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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 September 2021

Reclaiming Pride as protest in Nottingham

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Clare Wilkins, Nottingham Socialist Party

3,000 overwhelmingly young people from all over the East Midlands marched round Nottingham for Pride on Saturday 11 September.

The event had been postponed and 'pared down'. In effect, this meant much of the commercial element had been removed. Pride as protest as well as statement was reclaimed.

Nottingham Socialist Party was the only political organisation to have a dedicated Pride-focused intervention. Our leaflet was very popular and sought after, as was our LGBTQ+ workers' charter.

There was agreement that the questions of jobs, pay, housing and services were integral to LGBTQ+ liberation as well as the issues of specific oppression faced by LGBTQ+ people.

Some young women said that they considered themselves to be socialists. Others asked us to explain what socialism is.

A number of people were interested in finding out more about the Socialist Party and coming to our meeting on how to achieve LGBTQ+ liberation.

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In The Socialist 15 September 2021:


What we think

We need a new political party for workers and youth

What's behind the worker shortages, and what can be done about it?


News

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Hands off the Universal Credit uplift

Unite young and old to defend the pensions triple lock


Climate change

Climate change, capitalism, and the struggle for socialism


Youth and students

We won't pay for capitalism's failings

Scrap tuition fees - end university marketisation

Returning to campus: Students need to fight

Campaigning for socialism at Oxford Brookes Uni

Youth Fight for Jobs launches campaign in Brighton


Workplace news

NSSN trade union rally reflects working-class anger to fight back

Oaks Park school: Redbridge Labour council backs strike-breaking bullies

Save jobs and services - nationalise rail

Weetabix - workers have had enough

Carmarthenshire Unison: 'Recognise our union!'

Goodlord dispute: Labour's leadership weasled out of backing strike action


NHS

Take the wealth off the super-rich to fund: NHS and social care, pay and benefit rises

Deaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

On the frontline, and still fighting for the NHS

Solidarity to the striking workers at Charité and Vivantes hospitals in Berlin


Campaigns

Putting socialism on the map in Chichester

Reclaiming Pride as protest in Nottingham

Fighting fund target reached: Help us continue to raise our banner and programme


Review

Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

TV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story


 

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