UK Newswire Archive
12-10-2011 21:54Revisiting some past thoughts as the inevitable global revolution begins ...
The High Court has rejected the Dale Farm residents’ application for a judicial review, threatening 83 families with homelessness. This paves the way for Basildon Council to pursue an eviction which will leave Dale Farm as a patchwork of concrete and fences, along with a few isolated residential plots. Lawyers for the Dale Farm residents will appeal the decision.
Dale Farm resident, Kathleen McCarthy, said, “Travellers have always faced persecution under the law – we hoped that this time would be different, but it seems like the High Court cares more about planning regulations than our human rights. I can’t believe they would carry on with this senseless eviction, that will separate families and tear apart a community, just to make Dale Farm into a scrapyard again.”
The Dale Farm community has repeatedly offered to negotiate with the Council to find a positive solution. Basildon Council has turned down a number of alternatives to eviction, including the offer of free land for alternative sites from the Homes and Communities Agency.  Dale Farm residents are calling on Basildon Council to notify them of an eviction date.
Lily Hayes, a Dale Farm supporter, said “This isn’t about planning regulations, it’s about prejudice. Basildon Council and the government don’t care about the welfare of this community – instead, they are intent on clearing them out of Basildon and willing to spend £22 million in the process. Today, the law has failed the Dale Farm community, leaving them at the mercy of the Tory’s confrontational eviction strategy.”
Upon leaving the court, Travellers and supporters announced the launch of the Traveller Solidarity Network that will bring together people to resist eviction and fight for the recognition of Traveller’s rights. 
National demonstration will go to the City, rather than to Parliament
Students plan to derail the government’s HE white paper
Demonstration a key date in the autumn of resistance, ahead of the November 30th strike action
12-10-2011 18:57Over 12 years ago back on June the 18th 1999 there was a massive carnival against capitalism in the City of London similar to the planned occupy the stock exchange event this Saturday the 15th of October.
Planning regulations must be upheld, no ifs, no buts.
No official stay on Eviction - but looks to be Monday.
This is a personal account and is not the necessarily the views of anyone else who associates with LUC.
A few folk from LUC went up to Manchester for the first day of the Scummy Party Conference (bet you know which one) along with another thirty-odd thousand people to show a visible opposition the Tory party cuts.
We joined the feeder march as it moved along the main road. Mainly full of youth it was a lively mix of people with varying political and non-political beliefs. Anarchists made up a decent sized proportion collecting around the many Red and Blacks.
Forward Intelligence Teams, as always, were wearing out the springs on their posh new equipment happily snapping anyone looking as radical as a toddler or custard pie thrower. The photo-shy amongst us masked up which prompted some curiosity from a union member as for the need for creating a ‘bad’ media image, as if a mask itself causes trouble to occur.
Photo taken from truth-reason-liberty.blogspot.com because I’m in it
With a slow pace the feeder moved forward linking in with the larger union presence. Approaching the Manchester City Hall a fragment broke off to occupy the cobbled square. Calling themselves Occupy Manchester, the group slash collection of groups, aimed to create a space in which debate and free assembly can take place. Occupations being a very much activist past time the main procession took little interest and continued along the pre-planned route. This seems to be the flaw in the growing occupations movement across the States and the UK, although they can gain media attention they do not incorporate the mass of people which cannot attend and therefore don’t manage to spread the word of radical politics. Demands upon the elite lack any backbone and aid in reinforcing the occupation as an unorganised lobbying group or simply a stunt. The focus on a certain geographical setting, whilst creating a brand ‘Occupy Manchester’ and helping to focus worthy interest leaves a vacuum after its departure of self-organised structure which has the possibility of seriously confronting the Jack the Rippers in Parliament.
I left the square during the beginning of the assembly and slipped down the sides of the march as it squeezed through the bottle necks created by the anti car bomb barricades. Further ahead I reached a group of more mature unionists holding PCS banners aloft. As they passed the conference building no opportunities were missed to throw abuse at the cowards hiding behind the pale curtains. All around me screams of ‘scum’ were hurled across the barricades. Real, authentic class anger is definitely in the atmosphere which is simply being stifled by weak union leadership which has no real interest in that of the working class. Those people there wanted direct confrontation with the people cutting their grand kids futures and ending their chance of a comfortable retirement. However, it’s the union leadership which is ironically, but sadly historically, keeping the politicians and capitalists safe from the baying masses by not taking action beyond symbolism. Leaders would like to portray the older generation as rudderless biddies more concerned with tea, biscuits and flower arrangements, but they’ve lived through Thatcher. They know firsthand what’s in store.
The march finished in the park, with speeches of fighting the Tory government, labour battles and so on.
By and large, it was a positive day seeing the presence of so many people all opposed to the new austerity measures but raises the undeniable need for strong community grass-roots organising. The stuntism of Occupy Manchester, the symbolic marches and the one day strikes cannot replace the slow growing spread of radical ideas and alternatives. Anarchists must begin to create an atmosphere within their own neighbourhood of an alternative by communicating in all forms and all places with people usually cut off from our clicky circles. Time may be tight, and this process is the slowest of them all, it will take decades in fact, but it will form a base so strong and organised that people will believe revolution is possible and the rest will take its course.
LCC is finally showing some spirit and organised it's second Flashride to highlight tfl's and the mayor of London's failure to accomodate pedestrians and cyclists in the redesign of Blackfriars bridge.
From: 05:45pm 12 Oct 2011
To: 06:45pm 12 Oct 2011
It's a dangerous death trap and the powers that be actively decided not to address it, in order to avoid upsetting car drivers.
- and, a plan on how to do it better: http://lcc.org.uk/pages/people-friendly-blackfriars
- live broadcast during the ride (and video archive after) http://bambuser.com/channel/cyclecast
Occupy the London Stock Exchange
St Paul’s Cathedral
12-10-2011 16:23Prison doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists are currently complicit in the abuse and psychological torture of mentally ill prisoners held in a brutal jail control-unit at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.
12-10-2011 15:45This is a personal account and is not the necessarily the views of anyone else who associates with LUC.
performance artist/activist karen barnes staged another in her unusual series of protest performance events. yesterday afternoon, just a few hours before this month's full moon, she and a group of friends/supporters performed a full moon of their own outside parliament
a year on from her first public parliamentary moon, karen returned to the scene yesterday for another irreverent performance to parliament.
you can find full details of last year's event, and the rationale behind the series here
last year's event fell on a lunar new moon - this year's was on the full moon
earlier this year in march, karen performed a series of events outside parliament, then sent her 'ermyarse' postcards to every mp and peer in may, and finally yesterday gathered a small group together for the moon.
yesterday's performance was complicated by the fact that a large protest group (many of them muslim) appeared shortly before the appointed time to hold a rally against injustice in bangladesh, but the mooners moved to the rear of st stephen's green in respect for the protest and the moon continued without incident.
karen had notified the police for authorisation, as she did last year. however, it is now no longer a legal obligation to do so in the area around parliament as the relevant clauses in the notorious SOCPA legislation were repealed as part of the 'police and social resonsibility act 2011' which came into force a few weeks ago. more on that in a separate article coming soon.
for more info on the ER my arse project, see karen's website
A quote well-known among activists, variously attributed to Gandhi or US labor leader Nicholas Klein, says that “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” In the space of just the past several weeks, it’s possible to discern the first three steps of this progression in the response of the US political, economic, and media elite to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. This fact should be a great source of encouragement for all those brave and dedicated individuals who have helped build this movement.
the 'save bangladesh' group held a several hundred strong protest outside parliament yesterday afternoon, asking the uk government to condemn the current repression they claim is happening in the former british colony.
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bangladeshi people have recently been suffering huge price increases on staple foods and services, rising crime rates and unemployment, gas and electricity shortages, collapsing infrastructure, and rampant corruption including an ongoing stock market scandal.
however, demonstrations have been met with police brutality provoking campus riots, and the democratically elected government is turning to increasingly brutal repression to stifle opposition.
'save bangladesh' describe themselves as an independent campaign and advocacy organisation working to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in bangladesh. the campaign is headed by various barristers and human rights campaigners, and at yesterday afternoon's rally, a crowd of several hundred people listened to a succession of speakers on behalf of the campaign.
according to the speakers, the current ruling party, the 'awami league', led by PM 'sheikh hasina', has arrested thousands of its critics on trumped-up charges, and the campaign of intimidation has seen buildings burnt and damaged, brutal attacks on opponents, and even torture and extra-judicial killings.
the biggest target for the attacks has been the country's largest mainstream islamist party, 'jamaat-e-islami', with its leaders arrested and detained. the government has also set up a 'war crimes tribunal' which, despite international criticism, has been used to impose highly politicised death penalties without due process.
the 'save bangladesh' organisation has received expressions of solidarity from a few members of parliament and peers, and is hoping to persuade the british government and the international community to intervene.
further info at: www.savebangladesh.eu
12-10-2011 12:44Filmshow - Emma Goldman: An exceedingly dangerous woman, 12th Oct 2011, Brighton (UK)
Before I went to Occupy Wall Street, I did some research to see what I was protesting. I went to Occupywallst.org which told me the time and location of the occupation, but not much more. “The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,” claimed the site. I felt like I could buy into this cause, so I got a couple of people from my college dorm just outside New York City to come with me to Manhattan to be stereotypical protesting college students. We were going to go down in history, just like the kids from the UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the Paris spring of 1968, and Tiananmen Square. Hopefully not just like Tiananmen Square.
12-10-2011 10:55On October 15th the Occupy Movement will go global with plans for Occupy London and other major cities across the world, which is now set to include Occupy Bristol
The last four weeks have seen the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City grow to exponential size. Since the camp was set up on September 17th, various "Occupy" Movements have started across the US including; Occupy Boston, Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Chicago, Occupy Portland, Occupy Seattle and Occupy Washington (to name a few).
In solidarity with those protesting against corporate greed, power and corruption in the United States, London and the world we propose the moving towards a Occupy Bristol movement to coincide with the Occupy London demonstration on October 15th.
Capitalism is not a North American phenomenon, it is a world-wide institution of power who's effects can be felt across the earth. Americans are not the only ones who are feeling the negative effects of a global economic crisis, they are not the only ones who suffer from the greediness of the few. We cannot let them fight this alone.
That leaves us with one final question...
Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu9BWlcRwPQ
…2008 financial crash more hard earned private property was destroyed than if all of us here were to be destroying it night and day for weeks. They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are awakening from a dream which is tuning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know the classic scenes from cartoons. The cart reaches a precipice. But it goes on walking. Ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath. Only when it looks down and notices it, it falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street – Hey, look down! (cheering).