Please join us for a special screening of All Work and No Pay & Women of the Rhondda

Crossroads Women’s Centre present

All Work and No Pay &
Women of the Rhondda

Sat 19 Oct 2019 / 2-4pm

LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF
Booking free via Eventbrite

Book online

As part of our current exhibition All You Need’s An Excuse, please join us for a special screening of a recent acquisition by the London Community Video Archive (LCVA), All Work and No Paymade in 1975 by the Power of Women Collective and Wages for Housework Campaign, and broadcast in 1976 by the community access unit for the BBC, Open Door. The programme provided much-needed airtime where the demand for wages for housework could be put forward. The video shows meetings and interviews with groups in different countries developing campaign strategies and women of different races and nationalities sharing their experiences.

The screening will be introduced by women from the Global Women’s Strike, based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish Town. GWS have also chosen to screen Women of the Rhondda (1973) made collectively by Esther Ronay, Mary Kelly, Mary Capps, Humphrey Trevelyan, Margaret Dickinson, Brigid Seagrave and Susan Shapiro. Distributed by Cinenova.

The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground.

Join us at Extinction Rebellion events!

Dear Friends,

We are taking part in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) Movement of Movements this week and next week.

Here are some of the events we are involved in organising. The events are mostly outside and some called at short notice so please follow social media or check XRs website as sometimes events and timings have to change.
All welcome. Hope to see you there!

Event: Mexico Mothers of Disappeared & Haiti Insurrection

Dear Friends,
Please note the meeting on Sat 5 Oct is at 4pm (not 2pm).

The Transformative Power of Mexico’s Movement of Mothers of the Disappeared With Laura Carlsen and a special news report
Another Haitian Revolution? Margaret Prescod reporting from Haiti

Saturday 5 October 2019, 4pm Crossroads Women’s Centre 25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, London NW5 2DX
Fully accessible All welcome
***Please pass on to lists and contacts***

Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program, is available to speak on Mexico’s transformation, immigration, the movement of families of the disappeared, human rights and the feminist movement, international relations with the US and Central America, the war on drugs.

Mexico bucked the trend of rightwing governments in Latin America on July 1, 2018, when Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won the presidential election by a landslide. The geopolitics of the Hemisphere shifted and the promises of a “radical transformation” in the nation that was once the laboratory of neoliberalism raised expectations, not only in Mexico but around the world.
Where are we now, more than a year later? What has changed and what has not?

As Mexico attempts major anti-corruption, redistribution and national development programs, the U.S. government is moving rapidly toward openly white supremacist, patriarchal and oligarchical rule—with widespread popular support. Antagonism toward Mexico, the left and especially immigrants of color have been the cornerstone of the Trump administration and now intensifies with his re-election campaign.

How much margin of maneuver does the AMLO government have? International financial markets and investors threaten to punish any small step that reforms the market-based model and Trump’s tariffs and other threats have already modified especially immigration policy. On the other hand, how much change does the president really want? Some indigenous organizations criticize development plans as the same models of megaprojects and extractivism that has threatened their land and their peoples. The government has achieved gender parity, but feminists point to continued violence against women and attacks on rights. As we see some advances, human rights abuses and corruption are proving more intractable than many thought, and crime-related violence has flared.
Join us to discuss the Mexico that the mainstream media hides—what’s happening, government strategies, how citizen organizations are responding, the U.S. role, and the changing connections that bind the region.

The CIP Americas Program seeks university and community-based sponsors to host events during our 2019 Speaking Tour, September 28-October 10. ***Please book events as soon as possible***
(All proceeds go to support the work of the Americas Program and partner organizations in Mexico)
Laura Carlsen is a bilingual, binational (Mexico-United States) political analyst, journalist and media commentator in Mexico. She holds a Masters from Stanford University in Latin American Studies, and has written extensively on NAFTA, the drug war, immigration and gender issues in The Nation, Le Monde, USA Today, the New York Times, Truth Out and others. She edits the Americas Updater and is a regular columnist for Desinformémonos, Foreign Policy in Focus, Counterpunch, and a commentator with KPFK, Al Jazeera, CGTN, Democracy Now!, NPR and other Mexican television and radio stations. She hosts the TV programs Hecho in America, Interviews From Mexico and Updates from South of the Border on The Real News. She is author and co-editor of Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico and has participated as an analyst and activist in the movements against militarization and for human rights on both sides of the border.

Ms. Carlsen is available to speak on Mexico–the situation from above in national politics and regional geopolitics, and from below in grassroots responses and resistance– in English or Spanish. Specific presentations can be tailored to the interests of the host organization; presentations can include brief videos, accompanying slides; questions and dialogue with the audience is encouraged.

Green New Deal For Europe – A Care Income (Excerpts)

Download the report here.

The Green New Deal for Europe is the first attempt at a political response to climate change that is on the same scale as the problem itself, and it recognizes that any response to the climate and sustainability crisis must necessarily also deal with the austerity and economic short-sightedness that currently paralyze our societies…

It is a promise to build a fairer and more democratic economy, generating decent jobs, protecting workers’ rights, and empowering communities to shape their futures. This is the vision behind the Green Public Works (GPW), an historic public investment programme financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB)…

One of its recommendation: Implement a Care Income to compensate activities like care for people, the urban environment, and the natural world.

The GPW will recognise that reproductive and care work represents a significant amount of time allocated for personal, household and community wellbeing, and the protection of and struggle for human rights which is integral to care work. The GPW, then, includes provision for a Care Income (CI) — based on the recognition of the necessity of the activities of caring, which are often undervalued or invisible in our societies, and overwhelmingly performed by women, beginning with mothers. This Care Income can be made available to people who are not formally employed, but are engaged on a full- or part-time basis in care — parents caring for their children or for disabled relatives, children caring for their elderly or disabled parents, and community members caring for each other and the environment. It would raise the status of women, since they do most of the caring work, and of all carers, and strengthen the power to refuse unequal pay. It would also strengthen disabled people making demands for access and for the care they need to live independently. By providing social and financial recognition, a Care Income would provide an incentive for more people, including men who have so far shunned care work, to engage with this work…

Workers under a job guarantee can earn a dignified living doing anything that is publicly deemed to be of social value, including caring for the elderly and children, and for people who are ill or disabled, habitat restoration, and community services.

Join Extinction Rebellion breastfeeding action 9 Oct

Dear Friends,

We invite you to take part in the Nurse-in on Wednesday 9 October 10.30-11.30 organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR) as part of the October XR Movement of Movements. Mothers are meeting at the QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, SW1P 3EE and move to a nearby location for the Nurse-in.

Please join us if you are a breastfeeding mum. Spread the word among your friends and networks. Bring your placards and banners! Look out for our GWS banner and let us know if you are planning to go.

Breastfeeding mums across the globe are making a big contribution to protecting the environment – no food more locally produced, food-mile friendly, packaging and plastic free, sustainable, renewable, environmentally friendly, family-budget friendly, health giving, life-saving. The Nurse-in makes all this visible.

Facebook event here and leaflet below.

See you there!