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quick report on squashtastic action tonight

01-11-2011 00:55

the government's sham consultation over legislation (which they've already announced they will bring in) was met this evening with action from squatting activists.

the short government consultation resulted in 95% of respondents, including police, housing associations, homeless charities, and activists, who were against government plans to criminalise squatting. yet the government is hoping to pass the new legislation as part of a legal bill which is also withdrawing legal aid from women in cases of domestic violence, and from people who have been unlawfully arrested or raided by police.

as a result of the govt ignoring its own democratic process, the squash campaign group called for action tonight and tomorrow.

this evening, a 300-strong critical mass bike ride joined together with pedestrians at high street kensington, and began with a protest outside the evening standard hq (over its scaremongering and inaccurate reports on squatters).

now, a group is sleeping out at the old palace yard opposite parliament (just to the west of parliament square). meanwhile there are reports that the critical mass was "attacked" by police on the new king's road.

the old palace yard group are calling for support - bring sleeping bags.

in the morning, they will be performing a "mass homelessness registration" at 9am at the westminster housing options service at 101 orchardson street nw8 (as in room 101?)

later from noon they are holding a rally outside parliament and from 2.30 they have a committee room booked where you can meet your MP face to face to ask them to vote against the amendment.

the day will end with another critical mass bike ride (meeting at waterloo bridge at 5pm - sound system arranged).

more details on the squash campaign blog at

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JNF & Nick Hurd

31-10-2011 22:55

Orwellian "Minister for for Civil Society", Nick Hurd, has defended the JNF Charitible Trust, denying their funding of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Here is a letter from my MP:

Dear X,

Re: Jewish National Fund

I enclose a letter I have recieved from the Minister in response to the concerns you raised in respect of the JNF.
If I can be of assistance in the future please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Chi Onwurah
Labour MP for Newcastle Central

Cabinet Office
Nick Hurd MP
Minister for Civil Society

Our Ref: MP317407

Dear Chi,

Thank you for your letter of 13 September to the Ministerial Correspondence Unit at the home office on behalf of X, about the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and EDM 1677. Your letter has been passed to the Cabinet Office for reply as I am minister with responsibility for the law in relation to charities.

Your constituent asks that you support EDM 1677 calling for the withdrawal of the charitible status of the JNF. Whilst it is, of course, for you to decide whether or not to support this EDM I will set out the government's position on the charitible status of the JNF in the UK.

The Charity Commission (the Commission), the independent non-Ministerial Government department responsible for the registration and regulation of charities in England and Wales, has confirmed that it has no jurisdiction over the organisation known as the JNF but that the JNF Charitable Trust is a registered charity and is also registered with Companies House. The Commission has also confirmed that it is satisfied that the charities funds are being used in an exclusively charitible manner and that the JNF Charitible trusts activities fall within the charity law for England and Wales. It has an income in its last financial year of £19,643,000. Its charitible purposes are; "The relief of poverty, and the furtherance of any other purposes which are charitible according to English law, within the State of Isreal as constituted from time to time. especially such charitible purposes as benefit persons of Jewish religion, race or origin."

The Charity Commission has had several concerns raised with it about the JNF Charitible Trust over the past few years. These have included complaints that the charitys funds were being used in a discriminatory or racist way and that the charity has been involved in non-charitible political activity. Some of the complaints have requested that the charity's charitible status be revoked. The commission has followed-up these concerns, corresponded with and met with the trustees of the charity, and is satisfied that the JNF Charitible Trust's activitise fall within UK law and the charity's objects.

Although JNF Charitible Trust has confirmed that it works with other agencies in Israel, some of whose activities are not charitible, the charity has also advised the Charity Commission that it closely monitors the use of its funds to ensure that its own funds are only used in connection with projects which are wholly charitable under UK law.


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Rally on 10 Nov - Mark Serwotka/Matt Wrack speaking

31-10-2011 21:50

Sheffield Anti Cuts Alliance are hosting a ""Unite the Resistance meeting on 10 November to build for the N30 day of action for Pensions Justice

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St. Andrews Prepares for Another Occupation

31-10-2011 19:08

St. andrews leads the way in rolling occupations. We urge student activists to adopt our tatic and keep the pressure up.

Below is the email sent out to hundreds of students.

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Historical Materialism Conference

31-10-2011 18:28

Historical Materialism Conference

Spaces of Capital, Moments of Struggle

10-13 November, SOAS, London, WC1

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Feeding the 99%

31-10-2011 18:26

Birmingham Food not Bombs was officially re-launched on Sunday as the group spent several hours in Victoria Square distributing free food.

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new contact details

31-10-2011 16:55

hi... west yorkshire sabs have been busy in the countryside every week since mid August. We have had some great weeks and some not so great one but so far no kills so very sucessful! Our email has changed to

we are always keen to hear from new people who would like to join us or anyone who can put gigs on to raise us some much needed cash to keep the landrover on the road.

look forward to hearing from you.


new email:

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Dean of St Paul’s Resigns over OccupyLSX

31-10-2011 16:55

Occupy London responds to resignation of the Dean of St Paul’s

The Occupy London occupations, at London Stock Exchange (by St Paul’s Churchyard) and at Finsbury Square, are about social justice, real democracy and challenging the unsustainable financial system that punishes the many and privileges the few.

The management of St Paul’s Cathedral is obviously deeply divided over the position they have taken in response to our cause – but our cause has never been directed at the staff of the Cathedral.  Nor have we ever called for ‘scalps’ as reported in the media.

We ask that St Paul’s Institute publish its report into renumeration in the financial sector and call on those of all faiths and none to be part of a call for change. Together, we are the 99 per cent.

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AstraZeneca, you can’t hide: contact lists

31-10-2011 16:16

So, this is what happens when a company continues to prop up HLS even after repeated exposes of animal abuse and staff failings… Everywhere they go HLS’ supporters are exposed and shamed for their involvement in murder and scientific fraud. Extensive list of email contacts at the end. Vivisectors see chapters UK, USA, France, Sweden.

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special Critical Mass rides in support of squatting

31-10-2011 15:48

Happening today and tomorrow, to coincide with the criminalisation clause's introduction in the House of Commons

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Nottingham Occupation: Saturday Day 15

31-10-2011 14:55

Saturday 29 October 2011

The occupation of the Market Square, continues ......

After some of the damp conditions during the week ....... Saturday was a nice day.

I think those holding out against the elements for these issue, need to be congratulated for their commitments and deserve help and support from us.

Please drop by and offer your time, help, donations of food, bedding, waterproofing, warm clothing ...... oh, a bit of love.


The story so far ........

Nottingham is occupied [Feature]


Nottingham Occupy 1 The March


Nottingham Occupy 2 The Rally


Nottingham Occupy 3 Uncut Tour


Nottingham Occupy 4 Market Square


Nottingham Occupy @ Market Square Day 2 Sunday


Nottingham Occupation continues: Wednesday Day 5


Nottingham Market Square continues occupied, Day 7


Nottingham Occupation continues: Saturday Day 8


Nottingham Occupation continues: Thursday Day 13


Nottingham Indymedia have now added a further feature with more links ......

Nottingham Occupation Continues [2nd Feature]


Occupy Notttingham: Moved but still in occupation [3rd Feature]



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Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]


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Palestine Today 10 31 2011

31-10-2011 14:36

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Monday October 31st, 2011

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Trial date set and bail conditions removed

31-10-2011 14:29

The three defendants in the Lib Dem Banner Drop case appeared in court this morning for a committal hearing to set a court date and hear arguments to remove bail conditions.

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"To End War - The People Must Go On STRIKE"

31-10-2011 12:10


30th NOVEMBER 2011
From Midnight Thursday 29th November - 12 Noon Saturday 3rd December 2011

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Stupid editing Lloyds List

31-10-2011 11:07

Lloyds List put 'The Crisis of Capitalism' into an email that had to be followed up but led an entirely different view.

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Occupy: War resisters speak out for Manning

31-10-2011 10:55

There has been an anti-war presence at Occupy LSX outside St Paul's almost every day with Ciaron O'Reilly, Ben Griffin and others speaking in public about Bradley Manning, the ongoing war in Afghanistan and war resistance amongst other things. It's shocking how many people still aren't familiar with Bradley Manning's name or the Collateral Murder footage, though everyone knows about the leaked cables and war logs

Ciaron is a Catholic Worker, long-time war resister and ex-prisoner of the US. Ben is an Iraq war veteran, war refuser and founder member of Veterans for Peace UK..

As well as aiming to raise awareness of Bradley Manning's situation, detained for 16 months without trial in the US, the action was in solidarity with Julian Assange, who expects to hear the outcome of his extradition appeal next week and with Michael Lyons. Lyons is the British Navy conscientious objector who was influenced by reading the WikiLeaks disclosures attributed to Bradley Manning. He is currently serving a sentence in a military prison for standing up for his beliefs..

The speeches have generated a lot of interest, with many people coming up to speak with Ben and Ciaron afterwards, taking flyers and addresses to write to Bradley and Michael in prison.

Veterans for Peace would like to hear from any UK military vets who are interested in working together for peace. Complete this form to get involved..

We are veterans based in the UK committed to promoting peace through non-violent action.

Veterans from all three branches of the UK military may join.
Veterans from other countries based in the UK may also join.
We are independent of any political party or movement.
We are not concerned with political power only the promotion of peace.

Meanwhile, in the US, the LGBTQ space at Occupy Berkeley has been named for Bradley Manning. Camp Manning opened on Friday with an invitation for people to bring along their tents and sleeping bags and create the space.

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Reclaiming the Night in Oxford!

31-10-2011 10:06

report and videos from 2011 Reclaim the Night march

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General Strike in Oakland on 2nd November

31-10-2011 09:45

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.

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Wed 2nd November: Radwaste Demo at High Court in London

31-10-2011 09:01

There will be a demo outside the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London on Wednesday 2nd November from 9.30am in solidarity with Kingscliffe Waste Watchers' legal challenge to the Secretary of State's decision to allow the disposal of nuclear waste at King's Cliffe, Northamptonshire. This demo coincides with the Free Assange! Demo happening same place, same time. Come along and show your solidarity with both Assange and the Radwaste objectors.

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Occupy: War resisters Ciaron O'Reilly and Ben Griffin speak out for Manning

31-10-2011 07:33

Ben Griffin speaking at Occupy lsx
There has been an anti-war presence at Occupy LSX outside St Paul's almost every day with Ciaron O'Reilly, Ben Griffin and others speaking in public about Bradley Manning, the ongoing war in Afghanistan and war resistance amongst other things. It's shocking how many people still aren't familiar with Bradley Manning's name or the Collateral Murder footage, though everyone knows about the leaked cables and war logs.