Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Lewisham Teachers Strike Rally

On a day which saw the largest number of workers strike on one day for many years, hundreds of striking teachers and their supporters held a rally in Lewisham before heading into central London to join a demonstration there.

Speakers at the rally next to the Glassmill leisure centre included teachers as well as a Royal Mail worker also involved in this season of strikes. There was lots of community support with seemingly every passing lorry and bus tooting their approval.

Chelwood Nursery School banner

If you can read this thank a teacher

Kids from Edmund Waller Primary School

Lewisham Trades Council banner

'I'd rather be teaching' (at Addey & Stanhope school, New Cross Road)

Members of the UCU were also on strike at Goldsmiths today. The common thread with all these strikes is that people have had enough of their real wages going down as prices rise. While the Government complains about disruption to the public, we have to ask who exactly is the public if not teachers, train drivers, nurses, ambulance workers, posties and all the rest?

Goldsmiths strike

Sunday, January 29, 2023

NHS Physios on Strike: 'F**ck praise, we need a raise'

Physiotherapists are the latest group of NHS workers taking strike action in the cost of living crisis. Their strike on 26 January 2023 was well supported at South London Hospitals. I visited the picket line at Guys Hospital:

'if you're happy to exploit NHS workers and you know it clap your hands'

 'F**ck praise, we need a raise'

Pickets were also out at St Thomas' and Lewisham Hospital

St Thomas' Hospital - photo by @EmilyAHickson on twitter

Lewisham picket (photo from @aminamangera1 on twitter)


Friday, January 27, 2023

South London Tarot

 Brockley Pop Up on the corner by Brockley Cross roundabout has hosted some interesting retro clothes and other short term shops recently. Lates temporary occupant is Tia Xixa Tarot offering tarot readings until 29 January 2023

Like many tarot readers, Jessica uses the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, to which there is a South London connection  (there always is). As mentioned here before A E Waite, who co-created the deck with artist Pamela Colman Smith, was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the grounds of what is now the Horniman Museum in 1891.

There are lots of new and interesting decks out there too, at a recent Old Kent Road Arts Club fair I came across Ayshe-Mira Yasmin's work. She has designed  an Earth Mother Magic Tarot Deck as 'an intersectional feminist tarot deck for queer women and femme non-binary people. The intention of the deck is to empower women and femme people in the face of an adversary world, to celebrate queer love, and to embrace raw feminine power through an intersectional representation of femininity'.  Yasmin has been studying illustration at Camberwell arts college. You can find her on insta as Illustrationwitch.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

New Cross Fire remembered one year later

In January 1982, on the first anniversary of the New Cross Fire '800 people attended a memorial outside 439 New Cross Road where the 13 black youngster died'

 Lots more information about the New Cross Fire in previous posts here