Lewisham Unity Rally, Saturday 2pm; against the BNP march in Lewisham

Goldsmiths UCU were horrified by last week’s events in Woolwich, where an off-duty soldier was murdered by a group of men who allegedly believed themselves to be exacting vengeance for the killing of Muslims by British soldiers in other countries.

A particularly disturbing development has been the opportunism of Far Right groups, who have attempted to whip up hatred and incite violence. Various incidents of violence have been reported including two attacks on Mosques.

Now the BNP have announced that they plan to assemble on Saturday June 1st, marching from Woolwich to then converge on the Lewisham Islamic Centre (situated near Lewisham hospital). The Lewisham Islamic Centre has rightly stated that “the purpose of the march to conclude in our Borough and outside our Centre is to create discord, division and disunity”.

Lewisham has a proud tradition of standing up to fascism and racism. Lewisham’s TUC and the Lewisham NUT branch, have called for a rally to show that unity again this Saturday, standing together to show the BNP that we will not let racism – or terrorism – divide our community. 

Rally at 2pm outside Lewisham Islamic Centre
365 Lewisham High St, by the Shell Garage near the Hospital

Goldsmiths SU are planning to meet at 11am at Goldsmiths before making their way to Woolwich. They’ve set up a Facebook event at http://on.fb.me/119Zyxd.

Other links:
HOPE not hate/Daily Mirror online campaign – No Place For Hate http://bit.ly/12RplMa (please sign and pass on)
Stop the War Coalition’s statement on the Woolwich Killings http://bit.ly/12Rpxeg

Build the People’s Assembly in South London: Thurs May 16, 6:30pm, RHB137

people's assembly

Build the People’s Assembly in South London
Thurs May 16, 6:30pm
RHB137, Goldsmiths College

Speakers include:
Andrew McGettigan
Romayne Phoenix
Aaron Kieley (NUS)

At the end of February this year, a letter signed by many prominent trade unionists, activists and campaigners made the following statement:

This is a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government. With some 80% of austerity measures still to come, and with the government lengthening the time they expect cuts to last, we are calling a People’s Assembly Against Austerity to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice. We aim to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government.

The assembly will provide a national forum for anti-austerity views which, while increasingly popular, are barely represented in parliament. A People’s Assembly can play a key role in ensuring that this uncaring government faces a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate successful co-ordinated action, including strike action. The assembly will be ready to support co-ordinated industrial action and national demonstrations against austerity, if possible synchronising with mobilisations across Europe. The People’s Assembly Against Austerity will meet at Central Hall, Westminster, on 22 June.

For more information on the assembly visit http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

To build the assembly in South London, there will be a meeting in RHB137 on Thursday the 16th of May at 6:30pm. Speakers include Andrew McGettigan, who will be talking about his new book on what market forces are doing to Higher Education.