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NEU: preparing for the fight of our lives

Supporting teachers to refuse unsafe work is the NEU's immediate and overwhelming priority, but we also need to learn the lessons from last June and ballot for strike action.

Why schools must prepare to run remotely until half term

The government's mass testing plan will not make schools Covid-secure. Schools cannot fully reopen safely until case numbers have been brought down.

London protest demands safe passage

Protestors gathered outside the Home Office to demand safe passage for migrants making the crossing over the Channel and held a vigil for a Sudanese young person who died making the crossing.

Johnson’s 1 June plans in tatters – how do we build...

Rob Owen argues that the NEU has won a convincing, but not complete, victory over the government and addresses how we develop workplace organisation in the coming weeks.
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Why schools can’t ‘reopen’ until safe

Rob Owen explains why teachers, not ministers, must be central to judging how and when it’s safe to return.
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A united front against US aggression: difficult but necessary

Rob Owen argues that revolutionaries need to engage with the anti-war movement that exists to build the one we need On Tuesday 4 April two U.S....

Fighting for the NHS, a moment for Corbynism

Rob Owen reflects on the largest demonstration for the NHS in recent memory.

revolutionary reflections | Rank and File Organising – Lessons from America...

The International Socialist tradition has always believed in socialism from below – which means that socialism can only come about by the self-activity...

After Brexit: Keeping our heads when all around are losing theirs

By Rob Owen June 24th was a dark morning. Colleagues at school arrived shell shocked at a result no one expected. Friend after friend asked...

Reclaiming the future – new rs21 magazine out on Saturday

The Spring 2016 issue of the rs21 magazine will be out on Saturday. Order your copy or subscribe here*. Below, Rob Owen gives an overview of...

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‘Solidarity is a stream of sparks’: interview with an antifascist political prisoner

'We are not alone, we are together, and we will win': An interview with Russian antifascist political prisoner Ilya Shakursky.

Can one person change the world?

Jack P writes about the value and limitations of two films, First Reformed and Woman at War, from an emerging genre of environmentalist lone warrior films.
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Cultural Marxism? A review of The Dialectics of Art

Ian Birchall reviews The Dialectics of Art, a new work by John Molyneux.
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Combatting unsafe workplaces: an interview with Janet Newsham

Every workplace is a Covid frontline, as employers try to force workers into unsafe situations. We interviewed Janet Newsham of the Hazards Campaign, which is fighting back.
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Next steps in the fight for safe schools

The government's retreat on school closures won't last forever. Education workers need to go on the offensive.
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Let them starve – food and class in Tory Britain

The Tories and their cronies will let working-class children starve. We don't just need food for all – we need to take over the food system.

Highlights

Poland’s feminist uprising

Women in Poland are making their own cause for hope by taking the streets. rs21 spoke with several feminist activists in Polish union Inicjatywa Pracownicza about the recent wave of feminist strikes and protests.
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What does abolition mean in modern Britain?

The Black Lives Matter movement has sown seeds of hope worldwide for the abolition of police. But policing in the UK goes far beyond the bodies of armed men in uniform.

Fortress Europe after Moria

After Moria burned to the ground, a new camp was quickly built to replace it. We interviewed Chloe Haralambous and Michalis Poulimas about events on the ground and what they mean for the EU border regime.
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Global fever

The Covid-19 pandemic is a foretaste of the approaching climate catastrophe. Andreas Malm's electrifying new book looks at both these crises and asks what we'll need to do to face them down.
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Interview: Organised and disorganised labour in the Belarus uprising

Siarhei Biareishyk speaks to rs21 about the uprising in Belarus following the falsified re-election of Aliaksandr Lukashenka on 9 August 2020.
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Interview: Beirut blast exposed a global system

Rima Majed spoke to rs21 about the blast that devastated Beirut in the context of an existing political and economic crisis.