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This Early Day Motion was tabled in the House of Commons on 4 July:

The following appeal has been received for funds to make a documentary about the new play telling the story of the International Brigade volunteers from Hull…

We are trying to make a documentary about ‘Ocho’. ‘Ocho’ is a fantastic piece of work that tells the story of eight men from Hull who joined the International Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. It is perfomed by students from the Archbishop Sentamu Academy in East Yorkshire.

The IBMT has only recently come across this interesting story of a Spanish Republican fighter, Miguel Ramírez Fajardo, who made his home in Britain and who died aged 101 in January this year. The following is the eulogy read at Miguel’s funeral…

We were saddened that the representative of Ajex (Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women) walked out of our commemoration yesterday (1 July 2017), which honours the International Brigade volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

Martin Sugarman has attended this annual event over many years in order to lay a wreath on behalf of Ajex at the memorial to the International Brigades on London’s Southbank.

We understand that Martin took exception to statements made in a speech by one of our guest speakers, Tosh McDonald, President of the train drivers’ union ASLEF.

Hundreds gathered at the International Brigade memorial on London’s Southbank on Saturday I July to remember the 2,500 volunteers from Britain and Ireland who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

They heard speeches from Len McCluskey, General Secreray of Unite, and Tosh MacDonald, President of ASLEF, who both praised the inspirational example of international solidarity set 80 years ago by the International Brigades.

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We would like to invite to Warsaw representatives of all associations commemorating the International Brigades to honour Polish volunteers fighting against international fascism in Spain.

We are planning events for 15/16 July 2017, coinciding with the anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, as Polish anti-fascists were fighting against fascists from the first day of the war.

As part of the IBMT’s Annual General Meeting weekend a visit has been organised on Sunday 15 October to the National Mining Museum at Big Pit.

10.15am: Coach will leave Cardiff and travel to the museum at Big Pit, Blaenavon. Cost of the coach will be £10 per person. Entry to the museum is free.
11.30am: Commemoration at Big Pit and re-dedication of the memorial to the Welsh miners who went to Spain to fight for the Spanish Republic.
12pm: A short talk by Graham Davies about his book ‘You Are Legend – Welsh Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War’.

A multinational special interest group has been set up to share and exchange information about the blockade-runners, seafarers and dockworkers and their organisations who supported the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.

Drawn from organisations in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, the group says it wll have an international perspective on maritime workers’ involvement on the side of the Spanish Republic.

The IBMT’s annual International Brigade commemoration will take place on Saturday 1 July from 1pm-2pm at the International Brigade Memorial in Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road) on London’s Southbank.

The event remembers the 2,500 men and women from the British Isles who fought fascism and defended democracy during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Of these, 526 gave their lives.


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