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Postal unions push through attack on pensions

01-04-2008 22:02

UK postal workers are currently voting on pension reforms demanded by Royal Mail. Both the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Unite, which represents postal managers, are balloting their members following the end of the company’s consultation period.

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UK teachers set for first national strike in 21 years

01-04-2008 21:59

Members of the National Union of Teachers are set to take part in the first national teachers strike in 21 years in response to the government's failure to keep pay-rises in-line with the rate of inflation.

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Stop Selling Off Our City! Demonstration in Birmingham, Friday 11th April

01-04-2008 20:23

Demonstration against gentrification and for free, autonomous social space in Birmingham - meet outside the Council House, Victoria Square at 2pm, Friday 11th April. This is an event for spontaneous protest around these issues. Please bring your banners, whistles and drums!

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Free Social Space weekend of events in Birmingham, April 11th to 13th 2008

01-04-2008 20:05

As part of the Europe-wide call for decentralised action for squats and autonomous spaces (see ), there will be a temporary free space and weekend of workshops and events in Birmingham on the 11th to 13th of April.

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Gigs, Gardens & Grub! Action for Squats & Autonomous Spaces - Events in Reading!

01-04-2008 18:22

As part of the global days of action for squats and autonomous spaces (see or "upcoming coverage" in top left corner of home page) two (maybe three!) events will take place in Reading, Berks.

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Gagged! #23 - South Wales Anarchist Newsletter

01-04-2008 13:04

Are they having a laugh? - All Aboard The Welsh Assembly Gravy Train

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South Africa: All charges against the Kennedy 6 dropped

31-03-2008 16:36

Five of the Kennedy 6 (Mondli Biko was still jailed when this picture was taken)
The Kennedy Road shack settlement was were Abahlali baseMjondolo began and although the movement now has 14 affiliated settlements and a further 25 branches the state has always been obsessed with the Kennedy Road settlement. This is where the brunt of the repression has been borne and where, a week and one year ago, 6 key activists were arrested on trumped up murder charges (the same tactic had been used against the Landless People's Movement in Johannesburg a year before). After they were denied bail and subject to ongoing violence in the prison they went on a highly publicised two week hunger strike after which they were granted bail. Now the state has quietly conceded that it never had any evidence and dropped all charges against the 6 activists.

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EuroMayday 2008 parade and protest: Aachen, Germany

31-03-2008 16:16

On the First of May in Aachen / Aken / Aix-la-Chapelle / Aquisgrana / Aquisgrán / Akwizgran / Ahan, ancient carolignian city, Nicolas Sarkozy will present Angela Merkel with the EU Oscar, the Prix Charlemagne. Irony of the calendar, syndicalist MayDay this year coincides with catholic Ascension Day, when the Eurocracy Awards are traditionally handed out.

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The Future of Multicultural Britain

31-03-2008 15:36

AntiSemitism and other forms of racism:
Continuities, discontinuities,
(and some conspiracies….)

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London Olympic Flame Route protests 6th April

31-03-2008 14:58

"Fears of violent clashes on London's streets grow as flame becomes symbol of protest over Tibet".
Its a crap article from the The Observer, Sunday March 30 2008, but it highlights some interesting informational material for those who wish to join in actions against the Olympics in China, the 2012 London Olympics and the historical part Olympic Games in general have in repression and gentrification in host cities. Affinity group action opportunity!! Spread the word!!

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Kerala Declaration on Irresponsible Tourism

31-03-2008 06:44

The Kerala tourism events last week can be considered as an important milestone in the Third World tourism debate as an alliance of local civic organizations and activists vigorously pointed out to participants of the Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Kochi the vast difference between theory and practice of `responsible tourism'. The Declaration of the official conference is posted at
This is the Declaration of the People's Declaration on Tourism adopted by the civil societygroups in parellel convension on Irresponsible Tourism

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Ruling Against Mumia Shows: No Justice in the Capitalist Courts

30-03-2008 23:52

IG contingent in March 28 Harlem protest the day after federal court decision.
On March 27, the U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia reaffirmed the frame-up conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther Party spokesman and world-renowned radical journalist who has been locked up on Pennsylvania’s death row for more than a quarter century. After previously rejecting Mumia’s request to present evidence of his innocence, as well as a host of issues showing that he was railroaded by a racist court, the Court turned down Mumia’s request for a new trial. It upheld the 2001 ruling by a federal district judge that ordered a new hearing on the sentence, but limited the “choice” to the living hell of life imprisonment without parole ... or execution. Mumia is innocent. He was declared guilty and sentenced to die because of his revolutionary politics and because for years he had been a thorn in the side of the racist rulers of the misnamed “city of brotherly love.” Around the world, millions have come out in defense of Jamal. This latest ruling, like all those that preceded it, shows that the exploited and oppressed must have no faith in the racist injustice system. We call on the workers movement to mobilize its power to free Mumia now!

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Religious extremists operating inside the House of Commons

30-03-2008 22:50

A newspaper has reported today that 12 members of the right-wing religious charity CARE (Christian Action, Research and Education) are operating inside the House of Commons.

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"There is a climate of hate and fear in the Netherlands"

30-03-2008 15:25

The Netherlands Shows Its Colors, anti-racism protest, Amsterdam, 22 March 2008
Geert Wilder, the leader of the right-wing Freedom Party in the Netherlands, plans to release his 15-minute film, entitled "Fitna," an Arabic word for sedition or strife, before April 1.

"We can no longer remain silent. There is a climate of hate and fear in the Netherlands," said Rene Danen, a spokesman from anti-racism organisation Nederland Bekent Kleur (The Netherlands Shows its Colours), which organised a protest against the film.

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Harringey Residents protest planned post office closures

30-03-2008 12:43

Seven Post Office branches serving local communities around Haringey are being
threatened with closure. Residents protested outside the threatened post offices, and Wood Green library and Post Office. These photos show the protest at West Green Road, and march from there to Wood Green.

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RMT and TSSA vote for joint strike action

30-03-2008 00:35

RMT station staff and train operator members voted Thursday by a margin of five to one for strike action in defence of safety on the London Underground.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: planning meeting for next protest action

29-03-2008 23:15

Planning meeting: Thursday 3 April - 7pm. To prepare for a protest outside the US Embassy at 1pm on Saturday 19 April to coincide with other international protests.