Reel News have been asked to go on a solidarity trip to Greece in two weeks time. The delegation trip will last three days, but we are planning to go for two weeks in order to report about different aspects of the Greek resistance on film and photo.
We need to raise £1,500 very quickly to cover the costs and to pay the bills we have this month before we go. We put together a newsletter, please share with anyone you think may be interested.
UPDATE: Thanks very much everyone for the amazing response to our appeal. We have now received £568 in cash, cheques and via Paypal, which means we’ve been able to buy our tickets out to Greece. Now we need the money to get home again! Another £560 has been pledged, but may not arrive in time before we leave on the 16th – and even if we include that money we’re still £372 short of our target. So if you or your union branch has promised money, please try and send it as soon as possible – and please keep sharing this appeal to anyone you think might help. Thanks again!
We plan to meet up with:
- Hospital workers who are occupying their hospital
- The steel factory that has been in occupation for over three months
- Media workers producing their own newspaper
- Students occupying their universities
- The electricity workers who refused to implement a supplement on electricity bills to pay the deficit
- Migrant workers and the situation at the greek borders
Let us know if you know of anything else we should be covering.
Our first funding appeal by text message has raised £470 – some of which hasn’t come through yet. We need another £1,000 to make this trip happen! Help us by making a one off donation, buying DVDs or taking out subscriptions. We’ve got the flights covered, but will have other expenses for travel, food, phone bills and additional equipment.We will undertake to provide a full reportback on the trip to all trade unions or other organisations and institutions who can sponsor us, as well as of course producing a film of the trip.
In addition to the support we have so far gotten to go to Greece, we have raised the £350 necessary to produce the upcoming issue 31. The DVDs should be ready to send out by the end of this week, so if you haven’t got it yet, pre-order now
1. Balfour Beaten! (Reel News, 17:02)
Historic victory for the rank and file sparks in the most important industrial dispute for 25 years.
– new 2012 version (Reel News, 21:00)
As the sparks go on the offensive, this will be one of the main demands – an end to the illegal blacklisting of building workers for trade union activities.
3. CHICAGO Schools: Shutdown at the CPS Board Meeting (Labor Beat, 22:00)
A new regular slot on Reel News from Labor Beat in Chicago
, this film is about the campaign to save community schools.
4. Banner Theatre: Fighting The Cuts!
(Reel News/Banner Theatre, 8:00)
An extract from their latest inspiring show. Banner’s survival is itself under threat from cuts, please help them out!
5. Jet tanker drivers dispute (Reel News, 3:45)
Strike over a 20% pay cut from a firm making $3.2 billion profits.
6. BULGARIA Fracking Victory! (Climate Action Coalition Bulgaria, 9:00)
Huge demos in Bulgaria force the Government to ban the dangerous process of fracking.
7. MEXICO Arte Urbano (Reel News/The Treatment Rooms, 23:10)
The Treatment Rooms work with excluded youth in Mexico to make a beautiful ceramic mural.
8. MEXICO Zapatistas: March for Peace (Alaghom Films)
The Zapatistas march against Calderon’s drug war.
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