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Police serve Bytemark with production order for Bristol Indymedia information
1 Sep 2014
Bristol Indymedia has been hosted on a Bytemark Debian virtual server since the last server seizure in 2005 [ 1 | 2 ], during the run up to the G8. From then up until November 2013 the site was running Oscailt, in March 2014 it was re-launched as a WordPress site "using the software modremoveip". On 14th August 2014 Bristol Indymedia switched off open publishing on the site for a summer break with the intention in September to "review whether we have the time and inclination to turn publishing back on".On 27th August 2014 Bristol Indymedia reported that, "the police had a court order to access the Bristol Indymedia server. We don?t know for sure, but assume that our web hosts have complied with the order and given the police this access". Bristol Indymedia disabled open publishing on the server and said "it is unlikely that open publishing of news items will ever be re-enabled as it would require complete re-installation of the server".Since then the only source of further information has been from an article in The Times which reported that the PACE special procedure production order obtained by Avon and Somerset Police and served on Bytemark on 15th August 2014 "demands access to the details of administrators and bill-payers, login credentials, information on those who posted articles and the IP addresses of everyone who visited the site over an unspecified period". The court order served on Bytemark hasn’t been published. The Times has reported that the Police have said that, "No arrests have been made in connection with this incident".Corporate Coverage: [ The Times: Activist website Indymedia shuts down after police raid (repost) | The Bristol Post: Anarchist website Bristol Indymedia to close following police raid (repost) | Bristol24-7: Bristol Indymedia offline for good after police raid ]Activist Coverage: [ Urban75: Indymedia Bristol raided by plod, servers accessed! | LibCom: Sources and the police raid on Bristol Indymedia ]
Police action against Bristol Indymedia
28 Aug 2014
Bristol Indymedia reported on 27th August 2014 that:The Police have physically accessed the Bristol Indymedia server.Last week we heard from our web hosts that the police had a court order to access the Bristol Indymedia server. We don?t know for sure, but assume that our web hosts have complied with the order and given the police this access.We consider this server to be compromised, users should assume that from this point on the Police have access to the IP address of anyone accessing this site.In light of this it is unlikely that open publishing of news items will ever be re-enabled as it would require complete re-installation of the server.We are going to leave the calendar on for now, but note that it is likely that IP addresses are now being recorded and accessed by the Police.
Stop NATO Cymru Week of Action / Wythnos o Weithredu Stop NATO
31 Jul 2014
A week of action against the NATO summit. / Wythos o weithredu yn erbyn Uwchgynhadledd NATO.This year NATO will have their next summit at Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, south Wales. In early September 2014, ?world leaders? ? all directly responsible for untold death, illegal torture flights, and wars fought purely to protect Western business interests and resource supply routes ? will gather on the edge of this historic Welsh city. Many people from Newport, Cardiff, Bristol and beyond, will oppose the summit and use a diversity of tactics against it. We, an anti-capitalist, anti-militarist network in South Wales, plan to facilitate mobilisations and provide space for workshops, skill-shares and social events. We are organising without leaders as we do not agree with bosses or bombs.For timetable, see the full article.On the newswire: Day of Action Against Militarism | 16-17 Aug, National Convergence, Blackpool | Police Harassment in MerthyrOther links: Stop Nato Cymru | Anarchist Action Network
Newport Rising: Festival of Radical Change
28 May 2014
26 May – 1 June, Newport.Organised by Anarchist Action Network, Stop NATO Cymru and South Wales Anarchists, the festival runs all week at 95-96 Commercial Street, Newport NP20 1LU. Sharing ideas and skills, celebrating resistance & organising to win. All welcome. Workshops and skill shares all week, free cafe all day and free meal every evening.The NATO Summit comes to Newport at the beginning of September. Come along this week and prepare for the Stop NATO week of action 30 August – 5 September and take part in some of the many talks, sessions and workshops. Something for everyone! All welcome (except cops and mainstream journalists, who will be asked to stay outside). The venue is an alcohol & drug free space.If you can only manage one day and want to get clued up on NATO and what’s planned for August & September, come along on Sunday:Sunday 1 June. 4pm: Talk – Resisting the NATO Summit. 6.30pm: Meeting to build resistance against the NATO Summit.On the newswire: Protest & Street Theatre | Banner drops | Photos from Newport Rising | Anarchists Shut Cardiff Barclays | Anarchist Travelling Circus Presents Newport Rising | Protest the NATO Summit | Antimilitarists Block NATO Conference | NATO Uncut Call-out | Stop NATO Cymru StatementOther links: Stop Nato Cymru | anarchistaction.net | No Nato Newport | The Long March on Newport
Women’s battle against undercover policing: Week of Action
12 Mar 2014
STOP PRESS 13th March: The Met withdraws its application to strike out these cases.Five of the eight women taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, due to undercover police officers deceiving them into long term intimate relationships, will be opposing Scotland Yard’s attempt to have their cases struck out on Tuesday 18th March. The women and their Police Spies Out of Lives support group have called for a solidarity picket outside the Royal Court of Justice, The Strand, at 9am on Tuesday 18th, as part of a week of action (17th – 21st March).On the Newswire: Outrage as High Court permits secrecy over undercover policing | Abuse of women by undercover police must stop now! | Three undercover political Police unmasked | Undercover and over-the-top: The collapse of the Ratcliffe trial | Mark ‘Stone/Kennedy’ exposed as undercover police officer?Other Links: Police Spies Out Of Lives | Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance
Updates to the Indymedia Newswire
16 Feb 2014
The UK Indymedia Collective met this weekend in Wales. Amongst other things, we have agreed some changes to the newswire. The default view will now be the promoted newswire ? articles that have been read and promoted by a member of the collective. This will mean that newly published articles won’t immediately appear on the front page of the site but can be viewed by clicking through to the open newswire. We hope these changes will encourage people to post content that meets the editorial guidelines.
Another World is necessary. A guest editorial
11 Jan 2014
The continued existence of Indymedia uk is worrying. Real questions need to be asked, and answered!
New squatting law starts to crumble – Keep squatting!
11 Nov 2013
Section 144 of LASPO may prove unenforceable in practiceResistance to s.144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 that outlaws squatting in residential buildings is growing. Ultimately, the law may prove unworkable and unenforceable. There have been a number of successful prosecutions under the new law, including the widely publicised conviction and imprisonment of 21 year old Alex Haigh who came to London looking for work and stayed in an unoccupied housing association flat. He pleaded guilty, but it has since become clear that where a not guilty plea is entered by defendant, it may be difficult if not impossible for the prosecution to prove the charge. After some notable acquittals, we have a better idea about the obstacles facing hapless prosecutors and some of the ways in which well-informed residential squatters might go about successfully defending themselves in court. Read on.On the newswire: Brighton acquittals 1 | Brighton acquittals 2 | Moelfre acquittal | Squatting as protest in Southwark | Mike Weatherley is a coward case | Alex Haigh conviction | Henry: Bristol’s first victim of squatting criminalisationOther links: Squatters Legal Network | Advisory Service for Squatters | Rooftop Resistance | SQUASH
Attack on The Casa
8 Nov 2013
On Saturday 2nd November 2013 a fundraising benefit gig for the family of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning, organised by WISE Up Action, at The Casa in Liverpool, a pub set up by sacked Liverpool Dockers, suffered multiple violent attacks.The day before the physical and verbal attacks on the anti-war activist organisers and The Casa staff, a statement on Adam Ford’s blog, "from a group of activists who will be supporting Chelsea Manning but opposing Ciaron O’Reilly at an event in Liverpool tomorrow" claimed that "Ciaron O’Reilly – a main organiser of tonight’s event – does not support Chelsea Manning in the same way that we do" and said that they "intend to protest against that". Ten days before the attack an article opposing the event, published on the blog of a member of the Liverpool Solidarity Federation and reproduced the next day on Libcom, claimed that Ciaron O?Reilly was a "vile misogynist and transphobic shitbag" and that "O?Reilly?s fundraiser in Liverpool will be challenged on the basis of his behaviour towards women and on the basis of his support for Julian Assange." Ciaron O?Reilly refutes the allegations against him, in response to the accusation that he made some sexist remarks he has said "I am not sure I have" and in response to the charge that that he refers to Chelsea Manning using her previous name of Bradley, he has made it clear that he does "not refuse to use the name Chelsea".On 19th October 2013, outside the Anarchist bookfair in London Ciaron O?Reilly was physically and verbally assaulted because of his ongoing support and solidarity work for Julian Assange of WikiLeaks who has been sheltering from persecution in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over a year.Links: Catholic among the Pigeons | Solidarity gigs/events for US prisoner of conscience Private Manning | Drunk Attack on Chelsea Manning’s Family Fundraiser in Liverpool | Weekend of Solidarity with Chelsea Manning’s Family – the good news!
Tower Hamlets – Round Two
24 Aug 2013
Anti-fascists are gearing up for the return of the English Defence League to Tower Hamlets in East London on September 7th.The EDL don’t have any right to "march on" areas. This is not about expressing freedom of speech, it’s about causing fear and division. That’s why they must be opposed – Anti Fascist NetworkThe EDL’s leadership have a peculiar obsession with this borough of London – this’ll be the third time they’ve tried (and failed) to demonstrate en masse in the area. That’s without counting leadership Tommy and Kev’s ill-fated effort at a charity walk through the area back in June.The last time the league put in an appearance in the borough, in September 2011, a thirty day ban on all parades in the area was enforced by the Home Secretary. On the day, an army of cops enforced separation between them and the thousands of locals and anti-fascists waiting for them just up the road.So why Tower Hamlets? According to the EDL it’s because the area is already under Sharia law. In fact they go so far as to claim that there is "No beer allowed, this is a Muslim area", which will come as news to regulars of the White Hart and Blind Beggar.In reality there probably are a handful of nutters who want to establish a global caliphate and Taliban-style social mores in the East End but they’re a tiny, tiny minority. Despite EDL assertions, local government is probably no more corrupt there than in any major city. Scare stories about ‘ghettoes’ and ‘no-go zones’ are just there to whip up hate and get boots on the street.Last time, the EDL mobilised around 800 of their footsoldiers for their venture into darkest Muslamic country. When they announced Tower Hamlets 2013 they were at the height of their post-Lee Rigby bounce. Recent outings in Hull and Portsmouth have not seen anything like the numbers turning out in the immediate aftermath of the soldier’s death but the threat to the area is still substantial.There’s every likelihood that there will be a state ban on demos and parades again but anti-fascist opposition on the streets is what counts. The Anti-Fascist Network is calling for autonomous anti-fascists to meet in Altab Ali park at 11 a.m on September 7th saying, "We are calling a mass opposition, the more people, the safer and more empowering it will be for all of us. On the day we aim to be mobile and fluid in order to disrupt the EDLs plans".Look out for the Anti Fascist Network (AFN) banners and flags and join them on the streets.Follow @THStopEDL for updates now and on the dayFrom the newswire:North East BNP members exposed | Local residents oppose EDL march in South Shields | Anti-fascists report from Liverpool James Larkin march | EDL in Brum update
Sussex Village tells Cuadrilla to Frack Off
3 Aug 2013
Join the ongoing resistance at BalcombeAttempts by Cuadrilla Resources to begin exploratory drilling for gas at Balcombe, West Sussex on a temporary licence that expires in September have met with strong resistance by locals and environmental activists from around the country who have come together for The Great Gas Gala. The start of drilling, for which Caudrilla has a very small window, has been significantly delayed by the action in spite of excessive and repressive policing, a camp has sprung up, support by locals for direct action is reported to be over 80% and the resistance continues. Planned events at the camp include a ‘meet the locals’ tea party on Sun 4 August, a day of artistic resistance on Sat 10 August and a ‘Gas Gala’ on Sun 18 August.On the newswires: Whose streets? Cuadrilla’s streets! | No Names, No Frack Drill | Frack Free Somerset in Solidarity with Balcombe blockaders | Ongoing blockade of Fracking Site | Resistance Call-Out for Balcombe | Meanwhile, in ScotlandOther links: Frack Off: Extreme Energy Action Network | Background story to Balcombe Fracking Resistance | The Great Gas Gala | Frack Free Balcombe | Balcombe camp events listing
Dignity not destitution! Support the right to asylum
26 Jun 2013
Shared National Day of Asylum Seekers Taking ActionThis Saturday 29th June will see protests across the country by asylum seekers and supporters calling for ‘Dignity not Destitution’.In June 2012, 250 asylum seekers and supporters marched through Bristol to tell people our problems and to demand Dignity For Asylum Seekers [ Report | Press Release ]. This gave us more confidence to speak out. After last year’s march we campaigned to get Bristol City Council to support us. We are pleased to say that in January they voted overwhelmingly to support us and condemn the government?s policy on forced destitution. Now, we are joining together with groups around the country to take action on the same day to say that forced destitution is wrong. Read the full article for details of events around the country.On the newswires:Call-outs for 29 June Leeds | Glasgow | Previous Bristol actions: Reports 1 | 2 | 3 | Audio 1 | 2Other links:Still Human Still Here | City of Sanctuary
Stop the Murder, Stop the Hate, Close Down the Group of Eight!
9 Jun 2013
StopG8 have organised a week of action in London from 8th to 15th June, ahead of the UK G8 summit. Tuesday June 11th will be the big day, The #J11 Carnival Against Capitalism mass action will start at 12 noon on Tuesday June 11th, the meet-up points will be:North: Oxford Circus.South: Piccadilly Circus.The action will finish with a ?street party? at 5:30pm, the location will be announced on the day.Other links:Stop G8 | Resist 2013 UK G8 Summit |Stop G8 on Twitter | They Owe Us
Bradley Manning’s Trial begins 3 June. Call-out for solidarity everywhere
27 May 2013
The trial in the Court Martial of Welsh-American WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning is finally scheduled to begin on Monday 3 June 2013 at Fort Meade, Maryland, US after an unprecedented three years of pre-trial detention. The mistreatment of Bradley Manning in prison including almost a year of torture by the US authorities that was condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has to be seen in the context of the vast, ‘secret’ Grand Jury conspiracy and espionage investigation into WikiLeaks and the pressure that must have been exerted on Brad in a sustained but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to persuade him to testify against Julian Assange, who the US authorities very badly want to get their hands on.Read or listen to Bradley Manning’s statement to the court (extracts below) and his chat logs to see why he felt that the information he found himself in possession of should be shared with the world and what he hoped might happen as a result of risking his life and liberty to do this.There are 22 charges against Brad include ‘Aiding the Enemy’ that potentially carries the death penalty although the prosecution has said it will not seek this sentence. Brad has already pled guilty to 10 lesser charges that could themselves result in a 20 year jail term and the government has accepted his lesser plea on just one count but not on any of the other lesser charges, for which it will still bring evidence. During the final pre-trial hearing on 21 May, Judge Lind announced that portions of the trial dealing with 24 witnesses, including US Ambassadors, will be held in closed session, with redacted transcripts provided afterwards.The US, aided and abetted by Britain, is pursuing a permanent ‘War on Terror’ and continues its project of creating and escalating conflict around the globe at terrible cost to human life. The significance of the anti-war actions of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange can be judged by reference to the zeal with which both are being persecuted by the US authorities and the extent to which they have been variously misrepresented, vilified, smeared, ridiculed or ignored in the mainstream media. As anti-war activists or war resisters, they deserve our support and solidarity.Join existing or create your own solidarity actions on Saturday 1 June and throughout Brad’s trial, expected to last into August unless there’s an early plea deal. 1 June solidarity is currently planned for London and Cardiff.Previous features: December 2012 (Torture hearing) | April 2011 (Call-out for solidarity)On the newswire (recent): Brad’s in jail for us, We’re on the streets for him | 1 June call-out for Cardiff | Vivienne Westwood supports Brad | London solidarity in run-up to trial | Solidarity at Chester May Day | Downloadable flyers for 1 June | London solidarity/Report from Fort Meade | Brad nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (again) | Wrexham solidarity on 1000th day of detentionOther links: bradleymanning.org | wiseupaction.info | veteransforpeace.org.uk | refusingtokill.net | Alexa O’Brien’s searchable database of all available legal documents | iam.bradleymanning.org
Anti-capitalists gear up for G8 protests
8 May 2013
Anti-capitalists have been gearing up for the protests against the G8 Summit with Mayday actions across the country. The focus was on Primark and other businesses profiting from the global slave labour system which led to the death of 700 people in Bangladesh. There were angry protests in central London, Hackney, Lewisham, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol, with the clear message going out that the disaster was not an accident but the inevitable consequence of the callous capitalist system. Stop G8 is holding another organising meeting in London on May 25 and May 26, before the big week of action in the capital from June 10 to June 14, featuring the #J11 Carnival Against Capitalism.On the Newswire: Mayday protest in central London | Mayday protest in Glasgow | Mayday protests in Birmingham, Hackney and Lewisham | Mayday protest in Bristol | Mayday protest in Brighton | Squatted social centre in Lewes | Guillotine in Worthing | Oxford Stop G8 meeting | Call-out for J11 | Call-out for week of action Other links: Stop G8 | Resist 2013 UK G8 Summit | Stop G8 on Twitter | They Owe Us
Rossport Solidarity Camp Week of Action 21st-30th June 2013
23 Apr 2013
RAGE AGAINST THE BORING MACHINECome to act in solidarity with the campaign in Mayo against Shell?s Corrib Gas Project. For over 12 years, the local community have been resisting Shell’s plans to force through a high pressure raw gas pipeline and inland refinery. Local people have gone through all possible channels to fight the project.Let down by the Government; many have been beaten, imprisoned and feel under siege by the security and police. However people continue to protest in order to protect their families, livelihoods and resources. Currently Shell are attempting to tunnel under an EU ‘protected’ estuary with their tunnel boring machine but they are experiencing major construction problems. If they are having difficulties without protests, imagine how much havoc a little more disruption will cause. Rossport is the frontline of the resistance to ?Extreme Energy? extraction in Ireland.Hot on the heels of the anti-G8 protests, we warmly invite old and new faces to come join us for a week of action against Shell’s disastrous project.If you are new to taking action don?t worry – all kinds of skills and roles are needed during the week of action and you will be able to play a role that you are comfortable with. If you know the area and have ideas for action – get prepared and come with an affinity group if possible.Links to newswire articles: Shell to Sea campaigner speaking in Bristol, Leeds & Manchester this week | Digger diving | In memory of Ogoni 9 | Community protests at Shell’s profit announcement | Trucks blockadedOther links: Rossport Solidarity Camp | Shell to Sea | Mayo topic on indymedia.ie | Rossport Camp Gathering on Facebook | Rossport Solidarity YouTube Video
Cuts Meeting at Birmingham Council House Blockaded
2 Mar 2013
On the morning of Tuesday 26th February at 7:30am a group of Save Birmingham activists blockaded the entrance to the Council House underground car park. Later that day the annual budget meeting would take place where over 100m worth of cuts would be voted through. Save Birmingham, who had previously occupied the balcony of the Council House in the lead up to the budget meeting, along with other anti-cuts groups had called for a public blockade of the Council House at 11:00am to prevent the councillors from entering the building and voting through the cuts. When 11:00 arrived the car park blockaders were joined by hundreds of people from around Birmingham angry at the way the cuts are being undemocratically forced onto the city by the council. Soon all major entrances to the Council House had been blockaded just in time for the councillors to start arriving. Police tried to break up and force councillors through but eventually resorted to sneaking councillors into the Council House via secret doors in the Art Museum which is connected to the Council House. When the meeting finally got under-way activists twice managed to gain entry to the building to disrupt the meeting.On the Newswire: Video of Blockaded: Birmingham Council House cuts meeting | Council House Blockaded | Photos from Birmingham Council House blockade | More photos of Council House Blockade | Council Have Voted Through 102m Cuts ? Blockade & Demonstration Is Not The End | It?s Time To Shut The City Down ? Day Of Action Against Council Cuts | Save Birmingham – Blockade the Council HousePrevious features: Anti-Cuts protesters occupy Birmingham Council HouseLinks: Save Birmingham
Eileen House opened by Self-Organised London as new social space
23 Feb 2013
Self-Organised London Social Space has now been opened in a squatted office building near Elephant and Castle.Eileen House on 80-94 Newington Causeway, a 1960s office building, has now been empty for years. Its redevelopment has been subject to a protracted and contested debate between Southwark Council, Oakmayne developers, local residents, the famous nightclub ?Ministry of Sound? (located opposite Eileen House) and ? the mayor of London (see PDF). After numerous months of haggling and bureaucratic warfare, it?s time to reclaim Eileen house for the public and the interests of the Elephant?s residents!On Tuesday night, 19th February, a number of social centre collectives squatted Eileen House as a direct action against gentrification. As a selforganised London Social Space, we want to propose & exchange ideas for radical alternatives, serving the needs of the many vibrant and organic communities around E&C!For this reason we will put on a number of events, talks, discussions, film screenings, music nights and much more for the first week (see below). All residents and Londoners are more than welcome to pop in for a cuppa, discuss matters, attend our events or just have a good chat! During this first week we are really happy for people to come mby, have a look around the building and maybe give us a hand with setting up the space, while on the long run, the opening times will be from Wednesdays till Sundays, 2-10 pm.Links: Self-Organised London Social Space | Crews:Library Street London | No Shoes No Roots | DIY space for LondonFrom the newswire:Fight gentrification! Reclaim regeneration! For self-organised spaces… | Siege of The Elephant | first protest on london shard viewing platform | News from the Library Street Social Centre | Southwark Council leaks it’s own Confidential Regeneration Agreement
Secret City: Oxford Screening + Q+A
17 Feb 2013
Celebrating two years of regular film screenings at OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Oxford Indymedia presents the new independent film Secret City, on Sunday 3rd March from 7pm. For this Oxford Premier, we are pleased to be joined by film makers Lee Salter and Michael Chanan, who will be presenting the film and doing a Q&A session afterwards.The City of London is an anomaly in UK democracy. With just 7,000 permanent residents and the lowest car ownership in the country, its own police force, its arcane system of self-government with its Lord Mayor, Livery Companies and Alderman, businesses that have the right to vote and it?s direct accountability to the Crown rather than Parliament, the City houses the one of the Globe’s key financial centres and the Inns of Court, the heart of the UK?s legal system. The City is the place where banks, brokers, insurers and other money-makers enjoy their unimpeded ascendancy.The Occupy LSX movement, which arose in 2011, once again drew public attention to the unprecedented political and financial status the City enjoys; largely unchanged since William the Conqueror’s time. Secret City will take us on a tour of key City locations by an Occupy activist, Liam Taylor and delve into the history and mystery of the UK’s most powerful centre.The night will be held downstairs in the bar where Catweazel Club is normally held, so there will be refreshments on tap and in bottle for the night. Come along and watch the film and celebrate two years of screenings with Oxford Indymedia.Article about first year of screenings | oarcfilms web site | Secret City trailer (links to external site) | screening flyer
Anti-Cuts protesters occupy Birmingham Council House
6 Feb 2013
At 1:30pm on Monday 4th February a group of 20 protesters from the Save Birmingham campaign walked into the Council House and occupied the balcony overlooking Victoria Square. The group had previously sent two letters to every councillor in Birmingham the last letter with over 200 signatures but with no response from the council. The Save Birmingham campaign has been steadily growing over the past few months, from rooms packed full of people opposed to the proposed cuts at several of the councils own consultations to a meeting of 175 people called by Communities Against the Cuts to organise a grass roots movement to fight back against the cuts. This led to the day of action on the 4th, the day the Labour Group who have a majority on the Council had a private meeting to agree on the 625m cuts to Birmingham which will be voted through at the budget meeting on 26th February. The day started with a small silent protest in Victoria Square outside the Council House, which was followed by the occupation of the Council House later in the afternoon. The balcony occupation lasted five hours and ended after more than 200 anti-cuts activists arrived in Victoria Square after marching from the Bullring.On the Newswire: Save Birmingham March on the Council House – Don’t let them vote through the cuts | Birmingham Council House Occupied | Photos from yesterdays Birmingham Council House Occupation and Demonstration | Birmingham Council House Balcony protestLinks: Save Birmingham
SchNEWS: Battle of Bexhill
23 Dec 2012
Update! A week of direct action against Bexhill link road.?We were caught out and a lot of damage has been done ? but people have been amazing and now we’ve have a set of established tree defences and work has stopped for the day at least. We really need support and all the usual wish-list stuff, tools, tarps, ropes etc. So come and give us a Christmas visit? – Combe Haven DefenderMaps of the planned road (scroll down!) – the camp is at Adams FarmAnti-road protestors in Bexhill were ambushed by an early start to the tree felling on the controversial Bexhill-Hastings link road this week, but they rallied and a week of constant direct action has put a spanner in the works, with no work reported today (Saturday 22nd). Work wasn’t expected to begin until early January but as soon as East Sussex County Council acquired the land (by compulsory purchase) the chainsaw gangs were set to work.From the newswire: Hastings/|Bexhill anti-road camp needs you! | Help Needed Immediately | Anti-road campaigners high in trees at Bexhill and are prepared to stay | Brighton: Emergency meeting | Second Battle of Hastings: Day One… Protestors 10, Road builders 0 | Protestors Take To Trees To Stop Chainsaws
Bradley Manning Takes the Stand: 11 days of Testimony on Abuse at Quantico
13 Dec 2012
Accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, the young American military intelligence analyst with Welsh and Irish roots, gave evidence in person for the first time at Fort Meade, Maryland in a hearing on the Defence’s Article 13 unlawful pretrial punishment motion. The court sat for eleven days between 27 November and 11 December to hear the case that Brad was subject to unlawful pretrial punishment at Quantico brig where he was held for nine months before being transferred to less punitive conditions at Fort Leavenworth in April 2011. Brad’s mistreatment at Quantico has already been condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez. On the strength of evidence of mistreatment, the Defence is calling for all 22 charges Bradley Manning faces in connection with the biggest anti-war whistleblowing act in history to be dropped or, failing that, for any sentence imposed if he is convicted to be substantially reduced. Judgment has been reserved and the ruling of military judge Denise Lind is unlikely before January.Bradley Manning has been held in pretrial detention for two and a half years, unprecedented in US military history, and this is the first time that his own account of his treatment in detention has been heard in the courtroom or anywhere. Brad’s testimony has been brought out into the public domain from the courtroom primarily by the dedicated independent journalists who have been covering this latest hearing as well as all previous hearings. Despite, or perhaps because of the huge importance of this case, it has largely been ignored by the mainstream media who were keen enough at the time to publish the documents and cables Brad’s charged with leaking. The next hearing, dealing with a number of motions, will run from 8-11 January 2013 and the trial is expected to begin in March. This primer by Kevin Gosztola explains the background to the hearing.On the newswire – Notes from the courtroom: 11 Dec | 10 Dec | 7 Dec | 6 Dec | 5 Dec | 1-2 Dec | 30 Nov | 29 Nov | 27-29 Nov | London vigil: 27 Nov Report | Call-out | Previous feature: April 2011This feature has been compiled from the sources listed in the posts above. Read the full article for a summary of the hearing and links to articles by independent journalists and supporters of Bradley Manning.
Day of action against Workfare and Starbucks
11 Dec 2012
Saturday 8th December saw two separate days of action happening across the country. The first was the start of a week of action against the governments Workfare scheme. Workfare replaces jobs and undermines wages, this can be seen by Superdrug in Brighton not hiring any Christmas temps because they have free labour from the job centre. The Work Programme actually reduces your chances of finding a job, whilst the Mandatory Work Activity has had no effect on unemployment levels. Since 3rd December, disabled people can now be sent on time unlimited workfare placements. If they say no, their benefits will be cut to 28/week indefinitely. Unemployed people who refuse can have their job seekers allowance cut for up to 3 years.The second day of action was against Starbucks tax avoidance. Starbucks have not paid any corporation tax in the past 3 years, and only 8.6m in the 14 years they?ve been trading in this country. Costa Coffee, whose turnover last year was 377m, just 21m less than Starbucks paid 15m in corporation tax.On the newswire: Workfare?s Christmas Bonus For The Bosses | 100 people at #Sheffield @ukuncut #Starbucks Action | UK Uncut protest against tax dodgers Starbucks | Anti-Austerity Protest, Manchester Report and Pics | small determined workfare demo in holloway, london yesterday | islington starbucks ukuncut actions yesterday – report & pics 1 of 2 | islington starbucks ukuncut actions yesterday – report & pics 2 of 2 | Bath Anti-Starbucks Demo | Boycott Workfare day of action | Anti-Workfare Pickets Glasgow Report | Boycott Workfare Video | Starbucks action in Cambridge by UK UncutPrevious Features: Workfare: Enslave us and we’ll shut you down!Links: Boycott Workfare | UK Uncut
Oxford peace activists to visit Afghanistan
11 Dec 2012
Two women from Oxford are amongst a group of peace activists visiting Afghanistan this month. The delegation aim to spend time meeting and making links with ordinary Afghans, and then raise awareness back in the UK of what they discover."We are traveling as friends and equals of the Afghans we will be visiting, not to fix Afghanistan but to fix UK perspectives on Afghanistan" -Mary, one of the group.Nine years ago another local peace activist, Paul, moved to Afghanistan to work with the UN, and sent a series of personal reports, providing a revealing first-hand account of life there.UK Peace Activists Visit Afghanistan | Oxford Man in AfghanistanAfghan Youth Peace Volunteers | Global Days Of Listening | RAWA
Capitalist Crisis Creates "shortfall in waste" in Sheffield.
5 Dec 2012
Sheffielders have been diligently sorting their waste for recycling for many years. The idea is to reduce waste going to Landfill and Incineration. As a reward for all their diligence Sheffielders will now have to put up with Veolia importing even more waste from further afield to an Incinerator built in the heart of their City.
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