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Details of todays fees vote protest

09-12-2010 00:54


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Southend Anti Cuts Demo Sunday 12th December

08-12-2010 23:39

March and Rally - 'Stop the Cuts - Defend Our Public Services' in Southend, Essex

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Time to fight back...

08-12-2010 23:23

Operation Payback is in full swing. The Mastercard and paypal websites were successfully shut down. It's currently Visas turn. Want to show solidarity with Wikileaks or just want to help in the largest internet fightback against capitalism biggest in history.

The more that join in, the more targets can be brought down...

Ready, aim, fire...

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Death of Education Protest 8/12

08-12-2010 22:22

About 250 protesters today braved the below freezing temperatures to protest the death of higher education at the hands of the ConDem coalition government under the proposals which will see a 100% cut to the Social Science, Arts and Humanities teaching budget alongside the withdrawal of the education maintenance allowance (EMA) which broadens participation in higher education among pupils from poorer backgrounds.
The funeral procession gathered at the University of Bristol Union on Queens Rd at 3:30 this afternoon, and marched down to College Green, to lay the ceremonial coffin of the UK higher education system in front of the council house today. The protesters remained in good spirits despite the biting cold, and the presence of almost as many police as protesters, including numerous mounted police which seemed totally unnecessary to deal with a small and entirely fluffy protest.

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B'ham Cruelty Free Xmas Fair posters & leaflets

08-12-2010 22:17

Please help to promote the event, display some posters/leaflets
On Saturday 18th December, the Cruelty Free Xmas Fair in Kings Heath will offer everything you need to enjoy a compassionate Christmas. With over 20 stalls selling everything from animal free soaps to delicious vegan chocolate and sweets, mouthwatering cookery demos, health and nutrition talks, holistic therapy and hot vegan food and refreshments throughout the day, it's clear there's only one place to be the last Saturday before Christmas!

FREE entry, all welcome.

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Wikileaks and media disinformation: North Korea, Iran and Belarus

08-12-2010 22:12

Much is being written in the mainstream press about the internet whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. But the interpretation and significance of those Wikileaks stories disseminated throughout the corporate media must be subjected to careful and critical analysis.

There is little that is particularly shocking about the recent Wikileaks. What is striking about many of the latest leaks is their conformity to the lies and disinformation regularly diffused by the mainstream media.

The upshot of this is that, while exposés of American war crimes should damage America’s imperial ambitions, other ‘leaks’ could actually serve the opposite purpose, especially when they are uncritically reported as ‘revelations’. In this article we are going to look at two examples of how Wikileaks stories could be used to further a US imperialist agenda.

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Tuition Fees Protestors invade Cambridge shopping malls

08-12-2010 21:52

Kings Parade, rapidly becoming the 'traditional' starting point.
Today in Cambridge, both of the local Cathederals of Consumerism were invaded by several generations of angry students, fighting for a future that doesn't involve getting themselves into vast amounts of debt.

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NCC have no answers to the cuts

08-12-2010 21:23

Not wanting to let the City Council's cuts consultation exercise pass unchallenged, I attended their "We asked. You said, What next?" meeting at Forest Fields Community Centre tonight. Councillor Hassan Ahmed claimed that he and the council were opposed to the cuts but when questioned further this opposition seemed to be rather abstract. Local people deserve a lot better than him and his cronies.

Only 5 residents bothered to turn up to the meeting and we were almost outnumbered by councillors (Ahmed and Ibrahim) and council staff and the two Area 4 managers. It's rather strange to know that Forest Fields has a manager (well, two actually).

Councillor Ahmed outlined the results of the City Council's first survey. Rather than question the need for cuts to services this took the approach of asking residents what they would most like to keep. Presumably they'll be cutting the rest. Depressingly, people rated 'Tackling crime and antisocial behaviour' as most important (4.3 out of 5) followed by Refuse collection (4.2). These were rated more highly than 'Services for the elderly and vulnerable people', Child protection, 'Public transport and Schools. I suppose that tells you something about the priorities of people who bother filling in these questionnaires. As a result of this Councillor Ahmed said that there would be no funding cut to the Councils 90+ Community Protection Officers. Great.

Something that the Councillor didn't point out but that I thought was quite interesting was that all of the categories were given average scores of greater than 2.5, and all but one category was given an average over 3. These results look suspiciously like people want to keep all of their services.

However, before we get too carried away with the Council's game of playing different services off against each other, it's worth knowing that, for the entire NG7 post code area (with a population over 25,000), only 300 people responded to the survey. This is a tiny response rate and basically means that the survey cannot be said to be representative. It would be undemocratic for the Council to make decisions based on these results rather than properly consulting the people. When I pointed this out to Councillor Ahmed he said that was a bigger issue that he didn't want to get into.

There was also an opportunity for people to mention areas they thought could be cut. Suggestions included money for consultants, councillors' expenses, the Arrow and the Council's posters and advertising campaigns. Unsurprisingly, Councillor Ahmed thought he deserved his £10,000 allowance.

Councillor Ahmed then claimed that he was against the cuts although he did not agree with some anti-cuts protestors that the Council should run at a deficit in order to save the city's services. When I pushed him about what he'd done to oppose the cuts he said he'd been to some demonstrations. He also said the City Council was making representations to the government. It didn't sound like very serious opposition, in either case.

We were then invited to talk about what issues we thought were important in our local area. Apart from a complaint about there being too many speed bumps the only issue raised was that there weren't enough free spaces for local kids. Councillor Ahmed promised to put some of his personal budget towards paying for youth projects.

The meeting ended on a bizarre note with a hamper being raffled off to the assorted locals.

The Council's propaganda about this series of contrived meetings bills it as 'Your City. Your Services." but nothing could be further from the truth. The only time the Council want to know what we think is when they want to sugar coat taking our services away from us. The pathetic number of people who are willing to constructively engage with their consultation gives some idea of how low people's expectations of the Council are.

Forest Fields, and the whole of Nottingham, deserve better than this shower. These representatives and managers can't be trusted with our services. We need to take action to defend them ourselves.

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"A Rivista Anarchica" is available online in English

08-12-2010 21:14

"A Rivista Anarchica" is now available online in English and in Italian

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Manchester Airport protesters found guilty but vow to fight on

08-12-2010 20:50

The defendants outside court - 7th December 2010
Two climate protesters who blockaded the road entrance to the World Freight Centre of Manchester Airport were found guilty yesterday of obstruction of the highway at Trafford Magistrates Court. The two defendants had pleaded not guilty on the grounds that the expansion of the Airport would have significant impacts on local homes and globally in contributing to climate change - and that their protest was a reasonable use of the road given that other methods of redress had been tried.

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Lab Animal Transport - Global Day of Action - 17th Dec

08-12-2010 20:45

On Friday 17th December, campaigners in a number of countries are taking to the
streets as part of the Global Day of Action against those involved in
transporting animals for laboratories.
On Friday 17th December, campaigners in a number of countries are taking to the
streets as part of the Global Day of Action against those involved in
transporting animals for laboratories.

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Ratcliffe Trial Day 9 – Defence Calls More Experts

08-12-2010 20:23

6 December 2010

Mr Rees for the defences calls Prof. Ian Roberts. He is Professor of Epidemiology and Public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Widely published and contributed to issues on health issues and debates worldwide.  Active research interests in the links between fossil fuel energy use, climate change and human health, contributing work to the World Health Organization WHO.

Accumulating scientific evidence suggests that man made climate change, primarily resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, has had and will continue to have serious adverse effects on the health of human populations.

Asked about his health estimates of what are the consequences of global climate change, he says in 2000 150,000 years of life lost, a measure of premature deaths each year due to such changes. Together with 5.5 million disability adjusted life years because of injury, disability and incapacity. Taken together, these amount to a generic measure of human suffering.  These measures are certain to increase, evidenced by the clearly increased incidence of diseases aggravated by climate change.

When trying to understand the evidence, a first step would be to make a classification of diseases that are sensitive to climate change can be divided thus:
•    Malnutrition
•    Diarrhoea
•    Deaths due to flooding
•    Drought and its consequences
•    Temperature related Cardio-vascular diseases

Dr Roberts mentions the difficulty in predicting extremes. Pointing to the European heatwave of 2003 that directly resulted in 70,000 excess deaths in France.

The second step involves estimating from the science literature how changes in climate factors, influence the occurrence of disease.  There is much uncertainty here, taking into account the surprises of extreme events [like 2003] probably resulting in vastly underestimating the consequences.

The third step involves making estimates of the effects of man made greenhouse gases on human health. Again, hardly an exact science, but the links between climate changes and food production, air and water quality and hence human health have all strengthened.

These global changes are resulting in mass migrations of people, the consequences of which are directly leading to lack of food, shelter and water. Land areas are being rendered uninhabitable and such mass migrations are leading to war and conflict, all clearly detrimental to populations’ health.

Dr Roberts continues that climate changes are leading to higher incidents of diarrhea, bacterial and viral infections, food poisonings and malaria. As global temperatures have increased, the spread of cover for malaria gets wider. All accentuated further by extreme weather events. The effects on food yields are already apparent, and that they have a disproportionate effect on those areas that are already suffering food insecurities.

Population migrations due to sea level rises are on the increase . For example, look at the pressures on Bangladesh and Pacific island populations.  Migrations and food riots leading to violence, obviously has health implication for personal injuries and death.

Moving onto a short discussion about bio-fuels.  Plant crops grown to produce ethanol fuels for both vehicles and power stations. The priorities in land use for these over previous crop growing has a direct effect on food prices and is leading to crop displacements.  Problems occur in eco-systems if species can’t adapt to new conditions, leading to life distress. Many species of plants and animals cannot adapt to the unprecedented rapidity of man made climate change. It can be expected to find effects such as species extinction occurring and in a worst case the eco-systems complete collapse on which life and human existence depends.

Many species have areas of presence and timing. For example it matters when plants flower and the availability of insects of the right sorts to enable pollination to be effected. Thus, concern about the interdependence of species and their actions, within the ‘web of life’.

Concluding, Dr Roberts says that there is a public health imperative in reducing and in fact stopping, CO2 emissions.  There is in fact a public health emergency and we are sleepwalking into disaster.  There is and will be much increase in interpersonal violence: a generation genocide.

Miss Gerry for the prosecution cross-examines. She has no dispute about Dr Roberts evidence.  She asks in relation to public health emergencies .. what do you do about it?  He says he publishes research, he teaches and continues research on energy use and influences on human health.  She seeks to get him to explain how to go about changing public attitudes.  He again says research and publishing, explains these concerns to the media, Lancet etc. The dissemination of information to raise the public awareness.

Dr Ian Roberts, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Mr Rees calls his second witness today, one of the defendants Mr BD

By way of introduction, says he’s had involvements with various climate issue related charities. Has been a volunteer researcher for Greenpeace. Since 2005 has been doing some research of human impacts on climate changes and their effects.  An obvious example being regions like Darfur and its associated water stress. 

Mr Rees [in dealing with prosecution continued accusations], what efforts at public engagement has BD had previously made?  He replies he has made talks to a variety of groups including,
•    Rotary club
•    6th Form groups
•    Christian Youth Groups
•    Factories
•    Parish council within Oxfordshire
•    Vale of White Horse District Council organised meeting, inviting his local MP Ed Vaizey and the Manager of the Didcot power Station.

Moving onto the intended action, why did you go?  BD replies that he was aware in 2009 of the lack of agreement being achieved at Copenhagen.  The collapse of any post-Kyoto agreements. Thus he wanted to take part in some direct action himself to prevent coal-fired emissions because it did not seem to be happening by any other means. He became involved in the action from around January 2009. Initially the group only consisted of 5 people but within weeks has grown to over 100. BD say he was much involved in the planning of these operations. Safety being a prime consideration. He helped to shop for essential equipment. Produced documents already discussed in evidence.

Mr Rees goes to the 'Environment Show Stoppers' leaflet. Agreeing that it was a sham, BD says he designed and printed this. It contained directions and preparations for the action.  He also helped with the 'Important notice for those working at the power station' leaflet.  Distributed to all involved in the action.  Included within this is mention of the required transition to a low carbon future. Reassuring existing staff about job creation in ‘green industries’.  Not just about wrecking their prospects for those already employed. BD say he had also dealt with the ‘operational plan’, distributed to the Green team, whose task it was to ascend the chimney and to safely deal with all eventualities.

BD had been involved in briefings at the Iona School to help and ensure a ‘safe and effective’ action.  He added that it was a condition of those taking part that no violence would be shown to police in attendance or to power station staff.

Turning to the mobile phones, discovered at the School during the police raid, he agreed he had been involved with their organisation, adding relevant numbers and labels to ensure the right groups got the right phone. To explain which phones were for what purposes.

Miss Gerry rises for cross-examination. BD, if you took the trouble to engage with meeting in Oxfordshire, why didn’t you do this in Nottinghamshire? He replies that in this instance, out purpose was to simply stop CO2 emissions at Ratcliffe. He adds that his efforts in Oxfordshire, had been in a more optimistic time.  She continues with the notion that without public meetings in Nottinghamshire, he could have had no idea on what the effects of organising the action could be [thus still suggesting irresponsibility].

BD had made ‘no comment’ during interviews with the police. She says that you knew that police would have to respond, hence publicity for your action was intended for after your arrival. Thus, all was secret before. You could have said to police much of what we have learned during this trial. People of Nottinghamshire should have been informed through public meetings if you wanted to act responsibly.  BD says that the object of this exercise was to reduce carbon emissions from the 2nd largest coal-fired power station in the UK, Drax being the biggest.  It was owned by E-on, but that was a secondary concern.

Miss Gerry says, but you made no effort to thing of reasonable alternatives? He says but this action was reasonable. I say you made no investigations on what else could have been done in Nottinghamshire. He again disagrees saying much else had been done, but those at this action and many people in this locality for years previously.

Miss Gerry sits down very abruptly, without further acknowledgement. To all, it’s not obvious she’d finished!

Mr Rees re-examines: You’ve just been sneered at!  That criticism, was any of that fair?  BD says no, it wasn’t. We and others had tried at every stage to stop substantial CO2 emissions and had also taken other alternative actions and public engagements.

Witness is excused and court adjourns

After lunch, Mr Rees calls Dr Geoffrey Meaden now retired, recently been Principle Lecturer in the Department of Geographical and Life Science at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent. Additionally, he provides consultancy to the United Nations. His specialties are specifically:
•    Biogeography – The study of the distribution of plants and animals around the planet.
•    Local physically geography of Kent, including coastal geography and water supplies in the region.
•    Geographical Information Systems [GIS]. Computer based mapping and analysis. Helpful in siting a variety of service and systems.

He says that there is an increasing body of evidence, backed by the Royal Society, to suggest that the world temperatures are significantly raised compared with the last 10,000 years. More recent rises are unprecedented in history.  Mr Rees says it cold outside, more snow and ice for a November in more than 70 years, can you help the jury [and the rest of us] why this is so if the planet is getting hotter?  Dr Meaden, I’m glad you asked me that  The current difference between sea and land temperatures are quite exaggerated, at the moment there is much evaporation.  This results when passing over colder lands, tuning to snow.  The point of this current weather forecast is of course to illustrate that climate change and weather are two different things.  Throughout seasons and years, we have allsorts of changes up and down a scale, but implied by the average trend, the planet is warming.

The use of coal is growing on a world-wide scale and now contributes about 40% of power generation and about 20% of the total carbon emissions.

There are a number of climate change indicators that help us qualify observations we’re looking at:

1.    Greenhouse gas emissions        rising exponentially
2.    Generally increasing temperatures    in 85% of the earth
3.    Drought heat waves & forest fires        becoming more frequent
4.    Rainfall                    concentrated precipitation events
5.    Severe storm events            rise in energy within storms
6.    Sea temperatures                increasing, but far more recently
7.    Ocean acidification                killing plankton base of marine web
8.    Sea level rise                increasing & more rapidly recently
9.    Polar ice cover                 25% reduction of arctic in 30 years
10.    Melting of glaciers                30% loss in volume in 40 years
11.    Day of snow [or ice] cover            Ski resorts season shortened
12.    Total length of growing season        increase can be both pos & neg
13.    Earlier leafing or flowering            can affect species feeding patterns
14.    Species migrations                changes in animal migration habits
15.    Increased human mortality            cover this in Dr Roberts evidence

During this listing, in noted Dr. Meaden said increasing or exponential rise and increase, lots.


Mr Rees then takes him onto the effects of climate change on sea levels.  As far as the UK is concerned, a rise of 1cm per year had been observed but this is increasing exponentially.

More locally, the Ratcliffe power station is located close to the confluence of the River Trent and River Soar.  There are several characteristics of the Trent basin making it particularly susceptible to flooding. Area has impervious rock structures.  Further, there are large areas of urbanised towns and cities. Again, these provide for larger areas of impervious structures from which vast amounts of ‘run off’ could be expected, rather than ground absorption.

Nottingham and area can expect that flooding will occur more frequently and such events will become more severe and problematic. A 1 in 100 year event, might result in 40% of the city flooded. We might not have to wait for 100 years for such an event, it might be next year or quite soon.  It is becoming more likely because of the rise in urbanisation, building on flood plains etc

Climate is moving to warmer summers and very wet winters that may include what I’ve called ‘concentrated precipitation events’.  These are likely to lead to severe flooding and more likely in prevalence. Insurance figures are showing these trends.  Flood defences are become more vital, but are going to be progressively more expensive to build or maintain as the heights required to deal with become progressively higher. As I said ocean level rises are accelerating.

The coast of Britain has a ‘shoreline management plan’.  Drawn up by local authorities and the Environment Agency and reviewed every couple of years.  But priorities have to be made in which areas are to be chosen for protection. Urban over rural etc .. But, loosing increasing areas of low lying farmland would thus result in diminishing food production.

Miss Gerry cross-examines.  Has anyone of the defendants in the dock asked you to come to Nottingham before.  No.  She then says what if the UK took measures to ‘go-eco’, what would that do to global changes you’ve described. Not very much!

Dr. Geoff Meaden   Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent

Later in the afternoon, Mr Rees for the defence now calls another of the defendants to the witness box. Mr OB. He has a doctorate in Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology. He say he first became concerted around 86-87 about climate change matters. His concern had been enlarged on reading ‘Heat; How to stop the Planet Burning’ – George Monbiot [2006],

Mr Rees says dealing with the prosecution usual suggestion that no emissions would have been saved by the action, it this true. No he says, the book describes the slack and spare capacity inherent in the grid. Its resilience in fact.  When the power stations manager, Mr Raymond Smith said that other stations might have been fired up to replace Ratcliffe loss in generation, these would also produce emissions. But coal-burning stations provides the baseline of supply in the UK, since the fuel is cheaper.  Replacements would thus most probably come from gas-fired stations, since the coal-fired ones would already be online and generating.

Mr Rees asks what would your action have achieved? OB says a quantifiable amount of CO2 emissions would have been prevented by stopping the burning of coat at the Ratcliffe power station.  The Stern Report says that every ton of CO2 emitted has a knock-on effect. It equates to a measureable cost and effect on lives lost.

With respect to this specific action, OB say he had first been involved from about March 2009 on hearing of the plan to try to shut down the plant.  Convinced it would offer him the best chance of reducing emissions personally.  Mr Rees reminds the court that the prosecution suggests the whole thing was a bit of a jolly! No, certainly not.  This was very serious.

OB says he’s been a climber for about 10 years. He is skilled in ‘single rope’ techniques. Was part of the ‘black team’, the object of which was to shut down the coal conveyor.  People would have pressed the emergency stop buttons and locked-on to the plant there through the arm-tubes.  These would have prevented their easy removal.  As a climber, he would have been suspended in a position to prevent the operation of the coal conveyor and again to make their removal harder.

The climbing harness is displayed to the jury and OB makes quite a lengthy explanation of its operation, components and purpose. Much of which was about the safety features in the equipment to avoid injury during the action.

Miss Gerry for the prosecution cross-examines. She asks about the purpose of being there?  OB replies the same as all the other defendants, to do his best to save emissions from the power station. She says the banners you had with you were all about coal.  The people of Nottingham are not shown any alternatives are they?

Moving on to a publication, she initially asks if an address in Cherwell Street, Oxford means anything to him. Yes it’s the offices of Corporate Watch.  Did you author a report from there called ‘Broken Promises: why the nuclear industry wont deliver’.  She is seeking to demonstrate OB media experience, since there previously been much questioning of others about the press release, prepared ahead of the action. Although he replies his was a minor role in the Corporate Watch publication, Mr Rees objects, since this appeared to be a ‘back-door method’ of introducing the document. He had been ambushed. This had not been initially disclosed to the defence. There was then a bit of legal argument, but the prosecution say that nothing is outstanding to be introduced.

Miss Gerry goes back to the events.  This action wasn’t about saving carbon was it, It was just a media stunt? OB says no, it wasn’t. That because of the scale and immediacy of the situation, we need to take action on CO2 emission right now.  She questions if he had tried canvasing the public on these issues.  He said he had, but had seen the limitations of such a process.  Next to the scale of the present situation, it could be nowhere near as effective in stopping these emissions.

‘Heat; How to stop the Planet Burning’ – George Monbiot 2006, Penguin Press

‘Broken Promises: why the nuclear industry wont deliver’. Corporate Watch 2007


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Save NHS Bristol this Sunday - 12/12/2010 2-4 pm at The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

08-12-2010 20:22

The government is gearing up to push through huge changes to our NHS. Experts, doctors and nurses groups are all warning that these changes could mean the end of the NHS as we know it. Services could be broken up, patient care could be undermined, and privatisation could take hold. We’ve only got a few months to stop these plans - if we don't, it could be too late.
The good news is that we know people power can save the NHS. People power led to the NHS being set up. When politicians have threatened it before, people power has stopped them. If we work together and step up our campaign, we can save the NHS again.

We need to sit down together in pubs, cafes, and front rooms across the country to work out how we get more people involved in the campaign and how to up the pressure on our MPs.

A get-together is happening in Bristol at The Canteen on 12th December from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Can you come?

Click here to see more details and to RSVP:

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2005: The US and North Korea

08-12-2010 19:35

"The North [Korea]...wants to phase out its nuclear program, but through dialogue, since the U.S. is directly threatening the North with nuclear weapons."
"..the U.S. should come with sincerity and honest minds to resolve this issue...the current U.S. proposal that we [North Korea] dismantle our nuclear program, after which they will give assurances is not fair - the two gestures should occur simultaneously.."

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One Day – One City – Ten Vegan Free Food GiveAways

08-12-2010 19:23

Nottingham's vegan campaigners aim to hold 10 Vegan Free Food Give-Aways on December 11th, each aiming to reach 200 members of the public with the urgency of dietary change for the health of people, other animals and the environment worldwide.

From 2005 - 2009 the East Midlands' Vegan Festival welcomed 2000 or more members of the public to the Council House on Nottingham's Old Market Square on the 2nd Saturday in December. However the Council House have refused to host further EMVFs, hense this ambitions plan to 'take it to the streets.

The success of the day will depend on the availability of autonomous self-contained teams, each with 3 people including one adult confident to explain the ‘political campaign' status of their stall to anyone official that might ask.

We'll be planning teams, locations and stall themes from 8pm on Thursday 9th at Sumac, so let us know your availabity and preferences.

From Friday noon we'll be prepping food samples at the Sumac Centre, and also sorting out each stall kit with tables, literature and utensils.

We'll gather at Sumac from 10am on Saturday to tour around the City, dropping off each stall in turn from about 11am, and collecting each one back as and when time, crew or supplies run out. Base camp will be at the Old Angel, Stoney Street off Hockley, opposite the end of Broad (Broadway) Street, probably with a sampling stall nearby.

The People's Kitchen meal afterwards at Sumac from 6.30pm will be run as a fundraiser for Avalon Guinea Pig Rescue with a disco/party afterwards. We need a couple of people to offer to return to sumac from 4-ish to throw together the meal, which may be based on Give-Away surplus, or other available Veggies stock.

Please contact nottsfreefood[at] if you are interested in providing some food samples for the day, or helping out in any other way. Or call 07870 861837.

Read the full East Midlands Vegan Festival posting for more info:



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SCHOOL'S OUT! - School Students Stage Occupations

08-12-2010 19:23

Occupations roll out from Universities to Schools ! greigs academy in hornsey high st was picketed by the hogwarts flying squad this afternoon

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Day 11 - Defence Case wrapped up

08-12-2010 18:23

Taken from:

Today saw the wrapping up of the defence's case. With the last defendant to speak giving their evidence yesterday, today saw the reading of lots of gripping material the prosecution did not seek to challenge.

Many seminal reports were quoted, such as the 2003 World Health Organisation Report that pointed out how climate change was responsible for 2.4% of worldwide diarrhoea in 2000. Also quoted was the 2006 Stern Review, commissioned by then Chancellor Gordon Brown. The report, authored by a former Chief Economist of the World Bank, exposed that each tonne of carbon was responsible for around £50 of social damage.

Written evidence from expert witnesses was also heard, such as Professor of population health Anthony McMichael, who wrote about the multiplicity of health problems climate induced disasters can provoke. He explained how cyclones, such as those seen in Haiti and Myanmar, kill, maim, impoverish, and have a major impact on mental health. Meanwhile biodiversity expert Christopher Vaughan explained how 10% of species are are at high risk of instinction for every 1 degree celcius rise in global mean temperature.

Extensive agreed facts were also delivered to the jury about the impacts on the local population of the East Midlands. DEFRA predictions reveal that if we continue to discharge large amounts of carbon emissions average summer temperatures in the East Midlands will rise by 4.4 degrees celcius. Meanwhile, a report published by Nottinghamshire County Council revealed there had been several severe weather events in the county in the past decade, citing incidents of extreme flooding, snow, and gales. The defence counsel explained the huge impacts the events continue to have on public services, costing the millions of pounds.

The most poignant evidence of the day came in the form of personal testimonies from individuals who had personally been affected by the effects of climate change. Three came from homeowners in the UK, who explained the devastating impacts flooding had on their financial situations, physical and mental health. They testified their belief the situation was getting worse and worse as climate change kicks in. A further testimony came from individuals in the low-lying Tuvula islands, who explained that climate change was not only causes mass flooding, but also that destruction of coral reefs was destroying their fisheries.

It was set out to the jury that Ratcliffe on Soar power station emits almost 10,000,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

Tomorrow, the prosecution and defence will give their closing speeches, and the judge is expected to begin summing up.


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Birmingham University cuts protest speeches - Tuesday 7th December

08-12-2010 17:48

Video from the Birmingham University cuts protest speeches.. Click here to view video..

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Palestine Today 12 08 2010

08-12-2010 17:36

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, December 8th 2010.

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London Occupations Teach-Outs today & Euston 5pm

08-12-2010 17:22

From SOAS Occupation blog...

'Come all ye minds of intrigue. After a very successful teach-in day, it is time to once again break out of the university bubble. This time we take to the streets in a form of protest quite different than the usual. Our message that education and access to knowledge should be open and accessible to all will be made all across London, as lectures and discussions erupt in train stations, museums and shopping centres…'

9-11am: St.Pancras International Station, in front of Pain Quotidien – Trevor Marchant is holding his lecture on The importance of Vocational Education and Craft Training in Africa and the Middle East.

10-11am: Meet on SOAS steps for a lecture by Laleh Khalili in the British Museum. Followed at 11am by a lecture by Whitney Cox about “Why should anyone study Sanskrit?” highlighting the importance of one of our courses that might be cut next year… again, in the British Museum!

11-12pm: Meet at SOAS steps for a lecture by Stephen Chan in the Brunswick Centre

12.30pm: Meet outside Birkbeck for mass school-sweep around Bloomsbury area. Organised by UCL & UCU. Come and make some noise!

1.30-2.30pm: Meet on SOAS steps for a lecture by Phil Clark “African Transitions: Why Democracy Means More than Internationally Sanctioned Elections” in Russel Square Tube Station.

2.30pm: meet on SOAS steps for a lecture by Polly Pallister-Wilkins and Giovanni Cozzi in a bank branch near Russel Square (tba)!

3pm: Meet on SOAS steps to take over tube carriages for mini-lectures and shout-outs about the state of Higher Education!

4.30pm: Meet on SOAS steps to go to Euston Station for the MASSIVE SYMBOLIC LECTURE by all and for all, for free and universal education. We will be joined by UCL, LSE, and Kings Students for this one.