Since former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti, the US-appointed government of Martelly has tried to bring up bogus charges against him. Mr Aristide was ‘invited’ to attend court on 8 May and there were fears for his safety. The grassroots movement mobilised to protect him and asked for international support. The mobilisation on the ground was, once again, spectacular. In Britain John McDonnell MP issued the EDM 53 below. Given that the need for protection for Mr Aristide and the Haitian movement is ongoing, we urge you to ask your MP to sign EDM 53.
Letter Published: 16 May, 2013
ON May 8 Camden United for Benefit Justice held a self-help community workshop at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish Town.
The aim: to defend people’s rights to benefits, housing and services, and to discuss campaigning against the cuts.
The centre was packed. Lawyers and experienced grass-roots organisers explained how benefit decisions and sanctions are being challenged.
Letter to The Guardian reporting on launch of petition 'Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers.'
Unpublished letter to The Guardian.
While the MOD tries to claw back some of the overseas ‘aid’ money which is supposed to ‘tackle poverty’, poverty is rising, abroad and in the UK. (‘Ministry of Defence campaigns for overseas aid to pay for military patrols’, 1 May 2013)
On 1 May, International Workers Day, a network of organisations, campaigns and individuals came together in the House of Commons to defend the welfare state, and demand a living wage for mothers and other carers.
Messages of support to launch of petition Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers.
Becky Shah, Hillsborough Justice Campaign
• Mothers are 92% of single parents. (F)
• Even in two-parent families, mothers do ¾ of the family’s child care during the week – a statistic that does not include the caring work for others (such as aging parents) who may need it. (F)
• Parents in the UK spend 1/3 of their take-home income on child care compared with other industrialised countries where the average is 13%. (F)
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