UK Newswire Archive
18-05-2005 16:23U.S. to IRA: Lay down your arms now.
18-05-2005 15:52The Home Office have now ratcheted up the ante by re-introducing slavery through the form of 'voluntary service for people who have failed the Asylum System and needing subsistence and accommodation' with the assistance of the National YMCA Organisation.
Liverpool YMCA is going to be the first voluntary sector agency to collude with the Home Office in the immigration slavery scheme introduced by section 10 of the 2004 legislation.
While Liverpool is parading on its City Of Culture, 2008 Status (more like Culture of Capital, Here & Now), it would be worthwhile stating historical fact - Liverpool was home to the Slave Trade - and now in 2005, Liverpool could and may well become home to the New City Of Slavery.
The YMCA and the Home Office have called for a 'Closed Door' Meeting to be held at Liverpool City Councils Millenium House on Tuesday 24 May 2005 from 12:40 - 14:40hrs.
The aim of this meeting from what I can gather, is to 'embrace community dialogue' - through restricting the meeting to just a few (highly-paid & self-anointed) NGOs (whose own sources of revenue are probably paid for by the Home Office...)
The question is, can real community dialogue be achieved like this?
The meeting was posted on the SmartGroups Liverpool asylum seeker and refugee support group:
----Section 4 Support - 'Voluntary Service'
>> There is a consultation meeting with the YMCA and
>> the Home Office about this on 24th May - 12.40 - 2.40
>> at Millenium House in Liverpool.
As you can see this is the only outside knowledge of this meeting.
I contacted the Liverpool YMCA today which people believe to be the site of the Pilot Scheme, and the Office Administrator has denied any knowledge of the meeting, but said that, "if it's not Liverpool then it might be Chester which will do it."
If the meeting is being held within Council premises, can Trade Unionists based within Millenium House please make and take action with regards to this?
UNISON, and other Unions the call-out for you is here.
Individuals with a conscience, please make your views heard on this subject.
The following links are related to this meeting:
YMCA slave labour scheme
Section 4 Support - 'Voluntary Service'
There is a consultation meeting with the YMCA and the Home Office
about this on 24th May - 12.40 - 2.40 at Millenium House in Liverpool.
IND has announced that YMCA England will be running a pilot exercise for Section 10 of the Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act in Liverpool.
YMCA England Statement following meeting with Church Action on Poverty, Boaz Trust and Churches Commission on Racial Justice
It is important that no-one allows this 'Pilot' to get off the ground.
While the YMCA may or could agree to the scheme, it can only be made unworkable if YMCA Staff take a stand on this issue - strike action, refuse on moral grounds, refuse on Health & Safety issues (will the refugees be given proper H&S training?)
Or perhaps I could 'release' the person out, if I saw a refugee doing what I called anything like 'labour'?
Or maybe, the homeless people within the YMCAs will start "getting refugees to do their 'dirty-work'", or cause deep divisions within already dis-enfranchised communities?
If this doesn't happen here, it could happen near YOU.
Maybe meet up at The Egg, Tuesday 24/05, 11:30am?
Anyone into it?
Banners, drums, trumpets, anything to make a party & noise.
Can the 'Outside Media' meaning The Echo/BBC do something on it?
18-05-2005 15:46"It is not legitimate to exploit every conceivable outsourcing chance. It is not legitimate to declare jobs superfluous to realize double-digit profits.. Profit cannot be the only maxim of good entrepreneural conduct.."
18-05-2005 15:29Article in London's metro paper May 17th
18-05-2005 15:21From 8th January, 2004. I have been in dispute with the Department for Work and
Pensions due to overpayment of the dreaded 'means-tested benefits'. This situation still
hasn't reached a satisfactory conclusion. Firstly, I would like to assure you that we are
not a couple "who could work but who presently languish on benefits doing nothing".
Neither do we work undercover and claim benefits illegally. In my opinion, the main
cause for this dispute is that from May 2000,
18-05-2005 14:41Gordon "The Toad" MacLellan will be speaking on "Recognising the Sacred in Everyday Places" at 4pm on Sunday 22nd May, at Libra Aries Books in Cambridge.
18-05-2005 14:33Ok, rampART in London is celebrating it's first birthday next weekend (21st May) and they will be having a bit of a party with band and stuff. They also intend to do some kind of presentation and show films about various social centres around Europe. So, how about we get together something of a round up of the current social centre projects in the UK. Leave comments here listing those you know of or write up something about the ones you are involved in or frequent often.
18-05-2005 10:39>>GET ON BOARD THE SOUTH EAST ASSEMBLY TRAIN!
18-05-2005 10:11*International Financial Institutions & Extractive Industries - Time for a Phase Out?*
New Theatre, London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
*Thursday 19th May 2005 18:30 - 20:30*
18-05-2005 02:16Religion is divisive worldwide. Here is a theory of how that may have evolved and why. And also, some suggestions as to part of what we can do about it.
Then visit: http://www.vivisection.info/ssat (Stop Sequani Animal Testing)
Here is just one report from a recent demo at the disgusting Sequani animal Testing Laboratoriess in Ledbury, Herefordshire.
18-05-2005 00:20Accustomed only to hearing ‘positive’ pro-war sound-bites from the Administration, Americans were taken aback by George Galloway’s frank oratory. Facts are his defense in the face of monumental lies and his accusers expose themselves, while attempting to disgrace him.
18-05-2005 00:00Advance: 18 – 20th May 2005
SPEAKERS IN LONDON TO CALL FOR END TO ABUSE OF UK DEVELOPMENT AID*
Campaigners from Ghana, Nigeria, Georgia and Guatemala arrive in London this week to call on the UK Government to stop funding oil, gas and mining projects through development aid. The visit comes ahead of the crucial G8 meeting in July, when leaders will discuss issues of poverty and climate change.
17-05-2005 23:32The following is a link to the full testamony of George Galloway to the House Unamerican Activities Committee today. Love him or loathe him, this is brilliant entertainment (requires Real Player).
17-05-2005 23:00“Yes, this is correct, we receive money from NED and this isn't a problem for us”, admitted the boss of “Reporters without borders” Robert Ménard. But the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is not any organisation. It has been founded 1983 under the admistration of Reagan to enforce a politic which specifically aimed to destabilise Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua.
This coincides with the announcement of road closures during the G8 summit.