“Rooting kindness in 2021: the year of the tree” | North East Byline

15/07/2021Opinion/ SEA Posted by Socialist Educational Association Some of the Byker Mutual Aid volunteers I have a friend who declares she is apolitical.  She is intelligent, well-read, always learning something, active in community groups and environmental campaigns.  Decisions are made that she does not agree with, yet she still declares she is not political? This outward projection … Continue reading “Rooting kindness in 2021: the year of the tree” | North East Byline

On Making Lemonade

When I resigned my national and local  trade union roles with UCU last autumn I knew that there was more that I wanted to do.  I found myself with much more time but also with much more head space as the clouds of casework, campaigns, complaints, conciliations and confidences, cleared. My sky bluer,  I looked … Continue reading On Making Lemonade

Speech to support Motion: Rights of Migrant Women Labour Conference 22 September 2019

My name is Anya Cook, Newcastle North Constituency, University & College Union National Executive and mentor at Newcastle College where I facilitate drop-in sessions with ESOL students. I support this motion. I have worked with women of asylum status or with right to remain who have been trafficked for economic purpose, raped, are trying to … Continue reading Speech to support Motion: Rights of Migrant Women Labour Conference 22 September 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

Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

Tyne and Wear May Day March and Rally 2019 Anya Cook UCU National Executive speaking for Newcastle Unites Good Afternoon. The first thing I want to do is to invite you to the Unity Carnival, Saturday 6th July. It starts with a walk from The Beacon in the West End of Newcastle and ends here, … Continue reading Tyne & Wear May Day March and Rally 2019

The Rohingya – speech to move motion to UCU’s NEC

Categorized, Stereotyped, Stigmatised, Marginalised, Deprived, Victimised Dehumanised Robbed, Stripped, Raped Tortured, Dismembered, Discarded Infanticide, Fratricide, Homicide Genocide And in the camps Disenfranchised, Ghettoised Denied. We fail for them, surely, if we neglect to take action? What help for them the eloquence of prayers, or  simple benediction? What good to them the warm benevolence of tears … Continue reading The Rohingya – speech to move motion to UCU’s NEC