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 ...

CLS Meeting – May 6th

The next CLS meeting will be on Sunday May 6th at 12 noon

HEROINES OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION: Tales of Victory and Valour by: Christine Ru Pert-em-Hru.

In her newly published work (after many years of research into the history of Ayiti/Haiti, its people and the revolution of 1804), Christine Ru Pert-em-Hru presents a compelling story outlining the magnificent contributions which the African women of Haiti made in order to make it the first African country outside the continent to take back its freedom from the western European superpowers of that time.
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Windrush – What next!

A discussion on where we go from here to ensure that there is a Full Amnesty, that those who have been deported be brought back immediately at no cost to themselves, that those denied the right of return, or denied medical treatment, or lost their jobs, homes or pension rights, be given full reinstatement and compensation.… Read on ...

Deportations Crisis – One step forward, much more needed

The Home Secretary’s statement in Parliament yesterday is good as far as it goes. She promises:

  • A new taskforce dedicated to helping those affected
  • Plans to work with departments across government to gather evidence on behalf of immigrants – documentation for every year is usually expected, such as bank statements or payslips
  • A pledge that all cases will be resolved in two weeks
  • All fees for new documentation waived so people are not “out of pocket” – normally £229
  • A new website will be set up with information and a direct contact point

This is the very least they could do.… Read on ...

Petition: To impose an immediate two-way arms embargo between the UK and Israel

Trading arms with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law.

On the 30th March 2018, Israel murdered 15 and injured 1,500 Palestinians, who protested the occupation and siege on Gaza.

The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014, in which 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children) were killed, was only one example of Israel’s acts of violence against the Palestinian people. Yet UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by the occupying Israeli forces.

Israeli military and industry sources openly attribute the success of Israeli exports to the weapons and technologies being ‘combat proven.’

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Stop the Deportations

Petition Amnesty for anyone who was a minor that arrived In Britain between 1948 to 1971
Windrush Generation were invited as settlers and as British subjects. Minors also had the right to stay.We call on the government to stop all deportations, change the burden of proof and establish an amnesty for anyone who was a minor.The government should also provide compensation for loss & hurt.
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50,000 people from the Caribbean are being threatened with deportation from England. Many of them came to Britain before 1971 in answer to a call from the motherland to come and assist with the Labour shortage here in Britain.Read on ...