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Hundreds in UK Protests call for Biofuel Targets to be Scrapped

17-04-2008 11:51

UK Government Biofools
Hundreds of people in London and groups across the UK held protests against the introduction of mandatory biofuel blending today. A lunchtime protest was held outside the Department for Transport, Tuesday April 15th, April Biofools Day.

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Immigrants Fighting Gentrification!

17-04-2008 09:13

Speaker tour - Immigrants Fighting Gentrification in NYC
7.30PM Thursday 8th May 2008 at the Town Hall Tavern, Manchester
Part of the International Campaign in Defence of El Barrio

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Babs Tucker "... it's the Kids ... stupid"

17-04-2008 06:49

Video of arrest on 26th February 2008

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Lecturers to join teachers' strike

16-04-2008 23:29

College lecturers in England have voted to strike on Thursday 24 April in support of a demand to bring their pay up to that of schoolteachers.

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20,000 Birmingham council workers to strike

16-04-2008 23:27

20,000 GMB, UNISON, AMICUS, TGWU (Unite) and UCATT members will strike alongside teachers and lecturers against council plans to use ‘Single Status’ negotiations to cut pay and jobs.

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Shelter charity workers to strike again

16-04-2008 23:24

Workers at homelessness charity Shelter will be striking on 24 April alongside tens of thousands of other workers against attacks on pay and conditions.

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Interview with NUT activist

16-04-2008 18:43


On April 24, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will hold the first national teachers strike in more than twenty years. Angry at a below inflation pay award, NUT members across the country have voted for industrial action at a ratio of four to one.

With real terms pay cuts being the in thing in the public sector right now, civil servants in the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and further education lecturers in the University and College Union (UCU) have also voted to strike on the same day.

In Nottingham there will be a march from The Forest Recreation Ground at 10am, with a rally at the Congregation Hall, Castle Gate at 11am. Speakers will include Martin Sleath (Unison - who aren't striking), Mary Pope (PCS), Helen Bowler (UCU) and Liam Conway (NUT).

To give some insight into why teachers are striking, I interviewed Liam Conway, the Joint Secretary of Notts NUT and began by asking him what his impressive sounding title actually entails.

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5th Peoples' Global Action Gathering in Europe – Athens 20th / 27th of August

16-04-2008 16:44

PGA - People's Global Action - started in 1998, it has been a tool and a diffuse structure coordinating groups and people sharing common struggles and practices, in accordance with various anticapitalist and anti-authoritarian principles (see the hallmarks)

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Pavilion threaten critics

16-04-2008 15:18

Pavilion Housing Association are behaving like spoilt playground bullies, threatening and intimidating their critics in a crude attempt to shut them up.

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Civil Society - Fact or Fiction

16-04-2008 12:57

Civil society is simultaneously a goal to aim for, a means to achieve it, and a framework for engaging with each other.

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Yousuf belongs to Wales

16-04-2008 11:25

Yousuf Ahmed Ibrahim
Yousuf Ahmed Ibrahim, currently in Oakington Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), is due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Royal Jordanian Airlines Flight RJ112 at 17:05 on Wednesday 23rd April 2008.

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HIV Protesters Beaten When Trying to Protest in Front of China's Premier

16-04-2008 02:02

Eleven HIV patients who sought to call the attention of China's premier to their plight were attacked last Saturday by police, according to a Beijing activist.

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Scottish Police Harass a Peaceful Protest

15-04-2008 22:40

Five members of the Edinburgh Clown Army (1) were detained for questioning this afternoon at a peaceful and entertaining biofuels protest in Bruntsfield(2). They have since been arrested and charged with a breach of the peace, despite maintaining a friendly atmosphere.

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When The US Congress Denied The Mass Of Americans Their Possible Freedoms!

15-04-2008 20:10

When the wealthiest country in the world continues to allow the enslavement of the tens of thousands of their own innocent Middle Class and Working Poor to decades of false imprisonment,it's time to ask for International help!Currently there are reported to be 100,000 falsely imprisoned Americans living along with the estimated 2,000,000 US prison population nationwide.America now has the very unique distinction of not only being rated the #1 in the World for having the largest prison population,but America also has the distinct rating of having the largest wrongfully imprisoned prison population in the World as well.Our US Congress affords themselves all the perks and salary most Americans could only dream about,but ask anyone of these Leaders Of The Free World to protect our Middle Class or Working Poor Americans from continuing to be falsely imprisoned endless decades due to the lack of federal appeal legal counsel being afforded them, and you just might be thought of as being crazy?

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Pavilion gets greedy

15-04-2008 16:48

boarded-up maisonettes Firgrove Court
Pavilion Housing Association is looking to the next four years to sweat its assets, to extract the maximum value.

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film screening on Brad Will/Oaxaca Friday, April 18, 8pm @ 6 Bowl Court

15-04-2008 16:11

Please join us at the Bowl Court Squat on Friday, for a screening of the film "Brad, One More Night at the Barricades" (55 min). Brazilian filmmaker and media activist Miguel will be on hand to discuss his documentary tribute to a fallen friend and will also show
another one of his films. Guy will also discuss the situation in Oaxaca, including the plight of indigenous people. DVDs will also be on sale. Entry by donation.

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Putting people into London's empties

15-04-2008 14:02

Squatters Estate Agents, putting people places
As part of days of action for squats and autonomous space a squatters estate agents was been set up in a newly opened squat in the centre of London. It consisted of display of eighteen empty properties ranging from abandoned houses and flats, to empty pubs, shops and even government buildings. Some would suit small residential squats and others grand large scale housing communities, squat cafes, freeshops or social centres. Along with photos of each property, details were given about their location, history and suitability for squatting.

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Bristol Protest Against Biofuels; a solution worse than the problem

15-04-2008 13:23

People from Bristol Rising Tide[1] and Espacio Bristol –Colombia[2] will be at Tesco petrol station, Eastville, Bristol from 5pm – 7pm today to highlight the devastating consequences that agrofuels[3] from monocultures will have on the climate, ecosystems, food prices and human rights.

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You could be a Staffs Cold Turkey

15-04-2008 12:42

According to the Derby Evening Telegraph

Police are running an online recruitment campaign for more volunteer officers.

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Days Of Action Follow Up for London's Autonomous Spaces

15-04-2008 12:12

Map aids London Squatter
Coinciding with the Europe-wide days of action in defence of free spaces a new squatted social centre was opened in Shoreditch and a series of events took place in autonomous spaces around London starting on Friday evening with a social meetup and info night at the rampART and acoustic bands and performances at the NOID gallery. On saturday, the newly opened social centre opened it's doors with an art-exhibition, free shop, films and a squatters estate agency. On saturday there was also a demo outside a homeless hostel in Hackney. In the evening around 300 ppeople turned up a the Hackney Social Centre for a gig raising money for the Advisory Service for Squatters and another benefit took place at the Wominspace. On the Mall, there was a banner drop from squatted crown property.

After the Space Is The Place and other contributions to the call out for decentralised actions in support of squats and autonomous spaces, what next?