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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 August 2016
Nottinghamshire Pride makes history
Nottinghamshire Pride photo Nottingham SP (Click to enlarge)
Nottingham Socialist Party
This year's Pride march in Nottingham on 30 July was a far cry from the corporate-sponsored 'respectability politics' of integration into the capitalist establishment. The march, some 5,000 strong, was led by Black Lives Matter and Notts QTIPOC (Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour), with the foremost banner dedicated to Marsha P Johnson, an African-American drag queen activist who was at the forefront of the Stonewall uprising against anti-LGBT police brutality in 1969.
Other banners celebrated transgender women as pioneers of Pride, and denounced the inhumane treatment of transgender prisoners and queer refugees. As the march arrived in Hockley, a minute's silence was observed for the victims of the Orlando LGBT massacre.
The atmosphere was electric as political slogans gave voice to anger that in previous years had been drowned out by the whistle-sellers' wares.
Socialist Party members marched and petitioned against NHS cuts that disproportionately affect marginalised groups, selling 15 copies of the Socialist.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 24 August 2016:
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Pay still below pre-crisis levels
Train fares to rise again - nationalise railways now!
£500m on civil service redundancies in two years
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Trump in trouble - political polarisation deepens
International news in brief
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Junior doctors set for further strike action
A day in the life of a call centre worker
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Save our NHS
Save our NHS!
The threat of private health insurance
Organise against secretive NHS cuts plans
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Greenwich council tenants: We won't pay! We won't move!
Local estate agents back Butterfields tenants
Nottinghamshire Pride makes history
Immingham residents' housing battle
The Socialist 24 August 2016 |
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