Court Win on Right to Strike

Right to strike

The UK Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday 17 April that UK law allowing employers to discipline (but not sack) workers for striking is in conflict with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Imperfect Victims

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She doesn’t cringe and cower, she’s not a fragile flower She picked on him and tricked him She’s not a perfect victim She tells of his coercion, he tells a different version How dare she contradict him? She’s not a … Read more

Be Streetwise

Police commissioner urged to resign over 'streetwise' comment

Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and you won’t get false-arrested Look out for cuffs and meat knives Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and memorise our treatise on what to do when pestered Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and you won’t … Read more

RMT Members Help Win Justice for Osime

Osime Brown article in RMT News

Published in RMT News, July/August 2021 RMT members have helped to win justice for Osime Brown, a young, black, autistic, learning-disabled man. The union saw this as an issue that deserved our support and solidarity. Janine Booth, Secretary of RMT’s Disabled Members’ … Read more

Hancock’s Last Hour

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A classic of Great British humour Slapstick, slap-and-tickle, caught on candid camera And everyone likes to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, don’t they? But there is something of the gangster genre about it too where Al Capone is … Read more

Free Zhang Zhan!

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China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports Four years in jail for citizen reporter Who spread the news from virus-struck Wuhan Her mother cries in court to lose her daughter She showed the world the sickness, did Zhang Zhan So … Read more

Video: Janine Booth verses Cops and Covid

Cops and Covid

On 27 September 2020, Janine Booth broadcasted an hour-long show on Facebook Live, tackling the two biggest issues of the year: the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality.

Villanelle: Joint Enterprise

Osime Brown

The courts prejudge and penalise, applying law, not playing fair, convicting of ‘joint enterprise’ Two words that catch and criminalise the skin you’re in, the clothes you wear, they prejudge and they penalise You’re guilty in the system’s eyes and … Read more

Guest post: Looking back … and forward.

David Booth

A personal reflection from my dad, prompted by the last line of my poem, Bristol’s Brilliant Bus Boycott (1963). Back in the spring, after nearly losing his life to coronavirus, the prime minister abruptly declared himself a convert to anti-obesity … Read more

Joint Enterprise: unjust and racist

Joint Enterprise article

published in Solidarity 564 British courts’ application of ‘joint enterprise’ is unjust, and criminalises black and working-class youth. ‘Joint enterprise’ is a common-law doctrine that allows courts to convict not only the person who carried out a crime, but others … Read more

Video: Speaking Up for Osime Brown

Osime Brown

Janine addresses the protest in support of Osime Brown outside the Home Office on Friday 4 September – includes the poems Free Osime Brown and Bearing Down. Please sign Osime’s petition here.

Janine vs Cops and Covid

Cops and Covid

On Facebook Live! Tune in to Janine’s Facebook page for an hour of poetry on this year’s two big issues – the Covid-19 crisis and racist police brutality.    

Stop this deportation!

Osime Brown

Published in Solidarity 562:   Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Home Office on Friday 4 September to demand that Osime Brown not be deported to Jamaica. Led by Osime’s family, the protest was supported by Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM), … Read more

Breaking The Law

Government admits Brexit plan breaks law in specific and limited way

I’m doing a bit of cash-in-hand work in a specific and limited way I’m nicking some pens as a justified perk in a specific and limited way I’m short on cash so I won’t pay my bills in a specific … Read more

Uproot, Depart

Riots in Minneapolis following police murder of George Floyd

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” But when did the executing start? When did the racist recruiting start? And when will the prosecuting start? That will be when the suits will start elocuting and refuting parts, disputing and diluting … Read more

Janine interviews Rhoda Dakar

Rhoda Dakar

This is the full text of the interview. A shortened version was published in Solidarity 555. Watch the video of this interview here. ***** I am Rhoda Dakar. I’ve been a professional musician for 40 years. Initially, I was in … Read more

Video: Janine interviews Rhoda Dakar

Rhoda Dakar

Janine Booth interviews musician Rhoda Dakar, who talks about Two-Tone, policing, the centrality of class and much much more! Read the full text of the interview here. Rhoda was in The Bodysnatchers and The Special AKA, and performed in “Free … Read more