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National Postal Strike is on - support the Posties!

21-10-2009 18:33

Despite last minute talks through ACAS and a Communication Workers' Union peace offer last tuesday (13th) October, CWU are going ahead with a National Strike tomorrow (thursday 22nd) and friday (23rd). Union leaders blamed the fact that Mandy, Crozier, Higson are singing from the same hymn sheet (even if they're songwriting talents are far removed from those of Holland, Dozier, Holland). Mandy is the devil incarnate, imho, while Crozier & Higson are on massive salaries and bonuses - Crozier's pakage last year = 180 times that of the average postie. For what? Doing down the postal service in a run up to privatisation and attacking union strength is what...

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Demonstration against renewable energy subsidies for Agrofuels

21-10-2009 16:10

Demonstration took place outside Department of Energy and Climate Change on Monday 12th October.

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The Steady Stream of Lies about Venezuela or The Killers and Liars Prepare

21-10-2009 14:05

"The fourth big lie is saved up to the end, and follows on that grand tradition of the great human rights abusers accusing others to deflect attention from themselves. Chavez is said to be “cultivating” regimes that are characterised by “rigged elections, media censorship, the criminalisation of dissent and leaders for life”. Not a touch of irony, as the death squads in Colombia murder trade unionists and civil leaders unchecked, as the Obama Administration pussyfoots around the coup regime in Honduras (which deposed a Chavez ally), as election fraud and bloody war rages in Afghanistan and as the US launches missile attacks on Pakistan.

It can be tedious to document such lies. They are so common and, no sooner is one lot done than the next day’s lies appear – if not in The Economist then in the Washington Post, The Australian or The Times. These monopolies count on the vulnerable, who do not have alternate sources of information, who do not read history and are able to be swayed by crude and often racist agitation.

In the bigger picture, this is a delegitimising process, organised by the private media monopolies which, in their hatred for the sort of popular democracy led by Chavez (as also in the past by Allende), are preparing the ground for coups, wars of intervention and conquest. It has been done before and – while these monopolies remain unchecked – it will be done again."

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Why prisoner support is important

20-10-2009 23:59

Government social policy - a prison society for us all
The following article has been written by Brighton ABC, with input from other ABC activists and random anarchists. It is due to be included in the copy of Freedom newspaper available at this Saturday's London Anarchist Bookfair. It reflects on the generally low-level of prisoner support & solidarity within our movement, and why we should increase it. Read it here if you miss it at the bookfair.

Brighton and Bristol ABC will have stalls at the bookfair, alongside other prisoner support and anti-prison society anarchists. Come and chat to us, or come along to one or all of the 3 meetings Brighton and Bristol are co-ordinating:
1pm (room EB2): Too many prisons, Not enough justice
2pm (Skeel lecture room): Greece - repression and resistance on the streets. Latest news & analysis.
4pm (room EB4a): Anarchists for prison abolition

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Keep Question Time Nazi Free - Stop Nick Griffin appearing on BBC.

20-10-2009 22:25

BNP leader Nick Griffin has been invited onto the BBC Question time programme on Thursday 22nd October. There is a demo planned from 9am and a main demo at 5pm at BBC Wood Lane. We are not going to allow him into the BBC. There is a pre demo meeting & rally tomorow at Conway Hall Red Lion Square. There is chance Griffin will arrive by helicopter in which case occupy the roof and stop him.

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Nottingham Claimants Action website has moved

20-10-2009 21:48

Nottingham Claimants Action formerly Nottingham Campaign Against the Job Seekers Allowance "A great set of links to advice and action relating to work, unemployment and benefits" is moving.

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Clarification: Terrorism Act 2000 being used against Blacklisted workers

20-10-2009 20:48

The main contractor at Fiddler's Ferry power station in Cheshire - Scottish & Southern Energy - is seeking an injunction under the Terrorism Act 2000 to prevent blacklisted workers from picketing the site.

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Free Film Show - 'Harlan County USA'. London Sunday 25th Oct

20-10-2009 19:36

Harlan County USA...
Full Unemployment Cinema have a film show coming up this Sunday (Oct. 25th), this months it's Harlan County USA from 1976: 'Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a gruelling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town

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Students: support the postal workers! Don't be used as scabs!

20-10-2009 12:17

The Education Not for Sale network is mobilising student support for the postal workers' dispute.

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Opposition calls 20 October Boycott in Niger

19-10-2009 21:32

Statement of the opposition gathering of October 17, 2009, by The Coordination of Democratic Forces for the Republic (CFDR) of Niger.

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NPC MASS Rally For Decent Pay, Decent Pensions, Decent Public Services

19-10-2009 21:13

Roger McKenzie WMTUC
National Pensioners Convension supported by Birmingham Trade Unions rally against the Proposed Cuts 17th October 09

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Do not deport Sheida Jahanbin!

19-10-2009 12:03

Sheida Jahanbin, a former member of the Freedom and Equality Seeking Students in Iran, is facing deportation from the Netherlands where she resides in exile. Sheida is twenty seven years old. She was a student of Architecture and Graphic Design at the Azad University of Tehran before she was forced to abandon her studies and flee Iran following her arrest for holding a left-wing meeting. Before she left Iran she had a promising career in journalism writing for Tose’e Newspaper, Azma Magazine and Fekre Rooz journal. If Sheida is deported, she will face arrest, prison, torture and even death.

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Athens, today!

19-10-2009 11:57

Nikai: Free Our Comrades! Town Hall occupied, and left (last night, apparently) and University Head has offices occupied too, in time for lunch today!
Talk too of stuff happening at the National Students' Union.

Separately in the suburb of Halandri, a school is still occupied by the students, even after an attack by the far right.

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NO2ID hold day of action in Manchester

19-10-2009 10:45

Ahead of Tuesday’s launch of the ID card trial in Greater Manchester, Saturday 21 October saw NO2ID hold a day of action across the city, promoting their new ‘Stop the ID Card Con’ campaign. Events culminated in Albert Square outside the Town Hall, where around 25 activists gathered for the symbolic burning of an enormous ID card.

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Bath social Centre - Updates

18-10-2009 20:56

This has been a busy week of frantic cleaning and general preperation at the Bath social cetre, the place is looking amazing, and we are starting to open our doors to the public. It is a massive, amazing space with loads of potential and we have a few updates for y'all -

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Dutch squatter solidarity callout

18-10-2009 16:52

Actions are called for in support of the Dutch squatting days of action oct30 - november1

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Statement by the assembly of the occupied town hall of Nikaia in Athens

18-10-2009 07:52

Statement made on Saturday 17/10 at the newly-occupied town hall at Nikaia,Athens

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Tamils March in London Against Sri Lanka Concentration Camps

17-10-2009 22:53

Ban Ki-Moon - Tamil blood on your hands
Several thounsand Tamils marched through London on Saturday 17 Oct 2009 to protest against the continued detention of civilians in Sri Lankan camps, calling on the UK government to press for their release. Photo Copyright (C) 2009. Peter Marshall

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Translated statement of the occupied town hall, Nikaia, Athens, Greece

17-10-2009 19:00

#105 | Town hall of Nikaia, Athens is occupied after demo for the police killing of Mohammad Atif Kamran; statement by the occupation’s assembly.

Mohammad Atif Kamran was a 25-year old migrant from Pakistan. On September 26, Mohammad’s house was raided by police who beat him, dragged him to the local police station and tortured him. On October 10, Mohammad passed away (more on his case here).

Today, a week after Mohammad’s death, a demonstration was called at Nikaia, the Athens suburb where he lived, by anarchist groups. At the end of the demonstration, some people entered the local town hall and occupied – as of now (19.00 GMT) the occupation continues.

What follows is a rough translation of the assembly of the occupied town hall.

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Stop the BNP's Nick Griffin from speaking at the BBC on 22nd October 2009

17-10-2009 17:47

Nick Griffin from the BNP plans to speak on the BBC's Question Time on Thursady 22nd October. A demonstration will be held outside the BBC on the day. Hopefully we can prevent him from getting in at all if enough people turn up. 5pm, Wood Lane, London W12 7RU. This evil fascist must not be given a platform to speak, shame on the BBC!