500, 3rd June, 2005
499, 27th May, 2005
498, 20th May, 2005
497, 13th May, 2005
496, 6th May, 2005
495, 29th April, 2005
494, 22nd April, 2005
493, 16th April, 2005
492, 8th April, 2005
491, All Fools Day, 2005
490, 25th March, 2005
489, 18th March, 2005
488, 11th March, 2005
487, 4th March, 2005
486, 25th February, 2005
485, 18th February, 2005
484, 11th February, 2005
Theres dog shit on the pavements, kids outside keeping
people awake at night, the street lightings broke and no-one
seems to care. Welcome to the world of residents groups. A
million miles away from plans to disrupt the G8 summit in Scotland
could they be a revolutionary force to be reckoned with?
Next Saturday (18th June) a Community Action Gathering takes
place in London. Called for by a number of independent, radical
local groups around the country, one participant says: We
are trying to stand up for our interests, our conditions and our
environment, and to build up solidarity and community spirit in
our own towns and communities. This includes defending public facilities
and green spaces, trying to improve housing conditions, campaigning
for traffic calming, opposing destructive regeneration and development
projects and so on. Activists organise or participate in leafleting,
newsletters, open meetings and campaigns, social events, social
centres, and a wide range of grass-roots community initiatives.
Its not always easy, but we are doing our best - at the same
time encouraging residents to speak up for themselves and to organise
together and support each other.
Getting involved in community politics is also about getting to
know your neighbours. Of course theyre unlikely to agree with
all (or any!) of your views, but how about building bridges and
working together to improve the things you can agree on. One community
activist told SchNEWS The front line of politics is outside
your door. If we base our political activity around where people
actually are, we can achieve a lot. People have concerns, which
may be surprisingly similar to those of other people in their neighbourhoods:
they want more control over their lives, to be part of a safe and
friendly community, in a decent environment with good local services
Take the example of the Black Panther Party. While the image of
the armed revolutionary in a black beret might be the first thing
that comes to mind, actually the Panthers built up a solid power
base because of their involvement in community politics. In 1956
the boycott against the segregation on buses led to the setting
up of an alternative bus service. At the same time, students were
occupying the offices and buildings of housing businesses run by
white racists, and mobilising communities into self defence and
underground organization. It was this non-violent, community based
activism that later merged with the Black Panther movement, calling
for a radical overhaul of the whole racist, capitalist system of
violence and poverty. Black community control of institutions, education,
land, housing, clothing and other community resources were as central
to the Panthers 10 point platform of 1966 as the call for
armed self-defence against police brutality.
Whoops, we nearly caught ourselves talking about some far-away
international struggle again. Focussing back onto neighbourhood
Talk Is Cheap
Community Action Gathering
Standing up for our communities, and our interests! 18 June Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green Road, London E2 11.15am 5.30pm Let them know youre coming 0208 374 5027 firstname.lastname@example.org
Its the second Norwichs Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday
(11th June 10am - 7pm) with plenty of stalls, plus music, food,
swap shop, workshops on community action, direct action against
fascism, Corporate Watch on Resisting the coporate invasion of Iraq
PLUS the live interactive satirical show Have I Got SchNEWS For
You? at 5pm. Waterloo Park Pavillion, Angel Road, Norwich, Norfolk.
07941 657485 www.norwichanarchists.org
Faslane Peace Camp is celebrating its 23rd Birthday this
weekend with a bash including two stages, punk band Oi Polloi, and
sound systems (free entry). The camp is at Helensburgh, next door
to the trident submarine naval base.
* Last Monday fifteen people broke into the naval base -
with one getting spitting distance from a Trident nuclear sub. Fourteen
* Theres a Big Action at Faslane on the 14th July, and people are welcome to stay on the site.
* Its the weekend of Resistance For Jeff Luers marking
his five-year imprisonment for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles
(SUVs) at a car dealership in Eugene, Oregon. He was sentenced to
over 22 years in prison! www.freefreenow.org
* In the last week there has been over 100 police raids all
across Italy resulting in ten people being remanded into custody
for allegedly being involved in a letter-bombing campaign - for
which Animal liberation activist Sergio Maria Stefani, along with
Marco Ferruzzi, Simone del Moro and David Santini have already been
Some of those who were recently arrested are connected to the Italian Anarchist Black Cross. The Italian ABC are accused of circulating a press release from a group which claimed responsibility for some of the bombings, with authorities declaring it to be an illegal publication. http://squat.net/filiarmonici/crocenera/ (in Italian!)
This week 500 were arrested for trying to shut-down the Coca-Cola
factory in Plachimada in Kerala, India.
This comes after the company was awarded a new short-term conditional
license to operate, following the plant being closed for a year
due to public pressure. The Anti Coca-Cola Struggle Committee and
the Plachimada Solidarity Committee are trying to stop the plant
re-opening because it is causing severe water shortages to the surrounding
areas (See also SchNEWS 494). Help make the shut down of Coca Cola
a Real Thing go to: www.IndiaResource.org/action/faxcoke.php
Meanwhile, back in the Westminster home of doublespeak, ID Cards
are again on the agenda despite recent evidence that biometrics
is about as reliable as a neo-Labour focus group. During trials
it was discovered that the foolproof scanning technology
could not cope with all types of fools, struggling to read irises
of over 59 year olds and black people and
failing to register fingerprints of people with large fingers.
Facial scans worked for only 69% of the trial group. As Professor
Angela Sasse, a biometrics expert to parliamentary committees said,
biometric technologies were a lot less mature than manufacturers
made out. And they dont stop terrorists they simply open up
a new area of identity fraud.
A survey commissioned by Privacy International says that millions
of people would break the law to fight the ID card, and that a million
people would go to prison rather than register for a card. Groups
are springing up around the country - if you dont find one
why not start yer own. See a list here www.no2id.net/localGroups
And while this is going on RFID tracking devices are going onto warehouse workers to track movement - creating human battery farms in the name of efficiency. Already 10,000 workers for companies like Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Boots and Marks & Spencer are tagged. The same companies are merrily chipping their products with RFID devices. (See SchNEWS 415)
STOP PRESS: CRUNCH day for Titnore Woods, near Worthing, with plans for a 900-home development on woodland. Meeting Friday, June 10th 5.45pm meet Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing. www.protectourwoodland.fsnet.co.uk
Whod have thought wed run low on Crap Arrests Of The Week? If you dont start mailin em into us well move over to Crap Asbo Of The Week - cos theres plenty of rich pickings there.
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