522, 25th November, 2005
521, 18th November, 2005
520, 11th Nov, 2005
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 Sep, 2005
513, 23rd Sep, 2005
512, 16th Sep, 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 Sep, 2005
509, 26th August, 2005
508, 19th August, 2005
507, 12th August, 2005
For being sustainable!
When eco-activists in California started setting fire to SUVs
in car showrooms across the state, the FBI knew where to look
the Regenerative Cooperative hippy commune.
Basing their suspicions solely on the fact that he is vegan, lives
communally, uses solar panels and drives an electric car, the FBI
followed Josh Connole around for several days.
When Josh realised he was being stalked he went to the local police
for help, but was instead busted by the Feds and interrogated for
four days. As the FBI were prodding him to confess, a letter claiming
responsibility for the actions appeared in the LA Times. The letter
also mocked the FBI for getting the wrong man.
All that happened two years ago but the cops have finally come
clean and the last laugh is with Josh, who recently received a letter
of regret from the FBI (Rarer than George W. chowing down
on a tofu burger!) and a whopping cheque for $100,000. He plans
to purchase an electric Hummer.
On Tuesday, St Agnes Place, Kennington - the oldest squatted
street in London - was evicted by bailiffs and hundreds of riot
police. On Wednesday the area including the park was still cordoned
off, and it is believed demolition was taking place. Supporters
turned up, but there was very little they could do due to the sheer
scale of the police operation. A wake for the death of St Agnes
Street was held at Lambeth Town Hall in the afternoon. The eviction
took a full twelve hours with the last few remaining residents brutally
beaten by the cops, resulting in one losing consciousness and being
taken away by ambulance.
Police also evicted the Pirate TV bus, despite being unable to
find anything wrong with the paperwork or the bus, except that it
couldnt start. The cops instructed it be towed away but luckily
the boys from the recovery firm managed to get it going and save
it from the police compound.
Not content with evicting a whole street, police and bailiffs then
evicted a squat in nearby Bolton Crescent, despite the fact the
court case for the eviction was not due to be held till 16th December,
making the eviction illegal: nice to see the boys in blue upholding
There was predictably little mainstream coverage of the eviction,
and the journos around were embedded with the police,
and only shown what the police chose to show. The eviction marks
the ends of the thirty year old vibrant community and leaves 150
people homeless with winter already here. It will instead be replaced
by a soulless estate and a sports centre. It is reckoned that unpaid
rent on the properties amounted to £4m over the years
and that, according to Lambeth Council, they were paying nothing
to the community - as if paying rent for your home to some
landlord was more important than actually being a thriving community
not based on capitalist exploitation. www.stagnesplace.net
And to another London council desperate to flog off as much land
as possible to developers eager to build more blocks of trendy overpriced
flats, upmarket delis and another desperately needed Starbucks.
This time its Hackney, where the councils Property
Disposal Programme has been in full flow for a while - nine
properties were sold as a job lot to developer Stirling & Investments
Ltd for a laughable £250,000.
The Broadway market has been one of the main targets, but fed up
locals have now united to form some timely resistance. Since Nov
28th, people have occupied number 34, successfully repelling the
first wave of demolition workers.
The building theyre defending was formally called Francescas
café. Run by Tony Platia for a mere thirty years, he became
a popular local figure in the process and all the time paid
up his council rent. The reason its not still a café
is because, as the pressure grew against the compulsorily auctioning
of the building, it was er, mysteriously firebombed. The auction
proceeded but Mr Platia refused to leave, despite bailiffs making
menacing noises. Local support has managed to hold them off so far,
but more help is needed to continue the occupation. Get down there
if you can and join the struggle. For more about it and the glorious
history of Hackney Borough Council, see www.redpepper.org.uk/natarch/x-inv-nov2002.html
* A court date for the eviction has been set for the 9th Dec at
Shoreditch County Court.
Distributing information can be a dangerous business... Fatih
Tas, owner of Kurdish Aram Publishing House in Turkey faces
over six years in prison if he is not acquitted at his next trial
which starts today. Hes being persecuted for having published
a Turkish translation of a book by John Tirman, director of international
studies at MIT, called Spoils of War: Human Cost of Americas
Arms Trade. In it, Tirman criticizes US policy for having
militarized countries, including Turkey, in the Persian Gulf region
by selling them weapons and thus preventing them from carrying on
with domestic democratic reforms. Military solutions were sought
for every problem, ultimately leading to some of the worst atrocities
of the 1990s as hundreds of thousands of Kurds were displaced and
ill treated by Turkish security forces, in brutal operations accompanied
by torture and disappearance during the conflict with
the PKK. We cant imagine why the Turkish authorities are so
keen to snuff out these inflammatory allegations with their sledgehammer
unless, well, theyre true or something. Michael
Albert, Noam Chomsky and John Pilger have all called for people
to register their demands for freedom of speech and support for
Fatih Tas by participating in the petition campaign at www.aramyayincilik.org
* Mehmet Tarhan was arrested in Turkey in April this year
for being a conscientious objector. Tahran is also gay and an anarchist
and faced torture in the military prison. His struggle is widely
supported by anarchists and anti-militarists in Turkey and abroad.
9th December is International Day of Prisoners for Peace and there
are demonstrations for Tahran in Frankfurt, Berlin, Mainz, Münster,
London, Paris, Belgrade, New York and elsewhere. The picket in London
will be organized by Wages Due Lesbians and Payday,
in front of Turkish Airlines, 125 Pall Mall / corner of Haymarket
St., 12-2pm. www.refusingtokill.net
* For more about Turkeys poor past record, see Human Rights
December 3rd is the 21st anniversary of the worst industrial disaster
in history the 1984 Union Carbide chemical plant accident
in Bhopal, India - current death toll 20,000, with over half a million
injured. The damage was done by a 40-ton heavier-than-air cloud
of lethal methyl isocynate which poured through the town, and the
since-abandoned plant has never been cleaned up. Union Carbide
now swallowed up by Dow Chemicals got away with paying $500m
for damages, and the then CEO of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson,
was declared a fugitive by the Chief Magistrate of Bhopal for failing
to appear as chief defendant in a homicide case. To this day Anderson
is still on the run the FBI claim they cant
find him yet his address is public knowledge.
Enter a second fugitive into the equation: Texan environmentalist
Diane Wilson who in 2002 chained herself to a 70 foot tower at a
Dow Chemicals plant in Seadrift Texas and hung a banner reading
Dow Responsible for Bhopal. She was sentenced to four
months in prison but is refusing to serve the time until ol
Warren is extradited to Bhopal to face manslaughter charges. She
is currently on a national tour of campuses raising awareness about
Dow Chemicals being careful not to set foot in Texas
and even popped in at Wozzas pad on Long Island to find him
alive and well and mowing the lawn!
As if a reminder is needed, just a week ago 3.8 million in Harbin,
China, lost their drinking water as 100 tons of cancerous benzene
spilled from a chemical plant into the Songhua River the
disaster will also affect around 70 Russian towns as the 50 mile
slick of benzene heads downriver. Happy anniversary Bhopal survivors.
* See also www.bhopal.net
December 3rd is the International Day of Climate Protest and also
falls midway through the MOP (First Meeting of
Parties to the Kyoto Protocol) Climate Talks in Montreal.
There will be demos around the world. In London, a critical mass
will assemble at Thames Barrier 9.30 am, cycle around and then join
up with main march, to assemble 12.00 pm at Lincolns Inn Fields
(Holborn Tube). The march will take in the dizzy sights of the corporate
world before finding its way to Grosvenor Square and the US embassy.
Speakers there at 2.30pm will include George Monbiot, Michael Meacher
MP and Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party). See www.campaigncc.org
for more. For details of Edinburgh demo, contact Gavin Smith, Young
Greens, 0796648536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Bangor demo in Wales see www.hebffinia.com
*A BRIDGE TOO FAR:
Protests went ahead against the aviation industrys expansion conference held at Tower Bridge last week (SchNEWS 522). A huge police presence made sure there was no inconvenience to fat cats as they met to stuff their faces on posh food, discuss how to build four more Heathrow sized airports by 2020 and continue to avoid any kind of tax on aviation fuel etc. A small critical mass made a couple of passes and attempted to generally get in the way, and a number of noisy demonstrators attempted to make their feelings known but the Bill were well prepared and, bizarrely, managed to cite an ancient bye-law to prevent anyone from stopping on the bridge except in the small fenced off protest zone. Another victory for Magna Carta Britain but at least well all be able to fly round the world for a penny before we die. For more see www.roadalert.org.uk and www.earthfirst.org.uk
Old pissheads with an encyclopeadic knowledge of a subject no one
else cares about. How to spot the difference between beardy-weirdies
Campaign For Real Ale and weirdy-beardies Campaign for Real Anarchism,
a London Class War front group? Stickers have appeared in pubs up
and down the country bearing a spoof Campaign For Real Ale (Camra)
logo, but promoting a Campaign For Real Anarchism -
effectively nicking their tankard for anarchist marketing purposes.
A bearded spokesbarrel, for Real Ale, quaffing a pint of Theakstons
Old Battered Copper, said they wont be sending the lawyers
in for breach of copyright, as there was no point, as no self-respecting
anarchist would recognise a capitalist court. Words of wisdom
A spokesbalaclava for Real Anarchism has offered to take the corduroyed CAMRA out for a pint to show no hard feelings - but apparently they cant find a pub that sells both Old Cripple Cock and Special Brew.
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