On Sunday 28th October four Dorset branch members attended a rally in Bournemouth square to show solidarity with trans/intersex comrades in the USA, who are now threatened with highly repressive legislation, that if passed would set them back half a century at least. The category of gender would be replaced by a legal definition of ‘sex’ to be determined by a physical examination of external genitalia at the moment of birth, disputes to be settled by ‘genetic testing’.
This is not only bad politics it’s crank science, promoted by ignorant fundamentalists who don’t even believe in evolution or climate change. Nevertheless it’s already drawn approval from the far-right and TERFs on this side of the Atlantic. It’s got to be worth a fight, hasn’t it?
The event was hastily arranged on face book. We were glad to be part of a good-natured gathering of Working Class trans-,cis-, non-binary and gender-nonconforming individuals. We recognised none of the stereotypes being pushed by the reactionary journalists and pundits, nor did we see any evidence of suspicious funding sources or middle-class entitlement. The only aggression displayed was a heckle from a self-parodying religious fanatic. We are content to let them pursue their mediaeval dogma unmolested; some of the demonstrators expressed religious beliefs and affiliations of their own.
The IWW is One Big Union for All Workers – join us!
Three delegates from Dorset attended the summit in Sheffield on 20th October. We found it very rewarding Thanks to all who attended and to the local branch for organising the events. We hope to see more Felow Workers bringing their kids in future, the more, the merrier!
Please come to Swanage tomorrow 18/11/17 at 12:00, there is going to be a line search of the area.
People are being asked to self-organise as much as possible.
1) Durlston Country Park car park: BH19 2JL (South Swanage)
2) King George’s Playing Field car park (main beach car park): BH19 1PW (Swanage town centre)
3) Day’s Park car park: BH 19 1NN (North Swanage)
From the organisers:
“There will be at least one central organiser at each of these sites. We will have maps with a rough grid system. From there, we will be asking you to form long lines with approximately two feet between each person. We will then comb the area looking for any and every sign, clue, or piece of information we can find.”
We have every hope that Gaia is still with us, for the sake of her family and friends, we need to eliminate the alternatives.
A search is underway for Gaia Pope who went missing on 7/11/17 from Argyle Road, Swanage. She is a 19-year-old female with long blonde hair, blue eyes, medium build and 5ft 7 inches tall. Last seen wearing white shirt with red details, grey leggings, white trainers. Gaia suffers from severe epilepsy so she may in distress.
Please help if you can.
Timeline of Gaia’s movements: 3:35 Gaia left her aunt’s house on Argyle Road, Swanage 3:39- 3:40 CCTV footage shows Gaia running towards Manor Gardens 4:00 Gaia left the address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road
The public consultation on Dorset’s Clinical Services Review is underway. The proposed cuts will devastate our healthcare. In short, 25% fewer hospital beds, 50% fewer G.P. surgeries, parts of the county left without accessible emergency trauma, paediatric or maternity services
If they get a positive response they will take it as carte blanche to do whatever they like. We therefore ask you to “strongly disagree” with everything, and where you choose “Another option”, demand that services are retained as they are and properly funded. We already have the lowest per capita spending on health services in the industrialised world
You’ll need to include yourDorset Postcodeto prove you live in Dorset. Ooh Arr!