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US EMBASSY GROSVENOR SQ LONDON W1
FRIDAY 13th May @ 5-7pm
FOR JUSTICE FOR THE MOVE FAMILY
THE CRIMINAL US STATE BY
BOMBIMG THEIR COMMUNE
AND KILLING 11 PEOPLE INCLUDING
CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF OUR MARTYRS
Lovely quote from Steve Evan's of the Police Federation in the Daily Mail today:
'I know which forces I'd rather be in if I was in trouble. What is gross misconduct, and therefore a sacking offence in Derby might be simple misconduct in Nottingham.'
Says it all really doesn't it.
09-05-2011 13:20For the second year, the bike Jungletour will link different places
where refugees have to stay, and they themselves call "jungle". Its aim
is to strengthen the relations between the associations involved with
them, to raise the awareness of the population and to challenge policy
makers on the living conditions of refugees and respect for their
09-05-2011 13:08My account of Sunday's film screening in OARC - the Oxford Activist Resource Centre.
09-05-2011 11:55Local charity Bristol Debt Advice Centre (BDAC) is celebrating its 21st anniversary of its work to relieve and prevent poverty in the south west. To mark this milestone BDAC is creating opportunities for local residents to get involved and help alleviate poverty in Bristol.
Based in one of the most deprived area of the city, BDAC is now in its third decade of working with vulnerable people on low incomes and has helped thousands out of financial difficulty and on with their lives through free advice and advocacy services. Carol Alexander-Reid, BDAC’s Manager said:
“21 years on, problem debt remains a huge contributor to poverty in the UK. The root causes of debt are complex and widely misunderstood. Debt problems affect individuals, families and children and often stem from unexpected life events such as ill health and relationship breakdown. We still see people every week who are unable to afford regular meals or are at risk of homelessness, making life a constant struggle.”
“We are asking Bristol residents join the cause against local poverty by taking just a few moments to visit our new online site ‘The BDAC Wall’ - a unique way to give support to those who need it most http://www.bdac.org.uk/wall/. Or by sponsoring Team BDAC; help our Bristol 10k runners meet their fundraising target by the 15th May! Just visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/bdac. Within a few minutes you really can help us make a difference within Bristol. We have more exciting events planned for later in the year including an exhibition and talks, watch this space...”
BDAC is also always interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer time, please contact email@example.com. You can find out more about BDAC at their website (see below), on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @BDACBristol.
On 1st May 2011 the UK Indymedia Network forked into two autonomous projects, running two different websites, UK Indymedia and Be The Media. Also, a snapshot of the UK Indymedia site as it existed on the date of the the fork was created as an archive.
There was a consensus in the UK Indymedia Network that the project needed to fork, so that Indymedia members with different views could all work on developments they were happy with rather than come into constant conflict. An agreement was made in December to implement the fork on May 1st but the agreement broke down at the eleventh hour. Mayday believed that part of the agreement was that their collective was to have globally recognised Independent Media Centre status at the time of the fork. Be The Media had interpreted this differently and did not see it this way. The consensus that had been thrashed some 4 months before had now snapped and activists, being activists, took action. Be The Media started implementing the changes to the site shortly after midnight on May 1st. Mayday saw what was happening, considered the blocks to have been ignored  and felt that if this proceeded it would have in effect shut down the UK Newswire. After several hours of discussion and consideration they agreed they couldn't let it proceed like this and so, in the early hours of May 1st, sleepless techies migrated the entire web site to a new server, thus effecting the fork on the agreed date but not in the way originally planned.
09-05-2011 10:55On 20th May two South-West activists were unjustly arrested and charged for squatting a derelict building in the town of Taunton, Somerset; with the intentions to promote squatting as an alternative lifestyle and provide a centre in which social groups and communities can use. This gives an update and links for more information.
Update! The defendants are to plead not guilty on the 12th May, and the case will then be adjourned to a later date. Support shown on the 12th May will be appreciated, and help to promote solidarity for any other cases in the near future. Thank you to everyone showing support so far, we will keep you updated. Always remember the greater cause, and not the ones preventing it.
Background: On 20/04/2011 two South-West activists were unjustly arrested and charged for squatting a derelict building in the town of Taunton, Somerset; with the intentions to promote squatting as an alternative lifestyle and provide a centre in which social groups and communities can use.
It has been on the agenda to get a Social Centre up and running in Taunton for a while now, being a potential base for Taunton activist collective groups, and even more importantly being open to those of which squatting is a necessity.
The police broke into the secured building using angle grinders, and even arrested one of the activists on the street, acting as a legal observer. The activists were charged with the intent to cause criminal damage, burglary and abstracting electricity. The lack of evidence to support these charges further incriminates the police for unnecessary use of force and intimidation to evict the squatters from their rightful home.
The case has an indirect impact on the South-West Anarcho-Punk scene, with a member of Anonymous Promotions coming under attack. This could be a potential threat on the non-profit organisation and even the increasing Anarcho-Punk movement itself. Full Article....Taunton squate case | Soldarity with the Taunton Two blog (wordpress.com) | Facebook page | Court date event | Taunton Activist Collective (wordpress.com)
09-05-2011 10:17The Iraq Occupation Focus newsletter is a digest of the latest news about the occupation of Iraq
09-05-2011 10:14You find it where it always was, it looks the same and uses the name, but it no longer is Indymedia UK.
On 1st May 2011, Indymedia UK had it's name and URL taken over by a number of volunteers calling themselves the ‘Mayday collective’. Although the site looks and feels like Indymedia UK, it is no longer the same project. It is now under the sole control of a faction of Indymedia UK admins. The volunteers from Indymedia London, as well as Bristol, Northern England, Nottingham, and other Indymedia UK volunteers, no longer have any access to it whatsoever, including some people who have helped maintain the UK site for the past 11 years.
Imc Notthingham article: https://nottingham.indymedia.org/articles/1746
Quick intro: What is Indymedia?
Indymedia UK is two things: It is a website, this is probably the part that you are most familiar with. It is also an organisation; the Indymedia UK network, which organises on email list and at network meetings, and makes decisions in consensus. The Indymedia UK network includes local collectives as well as unaffiliated volunteers, who all contribute their time and effort to the project. The UK in Indymedia UK stands for United Kollectives.
What the fuck happened?
On 1st May, the Mayday collective took control of the Indymedia UK url, indymedia.org.uk, and set up an identical copy of the Indymedia UK website (i.e. all the articles, images, everything that you see when you
look at it or publish something) on a different server, against the wishes of the rest of the Indymedia UK network.
In spite of this, it looks exactly like the Indymedia UK site and uses the name of Indymedia UK. Members of the Mayday collective have said publicly that it is their project and they do not wish the rest of the Indymedia UK network to be involved with it.
The United Kollectives are no more. To use some potentially loaded language: Indymedia UK has been hijacked.
As part of the National Week of Action Against Atos Origin we are calling for a virtual protest to be held across the world!
09-05-2011 08:59A Book talk by David Berry - 7pm, 11th May.
On Saturday May 7th animal charity, Scotland for Animals, was brought to the attention of Strathclyde Police. For what appears to be a peaceful protest within Glasgow City Centre.
08-05-2011 23:07Refugee support groups are horrified by a deal the Australian government has made to dump 800 boat people in Malaysia, where they face detention in camps under horrific conditions. Under the deal 800 asylum seekers who make their way to Australia by boat could be immediately taken to Malaysia to have their claims processed. In return Australia will take 4,000 people already living in Malaysia as genuine refugees.
Some of the original road protesters from the 1990s have already moved into Hounslow near Heathrow Airport in preparation for working with local residents to help them transform their derelict run-down Dickensian neighbourhood into the world's first fully sustainable eco-town as the earth faces unprecedented ecological cataclysm.
08-05-2011 21:55Professor David Nutt - the government adviser who was sacked a couple of years back - is in Bristol on Friday evening. He's a thought-provoking speaker. 6.30pm for tea / coffee, 7.00 for talks then discussion, on Friday 13th at Cotham School Dance Studio, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. Should be de-criminalise drugs? How would it work in practice? Come and have your say.
Controversial scientist, Professor David Nutt, is addressing a meeting in Bristol next Friday about the laws on drugs. Professor Nutt hit the headlines when he was sacked from a committee advising the government about drug classification. But he hasn’t gone away. He set up the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs so he can continue examining scientific research on drugs, without the constraints of a statutory body. Professor Nutt argues for a drugs policy based on how much harm each drug does, both to the individual and society.
The public meeting, which takes place at 7.00pm on Friday 13 May at Cotham School, will also hear from Danny Kushlick. Danny is the founder of the Transform Drugs Policy Foundation, a Bristol-based policy think tank which campaigns for an effective system to regulate and control drugs at national and international levels.
For many people, this sounds like weakening our drugs laws; giving up on the ‘war on drugs’. But how successful is our current law at deterring people from misusing drugs and minimising the harm caused if they do? For all the money spent on police and prisons, drugs are still a serious problem. Bristol currently has an estimated 8,000 problematic drug users. That’s a lot of wasted lives, suffering families and victims of crime. Danny Kushlick has studied the approaches of other countries and thinks that we may be able to learn from some of them.