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Save Victoria Baths Fun Day!

15-04-2008 11:52

Vic Baths - We are Everywhere
The Victoria Baths campaign are organising a Save Victoria Baths Fun Day on Saturday 31 May at the Victoria Leisure Centre and in Sneinton Market place.

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News from Londons autonomous spaces...

15-04-2008 11:33

The squatted warehouse
New squats; more meetings; Brad Will revisited; days of action followup; the film they tried to ban; 56a Infoshop and more... With the days of action for autonomous spaces now behind us it's time to look forward. Taken from the rampART mailing list, this is a round up of news and events relating to London's social centres. Get involved.

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Privatisation of Council Services: The True Costs - Meeting in Brixton, 8th May

15-04-2008 10:35

Speakers include:
John McDonnell MP – Chair of the Socialist Campaign Group
Ted Knight – ex-Leader of Lambeth Council
Derek Wall – Male Principal Speaker, Green Party
Rahul Patel – ex-Branch Secretary of Westminster UNISON
Jean Kerrigan – ex-Chair of Tenants’ Council

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The Military Family Network- A National Disgrace

14-04-2008 22:05

The Military Family Network-A National Disgrace To Servicemen, as it sends a porno and hate message to a Viet Nam combat veteran.

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Brutal eviction of Squat in Vienna (Spitalgasse 11)

14-04-2008 21:28

During the international action days for squats and autonomous spaces many activities took place in Vienna. After a powerful demonstration on Friday demanding free and autonomous spaces, followed by squatting a new place for the Viennese “Wagenburg”, the second day started with a “Bim Party” during which several tramways were occupied. In the evening dozens of people met to discuss queer-feminist aspects of squatting and their practical implications.

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A success in every way! Audacious Space Leeds

14-04-2008 21:16

Audacious space - banner
This was posted as a comment to the UK feature on the days of action for squats and autonomous spaces but it deserves to be read as an article in it's own right so I've reposted it here...

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Squatted Community Garden Reopened in Reading as Part of Days of Action!

14-04-2008 20:01

PJ & Gaby
On Sat 12th April, actions took place across the world in defence of squats and free spaces. In Reading, anti-capitalists managed to re-open Common Ground squatted community garden for the day, with a community BBQ and music show, despite a year of struggle with the authorities for control of the space.

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Anonymous protests Scientology corporation in Birmingham

14-04-2008 17:16

The theme of the protest was "Operation Reconnect"
More than 70 protestors gathered on Ethel Street in central Birmingham on Saturday 12th, wearing distinctive masks and costumes to protest against the abusive policies of the Church of Scientology.

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Coastguards hold second strike

14-04-2008 16:05

British coastguards took part in a second 24-hour strike last Friday 11th April over pay.

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Pavilion asbestos scandal

14-04-2008 14:28

derelict semi-demolished garages
Pavilion Housing Association fail to take proper precautions when removing hazardous asbestos.

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Hackney hostel residents march to demand better conditions

14-04-2008 12:07

Demonstrators hold placards outside the building
Residents from the Alexandra Court 'temporary' accomodation hostel in Stoke Newington, London, marched with members of the London Coalition Against Poverty to Hackney Town Hall on Saturday 12 April, 2008 to demand the council keep their promises to make temporary accomodation safe to live in. Pictures copyright (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.

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Squat days of action summary...

14-04-2008 11:48

In defence of squats and autonomous spaces

The following is an attempt at a non comprehensive summary of the actions, demonstrations, gatherings and various initiatives that happen during the days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. The summary was created from reports on the IMC UK newswire and english language reports posted to the April2008 website.

Note: A more comprehensive summary now exists on the April2008 website..

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Reclaim the Streets - Defending autonomous space in Wellington

14-04-2008 01:57

A Reclaim the Streets party took place in Wellington as part of the decentralized days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. After a protest against the Labour Party conference, around 30 people marched through town to Upper Abel Smith Street where a group of people was already setting up for the street party.

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Been ripped off by Search Big Daddy?

13-04-2008 20:32

Did you pay money to Troy Warren's Search Big Daddy and have SBD fail to pay you the commissions they promised?

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Free Meals for Stranded Indian Workers in Singapore

13-04-2008 16:06

THERE may be no such thing as a free lunch, but two non-profit groups here are adamant on handing out free breakfasts. Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a research and advocacy group for migrant workers, has teamed up with One Singapore - a local campaign to end global poverty - to provide free morning nourishment to about 80 homeless and penniless Indian workers every weekday. The meals are typically made up of an uttapam - an Indian pancake - and a cup of coffee or tea.

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Letter from anarchist prisoner Juan Sorroche on hunger strike in Italy

13-04-2008 14:21

Note: Juan was arrested and jailed for making spray-paint slogans in Bologne, Italy, denouncing the forced psychiatric hospitalisation of a girl sleeping in a piazza. The incident caused great tension in the local area amongst the people and many expressed their anger at the police and the city. Juan is serving 10 months.

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Day of Action for Squating and Autonomous Spaces, Brighton, 12/04/08.

13-04-2008 13:50

A video of pixies reclaiming the public space of Brighton with some banner dropping. To our surprise the pigs didn't show up. The weather was great. The day went well.

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Where next for the student movement? Reclaim the Campus conference, LSE, 17 May

13-04-2008 12:23

After the defeat of the National Union of Students' leadership's anti-democratic "governance review", left student activists are holding a conference at the London School of Economics on 17 May to discuss the way forward for building a campaigning student movement.

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S.T.O.P. will be orgainsing a protest against the MRC displays in Camden

13-04-2008 00:23

S.T.O.P. will be holding a demonstration aginst the MRC displays to be held in Camden {Somers Town} . We intend to take down the displays and let these arrogant scum know that we DO NOT want the lab or their people on OUR estate. It is OUR land.

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Is the CIA behind the China-bashing Olympics protests?

12-04-2008 21:27

The “Save Tibet,” “Save Darfur,” and “Help Falun Gong” movements are as deceptive as the “war on terrorism.” The “causes” are controlled by Anglo-American intelligence apparatuses and/or co-opted by them, in order to provide the masses with the propaganda justification for wars and intervention, and resource conquest.