CLS Meeting 4th July – Solidarity with Haiti

San jistis pa gen lapè

Speaker Shodona Kettle Chair of the Haiti Support Group

Ayiti, The Pearl of the Antilles, famed for the 1791-1803 Revolution, abolition of the enslavement of Africans and their descendants on the island, and resistance of its people, is in a social, political, and economic bind.
In this presentation, I aim to shed light on the historical context that has led to contemporary events in Haitian politics and society. Further, thanks to conversations with Haitian civil society actors on the ground, I will introduce thoughts on the different ways in which the international and transnational community can work in concert with Haitians to bring about true democratic and social change.

Shodona Kettle is the current … Read on ...

Grenfell 4th Anniversary

It has been four years since that fateful day of the Grenfell fire, that claimed the lives of 72 people, yet not a single person has been held to account. The Grenfell Inquiry is to date, ongoing.

What happened on the 14th June 2017, is a true national tragedy, and one that was entirely avoidable.

We stand in full solidarity with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost, in remembering and commemorating their legacy. 

We stand in solidarity with Grenfell residents; such as Edward Daffarn and all who survived, as well as organisations such Grenfell United, and Justice4Grenfell, in calling for justice for those whose lives were so painfully impacted by the events of June 14th 2017. Read on ...

Remembering Dr Walter Rodney

Guest Speaker: Professor Richard Drayton of Kings College, University of London

Born in Guyana, he went to school in Barbados, and was later educated at Harvard, Yale and Oxford. He has taught at Oxford, Virginia, Cambridge and since 2009 at Kings College London, where he is Professor of Imperial and Global History.

He is a leading international figure in the fields of Imperial and Global History, and has held visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Harvard University, the Advanced Research Collaborative of the City University of New York, Ludwig Maximilian University and All Souls College, Oxford.

Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen the brutalisation and open discrimination of the Palestinian people through the forced expulsions in Sheikh Jarrah, the storming of the Al-Aqsa mosque, and the bombing of the Gaza Strip that has killed at least 9 children. These actions are just the latest in Israel’s decades-old oppression of Palestinians. Israel has set out to control as much of the land of historic Palestine as possible and drive as many Palestinians from the land as it can through a process of settler colonialism.

CLS stands in solidarity with those Palestinians who are being forcibly displaced in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. Palestinians have been thrown onto the streets, forced from their family homes in … Read on ...