519, 4th November, 2005
SchNEWS 518, 28th October, 2005 FREEDOM.CON The Freedom to Protest conference in London brought together people from campaigns from all over the country. Meanshile, back on the ranch, anti-arms protesters are up in the High Court, asylum seekers are being deported to countries known for torture. And more...
517, 21st October, 2005
SchNEWS 516, 14th October, 2005 SICK JOKE Blunkett plans to force the sick and disabled to work for their benefits while the super rich hold all their asses abroad and pay no tax. Councils try to sell off council housing and more.
515, 7th October, 2005
514, 23rd September, 2005
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512, 16th September, 2005
SchNEWS 511, 9th September, 2005 BOMBS AWAY London is soon to be the host of the world largest "Defence" showcase. Do you feel a warm glow inside? Makers of machines of pain and death will be there peddling their wares to whoever wants them. We'll be there causing trouble. Also: protests against the corporate sell off of Iraq's assets and more.
510, 2nd September, 2005
509, 26th August, 2005
508, 19th August, 2005
507, 12th August, 2005
506, 29th July, 2005
505, 22nd July, 2005
503/4, 15th July, 2005
White House Inc. paid a visit this week to the seaside resort
of Mar Del Plata in Argentina with Bush and his corporate pals intent
on bullying their southern neighbours into joining a Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA). To their disappointment the proposal
proved not so popular when 40,000 demonstrators protested against
the pursuit of corporate profit the FTAA will surely bring. 2,000
security staff, 8,000 riot police, hundreds of corporate cronies
and 4 AWACS surveillance spy planes failed to deter the organisers
of the counter-meeting, the Summit of the People, which
began on the Monday. The Peoples Summit called for an immediate
end to the FTAA talks, action to combat rising inequality, and called
on Latin Americans to energetically reject the militarisation
of the continent promoted by the empire of the north. Things
started to go badly wrong before the FTAA Summit even started when
70 Argentine police suffered food poisoning after eating a dodgy
lasagne at their hotel.
On the Friday afternoon, masked rebels tossed firebombs and rocks
at riot cops protecting the conference. Banks and corporate stores
were smashed and set on fire, and businesses were looted for material
used as street barricades, which were set aflame. Police fired tear
gas and arrested 87 people. Banks and shops were also attacked in
the capital, Buenos Aires, and the cities of Rosario Neuquen, and
Bush's plan was all about extending the North American Free Trade
Agreement to the rest of the continent so that North American consumers,
and their rich Latin American counterparts, can continue to buy
$2 T-Shirts and $10 microwaves at their local Wal-Mart, whilst those
Latin Americans who are lucky enough to have jobs work away in abysmal
and repressive anti-union sweatshops. The summit ended on Saturday
in deadlock: Mexico, the US and 29 other nations pushed to set an
April deadline for more talks on free trade, but the move was opposed
by Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela. Off message
Cuba, of course, was not even invited to express an opinion.
And the future doesnt look too promising for Corporate America,
as Bolivia is poised to join the anti-free trade bloc if, as seems
likely, the indigenous leader of the Coca growers, Evo Morales,
wins the next election. He recently kicked off a rally by calling
for popular resistance to the Fascist George Bush and
promises an end to the reign of neo-liberal economics that have
ravaged Bolivia. He was among 40,000 other activists, including
chat show host/volleyball legend Diego hand of God Maradona,
on the Alba express a train which took anti-FTAA
protesters from across the Americas to the summit.
Alba is the Spanish acronym for the Bolivarian Alternative for
the Americas, a development program based on co-operation, mutual
aid and anti-imperialism which is fast gaining currency in the shanty
towns of most major Latin American cities. The question that lies
ahead is whether this programme will be hijacked for political gain
by opportunistic left wing leaders or whether it will genuinely
bolster the fortunes of the 96 million Latin Americans who continue
to live on less than 50p a day.
For more info on the protests check out Indymedia Argentina: www.argentina.indymedia.org
There will have been some first-time activists this week when Councillors,
teachers and pupils from two Wigan schools formed part of a demo
against the forcible removal from the UK of Sarah Hata and her children
- Dennis, Hope, Maureen, Peace and Moris all deported to
Uganda on 26th October. The protesters demanded that the Hata family
are returned to their home in Wigan and their solicitor enabled
to make representations on their behalf.
As one campaigner explained, Peace Kasonko is in the same
class as my ten year old. My daughter and her friends are devastated
by Peaces disappearance. As Chair of Governors
at the school that these children attend, I can perhaps voice the
distress and confusion that staff and children are experiencing
over this familys removal from our midst.
Sarah and the children were taken from Yarls Wood Removal
Centre just hours after being seen by her doctor, who said, the
family show signs of post traumatic stress disorder and are not
fit to be removed from the UK, as well as confirming that
Sarah Hata has scars of torture, suffered when she was
imprisoned, tortured and raped before escaping to Britain in 2002.
The entire family integrated very successfully into the community in Wigan and made many friends. The community are appalled by the way this popular family were treated in detention and sustained injury during removal attempts. Another success for multi-cultural, Cool Britannia. * See: www.asylumsupport.info
Gay Bishop anyone? No not a new real ale, but a radical
monthly newsletter in Reading. A collective of activists who want
to become the media, they are on the lookout for stories, writers,
web-geeks, donations and details of events for their whats
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or write to Gay Bishop, c/o RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading,
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France has ignited with direct action, which also spread to
Berlin and Brussels (Do we just have better TV over here or
something?). With two weeks of rioting by the dispossessed youth,
and the effective imposition of martial law, this is the situation
as the French Anarchist group Alternative Libertaire sees it:
People in working class neighbourhoods live in constant fear,
both for themselves and for their children. They are afraid of humiliating
identity checks, arbitrary arrests, unpunished police violence,
and spurious convictions for outrage and rebellion,
all in order to meet some police quota. Even recent official reports
have called attention to this increasing lawlessness on the part
of the police.
We support the rebellion against injustice, the sense of mass solidarity,
the elements of political awareness amongst most young people. As
such, we understand and are in solidarity with both the necessity
and the reasons behind the direct action now taking place throughout
the working class areas.
This week of riots expresses the hopelessness of the most marginalised
section of a generation with no future. Yet it should also be seen
as being connected to the governments strategy of tension
and current repression of social movements... All of these struggles
bear witness to the same social insecurity.
We are not going to demand a return to community policing
or building new sports centres so that young people can work out
their frustrations in silence. Does anyone seriously believe that
this will solve the social tension caused by the political and social
violence of those in power?
There are certain to be more explosions of anger unless there is
a redistribution of work and wealth, all the more certainly so if
social regression, inequality, racism and marginalisation continue
unchecked. Prevention, religious recuperation and repression
will all be useless. Only justice and social and economic equality
can solve things.
Buy Nothing Day on 26th November, is a day where people
abandon the creed of commercialism and enjoy all things free. The
self proclaimed festival of frugal living and culture-jammers jamboree.
Its a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends
to switch off from shopping and tune into life. Celebrated as a
holiday by some, a street party by others - anyone can take part
provided they spend a day without spending. Why not help spread
the message and do something to awaken some of the zombie consumer
herds? Set up credit card cut-ups, don white coats and vaccinate
against affluenza, give out free samples of nothing - anything to
show that the best things in life are free. Check www.buynothingday.co.uk
or just nick stuff.
If youre near Manchester, why not get involved with some
of the upcoming anti-over consumption events. Starting with a workshop
day on November 26th, with discussions and tips on the art of subvertising,
events continue throughout December. For details see www.dosummat.org.uk
Freaked out cos the tinsels going up already? Breaking out in a cold sweat at the thought of the slushy trudge to the concrete consumerist eyesore that is your local consumerist temple? Can you smell the fear of the seasonal shopper as the clock ticks towards Christmas Eve and they still havent quite found what theyre looking for? Dont Panic cos radical tightwad splinter group www.buynothingchristmas.org are planning a cheapskate festive season. Im not mean- just ethical.
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