The autumn weather sets the leaves to flame: disability, workplace, and prison struggles for a flaming September

Rights not Games week of action

The next few weeks look to be quite busy for a number of different struggles. Disabled People Against Cuts are calling for a week of action to coincide with the Paralympic Games – there’ll be stuff happening from September 4th-10th, mostly in London, but the main date is the national day of action on Tuesday 6th, when events will be happening in Gateshead, Bromley, Bradford, Norwich, Birmingham, Derby, Sheffield, Kilburn, the Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Salford, Glasgow, Brighton and Kentish Town. There’s also going to be an online action on Wednesday and Thursday that they’re asking people to take part in by filming short videos.

On the workplace front, the Radical Assembly of South-East London will be hosting a discussion of the recent wildcat strikes on September 12th, the trial scheme that’s led to a temporary truce in the Deliveroo dispute expires on the 14th so it’s anyone guess what’ll happen after that, junior doctors will be striking and picketing at your local hospital from the 12th-16th, which may hopefully be accompanied by a few more Picket the Profiteers actions, and cleaners at the London School of Economics have started organising through the United Voices of the World union – they’ll be holding a public meeting on the 29th to discuss their issues.

AFN Southern Conference

In terms of other ongoing social struggles, September 9th will see a nationwide prison strike in the US. The call for international solidarity has already seen an event being organised in Bristol, and the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee are asking people to get involved in a communications blockade of prison contractor Lend Lease on the day. The Anti-Fascist Network will be hosting a Southern regional conference and afterparty in Reading on the 10th, and promise “a day of workshops, music, discussion, networking, films, stalls, books, food, children’s entertainment and more.” The 10th will also see another demonstration at the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre, with transport being arranged from London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Coventry and Bedford.

Orgreave justice conference

Further ahead, Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and the Action Against Austerity network are planning how to respond to the latest round of police and DWP hassle at High Riggs jobcentre, so watch out for more claimant-organised action coming soon, and the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign will be hosting a conference in Sheffield on the 1st of October to bring together “a range of campaigns that are on the front line in terms of challenging and resisting the role played by the state in continually undermining our right to organise collective class struggle. It will also be an opportunity to share ideas for future action.”


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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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