Cricket for Iranian workers


by Sunny
30th July, 2009 at 10:17 am    

This saturday I’m playing cricket to raise money for Iranian workers. Come down! You get the added bonus of laughing at me while I try and slog the ball and get bowled out.

Hands Off the People of Iran play the Labour Representation Committee in 30 overs of cricket with John McDonnell MP and Attila the Stockbroker leading the two teams – all in order to raise as much money as possible for the Iranian workers’ movement.
We have set ourselves the target of 1,000 pounds but are quietly confident that we can ago well above this if we put our minds to it and draw in as many of our vast supporters as possible. Such funds are absolutely central to our comrades in Iran organizing in the most difficult of situations and now facing a hugely repressive crackdown on their protests and rallies.

This is why it is absolutely vital that the workers’ movement in this country organizes material and ideological solidarity. The working class needs its own foreign policy linking the workers’, women’s and students’ struggles in Iran with those in this country and elsewhere. So, we need need your help to get this event off the ground and to hopefully make it so successful that there will be many similar events for years to come!

More here. The teams are mixed and I’ve been put in the Hands Off People of Iran (HOPI) team!

If you come you not only help raise money but also get to meet some excellent left-wing bloggers (excl myself obviously). Stroppybird has more on that.

This Saturday afternoon, in Walthamstow


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  1. Sofia — on 30th July, 2009 at 10:28 am  

    good luck..wish I could make it..sounds fun

  2. Rumbold — on 30th July, 2009 at 10:58 am  

    In at number four- impressive. You’ll be playing for the King’s XI next year.

  3. Shamit — on 30th July, 2009 at 11:08 am  

    Same here — score a 30 ball century mate but above all make sure you duck when you need to. All the best.

  4. Jai — on 30th July, 2009 at 11:32 am  

    Good luck Sunny. Hope the weather doesn’t sabotage the match.

  5. Sofia — on 30th July, 2009 at 11:54 am  

    btw when’s the next pp meet up..since i’ve never made any of the others

  6. Cauldron — on 30th July, 2009 at 12:58 pm  

    Talking of Iran and cricket, has anyone else noticed the uncanny comparison between Graham Onions and President Ahmadinejad?

  7. Sunny — on 30th July, 2009 at 12:59 pm  

    We haven’t set a date for the PP meetup yet. Still trying to get that sorted. Hopefull it will be late August.

    thanks – I’m gonna pray I make about 30! I’ve not played for years!

  8. Rumbold — on 30th July, 2009 at 1:04 pm  

    Or even early September for the meet-up.

  9. Edna Welthorpe — on 30th July, 2009 at 4:48 pm  

    One simply hates to sound churlish, but isn’t this the same John McDonnell M.P. who refers to the knee-capping terrorists of the I.R.A. as “selfless and brave Active Service Unit volunteers” or is there another person with the same name?

    Some of the I.R.A.’s abducted victims – their bodies, that is – have yet to be found.

  10. Cauldron — on 31st July, 2009 at 1:07 pm  

    Ahmadinejad has bowled brilliantly this morning

  11. Adnan — on 31st July, 2009 at 1:13 pm  

    Cauldron,

    You mean Onionsdinejad, right ?

  12. Adnan — on 31st July, 2009 at 1:15 pm  

    As has Andersonejad

  13. Adnan — on 31st July, 2009 at 1:16 pm  

    Sorry Cauldron, missed your comment 6 earlier – very good.

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