Towards a South Downs commune

“For us, as revolutionaries, meaningful action is whatever increases the confidence, autonomy, initiative, participation, solidarity, egalitarian tendencies and self-activity of the masses, and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, cynicism, differentiation through hierarchy, alienation, reliance on others to do things for them,…

Day of Action for a Living Wage

Members from both the Unite and Unison unions came together in Portsmouth this week to continue their campaign for the living wage. Portsmouth City Council employees have suffered an 18% cut in pay between 2010 and 2014 as part of the government’s austerity drive. Now many workers are paid nothing more than minimum wage, despite…

Report: Hundreds march for Palestine

Last Saturday (9 August), over 200 people marched in Portsmouth against Israel’s latest offensive in Gaza, the largest show of solidarity with Palestine in the city in years. The march, called for by Portsmouth and South Downs Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was loud and passionate, filling the Commercial Road with the chant “Free Free Palestine!”. The…

Why I Am Marching For Palestine

This Saturday there will be a demonstration in Portsmouth in solidarity with the people of Gaza. For 22 days Israel has mercilessly shelled the Gaza strip. Ten days in and the F-16s were joined by a ground invasion. The aerial bombardment has been devastating. It has destroyed schools and hospitals, the only power station, UN…