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The UK’s Trade Union Congress will host the Organise 2020 festival which will feature two sessions with speakers from Brazil and Colombia.

Organising against the far right and challenging racism internationally – Thursday 9 July 15.00 – 17.00 

Far right narratives are on the rise and are being mainstreamed as authoritarian Presidents from Trump to Bolsonaro use racism, sexism and anti-migrant narratives to sow division. The coronavirus pandemic has been increasingly used by regimes to crack down on human and union rights. The brutal murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests around the world has shown the ever-present need to organise internationally against systemic racism and oppression.

This session will explore strategies being used by trade unions and sister organisations to combat the far right in the workplace and communities and confront institutional racism and how we can build international solidarity.

Chair: Patrick Roach (general secretary, NASUWT)
Speakers: Chidi King (director of equality, ITUC), Tefere Gebre (executive vice president, AFL-CIO), Carmen Foro (General Secretary CUT, Brazil), N H Priya Garnaik, (National working committee executive member youth INTUC, India)

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Building International Solidarity: Organising in the most dangerous places for workers in the world – Organise 2020 Friday 10th July 15.00-16.00

In countries around the world, workers face murder, imprisonment and death threats for organising and defending their member’s rights. This session will hear from organisers working in some of the worst countries for workers in the world and explore how we can build international solidarity across borders. Speakers from Colombia, Turkey and Palestine will share their experiences and how they are organising to confront the longstanding abuses of rights and the current crisis.

Interpretation provided

Chair: Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU

Speakers: Osman İşçi (International affairs officer, Confederation of Public Employees Trade Union – KESK) Turkey, Olga Quintero (Leader of ASCAMCAT Catatumbo Agricultural Workers Association, Colombia – an organisation which has had many leading activists murdered in recent years), Majd Samaroo, project coordinator, International Transport Federation (Palestine)

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