Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Happy Birthday Joe Hill (7/10/1879 - 19/11/15) - The Man who never died

Today, October 7, 1879, Joe Hill was born,  a Swedish immigrant, songwriter and organiser with the Industrial Workers of the World. Born as Joel Hagglund   in Gevalia, Sweden , I make no apologies in writing about him again here, this was a man who became a myth. A myth on which many people across the globe  continue to pin their hopes and dreams. Moving across America in search of work,   leading an itinerant life, he ended up in New York, and together with people from the same background, people yearning for a new way of life,  inspired by its revolutionary spirit he was to become a Wobbly  and became a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Throughout his day he was actively involved in many of the labor battles of the day, fighting in Mexico, with partisans against the dictator Ricardo Flores Magon  and  used his voice as a songwriter and cartoonist for the IWW, many of whose songs still sung today, including 'There is Power in the Union,' his memory still enduring and being kept alive. His songs  and tunes  urged workers to quit thinking of themselves as a dispirited crowd of immigrants, but through  solidarity and organisation. People of all nationalities and differing languages would come together and sing Joe Hill's tunes  together. Even if  jailed for their protests, the workers would carry on singing his words until their release.
In 1914 Joe Hill  was accused of the murder of a Salt Lake Grocer and former policeman. He was suspected because he had suffered a gunshot wound on the same night. At his trial though  not one witness was able to identify him as one of the murderers  but he was convicted  and sentenced to death anyway, The IWW argued that  he had been framed and recent  evidence unearthed, seems to back up this view, that he had been engaged in conflict somewhere else, while engaged in a fight over his love. Following an usuccessful appeal and an international campaign calling for clemncy, Joe Hill was executed by firing squad on November 19th, 1915. Just prior to his execution, he had written  to Bill Haywood the IWW leader, saying 'Goodbye Bill, I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning. 'Organize!"  This  is still used as a motto by the IWW to this day (Don't mourn organise).His last  actual words were 'Fire!.' Most of his ashes  would be sent to IWW branches around the world, and  many believe his spirit now lives on through the works and deeds of the IWW, this man and his myth still continuing to inspire, in movements  that reflect his call for social justice.
An estimated 30,000 people attended Hill's funeral and  he has since been immortalised in poetry and song,from Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson to many others. Today his name still used as a rallying cry, as we remember this insurgent rebel folk hero.
Without memory of the past , there can be no hope for the future.

Paul Robeson - Joe Hill

Outrageous a Tory got egged

Bit late with this one I know, but been kind of busy. A Tory walks the streets of Manchester, where the Tory's are currently not welcome, and is seen laughing and waving a picture of Margaret Thatcher, a clearly divisive figure to the anti-austerity protestors who have this week gathered in Manchester. Provoking  and  antagonising, clearly taking the piss , at all those who had gathered, and then some people are outraged when he receives an  egging!
I'm outraged too, that  the people who are now stealing tax credits from hard working families, making people rely on food banks in order to survive, cutting benefits for pensioners, sanctioning the unemployed, the sick and vulnerable and making life unbearable for disabled people,  spreading daily the cruelty of poverty are allowed to walk free around the streets with such arrogance.
Egg throwing is a continuing long, proud tradition of British protest. Eggs are usually used because they are cheap, and easy to detonate, and leave a lot of mess.
I want to shake the hand of the individual who threw the egg. Not that Im actually advocating that you should throw anything at anyone. Wish though it had been David Cameron who was left with egg on his face.

' He's just a Tory boy from a privileged family, egged in the mush for laughing loud at poverty.'

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Cabinet of millionaires ( A Poem)

The cabinet of millionaires, dining now on the misery they cause,
filling their guts with the carcasses of the people,
the richest parasites in Britain, gathered in one place,
guarded and protected in their ivory towers,
eating from silver spoons, gorging from golden troughs.

Negating and abusing with denigration and labels,
calling their undeserving victims layabouts and scroungers,
rejects and lazy bastards, this all from a self serving elite,
drunk on political power, running wild and amok,
spreading pain, and broken promises, for own personal gain.

The cabinet of millionaires spit venom on its citizens of hunger,
plutocrats gaining from capital and corporate shares,
bankrolled by big business and multinational strength,
in the spirit of their ideology, continue to plunder all that we possess,
making the underclass below their feet weep, as obscenity is spread,
but the people outside have grown weary and tired, and have had enough.

As they trot around their conference centre,
time now to subvert their authority, 
after all the poor have nothing left to lose,
apart from their poverty and chains, and self respect,
so together lets take back what's been stolen from the tory piggy bank,
singing bread and roses, people not profit,
chanting in unison, Tory's out,
one more time, oink, oink, oink.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Why has Saudi Arabia been welcomed into the UN's Human Rights Council ?

Saudi Arabia  a country with appalling notorious woeful reputation  for human rights abuses has been welcomed to the UN Human rights council, facilitated in part by our own PM, David Cameron, has himself looked at curtailing many of our own personal freedoms, indeed he has already eroded many. I think I see a pattern emerging.
Saudi Arabia continues to try convict and imprison political dissidents and human rights activists solely on account of their  peaceful activities. Still subjecting hundreds of people to unfair trials and arbitrary detentions. People  daily being curtailed carrying   out  their beliefs. Saudi Arabian judges routinely sentence detainees to floggings with hundreds of lashings, the use of torture an every day occurrence. Women's rights  hardly in existence at all.
It is a mockery of humanity, when  a country that carries out  cruel inhuman punishments, that shackles its media, who in the last 20 years  has had over 2,000  people executed can be welcomed  by the UN in this way.  last year alone 175 people executed, for crimes that were hardly capitol offences. Saudi Arabia executes more people than any other country except China and Iran.
But the fact  that Saudi Arabia sits on the  world's largest  reserves of oil, could have been a contributing factor.
This decision by the UN  mocks the pain off dissidents currently languishing in Saudi Jails.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

They Shall Not Pass - The Battle for Cable Street.

On this day  on October 4, 1936, Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists attempted to march through East London. They were met by over 100,000 local residents and workers who fought with the fascists and the police  in order to protect their community, which forced the march to be abandoned.
During this time Britain was facing very serious economic problems. Mosley's  fascists held nasty anti-semitic views and tried to blame Jews for the cause of the country's problems. 
Thet were not to be welcomed, instead at Gardners' Court they were met by thousands of protestors, waving banners with slogans such as 'They shall not Pass'( no pasaron, famous republican slogan from the Spanish Civil War) , 'No Nazis here' and 'East End Unite.'
Uniformed policemen on horseback were employed to allow Mosley's  march to pass through. However anti-fascists blocked the route by barricading the street with rows of domestic furniture and the police were attacked with eggs, rotten fruit and the contents of peoples chamber pots.Local kids rolled marbles under police horses hooves. A mighty battle ensued, leaving many arrested and injured. But it saw thousands  of people, united, from many walks of life, local Jews, communists, socialists, anarchists and Irish groups standing firm  as one in the battle against fascism.
The end result was the fascists did not get to march and they did not pass, and were left in humiliation so today we look back on this living history in celebration and pride. We should never forget.

video Ghosts of Cable Street, set to the music of Men they couldn't hang

Tories not welcome in Manchester, and are definitely not welcomed here.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are descending on Manchester this weekend to protest outside the Conservative Party Conference - and feeling are  justifiably running high, since  the Tory's cruel  policies are leaving a lot of ordinary people in desperate poverty and misery, so  people are resisting and standing against austerity  and public spending cuts.
Too many people are now suffering under their discredited ideology of austerity. Two thirds of leading UK economists say they blame George Osborne's austerity policies to be damaging to the economy.
Austerity is not necessary,  there is another way, a better way. The ideology of austerity must  be exposed for the life destroying lie that it is. It is  just an ideological obsession being used by the Tories and their friends in the media to pick on easy targets that cannot fight back,   to scapegoat and pick on the poor, the vulnerable, the unemployed,  to distract us from the real wreckers of our society the bankers and the corporate world, as they continue to try and suck the last vestiges of hope from us all.
The Tories are  currently obsessed  with the concept  of shrinking our welfare state, privatising services and  reducing the public sector to virtually nothing. Attacking our human and Trade Union Rights, combined with their unrelenting attack on those who desperately need the support of the welfare state, we must remember those who have been  treated with brutality, incompetance and indifference, with many sadly having losit their lives.
So now is the time to fight back, not just in Manchester, but across the country, we simply cannot afford more years of Tory misrule, if we do not, we will lose everything, so we must  keep up the pressure, standing in solidarity in order to defeat the  government. We must start building alternatives, to their supposedly comfortable capitalist consensus, send out clear messages, saying no to austerity,  outside parliament, in our communities, in our workplaces.
They have gatecrashed into power, and are simply not welcome anymore.
It is time now to kick the Tories out of power.

Newtown Neurotics - Kick out the Tories.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Don't bomb Syria, it's the last thing they need at moment..

Grateful Syrians have spoken of their relief that so many friendly bombs are now blasting them towards peace. A few weeks ago it was Assad bombing them from the air and ISIS, shooting them from the ground. Now the Americans and Russians have joined in too.
The Syrian civil war has already left more than 240,000 people dead and created millions of refugees. We should not make matters on the ground even worse, just to show a largely futile show of force. 
Tell your MP to stand against any further military escalation in Syria. Another destructive  bombing campaign, will do no good at all. It will only lead to more death and destruction, leading to the death of innocent civilians, which will only serve to increase resentment, leading possibly to more acts of terrorism, and will not make Britain a safer place. The UK will be dragged into a deeper complex cynical game played  out in Syria by foreign powers and the Assad regime. We need to start helping the victims of wars that our governments so enthusiastically pursue, building roads to peace, and try fostering a more humane policy towards refugees.
Please tell your MP to stand against any further military escalation in Syria and prevent another disastrous intervention.