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The weekly newsletter from Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective
FIFTH BIRTHDAY SHOCKER!
Who would have thought in those halcyon days of the Courthouse community centre, squatted to highlight the nasty Criminal Justice Act looming on the horizon, that it would come to this? A few people decide to mimic the news, reading out bits of information while getting their hair cut. Then some bright sparks decide to put the spoken word on paper 'cos Brighton needs a news-sheet.' Hey presto! SchNEWS is born (no we can't remember why it's called that either). Five years on and we're still here.
Despite the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) being well established on the statute books people protesting and putting on free parties just haven't taken the hint, and have carried on regardless. As for SchNEWS, it has grown from a scrappy bit of A4 with a no advertising - no compromise policy - to well, eh, a scrappy bit of A4 with a no advertising and no compromise policy! Along the way we've branched out from just writing about the CJA with it's arrestometer, to taking on the whole damn world.
Making links with all sorts of groups in struggles ranging from striking dockworkers, to the granarchists on the live export direct action frontline, to indigenous peoples fight against multinational nasties, to anarchist pie throwers.
Going on mass to Geneva to the Peoples Global Action first conference and meeting all those inspiring people from around the world and realising that all our struggles are the same - that no issue is single. The multinationals based in the west, are the very same companies that are doing the damage to the peoples of the so- called third world.
AND THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
SchNEWS is run on a voluntary basis. No one gets paid tho' we do manage to blag into gigs and festivals for free (to spread the word of course) and when our treasurer's not looking, raid the petty cash tin for biscuits. Our stories originate from dodgy anarchist filth mags to the Financial Times (no, really), from conversations in the pub to the internet.
We try and be as accurate as possible and chase people up to verify the stories. And since the idea of SchNEWS is not to believe the written word, but get up off your arse and go and see things for yourself, articles are often first hand accounts from our very good selves as we storm all over the country causing trouble/saving the world/having a laugh.
As for who keeps us going. Well even with free office space kindly donated by the Levellers, we still reckon to be spending around £20,000 a year on printing, stamps, telephone, computers, envelopes, stationary, e-mail accounts . and rely on subscriptions and our readers generosity to keep us afloat.
And Finally, SchNEWS is an open collective, we are always looking
for new people to get involved, so if you like reading the news the mainstream
tends to ignore (or at best talks about the lifestyle rather than why an action
is going on) take a look in the next column and see if anything grabs your fancy.
WAKE UP! WAKE UP!