London FRFI says: ‘Isolate the Zionist state – sanctions now!’

FRFI rally at SOAS with banner reading 'Isolate the Zionist state - sanctions now!'

On Sunday 12 May at SOAS University of London, London branches of the Revolutionary Communist Group and FRFI supporter groups called for solidarity with Palestine to be based around a central demand to isolate the Israeli state through comprehensive sanctions. Our meeting called on groups, individuals, and communities to unite in a necessary democratic, grassroots campaign using this demand to end Britain’s ties with Israel and Zionism. These ties are long-established and myriad but, as the two RCG speakers explained, any movement that claims solidarity with Palestinian resistance must focus on breaking each connection between the imperialist ruling class of Britain and its Zionist outpost in the Middle East.

 

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Venue cancels Palestine meeting: defend free speech!

St Margarets House

A community meeting for the launch of our latest pamphlet End British Support for Zionism: Isolate the Israeli State called by FRFI for Tuesday 12 of March, has been censored by the CEO and board of Trustees of St Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green. CEO and board member Tony Hardie issued an immediate and last minute cancellation of the event, stating that 'St. Margaret’s House would never knowingly host an event of this nature.' It was made clear to FRFI that the organisation was concerned with the perception of such an event by members of the public, given that they are a publicly funded entity. It is apparent that this organisation, like many others, claim to serve the public and promote social welfare, but are more concerned with appealing to the status quo of the racist British state to secure funding than to allow spaces for members of the community of which they claim to serve to gather and discuss the importance of resisting Britain’s support for the genocide of the Palestinian people.

 

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PSC Hackney defends the Zionist Labour Party

On 28 November, the Hackney branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) held a protest outside of Hackney Town Hall after their deputation about divestment from Israel was 'postponed' by the Labour-run council. The organisers had no amplification, so FRFI provided a sound system to ensure the protest could still happen and an FRFI comrade was added to the speakers’ list. When the FRFI speaker was called to speak, she began listing the crimes of the Labour Party, including their historic support of the Zionist state of Israel. Confronting the racist character of the Labour Party was too much for the PSC organisers, including Heather Mendick and Alan Mackie, who attempted to snatch the (FRFI-provided) microphone from the FRFI speaker, physically grabbing her as other PSC supporters hurled misogynistic abuse at her. Such are the lengths the PSC will go to protect the thoroughly Zionist Labour Party.

 

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Church cancels Palestine meeting: defend free speech!

A meeting on Thursday 19 October called by FRFI, to urgently organise solidarity with the Palestinian resistance against genocide being committed in Gaza by the Israeli state, has been censored by the Anglican Church which owns the meeting venue. The Archdeacon of Hackney Peter Farley-Moore instructed the venue, St John on Bethnal Green church, to cancel the booking. The Anglican Church also runs the Al-Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza City which was bombed yesterday, killing at least 500 Palestinian people. Yet Britain's state church shamefully sides with racist politicians in attacking free speech and Palestine solidarity.

 

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Free Joe Outlaw! No to IPP!

On Saturday 23 September, South London FRFI supporters organised a protest outside Belmarsh prison in solidarity with all IPP prisoners and especially to highlight the fightback of Joe Outlaw.  We were joined by comrades from FRFI North and West London, as well as from Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA), Anarchist Black Cross and TRAPPED.

Introduced in 2005 by a Labour government which had sworn to be ‘tough on crime’ and which presided over a massive rise in the prison population, the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) is a draconian indeterminate sentence with a short custodial minimum period followed by indefinite detention unless the Parole Board directs that someone is safe to be released. Although officially abolished in 2012 this was not retrospective and some 3,000 IPP prisoners remain behind bars.

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Moving toward the front of Belmarsh Prison together with over 40 friends of Julian Assange, who were setting off on a solidarity bike ride protest, we held an open microphone, with demands to free all IPP prisoners, calling the prison system for what it is: an instrument of class repression under capitalism.

The protest heard from FRFI supporters, former prisoners, and JengBa and Assange campaigners. Speakers highlighted different forms of the struggle against the prison system, whilst expressing solidarity with Joe.

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Joe Outlaw had sent us a letter, which was read out to the demonstration.  Joe has valiantly fought back against the prison system by staging two prison rooftop protests, highlighting the brutality inflicted upon IPP prisoners. As a punishment for these actions, he is being held in solitary confinement.

The government has refused to implement recommendations which would result in the freeing of IPP prisoners and is planning to build yet more prisons and step up the repressive use of imprisonment both for political activists and for people whose main ‘crime’ is being poor.  We must continue to organise from beyond the walls and see the fight against prisons as a fight for the entirety of the working-class.

JENGBA – www.jointenterprise.co

Trapped -  www.shows.acast.com/trapped-the-ipp-prisoner-scandal

 

 

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal – urgent action needed

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a revolutionary journalist, former Black Panther, and political prisoner. After being falsely convicted of the 1981 killing of a police officer, he was sentenced to death. In 2011 this was revised to life without parole – a living death behind the bars of the US incarceration machine.  Mumia’s latest appeal has now been rejected. Solidarity is needed now!

 

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Bank of England - return Venezuela's gold! Chavez Vive!

On 4 March, a protest organised by the Revolutionary Communist Group and Rock Around the Blockade took place outside the Bank of England in London. It demanded that the Bank stop withholding Venezuela’s sovereign gold deposits from the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro. Thirty-one tonnes of gold, worth £1.2bn (USD1.4bn) has been embargoed by Britain since 2020. Britain’s Supreme Court refused to release the gold to the Maduro government to fund humanitarian relief, and instead put the gold at the disposal of the unelected Venezuelan opposition under the leadership of the US-back stooge Juan Guaido. Despite the end of Guaido’s sham 'interim presidency' in December 2022, Britain still refuses to recognise the elected government of Venezuela and intends to give the gold to the opposition controlled '2015 National Assembly' whose mandate expired in 2021.

 

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No to Lewisham Labour Council cuts!

Protest against Lewisham council cuts (photo: FRFI)

On Wednesday 8 February, FRFI South London, along with other groups including Catford Against Social Cleansing and Lewisham People Before Profit held a protest at Lewisham town hall in southeast London against the Labour council’s proposal to slash £12.6m from its 2023/2024 budget. These cuts will affect services used by many of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the borough – one of the most deprived in London, where nearly 40% of children are living in poverty. Youth services, support for those in temporary housing, mental health home support, ‘short break’ respite for families and carers of children with disabilities and library opening times are all under attack.

 

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HSBC unblock Cuba! Protest in London against British bank

Picket of HSBC, Oxford Street, London 30 April 2022 (photo: FRFI)

On 30 April in London, protesters targeted the branch of HSBC on Oxford Street demanding that the British bank remove socialist Cuba from its sanctions policy. The protest was called by Rock around the Blockade (RATB), the Revolutionary Communist Group/Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and supported by organisations including Cubanos En UK. This action was part of a campaign of protests by RATB coordinated across Britain on 30 April - more reports will follow.

 

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Break the Chains!

North and East London FRFI and RCG protest for political prisoners

On Saturday 12th April the North & East London Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! supporters’ group and members of the Revolutionary Communist Group organised a Break the Chains speak out. The protest demanded freedom for ALL political prisoners – both internationally and in Britain and an end to capitalist state repression.

The location of the speak out was Dalston, Hackney, and the protest claimed the public space in front of the market with leaflets, banners, graphics, placards and flags and a sound system making a colourful and high energy protest for over three hours.

 

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Video: RCG/FRFI speaks at the XR March for Nature, 4 September 2021

On Saturday 4 September 2021 the Revolutionary Communist Group gave a powerful speech from the main platform at the Extinction Rebellion ‘March for Nature’ in Trafalgar Square, calling for an anti-imperialist and socialist response to the climate crisis. While giving other speakers over 10 minutes to address the crowd, XR organisers started shouting over our speaker and telling her to ‘wrap it up’ in an attempt to to censor revolutionary politics.

 

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Video: Defend the Cuban revolution! London 24 July 2021

In response to fresh attacks on the Cuban revolution, activists from Rock Around the Blockade (@ratbcuba) and the Revolutionary Communist Group mobilised across the country in defence of socialist Cuba. The demonstrations coincided with the 26th of July, the anniversary of the founding of the revolutionary movement that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in Cuba. This was also the latest in an ongoing series of actions taking place every month, where activists from all around the world have been organising actions to call for an end to the US economic blockade of Cuba. Get in touch with us if you would like to get involved with the planning of future actions!

 

RCG protest: viva Cuba socialista!

RCG and RATB rally in front of Cuban embassy, London 12 July 2021 (photo: FRFI)

'The Revolution is defended by the revolutionaries! And among the revolutionaries the communists are going to the front. Never as an elite, but as a conscious and committed force... The streets belong to the revolutionaries!' Cuban President and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

 

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London protest against environmental destruction

Earth Strike protesters carry a large green banner which fills the street reading 'Capitalism is the enemy of mother Earth, multinational corporations are its warlords'
On Saturday 5 June an Earth Strike North of the River march started in Trafalgar Square and took to the streets with a huge banner, 'Capitalism is the enemy of mother earth: multinational corporations are its warlords'. London branches of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! were continuing the campaign against the giant multinational corporations that have their headquarters in our city. From here monopolies operate across the globe directing the plunder of the earth’s resources and exploiting the exploiting environment and people in the endless accumulation of profit. Since 2020 Earth Strike North of the River and comrades from London RCG have targeted Glencore, the mining corporation, Unilever, the consumer goods monopoly and Black Rock, the hedge fund and arms trader.

 

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Break the Chains!

Banner held by comrades in Dalston reads 'Break the chains - Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!'

On Saturday 24th April 2021 the North and East London branch Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Supporters Group organised a protest and speak out on the birth day of Mumia Abu Jamal, the Black Panther and US prisoner for over 38 years, twenty of which he spent on death row, for the alleged killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.  Mumia is unwell at this time and there are international mobilisations for his release. The event was co-hosted by the Free Mumia Abu Jamal Defence Campaign – UK and Papua Militant International. The protest also demanded freedom for ALL political prisoners – both internationally and in Britain.

 

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RCG joins ‘Students Not Consumers’ speak-out for free education

On Wednesday 10 February the RCG participated in a speak-out called by Students Not Consumers (SNC). The event had a strong anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist message, and speakers made clear that free and equal access to education is a human right. Speakers rejected the cost of the capitalist crisis being forced onto the working class, expressed within Britain in part through the rising costs and deteriorating standards of education and housing that have intensified under successive Labour and Tory governments. A continual thread throughout speeches was that education in Britain must not be subsidised by imperialist looting and plundering of so-called underdeveloped countries around the world.

 

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Take to the streets for Palestine

Protest for Palestine 6 December 2020

On Saturday 6th December the London RCG branches, Victory to the Intifada and Protest for Palestine organised a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington, London, to protest the ongoing illegal annexation of Palestine and call for an end to British support for Israel. The demonstration was a lively event with solidarity chants and speeches, joined by other groups including Socialist Appeal, Papua Militant International and the Free Julian Assange Campaign.

 

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BlackRock exposed

On 5 September, comrades from the Revolutionary Communist Group joined Earth Strike North of the River, South & West London Earth Strike groups outside the headquarters of BlackRock as part of their 2020 Campaign ‘We Are Watching You’. This was the third mobilisation directed against huge multinational corporations that are situated in London from where they control the investments and actions that are destroying the planet. Like Unilever and Glencore, BlackRock is accelerating climate change by ruthless extractive mining and deforestation leaving behind a polluted planet and destroyed communities around the world.

 

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Opposing Britain's theft of Venezuela's gold - protest in London

RCG protest at the Bank of England to oppose the theft of Venezuela's gold

The Revolutionary Communist Group organised a protest outside the Bank Of England in London on 15 August, joined by Latin American solidarity activists. This was to oppose the theft of 31 tonnes, £820m worth of Venezuela’s gold: a violation of the Latin American country’s sovereignty; a breach of international law; an act of piracy; and a dangerous disruption of efforts to defeat the global Covid-19 pandemic. In total alignment with Britain's piratical imperialism, London's High Court of Justice on 2 July ruled against the repatriation of Venezuela's gold destined to be used for emergency Covid-19 provisions.

 

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Palestine – BLM: unite and fight! London protest 18 July

Protest for Palestine 8 July

On Saturday 18 July, Victory To The Intifada and supporters helped to organise and lead a protest in London against the illegal annexation of Palestinian land by Israel. The street demonstration – ‘Oppose annexation! Oppose Zionism!’ – took place outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington, where around 50 people, mainly young demonstrators, gathered with flags, placards and an open microphone and chanted slogans of ‘free Palestine!’, ‘Zionism – racism!’ and ‘Not just annexation – not just occupation – fight for liberation! Bring the whole thing down!’ In a subsequent display of anti-imperialist unity, the protest merged with the Black Lives Matter demonstration for Justice for Elijah McClain.

 

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Black Lives Matter – London protests

RCG at the BLM London demo 6 June

As protests continue in the US following the racist police killing of George Floyd on on 25 May, there have been worldwide demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism. Branches of the Revolutionary Communist Group have participated in protests across England and Scotland. In London over the weekend of 6/7 June, we joined the massive protests in Parliament Square and outside the US embassy, alongside thousands of young people, angered by the death of George Floyd and by years of racist policing both in the US and here in Britain. 

 

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West London FRFI - support our 2021 fund drive!

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The crisis of the capitalist system demands a political response.

West London FRFI/RCG is dedicated to building a local group which will defend the interests of the working class in Britain and internationally. Our revolutionary political work requires funding to pay for venue hire, materials, our national office, printing and other costs. We do not rely on corporate sponsors, state funding or advertising, but on the donations and support of ordinary people.

With your support West London FRFI / RCG will continue to:

  • Fight for the building of a movement based on internationalist principles of anti-racism and anti-imperialism.
  • Expose and oppose all imperialist political parties which attack the working class and oppressed, including the Labour Party.
  • Oppose political policing and attempts to criminalise resistance to poverty, racism, imperialist war, occupation and plunder.
  • Struggle for socialism; defend and raise awareness about socialist Cuba as a living example of a democratic, humane alternative to capitalism. Down with the US blockade!

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Protest against Glencore, London – ‘blood on your hands’

Protest outside Glencore HQ, London called by Earth Strike

On Saturday 29 February, comrades in the London RCG branches joined Earth Strike at a demonstration against Glencore. The British-Swiss mining multinational is responsible for devastating ecological destruction, the plundering of resources from Africa and Latin America, and the exploitation of child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 

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RCG confronts Luis Almagro in London – imperialism out of Latin America!

Protest at Senate House against Luis Almagro, November 2019

The Revolutionary Communist Group co-ordinated with Latin American activists, socialists and solidarity groups to protest against Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) on 5 November. Almagro visited London to meet with regime change proponents, representatives of the British state and politicians in Senate House to spread a false narrative about human rights in Venezuela. The action was organised by Rock Around The Blockade, a campaign of the Revolutionary Communist Group, and supported by FRFI SOAS Society, Congreso de los Pueblos – GB, Democracy for Brasil – UK, Comite Lula Livre UK, and Hands Off Venezuela!. The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign were invited but did not attend.

 

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Exposing the climate criminals on Britain’s high streets

RCG protests outside Esso petrol station, October 2019

On 19 October, in a protest called to expose how imperialism is driving climate change, members and supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Group marched down Oxford Street to picket businesses that harm the environment and exacerbate the deplorable conditions working class people around the globe are forced to live under. Dozens of protesters assembled at Oxford Circus tube station to speak out against imperialism and for climate justice. Shoppers were handed informational leaflets about the social and ecological gains Cuba has made thanks to its socialist planned economy.

 

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Tower Hamlets Labour council runs away from Palestine protesters

RCG demonstrators in Tower Hamlets Council chamber

On 18 September 2019 Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs and all the councillors in attendance left the chamber during a full council meeting, rather than face a protest by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and the Revolutionary Communist Group against the council’s decision to ban the Big Ride for Palestine from holding a rally in Tower Hamlets. The Big Ride for Palestine is a charity which since 2015 has raised almost £150,000 for sports equipment for children in Gaza. However, the ride was not allowed to finish in any Tower Hamlets park and organisers were told that the speakers might express views which contradicted the council’s policies on community cohesion and equality.

 

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Report of London book launch: the Non-Stop Picket against apartheid after 33 years

Non-Stop Picketers outside the South African Embassy at Trafalgar Square, 2019

Friday 9 August was the day of the paperback book launch of Youth Activism and Solidarity: the Non-stop Picket Against Apartheid by Gavin Brown and Helen Yaffe. The Non-Stop Picket outside the South African Embassy in London’s Trafalgar Square lasted from April 1986 until just after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990. The book launch celebration took place on the same site almost 30 years later – bringing together many of the original picketers and members of City of London Anti-Apartheid Group. It was a moving experience for both those involved in the four-year picket and for those who came to pay tribute to a vibrant, principled, organised anti-racist challenge to British imperialism under the slogan ‘Britain Out of Apartheid and Apartheid Out of Britain’.

 

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