This week's events:
At last Tuesday's WStWC planning meeting RMT driver, Eddie Dempsey, talked about his recent trip to Ukraine. He will be joining other activists in support of the anti-fascist resistance in Ukraine on Saturday:
1) Public protest against Ukraine's new laws to criminalise Communism and glorify Nazi collaborators. Saturday 25 July 2015, 11.30 - 13.00 hrs Stand up to support Ukraine's communists and anti-fascists. The Embassy of Ukraine, 60 Holland Park, London WS11 3SJ Nearest Tube: Holland Park.
2) John Burns' Battersea- Saturday 25 July 11-6pm. An interesting event organised by Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council, celebrating a famous Battersea MP,John Burns (1858-1943), who resigned from the government due to his opposition to the First World War.
11.00 am: Meet at St. Mary's Cemetery, Battersea Rise, Bolingbroke Grove, SW11 1HE.
From 1pm at The Bread & Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ. Speeches, drinks, entertainment and music. All Welcome.
3) Stand up for Jeremy Corbyn, Sunday 26 July • 6-10pm. Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2. Labour MP,Jeremy Corbyn, who has been nominated to stand in the Labour leadership campaign, is also the chair of the Stop the War Coalition. He has been a supporter since we began back in 2001, has spoken on virtually all of our demonstrations big and small, and has been a consistent anti-war voice in parliament. He was part of the major Labour rebellion against the Iraq war in 2003, and was opposed to the intervention in Syria in 2013.
All of this is great news for Stop the War supporters who can now back him as a principled anti-war and anti-austerity candidate in a contest which was set, until the last minute, to be between three candidates who all espoused a similar message – none of it anti-war.
As well as central role in Stop the War, Jeremy is also involved in a wide range of other campaigns for peace and social justice, such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, of which he is vice-chair, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Speakers and entertainers include: Gráinne Maguire, Steve Gribbin, Steve Parry,
Joe Wells, The Artist Taxi Driver, Daniel Jakopovich, Celia Mitchell, Alistair Cartwright
Come and join the party and support Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to become Leader of the Labour Party.
Food is provided from 6 pm until 7:15 pm and there will also be plenty of opportunity to catch up with friends and meet Jeremy himself during intervals. All money raised goes to Jeremy's campaign
4) Now on: Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist - A new exhibition of his works
14 May 2015 – 30 May 2016, Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. Organised by: Imperial War Museum. Free entry
Peter Kennard is Britain’s most important political artist whose imagery has become synonymous with the modern protest movement.
This first major retrospective of his work demonstrates how Kennard has consistently confronted issues in world politics and British governmental policy both at home and abroad, inspiring many of today’s politically-aware artists from Mark Wallinger to Banksy.