Open Day Sun 8 March — International Women’s Day

Sunday 8 March — International Women’s Day Open Day with the Global Women’s Strike and other organisations at the Crossroads Women’s Centre Workshops, films, exhibition, music, refreshments… See programme below. Find out about campaigns and volunteering for survival and caring, against poverty, rape, racism and every violence and discrimination, detention & deportation, wars and climate … Read more

Disability rights in the US — then and now

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in July 1990.  The success of the US disability movement — influenced by the anti-racist civil rights movement, women’s activism, and the demands of disabled Vietnam veterans like Ron Kovic, spurred on the UK campaign for anti-discrimination legislation.  We won the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. From the … Read more

Universal Basic Income — the Ontario story

Ontario is a large province in Canada which borders the United States.  Last month, their Basic Income (BI) pilot scheme was ended early.  In April 2017, while the Liberal Party was in power in Ontario, they started a BI pilot scheme with about 4,000 people in the test communities of Hamilton-Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.  It was … Read more

Victory vs Vedanta mining company pollution

Foil Vedanta PRESS RELEASE 10th April 2019: LANDMARK JURISDICTION CASE WON BY ZAMBIAN FARMERS AT SUPREME COURT Historic victory opens the door for global claimants to seek justice against British multinationals in the UK Watch a short video of the Supreme Court judgement here Supreme Court case materials here The Supreme Court today (10 April 2019) announced … Read more

Lonmin & Vedanta — justice vs mining multinationals

Tomorrow Monday 25 March, 10-11am, please support the protest at Lonmin’s AGM: At Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.  With War on Want, London Mining Network, Decolonising Environmentalism (students at University College School of Oriental and African Studies — SOAS), Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike, and others. UPDATE: the planned meeting on Tues 26 March … Read more

Fri 8 March: International Women’s Day/Strike

International Women’s Day/Strike DEFENDING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR WORLD The Global Women’s Strike (GWS) is hosting this outdoor picket, delighted to be joined by Frack Free Knitting Nanas Lancashire, Stanstead 15, Mental Health Resistance Network, English Collective of Prostitutes, WinVisible, Women of Colour Global Womens Strike and more.  Info below, you are welcome to contact us on Weather … Read more

France: Yellow Vest women together demand disability rights

Today, Sunday 10 Feb, the women-led disability group Handi Social and women Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests protest movement) held a peaceful women’s procession (walk and roll) in Toulouse, south-west France, for the rights and dignity of disabled people.  It’s on the anniversary of the disability equality law passed on 11 February 2005.  Slogans include: “Stop handiphobie, … Read more

Bhopal gas survivors condemn Dow and State misuse of welfare funds

2-3 December 2018 marks the 34th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in India.  A pesticide factory owned by US multinational corporation Union Carbide (taken over by Dow Chemical, now DowDuPont) exploded at night, fatally gassing many thousands of people, their cows and other animals, and exposing half a million people to the poison.  It … Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

We submitted evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ahead of his visit to the UK in November.  This has now been published by the UN alongside other submissions. According to the Guardian newspaper, Philip Alston who is an ’eminent international human rights lawyer called for submissions from anyone in the UK to … Read more

Bolivia — the struggle for living benefits

In July we were delighted to meet Feliza Ali Ramos and Marcelo Vásquez, disability campaigners from the organisation New Hope in Bolivia, at the alternative international solidarity summit, and later the festival of resistance against the hypocrisy of the UK government’s Global Disability Summit. The courageous and imaginative Bolivian disability movement fighting for a living benefit … Read more