#JobstownNotGuilty meeting in Coventry this Wednesday – Irish activist speaks

 #JobstownNotGuilty meeting in Coventry this Wednesday – Irish activist speaks
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This week the trial of seven protesters began in Ireland, including Solidarity TD (MP) Paul Murphy. They have been charged with “false imprisonment” of the then Deputy Prime Minister Joan Murphy during a sit-down protest against water charges in November 2014. This has been described as “the biggest political trial in Ireland for a generation”.
In a recent interview with The Socialist, Paul Murphy highlighted the shameful attempts by the prosecution to stop the defendants from speaking about the trial. These were unsuccessful, as were the attempts to rig the trial by banning anyone from Tallaght area – over 100,000 people! – from serving on the jury. The trial is clearly politically motivated, with two Solidarity councillors, Keiran Mahon and Michael Murphy, also charged – with an offence that can carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
International solidarity with those on trial has poured in, and this will continue in Coventry on Wednesday. Dublin-based activist Shane O’Fionnain will be speaking at a meeting upstairs in the Four Provinces pub at 7.30pm. This trial is an attack on the right to protest, and must be defeated – please share and attend this important event!

Coventry meeting to discuss crisis in the NHS on Tuesday 28th Feb

Coventry meeting to discuss crisis in the NHS on Tuesday 28th Feb

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Coventry NHS SOS has organised a meeting to discuss the crisis in the NHS on Tuesday 28th February.  Mike Forster from Health Campaigns Together will be speaking at the meeting, along with student nurse Rachel Jenkins and Petra, a BMA member.

The NHS is under threat from cuts, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and STPs. STP stands for “Sustainability and Transformation Plans”, but in reality what they mean for our NHS is Slashing, Trashing and Privatising our health service. Mike Forster is one of the organisers of the NHS demo on March 4th in London .

The meeting is at 6.30 in the Methodist Central Hall on Tuesday 28th. Everyone welcome – please share!

Coventry protests as Parliament debates Trump state visit

Coventry protests as Parliament debates Trump state visit

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Coventry once again joined nationwide protests against the proposed state visit of Donald Trump, organised to coincide with the parliamentary debate which was prompted by close to 2 million people signing a petition against the state visit. The protest was called by Coventry Stand Up To Trump.

Dozens of people joined the protest, with many more hearing the anti-Trump message as they left work in the city centre. Speakers from Coventry TUC, Coventry Against Racism and others talked about Trump’s divisive agenda and why it must be stopped.

Socialist speakers pointed out how Trump is a symptom of a sick capitalist system, and through his actions he is actually uniting more people together as they join up to oppose him.

The Socialist Party will look forward to continuing the protests against his state visit and putting forward a socialist alternative to Trump and his system.

No Trump UK visit: protest in Coventry 20th Feb

No Trump UK visit: protest in Coventry 20th Feb

Donald Trump’s racist, bigoted policies have shocked and angered millions of people, leading to massive protests across the world. Further protests across the UK have been planned for February 20th, when Parliament debates the petition against the planned state visit. Coventry Stand Up To Trump has called a protest at 5pm at the Godiva Statue in Broadgate.

There has been speculation in the press that the state visit may be moved to Birmingham rather than London to prevent major protests. Birmingham has a large Muslim population and has already seen massive protests against Trump – we can assure Theresa May and the government that whenever and wherever Trump visits, there will be protests against him and his vicious racism.

Surge of resistance to Trump hits Coventry 

Surge of resistance to Trump hits Coventry 

Protest in Coventry city centre

With less than 24 hours notice, hundreds of people joined emergency protests in Coventry and at Warwick University against Donald Trump’s ban on people travelling to the USA from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Protest at Warwick University

These protests were part of a massive display of resistance across the UK, uniting with millions across the world. They follow the women’s marches on January 21st, when millions protested around the world – 100,000 people demonstrated in London alone. Over 1.7million people have also signed a petition against Trump’s planned state visit to the UK.

Tim Bliss from Warwick Socialist Students speaking at the protest

Trade unionists, anti-cuts campaigners and Socialist Party members spoke at the protest in Coventry, stressing the need to build a movement against racism and austerity, and for a socialist alternative to the rotten capitalist system that breeds them.

Have you signed the petition against Trump and want to build the movement against him and his policies? If so fill in the form below!

£250m NHS cuts in Nuneaton and Warwick revealed

£250m NHS cuts in Nuneaton and Warwick revealed

George Eliot Hospital (pic: Cov Telegraph)

Today the Coventry Telegraph revealed that under the “Sustainability and Transformation Plan”, set to be officially announced on Tuesday, A&E, maternity and children’s care facilities will all be closed at Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital.

The Telegraph states that other headline changes include:

  • Closing the Accident and Emergency department at George Eliot Hospital as well as moving maternity and children’s care to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).
  • Bosses also want more people to have babies at home, there will be restrictions on overweight people and smokers getting non-emergency surgery and increasing the time between hip replacements.
  • Cancer care is also in line to be reviewed.
  • Stroke care at Warwick Hospital and George Eliot is also set to be moved to Coventry

Further NHS cuts in Nuneaton and Warwick threaten services across the area, including in Coventry. Along with further privatisation this will undermine our health service – the NHS should be completely publicly owned and free at the point of use! Coventry and Nuneaton Socialist Party  has a proud history of fighting and helping to stop numerous attacks to the NHS and George Eliot Hospital, from both Tory and New Labour governments, and will continue to campaign to save NHS services.

We will be mobilising for the Health Campaigns Together “It’s Our NHS” demonstration in London on March 4th to bring together the many local campaigns fighting to save NHS services in their area.

If you would like to get involved, get in touch – fill in the form below!

Hundreds march for LGBT Pride in Coventry

Hundreds march for LGBT Pride in Coventry

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Socialist Party placards at Coventry Pride

Hundreds of people marched through Coventry on Saturday 18th in the city’s first Pride march. In a month when we the massacre in Orlando reminded us of reality of the violence that LGBT+ people face around the world, the march was loud and proud, with marchers chanting “we’re here, we’re queer, we will not live in fear!”

At Fargo Village we were the only political party campaigning, showing our solidarity with LGBT+ people and distributing leaflets and pamphlets against austerity. Pride events are often commercialised, with some LGBT+ organisations telling us to “celebrate” rather than fight for real equality and liberation – but in a world where we face hatred and discrimination every day for being who we are, we know we have a long way to go. To end LGBTphobia and hatred we need to fight for a socialist society.

Seattle Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant wrote the below statement in response to Orland0 – we stand in solidarity with our LGBT+ brothers and sisters around the world.

This morning, we were all devastated to learn of the horrific terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to all grieving, most especially to the victims and their families.

This mass murder did not happen in a political and social vacuum. Indeed, we did not even have time to come to terms with this loss before news broke of another would-be mass killer in Los Angeles. Fortunately, his plans to attack L.A. Pride were discovered and stopped. But this kind of bigotry and violence will continue unless we fight it through unified mass movements.

We condemn this monstrous terror attack, allegedly by a man claiming allegiance to ISIS. We must absolutely stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers.

We must also fight back against any scapegoating and Islamophobia.

We have to organize, mobilize, and stand up to violence, hate speech and the many forms of oppression forced down on LGBTQ people and minorities under capitalism.

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Socialist Party stall at Pride