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SPEAKERS THAT KNOW ‘Why resist now?’
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Founding member of Resist: Movement for a People’s Party and
the Left Legal Fighting Fund, was the Member of Parliament for
Derby from 2010 until 2015 and from 2017 to 2019. He was shadow minister for
local government and communities, from October 2010 to October 2013. He was
previously a local councillor in Derby, representing the Normanton ward from 1991
until 2011, serving twice as leader of Derby City Council,
Lowkey is a British rapper and activist from London. He is a vocal opponent of Zionism and is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Lowkey has been a prominent member of the Stop the War Coalition and has spoken against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Furthermore, he has been a sharp critic of United States and British foreign policy. Lowkey signed a letter supporting Corbyn describing him as “a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world” and endorsed him in the 2019 UK general election. Lowkey witnessed the Grenfell Tower fire disaster on 14 June 2017 which resulted in the death of more than 80 people. He criticised the British government, Queen Elizabeth II, corporations and the mainstream media in the wake of the disaster; and opined that the tragic event was a result of the injustice and criminality at the heart of Britain’s current political system.
Alexei Sayle is an English actor, author, stand up comedian and television presenter, broadcaster and former recording artist. He was a central figure in the British alternative comedy movement in the 1980s. He was voted the 18th greatest stand-up comic of all time on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups in 2007.
Jackie Walker is a political activist and writer. She has been a teacher and anti-racism trainer. She is the author of a family memoir, ‘Pilgrim State’, and the co-writer and performer of a one-woman show, ‘The Lynching’. She held the roles of Vice-Chair of South Thanet Labour Constituency and Vice-Chair of Momentum, before being suspended and ultimately expelled from the party for misconduct. Jackie is now a prominent member of Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour in Exile and Labour for Free Speech.
Abby Martin is an American journalist, TV presenter and activist. She helped found the Citizen journalism website ‘Media Roots’ and serves on the board of directors for the ‘Media Freedom Foundation’, which manages ‘Project Censored’. Abby also hosts her own YouTube Channel ‘Empire Files’ https://www.youtube.com/c/EmpireFiles
Max Blumenthal is an American journalist, author, blogger and filmmaker. Max established ‘The Grayzone’ in December 2015; he is the website’s editor and one of its contributors. Max appears regularly on independent media platforms, including ResistanceTV and The Jimmy Dore Show. The Grayzone investigative journalists host channels on YouTube at The Grayzone and their website is https://thegrayzone.com/
Bill Mitchell is a professor of economics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and Docent Professor of Global Political Economy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is one of the founding developers of Modern Monetary Theory.
Gerry MacLochlainn is a Sinn Féin politician from Derry, Northern Ireland, where he was a councillor. He chaired several of the council’s major committees including regional and cross border committees. His writings were widely circulated in his now deceased wife, Valerie June “Val” Cardwell’s native Wales, and several of his prison letters are held in the national Library of Wales.
Dr Bob Gill
Dr Bob Gill is a family General Practitioner, NHS Campaigner and documentary filmmaker. Over many years, Dr Bob has been campaigning to raise awareness of the creeping privatisation of the NHS and the concerted efforts by consecutive Governments to convert the NHS to a profit driven private health insurance system. Dr Bob appears regularly on TV as an expert witness to the sell-off of the NHS and has produced the film ‘The Great NHS Heist’.
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Ilan Pappé is an expatriate Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. Pappé is one of Israel’s New Historians who, since the release of pertinent British and Israeli government documents in the early 1980s, have been writing the history of Israel’s creation in 1948, and the corresponding expulsion and occupation of Palestinians in the same year.
Nina Schild is 34 years old and was born in Wiesbaden (Germany). In Wiesbaden she is district chair of the Left Party and also a recently elected city councillor. She joined the trade union at the age of 16 and was involved as a youth and trainee representative and later as a staff councillor at the city administration of Frankfurt am Main. There she also works as a municipal officer in the department of housing. She is a Marxist, peace activist, environmental and animal rights activist, anti-fascist, for gender equality and fights against all kinds of discrimination.
John Dunn Is an ex-miner who, among with many others, took strike action against the closure of pits. He is also a founder of the ‘Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’ and activist. Find out more at https://otjc.org.uk/
Shamsher Chohan is one of the Directors at Communities Inc and has worked with a range of diverse communities experiencing discrimination for 30 years. She is passionate about tackling inequalities, empowering people and creating opportunities for people to make better choices.
Shamsher developed the Stand by Me project to tackle bystander apathy in responding to hate crimes and incidents which are increasing across the UK. This approach has gained much attention and has grown from a pilot project in Nottingham in 2018 to a national rollout across England, Scotland and Wales, supported by Google.org.
Stand by Me has been adapted to supporting people who witness prejudice in the workplace, ensuring that everyone takes responsibility for creating safer and more inclusive workplaces.
Communities Inc were awarded the Upstanding Organisation Award (for tackling hatred, intolerance and prejudice) in 2016 in the first ever National Hate Crime Awards.
Mike Sivier is a former newspaper reporter and editor, best known for his popular and influential website Vox Political, which celebrates its 10th anniversary at the end of 2021.
The site’s successes include forcing the government to admit that thousands of people had died – apparently unnecessarily – after the Department for Work and Pensions forced them off Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance for questionable reasons. His articles on how to avoid unfair discrimination by the DWP have made him very popular among people with long-term illnesses and disabilities.
He has also attracted enmity – particularly from those who would weaponise accusations of anti-Semitism in order to eliminate their political opponents. Despite having successfully defended himself against such accusations, the Labour Party used them to expel him from membership in 2018. The debate on anti-Semitism also underlies the libel lawsuit against him that was launched by TV host Rachel Riley in 2019 and is still ongoing today.