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About Counterfire[edit]

Counterfire is a socialist organisation committed to building the biggest possible movements against war, austerity and racism. We believe that change happens when working people get organised and fight for it. Electing a Corbyn government would be a huge step forward, but politics is not only or mainly about what happens in parliament.

Whether or not we get real change depends on wider struggles in society, it depends on mass movements and on workers taking action. To build this kind of popular opposition there has to be a dynamic extra-parliamentary left, rooted in workplaces, communities and colleges. Counterfire has been central to the campaigning that has got us this far, always fearlessly challenging all forms of oppression and discrimination.

In the process of helping to build this resistance, Counterfire puts the case for a revolutionary socialism based on popular control of society and genuine liberation.

Profiting from death and destruction: DSEI 2019

Lucy Nichols - 4 September 2019

This month, the ExCel Centre in East London will be hosting one of the world’s largest arms fairs, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair. DSEI, now in its 20th year, pays a visit to Newham every two years. The 2017 fair saw over 1,500 exhibitingcompanies show off their products to a total audience of 35,008 people from 110 countries. These countries include the likes of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the UAE (one of the sponsors of this years event) - all are known human rights abusers, and some of the UKs biggest buyers of arms. Also worth noting, is that Saudi Arabia have been invited to Britain’s biggest arms fair despite the Court of Appeal ruling British weapons sales to the Kingdom illegal, since these weapons have been used to kill civilians in Yemen...See more

DWP deaths make me sick: shrouds on tour 2019

Vince Laws - 19 August 2019

The ‘DWP Deaths Make Me Sick’ shrouds by artist Vince Laws were created as part of a live performance, ‘A Very Queer Nazi Faust’, to highlight the deaths of sick and disabled people while dealing with the DWP. The shrouds began as giant pages of John Faust’s unfinished masterpiece, ‘The Tragic True Life & Deserved Death Of A Benefit Scrounger By Himself’ with 5 of them hung across the back of the stage in September 2018. That project was supported by Unlimited and the Spirit of 2012; Norwich Arts Centre; and Norfolk County Council....See more

Peterloo: Manchester is still resisting

Penny Hicks - 16 August 2019
Manchester has seen a frenzy of Peterloo commemorations. It is truly refreshing to be commemorating working class struggle and paying homage to the ordinary people who were killed and injured while attending a political rally.

Over 150 events have been organised, with Billy Bragg kicking off proceedings in June. The exhibition at the People’s History Museum is worth a visit to Manchester in itself. The misery and desperation faced by workers in 1819 and the arrogance, greed and sheer brutality of the ruling class is being widely remembered....See more

National school students' climate strike in pictures

Jago Corry - 15 February 2019
The hugely inspiring national school students' strike against climate change should be the start of a coordinated, international campaign, reports Jago Corry

The national youth strike for climate change saw thousands of students all around the country walk out from school on strike and protest in their town and city centres. Upon asking the multiple groups of school, college and university students, it is clear the issue of climate change is at the centre of their concerns. Young people will be the most affected if climate change is not reversed....See more

Gavin Williamson: delusional and dangerous

Lindsey German - 12 February 2019
Gavin Williamson's latest speech with jingoistic rhetoric and calling for more military spending shows just how out of touch with reality he is, argues Lindsey German

Gavin Williamson’s latest Churchill tribute act would be laughable were it not so dangerous. His speech on Monday is a deliberate ramping up of warmongering rhetoric which belies the reality of Britain’s military record and which can only increase tensions in an already dangerous...See more

Essex got SOLE: library campaigners launch 'book raids' and protests against closures

Jean Quinn - 10 February 2019

A vibrant campaign to save Essex libraries is gaining traction. Jean Quinn, teacher and National Education Union member, reports on how they are organising to stop the mass closures...See more

No to hate in our beautiful city

David McAllister - 3 February 2019
An Islamophobic attack on a school in Newcastle has been met with a 'human chain' anti-racist protest and community meeting addressed by MP Chi Onwurah, reports David McAllister

That was the unifying message in Newcastle's West End on Saturday 2 February, as 70 people of different faiths, ages and backgrounds joined hands to form a human chain outside the Bahr Academy. The protest follows an incident earlier this week, when the building was vandalised, resulting in Islamophobic graffiti all over the walls and damage to the interior...See more

Workers from the MoJ and BEIS go on strike and take to the streets

Shabbir Lakha - 22 January 2019
Receptionists, security guards, cleaners at the Ministry of Justice represented by the UVW Union and support staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy represented by the PCS union organised a joint two-day strike beginning 22 January, demanding a London Living Wage, an end to outsourcing and parity of sick pay and annual leave with civil servants...See more

Yellow Vests against austerity march through London

Shabbir Lakha - 12 January 2019

Thousands of people marched through London wearing yellow vests and demanding a General Election, reports Shabbir Lakha

On Saturday, thousands of anti-austerity protesters marched through London calling for a general election and for the removal of the Tory government. For the last few months, business in Parliament and coverage in the media has been focussed almost solely on Brexit. The Tories have practically thrown their manifesto in the bin while they've spent two years doing nothing but deliberating - and consistently failing - over Brexit. Meanwhile, the majority of the people of the country are facing the brunt of austerity.... See more

Bigger than Brexit

Lindsey German - 07 January 2019

EU monomania shouldn’t blind us from the starker realities of global economic crisis and ever increasing class tensions, argues Lindsey German.

You may have noticed over the Xmas and New Year break that there were rumblings about the world economy. Not very big rumblings, because such news as there was, was much more concerned with the manufactured ‘major crisis’ as a few hundred refugees crossed the Channel. Yet if many of the signals are to be believed, there is already a major slowdown in many of the major economies, including Germany and Japan. There is a likelihood of recession in the US, probably this year. In Britain, the waves of consumer spending which have sustained so much of the economy in recent years were not in evidence over Xmas, and herald a bleak 2019 for retail and related industries.... See more

Rage at the Home Office - solidarity with the Stansted 15

Ellen Graubart - 12 December 2018

The courage of the Stansted 15 in stopping this cruel deportation flight is an inspiration, not a crime, argues Ellen Graubart, reporting on the protest outside the Home Office

A vast crowd of hundreds of angry protesters swarmed the forecourt of the Home Office and spilt onto Marsham Street last night in response to the wholly unjust conviction of 15 young women and men. The Stansted 15 were convicted under a terrorism-related law for locking themselves around a deportation plane at Stansted airport which had been secretly chartered by the Home Office to take people from UK detention centres to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone on 28 March 2017.... See more

Theresa May fiddles while the country burns

John Rees - 10 December 2018

After two years of negotiations, endless hours of debate, a whirlwind tour of the country to sell her Brexit deal, it all ended in humiliation as Theresa May was forced to postpone a Parliamentary vote for lack of support.

This is truly a rudderless government adrift in a storm of its own creation. Once David Cameron had unleashed a popular vote on the European Union, and once the referendum had voted to leave, it was always likely to end like this.... See more

Bristol bus protest: sick of waiting, commuters demand public control

Nathan Street - 25 November 2018

Demands for council control, fare reductions and more radical solutions are gathering support in the face of First Bus' chaotic service.

Braving the misery of soaking rain and cold they know too well from their regular waits at the stop, well over 100 bus users demonstrated in central Bristol on Saturday at the beginning of what promises to be a serious campaign against the chaotic state of the bus services in Bristol and the surrounding areas.... See more