Refusing To Kill: Bristol’s World War 1 Conscientious Objectors

Refusing To Kill: Bristol's World War 1 Conscientious Objectors

‘Refusing To Kill – Bristol’s World War 1 Conscientious Objectors’ is an exhibition and series of events (music, theatre, talks) presented by Bristol’s Remembering The Real World War 1 group and supported by the University of Bristol.

The exhibition runs from 9th September 2017 – 8th January 2018 in Bristol Cathedral on College Green.

More than 350 men from the Bristol area refused to fight in World War 1. They claimed the status of conscientious objector for moral, religious or political reasons. Some agreed to take non-military roles. Others spent much of the war in prison, often under harsh conditions.

This exhibition tells the stories of these men and the people in the city who supported them. Rarely seen documents will be displayed together with photographs, letters and artefacts. Alongside the exhibition there will be a series of talks, drama and musical events.

A leaflet advertising the exhibition and details of the other events that have been oganised alongside the exhibition can be on this facebook page Bristol’s World War 1 Conscientious Objectors

 

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Bristol March: end austerity – fund our city!

Bristol March: end austerity - fund our city!

Saturday 9th September 2017, 12.00
College Green, Bristol

Mayor Marvin Rees has called a march and rally on Saturday September 9th – following pressure from a coalition of organisations led by Bristol People’s Assembly – to demand the Conservative government gives Bristol and other cities the funding we need for our public services and stops the cuts that are damaging the lives of so many.

Many organisations are supporting and helping to coordinate the action include Bristol People’s Assembly, Bristol Labour Party, Bristol Trades Union Council and others.

More information on the march including campaigning material can be found by following this facebook link Bristol March: end austerity – fund our city!

 

Rail fares rising almost twice as fast as wages

Rail fares rising almost twice as fast as wages

Tuesday 15th August 2017
07.00 – 09.00

Meet at Temple Quay entrance of Bristol Temple Meads Station to protest at over-priced train tickets.

Rail workers will be protesting at the stations around the country on August 15th including Bristol Temple Meads. They will be warning that passengers are paying “more for less” because even as fares rise rail engineering work is being delayed or cancelled, skilled railway jobs are being lost and staff are being cut on trains, stations and ticket offices.

Read RMT’s statement here – Rail fares rising almost twice as fast as wages

Don’t let them privatise #ourNHS

Don't let them privatise our #ourNHS

Saturday 27th May 2017,
1pm @ Horfield Common,
Gloucester Road, BS7 0XG

Join others campaigning to protect the NHS in this march, starting from near Southmead Hospital, on Horfield Common, to make a statement that Bristol does not want a *government from this election* which will continue to privatise and cut our NHS!

— Called by Bristol People’s Assembly and Protect our NHS (Bristol) —

More up to date information can be found on this facebook page Don’t let them privatise #ourNHS

March Against School Budget Cuts

March Against School Cuts

Saturday 20th May 2017, 11.00am
College Green, Bristol

Schools across the region are being hit hard by government funding cuts. Schools are being forced to make often drastic reductions in the number of school support staff. The majority affected are learning support staff so the impact will be felt directly in the classroom by pupils and teachers leading to larger class sizes, less support for children, particularly those with special needs, and reduced subject choices.

Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade union members to support this march. School staff, parents and pupils are building a campaign across the country. On the day of the march in Bristol there will be similar demonstrations in London and many other cities and towns. The march is supported by South Gloucestershire and Bristol Fair funding for all schools who have been organising a growing mass campaign by parents.


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This event is organised by South West National Union of Teachers

A leaflet advertising the march can be downloaded from Bristol March Against School Budget Cuts

 

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 – Report

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Friday 28th April 2017, Castle Park, Bristol

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017 - Montage

A number of events were held in Bristol to commemorate those killed or injured during the course of their work.

The first event was organised by the local Bristol Hazards group who held an open meeting to highlight how the bosses, in collusion with the state, are continuing to blacklist union Health and Safety reps and other union activists who expose the bad practices implemented by the bosses especially those in construction. The example was given of CrossRail where workers work in an atmosphere of fear. One of the contributors argued that can only be solved by trade unionists taking on the bosses and exposing their sharp practises.

The main event was a march through the city to a wreath laying ceremony at Bristol’s commemorative plaque which remembers those killed whilst at work. The rally was addressed by Alex Kempshall (Bristol TUC), Steve Gibbs (Bristol Hazards Group), Lesley Mansell (Labour candidate for West of England Mayor) and Pete Hughes (Unite South West Regional Secretary).

Bristol TUC’s Alex Kempshall said: “In the hour it’s taken us to hold this march and rally, somewhere in the world 240 workers will have died from a work-related accident or disease, and over 34,000 will have had a work-related accident.”

He pointed out that in many cases it was profiteering that was the direct cause of workplace deaths and cited the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh as an example.

He also pointed out that 440,000 people in Britain had reported work-related stress at a level that has made them ill. Which was 40% of all work-related illnesses with each new case of stress leading to an average 31 days off work, which cost the economy a total of £105 billion a year.

He said that we as trade unionists understand that if workers have to work harder and faster that this increases stress and that this stress interferes with the creativity and problem solving skills required for a modern economy.

He argued that “Capitalism kills and the bosses are the culprits. But there’s a cure — organised resistance in our workplaces and communities, and at the political level. Stronger trade unions and united political struggles are needed.

In conclusion he called for all to ensure that Labour win the contest for the West of England Metro-Mayor and pointed out that we have a duty to ensure that the Tories are kicked out on June 8th.

The third event was organised by Bristol NUT to expose the stress suffered by teachers and students in Bristol’s schools. Local teachers handed out leaflets explaining that for those teachers that stress doesn’t kill it can turn them into exhausted and dispirited robots.

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017 - Teaching Robots!
This has come about because even though teachers are having to work 60 to 70 hours a week pupils are getting less teacher time because of larger classes with schools becoming nothing more than exam factories which stress pupils.

To demonstrate teachers as exhausted and dispirited robots the “Lick & Twiddle Theatre Co.” performed street theatre to shoppers and workers in Bristol’s main shopping area.

Stress the killer in our schools

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Stress The Killer In Our Schools

Friday 28th April 2017, 5.00pm
outside Primark, Broadmead.

To highlight how stress affects teachers, and pupils a
10 minute theatre piece will be performed, twice,
and the leaflet Stress The Killer In Our Schools will be
handed out to passers by.

 Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!

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This event is organised by
Bristol National Union of Teachers