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Written by Calvin

09/05/2010 at 9:30 am

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May Day 2010

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Greetings on labour’s day of remembrance, solidarity, celebration and re-dedication.

Here’s three things that remind me of why May Day remains important to the international labour movement, and of what solidarity means in the new decade of the 21st century if it is to be more than just a slogan:

1. At home: the last weekend of campaigning before the general election and the next big effort to ensure the BNP doesn’t gain a seat in parliament on Thursday. Of course, HOPE not hate is actively campaigning in key target areas and its organisers still need your support. Solidarity means uniting against the fascists.

2. Internationally: the draft text of the EU’s Free Trade Agreement with Colombia has been dissected by the TUC. Solidarity means freedom of association, and free from the fear of death squads for standing up for the rights of ordinary people – yet the proposed FTA brushes this under the carpet.

3. In Europe: At the European Trade Union Confederation, John Monks’s May Day message was based on the need to stand shoulder to shoulder with Greek workers to demand social justice and that the EU act decisively to stabilise the situation. Building the European project demands strength, not vacillation; perspective, not short-termism. Solidarity means having the dream and the vision for a brighter, alternative future – and the courage to express what that is when the practical situation demands it.

A May Day worth celebrating: and achievements to be won to demonstrate in practice what solidarity means.

[6 May edit: the TUC has reported events from May Day celebrations around the world here.]

Written by Calvin

01/05/2010 at 9:00 am

Love it

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The BBC is reporting that Unilever, the makers of Marmite, is initiating legal action against the BNP to force the racist party to remove a jar of Marmite which apparently features in its election broadcast (further, and funnier, from Reuters and from Harry’s Place).

It would be nice to think that Unilever subscribes, even in a small way, to the ‘not in my name’ philosophy of HOPE not hate; I can’t say that it doesn’t – and anything which ties up the BNP in the threat of legal action, or distracts or otherwise helps to sap it, has to be good news.

Written by Calvin

22/04/2010 at 2:40 pm

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Long Walk to Freedom

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the unconditional release of Nelson Mandela from imprisonment, following the unbanning of the ANC and other organisations nine days previously.

The BBC website has a number of videos celebrating the occasion, while the Nelson Mandela Foundation celebrates the anniversary with a number of cartoons. The South Afrian parliament, which will open today for business at the time of Mandela’s release, has also resolved to ‘succeed in refining the role of parliament in society and the role of society in parliament’ as a means of paying tribute to Mandela. There’s also a newly-produced YouTube video with an archive ITN interview with Mandela and with footage of a 20th anniversary dinner filmed by Zindzi Mandela.

The programme of the Foundation itself calls for a celebration of the anniversary:

With a renewed commitment to working hard for South Africa’s democratic future

– and, we might add, from the perspective of the UK in election year, with a re-dedication to continuing that long walk until we achieve freedom for all people without regard to the colour of their skin.

Written by Calvin

11/02/2010 at 3:57 pm

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Did that really happen?

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Did Griffin really repeatedly lie about sharing a platform with David Duke, even when David Dimbleby referred to the YouTube video, until Dimbleby passed him a piece of paper (presumably with photographic evidence on it)…

Still the wrong decision to invite him on to the programme – and not issuing an invitation to someone to speak on a public (televised) platform is not a denial of free speech – but this morning I’m a little more inclined to see the ‘give ’em enough rope’ point of view of my friends.

Further, I wonder what the view within the BNP is this morning of the effectiveness of Griffin’s political strategy?

Written by Calvin

23/10/2009 at 10:10 am

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Report highlights benefits of immigration

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From UCL, back in July this year.

Nothing new – just a reminder.

Written by Calvin

22/10/2009 at 1:29 pm

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Send a message of HOPE…

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It looks as though the BNP has decided to take on the British Army. Well, I know who my money’s on.

Seeing as the BBC has decided to go ahead with its craven ratings-chasing decision to film Nick Griffin for Question Time, HOPE not hate has set up a petition which Nick Lowles, Searchlight Editor, will hand to David Dimbleby before the start of the programme. You can add your name to mine over there (and also read more about Griffin’s numerous defences of nazism over the years while you’re there).

Not in my name.

Written by Calvin

21/10/2009 at 10:33 am

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