• Thu
    17:00 - 19:00SOAS, University of London

    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the arrest of three prominent activists for press freedom, in central Istanbul,Turkey, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

    SPOT will be holding a meeting at SOAS University on Thursday, 2 February between 5-7pm discussing the continued attacks on journalists and academics in Turkey.

    We will be joined by several journalists and academics including Owen Jones and Stephen Wordsworth, Director of CARA (The Council for At-Risk Academics).

    We would strongly encourage you to attend to find out more about the ongoing attacks on academics, press and political freedom, and also hear from the delegation to Turkey. This meeting will be a great opportunity to get involved with SPOT and we hope to see many of you there. If you would like to join the meeting please register your name on the Eventbrite link below.

  • Wed
    7:00 pmTW1.G.01 (ground floor of Tower One, LSE)

    This is to let you know that, next week Wednesday, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish studies will host the following event on the recent referendum in Turkey.

    Constitutional Referendum in Turkey: Now What?

    Short presentations by Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, University of Oxford), Dr Kerem Altıparmak (University of Ankara), Steve Sweeney (Journalist for the Morning Star), and Dr Yaprak Gürsoy (Istanbul Bilgi University), followed by a panel discussion.

    Chair: Associate Prof. Esra Özyürek, the LSE Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies

    As ever, admission is free, open to all, and on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Please do join us, and feel free to share this with others who might be interested.

  • Sun
    6:30 pmNLCH (Day-Mer), 22 Moorefield Road, N17 6PY

    Nuriye and Semih have been on hunger strike for over 180 days in protest at being dismissed from their teaching posts. Their struggle has come to represent that of millions who have been purged following last year's military coup in Turkey. At this critical juncture, friends from our community invite you to join us in an evening of solidarity with them.

    18:30 on 10 September 2017 @ North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17 6PY

    Tickets: £10


  • Thu
    6:30 pmNational Union Of Teachers, Mabledon Place, WC1H 9BD

    I am pleased to invite you the first Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) fundraising event on 23 November 2017 at 18:30 at the National Union of Teachers, Hamilton House, Mander Hall, WC1H 9BD.  Tickets are £20 (waged) and £10 (unwaged).

    For the past two years SPOT has been working with campaigners, journalists, academics and trade unions to support the struggle for democracy in Turkey. Our work is significant for friends in Turkey facing persecution for standing up for basic rights and freedoms.

    This fundraising event provides a chance for us to network and raise some funds for the families of all academics and teachers who have been under immense attack by the Turkish state. Proceeds will both support affected families and the continuing struggle for academic freedom and democracy in Turkey. 

    This event is wholly prepared and put together by volunteers and our friends in the trade union movement in UK. The success of this event relies on the generosity of supportive individuals and organisations.

    You can book for the event using the link below:

    We hope to see you all at the event.

    All proceeds will go to Egtim-sen Union in Turkey.