March 25, 6.30pm
Hands Off the Left!
Reinstate Chris Williamson! Don’t expel Jackie Walker!
- Ken Livingstone
- Jackie Walker
- Graham Bash (Jewish Voice for Labour & Labour Representation Committee, personal capacity)
This meeting is a response to the attacks against those on the left who have supported the Corbyn revolution in the Labour Party. We are Jewish and non-Jewish. We are black and we are white and we will not stand silent anymore! Come along to discuss how we can move forward in this struggle.
This meeting near Holborn tubes station takes place on the eve of Jackie Walker’s Labour Party expulsion hearing – come along and get briefed on what’s going on.
Details of the precise venue will be published nearer the date. Register on Eventbrite here. We reserve the right to refuse admission. Chaired by Tina Werkmann, Labour Against the Witchhunt.
March 26 2019
Labour Party disciplinary hearing against Jackie Walker
Come and show your support! Details and venue to follow. Facebook event here.
Individuals and liberation groups, Labour Party members or not, witches, clowns, performers and entertainers (after all, this is politics) – come, bring banners and your dancing shoes – share the love and show your support! Take the day off (we won’t tell!!), or come for bit ….
Details to follow, but note, this is a day of celebration: we are celebrating the courage and resilience that Jackie and so many anti-racists, pro-Palestinian activists, ordinary members and those wrongly accused and witch-hunted have shown over more than 3 years. We want to commend the massive achievements of those campaigning for radical change in our politics. We want to celebrate our diversity, the solidarity, determination and comradeship that she and others have experienced.
Come along and bring friends and family!
“I’m so pleased to have a date for my hearing,” Walker told The Electronic Intifada. “Whatever the outcome, it’s been amazing to be part of an anti-racist, anti-Zionist left that has refused to be silenced by what has been the worst political witch hunt of our generation.”
Click here to read the full article by LAW supporter Asa Winstanley on the Electronic Intifada:
Here is the trailer for The Witchhunt, a documentary about Jackie …. premiered on February 10 in London and cities across the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32sarO26Kvg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1GGecIbtshVt2ILloQjbsabR58B2zuSKnwb0Cgrw6c9110tBDb581TmWU
SIGN THE PETITION HERE
Open letter: Reinstate Chris Williamson MP!
We, the undersigned, believe that the suspension of Chris Williamson MP is an outrage.
The allegation that Chris is downplaying anti-Semitism is totally unfounded. His comments, made at a Momentum meeting in Sheffield, were taken out of context in a deliberate attempt to ruin the reputation of both Chris Williamson and Jeremy Corbyn.
He actually said: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party. I have got to say, I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we’ve backed off far too much, we have given too much ground, we’ve been too apologetic… We’ve done more to address the scourge of anti-Semitism than any other party.”
His comments are clearly neither anti-Semitic, nor denying the existence of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party (or wider society). But he has quite rightly pointed to the fact that there has also been a political campaign to “weaponise” accusations of anti-Semitism.
Chris is a target because he is one of the very few Labour MPs who have openly stood up to the witch-hunt of Corbyn supporters and because he has campaigned tirelessly for the much-needed democratisation of the party.
Despite the departure of Iain McNicol as general secretary, the witch-hunt of left-leaning party members continues. The main target of this campaign is, of course, Jeremy Corbyn himself. But thousands of Labour Party members have been investigated, suspended and expelled, often on spurious grounds. Like Chris Willamson, they are the collateral damage in this campaign to ‘get’ Corbyn.
We call on the Labour Party to immediately reinstate Chris Williamson MP and to apologise to him!
SIGN THE PETITION HERE
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You can download the motion in Word format here.
1. This branch/CLPs notes that:
1.1 Ruth Smeeth MP claimed that at the launch of the Charkrabarti report in June 2016, veteran anti-racist campaigner Marc Wadsworth was being “anti-Semitic” for criticising her as “working hand in hand” with a reporter of the Daily Telegraph – a fallacious claim that was repeated in almost every newspaper.
1.2 An all-white, three person panel of the National Constitutional Committee of the Labour Party, however, did not uphold this charge. They expelled Marc Wadsworth on April 27 2018 under the catch-all phrase of “bringing the party into disrepute” (point 2.1.8 in Labour’s 2016 rulebook). Continue Reading “LAW model motion on the expulsion of Marc Wadsworth”