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 ...

September CLS meeting – The Life of Mona Baptiste

CLS Meeting, Sunday 2nd September  at 12 noon till 2pm

David Horsley will give a talk, illustrated by film clips and music, about the life of the singer and actress Mona Baptiste from Trinidad. Arriving on the Empire Windrush, she had an extensive career in both Britain and Germany,  with such hits as Calypso Blues, Stormy Weather and Heut’ liegt was in der Luft. Let us celebrate the talent of this great Caribbean performer.

Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN

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Socialist bookshop calls for solidarity following Nazi attack

Bookmarks bookshop in Bloomsbury, central London, has called on supporters to attend a solidarity event following an attack by far right thugs.
Twelve men invaded the shop last Saturday, destroying displays, wrecking books and chanting Alt-right slogans. One was wearing a Donald Trump mask.
Since the attack Bookmarks the socialist bookshop has received messages of support from leading figures in the trade union and labour movements and thousands of activists from around the world.
Those tweeting their support include singer and activist Billy Bragg, Rupa Huq MP, historian Louise Raw and Guardian columnist Owen Jones.
David Lammy MP tweeted: “The normalisation of far right politics is already leading to chaos and vandalism on our streets.… Read on ...

Healing Africa – the Havana Prescription

A Eureka Films production directed by Tom Fawthrop

To be shown at the next Caribbean Labour Solidarity meeting from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday 5th August
Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN

This film is about Cuba’s special relationship with Africa and how Nelson Mandela appealed to Fidel Castro to replace the exodus of doctors during the post -apartheid era with Cuban doctors who would serve the ideals of a new South Africa

The director Tom Fawthrop will present his documentary with forum to follow

The South African people have just celebrated that 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela on July 17th.… 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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