This is why a group of us have come together to try and reverse what is happening before it is too late. Already Socialist Action have appointed 3 of their members as staff of PSC (nothing like equal opportunities policies with them!) and in the process fired without warning or explanation, the bookkeeper. An essential tactic if you are taking over an organisation is to ensure that the finances are in your hands so you can ensure that no one will spot what you are up to. We are therefore holding a meeting in Birmingham, this Saturday August 8th at 1.30 p.m. at the Carrs Lane Church & Community Centre. All those interested in seeing PSC run democratically are welcome to attend.
Below is a statement that I have, after discussion, sent round to people who are interested in seeing a democratic, Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain.
Tony Greenstein - founder member of PSC
At the last AGM of Palestine Solidarity Campaign in January 2009, it became apparent that PSC has effectively been subject to a ‘take-over’ by a tiny political group Socialist Action and its supporters. http://azvsas.blogspot.com/2009/02/subverting-of-palestine-solidarity.html This was evidenced most clearly by a secret memorandum which had been sent out by Bernard Regan urging support for what was a particular slate. This phenomenon is, as far as I’m aware a first in PSC.
A flavour of what Socialist Action is about can be gleaned from the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Action_(UK)#cite_note-AS190108-1.
In recent months it has become ever more clear that the priorities and strategy of SA and its supporters have come to dominate PSC in two ways: administrative and political. Examples of this include:
1. The opposition of the PSC Executive to a motion calling for breaking the links with Histadrut, the Zionist’s racist ‘trade union’. http://azvsas.blogspot.com/2009/01/palestine-solidarity-campaign-executive.html
2. The complete failure to discuss the role played by the Palestinian Authority and the effect this has on Palestine solidarity work.
3. The appointment of at least 2 staff members who are aligned with Socialist Action.
4. The continued obstruction of the right of regions in PSC to nominate representatives to PSC Executive.
5. The refusal to appoint the runner-up in last year’s election to the Executive when a previous member of Socialist Action took up a paid staff position.
6. The accusation that the BDS committee has not prioritised its work or related well to the EC and the staff
7. The operation of the Trade Union Advisory Committee which is shrouded in secrecy – noone knows who is a member or has seen minutes – which is nonetheless able to nominate two people to the Executive.
These are just some examples of the problems that have arisen.
A group of us have therefore come together in order to discuss this situation and try to find a way forward, in particular the approach we should adopt at the next PSC AGM in January 2010.. We are holding a meeting at theCarrs Lane Church Centre,
Birmingham B4 7SX
Saturday August 8th from
There is a map below showing how to get to the Centre.
Tony Greenstein – Brighton PSC (personal capacity)