In the Hackney Central ward in London the AWL is fielding two "Socialist Unity" candidates on 4 May. Janine Booth is chair of the local Aspland and Marcon Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association. Charlie MacDonald works in the Jobcentre the ward.
Janine works on the London Underground. On Monday, RMT's national executive voted unanimously to back her candidature for Hackney Council. This is the first time that RMT has backed any non-Labour candidate in England (it has backed the SSP in Scotland, and John Marek and Peter Law in Wales).
Campaigners for Janine and Charlie are out on the doorsteps every weekend and some weekdays. To help, phone Jill on 07904 944 771.
Overall, the Socialist Green Unity Coalition, of which the AWL is a part, will be contesting over fifty seats across the country.
The coalition offers an alternative to the right-wing policies of cuts, privatisation and inaction on the environment offered by the major parties. The SGUC partners are the Socialist Party, Alliance for Green Socialism, Socialist Alliance and Alliance for Workers’ Liberty.
From the Socialist Green Unity Coalition statement:
“ We are socialists. We believe that there is a fundamental contradiction between the needs of capital in an exploitative, profit-driven system, and the needs of the large majority of human beings here and throughout the world. We stand for a thoroughgoing restructuring of the economy and society as a whole, based on common ownership under democratic working class control of the major concentrations of productive wealth.
“We are green socialists. We want integrated, expanded and publicly-owned and run transport services, and a planned conversion of the energy industries to sustainable technologies. These are just the first steps needed to stop capitalist greed destroying the world in which we live through global warming and environmental destruction.”