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.
Sat09Feb201911:00 amHamilton House, Mabledon Place, WC1H 9BD
Wed11Mar20207:00 pmNorth London Community House 22 Moorefield Road London N17 6PY
We are pleased to invite you to the International Women's Day Panel on 11 March 2020 at 7 - 9pm at North London Community House. The panel discussion will be followed by networking drinks.
As Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) and Day-Mer we want to build international solidarity with the women's movement in Turkey and also strengthen the relationships between women's organisations, campaigning groups and unions in the UK. The panel will be a chance to find out more about the attacks on women's human rights and workers rights in Turkey, and hear directly from women in Turkey about their resistance. We will also have with us representatives from UK trade unions who will discuss with us their experience and efforts at international solidarity.
Strengthening international solidarity and linking the struggle of women in Turkey with that of women in the UK is a priority for us and we hope that you will join us at this important discussion. We are keen to have as many organisations as possible represented and would like to find out more about your work/priorities. Please do cascade this invitation to your contacts and let us know if you will be attending.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue17Nov20206:00 pmThe webinar will be streamed on the SPOT website in Turkish with English subtitles.
Economic and social inequality, and violence against women and girls continues to rise in Turkey, but women refuse to bow to the AKP’s regressive policies and attacks on women’s rights.
In preparation for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, SPOT, together with Day-Mer Women, have organised an online webinar which will provide a closer inspection of gender inequality and violence against women in Turkey.
Join us on Tuesday 17th November at 18:00 to find out more about what life under the pandemic has been like for women in Turkey, why the Istanbul Convention has become a major political battleground, and what more needs to be done to build international solidarity and empower women in Turkey.
Filiz Kerestecioğlu, HDP MP
Cevriye Aydin, Lawyer and Journalist
Hilal Tok, Journalist Ekmek ve Gul (Bread & Roses)
Sarya Tunc, Day-Mer Women’s Committee
As the Bogazici protests grow in strength, we find out more about what is happening on the ground, what the students demands are and what the appointment of Melih Bulu means for academic freedom and democracy in Turkey.
As Vicky Blake says "You cannot build academic freedom just in your own backyard" and that is why we must continue to build international solidarity and translate our solidarity into tangible actions.
This webinar is jointly organised with Day-Mer Youth and DIDF-Jugend.
Vicky Blake, UCU President
Olgun Dursun, Bogazici Student
Prof Mehmet Ugur, Uni of Greenwich / SPOT Steering Committee
WATCH HERE: https://fb.watch/30psuGAqTW/
Hundreds of academics, students, activists and trade unionists joined us in a day of action in solidarity with the Bogazici students in Turkey. Messages of support flooded in and a virtual rally was live-streamed on our facebook page.
Chaired by Baroness Christine Blower, speakers included Tariq Ali (Journalist and Writer), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Umut Turem (Bogazici Academic), Olgun Dursun (Bogazici Student), Vicky Blake (UCU President) Louise Regan (NEU/ETUC).
Find out more about the ongoing fight for academic freedom in Turkey and be inspired by the messages of support and commitment to international solidarity.
Our online rally is available to watch below: