Sat29Oct201610:00 amHamilton House, Mabledon Place, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9BD
The first SPOT conference on Turkey took place on 29 October 2016 at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Headquarters in Euston, London. Over 150 people attended the conference from a range of organisations, with representation from the Turkish and Kurdish community, as well as UK based trade unions, academics, human rights associations, campaign groups and the media.
SPOT aims to build a bridge that connects a diverse range of individuals and groups fighting for justice and democratic freedom – both in the UK and in Turkey.
Turkey is undergoing a critical period in its history and there is an urgent need to act to support and strengthen the fight for democratic rights and freedoms, and put an end to the breaches of human rights across the country, particularly in the Kurdish-majority regions.
This report sets out the key outcomes from the conference and next steps we will be taking in the coming months.
We are grateful to all our speakers, supporting organisations and delegates for making the conference possible. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the NUT for hosting us and to Anne Swift, NUT President for further reaffirming their solidarity.
SPOT Steering Committee
 The SPOT Steering Group is made up of representatives from Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre / National Shop Stewards Network, Public and Commercial Services Union, Rail and Maritime Union, SOAS, King’s College London, Greater London Authority Trade Union Council, Academics
Thu02Feb201717:00 - 19:00SOAS, University of London
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.
Wed26Apr20177:00 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.
Sun10Sep20176:30 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
Thu23Nov20176:30 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.