| 19th April
TUNE IN! TURN ON! IT'S
SUMMER OF LOVE
Where will you be
having fun in the sun in '96? The tree camps at Newbury might be
gone but if you wanna party and protest there's plenty more sites
to see and work to be done....
There be fun and frolics
on Beltane at Fairmile, the so-called 'university for road protestors'.
Followed by eviction? Apparently security and those nosey-parkers
Brays Detective Agency have been booked for the beginning of May.
Although Fairmile is probably safe for the time being (kids
on site mean eviction procedures are more lengthy) Allercombe and
the Trollheim hill-fort will be under threat immediately. 01404
Despite the recent eviction
of Daisy Nook, two news camps have been set up - one at Daisy Nook
and another at Audenshaw (buses from Piccadilly, Manchester- 219/220/221)
A campaigner told SchNEWS local support has been excellent".
However May 1st could
see the possible eviction of a privately owned long-standing caravan
park-up site for Showman's Guild travellers. No altemative site
has been offered. Burns security were told by contractors to control
their thugs! 0161 628 4727
Beautiful homeland of
outlaws, pixies and the Green Man. Soon to be turned into a major
trunk road linking the A1 and M1, including 5 major industrial
developments en route. Robin Hood is mighty pissed off and invites
you all (apart from the 1% who 'own' 75% of our land, thank you)
to a mass action from 23rd April to 1st May, with the emphasis on
FUN! Meet mid-day at Forest Fields Recreation Park, which is 7 miles
from Nottingham City Centre. Unite and celebrate the start of summer!
0171 582 3474 The Land is Ours 01865 722016.
NEWBURY: SEEDS OF HOPE
Barely three weeks after
the last clearance work at Newbury was completed, the forces of
sustainability are on the attack. A new "Diggers" camp
has been set up on the site of the old Gotan camp. This time there
are no treehouses or walkways, but there is, amongst other things,
a very big hole. Residents are cagey about what this is, but apparently
they are trying to grow the world's biggest carrot (It is not known
yet whether the organic smell coming from this story is bullshit
or manure to grow the carrot, and as far as the mystery of the hole
is concerned, SchNEWS is looking into it!)
One objective of the
camp is to create a market garden. John Terry, one of the Diggers
said: "The community hopes to embrace all those opposing the
Newbury Bypass. We plant seeds of hope, and reject the wanton destruction
of the Department of Transport Just as our seeds will grow, opposition
to the by-pass grows. The action for today's Diggers mirrors that
of their forebears in seeking to establish a just, equitable and
sustainable future for the people of this land."'
Get involved! Sunday
Meet 2pm by
the Gotan Camp, Wantage Road (B4494), beside (what was) Snelsmore.
Bring tools and seeds.
office 01635 45544
STOP PRESS: Oopps!
The authorities seem to have a gone a little over budget with the
Newbury By-Pass. Originally they thought 1/2 million would put paid
to the protests - instead its cost a staggering £10 million so far!
Preliminary work is set
to begin on a ten-lane motorway thru' the south of Glasgow. One
of the campaigners told SchNEWS "The campaign has now gone
hard-core and a camp is to be setup soon". 0141 424 1797
THANET WAY, KENT
It's been quiet down
in Kent with a lot of people active at Newbury. Weekly actions continue
and there's a camp at Convicts Wood which is crying out for bodies
* There are plans for
a new camp at Selar in SouthWales, the proposed home of the largest
open-cast mine in Europe. 01639 720 884
* Don't forget the Land
is Ours urban land occupation somewhere in London on May 5th.
More details on 01865 722016
* One to watch for the
summer - The Rank Organisation are planning to build a 432 acre
holiday village in the ancient Lyminge forest an area of Outstanding
Beauty near Folkestone, Kent.
RAILROADED FOR M25
Two recent government
decisions clearly showed that their rhetoric on transport policy
is exactly that. Whilst giving the go-ahead for a five or six lane
M25 widening, they scrapped the £2.7b London Cross-Rail scheme.
Proposals for the M25 mean cutting a huge swathe through the Metropolitan
greenbelt between Thorpe and Colnbrook, near Staines (Junctions
12-15). As usual, SSSI's are under threat (two), a Bronze Age settlement,
and a couple of ancient monuments or two - all must GO.
Meanwhile the Cross-Rail
project, conceived in 1988, has so far cost £140 million, money
now effectively down the drain forever. Conversely, there is a fantastic
new government transport solution in the pipeline. Transport minister
Steven Norris is to chair a working party to develop a National
Policy on walking! There has been a 16% drop in the amount we walk
in the last three years. This policy is then sorely needed, as if
these trends continue, in 12 YEARS TIME NO ONE WILL WALK ANYWHERE!
If you have forgotten how to walk, then ring the DoT Feet First
Helpline. (0171 271 5000).
crap arrest of
Forward thinking Kent
Cops have taken to nicking people's instruments! An impromptu musical
demo at Dover Port wound up coppers so bad that they made off with
one mans drum!
STREET PARTY '96
July 13th The 3rd London Reclaim the Streets Extravaganza - 'Festival of Resistance'
- promises to be a biggie. details: 0171 281 4621
the world were to end tomorrow, I would still plant an apple
The main contract has
still not been signed, but COSTAIN are by far the most likely firm
to clinch the deal. Here are the phone numbers of some of the people
* Highways Agency: Broadway,
Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1BL. Switchboard: 0121 275 8000 / 275
8237 / 275 8392. Fax: 0121 275 8184 / 275 8424.
Direct Lines to the Newbury
Team: Steve Rowsell, (Project Director) 0121 275 8007. Other team
lines: (all 0121 275) 8273 / 8008/ 8131.
* Costain: Costain House,
Nicholson's walk. Maidenhead, Berkshire. SL6 1LN. Switchboard: 01628
842444. Fax: 01628 74477.
*Roger Jones, Contracts
Director 01628 842285, or Stephen Hall 01628 842325. If these switchboards,
faxes and post boxes were jammed solid for the next few weeks, they
couldn't get much work done on the contract. Contact the contractors
-today and every day. Some handy hints:
*Ring and demand that
they justify the bypass.
*Ring and say nothing/
feign a wrong number/ talk in a foreign language/ propose marriage/
pretend to be a colleague etc.
*Fax them something surreal.
*Place adverts in free-ad
mags and local papers, offering bargain goods or tempting services
with their phone numbers attached.
*Send them junk mail,
book clubs, porn catalogues etc.
*BLOCKADE THE BUREAUCRATS*
In December, three Stoke
Newington officers were acquitted of perverting the cause of justice
and perjury in two separate trials. This saw the end of the Met's
'Operation Jackpot' which had investigated allegations of drug dealing
and theft by Stoke Newington PCs.
Forty-five police officers
were investigated by 'Operation Jackpot' between Dec 88 and Nov
92. Only one officer, DC Lewadowski, was convicted, on charges of
theft. Not one officer was charged with a drugs offence, despite
an acceptance in court that Lewadowski had earned up to £2,000 a
week supplying drugs, and official recognition by senior Met officers
that Stoke Newington police officers had been engaged in supplying
drugs. The Police Federation have set aside £1M to fight allegations
of corruption and are suing the Guardian and Time Out for printing
stories about the case.
It now transpires, in
an unrelated further matter, that one of the acquitted officers
faces proceedings for allegedly smuggling £2.5 million worth
of cannabis into the country in collusion with his father-in-law.
* The family of Brian
Douglas. who died after his skull was smashed during a struggle
with police, plan to bring a private prosecution after being told
that no officers are to be charged with his death. He died five
days after being arrested on suspicion of being under the influence
of drink and drugs.
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* The first 9 miles of
the National Cycle Network have opened! The £180 million project
will create designated cycle ways, bike lanes on roads and other
measures for pedal-powered vehicles linking Inverness to Cornwall
via Belfast! "Only 6,491 miles to go!" said Lucy Thorp
VERY (KINGS) CROSS!
The King's Cross Women's
Centre in Camden was recently evicted from its premises by wait
for it ...a Housing Association! It wanted the centre to pay a commercial
rent of £6,000 a year. The Association commented "We do not
think it is our job to pay for voluntary organisations" and
attacked the role of the centre for housing political views. What,
like taking out the first private rape prosecution and successfully
changing some of the rape laws? Meanwhile, the council have offered
the Women's Centre one of their 105 empty commercial properties
if they go through the grants procedures and apply for a property
at the next meeting. This is not until June, so they have a long
time to wait. Call 'em on 0171 624 3577
The trial of 3 Lincoln
people accused of refusing to leave a roof during a road building
protest was halted when magistrates walked out! The bench declared
that 'the interests of justice [were] not being served' after exploding
at defence lawyers cross-examining the police in a test-case of
section 69 of the CJA. "Suddenly the chief magistrate told
us all to stand up and gave us a bollocking, "solicitor Nick
Wise told SchNEWS. "The next minute they just walked out of
the courtroom. My questioning was totally fair - she just lost it."
The protesters, from the Brayford Road Action Group, cheered and
shouted at the departing wigs: "We don't need you anyway!".
A re-trial is set for May 7th.
A Brighton RTS defendant
has been bound over to 'be nice for a year'. Police dropped charges
in exchange for a binding over order. The prosecution placed great
emphasis on the defendants supposed political views rather than
on what he was accused of doing. It's guilt by what you think now,
rather than what you do! The arresting officer admitted during the
proceedings that the policing of RTS was a shambles and contributed
to the disorder of the day.
Did you see this man
get nicked at RTS? Well known man-about-town Tony Rebel-Green was
found guilty under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. He is appealing
against the sentence and desperately needs witnesses who saw him
SIMON SUNDERLAND, Sheffield
graffiti artist, was jailed for five years in March (See SchNEWS
65) for brightening up Sheffield's billboards. Please send
messages of support to: Simon Sunderland RR1591, HMP Everthorpe,
E Wing, Brough, N. Humbs HU15 1RA. A support group has been set
up to campaign for his release. Contact: Free Simon Sunderland Campaign,
c/o 18 Wentworth Road, Jump, Barnsley S74 0JY.
Party & Protest
Sat 20th: March
and Rally Shamrock Farm Meet 1pm Preston Park 01273 691628 - Last
year this was Brighton's biggest action attracting around 1000 people
shutting down Boots, McDonalds and Burger King. Rally at the Level
followed by indoor market, video show and food at the Unemployed
Chernobyl Week - events to remember 10th anniversary. Contact Faslane
Peace Camp 01436 820 991 /Youth CND 0171 607 2302
Brighton Critical Mass bods arrested in Jan in Brighton Magistrates
May Magical Beltane Camp, Somerset. Contact RG Gang, 96 Church
Road, Redflelds Bristol.
*** 26th-6th May
Rainbow Circle Beltane Celebration - 01373 831020
*** 26th Bracknell
Environmental Fair, South Hill Part Bracknell, Berks. 12-5pm
*** 27th Cardiff
Bay Barrow Action celebrates 2 years of CJA resistance 0171 281
May Beltane Gathering in Kent 01603 661038
*** 28th Anti election Alliance meeting to discuss Class War aims and
methods 1.30-5.30pm Conway Halt Red Lion Square, Holborn, London
*** 29th Trial
of Garforth opencast protestors 0113 262 9365
*** 1st May Give
Shell Hell Day - boycott Shell products and service stations.
Getting yer kit off to
save the planet is definitely in for '96! January, and Angel bares
all as the motor industry 'celebrates' 100 years of the car at Coventry
Cathedral. Next, one brave clap climbs up a tree, strips off and
covers himself in grease in a bid to stop the bailiffs evicting
him at Newbury. Brrr! And this week nine activist from the Lloyds
and Midlands Boycott Campaign disrupt Lloyds AGM in protest over
the bank's 3rd World debt policies. Stripping off at intervals they
ran around with slogans painted on backs, breasts and buttocks such
as 'Here's my ethical streak - where's yours?" and 'Expose
the naked truth'. Meanwhile, a Viz comic reader wants to get in
on the naked fun. He writes: "I am planning to celebrate 100
years of the motorcar in my bedroom on April 10th at 2.30 in the
afternoon. If any women want to come along and protest by taking
their clothes off please feel free to do so."!
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please just sit in, watch TV and go on endless Xmas shopping sprees
filling your home and lives with endless consumer crap. you will
then feel content. Honest.
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Nic Gargani, of Lewes
reACTion, died in suspicious circumstances on Wednesday this week.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.