Cutlass 12

The Windrush Scandal is Not Over Yet

The government response to the scandal over the treatment of immigrants from the Caribbean has been a shambles.
The campaign for justice must go on.
Special issue of Cutlass can be downloaded here…Read on ...

CLS Annual General Meeting

CLS Meeting, Sunday on 1st July, noon till 2pm

Senator Andre Lewis, President of the Trades Union Congress of the Island of Grenada will be our guest speaker at the AGM. He will be speaking about the problems facing trade unionists in the Caribbean and will doubtless have something to say about the “Windrush Scandal”. This is an important international visitor, so it would be good to have a larger than usual turnout for our distinguished guest.
We shall also be electing our officers and committee – this would be a very good time to renew your membership if you have not done so already

Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN… Read on ...

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CARIBBEAN

Hurricanes Irma and Maria signal the emergence of a new climate regime in the Caribbean. At no point in the historical records dating back to the 1880s have two category five storms struck the eastern Caribbean in a single year. The Caribbean is seeing repeated and prolonged droughts, an increase in the number of very hot days, intense rainfall events causing repeated localised flooding, and rising sea levels.
Caribbean economies are built on industries and sectors that are extremely sensitive to climate variations, such as tourism and agriculture. The ferocity of Irma and Maria brought devastation of catastrophic proportions. Without global action, it is predicted that by the end of the current century the Caribbean region will warm a further 2-3oC over the 1oC already seen in the last century.… Read on ...

Windrush Scandal

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CLS Meeting June 3rd

Dr Francisco Dominguez will report on his observing the recent elections in Venezuela.

And Luke Daniels reporting on the recent Reparations Conference held in Venezuela.

Advance Notice of the CLS AGM on July 1st

Caribbean Labour Solidarity meets from 12 noon to 2pm on the first Sunday in the month at
Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN

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Stand with Palestinian People

You may wish to add your name to the statement below.

Emails to: michaelKalmanovitz@gmail.com or saracallaway@yahoo.co.uk

Statement on Gaza 15 May 2018

While the Conservative government continues to arm Israel and some in the Labour Party continue to debate whether or how harshly Israel can be criticised, Palestinians are being massacred with impunity in full view of an often complicit media.

Since Gazans launched their peaceful Long March of Return on 30 March, culminating on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophe, 15 May 2018, over 100 unarmed Palestinians have been murdered (about 60 on the day that Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem), including children, and thousands more wounded and maimed by Israeli snipers using illegal dumdum bullets which expand after entering the body.Read on ...

ACCLAIMED JAZZ TRUMPETER ETIENNE CHARLES RETURNS TO LONDON

Caribbean history and culture will be interpreted through music when acclaimed Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles returns to London on June 3.

The Trinidadian musician, who has played for sold out audiences in his homeland as well as in Japan and the US, will take his London audience on a musical journey to discover and appreciate the cultural roots of the Caribbean.

Charles last played in London in 2012. Since then, he has released five albums – Kaiso, Creole Soul, Creole Christmas, San Jose Suite and Carnival, the Sound of a People.

He is eagerly awaiting his return.

“When I think of London, I think of the significant contributions of some great pioneers from our shores here in the West Indies: people like Lord Kitchener, Mighty Terror, Edric Connor, Russ Henderson, Fitzroy Coleman, Rupert Nurse, Sterling Betancourt, Boscoe Holder, VS Naipaul, Errol Ince, Shake Keane, Cy Grant and so many others.

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WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE

Read the Article in the Morning Star…

Bringing together all those facing a ‘hostile environment’ from the Home Office

7pm, Thursday 31 May

UNITE the Union, 33-37 Moreland St., EC1V 8BB
Angel Fully wheelchair accessible

Speakers include:

  • Windrush generation families from the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries
  • People seeking asylum from wars, dictatorships, ecological devastation and hunger
  • EU nationals threatened by Brexit
  • Ian Macdonald QC, leading barrister in immigration and human rights law

The Windrush scandal has finally exposed to the public the truth about what deportation means for people’s lives, and the public is outraged.

Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean and other countries, invited by the government to help rebuild war-torn Britain, have been separated from loved ones, lost jobs, homes, refused healthcare, pensions and rights after living in the UK most or all of their lives.… Read on ...