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Facebook Accused of Anti-Palestinian Bias by Digital Rights Group and Palestinian News Agencies

On Wednesday 19th May 2021, digital rights group Sada Social and a number of Palestinian News Agencies sent a formal complaint to Facebook for the arbitrary censorship of content posted on the platform by Palestinian journalists and commentators.The complaint, which was also sent to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, requests an urgent review of and explanation for decisions made by Facebook to suspend accounts and posts which are affiliated to Palestinian news agencies and commentators.Digital rights group Sada Social has been monitoring the suspension of Palestinian content and accounts on Facebook and other social media platforms since 2017. This year the group has documented hundreds of instances of inappropriate censorship of social media content which supports the rights of Palestinians by social media platforms. They are currently investigating 159 Palestinian related Facebook accounts, which appear to have been censored without good reason.

Read more: Bindmans Solicitors,

Parliament is Going To Debate the Petition you Signed “

Introduce Sanctions Against Israel”

The debate is scheduled for Monday, 14 June 2021

376,505 people have so far signed; now is the time to double/treble get others to sign;

Target should be 500,000 half -a- Million by Friday 11 June.

Introduce sanctions against Israel – Sign this petition

28,612 Brumies Have Signed the Petition

‘Introduce Sanctions Against Israel’
Petition has Reached 356,844 Signatures and Rising Every Second.
28,612 Brumies Have Signed the Petition
Walsall South 2,144
West Brom 660
East Brom 806
Perry Barr 2,503
Erdington 1,061
Warley 1,200
Ladywood 3,313
Edgbaston 1,001
Hodge Hill  5,307
Yardley 2,932
Hall Green 5,394
Selly Oak 1.279
Solihull 1,005
Grand Total 28,612
The petition has Reached 355,466 Signatures and Rising Every Second.
If you have not yet signed, please do so now!

BTUC May Day Rally Saturday 1st of May 2021

An evening of International May Day Entertainment with Banner Theatre

May Day 2021 1 pm-3pm Saturday 1st May 2021

The Birmingham Trades Council is as part of a long established tradition celebrating May Day as it has done over many decades. However, for the second year running the celebrations would be over zoom. In 2020, we were unsure how the pendemic would impact the Trades Council and its affiliates. In 2021, we are fairly sure about the direction of travel as far as the Trade Union movement and the communities BTUC serves. We have already seen the impact in terms of job losses, cuts in our affiliate members wages and detoriarating working conditions. We have seen the “Fire & Hire” by employers in the health and energy sectors. We have also seen the introduction of the Police Bill that aims to restrict our ability to organize and protest against some of the draconian measures the the employers intend taking against the various sections of the working classes over the next few years.

Zoom Meeting ID 853 2714 5707, Passcode 649171

Join the Zoom meeting

Speakers include

Radha D’SDouza Lawyer and Social Justice activist working in India and internationally, Missh Rahman Labour’s NEC member and Walsall activist, Chris Crean Friends of the Earth, Steve Turner Asst General Secretary UNITE the Union

We therefore, intend to use this May Day to reflect what we have faced over the last two years and what draconian measures we may anticipate against us as the movement here and internationally.

We have identified four areas of concern. They are

  • Jobs Crisis
  • Covid Zero
  • Violence against Women, state oppression and Equality issues
  • International and Neo Liberal policies

We have invited 4 key speakers one on each of the subjects above. Following their talks, we will split up into 4 Break out rooms where a discussion will follow for around 30 minutes. Each break out room will come back with suggestions of how the Trades Council should propose tackling these four areas of concern over the rest of 2021.

We will be publishing the names of those invited over the next few days once they are confirmed. We hope you will join us and be part of the discussion on how we can confront the draconian measures we can expect following the Covid-19 crisis.

Birmingham Workers Memorial Day
“Remember the Dead and fight for the living”

Zoom meeting 12.30pm Wed, 28 April 2021

Zoom Meeting ID 869 3191 1126

Passcode: 567742

Alternatively dial 0203 901 7895

When prompted enter meeting ID 869 3191 1126 & Passcode 567742

Speakers, including bereaved relatives:

Tracy Edwards, National Health & Safety Officer PCS

Su Lowe, Unite the Union, West Mids lead officer for Health

Ravi Subramanian, West Mids UNISON Regional Secretary

Lee Barron, Midlands TUC Regional Secretary

John Blunt, trustee Asbestos Support Central England

Kathy Gaffney, Sec West Midlands Hazards Trust

Ian Scott, President Birmingham Trades Union Council

Neil Bishop, manager Asbestos Support Central England

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2021 Film Screening and Q&A

Birmingham Trades Union Council (BTUC) invites you to our International Women’s Day (IWD) event. For this event, we aim to reflect on the origins of IWD by commemorating working women and their important role within the labour movement. We will also be discussing the importance of women not only as key organizers of the movement but their role in providing the bulk of reproductive labour for society. We invite you all to join the discussion.The event will first show the film ‘Norma Rae’ (1979) to later continue with a Q&A with key local speakers (TBC)The event will be on Sunday 7th March 2021 at 4pmJoin Zoom Meeting…Meeting ID: 880 2195 7251
Passcode: 986105
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Meeting ID: 880 2195 7251
Passcode: 986105Please note that the Q+A portion of this event will be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded please ensure your camera is not on and that you are muted. You will still be able to ask questions through the chat function. 

BTUC Meeting (Zoom) on Racism and Black Lives Matter Thursday, the 16th July 2020 7 pm

The death of George Floyd while being arrested by the Police force in the US highlighted institutional racism within the police force and other state institutions. The accused police officer had previously been fifteen complaints of abuse over his twenty year career. This has resulted in demands de-funding the police force eradicating racism within institutions of the state.

Similar incidences, with multiple deaths in custody in this country, including in Birmingham suggest significant presence of institutional racism within our state institutions and in particular within the police and judicial services.

Birmingham Trades Union Council has organised a meeting the issues around racism and we can help combat racism in all its form and in particular within our institutions and societal structures.

Join Zoom Meeting by following the link below

Alternatively, you can dial one of the numbers listed below
+44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
+44 203 481 5240 United Kingdoma nd enter the details as prompted
Meeting ID: 895 5088 8818
Password: 027430

International Workers Memorial Day Birmingham