event.

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The Wapping Dispute followed within a year of the end of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, and was as traumatic an event for the labour movement and the British media.  On 24 January 1986, News International Group, which published The Sun, The News of The World, The Times and The Sunday Times, sacked nearly 6,000 staff.  Under Rupert Murdoch’s ownership, overnight, News International switched production to a new non-union factory at Wapping, East London.

Printworkers and their unions fought for a year but the scales were heavily against them with Thatcher using the state to support Murdoch.  The Wapping site was heavily defended by fences, barbed wire and the police.  It later transpired that the EETPU had connived with Murdoch in helping to secretly establish the site. This was one of the major reasons for the EETPU’s expulsion from the TUC.

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Together with the Miners’ Strike, Wapping was a key dispute in the mid-1980s, which Thatcher exploited to introduce anti-union laws and undermine the unity of the labour movement. This is something that can be reversed as Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party encourages a return of solidarity with the unions.  So come along on 23 January 2016 to discuss the lessons of our movement’s past.

Meanwhile, the Wapping Dispute 30th anniversary exhibition runs in London until 11 February 2016.

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Reclaim Our Railway – People Before Profit

26/11/2015
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7.30pm, Tuesday 1 December

Momentum Brighton & Hove meeting

Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Speakers: Garry Hassell, RMT; junior doctors’ representative tbc

Peoples railway

One of the first changes under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was Labour’s new policy to actively advance public ownership of Britain’s railway. It’s a huge advance that this policy is now being taken forward by Labour’s leadership, rather than pushed by members alone.  Following Jeremy’s election as leader, rail union RMT is among those considering re-affiliation to the Labour Party.

Momentum Brighton & Hove plans to organise local supporters to participate across Brighton & Hove during the next national Action for Rail protests, which will coincide with January’s rail fare increase. Hear about this from Garry Hassell of Brighton & Hove RMT and get involved at this meeting on Tuesday 1 December.

Junior doctors gather at Brighton station on their way to October's protest in London. Photo: John Ryall

Junior doctors gather at Brighton station on their way to October’s protest in London. Photo: John Ryall

Tuesday 1 December is the first strike day planned by junior doctors in their dispute with the Government and a doctors’ representative has also been invited to speak at this meeting.  Sussex LRC joins Momentum Brighton & Hove in offering our solidarity and support to junior doctors in that dispute, as we do to all NHS staff, patients and campaigners fighting back to stop the Tories wrecking our NHS.

If you want to see Jeremy Corbyn elected as the UK’s next Prime Minister, we encourage you to go along to this second meeting of Momentum Brighton & Hove, and get active.  Momentum aims to unite, motivate, educate and organise socialists, both inside and outside the Labour Party, in support of Jeremy Corbyn.  Momentum Brighton & Hove plans to hold regular meetings and run street activities.  Rather than meeting separately in December, Brighton & Hove LRC members have decided to support this meeting of Momentum Brighton & Hove.   

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Other upcoming events Sussex LRC is supporting:

The People’s March for Climate, Justice & Jobs
Labour bloc assembles at Meeting Point J, Park Lane, London
12 noon, Sunday 29 November

Free Education Brighton demonstration
Victoria Gardens, Brighton BN2
12 noon, Wednesday 2 December

Lobby of Policy & Resources Committee
Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD
From 3pm, Thursday 3 December

Reclaim Brighton rally, march & social
Starts from The Level, Brighton BN2 3FX
6pm – 10pm, Friday 4 December

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Caring in Brighton & Hove

13/10/2015
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7.30pm, Tuesday 20 October

Brighton & Hove LRC meeting

What should a National Care Service look like?

The Mesmerist, 1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HE

Carers protest

The plight of carers was one of the areas highlighted for action by Labour’s new leaders at the Party’s 2015 conference. Brighton & Hove LRC expects to be joined by a carer at this meeting, to discuss the urgent need for proper support of carers and to consider the development of a National Care Service modelled on the NHS.

This meeting will also discuss developments at Labour’s conference, how to best support Jeremy Corbyn in his new role as Labour leader, the Brighton 4 Corbyn meeting on Thursday 29 October and the launch of Momentum.

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Brighton & Hove LRC holds friendly and informal meetings every other month, chatting around a table in the ground floor Alchemist room at The Mesmerist pub, close to Brighton Town Hall. All welcome.

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Welcome Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

20/09/2015
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LRC members,  friends from the English Collective of Prostitutes and other Corbyn supporters celebrate the election of Jeremy Corbyn outside Labour's Special Conference on 12 September 2015

LRC members, friends from the English Collective of Prostitutes and other Corbyn supporters celebrate the election of Jeremy Corbyn outside Labour’s Special Conference on 12 September 2015

The Labour Representation Committee welcomes the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader by an overwhelming majority.  The LRC fully supports Jeremy’s opposition to austerity and war, as well as his support for trade unionism and Britain becoming a safe haven for refugees.  LRC members played their part in his campaign and salute all those thousands of others who also did so.

We welcome Jeremy’s effort to include in his Shadow Cabinet many who did not support him in his leadership campaign in an effort to strengthen Party unity.  The appointment of a majority of women to the Shadow Cabinet is especially positive.  We particularly welcome the appointment of our Chair John McDonnell MP as Shadow Chancellor, with his firm commitment to opposing cuts in public services and the welfare state, and austerity in general.

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Jeremy Corbyn MP and John McDonnell MP at Sussex LRC in 2013

The LRC urges all Labour MPs and Party members to support our new leader, recognising the mandate he has from Party members and supporters. While debate on policy is expected and legitimate, we would expect that any
disagreement not be aired in the media in a way which could be used by the enemies of our movement. This is so especially at a time when the media and Tories have shown their eagerness to distort and exploit such disagreements.

Our movement has an urgent task in attacking this government when it is introducing legislation as pernicious as the Trade Union Bill and the Welfare Reform Bill – both of which continue the Tories’ policy of creating scapegoats in order to dismantle the welfare state and undermine the ability of workers to resist attacks on their working conditions.

Congrats Jeremy