Monday, March 16, 2009

Solidarity with Gaza - Liverpool Public Meeting

Thirty five people present. A cancellation from Jeremy Corbyn M.P. who had to attend a memorial event at short notice. John Rees of the Stop the War Coalition spoke first.

Also news of:

Palestine Solidarity Trade Union Conference - 18th. April

Supported by Liverpool Friends of Palestine (affiliated to Palestine Solidarity Campaign) and the Merseyside Association of Trades Councils. See below for further details. They say:

'After the recent invasion of Gaza - many people are asking how could such a thing happen and what can we do to help? We hope the conference will provide some answers to these questions and encourage widespread trade union participation in solidarity with Palestine...We are inviting speakers from unions which have been involved in practical action, the Fire Brigades Union, Palestinian General Federation of Trades Unions, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign...

...the conference will combine plenary and workshop sessions, and include reports on the current situation for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and within pre-1967 Israel. The aim of the conference is to consider organising practical solidarity action by trade unionists in the North West. Discussion will include the possibilities for Boycott, Divestment and sanctions as called for by Palestinian civil society, including the PGFTU, and also building union links and delegations....

Further Details: 18th. April. From 11.a.m until 4.p.m. (Plenary with speakers workshops, report-backs). Venue: Quaker Meeting House - School Lane Liverpool L1 3BT. A creche will be available last date to register for this Saturday April 11th.

Cost of the day: Branch delegates: £10, individuals £5/3 (concession low waged-unemployed) - lunch Middle Eastern food available at small cost. Further information from Merseyside T.U.C 4, St Anne Street, Birkenhead, Wirral. CH41 3JU. Tel: 0151-666-1999

Sameh Habeeb's Blog.

Sameh is a photojournalist who lives in Gaza. He witnessed, reported and photographed throughout the Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza which began on 27th. December and killed some 1360 Palestinians, mainly civilians including over400 children. His U.K. tour is organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Sameh is doing a speaking tour of Britain and will be at the Quaker Meeting House in School Lane in Liverpool L1 3BT on:

TUESDAY 31st March - 7.p.m Admission Free - organised by Liverpool Friends of Palestine

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4. PUT PEOPLE FIRST BIG MARCH - JOBS, JUSTICE, CLIMATE. 28th MARCH. Central London, Assemble 11.a.m Victoria embankment.

Short report by Frances Laing at the Merseyside Stop the War Public Meeting. Monday 16th. March 7.p.m. Princes Park Methodist Church. Princes Road, Liverpool 8.

5. International Demonstration and Counter summit. CND. NO TO NATO - mobilising with the European Peace Movement. Strasbourg, France 3rd-5th. April, 2009