On Monday 2nd of March 2015, there were demonstrations in over 30 towns and cities around the UK (plus Toronto) against Maximus, the US based health insurance corporation that has taken over the contract from the French IT Company Atos to administer the Work Capability Assessment on behalf of the Department Of Work And Pensions. Atos announced its exit from the contract in early 2014 following an intense period of direct action against the company by groups such as Disabled People Against the Cuts.
The day of action was timed to coincide with the first working day of the new contract, with the spotlight turned on Maximus as well as the continued use of Work Capability Assessments and the life-threatening consequences of the ongoing government attacks on the sick and disabled.
In central London, to the chorus of "David Cameron is a W*****" (YouTube) activists from DPAC hit the streets, taking direct action to block traffic and at one stage bringing traffic to a standstill on Victoria Street in the shadow of Big Ben.
The demonstrations across the UK on the streets were complemented with an online Twitter campaign using the hashtags #Maximarse and #ScrapWCA, the latter trending for a number of hours. This gave the opportunity for those unable (including through sickness and disability) to make it to demonstrations to vent their anger and frustation around the Work Capability Assessment and at a government hell-bent on targeting the sick and disabled.Read more >>
Update (20/05/12): After a month, Occupy Brookes decided to pack up. The camp's demands were almost entirely ignored by management but many people nevertheless felt it was a valuable experience, building links, raising awareness, and establishing a precedent for action that can be taken further in the future.
Since Wednesday 18th April, a group of Oxford Brookes students and supporters have been camping in front of Gipsy Lane campus to demand free education for all, and more specifically and immediately, that the University switch from fee waivers to bursaries.
The camp has now survived over two weeks of extremely wet weather, hosted various workshops and discussions, and received lots of verbal support and sympathy. A letter containing 3 basic demands was sent to the authorities early on, but there has been no substantial response from them, and the group's next steps have yet to be decided.
Anyone supportive or curious is very welcome to come visit or stay, and upcoming workshops and meetings are listed on the blog.Read more >>
Gloucestershire's skies were darkened again by the Royal International Fairford Air Tattoo as some of the world's worst climate criminals and human rights abusers compared their best killing machines. This is an event about the glorification of everything that a civilised society should feel repelled about. Despite this, virtually every single newspaper, TV and radio show lavished it with praise. In so doing, they justified the entertainment budgets that the military industrial complex lays on at our expense.
Asylum has been high on the agenda recently as 24 Iraqi refugees went on hunger strike in Campsfield House. This was followed up with a very successful blockade of deportation coaches near Heathrow Airport [ 1 | 2 ] by No Borders.
Anti-military action has also been around recently. First, a group of Oxford-based campaigners managed to force the the British Government to admit that it was still training Bahraini officers, despite the brutality going on in that country as part of the 'Arab Spring.' This was followed by an apparently unconnected act of resistance against the military as the armed forces building in Oxford was daubed with red paint.
Fighting the cuts continued with the return of the Big Society Hospital, the launch of the Save Garsington Buses Campaign, and the continuing refusal of the City Council to listen to the public.
Education was on the agenda as activists told Grayling exactly want they thought of his plans for private universities, whilst locally based NGO - People & Planet published the Green League asking 'how green is your university?'
Climate change concerns raised their head again as the defendants from the Ratcliffe 114 (many from Oxford) launched an appeal against their convictions, and Oxford-based Campbell Road Productions announced their new film investigating the Tar Sands.
In other news, the summer also saw the fourth happening of the Oxford Radical Forum.
Don't forget to keep posting your news here on Oxford Indymedia.Read more >>
In the face of massive cuts to Oxfordshire's public services, a group of activists and campaigners are determined to fight the Con-Dem government's austerity package and their plans to privatise services that should rightly belong to all of us.
The group has recently campaign on youth services, NHS reforms, and welfare reforms for people with disabilities.
This February and March double roundup of grassroots news in Oxford begins with the anti-cuts movement. Back in February there was a March against the cuts, then in March, Cornmarket turned into the Big Society Hospital. A week later the big TUC march bought London to a standstill, one Oxfordian wrote My march for the alternative about the day. Please do share your experiences of demos at publish your news by the way! Not to be outdone both Swindon and Stroud were also organising against the cuts.
Welcome to the latest round up of grassroots news from Oxford. It's proven to be another busy month for activists and campaigners in Oxford. Local, national, and international attention has focused on our little city somewhere between London and the Midlands.Read more >>
The campaign to keep publicly funded leisure inside the ring road in East Oxford is starting its second year; we need support from anyone who cares about the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Oxford and how the City Council is ignoring the will of its citizens for its own ends.
Over the last year, the Labour-controlled city council in Oxford has been pushing through plans to close two leisure centres and replace them with an extension onto Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre.
One of Oxford University's most emblematic buildings, the Radcliffe Camera library, was occupied for around 30 hours last week by students and residents campaigning against education cuts.
The occupation followed a mass demo and was part of a national day of action. The occupiers demanded the University oppose the cuts, and commit not to raise fees, privatise or punish those involved. They called for free and public education for all, and put this into practice by holding teach-ins, mass meetings and dancing in the newly liberated space, while the upstairs room was reserved for quiet study.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the authorities stopped this 'Free University' from thriving by doing their best to prevent people coming in, and, after the occupiers refused to compromise on their demands, by smashing their way in and aggressively evicting everyone.
Meanwhile an anti-cuts demo on Saturday led to an impromptu bank occupation and a second day of action on Tuesday saw the County Council offices briefly occupied, Castle Hill reclaimed and shopping centres invaded!Read more >>
Oxford EDL demo fails to materialise
01-06-2013 23:56 | 6 comment(s)
Atos Mass Read 9th April
27-03-2013 08:03 | 0 comment(s)
Cameron heckled at Xmas lights ceremony
01-12-2012 09:31 | 2 comment(s)
Census refuser on trial in Reading
01-10-2012 16:11 | 0 comment(s)
19-08-2012 13:24 | 0 comment(s)
Photos of Oxford torch relay protest
18-07-2012 12:10 | 2 comment(s)
Torch relay dissent in Oxford
09-07-2012 21:14 | 8 comment(s)
Keep Gloucestershire's NHS Public Rallies Sat 16th June: Save Our NHS!
30-05-2012 12:05 | 2 comment(s)
Occupy Brookes demo confronts Vice Chancellor
16-05-2012 21:59 | 0 comment(s)
A visit to Occupy Brookes
03-05-2012 01:05 | 1 comment(s)
Day five at Occupy Brookes
24-04-2012 19:22 | 0 comment(s)
Occupy Brookes photo report
21-04-2012 22:53 | 1 comment(s)
Virgin Keep our NHS Public Picket: report and pics
21-04-2012 14:48 | 2 comment(s)
Keep Virgin Profiteering Out of Our NHS!
20-04-2012 09:28 | 2 comment(s)
Fortnum and Mason trial C – Not Guilty (reposted)
24-03-2012 14:18 | 0 comment(s)
Interview with PCT occupiers
16-03-2012 15:52 | 4 comment(s)
We are occupying PCT headquarters in oxford ...
16-03-2012 13:59 | 7 comment(s)
Save Our NHS, Public Meeting, Stroud 15 March 2012
09-03-2012 10:19 | 1 comment(s)
Wake Up Call follow-up: Oxford coaches NHS rally in London this Wednesday
05-03-2012 15:52 | 0 comment(s)
N30 March In Oxford: My march
30-11-2011 17:35 | 1 comment(s)
Fortnum and Mason 145 - 10 found guilty
17-11-2011 18:10 | 2 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
29-10-2011 11:03 | 0 comment(s)
The Week of Auctions: Services under the hammer
24-10-2011 16:32 | 2 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
23-10-2011 13:55 | 0 comment(s)
Term starts today: Plebs' College is back!
18-10-2011 12:12 | 3 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
15-10-2011 10:28 | 0 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
01-10-2011 12:00 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford Atos Protest
30-09-2011 15:12 | 0 comment(s)
National Day of Action against Atos. Oxford Protest.
28-09-2011 17:45 | 0 comment(s)
Swindon Anarchists launched
26-09-2011 16:57 | 4 comment(s)
David Willetts says deaths of disabled people "are not a policy", gets pied.
25-09-2011 15:03 | 2 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
24-09-2011 21:28 | 0 comment(s)
National treasures 'under the hammer' as campaigners auction off public services
23-09-2011 15:21 | 0 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
10-09-2011 22:11 | 0 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
03-09-2011 13:48 | 0 comment(s)
Youth Workers Strike in Oxford
31-08-2011 19:54 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford riots 'misinformation' update
09-08-2011 18:08 | 6 comment(s)
Demo against cuts to social care in Oxford
24-07-2011 14:40 | 5 comment(s)
Breaking news: Police less than honest
19-07-2011 20:53 | 11 comment(s)
Save Garsington Buses Campaign
21-06-2011 17:37 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford City Council - Chipping away at Democracy with a Sledgehammer
21-06-2011 12:35 | 0 comment(s)
June 30 Strike Assembly in Oxford!
15-06-2011 14:47 | 2 comment(s)
Grayling talk disrupted
11-06-2011 11:36 | 2 comment(s)
Return of the Big Society Hospital
29-05-2011 23:30 | 0 comment(s)
What the cuts mean - Jacques and Marie's story
13-05-2011 21:23 | 0 comment(s)
Refugee services being cut
10-05-2011 17:49 | 0 comment(s)
Squirrels now advocating direct action
09-05-2011 23:14 | 1 comment(s)
Silent protest against Witney youth centre closure
07-05-2011 19:38 | 0 comment(s)
Photos from Oxford's May Day March
03-05-2011 20:32 | 0 comment(s)
Youth campaigners vow to fight on
22-04-2011 21:08 | 1 comment(s)
We send Cameron a giant postcard about youth cuts
22-04-2011 19:49 | 0 comment(s)
My march for the alternative
30-03-2011 19:54 | 2 comment(s)
Oxford's Big Society Hospital - Video & Photos
19-03-2011 17:51 | 6 comment(s)
A feast of anti-cuts actions in Oxford
18-03-2011 16:02 | 2 comment(s)
New Stroud Against the Cuts Website / Transport for March26th
16-03-2011 09:58 | 0 comment(s)
Blackbird Leys - three days left to stop the council...
15-02-2011 08:29 | 0 comment(s)
Still time to make your voice heard locally!
14-02-2011 04:34 | 0 comment(s)
Witney woken (Ox-Fly)
13-02-2011 18:24 | 3 comment(s)
Winning the argument or winning the fight? (Ox-Fly)
13-02-2011 18:23 | 1 comment(s)
Literary larceny (Ox-Fly)
13-02-2011 18:21 | 0 comment(s)
Democracy brushed off (Ox-Fly)
13-02-2011 18:19 | 0 comment(s)
Marching against the cuts in Oxford
12-02-2011 12:12 | 10 comment(s)
Anti-Cuts demo in Swindon - This Thursday!
11-02-2011 17:27 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford Brookes Anti Cuts and Fees
01-02-2011 18:17 | 0 comment(s)
More photos and audio from Oxford UKUncut Vodafone demo
31-01-2011 17:31 | 0 comment(s)
OACA called Oxfordshire library read-ins - defend our libraries
31-01-2011 08:24 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford Education Campaign meeting!
30-01-2011 16:54 | 0 comment(s)
Vodafone closed down in Oxford for refusing to pay taxes.
30-01-2011 13:24 | 11 comment(s)
Saving Temple Cowley Pools at the Council - Video
30-01-2011 10:59 | 0 comment(s)
Coach Oxford to London - 29 Jan - Anti-cuts, Save EMA
25-01-2011 18:25 | 0 comment(s)
Temple Cowley Pools plea receives tepid reception at Council meeting
24-01-2011 19:00 | 1 comment(s)
Oxford Education Campaign meeting!
23-01-2011 18:46 | 0 comment(s)
The Case to Close Temple Cowley Pools is Crumbling...
15-01-2011 22:03 | 0 comment(s)
Democracy Dead in Oxford City...
13-01-2011 21:06 | 1 comment(s)
15-12-2010 19:15 | 0 comment(s)
Democracy or Dictatorship
13-12-2010 11:22 | 1 comment(s)
A to Barclays (Oxford)
11-12-2010 00:05 | 0 comment(s)
Tory cuts... and Labour cuts (Oxford)
10-12-2010 23:58 | 2 comment(s)
Radcliffe reclaimed (Oxford)
10-12-2010 23:55 | 0 comment(s)
Roaming marches stun Oxford
10-12-2010 23:52 | 0 comment(s)
Protest in David Cameron's constituency against youth centre cuts
10-12-2010 17:47 | 3 comment(s)
Oxford Top Shop targeted in tax dodge demo
04-12-2010 15:31 | 1 comment(s)
Party at Philip Green's place. Maybe stop off to top up our phones...?
03-12-2010 19:46 | 0 comment(s)
County Council chief shows true colours
03-12-2010 12:34 | 3 comment(s)
Day X2- EPIC demo hits Oxford
30-11-2010 22:07 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford students occupy County Council and Castle Hill
30-11-2010 17:12 | 6 comment(s)
Notes from an Occupation
30-11-2010 10:54 | 2 comment(s)
Oxford Free School #dayx2 activity 30/11/10
29-11-2010 16:05 | 0 comment(s)
Report on Today's Oxford Anti-cuts demo
27-11-2010 18:56 | 5 comment(s)
Oxford antiCuts protestors close Vodaphone and Banks
27-11-2010 14:31 | 5 comment(s)
Oxford occupation evicted
25-11-2010 17:57 | 3 comment(s)
Oxford occupiers re-energised by extra people
25-11-2010 01:41 | 2 comment(s)
Rough guide to student occupation so far
24-11-2010 15:50 | 3 comment(s)
Occupation of Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
24-11-2010 15:13 | 2 comment(s)
Pool in peril (Oxford)
19-11-2010 17:59 | 1 comment(s)
Free University (Oxford)
19-11-2010 17:55 | 0 comment(s)
Vodafone Disconnected (Oxford)
19-11-2010 17:53 | 7 comment(s)
The Council's Priorities (Oxford)
19-11-2010 17:49 | 0 comment(s)
Fighting Back Against Education Cuts (Oxford)
19-11-2010 17:48 | 0 comment(s)
Don't let Tory Cuts Wreck Lives - demonstrate
18-11-2010 12:28 | 2 comment(s)
Are top Lib Dems too yellow to come to Oxford, say chicken protesters
17-11-2010 20:31 | 5 comment(s)
Nick Clegg cancels visit to Oxford
11-11-2010 00:56 | 11 comment(s)
Report on Stroud Anti-Cuts Public Meeting
05-11-2010 13:21 | 0 comment(s)
Vodafone protest in Oxford
30-10-2010 18:49 | 1 comment(s)
Oxford Vodafone Shop Shut Down by Protestors Outraged by £6bn Tax Dodge
30-10-2010 16:16 | 0 comment(s)
Anti cuts demo escapes police control in Oxford
29-10-2010 00:18 | 13 comment(s)
Over a thousand on the streets of Oxford protesting against public sector cuts
28-10-2010 19:26 | 2 comment(s)
Protest against education cuts takes over Oxford high street
28-10-2010 16:13 | 6 comment(s)
Rally against the cuts in Oxford
21-10-2010 21:10 | 2 comment(s)
Video of an economist's views of cuts in Oxford
21-10-2010 18:35 | 0 comment(s)
Video views of public sector cuts in Oxford
21-10-2010 18:04 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford Citizens Protest Cuts on Carfax Tower
20-10-2010 10:51 | 2 comment(s)
Reading Joins The Resistance
03-10-2010 21:57 | 2 comment(s)
Save FTT Jobs at Reading University!
30-09-2010 23:29 | 0 comment(s)
Show of solidarity at public protest in Cornmarket today
29-09-2010 20:34 | 0 comment(s)
Audio from Oxford Save Our Services Meeting 2010-09-13
17-09-2010 06:50 | 0 comment(s)
Photos from Oxford Save Our Services Meeting 2010-09-13
16-09-2010 19:09 | 0 comment(s)
Tory Cuts Wreck lives - Tell David Cameron "Stuff your cuts, we won't pay"
15-09-2010 19:42 | 2 comment(s)
Great solidarity shown at Oxford Cuts meeting
14-09-2010 15:01 | 4 comment(s)
Sit-in protest at Carfax Lloyds Bank over cuts.
10-09-2010 17:19 | 3 comment(s)
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