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Justice? Brighton's Campaign in Defiance of the Criminal
THE MOTHER OF FREE
FESTIVALS IS KICKING OFF NOW!
IT'S ON! THE EVENT OF
THE SUMMER! The biggest FREE FESTIVAL ever, will be somewhere in
England this weekend in direct defiance of the Criminal Justice
Act. A vast number of Travellers, Sound Systems, Party People, as
well as anti-CJA disorganisations are gathering for the UK Free
Festival aka 'The Mother'. More SoundSystems that you can powerfully
imagine are playing non-stop sounds wholly or predominately characterised
by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats. Bring face
paints, drums, water, love, peace and unity!
Hunt Sabs 151
Road Protestors 55
Footie Fans 45
N o Live Exports* 38
T ree Defenders
* 1000+ animal rights activists nicked this year
not including grief and harassment
12 NOON FRIDAY
* 0171 652 4602 * 0378 774 575 * 0171 501 9253 * 01273 685 913
YOUR FREEDOM HAS A
PRICE - THAT PRICE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
FREE FESTIVAL GUIDE
1. Be prepared to be
self- sufficient. Facilities could be minimal.
2. On arrival, park sensibly. Keep site roads clear.
3. Be friendly to local residents, ramblers etc. Smile - you're
at a free festival
4. Bury your shit (take along a gardening trowel)
5. Fires - use dead not live wood (it doesn't burn in any case)
6. Don't trash the site - take a binbag
7. Enjoy yourself!
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
RAVES Sections 63-67
If an outdoor festival or rave has not been licensed the police
can stop it. It is a criminal offence (with a maximum sentence of
three months) if a person refuses to leave the site of such an event.
New powers enable the police to confiscate Sound Systems equipment.
Police can also arrest someone whom they 'believe' is going within
a 5 mile radius.
BAN ON ASSEMBLIES
The Act bans assemblies which are held on land without the permission
of the owner and gives the police the power to stop people they
suspect of travelling to such an assembly.
If you are unlucky enough
to be arrested
1.Try to keep
calm. Try to make sure someone knows you have been arrested, they
know your name and where you are being taken to.
2. Despite the CJA removing the right to silence you don't have
to say anything - tell the arresting officer "I will say nothing
until I have been advised to do so by a fully qualified legal advisor."
3. You have a right to pen and paper - write down details as soon
4. Don't make a statement without legal advice. Avoid the duty solicitor.
tel no 01459 127 774. When you're released ask for a copy of your
custody record - you have a right to it
* For nine months 'the
drumming' has created a free festival vibe by the sea attracting
hundreds at Brighton's West Pier every Sunday. Beginning with just
three drummers it has grown organically by word of-mouth to feature
fire-breathers, jugglers, dancers and street artists. Loved by passers-by,
party-heads and percussionists alike ... but not the Council. After
noise complaints (despite a major road between beach and houses
-'but that's natural noise' commented a police officer) the Council
are threatening to slap a section 80 noise order to stop the party
and confiscate instruments this Sunday - so get down there and join
the carnival! Two summers ago the Council stopped the 11-yr-old
Brighton Urban Free Festival (BUFF) on the Level after a grand total
of two complaints, yet every year allow a commercial travelling
circus to coin it in 'til midnight.
. '95 HAVIN' IT!
For a Free Festivals list (6xA4!) send A5 sae to Stone 2, 45 Westwood
Hill, London, SE26 6NS
DISCLAIMER - Wot
party? SchNEWS advises you not to attend any illegal gatherings.
This article is not necessarily the views of SchNEWS. This piece
of paper is for entertainment purposes only. In fact it doesn't
exist - you are hallucinating.
of the week
For talking to a Shell lorry driver.
The young man was dragged out of the cab and thrown against
a wall. Unfortunately, he was nicked while still on bail for
criminal damage to a tape measure and was held in the cells.
Four people, including
a druid, were arrested in June at Stonehenge - the first under the
Draconian 'trespassory assembly' sections of the CJA which prohibits
gatherings of more than 20 people on private land.
Nineteen people stood
peacefully outside the Stonehenge perimeter fence commemorating
ten years since the Battle of the Beanfield - when riot police trashed
travellers and their vehicles to stop the Stonehenge Free Festival
and carried out the largest mass arrest of civilians for centuries.
Two officers inside the fence accused the vigil-holders of "obstructing
the highway". Margaret Jones, one of those arrested told the SchNEWS:
"We weren't obstructing and the three Australian tourists who were
there agreed we weren't. I was counting the people saying - 'There
are only 19 people!". More police arrived and three who refused
to 'disperse' were nicked. One of the visiting Hussies commented
"It was disgraceful, a complete breach of civil liberties. It's
a grave injustice. If I were a UK resident I'd be fighting this
Druid Arthur Pendragon
was arrested on Summer Solstice at the Stones under very similar
circumstances. His trial will be on Sept 13th. Chief constable of
Wiltshire, Walter R Girven, had applied for the exclusion order
back in January stating in his letter to the Council: "The Criminal
Justice Act is tailor made for the policing of the Summer Solstice".
ELECTRONIC BALL &
People as young
as 16 face the prospect of leaving court today with an electronic
tag around their ankles. Trials of the US-made tags have been launched
in Manchester, Reading and Norfolk. Violating the order- confining
people to their homes for a max 12hrs a day for six months- will
be dealt with by private security companies like Securicor who,
as operators, are to be given powers to prosecute offenders as well
as organise and supervise their sentences for the first time in
the history of British criminal 'justice'.
Party Hotline: Tel from noon Friday 0171 652 4602/ 0378 774
DIY MEDIA FRENZY!
Journalism is the
first draft of history
To break down our dependence
on disinformation and white noise of the official media, we need
ways of communicating news, ideas, inspirations that are under our
own control. The mainstream miss it, ignore it, subvert it, censor
by omission or are censored by the State (D-notices) - so we do
it ourselves. As New York Times editor John Swainton said to his
staff on retirement: ''There is no such thing as a free press, you
know it and I know it. There is not one of you who would dare to
write his honest opinion. The business of a journalist is to destroy
truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fall at the feet
of Mammon and sell himself, his country, his race for his daily
bread. We are tools, vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are
jumping jacks. They pull the strings, we dance. Our talents, our
possibilities and our lives are the properties of these men. We
are intellectual prostitutes." What follows is the DIY media of
a free movement - by the people for the people - and it's exploding!
DO IT YOURSELF! Some
- Use a community printer (there's always one - 'scan-printers'
are the cheapest and fastest). Remember - it always takes you longer
than you think. Don't use red or blue (it doesn't photocopy). Sort
your distribution out early. Produce flyers to advertise and mail
to networkers in bulk. Need help? Call SchNEWS 01273 685913
- Film on Hi-8 if possible (TV friendly). Always take spare tapes
and batteries. Keep framing wide and get into the middle of the
action. If possible work with a partner who can get completed tapes
outta there! When finished call Conscious Cinema (new monthly direct
action video) Tel: 0585 312488 / 01273 679 544 PO Box 2679 Brighton
BN2 1UJ or Camcorder Action Network (for Small World's Undercurrents)
Tel: 0171 272 5255
..the cheapest way imaginable - whether mailing to 30, 300 or 3000
people costs just one local phone call. You can network with people
sharing your interests whether they are 6 or 6000 miles away. To
get internetted you will need a relatively good PC (486 if you want
to use the World Wide Web) or Macintosh, a pretty good modem (above
9600 speed is best), an Internet Point of Presence (ie a company
that will connect you and your modem up), comms software and patience.
Need help? Contact The Way Collective 01633 220501 / pHreak 0171
FINS grew out of the free festival movement in the mid-80s.
A loose and changing network they are a free participatory and self-creating
media- approx. 20-strong across the country. A new Mobile FIN is
touring Festivals - all 0585 620714. FIN details in Bypass and The
Book (see below).
to search! There are two new comprehensive and essential guides
to DiY media and anti-CJA active collectives:
reviews and details of fanzines, magazines, newsheets and FINs.
36 pages A4 @ PO Box 148, Hove BN3 3DQ. £130. chqs to 'Slab 'O'
(formerly known as the White Book) Lists
200 active collectives defying the Criminal Justice Act written
by the groups themselves. 104 pages A5 @ PO Box 2600, Brighton,
East Sussex.£4/£3 to listed collectives. chqs to The Book'
new this month!
All these publications
are non-profit making, all run on energy and all in debt! If can
help with money do. If you can't raise some! Blag office equipment.
Spread the information - information not shared is information wasted.
Send info/graphix/articles Enclose sae.
sorted itinerantsThe State It's In - cutting commentary; Compulsory
reprogramming - the Job Seekers Allowance; Exodus; Nightmare on
LWT S4 Squatter championed by Telegraph!; Roots on sustainable development;
Roadways. 52 pages A3 @ c/o 2 St Paul's Rd, London, N1 2QN. Donation
(£1.50?) chqs to Squall.
essential video news service
Can u dig it? land rights; To Pollok With Love! anti-roads movie;
No justice? No Peace! Blacks killed in police custody; Poetic Justice?
Carry on squatting! Northern Ireland 122 mins @ 46 Rymers Lane,
Oxford OX4 3LB. £9.50/£6.30 concs. chqs to 'Small World Media'
from the undercurrents
do we go from here?; Fluffy vs Spikey; Agenda 21; SchNEWS special
60 pages A4 @ PO Box 23, London SE4 1SW. £2.50. chqs to [leave blank]'
Do Or Die 5
A Voice of Earth First!Pollok; Cardiff Bay; Burning factories in
India; Biological Meltdown; Bellamy Exposed; prisoner news; International
action reports from 39 countries; Shoreham; Critical Mass; 100 pages
A5 @ Dead Trees EF!, box 25, 52 Colston St, Bristol, BS1 5BB. 80p.
chqs to 'Earth First!'
Open Eye 3
Who Bombed Earth
First! ; Icke and the Nazis; Noam Chomsky on the Free Market Myth;
Heretical Science - alternative medicine, AIDS and Duncan Cambell;
Mi5 targets Greens. 50 pages A4 @ BM Open Eye, London, WC1N 3XX.
£1.50. chqs to 'Open Eye'
Festival Eye 10
Beltaine with Quercus
Tribe; Road Protest Reports; VE Day at Stonehenge; Beanfield Revisited;
McLibel; comprehensive actions & contacts a list 24 pages A4
@ BCM 2002, London WCIN 3XX. £1.30.
the magic issue
The secrets of
microwave technology, population; interview with Ramsey Dukes, the
non-religion of chaos; how to raise the dead! 96 pages A4 @ BM Uplift,
London, WC1N 3XX. £3.30. chqs to 'head'
Kill or Chill the Criminal Justice Bill; decline part 3: Radical
Chains; Civilisation and its latest discontents. Are ravers ready
for dialectics? 40 pages A4 @ c/o Priory House, 6 Tilbury Pl, Brighton,
BN2 2GY. £2. chqs to 'Aufheben'
for those who
First issue - CJA
resistance; Travellers news; Slow to claim free land; Technivals;
Anti-McDonalds 40 pages A4 @ Frontline Hse No. 53 London SW9 9JR.
* prices inc p&p.
Mention SchNEWS when ordering. Ta!
All the above are new issues of regular publications but defiance
of the Criminal Justice Act has also inspired photographers, cartoonists
and other artists to produce brilliant one-off originals. Here are
a couple of examples:
A Federal of Resistance
Astounding and powerful photo record of the bizarre and exhilarating
life on Claremont Rd, E11, site of the longest post-war eviction
in Europe and highlights the No M11 Link Rd campaign. 36 pages A4
@ Reclaim The Streets 2 Cross Way, London, N16 8HX. £2.
Evans' ubiquitous cartoons are brilliantly simple and profoundly
telling. Featuring Tactical Support Group; Sparkly Boots; Greenham
Common; Fluffy Tickling Sticks 24 pages A5 @ PO Box 2600, Brighton
East Sussex. £1.80. chqs to Justice?
stay in touch!
The direct action movement is dynamic and evolving rapidly -huge
changes can take place in days so it is vital to keep up to date
to stay on top.
DONATIONS KEEP THESE
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Web - http://www.mistal.co.uk/cbuzz
SchNEWS (subs details below);
Road Alert! Update PO Box 5544, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14
5FB e-mail email@example.com
NEW!! Direct action video from Conscious Cinema PO
Box 2679 Brighton BN2 1UJ. Cost: Donation. On condition that video
is publicly shown - not just home viewing! Info: 01273 679544/0585
*** Guilfin PO Box 217, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 6FF (Fin-formation
fax line 01483 203212)
*** EF! Action Update (chqs min. £4 to 'Earth First?) AU
subs, c/o Dead Trees EF!, Box 25, 82 Colston St, Bristol BS1 5BB
*** Freedom Network Events 372 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton,
London, SW9 8PT
every two months.
ContraFLOW 56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton St, London SE17;
Stonehenge Campaign 99 Torriano Ave, London NW5 2RX.
SchNEWS IN BRIEF
CHILD JAILS IN COURT...Our
favourite bit of the CJA - children's prisons for 12-14 year olds
- is now being challenged in court. Three of the five planned 'detention
centres' - to be run by private security companies like Premier
Prisons and Tarmac - have already been denied planning permission
after opposition from local residents. The Howard League for Penal
Reform will try to use the Children's Act to stop a brick of these
sick jails being built
SchNEWS shows its speedy journalistic ability by printing a story
only 5 months late! Apparently 35 people were arrested at Coventry
Airport for aggravated trespass trying to stop aircraft carrying
live exports to the Continent in February. They were told that if
they pleaded guilty to an obscure air traffic violation, the ag.
trespass charges would be dropped. Five agreed to do so, and received
£30 costs and a conditional discharge for a year. Six refused to
do so, and were done for ag. trespass and received £20 costs and
a 2 year conditional discharge! So don't plead guilty to the CJA,
and you'll save money! More court cases follow, so watch this space
and we'll try to report the next lot on time!
*** Good news from
Maidstone where nearly half a Kent Defiance Alliance demo got nicked
in January supporting three Hunt Serbs in Court. The Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) have been dropping all the charges showing up the
heavy-handed cop tactics - respect to the 34 for standing together
and refusing deals
*** Complaints against
the police are up 5% and those upheld are up 10%
*** First CJA arrest
at WoMenwith Hill camp in Yorks. The camp, a long-standing protest
at Europe's biggest secret spy base, was evicted in March to make
way for A59 roadworks but was set up swiftly down the road
*** Friends and Families
of Travellers report an eviction in Gloucestershire on a ten
minute notice under section 61 of the CJA. Three vehicles were reported
as being seized and sent to the crusher. No further details in Manchester,
though, police are unhappy about travellers being evicted by the
council from Hulme because they fear crime would rise!
*** Hampshire police
raided Frontline books last Friday for stocking copies of Green
Anarchist - themselves raided in April when police burnt all subscription
details. Subscribe to GA who aim to 'create a free society in harmony
with nature - by any means necessary' @ BCM 1715, London, WC1N 3XX
*** MONSTER BIKE POWER
As the Tour de France takes over the streets across the water,
over here Critical Mass is reaching critical mass! It's doubling
in size every month as cyclists 'spontaneously' arrive together
to dominate the traffic in 17 towns and cities across the UK. Usually
held on the last Friday of the month, there were over 1,000 pedal
pushers last time in London. Meanwhile in Brighton young BMX-ers
blocked the Council's attempt to demolish their self-built ramp
on the Level last week by lying down in the way of workers. Council
officers were called and after negotiations were forced to back
SchNEWS to fold? - SHOCK!
We are desperately in need of money. Please help!
to SchNEWS send 1st class stamps/donations (payable to Justice?)
SchNEWS c/o on-the-fiddle PO Box 2600 Brighton East Sussex .Tel:
(11273) 685913. Or pick one up @ Peace Centre, Gardener St, Brighton
and around town
every wednesday 7pm @ the prince albert, trafalgar st
- customise.. photocopy.. distribute..
Mawhinney OK's Newbury Bypass. Wanker!