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

Two important events at Goldsmiths this week

Members are reminded that there are two exciting and important events at Goldsmiths this week, that all members are urged to attend. Tonight (Monday 30th of April) Tony Benn will be speaking alongside Student’s Union president James Haywood in the Ian Gulland Theatre, discussing the worrying signs that Israel and the US are pushing for an attack on Iran. And on Wednesday, Goldsmiths UCU are hosting a talk from scholar Gavan Titley, author of The Crises of Multiculturalism, on racism in a neoliberal age. Both events are timely and relevant to our concerns as a union, and are opportunities to see some excellent speakers.Both events are open to all, so please do pass these details on to other interested parties. If you’re able to display a poster for Wednesday’s talk, please email gucu-admin@gold.ac.uk

Full details of the events are given below.

‘Don’t Iraq Iran’: Public Meeting with Tony Benn, 30th April [link]

Ian Gulland Theatre, 6pm

Iran is under threat of attack; an attack that would have even greater consequences than the disastrous war in Iraq. Meanwhile the Afghan war is lost but the killing goes on. Western powers are meddling in the Syrian revolution.

The Stop the War Coalition has called this meeting to discuss the threat of escalation in the so called ‘war on terror’.

Join speakers Tony Benn, John Rees and Goldsmiths Student Union President James Haywood to discuss how we can prevent another bloody and costly conflict.

What happens if you throw a war, & somebody comes? ‘Multicultural Crisis’ after Breivik

2nd May, RHB 137, 1pm

Goldsmiths UCU are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a talk from Gavan Titley, co-author of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (http://bit.ly/HNgVdD).

Gavan’s widely praised book challenges the familiar narrative of the ‘rise and fall’ of multiculturalism by questioning the existence of a coherent era of multiculturalism in the first place.In the wake of the Utoya massacre, for which Anders Breivik’s widely publicised trial is ongoing, and the political gains of the Far Right in many parts of Europe (see, for example, the current elections in France), Gavan’s work is particularly important. Are we witnessing multiculturalism in crisis, or the projection of neoliberal anxieties onto the actual reality of lived multiculture?

This talk is free and open to all. Please share the event on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HSpUPv

What happens if you throw a war, and somebody comes?: ‘Multicultural Crisis’ after Breivik

What happens if you throw a war, and somebody comes?: ‘Multicultural Crisis’ after Breivik

Wednesday 2nd of May, 1pm
Goldsmiths College (room to be confirmed)

Goldsmiths UCU are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a talk from Gavan Titley, co-author of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (http://bit.ly/HNgVdD).

Gavan’s widely praised book challenges the familiar narrative of the ‘rise and fall’ of multiculturalism by questioning the existence of a coherent era of multiculturalism in the first place. Controversies and organised racist activity in recent years are argued to be a projection of neoliberal anxieties onto the social realities of lived multiculture.

The talk, which will be around half an hour long and is titled What happens if you throw a war, and somebody comes?: ‘Multicultural Crisis’ after Breivik, is open to all.

It will be followed by a UCU General Meeting (agenda to be announced).

Please share the event on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HNhTq3.