Tag: coronavirus

DNR: everyone deserves dignity

Everyone is entitled to dignity at the end of their life, and to die as they would wish. The way the UK government is managing the coronavirus pandemic is failing to respect that.
Huoshenshan

Covid-19: The ‘China’ narratives and Chinese workers

The workers who built China’s emergency hospitals are missing from the dominant narratives about China and the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Hsiao-Hung Pai.
A crowd of police on Whitehall

The police won’t keep us safe – our neighbours will

In a scramble to appear to have a strong handle on the coronavirus crisis, the government introduced sweeping new police powers to enforce the lockdown. Hanna Gál writes on why these measures will not keep us safe.
Empty supermarket shelves in a Sainsbury's store.

Social reproduction in crisis

The coronavirus crisis brings into sharp light capital's reliance on social reproductive labour, Kate Bradley argues.

Interview: Dealing with the mess

Junior Doctor Stacey Williams speaks about the prospects for organising to defend lives and the NHS through the coronavirus crisis.

Other people are not the problem

Whilst the government continues to condemn millions by asset stripping the healthcare service and backing landlords and bosses, we must remember that we are all united by their contempt for us.
An empty hospital corridor.

The Scottish government needs to defy Johnson’s Tories and act independently to save lives

Ray M argues that the Scottish government must break with Westminster in order to tackle the Covid-19 crisis appropriately.
The AIDS Quilt memorial laid out in an open square.

Safer sex – lessons from the AIDS crisis

Colin Wilson remembers the community responses to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

Strikes in the time of coronavirus

How can workers respond to the unfolding coronavirus crisis, without forfeiting our collective power?  A UCU member reflects. Originally published on Notes from Below.

The cradle will rock

The social crisis produced by the coronavirus has had a major impact on children and the way their care is organised. Here, a nursery worker reflects on a fortnight of uncertainty and change.

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Review: On Fire by Naomi Klein

Katherine Hearst reviews On Fire, a wide-ranging examination of the climate crisis that argues for a comprehensive ‘Green New Deal’. 

DNR: everyone deserves dignity

Everyone is entitled to dignity at the end of their life, and to die as they would wish. The way the UK government is managing the coronavirus pandemic is failing to respect that.
Huoshenshan

Covid-19: The ‘China’ narratives and Chinese workers

The workers who built China’s emergency hospitals are missing from the dominant narratives about China and the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Hsiao-Hung Pai.

Time to leave Labour

The social crises thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic make internal battles in the Labour Party increasingly irrelevant.
Keir Starmer

Now is no time to turn back the clock

Keir Starmer’s victory in the Labour leadership election cannot mean a return to ‘business as usual’ for activists inside or outside the Labour Party.
A crowd of police on Whitehall

The police won’t keep us safe – our neighbours will

In a scramble to appear to have a strong handle on the coronavirus crisis, the government introduced sweeping new police powers to enforce the lockdown. Hanna Gál writes on why these measures will not keep us safe.
A memorial plaque

The Scottish general strike of 1820

Pete Cannell recounts the first general strike in the history of capitalism.
Empty supermarket shelves in a Sainsbury's store.

Social reproduction in crisis

The coronavirus crisis brings into sharp light capital's reliance on social reproductive labour, Kate Bradley argues.

Review: Can’t Pay Won’t Pay

The 30th anniversary of the Trafalgar Square riot is a good time to reflect on Simon Hannah’s engaging account of the movement that scuppered Thatcher’s poll tax, writes Andrew Stone

Interview: Dealing with the mess

Junior Doctor Stacey Williams speaks about the prospects for organising to defend lives and the NHS through the coronavirus crisis.

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Other people are not the problem

Whilst the government continues to condemn millions by asset stripping the healthcare service and backing landlords and bosses, we must remember that we are all united by their contempt for us.
Poll Tax Riot 31 March 1990

revolutionary reflections | The Anti-Poll Tax Federation: Organisation and spontaneity

The anti-poll tax movement was arguably the most successful social movement in Great Britain since the 1970s. In advance of the 30th anniversary of the poll tax riot (31 March 1990), Andrew Stone explores how political organisations and grassroots initiative interacted.

Acting on COVID-19

With cases of the pandemic rising rapidly, we cannot rely on government or business to put health before profits. rs21 members have produced a set of actions and demands to campaign around and a summary of the safety legislation can allow workers to take action or leave work.
Crowd with banners and 'Strike' lettering

University strikes escalate from Monday

UCU and EIS members are briefly returning to work before escalating their strike on Monday. rs21 reports from the higher education strike around Britain.
Chief Howihkat (Freda Huson) in ceremony while the RCMP raid the Unist'ot'en camp to enforce the Coastal GasLink injunction

Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en!

As Canada’s rail network is shut down by indigenous and allied land defenders, the struggle against a fracking pipeline project on Wet’suwet’en territory has received international attention.