Paddy McGuinness calls to change ‘postcode lottery’ of autism family support

Support us and go ad-freeComedian Paddy McGuinness has said the “postcode lottery” of support for autistic families needs to change. Paddy McGuinness The TV presenter, who has three autistic children, also spoke of the importance of educating people on the condition, as he backed the launch of the UK’s largest study into autism. The work by Cambridge researchers is aiming to achieve better levels of support and understanding for autistic people. The Spectrum 10K project will recruit 10,000 autistic people from across the UK to boost understanding of how biological and environmental factors impact on them, organisers say. The project will be carried out by Cambridge’s Autism Research…

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Haitian earthquake survivors are asking people to support grassroots organisations

Support us and go ad-freeHeavy rain from Storm Grace has drenched Haiti after an earthquake devastated the nation. The earthquake killed over 2,000 people, and injured more than 12,000. The tropical storm hindered urgent attempts to find shelter and survivors. It has also caused further damage to the nation’s compromised infrastructure. People with Haitian ties are urging those looking to support disaster relief to avoid large NGOs, and instead contribute to grassroots organisations that are creating resilience on the ground. A history of disasters Tropical Storm Grace deluged Haiti with heavy rains while people were searching for survivors and safety in the wake of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The…

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Greens must continue to support £15 care worker wage, says union

Support us and go ad-freeA trade union has urged the Scottish Greens to continue their support for an increased wage for care workers despite their agreement with the SNP. The two parties have been locked in talks over the summer, with a deal expected to be announced on Friday that will put at least one Green MSP into a ministerial position. But the GMB trade union has already urged the party to continue its support for a £15 per hour minimum wage for care workers, as was made clear in the party’s manifesto. Calls for an increase The Scottish Government this year spent almost £65m to ensure all…

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Palestinians are calling for international support for those arrested in May’s anti-colonial uprising

Support us and go ad-freePalestinians are calling for international support for over 2,000 people who were arrested by Israeli forces during the May 2021 anti-colonial uprising. A fund has been established to help people who are being prosecuted. The Canary spoke to Hala Marshood – who is organising to support those arrested – about what triggered the uprising: during the month of May, there was a Palestinian uprising in all of historic Palestine where the catalyst and direct trigger was Jerusalem and what was happening and still is happening in Sheikh Jarrah and in Jerusalem more generally. But it was also an accumulation of people’s anger and frustration…

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Five Kill The Bill protesters were just sentenced to over 14 years in jail. They need our support.

Support us and go ad-freeOn Friday 30 July, five Kill the Bill protesters were collectively sentenced to over 14 years in jail. Four people pleaded guilty to riot in relation to protests in Bristol on 21 March. They received sentences ranging from 3 years and 3 months to 3 years and 11 months. One person pleaded guilty to public indecency and was sentenced to five months. In response, Bristol Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) and Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) have issued a joint statement. It sets out exactly why we all need to act in solidarity with those imprisoned and those still facing charges. Entitled We are proud of…

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Another of the the Bristol Kill the Bill defendants has been remanded. They need our support.

Support us and go ad-freeAnother Kill the Bill demonstrator has been remanded in prison for allegedly taking part in clashes with police outside Bristol’s Bridewell Police Station in March. As the draconian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill makes its way to the House of Lords, it’s important we don’t forget those who are either in prison, awaiting sentence, or facing trial for resisting it. Collective self defence On 21 March, in the aftermath of the bill’s second Commons reading, police viciously attacked those participating in a Kill the Bill demonstration outside Bristol’s Bridewell Police station. Mounted officers charged the crowd with batons flying. The crowd defended themselves,…

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We must support those facing prison for standing up against the Police Bill

Support us and go ad-freeAs the authoritarian Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passes its third reading in the Commons, we need to defend those who fought against it. Back in March, in the aftermath of the bill’s second Commons reading, police viciously attacked those participating in a Kill the Bill demonstration outside Bristol’s Bridewell Police station. Mounted officers charged the crowd with batons flying. The crowd defended themselves, and by the end of the evening police vehicles had been set on fire. The police and the government have been out for blood ever since. Those who fought the police have been labelled thugs, and their ‘wanted’ photographs…

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Thousands march through London in support of Palestine

Thousands of people have marched through central London in solidarity with Palestine. “Free Palestine” Those marching congregated at Victoria Embankment on the afternoon of 22 May before making their way to Hyde Park. Holding banners, placards and flags, the demonstrators let off green and red-coloured smoke and chanted. They blocked traffic as they marched along the protest route. Protesters let off coloured smoke (Yui Mok/PA) The protests came after an 11-day military offensive from Israel on the Gaza Strip. Some demonstrators could be seen wearing costumes, masks and face paint, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag. Groups of police watched as some protesters climbed bus stops…

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As Corbyn demands answers, details emerge of UK military support for Israel

The deep military relationship between the UK and Israeli governments is central to the oppression of Palestinians, reports suggest. Articles in Declassified UK and Byline Times show training, military exchanges, and military advisors remain key features of UK-Israel relations. This is despite the current assault on Gaza. The UK also trains and funds some Lebanese and Jordanian forces. This adds another dimension to the suppression of Palestinians rights. Deepening relations Israel and the UK have carried out joint air warfare exercise. UK soldiers have been trained in Israeli drone warfare and undergone courses runs by arms firm Elbit Systems. As a result of the agreement, Israeli soldiers have…

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Here’s what you can do to support Palestinians resisting apartheid, ethnic cleansing and settler-colonialism

The Israeli government continues to commit human rights violations and war crimes against indigenous Palestinians. Since 10 May, the Israeli army has launched a number of deadly airstrikes on Gaza. And since then we’ve seen Israeli military forces brutalising Palestinians protesting ethnic cleansing, and resisting forced expulsion from their homes. We’ve also seen Israeli police attacking worshippers. And in keeping with the apartheid regime, Israeli officials have refused to vaccinate a majority of indigenous Palestinians. The UK government is supporting these human rights violations through arms sales, and failing to denounce the actions of the Israeli state. So it’s time to take action. Here are just some of the ways we…

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