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

Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

Tyne and Wear May Day March and Rally 2019 Anya Cook UCU National Executive speaking for Newcastle Unites Good Afternoon. The first thing I want to do is to invite you to the Unity Carnival, Saturday 6th July. It starts with a walk from The Beacon in the West End of Newcastle and ends here, … Continue reading Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

Solidarity with Christchurch & Bahr Academy. No hate in our beautiful city. (Counter-demonstration against the North East Patriots)

Good Afternoon Anya Cook UCU National Executive Speaking today for Newcastle Unites I would like to start with a lyric from Akala - he’s a rapper, poet, author, political activist: “Racism, sexism and nationality Just to me it all seems like insanity Why must I rob you of your humanity To feel good about mine?” … Continue reading Solidarity with Christchurch & Bahr Academy. No hate in our beautiful city. (Counter-demonstration against the North East Patriots)

Speaking on behalf of Peace & Unity at Newcastle Council of Faiths February 2019

https://www.facebook.com/122098561182392/posts/2175249769200584?sfns=mo Good evening.  My name is Anya – I am a mentor at Newcastle College, I am branch secretary of University and College Union at Newcastle College and I sit on its National Executive.   I’m here this evening speaking for Peace & Unity. Thank you for this warm welcome here tonight. The last time … Continue reading Speaking on behalf of Peace & Unity at Newcastle Council of Faiths February 2019

Stand Up For Humanity, Stand Up For Rohingya (North East Solidarity with Rohingya Public Rally Saturday 15 December 2018)

(Dedicated to Mr Charisse who died earlier this week – a teacher who looked me straight in the eyes and spoke to me in kindness.  I remember his love of Asterix,  Franglaise, Dire Straits ‘Money For Nothing’ and, of course, that moustache). People have tried to stop me speaking here, to you today. Some people … Continue reading Stand Up For Humanity, Stand Up For Rohingya (North East Solidarity with Rohingya Public Rally Saturday 15 December 2018)

Newcastle Unites For Our Muslim Sisters

Newcastle Unites for our Muslim Sisters Saturday 29 September 2018 Anya Cook UCU National Executive Good afternoon and thank you to Newcastle Unites, to Tony and Shumel for inviting me to speak. I bring greetings of solidarity from University and College Union. I am proud to stand alongside our Muslim sisters who have been targeted … Continue reading Newcastle Unites For Our Muslim Sisters