“Universal Credit is an Oxymoron” 2 December 2019

Writing for the People’s Assembly: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/universal-credit-oxymoron Universal Credit is an oxymoron.  It is only universal if everyone can access it - but what if you don’t speak English or have access to the internet? I work at Newcastle College. On Wednesday last week I spent an hour — a whole hour — on the phone … Continue reading “Universal Credit is an Oxymoron” 2 December 2019

Love Newcastle Hate Racism Saturday 2 November 2019

Speaking for Newcastle Unites You can watch here - https://www.facebook.com/1332637355/posts/10220806533176473?sfns=mo Thank you for inviting me to speak. Racism, prejudice and intolerance have NO place in this city. I am proud to represent Newcastle Unites here today. I am proud to represent a community organisation that has equality at its core. We campaign against all forms … Continue reading Love Newcastle Hate Racism Saturday 2 November 2019

Conference on Children’s Rights (organised by Roma Access)

(Speaking for University & College Union national executive, further education committee) I can tell you that UCU’s national executive deplore the scapegoating of migrants and we will continue to challenge all forms of discrimination and we will continue to fight against the politics of austerity and the impacts of it. UCU’s starting point is that … Continue reading Conference on Children’s Rights (organised by Roma Access)

Newcastle Unites – ‘We have a dream’ Unity Carnival 2019

(Speaking for UCU nec and Newcastle Unites carnival team) Good Afternoon Newcastle! Welcome - welcome to our Newcastle ‘We have a dream’ carnival. Are you having a good time? Isn’t it great to be here - in Newcastle? And isn’t it great to be here - at The Monument, this symbol of peace and freedom … Continue reading Newcastle Unites – ‘We have a dream’ Unity Carnival 2019

‘I have a dream’ Newcastle’s Unity Carnival 2019

Anya Cook introduces Newcastle Unites, celebrating diversity and equality ON Saturday July 6 Newcastle Unites will be celebrating unity in our community at our second annual Unity Carnival. The event starts with a walk from the multicultural West End of Newcastle and ends in costume, music, dance, theatre and poetry at Grey’s Monument, renowned symbol … Continue reading ‘I have a dream’ Newcastle’s Unity Carnival 2019

Together Against Trump – Newcastle Protest 3 June 2019

Anya Cook UCU National Executive Speaking today for Newcastle Unites Our anti-racist coalition stands for the people of Newcastle ⁃ be they of left or of right ⁃ Be they of binary or non binary ⁃ Be they of faith or of no faith ⁃ And whatever their immigration status We are united against all … Continue reading Together Against Trump – Newcastle Protest 3 June 2019

Why I Am Protesting Against Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK in June 2019

Born with a golden Wonka Bar ticket in his mouth, Donald Trump is the Augustus Gloop of global politics; stirring centre stage with a big spoon, unable to follow the recipe. This greedy brute may have been able to buy everything he ever wanted - jobs, cars, women, presidency, silence - but he is not … Continue reading Why I Am Protesting Against Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK in June 2019