MPs fight government crackdown on local democracy

21 November 2016 - 11:30am

The government’s controversial new pension regulations came into effect this month, banning local authorities in England and Wales from divesting from the arms trade and companies complicit in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.

Film Screening: The Giant is Falling

21 November 2016 - 10:30am

  • EVENT DATE: 7pm -10pm, Friday 25 November 2016
  • LOCATION: The Hive, 260-264 Kingsland Road E8 4DG (near the canal), Hackney.

On 25 November 2016, War on Want has the pleasure of hosting the South African activist and film-maker Rehad Desai in London for the screening of his new film The Giant is FallingThe Giant is Falling follows his Emmy award-winning film Miners Shot Down which documented the massacre of mineworkers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa in 2012.

United For Education: United to End Precarious Contracts

18 November 2016 - 12:45pm

the National Union of Students and UCU - University and College Union  are marching in central London tomorrow to demand free, quality further and higher education, accessible to all. Academia is a front line in the fight against precarious contracts: 53% of academics are on zero-hours contracts, agency or other form of precarious contract.  

Rita and Wafa’ remain cautiously hopeful for the future. Wafa’s says:

“As long as the occupation continues, and as long as we don’t have our rights, there is no hope and no future. We as Palestinian people are people who love our homeland, but we also love life and we love to live. We are people who love to be happy.”

Wafa’ wants their demonstrations and vigils to send a message to British people. She says:

“People can stand with us by pressuring the British government, particularly about laws that came from the British system including administrative detention and house demolitions laws.”

Wafa' holds a solidarity poster

Wafa’ works in support of all the political prisoners, moved by her husband’s detention as well as the arrest of her sister when she was 6 years old. Wafa' says:

“They arrested my sister and demolished my family's house. The most difficult thing in life is for children to be taken from their house, or old people to be taken from their house, and then their house is demolished around them and they are left with nowhere to live.”

Rita

Rita’s entire relationship with her father is built on a 40 minute prison visit every few months. She says:

"He always tells me he's happy, but I know it’s not true. I want my father to leave prison. I want us to live as a little, happy family. I want him to help me with my maths homework. I want what every child has from their father.”

bus

Wafa’ was banned from visiting her husband in prison and given no reason why. Rita can still visit but without family to accompany her. Visits only last 40 minutes but the process takes the whole day. Rita says:

"It’s very difficult. We get on the bus [to the first] checkpoint. Then we go to another small checkpoint where the soldiers search our bags. Then we have to show our ID's and our permits to visit the prison. After that we set off again on another bus.”

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