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Virtual Resistance August 1-7

AS THE lockdown eases we’re seeing people cautiously move away from their keyboards and return to the streets. 

That’s why this week’s events round-up is a little less virtual than normal. 

The most important events coming up are hosted by CND and Stop the War for the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb with a programme of talks, vigils and performances hearing from survivors of the massacre. 

Saturday August 1

At 9am anti-racism protesters are planning to shut down Brixton in south London, for this year’s African Emancipation Day Reparations March on August 1. 

A coalition of groups is demanding the government to establish an all-party parliamentary commission of inquiry for truth and reparatory justice and commit to reparations, including tackling the climate emergency which predominantly affects those in the global south. 

To find out more see mstar.link/EmancipationDay.

CND is hosting a commemorative programme marking 75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki — starting today with a webinar on radiation and women’s health at 4.30pm. 

Local vigils and commemorations are also taking place across the country during the week, as well as livestreams of performances featuring survivors of the atomic bombs. 

To see the full programme of CND’s events go to: cnduk.org/events.

Sunday August 2

In Birmingham, join protesters demanding the British government stop arming Saudi Arabia. 

Protest for Yemen will assemble at 1pm in Victoria Square before marching to the Bullring: mstar.link/SaudiProtest.

Monday August 3

I couldn’t find anything of interest on Monday, so take a break from Zoom. God knows, we all need it! 

Tuesday August 4

Don’t miss your chance to hear the powerful words of Benjamin Zephaniah at 7.30pm in conversation with BBC radio host Rajan Datar. 

The influential poet will be speaking about his remarkable journey from dropping out of school at 13 to becoming one of the most respected poets of his generation. 

The event is hosted by West London Action for Children: mstar.link/SummerSeries.

Wednesday August 5

Hear from communities living in estates at risk of regeneration and ethnic cleansing at 2pm with Estate Watch. 

To request attendance email info@londontenantsfederation.org

Feeling empowered when the police show up is all about knowing your rights, what you can do and what they should not be doing. 

Tune in for Common House’s skills for struggle workshop at 6.30pm to hear from experienced activists imparting this crucial knowledge: mstar.link/OurRights.

At 7.30pm the Brighton Feminist Science Fiction Book Club will be discussing The Dialectic of Sex in an online meeting on Jitsi (a more secure version of Zoom.) 

Find out how to join here: mstar.link/DialecticSex.

Thursday August 6

In 2017, more than 100 people set out to walk from London to Jerusalem, calling for equal rights in the Holy Land. 

Tune in at 7.30pm to watch archive footage from this epic journey at: mstar.link/WalkingJerusalem.

August 6 2020 marks 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 135,000 people. 

Stop the War will be commemorating the occasion with a special performance from jazz revolutionary Shabaka Hutchings: mstar.link/STWCShabakaHutchings

Friday August 7

Join some wonderful women fighting for equality in the workplace at 10am with the TUC Women’s Group’s first online meeting Sisters to the Front — This Time it’s Virtual (hands down the best Zoom title of lockdown). 

The full morning will hear from the first female general secretary of the bakers’ union BFAWU, Sarah Woolley, and Durham MP Mary Foy and will invite you to participate in workshops and talk about campaigns. 

Sign up by August 5 to secure your place: mstar.link/TUCSisters

Hear from civil rights movement activist secretary Cheryl Vines at 6.30pm for a frank discussion on racial justice, women’s issues and her role in setting up her local NAACP branch in California: mstar.link/NAACPCherylVines

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