16 September

'I have come to know that the International Bible Students Association is proclaiming erroneous teachings and under the cloak of religion follows hostile purposes against the State' _ Excerpt from the 'Declaration of Facts'

September 16, 2009 · 1 min read

August Dickmann, a German conscientious objector and Jehovah’s Witness, became the first conscientious objector to be executed by the Nazis on this day in 1939. The execution took place in Sachsenhausen concentration camp in front of 400 other Jehovah’s Witness inmates.

After his death by firing squad, the camp commander asked them ‘Who is now ready to sign the Declaration?’ The declaration meant supporting the German military and signing a document renouncing their religion. Only two stepped forward – not to sign, but to ask that their signatures given a year earlier be annulled.


Race, class and Covid-19

The inextricable links between race, poverty and exploitation have been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Notes from Below

The antithesis of care

Hilary Aked writes about the insidious role of Prevent, the government’s counter- extremism programme, in compromising mental health services

Am I a modern slave?

Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change


Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics

After the virus: no return to the old economy

As the Covid recession hits, Adam Peggs lays out alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding

In and against, and outside, the party

Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan

Only fearless, independent journalism
can hold power to account

Your support keeps Red Pepper alive