Monday, June 29, 2009

Cricket for Iranian workers: Hopi vs LRC

Now I think cricket is boring, but this is likely to be a good laugh and in a good cause . Its on the 1st August 2009 , starting at 12 at Low Hall Sports Ground , E17 . Afterwards there will be a social at Dalston Social Centre.

Details on Facebook and a blog set up for the event :

The plans are slowly taking shape for what should be an excellent day with cricket, a barbecue, a bar, and some promising entertainment in the evening provided by our fans and supporters.

We have set ourselves the target of 1,000 pounds but are confident that we can ago well above this if we put our minds to it and draw in as many of our vast supporters as possible. Such funds are absolutely central to our comrades in Iran organizing in the most difficult of situations. Whilst sanctions continue to hit the Iranian people and the bellicose Israeli rhetoric continues, trade union rights are banned and Iranian workers risk life and limb organizing for the most basic workers’ rights in the face of a brutal theocratic regime.

John McDonnell MP: "an excellent initiative"
This is why it is absolutely vital that the workers’ movement in this country organizes material and ideological solidarity with workers’, women’s and students’ struggles in Iran – they are our natural allies and a true beacon of hope for genuine democracy and freedom.

So, we need need your help to get this event off the ground and to hopefully make it so successful that there will be many similar events for years to come!

Can you?

*Play? The standard will be more ‘village’ than the ‘Test Match’ so even if you have to brush off those pads after years of neglect – get in touch! Both male and female welcome players welcome!

*Umpire/Score? Fancy getting involved in keeping tabs on a game that will probably go down to the wire? Have the expertise to decide whether comrades’ bowling is too far to the left or (or the right?) Know somebody who does? Get in touch!

*Make teas/master a barbecue/pour a decent pint? All this will be central to the day’s fundraising and the more volunteers we have the better.

*Get your union branch to sponsor some of the costs we will invariably have to cover? (Pitch hire, kit, food costs etc)

*Buy one of our wonderful t-shirts/hoodies/cricket shirts?

*Book coaches and minibuses in order to get as many supporters from your locality to come and watch the game?

*Perform? We are particularly appealing to our artistically-minded allies and supporters to put together a fundraising social after the match in a nearby pub

*Get your union/organization to a message of solidarity promoting the event for our blog and in our publicity?

Pleas get in touch with us to offer your help, show solidarity or find out more about what should be an excellent event for both young and old, cricket-lovers and cricket-haters alike!

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