Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Don’t forget to vote in the Lipstick Socialist Awards 2012 – nominations received so far  include Mark Serotka (trade unionist of the year ), Barack  Obama (most shameful betrayal) and the Snows of Kilmanjaro (best film), you can find the full list of categories here …. the closing date for nominations is 23 December, please  send them to see list

Watch…the progress of two  new plays at the innovative Three Minute Theatre.  Headway is a 3MT initiative taking new work from established and upcoming writers, who work alongside the inhouse cast and crew to produce an evening of new topical dramas, work in progress shows and audience forums.The next HEADWAY production takes place over December 20th-22nd, presenting ‘Not Dead Yet’ by Victor Alexander and Cassandra Bernard, and ‘Breaking Point’ by Micheal Beswick. Tickets are available now from 3MT

Don’t Look away…….Please help to stop Ivo Kuka being deported on  29 December 2012. Ivo Kuka fled his homeland after being tortured and sexually assaulted in Cameroon for membership of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), who call for independence for English-speaking Southern Cameroon from French-speaking Republic of Cameroon. Denied justice in the UK asylum system, he has been forced to attempt to appeal his case himself and is now facing removal on 29 December.
When Ivo claimed asylum in the UK he was placed in the detained fast-track (DFT) system. Victims of torture should not have their claim processed in the detained fast track system. He has had problems with getting legal support and has applied for more time to adequately present his case. But the UKBorder Agency has decided to remove him by Air France Airways on 29 December.

You can do something……

Contact the airline…Ivo is due to be removed on Air France flight AF1081 at 07:15 on 29 December.

Call on Air France not to carry this political refugee, against his will, to Cameroon where he will face harassment, intimidation, probable imprisonment and maybe worse.  Please email:

Or publicise Air France’s involvement in this human rights abuse by sending them a message through
Twitter or Facebook. Further details see

Listen……to Kathleen Ferrier singing What is Life. She was born in Blackburn in 1912 and at a young age was winning prizes as a promising pianist. Her day job was as a switchboard operator at the local Post Office.  Today in the northwest many people remember her from her early days singing at concert halls across Lancashire and Blackburn. Her career started in 1939 and she went on to to become one of Britain’s best loved singers. Sadly she died of cancer in 1953. This song is one of her best and is often played at the funeral of Communist party members, due to the words but also the link, I think with the history of the era of 1939-53 and the impact of Kathleen in peoples’ lives.

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Send a greetings card to Shaker Aamer in Guanatanamo. November 24th was the eleventh anniversary of the day that, after having been kidnapped by poor Pakistani farmers and sold to the Americans, while on a family trip from Battersea to Afghanistan.  Shaker Aamer was rendered, tortured and incarcerated in Guantanamo bay.  Meticulous preparation by Clive Stafford Smith and his team of lawyers has now resulted in the decision to sue MI5 and MI6 for defamation of character. Scotland Yard have now arrived at Guantanamo to interview Shaker. Further information see

Shaker’s address is  Shaker Aamer 239 US Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
Washington DC 20355, USA

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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