Getting in: why schools should have the capacity to meet the demand for places

Submitted by AWL on 10 August, 2005 - 2:46

“If you belong to a church, that would help. Or there are private schools, if you can pay…”, said the helpful lady from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

I was phoning about difficulties getting my daughters into school. Not into a particular school, just into any school at all.

I didn’t expect to have the problem. My daughters, Daisy and Molly, now aged 14 and 11, have lived in Australia with their mum since they were pre-school age, but may be coming to England next year.

Bakri, Ramadan, Islamism, and bans

Submitted by AWL on 22 July, 2005 - 9:44

The Sun and other right-wing papers have been campaigning for the deportation from Britain of Omar Bakri Mohammad, and for the banning from Britain of Tariq Ramadan.

Omar Bakri Mohammad is a Muslim cleric who says he "would never condemn Osama Bin Laden or any Muslims", though he also says that Muslims should not kill the people they "live among".

Defend civil liberties!

Submitted by AWL on 21 July, 2005 - 6:56

By Mike Rowley

There is every sign that the Government plans to use the terrorist atrocities in London as a cover for accelerating its attacks on civil liberties.

On 19 July the Government got support from the Lib Dems and Tories for new laws, to be introduced before the end of the year, which will create a dangerously catch-all crime of “indirect incitement” to terrorism.

Iraqi women’s rights activist: “Fighting for survival and human dignity”

Submitted by AWL on 21 July, 2005 - 6:51

Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), spoke to Martin Thomas when she visited Britain at the end of June.

What does the OWFI do? For example, what were you doing in Baghdad in the week before you came to Britain?

Last week we started something new. In spite of our work for equality and a secular constitution, we know that if we do not do the daily outreach to women and people in general, if we are not becoming a social movement, then we are not getting anywhere.

BNP defeated in East London

Submitted by AWL on 21 July, 2005 - 12:04

At the beginning of the summer the British National Party looked set to significantly expand its electoral base in East London; half way through July, their hopes are in tatters.

The last month has seen the fascists lose their Goresbrook seat on Barking council and frustrated in their attempts to win a second seat in the council’s Becontree ward.

BNP thrashed in Becontree

Submitted by Janine on 15 July, 2005 - 10:28

The nazi British National Party thought it could benefit from stirring up racism and Islamophobia after the London bombings with a disgusting official election leaflet showing a picture of the wrecked bus, and an illegal hate sticker that used the local council's logo. The voters of Becontree saw through them and voted overwhelmingly against the BNP.

Where is the Socialist Alliance's money?

Submitted by AWL on 14 July, 2005 - 8:51

Open Letter to Nick Wrack and Rob Hoveman, Chair and Secretary of the Socialist Alliance, from current and former national executive members and national office holders of the Socialist Alliance. 13 July 2005.

Matthew Caygill, Jim Jepps, Declan O'Neill, Andrew Newman, John Nicholson, Dave Church and Pete McLaren.

On the 5th February the final conference of the Socialist Alliance voted by a clear majority to carry out the following actions, within closely defined time scales.

Rally to defend Muslims and mosques!

Submitted by AWL on 13 July, 2005 - 5:01

Bigots, racists, and fascists are seizing on the reaction to the 7 July bombings in London to launch attacks on Muslim people.

What we said in our first reaction to the bombings is now urgent: “We call on the labour movement to mobilise for physical defence wherever mosques or Muslim neighbourhoods are attacked by racists feeding on the backlash against the bombs”.

Trade union branches should contact local Muslim community groups and mosques to offer support and assistance in physical defence against the bigots.