A short film made by a young man who was a refugee a few years ago. He wanted to make a film of his journey back to Calais, and talk to current refugees in the camp.
Now is the time for solidarity with refugees: Why you should be on the Convoy to Calais
Hundreds of refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean, the British government are refusing to even take parentless children from Calais, and Syrian refugees are being forced back into the jaws of the war they have fled.
The Convoy to Calais on 18 June will be a huge demonstration of solidarity with refugees from the people of this country. The major unions are in. The biggest social movements are in. The Muslim community is in. Are you?
Here’s what you can do:
- Come on the Convoy. We need every last lorry, van, bus, car, motorbike or scooter that can come to be with us. Let us know you’re coming by registering, and do make a donation to help with the costs. Even if you have to peel off at Dover and can’t make it all the way.
- Collect: we need material, and money. Collect in your workplace, union, community, place of worship or just among your friends. Every bit counts. Download the full approved donation list HERE.
- Even if you haven’t collected anything do come on the Convoy. We need hands to unload and a massive show of solidarity.
- Help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter – #J18C2C
Hope to see you there!
Hackney Stop the War
Lots of information is available online to help you make sense of what’s going on in Palestine.
If you want something more substantial than a factsheet, but which still sets out the facts clearly for someone new to the issues, try Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide by Ben White. The paperback costs £11.99.
Websites and News
- Palestine Solidarity Campaign
This is the main organisation campaigning around Palestine in the UK.
- Stop the War Coalition
Founded at the time of the US/British “war on terror” on Iraq and Afghanistan
- Electronic Intifada
News and commentary on Palestine
Covers “the war of ideas in the Middle East”
Facebook and Twitter
All the organisations mentioned under Websites and News are present on Facebook and Twitter. Palestine Solidarity do regular news updates on Twitter.
Some 70 people crammed into the Hackney Stop the War meeting on Thursday 17 December 2015.
Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union and Teachers, and Judith Orr, a Stop the War Coalition national officer denounced the Tory government’s decision to bomb Syria, which will only increase the likelihood of more terrorist attacks.
Kevin talked of his union’s concern at the targeting of Muslim children in schools under the pretext of combatting “radicalisation.” This will create fear and prevent open discussion of issues.
Judith condemned the 66 Labour MPs voting with the government, the media campaign against opponents to the bombing, Islamophobia and the anti-refugee rhetoric.
She also pointed to the fact that the government can find money for war but not for vital services, such as health and education.
A representative of a Turkish and Kurdish community organisation talked of repression by Turkey. Another audience member talked of solidarity aid to refugees at Calais. Others condemned the interference by outside powers and the repressive nature of all the regimes in the region.
The meeting collected £119.53.
On Saturday 9 August we joined over 150,000 people marching through central London in defence of Gaza. Report, pictures and video on the national Stop the War website.
7 August 2014
The collection for Medical Aid for Palestinians at our public meeting on Monday raised £493, and we’ve added the same amount from our bank account.
Here Gareth Jenkins and Despina Karayianni from the Hackney Stop the War Committee, and John Rose, one of our speakers on Monday, present the total of £986 to Tony Laurance, Chief Executive of MAP.
160 people attended Hackney Stop the War’s Stop the Massacre in Gaza meeting at the Round Chapel on Monday 4 August.
The audience gave warm applause to four speakers: Bernard Regan from Palestine Solidarity; Palestinian activist Riya Al-Sanah; John Rose, author of “The Myths of Zionism”; and John Rees, National Officer of Stop the War Coalition.
A collection was held for Medical Aid for Palestinians, which raised £493. Hackney Stop the War will add the same amount to the collection, so £986 will go towards desperately needed medical care.
People attending the meeting took away two thousand leaflets for Saturday’s national demo, and signed for four leafletting sessions to publicise the demo this week.