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From the 10th to the 14th of July Earth First! are holding their Summer Gathering in the West Country. It's an opportunity for anyone interested in non-hierarchical environmental direct action to get together and spend five days in the countryside learning new skills and discussing campaigns. With a range of practical workshops and theoretical discussions on everything from how to do an office occupation, facilitate meetings and run a newsletter to self defence, land collectives and community organising. Discussions on past, present and future UK campaigns, the implications of the global economy and building international resistance. www.eco-action.org/gathering
The new SchNEWS book will be out in a few weeks, featuring SchNEWS issues 301-350, and 200 more pages of good news from all round the world about how well the plan to sell off the whole planet to big business is going. Read about... Genoa, Argentina, Palestine, September 11 and loads more global and local stuff. Plus loadsa photos, graphics, cartoons, subverts, and a newly updated contacts database. Order yours for £8.50 (p&p included) now from SchNEWS.
In the real world, as opposed to here in cyberspace, this weeks issue is a four page extravaganza. The middle pages are a festival and protest guide for the coming months. If you want to get your own copy, just download the pdf (you'll need Adobe Actobat to view it) and print it out. If you've got nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon why not print out a few (hundred?) copies and stand on a street corner giving them out? It's surprisingly good fun.
Despite the best attempts of the authorities free parties still
happen up and down the country every week. Heres a few quick
dos and donts:
Another EU Summit - this time in the Spanish city of Seville. There
were massive protests against a Europe of Capital, and
a Spanish general strike against welfare cuts.
Tony Blairs plan to use financial and economic clout
against countries that did not co-operate on migrants was rejected
but plans for a Fortress Europe march ahead. Because its OK for
governments to go on about the free movement of goods but
not the free movement of people. OK to sell arms to countries, helping
to fuel conflicts, displace people and create refugees, but not
ok for those refugees to try and come over here. OK for industrialised
nations to pump greenhouses gases into the atmosphere, but not OK
for environmental refugees whose land has been devastated by climate
change to try and find somewhere else to live.
Seven of the top ten countries of asylum seekers arriving in the
European Union over the past decade have been from war-torn regions,
according to the data from the office of the UN High Commissioner
for Refugees. And in any case if you look at the numbers of asylum
seekers coming to Europe, youll see that this is nothing if
you compare them with developing countries that receive hundreds
of thousands, or in the cases of Iran and Pakistan, millions of
refugees. If people had a bright, rosy future in their homelands,
would they need to seek asylum elsewhere?
* A Palestinian held without charge for six months in Belmarsh
high security prison under all the UKs new Terrorism Act is
too seriously mentally ill to remain there a judge has ruled. Mr
Rideh came to Britain in 1995 as an asylum seeker and was being
treated for severe post-traumatic stress disorder following torture
at the hands of Israelis when he was a teenager living in
Gaza. His detention in Belmarsh caused flashbacks: The rattling
of keys and the sight of guard uniforms brought back memories of
torture. His illness was not taken seriously by prison staff and
he had been described as a malingerer.
* Who said this? The way stateless Jews from Germany
are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage.
In these words, Mr Herbert Metcalf, the Old Street magistrate, yesterday
referred to the number of aliens entering the country through the
back door a problem to which the Daily Mail has
repeatedly pointed. Why it was the Daily Mail in 1938. Now
go and read the bile from them now about refugees and see how much
* There will be a No Borders action camp in Strasbourg 19-28 July www.noborder.org
Two independent bookshops, Housmans and Bookmarks, in London are currently in the middle of fighting a libel case, which if they lose will ruin em. The case is one of a number filed against them by someone criticised in a 1993 edition of the anti-facist magazine, Searchlight. At the time both bookshops stocked Searchlight and under a warped British law it is possible for the person who thinks theyve been libelled to sue a shop, distributor or library handling the alleged libellous publication, as well as or instead of suing the author, editor and publisher. Both bookshops feel it is important for them to make a stand on behalf of other independent bookshops, which are few and far between these days. But this will mean massive legal bills. A legal fund has been set up and contributions are desperately needed. Send money to the Bookshop Libel Fund c/o Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX. Phone 020-7278 4474 firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaigners against the Stourbridge, Wolverhampton and Southern
Dudley Bypasses are mourning the death of a 2,000+ year old yew
tree which was on the proposed route. The tree was on top of Wychbury
Hill, site of an Iron-Age Hill Fort, on the site are another 28
yew trees up to 2,000 years old. The bypasses run virtually exclusively
through the regions green belt and link with the Birmingham
Northern Relief Road and the M5/M42 to form a massive Super-Highway
around Black Country and Birmingham. Once again the authorities
are building a road that is environmentally damaging and wont
solve traffic problems. The Anti-Bypass Campaign meet every Thursday
at 8pm in The Crispin, Church Street, Stourbridge. Or Phone 0789
* Get a copy of all the lovely new proposed road schemes by emailing email@example.com
After a year of undercover filming across the country, a coalition
of animal rights groups are marching to demand an end to factory
farms. The march coincides with the release of the shocking film
which shows the horrific conditions endured by billions of animals
all over the world. As well as the usual offenders the film rips
the lid off the RSPCAs Freedom Farms and the bogus
quality assurance stamps that supermarket suppliers slap onto every
corpse that comes their way.
Viva!s national march and rally against factory farming will
be held on Saturday July 13th, noon at Kennington Park, London WC1.
Info: 01273 777688 www.viva.org.uk
* Badger killing is expected to start soon on Exmoor National Park and North Wiltshire. Find out how you can help stop it: 07779 442395 www.badger-killers.co.uk
Oil giant Esso, the worlds richest corporation and premier
league polluters, are suing Greenpeace about the French StopE$$o
campaigners using their logo. The StopE$$o campaign is a world-wide
alliance united against Essos dirty fuels, tricks, money and
lies. Esso has a history of throwing money around to buy researchers
to deny the existence of global warming. They also bought themselves
a president by donating more cash to the Republicans than anyone
The company says the replacement of the middle two letters of Esso
with dollar signs makes it resemble the Gothic-scripted symbol of
the SS and this is confusing to the public.
Stephen Tindale, Greenpeace UK director, explains: We simply
replaced two letters in Essos logo with the internationally
recognised symbol for the US dollar. We find it ironic that the
richest corporation in the world cant recognise the dollar
sign and confuses it with a Nazi symbol.
Esso (or ExxonMobil in America) pressured Bush into backing out
of the Kyoto agreement on global warming and were caught out this
April when secret memos to the White House were leaked. One asked
Bush Jr to get rid of top UN climate scientist Dr Watson and replace
him with someone less biased. Under Watson the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change had concluded that most of the warming
observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities
and predicted that average global temperatures will rise between
3 degrees C and 10 degrees C by the end of the century.
Bush did just as his oily friends told him and led the charge to get Watson out. He has now been thrown out of his job and is not even allowed a position on the panel. Bushs top climate negotiator now refuses to take stock of climate change until 2012.
Malachie Nichols has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for trying to stop a fascist paper sale in Leeds. Please send letters of support to: Malachie Nichols, JN4126, HMP Wealstun, Weatherby, W Yorkshire, LS23 7AJ.
SchNEWS has found a web site concerning geneticall modified (GM) crops but this one wont tell you where the frankenstein food is being grown - quite the opposite. This site was set up by a PR company who go by the name of the Centre for Food and Agricultural Research (CFFAR), a shadowy organisation who are funded by, amongst others, our old muckers Monsanto, the bio tech multinational. With their liberal usage of terms like terrorism violence and acts of terror the real purpose of this site is to associate anti-GM activists with something like Al-Qaida. In one ridiculous statement CFFAR likens people who pull up dodgy crops to rapists. While talking about newsletters like Genetix Update and how they write about actions on GM food, CFFAR says its like them saying I do not approve of rape but Im going to give you some tips on how to find your victim and pin her to the ground. Then you can tell me about it and Ill tell the world. How sick is that? Surely pulling up GM crops is better than being on the pull. Anyway SchNEWS always thought that multinational corporations like Monsanto were the real earth rapists and just what are they pulling? The tossers. Check it out. www.cffar.org/vandalwatch
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