PJ aka the Repeat Beat Poet, is a hip hop and spoken word artist, and an activist. He spoke to Janine Booth, a trade unionist, Workers' Liberty activist, and poet about George Floyd Protest, police, fighting racism, and more.
I'm Janine Booth. I'm autistic, and I write and deliver training courses to trade unionists and others about autism and neurodiversity. As part of the courses, we look at real-life case studies of neurodivergent workers' experiences. It is important to use up-to-date case studies, so I am interested in hearing your story.
on the top
of the head
of the cop
with his knee
on the neck
of the man
on the floor
by the pass-
Who said please
I can't breathe
and who called
for his mum
bore the knee
and the weight
and the hate
of the cop
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are objecting to the lack of adequate healthcare, the loss of social care support, the erosion of rights – and the ominous attitude that disabled people are somehow less worthy of life.
Disabled transport workers are a significant and valuable part of the workforce that delivers transport to millions of passengers and freight consignments every day. Many of us are also particularly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
TUC Women's Conference today debated a motion on Women and HIV (pictured). I spoke against the motion. Below is my speech, plus some additional information to help clarify what has been a controversial issue.
The motion was defeated by 89 votes to 81, with 36 delegates abstaining.
I'm asking delegates to vote against this motion.
A response to an appallingly bigoted cartoon (pictured) which appeared in the Morning Star.
An oversight has come to light
our usual process
transgressed, broke apart
and through the cracks
crept a carnivorous
a hand-drawn saurian,
fawning, crawling, stalking
readers bravely pleading for safety.
I will be convening the committee’s accessible transport working group, which will also include Elane Heffernan (UCU), Colleen Johnson (NEU) and Austin Harney (PCS).
We already have a campaign plan, which will now be updated.
The Committee agreed to support RMT DMAC’s day of action against London Overground ticket office cuts on 1 November.
There is an increasing number of companies which explicitly employ autistic people, promising to value their work and provide suitable working conditions. This has been widely welcomed.
But what are the experiences of autistic workers in these companies?
On this website, I will be hosting guest posts to give a platform to these workers and allow people to see behind the headlines.
The first is from V, in Paris.