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12 October Liverpool: National demo ‘against fascism – celebrating not dividing’

MarchAgainstFascismGuillotine11-13632-cUnite is organising this and will be joined by Unison, GMB, PCS, CWU, NUT, RMT, Trade Union Friends of Searchlight and the TUC.  Unite and some of the other organisations are arranging coaches from the regions.

Full details here. Speakers, etc. here.

Liverpool Socialist Singers say:

“We’re meeting at 12 near the monument at the top of William Brown Street, it should be easy to find us as we will all be wearing red and will have our banner with us. Everyone is welcome to sing out with us against fascism!

“William Brown Street is near Lime Street and Central stations, and the coach station. It is the street with the Walker Art Gallery and Central Library in it.

“We will be going with the flow and singing at the beginning and then probably near or at the end too.”

liverpool-so-singers-bannerYou can download and print the songsheet that Liverpool Soocialist Singers created for the day, and they will have some spares with them.  All good demo songs with catchy tunes and some with words adapted for the event.

All: Please use our contact form to comment on this article with any (choir related) suggestions, or comment below (you’ll need to register and/or sign in). And don’t forget #CampaignChoirs and @CampaignChoirs on twitter.

Peace Songs for Choirs from MAW for 2014

As the centenary of the start of WW1 approaches, Sue Gilmurray is producing a free resource of peace songs (7 her own, and 7 by others) for choirs for 2014.  Links to lyrics, scores and audio extracts are on the Movement for the Abolition of War homepage.

Sue says “I am a singer and songwriter.  Though between choirs right now, I sometimes sing with Raised Voices in London.  I am currently contacting as many community choirs as possible to tell you about a project, under the auspices of MAW, to provide a free resource of 14 songs for choirs for 2014

“As people mark  the centenary of WWI, we’d like to provide choirs with a variety of songs, some strongly anti-war, some simply pro-peace, that can help to nudge the events in a peaceful direction.

“I’d love to hear from you if you have any comments, and especially if you feel you can make use of this resource [use the MAW contact form]. Please pass the word around!”

29 September: Tell the Tory conference – national march and rally

The themes for this major protest organised by TUC are Save Our NHS, Defend Jobs and Services, No Austerity. Other sponsors include The Peoples Assembly; Unite The Union. Spread the word!

Choirs – gather at 12 noon at the junction of Deansgate and John Dalton Street (Streetmap | Google Maps).
There are some song sheets*- mostly updated words for familiar tunes – contact us for details.
Please comment on this post if you have further information for choirs and singers participating in the event (you may need to register – please contact us if you have problems).

Your union may be organising transport

* Songs in the song sheets:

  • We’ll Stop You – to the tune Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire (“If you think we’ll pay our taxes / for nothing in return …”)
  • Rise by Grace Petrie (“… as the reckoning draws near / there’s plenty more of us than you here …”)
  • From Sing Along with Liverpool Socialist Singers songsheets
    • Tory Boys Picnic
    • Fat Cat
    • Wave bye-bye to PFI
    • Which side are you on?
    • Oh Mr Cameron
    • Tory Toffs tune: John Brown’s body
    • Bandiera Rossa
    • The Internationale
    • Axe the Bedroom Tax (in our Liverpool homes)
    • Roll the union on
    • Siya Hamba
  • From Raised Voices songsheets
    • Power in the union
    • We will fight on
    • Are we gonna take it lying down
    • Save our public services
    • Tory Toffs
    • Tory boys picnic
    • Bella ciao
    • We will rise

Belt it out at Balcombe –

Call for singers and choirs against fracking – Sunday 22nd September

Posted on behalf of from NVPN members.

There is something really big happening in the south-east of England (as well as all over the country and the world) that singers from all over the UK have become involved in. The proposed Fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) would have a serious effect on our water table, and there are a lot of things being done to try and prevent this catastrophic pollution of the clean water of our country. I have been asked to lead hundreds, if not thousands, of people in song together in the small village of Balcombe, where test drills are taking place. This is promising to be a massive event with huge press coverage and we need the help of NVPN members and singers across the nation to come and raise our voices in harmony together as a powerful peaceful demonstration. Here is a video of the last Belt It Out At Balcombe – there were only 500 people there but there is huge energy being put in to collecting many hundreds more choir members and singers to join us.

The next Belt It Out At Balcombe is on Sunday 22nd September, and we are asking all choir leaders and practitioners to bring as many of their choirs and groups as they can to sing. This is such an important thing to do – if this land’s natural spring water is polluted with the thousands of chemicals they plan to pump into the ground (just to extract small amounts of shale for oil) we will all rely on processed water sold to us by water companies for survival.

So, choir leaders, if you could forward this info to your groups and make an announcement at your next session we could really gather such a fantastic mass of incredible voices. The last one was an exquisite day and very amazing to be part of.

The protest site is a five minute walk from Balcombe train station. The official event starts at 2pm, and lasts until 4pm, but there’s unofficial singing and celebration of life happening from midday. My Glastonbury Festival Choir will be there all dressed in red – it would be great if all your choirs wanted to dress in red as well, and I may just use you as ‘strong singer beacons’ in the crowd!

Thank you all so much for your support and helping to protect this beautiful Earth.”

Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network.

National Demonstration – No Attack on Syria

Following yesterday’s emergency protest, CND and The Stop The War Coalition call for a National Demonstration demanding “NO ATTACK ON SYRIA” in London on Saturday 31 August.  Assemble , 12 noon, Temple Place (nearest tube Temple) for a march via Parliament and Downing Street, ending in central London for a political rally to say No attack on Syria.

If you have information about, or can organise some appropriate choir action for the event at this short notice, please comment on this post.

And if you can just be there, please do!

Emergency protest: No attack on Syria

As the volume of the warmongers’ hype begins to deafen us, the Stop The War Coalition is calling an emergency protest demanding “NO ATTACK ON SYRIA” at Downing Street, London, on Wednesday at 5pm 28 August 2013.

If you have information about, or can organise some appropriate choir action for the event at this short notice, please comment on this post.

And if you can just be there, please do!