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People’s Assembly recall conference

In Uncategorized on 04/02/2014 at 6:09 pm

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Happy new year to everyone! Please find below more details regarding the People’s Assembly recall conference. There’s a lot of information to take in here so please look over this carefully. We have attached a document in both Word and PDF which outlines travel, access, childcare, delegation entitlement, content and how motions should be written, and other useful information. Should you require another format please let us know.
As well as being the democratic body of the People’s Assembly, we want to use the conference as a way to strengthen and grow the organisation. So please do get in touch with trade union branches, campaigns and community groups locally and ask them to send delegates. We will be sending out a formal invitation and model motion which can be adapted to send to local organisations in a following email over the next few days.
We have set the delegate entitlement for local People’s Assembly groups quite high to ensure newer activists are able to attend the conference.
Details in brief:
People’s Assembly Delegate Conference Date: 15 March 2014 Time: 10am – 5pm Venue: Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street , London, SW1P 3DW Nearest tubes: Westminster, St. James’ Park, Pimlico Buses: 88, 87, 3, 11, 24, 211, 148, 507, 53, 453, 12, 159 See the Emmanuel Centre website for detailed maps: http://www.emmanuelcentre.com/
How to book your delegates places: Book your places through our eventbrite page for the People’s Assembly Delegates Conference now: http://padelegateconf.eventbrite.co.uk

TUC LGBT History Event

In Uncategorized on 04/02/2014 at 6:02 pm
The TUC LGBT Committee and SERTUC LGBT Network have joined up to bring this year’s LGBT History Month event at TUC Congress House on 19 February – 4 pm till 8 pm
 
 key note speakers at the event include:-
Frances O’Grady – TUC General Secretary
David Sharkey (UNITE) – SERTUC LGBT Network, Secretary
Maria Exall (CWU) – TUC LGBT Committee, Chair and member of the TUC General Council
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah – UK Black Pride
 
As part of the event a film made by an activist involved in the London Queer Social Centreon the contribution of squatting to LGBT rights will be premiered with a Q & A with the film maker. This film has been made with support from UNITE LE/1148 Workers in Social Inclusion & Care Branch.
 
The flyer was designed by Timothy Wang who also designed the flyer for the SERTUC LGBT Network History Month event of 2012. If your branch / Trades Council / LGBT group are planning an event you may want to contact Timothy who has produced quite a few excellent designs for the movement these past few years – you can contact him by email at timking.wang@gmail.com

Socialism or Barbarism – Greece and Cuba

In Uncategorized on 11/06/2013 at 8:58 pm

UNITE eventPublic meeting organised by UNITE London & Eastern Region LGBT Committee

The speakers are:-

Joseph Healy (Queers Against the Cuts and Greece Solidarity Campaign) who will be giving a report on the situation for LGBTQ communities in Greece at this time

Gavin Sibthorpe (UNITE London & Eastern Region LGBT Committee and SERTUC Youth Network) will be speaking on his recent visit to Cuba

The meeting will be chaired by Queer activist Emmanouil Balomenos from Greece

The meeting will be on Wednesday 19 June – 6:30 pm at UNITE House, 128 Theobald’s Rd London WC1 (station: Holborn)

Joseph recently returned from Greece as part of a delegation which met with members of the Greek LGBTQ community there and resulted in Queers Against the Cuts having a statement read out at Athens Pride.

Gavin recently visited Cuba and will speak about the situation there.

Making us Sick: Health Cuts and the LGBT Community

In Uncategorized on 11/05/2013 at 4:15 pm

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Friday 17 May

Clapham Library

91 Clapham High St, SW4 7DB

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is marked every year around the world since 2005 and calls for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people worldwide. It marks the date that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation on May 17th 1992.

This year’s celebration is over shadowed by the suicidal economic austerity program being dogmatic purposed in the UK and Europe that is among other things undermining the health services across Europe.

Come hear what is happening, how it affects LGB&T people and how we can work to resist the cuts.

Speakers include:

Zoe Mavroudi  – Film Maker

Jordan Rivera – Keep Our NHS Public

Joseph Healy  – Queers Against the Cuts, Greek Solidarity Campaign – recently returned from a solidarity visit to Greece

Nacho Diaz – Four in Ten (LGBT mental health service users’ group)

Getting to the Clapham Library

The new Clapham Library occupies the lower floors of a curvy 12 story block of flats.  It is almost opposite the Two Brewers and over looks the Paris Gym . The full address for  Clapham Library is  situated at the Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB.

  • Rail: The nearest Overground station is Clapham High St and is situated between Clapham Common or Clapham North tube stations (Northern Line).
  • Buses: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 322, 345, 417
  • Parking is very difficuit in the Clapham area.

Access for people with disabilities

  •  Wheelchair access: ramp leading up to the front entrance.
  • Registered assistance dogs welcome.
  • There is a disabled toilet

X- Press Yourself

In Uncategorized on 29/01/2013 at 12:45 pm

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As party of  LGBT History Month event organised by UNITE London & Eastern Region LGBT Committee and the SERTUC LGBT Network – this is an exhibition of new photographic work by London based Spanish LGBTQ photographer Francisco Gomez de Villaboa to build resistance against austerity.

The event is on –

Monday 4 February 2013 – 6:30 pm at UNITE House, 128 Theobald’s Rd WC1 (station – Holborn)

Speakers:-

Rachel Newton – Greece Solidarity Campaign

Maria Exall – TUC LGBT Committee, Chair and member of the TUC General Council

Chair and Curator:-

David Sharkey – UNITE London & Eastern Region LGBT Committee / SERTUC LGBT Network

Yes to sex and relationships education, No to Nadine Dorries’ sexist proposals on abstinence education

In QUAC, Tories, Uncategorized on 24/01/2012 at 11:29 am

Friday January 20 saw a noisy but thoughtful demonstration outside the House of Parliament when the second reading of Nadine Dorries’ Bill, which would have forced schools to offer girls aged between 13-16 extra sex education lessons which would have included advice on “the benefits of abstinence. The loudest cheer went up when the picket was informed that the sexist Bill had been withdrawn.

The protest, called by a number of organisations including Queers Against the Cuts, the British Humanist Association (BHA), Abortion Rights, Liberal Conspiracy, Education for Choice, the National Secular Society, Parents and Carers for Sex and Relationships Education (P4SRE), the Socialist Party, Youth Fight for Jobs, Feminist Fightback,  Slut Means Speak Up, Bristol Feminist Network and Left Front Art heard a series of speakers who argued cogently that everyone is entitled to sex and relationships education and that the teaching of abstinence does not reduce the amount of sex young people have.

Indeed if young women and men don’t have access to proper sex education the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies are likely to increase. Other contributions pointed out that women’s ability to say no to unwanted sexual contact is undermined by the lack of  positive sex education – a point underlined by Education for Choice who had all of us acting out two sketches which they use in schools. Queers against the Cuts had been invited to send a speaker but because I was not sure I was going to be able to be present until the last minute I hadn’t agreed. I was a bit disappointed to see there was not more visible LGBT prescence – we need to step this up for future actions on this question

While it is extremely positive that the Bill has been withdrawn the whole issue of Sex Education is something that we need to keep on a socialist and feminist and queer agenda given the increasing growth of faith schools and academies some of which are funded by deeply reactionary foundations. From this point of view it was disappointing not to see any presence from the NUT or other teaching unions on the protest. While it was great to see so many young women and a number of young men there it essential that the trade union movement as a whole and in particular those in education take up the issue.

This is particularly important because it seems at time of writing that Dorries is now threatening to retable her bill or add it to another one

Terry Conway 24/1/2012