Local UNISON steward and activist Katie Griffin is taking part in ‘The Big Ride’ - a 9 day bike ride from Edinburgh to London in August to raise money for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, who work with children in Gaza – providing emergency aid, and encouraging participation in play, sport and other activities. If you would like to sponsor Katie go to her just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Catherine-Griffin3
Freedom Flotilla Event – 30th May
On 30th May at 12pm at St. Barnabus Church, James Godfrey from the Campaign Team of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza will be talking about the Freedom Flotilla and how people can support the campaign. For further information please email thpalestinesolidarity@gmai
You can also find more details about the event from the Facebook page by clicking here.
Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association / PSC presents an evening of music and spoken word in support of the visit of the Freedom Theatre during May and June when they will tour their production of ‘The Siege’ on their first ever visit to Britain and Ireland.
The history of the Freedom Theatre is inspiring. Under the banner ‘Generating Cultural Resistance’ it continues the work of its founder Arna Mer, using art to address injustice, oppression and their consequences in the occupied territories. The event seeks to celebrate that tradition and to raise money to support the visit.
All proceeds to go towards the costs of the company during their time in the UK.
Food + Bar £10 / £5 concs
Saturday 2nd May - starts 7.30
Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London E1 5HU
Click here to find out who is performing and watch some of their music!
Tickets : Eventbrite : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-for-jenin-tickets-16504441228
Election Hustings on Palestine. THJFA and Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be hosting an election hustings at 7pm on Monday 20th April at Cranbrook Estate Community Centre, where parliamentary candidates will be quizzed about the views on Palestine. Confirmed so far as Rushanara Ali (Labour), Teena Lashmore (LibDem), Alistair Polson (Green) and Glyn Robbins (TUSC). Find out all the details here.
CARDS-A-THON FOR PALESTINE – SATURDAY 14 MARCH 11am-11pm – BETHNAL GREEN
The first ever tour of the UK & Ireland by the Freedom Theatre, which is based in Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine, will be taking place in 2015. The tour includes a London performance of a brand new play called ‘The Siege’ at Battersea Arts Centre in May.
Local group Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association (THJFA) is aiming to sponsor one of the six actors who will be taking part in the performance of this specially commissioned play. Palestinian actor and singer at the Freedom Theatre, Ahmed Tobasi, appeared at a packed performance organised by THJFA at Wilton’s Music Hall last year where he stunned the Tower Hamlets audience with his accomplished singing and inspiring talk about the work of the Freedom Theatre. To help raise the necessary funds in order to sponsor Ahmed to take part in the upcoming London performance of ‘The Siege’, local resident Guy Shennan will play cards for 12 hours non-stop, from 11am to 11pm, on Saturday 14th March at The Camel pub in Bethnal Green.
This isn’t the first time Guy has undertaken such a feat – he has also successfully staged a 12 hour Quiz-a-Thon in 2013, 12 hour Backgammon-a-Thon in 2011, and 12 hour Crossword-a-Thon in 2009 in aid of the work Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship Association.
This time round, supporters will ‘pay to play’ an addictive form of Whist named ‘Oh Dammit’ with Guy at an allocated time on the day. If you’re interested in playing, please contact Guy directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t play on the day, you can also sponsor Guy to help raise money to make the tour happen by giving a donation directly to the THJFA account, details here.
Details of the Freedom Theatre’s tour can be found here: http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news/the-siege-uk-tour-in-2015/
Next THJFA/ THPSC meeting will be at Unite community centre on Cable St on Thursday 5th march 7-9pm. All welcome!
Glenn McMahon will be running the Bethlehem half-marathon later this year, raising funds for PSC and Labour Friends of Palestine. You can find out more about the Bethlehem half-marathon, Glenn’s plans, and sponsor him here.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign have launched a great campaign to make sure voters know how important Palestine is as an election issue. You can use their fantastic online tool to quiz your local MP on their stance about Palestine – find it here.
Let’s make sure everyone running to be an MP knows that we won’t support those who don’t support Palestine.