Conference on Children’s Rights (organised by Roma Access)

(Speaking for University & College Union national executive, further education committee) https://www.facebook.com/122098561182392/posts/2391440194248206?s=100000500624699&v=e&sfns=mo I can tell you that UCU’s national executive deplore the scapegoating of migrants and we will continue to challenge all forms of discrimination and we will continue to fight against the politics of austerity and the impacts of it. UCU’s starting point is … Continue reading Conference on Children’s Rights (organised by Roma Access)

Newcastle Unites – ‘We have a dream’ Unity Carnival 2019

(Speaking for UCU nec and Newcastle Unites carnival team) Good Afternoon Newcastle! Welcome - welcome to our Newcastle ‘We have a dream’ carnival. Are you having a good time? Isn’t it great to be here - in Newcastle? And isn’t it great to be here - at The Monument, this symbol of peace and freedom … Continue reading Newcastle Unites – ‘We have a dream’ Unity Carnival 2019

‘I have a dream’ Newcastle’s Unity Carnival 2019

Anya Cook introduces Newcastle Unites, celebrating diversity and equality ON Saturday July 6 Newcastle Unites will be celebrating unity in our community at our second annual Unity Carnival. The event starts with a walk from the multicultural West End of Newcastle and ends in costume, music, dance, theatre and poetry at Grey’s Monument, renowned symbol … Continue reading ‘I have a dream’ Newcastle’s Unity Carnival 2019

Together Against Trump – Newcastle Protest 3 June 2019

Anya Cook UCU National Executive Speaking today for Newcastle Unites Our anti-racist coalition stands for the people of Newcastle ⁃ be they of left or of right ⁃ Be they of binary or non binary ⁃ Be they of faith or of no faith ⁃ And whatever their immigration status We are united against all … Continue reading Together Against Trump – Newcastle Protest 3 June 2019

Speaking in support of Unite’s motion on Period Dignity at #NTUC19j

Anya Cook University & College Union National Executive And Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where we had the first Period Poverty campaign at a college in England- launched back in October. Our campaign was funded by our branch and we invited contributions from organisations and colleagues. In February we secured agreement from the principalship to … Continue reading Speaking in support of Unite’s motion on Period Dignity at #NTUC19j

On Housing and Homes

I work in a tight-knit team of supportive colleagues. And I was glad of that warmth when I shared with them my feelings of guilt, my upset, my conscience-wresting this week. Mid-evening outside the bus station in Newcastle, a regular begging patch, I passed a man, a person who looked to be living on the … Continue reading On Housing and Homes

Why stand to be Parliamentary Labour Party Candidate for Hexham Constituency?

Quite simply - I was asked. That I was considered by some to be their choice of representative of the people of Hexham, to advocate, challenge and defend, to be their voice in parliament - well that’s a personal win and ‘humbled’ and ‘proud’ don’t cover it. Everything I do in my professional and community … Continue reading Why stand to be Parliamentary Labour Party Candidate for Hexham Constituency?

Period Poverty Campaign

Anya Cook sits on University and College Union’s National Executive and Further Education Committee and she is Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where she is employed as a Mentor. In the decade I have been a UCU trade union rep at Newcastle College we haven’t had a women’s officer on the branch.  In September we … Continue reading Period Poverty Campaign

Why I Am Supporting Jamie Driscoll for North of Tyne Mayor

Why I Am Supporting JD4Mayor I am not going to get into the whys and wherefores of whether the North of Tyne should be devolving - we are where we are. I am not going to get into the whys and wherefores of whether the nominations process for the mayoral election should have been allowed … Continue reading Why I Am Supporting Jamie Driscoll for North of Tyne Mayor