International News & Action
Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award, which recognises members who have made exemplary contributions to the Union’s work on international solidarity over the last 12 months. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Monday, 10 January 2022.
French Senate Recognises Myanmar National Unity Government
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) established a solidarity fund to support the workers and families in Myanmar who have lost their livelihoods due to strikes or other protest actions. The ITUC’s action follows the decision of the French Senate, the upper house of the French parliament, to unanimously adopt the Resolution on the Need to Recognise the Government of National Unity of Burma. Please show your solidarity and donate through the ITUC Myanmar strike fund.
Affiliate to Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Say No to Trident
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is urging NEU Districts to affiliate to CND and help the campaign to Say No to Trident. The government is replacing its current nuclear weapons system, Trident, at a cost of at least £205 billion. CND say this money should be spent on jobs, homes, education and health; improving the lives of the British people without threatening the lives of others. You can read the CND Trident resolution here.
Votes for Schools and UNICEF UK – Climate Change and Children’s Rights
Votes for Schools (VfS) and UNICEF UK have partnered on the ambition of ensuring 100,000 children and young people in the UK and around the world have their voices heard on climate change ahead of COP26. By providing weekly resources for teachers in the UK, VfS prompts discussion on a challenging current issue – this time, focussing on climate change. Students vote and discuss the issue afterwards and VfS ensure that their voices are heard and have an impact. More details and access to the free resources are available here.
Haiti – Urgent Action Appeal
On 14 August, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in the Nippes region, 150 km east of the capital Port-au-Prince. The official death toll is 2,200+. 12,000 have been injured and over 800,000 affected. In an update to its members, one Education International (EI) affiliate reported 1 teacher dead, 143 injured, 204 houses destroyed, and 1,461 houses damaged. Please help by contributing to the EI Solidarity Fund:
Education International ING Bank 24, Avenue Marnix 1000 Brussels
IBAN : BE05 3101 0061 7075
Swift : BBRUBEBB
With the following label: Haiti
Give Rohingya Refugees Voice in the Decisions that Affect Them
Nearly one million Rohingya refugees are living in threadbare camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, after they fled their homes in Myanmar due to the military’s crimes against humanity. For decades, the Rohingyas in Myanmar have been denied their rights to nationality, freedom of movement and access to services including education, employment and healthcare. Sign the Amnesty International petition to urge the Bangladesh government and the international community to ensure the participation of Rohingya refugees in the decisions that affect them in order to protect their human rights.
Don’t Let Debt Stop Climate Action
The banks and lenders who are profiting from climate debt are from the same countries that caused the climate emergency. For countries in the global South, the situation is extreme. Not only are they least responsible for the emissions causing the crisis, they’re also the worst affected. As we head closer to COP26 in Glasgow, it’s vital our politicians know the strength of feeling about the climate emergency. Meeting with your MP is one of the most effective ways to raise this issue and help make sure the voices of those most affected by the climate crisis are heard. Click here for more information on how to get involved.
Steve Sinnott Foundation Partners with Rainbows Bereavement
Steve Sinnott Foundation, Rainbows Bereavement UK and Grief Encounter are working together to raise awareness in schools to try to ensure that all children have access to the support they need when they experience bereavement and loss. The organisations have partnered with World Wide Motion Pictures ahead of the release of their new film, Emu Runner, which explores the relationship between a ten-year-old Indigenous girl, Gemma, and an animal following the death of her mother. The organisations are calling on pupils, in Year 6 and above, from schools across the UK, to design an eye-catching poster for the film’s opening which creatively demonstrates how an animal or nature may have supported a child with their emotions, just how the emu supported Gemma during her bereavement. The winning submission(s) will see their poster form an integral part of the official film promotion and receive tickets to watch the film itself. Find out more.
NEU Statement – End the Blockade on Cuba
For six decades, Cubans have been forced to reckon with the incalculable damage of the US embargo – now they are being forced to face a global pandemic without critical medical supplies. President Biden must heed the calls of the UN General Assembly and bring an end to the punitive suffering that has long been imposed on the Cuban people by the US Government. Read the NEU’s statement.
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) – Support Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
MAP has been working to support the needs of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon for more than 35 years, responding to immediate health needs while working towards sustainable long-term health development. They are upscaling their emergency response to address the health and healthcare needs arising from the current crisis in Lebanon. The emergency fund aims to support Palestinian refugees by procuring additional essential equipment for vulnerable pregnant women, providing more front-line workers, among other services. Districts are encouraged to donate to the fund and spread the word amongst your networks.
COVID-19 Medical Appeal for Cuba
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) has launched an appeal to help Cuba access the vital medical supplies it needs to treat COVID-19 patients and vaccinate its population. The current emergency is a result of the ongoing US blockade, the effects of an additional 243 sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Districts are encouraged to donate to COVID-19 Medical Appeal for Cuba.