Immigration and asylum

Tories out, Brexit out!

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 12:41 Author: Editorial
Theresa May

Solidarity goes to press soon after Tory prime minister Theresa May decided to delay the parliamentary vote on her EU withdrawal deal, maybe until January, and to seek “reassurances” from the EU to sweeten the deal. The deal would have been heavily defeated if put to the House of Commons as scheduled on 11 December.

Unite members protest for free movement

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 11:15

Dozens of activists in the Unite union — from a wide range of its industrial sectors — have protested against general secretary Len McCluskey’s reported comments against immigration.

According to the Guardian (5 December), McCluskey warned Labour leaders against their hesitant moves towards favouring a new public vote which could stop Brexit. He “spoke about tackling people’s concerns about immigration and the exploitation of immigrant labour. He said there would be a sense of betrayal among the members if we went for a second referendum”.

Brexit and fighting the far right

Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 12:35
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Stopping Brexit isn’t anti-fascism

Callum Cant takes issue over the 9 December counter¬demo

The Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) are obsessed with trade unions. When their march was blocked in October, their leadership couldn’t stop themselves from fantasising about beating up organised workers. For many of their supporters, the organisation’s high point was when a DFLA group launched a serious physical attack on RMT members in a pub in Whitehall. The essence of their politics is a hatred of the organised working class.

Business and civil society or workers?

Submitted by AWL on 31 October, 2018 - 10:14 Author: Theodora Polenta

The Europe for the Many conference in London on 26-27 October was billed as bringing together progressive political forces and civil groups across Europe to offer an alternative.

However, the top-billed speakers were the Portuguese Prime Minister and the Greek Finance Minister. Among the speakers on municipalities was the Kemalist (CHP) mayor of Cankaya, a district of Ankara.

Trump calls for aid cuts as caravan moves through Mexico

Submitted by AWL on 24 October, 2018 - 12:18 Author: Gemma Short

A ″migrant caravan″, which has since 12 October been making its way from Honduras to the USA, has swelled to around 7,000 people as it starts to make its way through Mexico.

The caravan is usually a yearly event, although there have been two this year. Known as Viacrucis del Migrante (“Migrant’s Way of the Cross”) the caravan has previously been organised or supported by Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People without Borders) but this one has not been directly organised by them and has had a more organic formation.

Left must reshape the Remain movement

Submitted by AWL on 24 October, 2018 - 10:18 Author: Lizzy Brooks
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The headlines following from Saturday’s People’s Vote demo have, understandably, focused on its size. Organisers say 670,000 people took part.

If true, that is bigger than the Trump demo this summer. It’s plausible that it was bigger that the anti-austerity March for the Alternative in 2011, at the height of the public-sector strikes. It’s possibly the largest since the anti-war demonstrations in 2003-4.

Whatever the truth, it certainly dwarfed the overwhelming majority of protests that have taken place in recent years.

Europe for the whom?

Submitted by AWL on 17 October, 2018 - 8:46 Author: Theodora Polenta

An open letter to the Europe For the Many conference on 26-27 October from Greek socialist Theodora Polenta.

Dear Comrades: I am looking forward to attending the event "Europe for the Many: a left strategy for transforming Europe" on 26-27 October. But I am concerned about the fact that the conference's top-billed speakers are the Portuguese prime minister and the Greek finance minister.

“Rise Up” remains seated as Berlin marches against racism

Submitted by AWL on 17 October, 2018 - 8:34 Author: Dale Street and Gerry Bates

Somewhere between 150,000 and 250,000 people marched through Berlin on Saturday 14 October in a protest against “racism, social exclusion and the shift to the right (‘Rechtsruck’)”.

The “#Indivisible” demonstration was backed by a range of individuals and organisations — around 4,500 of them — that Stand Up to Racism could only dream of. Official publicity for the demonstration declared:

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