Solidarity 030, 14 May 2003

Defend the International Solidarity Movement!

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 10:17

Three women were taken into custody by Israeli state forces after a raid on the offices of the international peace group, the ISM, on Friday 9 May.
Twenty military vehicles, army jeeps and a large armoured personnel carrier surrounded the ISM media office. Two Americans and a Palestinian woman were arrested and computers were confiscated at the office in Beit Sahour.
The ISM is a high-profile peace group, which uses non-violent action to help protect Palestinians from Israeli state violence.

Support the independent workers' voice

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 10:14

Every single part of Murdoch's vast empire of papers and media supported Bush and Blair's drive for war. On one man's say so, irrespective of what "public opinion" really was, they pumped out war propaganda. That is why it is so important that the labour movement and socialist groups have their own papers to get their message across.
We need papers like Solidarity. Upholding the best traditions of journalism, we are on the ball in our reporting, rigorous in our analysis, and completely partisan in our affiliations: we serve the working class.

Help Iraqi workers find their voice

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 10:13

The slum area of Baghdad populated mainly by Shi'a Muslims, and known under the dictatorship as Saddam City, technically has reverted to its old name, Thawra (Revolution) City; in fact, its people call it Sadr City, after the Shi'a leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is emerging as one of the contenders for power in post-Ba'athist Iraq.

30k website and the FBU rank and file

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 10:11

By Vicki Morris
What has 4,600 members and puts the wind up FBU General Secretary Andy Gilchrist?
Not the scab outfit the Retained Firefighters Union, that's for sure - contrary to its claims, it probably only has a thousand members. The answer is... a website. was set up at the beginning of the firefighters' pay dispute, first, to inform the public about the dispute. But its forum section, where FBU members share views and experiences, quickly came to be its main raison d'etre.

Crazies of the world unite!

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 10:01

(You alone know what is right?)
Weekly Worker is sometimes very bizarre indeed. Most of us become more calm and reflective when we sit down in a quiet corner to write. Some Weekly Worker writers who in person are mild and sane-seeming turn into crazies when they rev up to go into print.
Thus Jack Conrad's seven-part series on the AWL, late last year. And WW's second polemic-writer, Ian Donovan?

Writing on the Wall

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 9:59

Quick victory, slow recovery
The pro-war camp crows about the speed and relatively low casualty rate of the war on Iraq. Estimates of huge casualties and an unquenchable tide of refugees were grossly exaggerated, the implication being that the anti-war movement was mobilised under false pretences. What this leaves out is that the effects of war last long after the fighting has stopped.
Starvation threat

The International Fight Against Sweatshops

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 9:54

Catalina from CAT, Mexican workers' support group, Puebla, speaking about the recent dispute with Puma and the wage negotiations at the Mexmode plant,
Monina Wong - Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee,
+ Anton Marcus, a union organiser of free trade areas in Sri Lanka
Wednesday 21 May at 7.00, upstairs at
the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton (corner of Brixton High Street and Coldharbour Lane)

No Sweat steering group…

Meets in central London,
2.00-5.00 Saturday 17 May
Venue details: 07904 431959
All welcome.

G8 protests in Evian

Submitted by martin on 16 May, 2003 - 9:52

By Dan Katz
Evian, a small French town on the border with Switzerland, will be the heavily guarded venue for the G8 summit, to be held at the start of June.
Protesters will assemble around an exclusion zone, converging on the French side around Annemasse and, over the Swiss border, in Geneva. Anti-capitalist camps and "villages" will settle on both sides of the border. Activists from dozens of campaigns and political organisations will attempt to blockade roads leading to Evian, and prevent delegates, many of whom will be staying in Geneva, from attending.