Autumn newsletter & Save the Date(s)!

Autumn newsletter & Save the Date(s)!

Hello friends, colleagues and supporters,

We hope you’re all well and that you were able to navigate your way through our sweltering summer… a taste of the changing nature of summers to come.

Below is a quick round-up of what we’ve been up to since our last early summer e-news and more importantly, events to look out for over the next couple of months!

Best wishes

Deb, Ho-Chih & our colleagues at From Pink to Prevention & MLK Global
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Mark Mandela’s centenary & commit to supporting BDS

Mark Mandela’s centenary & commit to supporting BDS

‘The Triple Evils of economic exploitation, racism and militarism  are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated (and), all-inclusive…’

Martin Luther King 1967

Today July 18th we mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

In 2018 the world marks anniversaries of three inter-linked movements that spanned the 20th and into the 21st century.

Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid and Palestine Freedom Struggles

Mandela Centenary 1918-2018

Palestine Nakba -‘Catastrophe’ 1948.

MLK Assassination 1968

All three struggles faced King’s ‘triple evils’: racism and far right organising; bearing the brunt of a massive security and military establishment;  economic exploitation. But the power  of effective domestic and international solidarity economic, academic, cultural and sporting boycotts is also a critical part of their shared story.

In 1948, the same year as the Palestinian Nakba which saw zionist militia ethnically cleanse more 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland and destroy more than 500 palestinian villages, South africa formally adopted the apartheid regime.

“Apartheid was an extension of the colonial project to dispossess

people of their land. That is exactly what has happened in Israel and the occupied

territories; the use of force and the law to take the land. That is what apartheid

and Israel have in common.’’

Ronnie Kasrils, the Jewish South African cabinet minister and former ANC guerrilla, Jerusalem, February 2009.

“Expelling people from their homes is a war crime. As well as preventing them from returning. Israel didn’t just commit a war crime in 1948 but continues to commit one to this day.’’

Salman Abu Sitta, Author of Atlas of Palestine 1948

MANDELA, the ANC & the PLO 

June 1961 Letter From Underground, Nelson Mandela wrote:

“The histories of our two peoples, Palestinian and South African, correspond in such painful and poignant ways, that I intensely feel myself being at home amongst compatriots’’
“We identify with the PLO, because just like ourselves they are fighting for the right of self determination.”

“Yesterday’s South African township dwellers can tell you about today’s life in the  Occupied Territories… More than an emergency is needed to get to a hospital;  less than a crime earns a trip to jail… If apartheid ended, so can the occupation.  But the moral force and international pressure will have to be just as determined. The current divestment effort is the first, though certainly not the only, necessary move in that direction.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

CIVIL RIGHTS FREEDOM RIDERS INSPIRE THE PALESTINIAN MOVEMENT

MARTIN LUTHER KING & MANDELA

In 1955, at the age of 25, young Memphis pastor Martin Luther King was asked to become the churches lead on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It took more than a year, but it was successful in its aim to desegregate the buses. Economic boycotts were to become a critical tool in King’s strategy – right up to the end. In his final ‘mountaintop’ speech, the night before he was murdered, he was calling for the boycott of Coca-Cola.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr City Temple London 7th December 1964

Clearly there is much in Mississippi and Alabama to remind the South Africans of their own country… great leaders, like Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe, are among the many hundreds wasting away in Robben Island prison… It is in this situation, with the great mass of South Africans denied their humanity, their dignity, denied opportunity, denied all human rights; it is in this situation, with many of the bravest and best South Africans serving long years in prison, with some already executed; in this situation we in America and Britain have a unique responsibility, for it is we, through our investments, through our governments’ failure to act decisively, who are guilty of bolstering up the South African tyranny…. If the United Kingdom and the United States decided tomorrow morning not to buy South African goods, not to buy South African gold, to put an embargo on oil, if our investors and capitalists would withdraw their support for that racial tyranny that we find there, then apartheid would be brought to an end. Then the majority of South Africans of all races could at last build the shared society they desire.

BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS

This movement is led by Palestinian civil society and inspired by the South African apartheid movement and boycott effort. It calls for BDS until Israel complies with international law with regard to occupation of land, discrimination against Palestinians and refugees right of return. Ending Israeli apartheid is at its heart.

In 2012, Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC) which is also the ruling party of South Africa, formally endorsed and adopted as part of its official policy, the Palestinian call for Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

The BDS Movement in the USA  is growing year on year as well as across Europe

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Martin Luther King Jr

’Only through hardship, sacrifice, and militant action can freedom be won…’’

Nelson Mandela

Its time to MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY – Once and For All.

Find out more

Read Solidarity, People Power and 10 years of BDS

Read 10 things you should know about BDS

https://waronwant.org/stop-arming-israel

 

A birthday that really matters. Our NHS at 70. And it’s just possible that it’s could be ‘taken back’

A birthday that really matters. Our NHS at 70. And it’s just possible that it’s could be ‘taken back’

THE NHS REINSTATEMENT BILL MATTERS – and it’s going to happen if Labour are elected

In 1945, Attlee promised an NHS and delivered an NHS. Clear-sighted, principled political vision, deep compassion & economic courage ensured a healthcare system free at point of delivery for generations to come.

To fund it, in shattered post-war Britain, Attlee went cap in hand to ask for loans from a hostile American Congress, strongly opposed to the NHS and the ‘featherbedding of socialists’.

Despite this, on 5 July 1948 Clem Attlee and Nye Bevan delivered us a precious institution. It was the jewel in the crown of a massive programme of policies that would transform the face of British society.  The optimism about the creation of the NHS is illustrated in many of the public information films of the time – we’ve made a little archive selection below.

But in 2018 we’re losing the NHS to privatisation and underfunding – this year alone £9bn of contracts have been handed over to private providers, often in community health services or patient transport and when a private provider doesn’t win a contract they can sue the NHS  (as did Virgin).

Don’t let them take it away from us..

DO YOUR BIT FOR THE NHS.  Celebrate its birthday in two simple but significant ways

Now, in this 70th year, the NHS Reinstatement Bill is now Labour Party Policy.

  1.  Get your MP to support We Own It’s #NHSTakeBack Campaign Pledge.

https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/nhstakeback-action

  1. .Ask your MP to support NHS Bill http://www.nhsbill2015.org/mp-support-2017/

More info below on both the NHS Bill & Take Back Pledge 

AN NHS FOR THE WORLD

Back in 1945, they could have hardly have known how the concept of their NHS would capture the world’s imagination. Even now, in the midst of being undermined, underfunded and  ‘made to fail’, it  is held up as gold standard. Our friends at Health Poverty Action, who work on health justice  international development campaigning,  argue that ‘Every country should have an NHS.’ The Guardian published their letter last week and here is their short 5 point plan video.  The NHS means everything to British people and, increasingly, to many in the global south, who see it as beacon of hope – the health service model to emulate.

The NHS cannot be allowed to die.

Attlee, Bevan and all who fought so hard to bring our NHS into life, for us, would be so, so proud of this fight back.

Please join it.

http://www.nhsbill2015.org/mp-support-2017/

https://weownit.org.uk/nhstakeback

Keep fighting for our NHS

Deb, Kev, Ho-Chih & all at TPNS

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FILM & ANIMATION – NHS ARCHIVE 1948

Clem Attlee on the NHS Audio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3EMjoRPh1U

Public Information Films / Animation NHS 1948
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFhEB3gG8HA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tymq5CefW-E

‘Here’s Health’ – 30 min b&w archive documentary


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHoBdd1caH4

Nye Bevan on the founding of the NHS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCAyUxY0Cm0

BBC Welsh Greats: Nye Bevan BBC


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyLLUgsqHys

MORE ABOUT THE NHS BILL –A TURNING POINT IN THE SAVING OF THE NHS

Campaigners are set to play a leading role in shaping Labour legislation to reverse the 2012 Health and Social Care Act and end the fragmentation and privatisation of the NHS. That was the positive outcome of a constructive meeting called in Westminster by Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP on June 27
It was agreed that while this work needed to be done, in the short term, as Eleanor Smith and others argued strongly, a declaration of intent and principle is needed from Labour in this 70th anniversary year of the NHS.
  • Jonathan Ashworth and Eleanor Smith would publicly sign up to show their support for the ‘NHS Takeback’ pledges, based on the Reinstatement Bill, that is promoted by the We Own It campaign
    https://weownit.org.uk/nhstakeback.
  • Labour will seek the earliest opportunity – if possible before the summer recess – to table a shorter version of the Reinstatement Bill as a 10 minute Bill, to be moved by Eleanor Smith. This would echo the Takeback pledges and the NHS Reinstatement Bill as previously tabled.
  • Further detailed meetings will take place beginning immediately – between the Leader’s office, the shadow health team and the drafters of the Reinstatement Bill, but also on a wider level to draw in and engage with campaigners, trade unions and other significant stakeholders – to draw up more detailed Labour legislation based on the Reinstatement Bill. Meetings will also take place with other committees as appropriate with the aim of developing an agreed draft Bill by the end of 2018 suitable for inclusion in a Queen’s Speech.
  • Campaigners will continue to work with and advise Jon Ashworth and the shadow health team in responding to any NHS England proposals for new legislation or amendments to the Health & Social Care Act that might be tabled by the current government. Joint efforts to expose and challenge privatisation and encourage those such as the Wigan strikers who are actively fighting it will continue.

The unique and historic nature of this meeting and these agreed proposals was stressed by Jonathan Ashworth and recognised by the meeting. This unprecedented level of collaboration is a result of years of hard work on the ground by campaigners.

The result will be a stronger and broader campaign in Parliament and across the country for legislation that will restore and improve the NHS as a publicly owned, publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable service.

Find out more 

NHS Bill and Reinstatement
http://www.nhsbillnow.org/our-aim/
http://www.nhsbillnow.org/the-bill/
https://www.facebook.com/nhsbill/

The We Own It Pledge
https://weownit.org.uk/act-now/nhstakeback-action
http://www.nhsbillnow.org/nhs-takeback/

NB
Is the pledge the same as the Reinstatement Bill? No. The Reinstatement Bill is a comprehensive plan for legislation that would take back our NHS. The pledge has 5 key principles for a public NHS – it reflects the demands in the Bill but it’s much simpler. If MPs sign up to the pledge, they’re not signing up to the Bill. But they might want to sign up to both, because the Bill is the best way of putting the pledge into action.

Our letter in the Guardian: “The world would be a better, healthier place if every country had an NHS.”

Our letter in the Guardian: “The world would be a better, healthier place if every country had an NHS.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/25/wishing-the-nhs-an-even-longer-life-as-it-turns-70

As the NHS turns 70, we are right to celebrate it – and not only because it provides efficient and equitable healthcare here in the UK. The NHS is a beacon of hope to millions of people around the world, demonstrating that universal, publicly funded healthcare is possible. The world would be a better, healthier place if every country had an NHS.

But as things stand, the UK often undermines other countries’ attempts to build their own NHS. We undermine poor countries’ ability to build a decent tax base by supporting tax havens and enabling British companies to shift profits out of those countries. We promote and enforce privatisation through trade and investment agreements, threatening our NHS too. We promote private finance initiatives (PFI) for healthcare projects around the world, despite knowing that PFI has made our NHS more unsustainable. We fail to rein in big pharmaceutical companies that charge too much for drugs. And despite all this, we continue to blame the governments of poor countries for not investing enough in their healthcare systems (and indeed some that can should invest more) – ignoring our own significant role in diminishing their potential health budgets.

As the NHS turns 70, we must ensure not only that our NHS exists for another 70 years, but that we do everything in our power to promote affordable, public healthcare around the world, learning from what we have done right (and wrong), to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to an NHS.
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Sat 23 June 5pm – In the place where MLK preached, we will be screening ‘From Montgomery to Memphis’

Sat 23 June 5pm – In the place where MLK preached, we will be screening ‘From Montgomery to Memphis’

Tipping Point North South in association with
Baptists Together Justice Hub

BLOOMSBURY BAPTIST CHURCH
SATURDAY 23 JUNE 5pm
Screening of the 1970 film “King, a Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” followed by a double-bill panel

Free Admission Book in Advance

Dear Friends

The world has been marking the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King.   On 4th April 1968, Dr. King was fatally shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel cutting short the life of the man who had become the conscience of America, indeed the world.

During the 1960s, Dr. King made several visits to the UK and on 29 October 1961, he visited and preached at Bloomsbury Baptist Church. Together with Baptists Together Justice Hub, Tipping Point is honoured to be hosting at Bloomsbury a special screening of an extraordinary film made in 1970 called From Montgomery to Memphis

As part of these 50th anniversary commemorations and working alongside our partners in the USA, TPNS launched our MLK Global project.  This film is a key outreach element of MLK Global.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-of-martin-luther-king-montgomery-to-memphis-followed-by-panel-tickets-46142782304
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Spring Round-Up

Spring Round-Up

Spring News

Dear friends, supporters and colleagues,

Below is our Spring news round-up with all our latest film, events and campaigning information.  We hope there’s something of interest for everyone.

Best wishes
Deborah, Ho-Chih & TP team

FILMS

From Montgomery to Memphisis a rarely-seen documentary directed by the highly respected Hollywood director Sydney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Serpico).

Lumet co-directed and co-produced the film with another Hollywood luminary, Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  The clips trace King’s life and accomplishments from the 1955 bus boycott to his 1968 assassination.

As part of our MLK Global project, we have purchased a licence from the distributor Kino Lorber enabling us to tour the film around the UK throughout 2018 and beyond.  All events will be free admission.  Our next screening will be on Saturday 23rdJune in central London, details below.

And staying with Dr. King, we are underway with our in-house developed ‘King Assassination Project which looks at more than 40 years of controversy surrounding the case. Filming starts in London in June.  To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination we wrote this article to both illustrate King’s journey post 1963 and at same time suggest that to better know the facts of his murder is to better appreciate the power – and danger – of his activism 1965-68.

We are also working with producer / director Michael Oswald and John Christensen (Tax Justice Network) on their follow-up to ‘The Spider’s Web’ as they raise the production budget for a fascinating film that will explore the origins of the neoliberal project.

If you would like to know how you can support our film fund work-  these and other projects – please email Deborah@tippingpointfilmfund.com

EVENTS

MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY 
1948-2018: Palestine’s 70 year commemoration of the Nakba

 

Israel was founded 70 years ago, on 14th May 1948.  Palestinians commemorate the next day, 15th May, as their ‘Nakba’ – day of catastrophe. This Arabic term refers to the mass expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine during Israel’s creation (1947-49) when between 750,000 and one million Palestinians were expelled and made refugees by Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, during Israel’s creation in 1947-49.

Our Make Apartheid History campaign marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel by sharing our interview with MAH supporter (and Stop the War President) Brian Eno. In it, he talks about ‘being born on the same day as the founding of Israel.

MAH also filmed a number of NAKBA week events:  @70 Celebration of Contemporary Palestine Culture’ curated by Gazan author, playwright Ahmed Masoud and ICAHD UK’s annual conference, founded by Jeff Halper.  Both Jeff and Ahmed are MAH contributors. Visit our extensive MAH Video Gallery for more interviews.

As Israel marked its 70 years and celebrated the Trump administration’s opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, IDF forces massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, bringing the death count since Israel began firing on the Great Return March to at least 110. More than 12,000 have been injured; many so severely that they will require the amputation of limbs.’ (PSC).  This attack was on Palestinian people, trapped in Gaza, exercising their right to protest their’ Great Return March’.

You can donate to Medical Aid for Palestine Appeal here. The numbers of casualties rushed to desperately under-equipped hospitals is recorded in this hard-to-read twitter feed from MAP CEO Aimee Shalan.

Palestinians will continue their Great Return March, which will culminate in a huge mobilisation in Gaza on June 5th to mark the 51stanniversary of Israel’s occupation of Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. PSC are calling for a national day of demonstrations across the UK on the same day. Details will be confirmed soon. https://www.palestinecampaign.org/

MLK GLOBAL 
Film & Discussion ‘From Montgomery to Memphis’ 

Date: Sat 23 June 5pm. VenueBloomsbury Baptist Church.

 

In 1961, on one of his visits to the UK, Martin Luther King, himself a Baptist, preached at the historic central London Bloomsbury Baptist Church.  King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference led the American civil rights movement – a movement which King would later lead into coalition with both anti-war and anti-poverty campaigners. MLK was becoming the moral conscience of America – indeed the world. Join us for the film and a line-up of fantastic speakers who will explore why King was such an outstanding leader and why his analysis is as relevant now as 1968.  Email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com to be added to the reservation list (email subject:  RSVP MLK + the number of seats required.)

ATTLEE NATION 

This year marks 70 years since the founding of the NHS. Just this week Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, announced that the NHS had just reached the record of delivering 53 million babies since 1947. And on another Attlee government achievement, this article is an excellent summary by Anthony Broxton of the story of rail nationalisation under Attlee and up to the present day via privatisation and the renewed call for re-nationalisation.

Last October, we launched our Attlee Nationproject with our Attlee Remembered mini-festival of films, talks, discussion and theatre. Festival photos and videos here.


Ken Loach on the importance of Attlee and knowing our history​

We may know the term ‘Thatcher’s Children’ but the truth is that every single one of since 1945 has been a beneficiary of Attlee’s government – one that embodied the ‘pay it forward’ or ‘generosity towards the future’ ideal.  To know how Attlee and his government delivered the huge programme of reform after the devastation of WW2 is to know what courage of commitment to social change looks like; the long-lasting impact such reform can deliver; and why we need that level of commitment to social reform once more.

CAMPAIGNS

FROM PINK TO PREVENTION

Stopping Breast Cancer Before It Starts: environmental & occupational links to the disease.

As we have come to profoundly realise, Brexit is going to touch every conceivable aspect of life.  Over the past 12 months our campaign has been part of the lobby to ensure the UK stays inside the EU Chemical Regulatory regime known as REACH.  Helen Hayes MP has been incredibly supportive of our work on this.  She hosted our Westminster Portculllis House event ‘Brexit and Breast Cancer’, and recently submitted a Written Parliamentary Question on this same issue to Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove, on behalf of From Pink to Prevention and our partner The Alliance for Cancer Prevention.

Earlier this year, in February, we met again with senior staff at the leading UK breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Now.  Our primary task in our discussions with the organisation remains two-fold: to keep the pressure up for them to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that links environmental and occupational risk to breast cancer and leading on from that, to carry this information in all their public-facing information materials.  We argue it is to deny women the full picture on breast cancer risk to be ‘airbrushing’ this aspect of the disease out of the picture.

Every May 27 we mark Rachel Carson Day – a visionary scientist, campaigner and author of The Silent Spring.

“We poison the gnats in a lake and the poison travels from link to link of the food chain and soon the birds of the lake margins become its victims. We spray our elms and the following springs are silent of robin song, not because we sprayed the robins directly but because the poison traveled, step by step, through the now familiar elm leaf-earthworm-robin cycle. These are matters of record, observable, part of the visible world around us. They reflect the web of life ­ or death ­ that scientists know as ecology.”
Rachel Carson

This Rachel Carson Day we will be sharing our FPTP toolkit. Please share! Ongoing awareness raising is vital, given the decades of resistance by the ‘cancer establishment’ (government, research breast cancer charities and industry) to address the issue.

THE FIVE PERCENT CAMPAIGN

framework through which reverse runaway military spending.

Increasingly, the links between UK foreign policy, military spending/defence and the fall-out for international development are becoming clear. The campaign by CAAT & OXFAM and the subsequent court case continues to be highly effective at drawing attention to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.  The UK has licensed over £4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015.  We see arms sales to all sides in Syria by the many foreign powers with a geo-political interest in the region.  SIPRI (the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) reported in March 2018 that ‘most states in the Middle East were directly involved in violent conflict in 2013–17. Arms imports by states in the region increased by 103 per cent between 2008–12 and 2013–17, and accounted for 32 per cent of global arms imports in 2013–17.’ And the international outrage at Israel’s recent attack on protestors in Gaza saw Save the Children recently speak out as a campaign to halt UK arms sales to Israel gets more attention. The UK has sold $445m of arms to Israel including sniper rifles.

And below, Andrew Feinstein , author of The Shadow World, describes how the British arms trade impacted on South Africa’s development.

The arms trade drives the gargantuan amount spent on ‘defence’ every year – $1.6 trillion in 2010 alone…It accounts for almost 40 per cent of corruption in world trade. The very small number of people who decide on multibillion dollar contracts, the huge sums of money at stake and the veil of secrecy behind which transactions take place (in the interests of ‘national security’) ensure that the industry is hard-wired for corruption. I experienced this first hand as an ANC Member of Parliament in South Africa’s nascent democracy. At the time that our then President, Thabo Mbeki, claimed we did not have the resources to provide life-saving medication to the over five million people living with HIV/AIDS, we spent $10 billion on weapons we didn’t need and barely use today. About $300 million in bribes were paid to senior politicians, officials, go-betweens and the ANC itself. The British company BAE Systems contributed $180 million of the bribes and received the biggest contract, even though the jet it sold had not made an initial shortlist and was two and a half times more expensive than the plane desired by the air force. The time has come to lift the veil on this shadow world, to demand that our taxes are not used to develop another deadly weapon for the material benefit of a tiny self-serving élite, but are rather employed to enhance the lives of those who go hungry, who are without work or who suffer the deadly consequences of the trade in arms’.
Andrew Feinstein, former ANC MP

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