Solidarity 479, 19 September 2018

Build a new student activism!

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 1:51 Author: By Christie Neary, NUS Trans Committee (p.c.)
UCU strike

Over 70 student activists attended the Student Activist Weekender on 7-9 September, coming from campuses across the country to London for a weekend of education, organisation and establishing collaboration.

The event, a Student Feminist Campaign Day (7th) and the Student Activist Weekender (8th-9th),. was co-hosted by a range of student activist groups and campaigns including the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, People and Planet, Rent Strike, UCU Rank and File, Young Greens, Surrey Labour Students and Bristol Student-Staff Solidarity. 

Eurostar workers

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 1:43 Author: Ollie Moore

RMT members working for Eurostar at its St. Pancras terminal will strike again on 30 September, following a previous strike on 28 July. 
Workers are angry at having to bear the brunt of service disruptions and staffing shortages over the summer, which the union says has reduced St. Pancras to “chaos”.

The strike will demand improvements to the timetable and staffing levels to ensure passenger and staff safety. 

Tube strikes back on

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 1:36 Author: Ollie Moore

Drivers on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line will strike from 26-28 September. Drivers on the Piccadilly Line “Night Tube” service, which runs on Friday and Saturday nights, will also strike on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September. 

The strikes were called after Piccadilly Line bosses reneged on agreements made in July, for which the RMT union suspended a strike planned for 11-14 July. The agreements included commitments around maintaining staffing levels at Piccadilly Line train depots, which the union says bosses have failed to uphold. 

“He was also for something. He was for socialism”

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 1:03 Author: Michael Johnson
The James Connolly Reader by Shaun Harkin (Haymarket).

Shaun Harkin has produced a timely and useful addition to the profuse and growing literature on James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary Marxist and socialist republican leader.

Published in May 2018 to mark the 150th anniversary of Connolly’s birth in dire poverty to working-class Irish parents in Edinburgh, the book begins with a long introduction by Harkin, which sets out the context in which Connolly operated, how his politics were shaped by both his lifelong attachment to his class and his serious commitment to Marxist ideas. 

In defence of Bolshevism

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 12:57 Author: Martin Thomas
In defence of Bolshevism front cover

Shachtman’s polemic against Ernest Erber, which Workers’ Liberty have reprinted, is one of the Marxist movement, like Marx’s Poverty of Philosophy or Engels’ Anti-Dühring.

Erber considered himself a socialist of sorts until his death, quite recently, at the age of 96. Mostly he gave his energies to the career he made after quitting, as a town planner, and to domestic life. He wrote occasionally for the reform-socialist journal Dissent.

The professor and the helicopter

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 12:44 Author: Colin Foster
Stop the war protest with the flag of the Syrian government

People tried to construct flying machines for thousands of years before the first planes were built in the early 20th century, and the first regularly-produced helicopters from the 1930s.

Suppose a historian were to study all the documents she or he could find about that effort, prior to say 1900, but without registering that the purpose was to find a flying machine.

Maybe the historian would imagine that the purpose was just to find some way of getting from place to place, and would comment: why didn’t they just walk?

The repeal of section 377

Submitted by SJW on 19 September, 2018 - 12:26 Author: Camila Bassi
Demonstration against section 377

In 1861, during British colonial rule, Section 377 was introduced into the Indian Penal Code: a law with origins in England’s Buggery Act of 1533. This marked, in Victorian language, India’s criminalisation of homosexuality. With the independence of India in 1947, Section 377 survived.

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