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Residents protest at Manchester Airport

03-11-2012 22:55

On Saturday 3rd November around 100 local residents and campaigners took part in a protest walk against the proposed World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport. The protesters braved the cold to take a route around the 90 acre former greenbelt site, which is threatened by the plans to build 43 cargo sheds and almost 1,500 car parking space

Local residents, wildlife enthusiasts and environmental campaigners spoke at various points along the walk, sharing their experiences of fighting Manchester Airport expansion and highlighting the numerous ways that the plans would affect local people and the environment.



The Wildlife Walk came the week after the Wythenshawe Area Committee‘recommended for approval’ the World Logistics Hub plans, on the 25th October.  The application will now be sent to the Planning and Highways Committee at Manchester City Council for a final decision on 22nd November 2012. A number of attendees at the Wildlife Walk, keen for their concerns to be brought to this Committee, pledged to attend this November meeting at Manchester Town Hall.


Several Councillors of the Wythenshawe Area Committee backed the Logistics Hub plans based on the Airport's promises of local job opportunities. However campaigners argue that

job creation figures proposed by the Airport are inflated.



Jane Beetson from 'Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport' campaign  said “When Manchester Airport first announced plans for a second runway, they claimed 50,000 jobs would be created.  No-where near that number of jobs materialised.  Just like then, they are misleading the public now.”


She added, “Local Councillors say they will force the Airport to give jobs to local people but in practice they will have no way of enforcing this on the firms that move into the new office and warehouse spaces.  We need to create green jobs in sustainable industries not dirty aviation.” 


The Wildlife Walk was also an opportunity for wildlife experts to explain that Airport's promises of preserving wildlife are also unrealistic, and that creating a 'mitigation zone' is no substitution for leaving habitats untouched.


Along the route, campaigners encountered the threatened habitats of numerous plant and animal species. Several mature oak trees line Sunbank Lane, providing nesting opportunities for rare birds, and potential roosting spots for endangered bat species. The site is also home to 12 ponds occupied by Great Crested Newts, an endangered species found only in the North West of England. Walkers were also able to spot signs of protected animals for example badger snuffle holes and mole hills in the green space around Sunbank.


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Tell Americans To Vote For Their Animals And Against Romney

03-11-2012 20:11

Romney has given millions to Mormon church owned animal abuse
A record of vivisection, factory farms and ranches, breaking Massachusetts animal rights law, picking a bowhunter as his running mate, supporting wars in which animals as well
as humans are killed etc.

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Katy Bourne Candidate for Sussex Police Crime Commissioner

03-11-2012 18:20

Katy Bourne. Candidate for Sussex Police Crime Commissioner
We the family and supporters of Justice for Katrina.
We would like a public meeting with you before the election

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Tony Blair at UCL - No Comeback for the War Criminal

03-11-2012 17:20

The pro-Thatcherite, monetarist and war criminal Tony Blair is back in London, speaking at University College London. Join the protest on the day of Blair's visit to make sure his crimes aren't forgotten. Meet outside the main gates of the UCL campus on Gower Street at 11am on the 13th November.

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Gallery: greek anarchist posters - part 1

03-11-2012 14:00

Gallery: greek anarchist posters - part 1

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Now for Something Completely Irrelevant

03-11-2012 13:40

If Only it were True by David Rovics

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STOP THE KILLING: Noise Demo @ Harmondsworth IRC Tues 6th Nov

03-11-2012 13:31

Noise demo @ Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, Tuesday 6th November 2012 @ 1.30pm


Meet at the main entrance to Harmondsworth and Colnbrook IRCs, West Drayton UB7 0HB

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Shack Dwellers spokesman speaks in Edinburgh today Saturday 3 November

03-11-2012 12:55

Lindela Figlan, vice president of the Shack Dwellers Movement in South Africa, will speak in Edinburgh today, Saturday, on “Land and Housing in the City”.  The meeting will be at the re-arranged venue of Out of the Blue, on Dalmeny Street, at 7pm.  Lindela will describe the struggle of some of the poorest people in South Africa to win access to land and to basic rights such as provision of water, electricity, sanitation, healthcare and refuse removal.

The Shack Dwellers have hit the headlines because of their resistance to forced evictions.  When the government has wished to use land occupied by shanty towns for commercial developments the residents in the movement have refused to move, insisting on the right to a home and to land.

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Day of action against Barnardo’s – 8 Nov

03-11-2012 12:42

Following a series of documented assaults on migrant families held in Cedars, the appalling treatment of the Saleh family, and the damning HM Inspector of Prison's report last month, anti-detention campaigners are calling on all concerned groups and individuals to join us in an intensive day of action to ratchet up the campaign against Barnardo's involvement in child detention.

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Ghanaian Detainees Statement - Death of Prince Ofosu

03-11-2012 09:27

Another Death of a Detainee in Harmondsworth IRC
Management at Harmondsworth IRC posted a notice yon Tuesday 30th October 2012, informing detainees of a "Death of a resident" saying no more than "we regret to inform you of the death of a resident” No further details were given, no name/nationality and manner of fatality. Home Office when asked about the death, confirmed there had been a death but as their want, refused point blank to give any details whatsoever.

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PCC GOodfrey Daniel Lays Down The Law At Crawley Hustings

03-11-2012 08:50

Guerrilla Democracy: Democracy made easy
Problems started from the out-set when Godfrey Daniel, voiced his disapproval and insisted that Matt Taylor doesn't participate at all and that Pete Bradbury only be allowed to read out a prepared statement and then join the audience for the remaining duration.

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Mass march on Parliament Monday 5th November

02-11-2012 19:37

There will be a mass march on Parliament on Monday November the 5th. Meet up at Trafalgar Square at 6pm then march on Parliament at 7pm.

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Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Art UK Tour

02-11-2012 15:03

Full res poster:

SEPTEMBER 2012: London – Colorama #2
OCTOBER 2012: London – Freedom Bookshop (London ABC)
NOVEMBER 2012: Cardiff – Red & Black Umbrella (Cardiff ABC)
DECEMBER 2012: Nottingham – Sumac Centre (Autonomous Nottingham)
JANUARY 2013: Bradford – 1 in 12
FEBRUARY 2013: Liverpool – Next to Nowhere
MARCH 2013: Brighton – Cowley Club (Brighton ABC)
APRIL 2013: Plymouth – Venue TBC
MAY 2013: Bristol – Emporium (Bristol ABC)
JUNE 2013: Belfast – Warzone Collective
JULY 2013: Dublin – Seomra Spraoi

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Spain: CNT general strike in Barcelona - photos

02-11-2012 14:15

Spain: CNT general strike in Barcelona - photos

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THURS Nov 8th. 3pm at U.S. embassy London *Solidarity with Bradley Manning

02-11-2012 14:00

THURS Nov 8th. 3pm at U.S. embassy London *Solidarity with Bradley Manning 900 days custody

Bradley Manning will be fronting a military tribunal in Ft Meade, Maryland, USA on 7 - 8 November for a speedy trial motion hearing. Bradley is facing 23 charges, one carrying the death penalty accused of exposing U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.