Michael Rosen (UK)

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Michael Rosen (born 7 May 1946) is a British children's author and poet who has written 140 books. He served as Children's Laureate from 2007 to 2009, and has also been a TV presenter and political columnist.

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Cable Street '21

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Communist Party of Britain September 27 2021.

CORBYN AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO MARK BATTLE OF CABLE OF STREET - Jeremy Corbyn and local Labour MP Apsana Begum will join trade union and community leaders on Sunday (October 3) to mark the 85th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in East London.

On October 4, 1936, hundreds of thousands of people blocked the proposed march by Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists through an area populated by many Jewish families.

Bloody battles broke out as 6,000 metropolitan police tried to clear a path for the anti-Semitic 'Blackshirts'. But they could not overcome the barricades erected by Jews and gentiles, communists and socialists, and Irish and English workers under the slogan of the anti-fascist war in Spain, 'No Pasaran - They Shall Not Pass'.

Jeremy Corbyn's mother Naomi was there on the day. So too were Harold Rosen and Connie Isaakofsky, then members of the Young Communist League, whose son writer and broadcaster Michael Rosen will read a poem at next Sunday's event.

Other speakers include Rabbi Herschel Gluck, actor Marlene Sidaway on behalf of the International Brigades Memorial Trust, RMT railway workers' leader Mick Lynch, representatives of the Bengali Workers Council and the Indian Workers Association (GB) and Ruth Levitas, whose father Maurice went from Cable Street to fight in Spain while uncle Max organised a successful rent strike and was later elected to Stepney council.

Convenor of the Cable Street '21, Robert Griffiths, urged local people, workers, socialists and anti-racists to assemble at 1 pm on Sunday, at the junction of Leman St and Cable St, to march to the mural on St Georges (Stepney) Town Hall 'Racism, including anti-Semitism, still blights many people's lives today', he remarked, 'We should take inspiration from the unity that won the Battle of Cable Street'.

"They Have Failed Us"

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Laura Pidcock, Alia Butt, Peter Jukes, Michael Rosen, Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis.

Cable St commemoration

1936 – 2016. They did not pass. They will not pass. Thousands of people gathered in jubilant and yet a determined mood on Sunday 9 October 2016 to remember and celebrate the extraordinary mobilisation by the people of the East End of London that prevented Oswald Mosely, leader of the British Union of Fascists, and his Blackshirts, from marching through their community.

Sunday’s event comprised a rally in Altab Ali Park, a march, and another rally in St George’s Gardens, adjacent to the famous mural of the Battle of Cable Street. Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, was one of the speakers, Megan Dobney, SERTUC Regional Secretary chaired the second rally and SERTUC activists were among the key organisers of the event, including Joel Kosminsky, Jonathan Havard and Dick Muskett. Many others were stewards on the day. SERTUC was proud to sponsor the event and to parade our banner at the rallies and on the march. And we pay tribute to the immense efforts of David Rosenberg in organising Sunday’s event.

Sunday was very much a day for the local community and ordinary people, and it was local groups that led the march. But among those marched was Len McCluskey, Sadiq Khan and Michael Rosen.[1]

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