Donald Trump, Britons react

This video from Britain says about itself:

30 January 2017

Tens of thousands of protesters join an anti-Trump rally in central London as Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to back down on inviting the US President for a glitzy state visit.

By Felicity Collier in east London, England:

‘Sleepwalking into Genocide’

Friday 3rd February 2017

Muslim communities mobilise – and warn against Trump fatigue

WE could be “sleepwalking into genocide” unless we wake up from being “shocked and dumbfounded” by the effects of Donald Trump’s presidency, Muslim Safety Forum chairman Azad Ali warned yesterday.

Mr Ali urged communities to co-ordinate and organise, as “we should not allow this fascism to go unchallenged” and he warned: “We’re shocked, dumbfounded. We need to wake up — or we’re sleepwalking into genocide.”

Mr Ali was representing the advocacy organisation Mend (Muslim Engagement and Development) at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel yesterday.

Muslim community groups and campaigners gathered there ahead of this Saturday’s Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban — Stop May Supporting It demo.

East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre executive director Dilowar Khan referenced Mr Trump’s description of Whitechapel as a “no-go area” in December 2015, when he was a presidential candidate.

At the time, the community in Whitechapel responded with a protest outside the East London Mosque, where Mr Khan addressed the crowd, saying there was “no such thing as no-go areas in London.”

Mr Khan expressed his concern yesterday about living in a world where the US president “wants to take us back to the days of racism and hatred” in light of his recent policy which stops people from countries that are predominantly Muslim from entering the US.

A rise in far-right politics, Mr Khan said, would “damage the fabric of society.” He recalled being attacked in the 1970s, when there were “no-go areas” for Muslims. He condemned Mr Trump’s ban as “unjust, discriminatory,” and stated: “We believe in a multicultural society.”

Over 7,000 worshippers gather at the London Muslim Centre, which has three mosques and runs a programme of events which promote community cohesion.

Stand Up to Racism’s Weyman Bennett, who grew up in the surrounding area, described fond memories of the mix of different cultures and lauded it as one of the most integrated parts of London.

In the 1930s, the Battle of Cable Street took place nearby which turned back the fascist Oswald Mosley. In the 1930s-40s, Lord Alf Dubs passed through with his Kindertransport.

Mr Bennett said that withdrawing the invitation for Mr Trump’s state visit to Britain is “the basic thing” that Prime Minister Theresa May should do.

Stop The War Coalition’s Lindsey German condemned Ms May for her “indecent haste” in going to meet and hold hands with Mr Trump in the US.

She also expressed anger at the fact that it took a week for Ms May to comment on Mr Trump’s divisive travel ban policy and pointed out that the seven countries affected by the ban have either been bombed or occupied by the US.

Ms German expressed her outrage that the British public should have Donald Trump “wined and dined” at our expense.

This Saturday’s protests are expected to be attended by “unprecedented numbers” of people from the Muslim community.

The demo takes place this Saturday at 11am outside the US embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square, London, followed by a march to Downing Street.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott will be taking part in the march opposing Trump’s Muslim ban and demanding Ms May withdraw her offer to the US president to visit Britain.

Several groups are backing the demo to call for Trump’s state visit to Britain to be pulled in light of his imposed travel ban, which targets Muslims.

On February 20, a 1.8 million-strong petition opposing Trump’s visit will be debated in Parliament.

White House Ignored Draft Holocaust Statement Mentioning Jews: Report. Trump failed to mention Jewish victims, sparking condemnation: here.

Protests in history, London exhibition

This video from Britain says about itself:

Satire, Print Shops and Comic Illustration in 18th and 19th Century London – Mark Bills

11 August 2011

This lecture tells the story of visual satire in London, a city in which caricature flourished like no other. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the people of London have been both amused and outraged by the thousands of social and political satires in paint, paint and engravings which have variously and humorously described London and its people.

The enormous body of cartoon images range from the specific to the general: from caricature portraits of leading figures to the London ‘types’ recognized by all Londoners; from specific events and political debacles to the state of a typical London street. The array of approaches of artists, both ‘high’ and ‘low’, amateur and professional, is equally wide and extends from light-hearted mocking to vitriolic and libellous attacks. This lecture leads us through the various ages of the production of cartoons in London, from the independent print publisher to the editor of a comic journal, providing us with a rare perspective on the life of the city through its contemporary satirical images.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: here.

By Jane Clinton in Britain:

Designs on dissent

Tuesday 31st January 2017

JANE CLINTON recommends an exhibition on radical protest over the last two centuries

A SMALL silk buttonhole, a pamphlet on how to avoid arrest and a petition for women to sit their medical degree exams.

These are just some of the objects on display at the Radical Voices exhibition at Senate House Library in the University of London charting how protest has been expressed over the past two centuries.

Including petitions, photographs, posters, songs, poetry, book collections, political cartoons, badges and ephemera, it is a rich analysis of the voices that have spoken out and have often forced change.

There’s a James Gillray cartoon dating 1807 — the oldest item on show — along with much more recent items such as a 2003 Stop the War poster and literature printed by Occupy Design in 2012 as part of the occupation at St Paul’s cathedral.

For Dr Jordan Landes, research librarian of history at the library and the guiding light behind the exhibition, it was reading Rebel Footprints by David Rosenberg that inspired her.

“It made me realise the wealth of what was in the collections as I recognised that we held the collections of so many of the people he wrote about,” she says.

“Instead of trying to do this by subject we do it by how the voices are expressed,” she explains. Thus the Gillray John Bull and Communist Party cartoons sit cheek by jowl in the political cartoons section, while in the badges category there’s a silk buttonhole worn by men to express support for the Suffragettes next to membership badges of the Liberal Party of South Africa.

The “Advice for Those Taking Part in Protests” section is a particular favourite for Dr Landes because it not only reveals the ever-shifting face of protest but also how dissent was once regarded as the sole preserve of men.

“There is the change over time in the tone and language,” she explains. “I love the 1934 pamphlet, where there is a warning to men to tell their wives not to let policemen into their house.

“There was the assumption that the women would not be protesting. It reveals so much about society at the time, not just about protest.”

That this free exhibition should take place at the University of London is no surprise. It has long been seen as a radical institution and this too is explored.

William Beveridge served as vice-chancellor of the university from 1926-1928 and in 1942 he outlined the contents of The Beveridge Report in Senate House’s Macmillan Hall.

Also progressive was the fact that the university did not have a religious requirement. In 1878 it was one of the first institutions to open up higher education to women.

Despite this progress, there was a sticking point — women were not allowed to sit their examinations to earn their degrees. A petition calling for this to change is included in the exhibition.

With a mixture of personal libraries and manuscripts, Radical Voices also has a concurrent series of events including film screenings, talks, conferences and music.

“I hope the exhibition is a reminder that libraries and archives are places that preserve these, as we are calling them radical voices, and in preserving them they can potentially inspire people to study further and learn more, which is our main purpose.”

On entering the space, there is a poster emblazoned with a simple but powerful quotation from WH Auden: “All I have is a voice” and Dr Landes is keen that the exhibition will inspire people to think more deeply about the means and messages of protest.

“Hopefully this exhibition will allow people to read and hear others’ voices and maybe in turn it will help them find their own.”

The free exhibition Radical Voices runs until March 31 at Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street, WC1, opening times here.

Free Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

This January 2017 video from England is about a vigil outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London to mark the imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi‘s 33rd birthday.

London women’s anti-Trump march, 21 January

London women's anti-Trump march, 21 January

There will not only be anti-Donald Trump demonstrations on the day of his inauguration, 20 January, in Washington, DC, elsewhere in the USA, and, eg, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and in London, England.

There will not only be women’s anti-Donald Trump demonstrations on the day after his inauguration, 21 January, in Washington, DC; and, eg, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; also in London, England.

From British anti-nuclear weapons peace movement CND, on Twitter:

CND is proud to be joining the Women’s March in London on 21 January. We’re marching to say No to Trump’s Arms Race.

CND anti-Trump demonstration

See also here.

Chicago, January 20: Protest the Inauguration of Donald Trump! Say No to Racism: here.

Anti-Trump demonstration, London, 20 January

This video from the USA says about itself:

20 November 2016

Occupy Inauguration is a mass rally and protest taking place in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day, January 20th-21st, 2017.

Regardless of who sits in the White House, the voices of the 99% will be shut out. From day one our movements will need to unite and fight to advance the revolution.

We reject the domination of Wall Street and the billionaire class over our society, and oppose this rigged political and economic system. We stand against both the fear that Trump represents and the corruption that backed Clinton. Neither party represents the interests of the 99%.

The goal of this action is to build a new independent coalition movement for the 99% that stands outside the stranglehold duopoly of the GOP and DNC. We recognize the establishments of the Republican and Democratic parties to be part of the problem, so we will not be inviting leadership from, or endorsement by them. We believe the 99% needs its own political representation that rejects all corporate cash and influence, and puts people and planet over profits.

We call upon the new president to act on these demands:

NO Mass Deportations! We reject Trump’s current plan to deport 3 million people and call for mass resistance against all attacks upon immigrants, refugees, and their families at local, state, and federal levels.

Stop ALL Attacks on Human Rights! Bring an end to all forms of discrimination and oppression against women, Black and indigenous communities of color, Latinx communities, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ+ people, and disabled individuals.

Black Lives Matter! Engage in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives to end institutional racism and police brutality. Acknowledge the value of BLM’s principles to guide law enforcement practices and affirm the demands of their platform. End federal funding for police militarization and the racist war on drugs.

Honor Treaty Rights for ALL Indigenous First Nations. Cease construction on the DAPL pipeline at Standing Rock and prohibit any further industrial operations on treaty-protected indigenous lands!

Get Money Out of Politics and End Corporate Rule! We demand a constitutional amendment be passed to abolish ALL “corporate constitutional rights” and “money equals free speech” that leaves for NO loopholes.

Healthcare is a Human Right! We demand Medicare for All and to pass the Disability Integration Act.

A Green New Deal, with massive investments in renewable energy and infrastructure to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.

ACT Against Climate Change! Halt all construction of new oil pipelines and coal terminals, and place a moratorium on fossil fuel extraction including fracking. We demand a just transition for all energy industry workers.

Free College Education and the Cancellation of Student Debt.

Electoral Reform and Integrity! We call for a universal Right to Vote, a Ranked-Voting System, and automatic voter registration. End the Electoral College and partisan gerrymandering of voting districts.

End Too Big to Fail! Break up the big banks at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis and stop manipulation of wealth before the next economic collapse.

NO Permanent War! We call for an immediate end to the bombing of foreign nations, military bases occupying foreign soil, massive U.S. military spending, and the U.S. role as leading arms dealer to the world.

End the surveillance state!

Grant immediate pardons for all political prisoners and exiles including Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Mumia Abu-Jahmal, and Leonard Peltier.

Pass a federal $15/hour minimum wage.

Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership! Should the TPP come to a vote, Congress should immediately vote it down.

Until these demands are genuinely addressed, we remove our consent to be governed.

Our first act will be a national bank exit call-to-action on January 20th. We call the American people to remove their money from Bank of America, JP MorganChase, Citi, Wells Fargo and all their affiliates.

Should our demands continue to be ignored we will proceed with further boycotts, labor strikes, and occupations.

We know that mass movements are how real change is won, and we are organizing in solidarity with the inspiring resistance at Standing Rock, and all Black Lives Matter actions. We feel that the voices of Black and Indigenous People of Color are crucial to issues of oppression we wish to address in D.C. during the Inauguration.

We invite you to involve and express yourself at whatever level you choose. We do not represent any particular party or group, as our focus is on movement building. This action is aimed to confront Wall Street directly and the RNC/DNC’s influence over our political system. We support, represent, and welcome a diversity of voices and concerns.

We stand in solidarity with our current endorsers and welcome other groups who share this vision to organize with us.

From the Stop the War Coalition in Britain:

20 January | London

No to Trump: Protest His Inauguration
Fri 20 Jan | 17:00-20:00
US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square

Organised by: Stand Up to Racism, supported by Stop the War

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On 20 January, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the USA.

The election of Donald Trump as US president means the most powerful office on Earth belongs to someone who promised to build a giant wall along the Mexican border, the expulsion of 11 million “illegal” immigrants and “extreme vetting” for Muslims entering the country.

Trump has a long history of racist outbursts. He has said ‘laziness is a trait in blacks’, described Mexican immigrants as ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists’, and condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter activist at one of his rallies.

He has also said women should be “punished” for having abortions, and chillingly sought to downplay the severity of sexual violence, dismissing boasts of sexually assaulting women as ‘locker room talk’.

The most powerful elected official in the world will also now be a climate change denier, posing a direct threat to the survival of large swathes of humanity as global temperatures threaten to cause climate chaos.

Trump also suggested he would consider appointing Supreme Court judges that would overturn the ruling on same sex marriages.

The effects of a Trump presidency is set to be felt all over the world as racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry is normalised through the voice of one of the most powerful and visible figures in the world, and progress on C02 emissions targets dashed as one of the world’s largest emitters refuses to accept there is a problem.

Activists in the US have called protests for the day of his inauguration – we stand in solidarity with them and will be protesting at the US embassy in London.

Cuban painter Wilfredo Lam exhibition

This video from London, England says about itself:

24 December 2016

Art historian Julian Stallabrass visits the Wifredo Lam exhibition at Tate Modern and analyses the life, artistic influences, work, and legacy of the Cuban painter.