Mid-April round-up

Just another quick plug for a few upcoming events:

Housing:

The most urgent news is that Annington Homes have served High Court bailiff notices to all the families still living on the Sweets Way estate, so they’re asking anyone who can make it to Barnet to come out and help fight this dirty piece of social cleansing.

There’s also a march for the homeless coming up in London on Wednesday 15th, and a day of action against the gentrification of Brixton planned for the 25th. Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth also have a few events coming up including a training session on the 18th and a birthday party on Sunday 26th, and a few of them are hoping to make the trip over to Oxford for the re-launch of Oxford Tenants’ Union on the 22nd.

Workplace:

Cleaner and RMT activist Clara Osagiede has been sacked from her job, and has an appeal coming up on April 15th, so she’s asking for people to come along and support her demand for reinstatement. There’s also a May Day demonstration planned in support of victimised RMT member Petrit Mihaj. Up north, construction workers on Teesside have been protesting against unscrupulous employers paying lower wages to foreign workers, and will be paying a trip to Redcar next Saturday to make their case at the Wilson International site there. They’re keen to stress that “This protest is not against european labour working in this country but unscrupulous employers who insist on undercutting existing terms and conditions.”

On April 28th, it’s International Workers’ Memorial Day, and events will be held across the country (and the world) to commemorate all those who’ve lost their lives as a result of their jobs.

Welfare:

Following on from a string of successes so far this year, Boycott Workfare are having another week of action at the end of the month. Keep an eye out for more events being announced nearer the time, but there’s definitely ones planned for Edinburgh and Bristol so far, as well as someone asking if anyone’s up for leafleting Rochdale jobcentre.

Antifascism:

Midlands antifascists are having a busy time of it, with the EDL in Solihull on April 18th, West Midlands Infidels in Coventry on May 2nd, and then Britain First in Dudley the weekend after that. If you can make it along to any of those events, they’d definitely appreciate the support; if you can’t make it, but you have a few spare quid burning a hole in your pocket, they’re also running a fundraising appeal to help cover the costs of all these mobilisations. Further north, the main upcoming attraction is against the March for England in Blackpool, with transport being planned from Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle. It’d be a real embarrassment if, having been chased out of Brighton, they were able to march through Blackpool unopposed. And there’s also the anti-fascist 0161 Festival happening in Manchester the following weekend.

International solidarity:

A few more events have now been organised against the ongoing repression of anarchists in Spain, with a demonstration in Brighton outside the clocktower at 6 on Sunday 12th, a solidarity protest in Edinburgh on Friday 17th, a benefit gig and film showing also in Edinburgh on the 19th, and a May Day party on Saturday 2nd in Newcastle hoping to raise funds and awareness for the case.
And finally, in case anyone’s forgotten, at the start of next month there’s also May Day, the international workers’ day born out of the struggle for the 8 hour day. May Day is a thread that ties a lot of these themes together, whether you’re having a dance with antifascists in Manchester, partying in Newcastle in solidarity with Spanish anarchists, demanding the reinstatement of a victimised catering worker in London or hassling workfare exploiters in Bristol. But there’s also going to be lots of events just marking the day itself, like the Radical Workers’ Bloc marching through Cardiff, and Class War’s street party in London, so keep an eye out for events near you.

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