the 3 cosas campaign is a coalition of outsourced workers (cleaners, porters, etc) at the University of London seeking the same workplace rights as their in-house colleagues. last week, 97pc voted in favour of strike action on a 70pc turnout. they will strike on 27 and 28 November and are looking to raise another three grand for their strike fund. donate now and support their campaign for the three basic demands for sick pay, holiday pay and pensions!
This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s exhausting.
My name is Erin Ellison, and I’m an academic worker.
The centenary celebrations were over and all that glowing garbage was swept away.
And the revolution began.
History remembers the revolutionary leaders Zapata, Villa and other he-men. The women, who lived in silence, went on to oblivion.
A few women warriors refused to be erased:
Juana Ramona, ‘la Tigresa’, who took several cities by assault;
Carmen Vélez, ‘la Generala’, who commanded three hundred men;
Ángela Jiménez, master dynamiter, who called herself Angel Jiménez;
Encarnación Mares, who cut her braids and reached the rank of second lieutenant, hiding under the brim of her big sombrero, ‘so they won’t see my woman’s eyes’;
Amelia Robles, who had to become Amelio and who reached the rank of colonel;
Petra Ruiz, who became Pedro and did more shooting than anyone else to force open the gates of Mexico City;
Rosa Bobadilla, a woman who refused to be a man and in her own name fought more than a hundred battles;
and María Quinteras, who made a pact with the Devil and lost not a single battle. Men obeyed her orders. Among them, her husband.
Maybe I’ll go to Amsterdam
Or maybe I’ll go to Rome
And rent me a grand piano and put some flowers ‘round my room
But let’s not talk about fare-thee-welIs now
The night is a starry dome.
And they’re playin’ that scratchy rock and roll
Beneath the Matala moon
Joni Mitchell ily
On 3 September, David Coombs filed a formal application for presidential pardon on behalf of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. You can read Coombs’s letter to Barack Obama here. Manning’s petition for commutation of sentence has also been made public here. Amnesty International have also written in support of Manning’s application.
At the time of writing, Manning, sentenced to 35 years on 21 August, has already spent 1205 days in detention. This includes almost a year in conditions characterized by the UN Special Rapporteur on torture as cruel and inhumane. As the Private Manning Support Network write “[t]here is stunning contrast between the severe sentence Pvt. Manning received and the leniency enjoyed by the types of criminals she exposed. Numerous officials who enabled torture and other war crimes have never faced investigation, and low-ranking soldiers have received only light sentences upon conviction.” Although Manning’s pretrial detention will be counted toward her sentence, meaning that she may be eligible for parole in eight years’ time, this is too long to be held for an act of conscience which — as was admitted during her trial — did no material damage to the United States or its allies. If you reside in the USA, you can sign Amnesty International’s petition to the White House appealing for clemency in the case. You can also write letters of support to Manning at this address (though be sure to address envelopes to Bradley Manning). You can upload your own photos here.