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New Yorkers March Against Wage Slavery

05-02-2009 08:12

On a chilly Monday morning in midtown Manhattan, demonstrators displayed powerful messages of solidarity with food and retail workers, demanding fair wages and treatment while sending a prominent message to bosses: “You can’t keep the workers down, New York is a union town!”

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Trump;s golf course fuels airport expansion

05-02-2009 07:58

Donald Trump, the American tycoon behind the theme-park golf course set to trash the beautiful Ayrshire coast, has been linked to plans to expand Aberdeen airport. Not content with making a mockery of the Scottish government by ignoring local decision makers (not to mention 9 of the holes being built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest)

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Demonstrate with Hackney's Hostel Residents! Sat 7th Feb!

04-02-2009 23:13


Hackney Council has neglected and abandoned their temporary accommodation residents!

Demonstrate for good housing! We want immediate repairs, fair rent and suitable homes!

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British jobs for British workers - Green jobs for Green workers?

04-02-2009 23:10

Recession combined with globalization and the weakening of Labour laws in Europe, is providing some employers with the incentive and the means to minimize their wage costs and weaken the bargaining power of organised workers. Recently this has taken the form of subcontracting out work to firms employing workers from abroad which is being opposed by industrial action under the slogan "British jobs for British workers".

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A new mobilisation could revitalise politics in the UK - but only if you get inv

04-02-2009 22:52

For the first time in my life I resent paying my taxes. Until now I have seen this annual amputation as a civic duty - like giving blood - necessary to sustain the life of a fair society. Suddenly I see it as an imposition. Its purpose has reverted to that of the middle ages: subsidising the excesses of a parasitic class. A high proportion of the taxes I pay will be used to bail out companies which have used every imaginable ruse to avoid paying any themselves.

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Did Thatcher offer ‘the Obama effect’ for women?

04-02-2009 22:00

A recent post about Obama being a role model for black people made me think about Lady Thatcher - the woman outside of her politics - seeking a path to power in context of Barack Obama and his journey to power.

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Did the Israeli Army Wage a Jewish Jihad in Gaza?

04-02-2009 21:43

Extremist rabbis and their followers, bent on waging holy war against the Palestinians, are taking over the Israeli army by stealth, according to critics.

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Healthcare is a Right!

04-02-2009 21:27

On a rainy November 13th evening in NYC a large group of people gathered in Times Square, and then marched to the headquarters of GHI, a non-profit health insurance company which faces privatization. The marchers were demonstrating in support of the passage of HR 676, a bill for national single-payer healthcare, and against the proposed privatization of GHI/HIP.

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Protest in Texas Immigrant Detention Facility owned by GEO Group

04-02-2009 20:24

Immigrants awaiting deportation who are being held in a private jail run by the GEO Group began a protest last Saturday, January 31. The protest began after a group of immigrant prisoners attempted to meet with the detention facility’s authorities, demanding that a gravely ill detainee be released from solitary confinement and be taken immediately to a hospital. The prison authorities refused to listen and did not take action. The detainees responded by protesting after being ignored.

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Obama’s $825 Billion Stimulus Plan Offers Too Little, Too Late

04-02-2009 20:05

Within the past two years, Democrats in Washington DC have spent more than $1.5 trillion to help rescue the struggling U.S. economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression; now, both Houses of Congress are fast-tracking a stimulus package for President Barack Obama that will likely cost the nation more than $1 trillion. Socialists nationwide are rejecting this new call for deficit spending and are calling for programs that will meet the short and long term needs of the nation and create immediate employment for the millions of working people that are unemployed or under-employed.

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Take URGENT ACTION: Binyam Mohamed/UK involvement in torture

04-02-2009 18:10

Bring Binyam Back
On 1 February, several newspaper reported that Binyam Mohamed, who has been on hunger strike for over a month, is "close to death". Today, a High Court judgment revealed that the US bullied the UK into not disclosing information it has about Binyam's torture in Morocco or it would not share intelligence information any more (please see Reprieve press release below). Take action now...time is running's now or never for Binyam!

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Around the Campaigns Wednesday 4th February 2009

04-02-2009 16:08

Not on the Plane! Soon to be on a train
Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons, Mahmood, Qadeer, Zaheer and Safeer were not put on their removal flight to Pakistan yesterday evening after their Scottish lawyer managed to successfully lodge and application for 'First Orders' in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Many thanks to everyone who faxed, phoned and emailed on their behalf.

We will see them back in Glasgow - were they belong - as soon as tomorrow!

Rashida's lawyer has just phoned to say that Rashida and her family are being released from detention tomorrow and will be coming back to Glasgow!
Background: Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons

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Leila, Soorena and Danoushm belong to Halifax

04-02-2009 10:11

Leila, Soorena and Danoushm nationals of Iran and residents of Halifax; are currently detained in Yarl's Wood IRC and due to be forcibly removed form the UK to Iran on BMI flight DB931 direct to Tehran/Iran, tomorrow Thursday 5th February at 17:15.

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Nottingham City Council Housing benefits; still a bit shit shock

04-02-2009 07:38

A look into the way that Housing Benefits managers have designed the service around looking good in the Audit Commission Comprehensive Performance Assessment (and therefore the press releases) rather than what claimants need.

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Oil and Power strikes: News, Resouces and analysis

03-02-2009 22:56

Seems worth publishing a few resources for those who want to think about the process, content and ramifications of the ongoing wildcat strikes that have been happening all over the UK since last week

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Ireland: Workers occupy Waterford crystal factory

03-02-2009 22:54

Two hundred workers have occupied the historic Waterford Crystal plant and visitor centre at Kilbarry near Waterford, Ireland. The occupation was launched on Friday in response to the decision by the failed company's receiver to cease manufacturing production, lock out and sack some 480 workers. Local shops have supplied food and drinks.

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Climate Justice Assembly Declaration, Belem

03-02-2009 22:33

Climate Justice Assembly Declaration, Belem, Brazil 1st February 2009

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Royal Mail faces privatisation and jobs massacre

03-02-2009 21:55

In a move that threatens tens of thousands of jobs and a further worsening of conditions for postal workers, the government has approved the partial privatisation of Royal Mail, the UK's state-run postal service.

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Camden Lab - Councillor speaks out against community on Camden Animal Lab

03-02-2009 20:50

There are plans to build a deadly "Super Virus Lab & Animal Testing facility on the Somers Town council house estate. The lab plans have been criticised by MI5, MPs, councillors & local residents. The lab will hold dealdy viruses such as Anthrax and Bird flu. Foot & Mouth disease was leaked form similar govt facilty Pirbright in Surrey. The lab will hold animals such as cats & dogs.

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the people-vs the banksters - pics

03-02-2009 16:15

Snowball fight with bankers outside the London headquarters of RBS