Friday, 30 November 2012

Land is ours campaign relaunch sat dec 1st

The Land is Ours campaign open meeting, This Saturday1st Dec 3pm at the Cock Tavern (upstairs room), Phoenix Rd, Euston 3pm. Meeting is a relaunch. All welcome. Please pass on!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

CO2 dangerously acidifying world's oceans - Features - Al Jazeera English


Power plants and other forms of energy supply are responsible for 26 percent of the world's carbon emissions [EPA]
As the effects of global climate change continue to be felt throughout the world's ecosystems, scientists say greenhouse gases are causing rapid changes that may irreversibly alter the composition of the Earth's oceans.
It is estimated oceans absorb up to 30 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, helping to offset the overall warming of the planet. But the amount of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution has skyrocketed, saturating oceans and boosting acidification.
Burgeoning ocean acidification raises the spectre of extinctions of coral, algae and shellfish - key cogs in the global food chain - with far reaching consequences for the planet's inhabitants.
CO2 dangerously acidifying world's oceans - Features - Al Jazeera English

Panama: Village of the damned One indigenous tribe is engaged in a life and death struggle against the big business interests flooding their land.

Panama: Village of the damned
One indigenous tribe is engaged in a life and death struggle against the big business interests flooding their land.

BBC News - Wales floods: Climate change could be to blame, Welsh Secretary says

BBC News - Wales floods: Climate change could be to blame, Welsh Secretary says

Updated for Day 4: The COP18 UN Climate Conference Is On! : TreeHugger

TreeHugger rounds up the best reporting, commentary, and social media reaction to this year's version of the annual UN climate talks, COP18, where nations continue to try to come together to do something about slowing climate change in a rapidly warming world, where there are serious doubts if some of the worst affects of global warming can be averted.
We'll be updating this page several times a day throughout the talks, going on for the next two weeks in Doha, Qatar.

Updated for Day 4: The COP18 UN Climate Conference Is On! : TreeHugger

Smoke Signals: Martin Lee on Growing U.S. Movement to Legalize Marijuana

Smoke Signals: Martin Lee on Growing U.S. Movement to Legalize Marijuana

Evictions and Destruction on the ZAD Airport Protest Site - UK Indymedia

 The ZAD airport protest site in France is still being evicted, a process that started on the 16th October. The zone is gradually being militarised but there are HUGE numbers of protesters and seemingly more every day. We're still fighting and it is not over!
The ZAD is an airport protest site in the west of France about 15 miles north of Nantes. The airport project was first proposed over forty years ago and has faced constant local resistance ever since. The project is in the hands of the multinational company Vinci, who also provide us with such « services » as prisons, motorways and nuclear power stations. It is the particular pet project of Jean Marc Ayrault, the former mayor of Nantes and current Prime Minister of France. In 2009 the area hosted a climate camp, since when the empty houses, fields and forests have been gradually filling up with people disgusted enough by the idea of this project to stay and resist
Evictions and Destruction on the ZAD Airport Protest Site - UK Indymedia

Occupy Sandy Mutual Aid in action on The Real News Network


More at The Real News

Squatting solidarity people's kitchen and cinema tonight

Squatting solidarity peoples kitchen and cinema today (thurs 29th) starting from six... Sunday 19:30 scum dine roast dinner, dress to impress! Both at Library street social centre (bigger colorama building) 44-46 lancaster street se1 0ry fuck them and their law

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Occupy London New Website


The most up to date Occupy London website.
Check for the latest on events actions working groups General Assemblies
Occupy London

Monday, 26 November 2012

#Dec5 >> London Anti-Cuts Demo << #Dec5 - UK Indymedia

 Join us at Kings College, The Strand, London, at 5.30pm on Thurs 5 Dec 2012 - the day of the Tory + Lib-Dem dicatorship's "autumn statement" - to march on Downing Street at 6pm


#Dec5 >> London Anti-Cuts Demo << #Dec5 - UK Indymedia

Squatters 'shocked' at council plans to discuss library sale before court hearing (From Times Series)


Mrs Canning said: “I don’t think it will be as easy as the council thinks to re-close the library. Closing libraries in a recession is like closing hospitals in the middle of a plague.
“When the library closed, Friern Barnet lost something, but it is like the heart has been put back into the community since it reopened.
“It hasn’t listened so far, and probably won’t listen now, but we’re still going to be shouting very loudly.”
Squatters 'shocked' at council plans to discuss library sale before court hearing (From Times Series)

Will Self draws capacity crowd to Friern Barnet Library (From Times Series)


Will Self draws capacity crowd to Friern Barnet Library (From Times Series)

Love Libraries event sat 1st dec Friern Barnet Library



+++++++Friern Barnet Community Library+++++++

Dear All,
Please see programme for our event, A Love Story, Past and Present - our apologies, Maria Cotera, is from the African Prisons Project not CILIP - a poster is attached.

Saturday 1 December 2-5pm - FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY, A LOVE STORY, PAST AND PRESENT - Our love libraries event - everyone welcome, please contact other libraries that are under threat and invite them to this event. Poster attached. Timetable:

1.30pm Introduction

1.35-1.50 Happy Birthday Friern Barnet Library – Presentation by Rosie Canning

1.55-2.10 Save Friern Barnet Library Campaign - Martin Russo (Chair) and Maureen Ivens

2.15-2.30 Slide show of Friern Barnet and surrounding area - Mike Gee

2.35-2.50 The Friern Hospital Story - David Berguer

2.50-3.20 BREAK - Food and Drink

3.20-3.35 Ollie Natelson

3.40-3.55 BAPS/One Barnet

4.00-4.15 Direct Action/FBL Occupation – Occupiers: Tiffany/Mark/Mel

4.15-4.30 Local campaigns - Jamie KF/Pinkham Way/Other Libraries

4.35-4.50 African Prisons Project - Education Advisor, Maria Cotera

4.50-5.00 Conclusion – Occupiers: Arun/Jamie KF

5-late Music/Social/Share Food



Bring food & conversations to share. This is a friends and family event! All welcome.



A Friday 14th December 7-10pm – Film: Billion Pound Gamble, Open Mic, poetry and music. After a break of 27 years, Roger Tichbourne http://barneteye.blogspot.co.uk/ has recently started working with award winning author Allen Ashley again. Allen was the singer in the False Dots for a year and they've been recording acoustic versions of the songs they performed together -here is Allens website - http://www.allenashley.com/

Meeting on the 17th December at Hendon Town Hall to discuss marketing the LIBRARY!!! If you can’t attend the meeting then either attend the ward surgeries http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=ALPHA&VW=LIST&PIC=0or phone or email councillors to object to any decisions being made before the court hearing. If you phone, make sure it is at a reasonable hour and you are polite. This is a crucial time for the library and we need your help to lobby councillors leading up to the meeting and the court case. Let the councillors know how you feel about your library and why it is important for the community to have this resource in this building in Friern Barnet.

18/19th Dec - Court case @ Barnet Civil and Family Courts Centre. Address. St Marys Court, Regents Park Road, Finchley Central, London N3 1BQ

We are Community. We are Library. Expect Us!

http://fbpeopleslibrary.co.uk/

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Bedroom Tax fucking the Poor! Criminal scrounger banks and poodle millionaire cabinet continue onslaught unabated. | Occupy News Network

Bedroom Tax fucking the Poor! Criminal scrounger banks and poodle millionaire cabinet continue onslaught unabated.

The headline was given by Daniel Ashman and is not the title of the article.

This post is an excerpt from the national housing federation. http://www.housing.org.uk/policy/welfare_reform/bedroom_tax.aspx.

Bedroom Tax

Looks like they've fucked the Squatters now they coming for the Renters, ranters and Ravers time to stand up and be counted.

Find out more about the bedroom tax, the part of welfare reform that will cut the amount of benefit that people can get if they are considered to have a spare bedroom.
Welfare reforms will cut the amount of benefit that people can get if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home. This measure will apply from April 2013 to tenants of working age.
Bedroom Tax fucking the Poor! Criminal scrounger banks and poodle millionaire cabinet continue onslaught unabated. | Occupy News Network

Naomi Klein: Sandy’s Devastation Opens Space for Action on Climate Change and Progressive Reform



At a speaking event in New York City this week, award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein discussed why the reconstruction from Superstorm Sandy is actually a great place to usher in progressive change. Klein’s latest article for The Nation magazine is called, "Superstorm Sandy — a People’s Shock?" She is the author of the best-selling book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," and is now working on a book about climate change. [includes rush transcript]

Squatting in Radford, Nottingham

Friday, 23 November 2012

BBC News - US school tag tracker project prompts court row

Surveillance state creeps in to our lives ,but this school in America seems to be the thin end of the wedge.Train people to be tracked and monitored at school and as the article states,you begin to create a 'complient citizenry'
These moves by the Big Brother State Surveillance apparatus must be resisted all the way.

BBC News - US school tag tracker project prompts court row

Push the Boat Out Party on MS Stubnitz Sat Dec 8th


 PUSH THE BOAT OUT, SAT DEC 8, MS STUBNITZ
To book your place, you can buy a ticket for £5 here.

This will be a non-profit, non-commercial celebration -- a sexy night of incredible fun -- with anarchist, commonist and lunarchist artists, musicians, poets and performers. Preevent sales will support these acts, thank you.

So far, line up includes Rhythms of Resistance, Strip the Willow Ceilidh, Country Dirt, Triangulators, Human London and more...

Special guest Victoria Gugenheim , Live body Art on board 

https://www.facebook.com/BodypaintingUK?ref=ts&fref=ts
Push the Boat Out

An Economy for the 99% - SHARE IDEAS & TOOLS TO MAKE IT... - Eventbrite



An Economy for the 99% - SHARE IDEAS & TOOLS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

The Alliance for Jobs and Climate

Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

London, United Kingdom

 
Finding new economic solutions
Securing investment in climate jobs & renewable energies
Challenging local and global inequalities
Scaling up what is already happening locally
Hear from national speakers & local projects
Explore ideas in discussions & debates
Take action with like-minded people


An Economy for the 99% - SHARE IDEAS & TOOLS TO MAKE IT... - Eventbrite

British ban squatting to tackle 'anarchists' - Features - Al Jazeera English


London, UK - "Todd" was 18 when he came to the United Kingdom from Lithuania in 2005 in search of a better life. But things didn't work out. By 2009, with the British economy ravaged by recession, he had lost his job and had nowhere to live.
"I had really bad depression so I couldn't hold a job. I ended up sleeping rough on the streets. My mental health was deteriorating... I had suicidal thoughts," he recalls.
Todd - an adopted Anglicisation of his Lithuanian name - ended up in Brighton, a town on England's south coast with a reputation for tolerance, a vibrant arts scene and a homelessness problem. It was there that he began to rebuild his life, finding a vital support network among those squatting in the town's ample stock of empty and neglected buildings and sometimes opening them up as impromptu galleries and cultural spaces.
 British squatters face eviction after law change
"I call myself houseless, not homeless. We are a community and we help each other out," he explains. "There is a lot of support and there is always somebody to talk to. Living like this, you're always in control of your own life. You don't have the money to support yourself food-wise, maybe, but you can go and get it from skips. It's still the same food."
But tens of thousands like Todd who seek shelter in unoccupied properties now risk arrest and imprisonment under a government-backed campaign to outlaw squatting.
Under a law in place since the beginning of September, squatting in empty residential properties in England and Wales is already a criminal offence, with those convicted facing months in prison and steep fines. The ministry of justice estimates that up to 2,000 people could be prosecuted each year.
British ban squatting to tackle 'anarchists' - Features - Al Jazeera English

Thursday, 22 November 2012

NUS march - report and pics (#demo2012) - UK Indymedia


the students, many bussed in from around the country, assembled this morning at temple park on the embankment, and then shortly after midday they headed west. despite the fact that parliament square was not on the route, the palace of westminster was protected by double fencing boxes weighed down by sandbags, and hundreds of police mounted an operation which included very visible horses, to discourage and prevent any students from diverting to whitehall or parliament square.

the same box fences barred the way at westminster bridge road, and as the students marched past, several hundred broke out of the cordon and ran straight for the barricades where a few minor scuffles ensued. some police drew batons as protestors tried to dismantle one of the fences, and other lines of police briefly pushed protestors back.

the huge number of NUS stewards were anxiously instructing students to keep moving and to walk over westminster bridge away from the place where all the decisions about EMA, tuition fees, and education cuts, have been made. they wanted their peers to walk through the pouring rain to a rally a couple of miles away in a muddy park. many, unsurprisingly, didn't want to go.

there was a sit-down on the bridge, a samba band started playing on the westminster side, and progress was very very slow.
NUS march - report and pics (#demo2012) - UK Indymedia

London housing solidarity get together sat nov 24 th

London housing solidarity get together. Squat,traveller and tenant groups to discuss housing issues, campaigns and future actions. Sat nov 24th, 14.00 - 18.00 at Colorama 2, 48 lancaster st, se1. An eviction for one is an eviction for all. www.evictionresistance.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Scum Dine With Me! South London Squatters Network meeting/dinner tomorrow (thu) 8pm

Scum Dine With Me! South London Squatters Network meeting/dinner tomorrow (thu) 8pm @ 286-292 Camberwell rd. Bring some food, squat news, etc. Whatever they say...squatting will stay network it

Library Revolution by Mark Weaver posted on FB group Friern Barnet Library Occupied and Liberated



Library Revolution
The Friern Barnet People’s Library is set to return to court in one month’s time. The council closed it in spite of local protests earlier this year. It was then occupied and re-opened by members of the Occupy movement. It is now being run and managed by the Occupiers and local people. An on-line petition calling for the library’s re-opening now approaches four thousand. Local campaigners are working side by side with the Occupiers to raise public awareness and support. Open meetings are held regularly in the library to discuss and plan the campaign strategy. There are weekly events held by local residents such as kid’s story time, yoga classes and musical events. The library also recently featured a personal appearance by Will Self that drew over two hundred people.

On
the surface the struggle is about saving a library. But the struggle is also about transforming society. It’s about building a new society in which people have control over their own lives. A society in which people support each other as equals and are empowered to uphold social justice. In this case it has taken the form of resisting austerity. But the library closure being resisted is just one battleground in the longer campaign to win a new society.

As the occupation continues new alliances are being formed, different values are being explored, different ways of relating are being practiced and greater political visions are being developed. With one month left before court we might ask ourselves “Is this about a library or all libraries?”, “is this about a community or all communities?” We might also ask ourselves “If we win this battle is it time to go home? Or are we willing to go on fighting for a new society even if we win?”

If the library is saved it will inspire other communities and help build a wider movement for a new society based on self determination, solidarity and resisting injustice. If the library is closed, on the other hand, the movement will have to raise its political aspirations. It will have to expand into more communities and it will have to raise the social cost to the system if it is ignored.

Winterson: 'Tax Amazon, Google and Starbucks to fund libraries' | The Bookseller


Author Jeanette Winterson has called for societies to value libraries, and said that the unpaid back tax from Google, Amazon and Starbucks would pay the annual cost of the service twice over.
Delivering the inaugural Reading Agency Lecture at the British Library yesterday evening (19th November) to mark the charity's 10th anniversary, Winterson also argued that libraries should be taken out of local council leisure budgets and put into the national education budget.
Winterson: 'Tax Amazon, Google and Starbucks to fund libraries' | The Bookseller

Monday, 19 November 2012

NATIONAL DEMO - London, Weds 21 Nov - #Demo2012 - UK Indymedia The National Union of Students (NUS) has announced the date for its national demonstration against education cuts, tuition fee rises and student debt - Weds 21st Nov



NATIONAL DEMO - London, Weds 21 Nov - #Demo2012 - UK Indymedia
The National Union of Students (NUS) has announced the date for its national demonstration against education cuts, tuition fee rises and student debt - 21st Nov 2012. EVERYONE has been and is being robbed by bank-bailouts, by austerity and privatisation, so EVERYONE should join this action. The NUS demo comes only four weeks after the massive 20 Oct TUC demonstration. We need to make sure the TUC demo is a launch pad for further action in the run-up to Nov 21. We need to learn from the protest movements in Quebec and Chile. We need to think positive, plan for the long-haul, and keep up the pressure for as long as it takes for the tax-criminals who planned austerity to starting losing their bottle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euiwm8jxckQ

Student bloc at #oct20 - http://www.facebook.com/events/386522028066490/

#Demo2012 National - http://www.facebook.com/events/259158454193672/
#Demo2012 Bradford - http://www.facebook.com/events/240514556067543/
#Demo2012 Sheffield - http://www.facebook.com/events/257880867650831/
#Demo2012 March on Parliament - http://www.facebook.com/events/391729244200710/

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SUGGESTIONS FOR NOV 21 - Have fun, but don't get kettled! Keep moving, stay alert, keep turning round, keep looking over your shoulders and over people's heads to see what the cops are up to nearby, in the distance and especially behind you. If you see the cops forming a line near or behind you move quickly to avoid being kettled, and don't be shy - shout LOUDLY to get people moving if you see a police line forming. Be constantly aware that some cops are very savvy and will sneak-up when crowds are distracted, so keep looking over your shoulders, especially when you see or hear something exciting that attracts your attention (on 24 Nov 2010 hundreds of kettled demonstrators missed an escape through street maintenance works, because they were distracted by the activity and noise around the police bait van and weren't searching-out weaknesses in police lines). If the cops try to usher you into a gap in their lines, it might be a kettle - don't go through unless you can definitely see a clear exit on the other side.

Take cameras and film the cops to discourage police violence and to record evidence of arrests and assaults. Point cameras at cops faces at every available opportunity (even when you're not actually filming). If you see someone arrested, constantly film the cops shoulder ID numbers and faces, shout out their ID numbers and don't stop hassling them - it doesn't always work but on many occasions this has led to protestors being released in-situ. If you post images or videos of arrests or of active disruption on-line, blur or edit-out any images or audio that could be used to identify and victimise protestors from their faces or voices. Brightly coloured home-made banners draw the attention of press photographers and TV, but what the media really love are images of violence, so beware of trolls and agent-provocateurs, online and on the streets. The State has been using agent-provocateurs to justify repression since Home Office plant George Edwards set-up the Cato Street Conspiracy in 1820, and they're definitely still doing it -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_Street_Conspiracy

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http://educationactivistnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/essex-students-union-press-release.pdf

For an Autumn of Resistance

The National Union of Students (NUS) has announced the date for its national demonstration against education cuts, tuition fee rises and student debt as November, 21st 2012. The demonstration was called on the back of a substantial vote at April national conference that fed off the mood, both in the room and within the movement: students want to take on the government over its Further and Higher education policy and over austerity.

A lot has changed since the last national demonstration organised by the NUS back in November 2010. That ‘hot autumn’ gave the trade union movement the confidence to march half a million strong in March that subsequent year, and strike over 2 million strong in November of the same year. The reciprocal relationship that students and the trade unions have must be the thread that runs through our preparations for the upcoming term.

To merely approach this November as a ‘re-run’ would be a cruel parody of the rage and anger that was shown on that demonstration back in November 2010. The vital experiences of both Chile and Quebec have shown how far students can go. In Quebec, a proposed raise to tuition fees has led to an explosion of student militancy which has seen over 100 days of education strikes and campus shutdowns. For our student movement, the bar has been raised.

In 2010, the students alone brought the Government to within twenty-one votes of defeat and showed that only a few months into their term, there was a visible and angry section of the British youth that were totally opposed to the Coalition. But since 2010, the trade union movement has stepped onto the streets and onto picket lines to show that same opposition to the Coalition government. That is why students’ unions and the NUS should be a part of the TUC October 20th protest, ‘For a Future that Works’.

We cannot wait for the new term to begin before unions start the preparations for this autumn. The work must start now to book coaches and form organising committees for the autumn demonstrations on our on our campuses. Our Unions need to be central to cultivating a culture of resistance on our campuses.

We know that a one off protest will not be enough to win – to do that, we need to fuse our movement to the trade unions, building ever stronger links, as students did when they joined picket lines and rallies on November 30th, 2011. We will need to work with unofficial grassroots organisations to organise and reach those who traditionally are left behind by NUS. We will need days of action, in the lead up to November 21st, to cultivate that resistance and set in motion the process that can make sure that Education is not the defining debate in the 2015 election, but the defining grievance that leads to our movement bringing down the Government.

Quoted from Nathan Bolton (University of Essex Students Union) F**k the Trolls

School of Commoning | education for commons culture & social renewal


School of Commoning | education for commons culture & social renewal
I was invited to speak on squatting and the commons at the last of the Putney Debates.
As the latest law criminalising the homeless and people who shelter is abandoned buildings (squatting)
is in effect the last of the Enclosure acts,removing our rights to shelter and putting property rights above human right to have shelter.
There were a variety of speakers who spoke on the various aspects of the commons.
How our various commons have been removed,i.e land ,legal rights access to space/land  water etc.
There was intresting talk on the legal aspects of restoring our rights ,especially the recent moves to give rights to the earth and rivers etc,to prevent eco cide.
Bolivia recently created a Declaration of Mother Earth Rights.
There were also people from the School of Commoning link above.

Save the Occupied Library Strategy



At the extraordinary meeting held on Saturday in the library about the Cabinet Resources Committee meeting 17th Dec that will DECIDE HOW TO MARKET FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY, a course of action was decided:

Document that lists meeting: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/g7370/Agenda%20frontsheet%2014th-Nov-2012%20Advanced%20Notice%20of%20Proposed%20Decisions%20under%20Executive%20Functions.pdf?T=0

1) We will email or telephone cabinet councillors

Cllr Daniel Thomas, Tel: 07944-038-591 Email: cllr.d.thomas@barnet.gov.uk
Cllr Richard Cornelius, Tel: 020 8359 2059 Email: cllr.r.cornelius@barnet.gov.uk
Cllr Robert Rams, Tel: 020 8446 7291 Email: cllr.r.rams@barnet.gov.uk
Cllr Sachin Rajput, Tel: 020 8449 3610 Email: cllr.s.rajput@barnet.gov.uk
Cllr Tom Davey, Email: cllr.t.davey@barnet.gov.uk
Cllr Andrew Harper. Tel: 020 8201 9527 Email: cllr.a.harper@barnet.gov.uk

And ask them the following questions - ideas, can be adapted - or send us your thoughts for other questions:

a) Why are you trying to interfere with the people's right to expression?
b) Why are you making a decision before the court case is decided?
c) Do you realise just how strong the wish for a community facility is?
d) In light of the artsdepot being dropped, why haven't you reviewed the original report?
e) We feel councillors haven't engaged and haven't listened to the residents of Barnet, given the new situation re artsdepot shouldn't you review the library consultations?

2) Submit questions to be asked at the meeting, these should be submitted no later than 2 working days before the meeting, preferably by the previous Wednesday 12th Dec - details will be published later as to where questions should be sent.

3) Attend the meeting on the 17th December at Hendon Town Hall

If you can’t attend the meeting then either attend the ward surgeries http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=ALPHA&VW=LIST&PIC=0 or phone or email councillors to object to any decisions being made before the court hearing. If you phone, make sure it is at a reasonable hour and you are polite.

This is a crucial time for the library and we need your help to lobby councillors leading up to the meeting and the court case. Let the councillors know how you feel about your library and why it is important for the community to have this resource in this building in Friern Barnet.

We will let you know of any new developments in the coming weeks.

We are Community. We are Library. Expect Us!
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Land and freedom gathering Runnymede Eco village this sat 24th novnetwork it



Land and freedom gathering at Runnymede Eco village sat 24th November 2012.from 12 noon a day of talks discussion film workshops music etc exploring our ancient connection to the land. More info www.diggers2012.wordpress.com network it

Will Self Book Signing at Friern Barnet Library | Demotix.com


Will Self Book Signing at Friern Barnet Library | Demotix.com

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Party tonight

We are going out to a secret location with 3 rigs, too smooth, lionhearth and universal sounds to bring u londons best dnb, reggea, old skool night, more than 150k in the building. after 10pm call 07905095383 for infor

Mysterious UFO over Denver puzzles aviation experts (PHOTOS) — RT


Mysterious UFO over Denver puzzles aviation experts (PHOTOS) — RT

The Jill Stein Presidential Campaign Was Both a Dismal Failure and a Remarkable Win : TreeHugger


The Jill Stein Presidential Campaign Was Both a Dismal Failure and a Remarkable Win : TreeHugger

Crowdfunding with Sponsume | Funding Platform for Creative Projects

Crowdfunding with Sponsume | Funding Platform for Creative Projects

Video: Street battles across Europe as general strike turns violent

Videos - General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis



A general strike is underway across Europe today as millions are protesting spending cuts and tax hikes they say have deepened the region's economic crisis. Spanish and Portuguese workers are coordinating their strike with work stoppages underway in Greece, Italy, France and Belgium. We go to Madrid for an update from independent journalist Maria Carrion. She notes the general strike comes after a 53-year-old woman jumped from a balcony to her death as she was about to be evicted. The death of Amaia Egana marked the second suicide in two weeks related to evictions in Spain as a growing mass movement has put pressure on the authorities to act. Published on Nov 14, 2012 by democracynow

Videos - General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis

Friday, 16 November 2012

Art of Psy party sat nov 17th

Saturday 17th of November the art of psy presents you spangled in London with 3 stages of music,Psytrance/Drum N Bass & lounge music call infolines after 9pm 07539899097/07539899098 or click on the link below,see you all on the dance floor https://www.facebook.com/events/379994642074715/?refid=17

Occupy Sandy: The Defining Moment | Occupy News Network


While FEMA closes its offices, the NYPD protects petrol stations, the Mayor organises a marathon and the Red Cross is nowhere to be seen; Occupy is on the ground delivering hot meals, blankets, generators and pumps from an ever rising number of hubs, depots and shelters across New York.
Its been two weeks since the 14 foot surge of the Sandy superstorm struck Manhattan, Staten Island and a hundred miles of the New Jersey coastline. The eye of the storm passed right through Santiago in Cuba leaving thousands homeless, damaging 300,000 residences and killing 11. Jamaica suffered an estimated 16 million dollars worth of damage. Also badly hit was Haiti, the world’s first black republic still suffering from the 2010 earthquake. 70% of the crops have been wiped out and whole villages were swept away.
In the majority world existing problems caused by systematic exploitation exacerbate disasters such as superstorm Sandy, clean-up operations are slower or non-existent and problems of homelessness, starvation and disease are never truly addressed. Most of the aid to the Caribbean has come from other majority countries such as Venuzuela, which has sent 100,000 pounds of food to Cuba.
In New York as well there is a clear divide between the rich and the poor. Those with money have hired people to clear their drives and gardens, to fix their homes and pump their basements. While the NYU Hospital is evacuated and without power the Goldman Sachs HQ is lit up like a Christmas tree in an area that is nightly plunged into total darkness.


Occupy Sandy: The Defining Moment | Occupy News Network

Putney Debate, Housing Crisis

 Last night’s debate on housing attracted a diverse audience which condemned the lack of attention to this vital policy area which is now in crisis. A lack of investment over many years combined with the current economic crisis have led to a situation where the cost of shelter is taking up more than 50% of many people’s income. The lack of a decent housing policy was contrasted by one speaker with education and health which, whatever your view of the outcome, have been subject to numerous policy shifts over recent years.
A post war consensus and bipartisan commitment to public housing led to many homes being built up to 1979 when the mania for owner occupation took off. The Thatcher government wanted to eliminate public housing and give everyone a “stake in the housing market” primarily for political advantage – house owning “Mondeo Man” was not going to vote for a socialist government. We are now reaping the rewards of this short term political expedient.
Putney Debate, Housing Crisis

Hundred-strong European anti austerity coalition holds Plebs & PIIGS Banquet outside Lord Mayor’s Banquet, in preparation for upcoming day of European strikes

 

Hundred-strong European anti austerity coalition holds Plebs & PIIGS Banquet outside Lord Mayor’s Banquet, in preparation for upcoming day of European strikes

 
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    Hundred-strong European anti austerity coalition holds Plebs & PIIGS Banquet, serving ’austerity soup’ and peanuts outside the Guildhall (London) while the new Lord Mayor of the City of London Corporation, Alderman Roger Gifford, hosts his own banquet inside with politicians, bankers and business ‘leaders’.

  • Rhythms of Resistance samba band entertains those outside the Guildhall

  • Action part of lead up to the Europe-wide day of action and strikes on 14 November.

Hundred-strong European anti austerity coalition holds Plebs & PIIGS Banquet outside Lord Mayor’s Banquet, in preparation for upcoming day of European strikes

Spain approves moratorium on house evictions - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Spain approves moratorium on house evictions - Europe - Al Jazeera English
The Spanish government has approved emergency measures to help families who are unable to meet their mortgage payments.
It is suspending evictions for two years for some low-income homeowners, in response to a wave of suicides and protests.
But as Al Jazeera's Tim Friend reports from Madrid, many will still fall between the cracks.

Jordan protesters intensify call for reform Crowds gather in the capital Amman for a fourth day, demonstrating against cooking gas and petrol price increases.

BBC News - Withdraw British troops from Afghanistan now - Ashdown


BBC News - Withdraw British troops from Afghanistan now - Ashdown

Land and Freedom gathering Sat Nov 24th



You are invited to the Land & Freedom Gathering which is taking place at Runnymede Eco-Village, near Englefield Green, Surrey on Saturday 24th November. All ages are welcome.
A full schedule of the days event can be seen below.
For directions, transport information and a map please visit: www.diggers2012.wordpress.com/map

Schedule for the Land & Freedom Gathering.

Hot drinks will be available. Please bring food and refreshments if you can.

12-4 p.m workshops.

-Spoon Carving & Green Wood-working. Julian.
-Clay Sculpture- Stephen Vince.
-Make your own waterproofing naturally- Phillipa Auton.
-Introduction to Permaculture- Andy B + Matyas.

4-6 p.m Talks in the Geodome.

up to 20 minutes each + questions + discussion.
-’Why land rights are civil rights’: Kevin Cahill author of Who Owns Britain.
-’The radical history of Egham + Diggers’: Prof Justin Champion Royal Holloway Uni.
-’Planning law, land and livelihoods’: Mike Hannis, The Land Magazine.
-’Internet livestream feed from Ghana’: Mawukofi, Communities of Resistance, Ghana.

6.30-7.30 p.m spoken word & music jam.

7.45-9.00 p.m bike powered cinema

About Runnymede Eco-village:

Runnymede Eco-village is home to a group of people attempting to live in a low impact sustainable community established on Friday 15th June. It is located on the disused land of the former Brunel University Runnymede Campus which has remained vacant since being purchased by property developers 7 years ago. Since being on the land, we have built low impact structures, dug a well and set up renewable energy production systems.

For more info on the project, please visit: www.diggers2012.wordpress.com

SQUATTERS LEGAL NETWORK | a legal support network for squatters


SQUATTERS LEGAL NETWORK | a legal support network for squatters

 SQUATTING FIGHTBACK-from Schnews
In case you hadn't noticed, residential squatting is now a criminal offence. But wait, before you dash in to hang up yer crowbar – there is hope yet.
The law has more holes than your average American ambassador and it'll be a good year before we know exactly how it's going to be interpreted and enforced. And helping in the fight against Section 144 of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) is the recently formed Squatters' Legal Network.
Currently in the process of collating the effects of the law so far, the Network is aiming to provide legal advice and support prior to, during and after any evictions or attempted evictions. To that end they have an emergency phone number, an email address, a website, a Twitter presence and a band of eager activists – they're also keen for more bods to get involved.
For more info see: https://network23.org/squatterslegalnetwork or call 07925 769858

Squatting ban MP attacked and chased off uni campus - UK Indymedia

Squatting ban MP attacked and chased off uni campus - UK Indymedia
At least some more perspective from the squat side,you begin to see the usual main stream media bias spin machine in action.

Tunnel Warfare Hambach Forest: Day 3 of Eviction / Do they need Uk Evict? - UK Indymedia


 After three days of eviction one activist is left, who's inside a tunnel system under the ground. As this is the first tunnel blockade action Police don't have a clue how to handle this. They ordered different technical teams, wich also didn't have an idea.
Now police want to dig down from the top, which is highly dangerous. They have been told that there is an eviction team within UK police who know how to evict a tunnel-system.
Resistance will not be over after this eviction. The forest is not lost yet to be rescued. Everybody is welcome to help. Next summer there will be another climate camp in the area, and a Europe wide Reclaim the fields camp in this region...
Hambach Forest: Day 3 of Eviction / Do they need Uk Evict? - UK Indymedia

Barnet's outsourcing easyCouncil faces taxpayers' revolt - video





Squatters Network of Brighton & Hove Actually SNOB (AHA)

MP Mike Weatherley Under Attack by Squatters and Students!

The Mob catches up with Mike Weatherley MP @ Sussex Uni pt3

Weatherley @ Sussex Uni pt2

Weatherley gets his come uppance @ Sussex Uni pt1

Guardian CLose copy of other media articles where is the independant Journalism Conservative MP 'attacked with rocks and tomatoes' before squatting talk | Society | guardian.co.uk

Conservative MP 'attacked with rocks and tomatoes' before squatting talk | Society | guardian.co.uk

'Violent thugs hurl rocks' at MP | Meridian - ITV News

'Violent thugs hurl rocks' at MP | Meridian - ITV News
More bias media reporting ,no balance from the squatting side.Notice the squatters are now called Illegal tenants.You can hardly hear the ITV presenter say doesnt this show the strength of feeling.......
This new law will be used by unscrupulous landlords on tenants.

Mike Weateerley MP nearly lynched in Brighton SNOB(AHA) | SQUATTERS NETWORK OF BRIGHTON (AND HOVE ACTUALLY)

SNOB(AHA) | SQUATTERS NETWORK OF BRIGHTON (AND HOVE ACTUALLY)

BBC News - Mike Weatherley 'attacked with rocks' at Sussex campus


Mike weatherley MP attacked

BBC News - Mike Weatherley 'attacked with rocks' at Sussex campus

Author and TV personality Will Self backs library squatters (From Times Series)


Author and TV personality Will Self backs library squatters (From Times Series)

Squatters Run This Library - From the Stockholm Metro daily free newspaper, Friday 26 October 2012


A number of libraries have been forced to close by the crisis in the UK. But in the London borough of Barnet help has come from an unexpected area.
It’s Ann’s first day at work, and a young man in dreadlocks is instructing the retired police officer. “You only have to sort them into groups, classics go over there”, he says.
This London library is being given a makeover; the walls are hung with banners proclaiming “Revolution” and squatters are in charge of services here.
Squatters Run This Library

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The revolution will be networked an assembly to create an agreement of the people for 2012 sat nov 17 1-5 pm Waterloo action centre 14 Baylis rd Waterloo London se1 7aa

The revolution will be networked an assembly to create an agreement of the people for 2012 sat nov 17 1-5 pm Waterloo action centre 14 Baylis rd Waterloo London se1 7aa www.aworldtowin.net
Real democracy working group of occupy London
Www.peoplesassemblies.org network it

Monday, 12 November 2012

Guardian.co.uk - Outsource to easyCouncil? Not in our name, says Barnet

 The de facto HQ of the revolt is Friern Barnet public library, squatted since September and turned into a "people's library", in opposition to the council's plan to close it, and sell the land to a property developer. And the local upsurge includes many people beyond the usual suspects – not least, irate ex-Tory voters, who cannot quite believe their council is doing something so mind-boggling.
Guardian.co.uk - Outsource to easyCouncil? Not in our name, says Barnet

Islington Tribune Article by Phoenix 11th Sept 2012

FORUM: Dark days for democracy with this anti squat law that will hit the homeless hard
PETE PHOENIX

Islington squatter Pete Phoenix

Published: 11 September, 2012
by PETE PHOENIX

PEOPLE out there are scared. The doors have already begun to splinter in dawn raids on the most vulnerable people in our society.

For many hundreds of years governments have tried to whittle away our rights to shelter, a long tradition in this country.

A recent government report said they were prepared to arrest up to 4,200 people per year for the crime of sheltering in an empty building.

A creeping fascism from the rounding up of the homeless in the UK to the crushing of six Roma camps in France applauded by the Daily Mail.

Surely common-sense thinking says get the million empty buildings into use and create employment on the way?

The government consultation was a complete undemocratic sham. Ninety-six per cent of replies said: “No. Do not criminalise the homeless and Squatting.” This included the Police Association, lawyers groups, judges, homeless charities and housing groups.

Many were outraged over the lack of democracy, when the government decided to ignore this and press ahead, criminalising trespass in residential buildings by adding a small clause (section 144) onto the Legal Aid Sentencing Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO)

It follows a year of propaganda from right-wing newspapers painting squatters as “home wreckers” rather than home repairers and renovators.

Stories of tenants who had outstayed their welcome, who were called squatters, “Gangs of roving gypsy eastern European squatter hordes”, in order to justify unspeakable crimes many regimes vilify and scapegoat minorities.

But why scapegoat the homeless and squatters the most disadvantaged in our society? In the middle of a housing crisis?

You can only squat an empty abandoned building – there are already laws to stop someone squatting an inhabited home.

The Displaced Residential Occupy (DRO) law 1977 already exists.

Tales of people going down the shops or on holiday who have their home squatted were lies. If it did happen it could have been dealt with swiftly by police under current laws.

I write as someone who has set up community centres in empty buildings for more than 20 years.

The disused St George’s Theatre, at Tufnell Park, is now lost to the community. But we opened it as a community space open to all for 13 months. It was described as the best arts space in Islington.

At the Save Our Squatting event last year we agreed to move out of an old council office in Tufnell Park Road a month or so after we mounted the exhibition. We were then given a part of the National Youth Theatre in Holloway Road and in return we agreed to move out of that building. We were assured it was to be demolished within weeks. The building still lies empty more than a year and a half later.

• Squatting is still legal in non-residential spaces. For more information see the Advisory Service for Squatters ASS. www.squatter.org.uk. www.evictionresistance.blogspot.co.uk. www.squashcampaign.org. www.phoenixrainbow23. blogspot.co.uk.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Revolution will be Networked - November 17, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm a world to win network

  November 17, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm
Location: Waterloo Action Centre
Street: 14 Baylis Road
City/Town: London SE1 7AA

An ‘Agreement of the People’ for 2012

Waterloo Action Centre
14 Baylis Road
London SE1 7AA

In 1647, during the English Revolution, the Levellers set out an Agreement of the People because relations between the people, parliament and the monarchy had broken down.
In 2012, the relationship between the state, corporations and the people has again broken down in an irretrievable way.
A new Agreement of the People is needed. A people’s constitution.
With this in mind, five organisations are supporting The Revolution Will Be Networked event on November 17 at Waterloo Action Centre.
On the day an assembly of working groups will collectively map out and network ideas and proposals to re-shape and improve the Agreement that is published here as a working draft.
The aim is to produce a new document that can then go out to the sponsoring groups – The People’s Republic of Southwark, National Community Activists Network, Rotherham Against The Cuts and Peoples Assemblies Network – and other organisations and individuals.
Bro.'s Grim, Adnan al-Sayegh plus poet-translator Cristina Viti will enhance our deliberations and lift the event from the prosaic to the poetic and provide an international dimension.
Supported by:
The Revolution will be Networked - awtw network

Land and Freedom Gathering Runnymede Sat 24th November 2012


US drug legalisations reverberate in Mexico - Features - Al Jazeera English


US drug legalisations reverberate in Mexico - Features - Al Jazeera English

Kuwaitis protest voting changes ahead of poll - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Kuwaitis protest voting changes ahead of poll - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Washington County Bans GMO Cultivation : TreeHugger


Washington County Bans GMO Cultivation : TreeHugger

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Phoenix speaking at - Reclaiming the Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action


Reclaiming the Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action



Room 3E (third floor)

University of London Union (ULU)

Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY



10:00-10:30

Coffee/Tea and informal get together



10:30-10:45

Greetings and brief introductory session of participants (name, organisation, their particular interest in the commons)



10:45-11:10

What are the commons?

George Por - Fundamental principles

Tim Flitcroft - Different types of commons

Tina Bakolitsa - Ostrom's principles of commons management



11:10-11:50

How can re-claiming the commons work in practice?



Clive Menzies - Financial / Economic commons

Fereshteh Eshan - Wild law/ Commons Law

Melanie Strickland - Community bill of rights

Julie Timbrell - Participatory decision making



Anne Betz - Health commons

Phoenix B - FB library

John Bywater - Digital commons



11:50-12:50

What types of commons are important to you and how can you get involved in re-claiming the commons? (breakout groups)



Two half-hour sessions, so that people with more that one interest can switch groups.



12:50-13:00

Group feedback

Reclaiming the Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action


The theory of the Commons is simple: all resources that mankind holds in common, whether from Nature or created by man, are communal gifts and should be shared equitably.


Land, air, water, energy, minerals, telecommunications, human knowledge, the monetary system and so on, are resources whose ownership needs to be shared as widely as possible, not be exploited by individuals or corporations. The Commons should also be preserved for future generations.


The concepts of broad ownership (stewardship) and sustainability of common resources translate into economic justice and protection for the environment. Under these conditions, Commoning, what the community does in order to make the resource productive, also makes for a less selfish and more co-operative society.


At times, as is currently the case around the globe, there is a need to reclaim the Commons. In the UK for instance, 0.6% of the people own 50% of the land. This concentration of land ownership creates scarcity and drives up land prices for ordinary people. Sometimes we need to establish a Commons where one hasn't been considered before - for example how we manage the atmosphere and the oceans.


On Sunday 11th November, the last day of the Putney debates, we will be looking at practical steps for reclaiming the Commons in several areas, from law, the economy and participatory decision-making to health, local services, knowledge and the environment.


What are, in each case, the opportunities and challenges for promoting the Commons? Are there other movements, campaigns and initiatives that align themselves with the theory of the Commons? And how can we go about creating our own Commons?


Join us from 10am to 1pm at the University of London Union (ULU) on Malet Street - directions and program below.

Save Friern Barnet Library | Sponsume - P2P Crowdfunding

Save Friern Barnet Library | Sponsume - P2P Crowdfunding

After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov’t Showdown



Earthdream was conceived by MUTOID WASTE CO. in London in 1988 earthdream.net


Earthdream was conceived by MUTOID WASTE CO. in London in 1988 and since then has been carried by word of mouth and occasional back up press globally.
We are attempting to find a balance between full on rave, workshops addressing land rights, water and uranium issues, and finally corroboree sharing with local Aboriginal groups.
Mutate, Survive
earthdream.net

Tribal Gathering 2013


Tribal Gathering 2013

Could the Sustainable Communities Act help save Friern Barnet Library? | Local Works


The transformation of the once closed Friern Barnet Library back into a fully functioning library, community hub and site of resistance has attracted national media attention in recent weeks. If the library is to stay open permanently however, the people of Friern Barnet will need some help. That help could be at hand if we use the Sustainable Communities Act, a radical new law that gives people the power to get more help from government to tackle community decline.
Despite an 18 month long protest against its closure the Friern Barnet Library was occupied by squatters and transformed into a DIY library after being left vacant by the council for 5 months. The community response to the occupation has been astounding. The shelves are now full, with roughly 5,000 books having been donated. More than a library, the building has acted as a community hub holding workshops, music events and meetings. A rota of volunteers help run the library, united by a common goal to preserve this valuable public asset. Despite phenomenal support, the fate of Friern Barnet Library remains in the balance.
Could the Act help save Friern Barnet Library? | Local Works

Teenage Girls Invent Pee-Powered Generator : TreeHugger | Solutions Zone TV

 Everywhere you go, people gotta pee. That's just a fact of our human existence. But instead of just getting flushed down the toilet, human urine could also be a feedstock for a truly unique renewable energy source.
Imagine being able generate six hours of electricity from a single liter of urine. Thanks to the innovative minds of four teenage girls in Africa, it's no longer necessary to just imagine it - they've done it.
Teenage Girls Invent Pee-Powered Generator : TreeHugger | Solutions Zone TV

Friday, 9 November 2012

BBC News - Library closures may be unlawful, MPs warn


Councils that cut library services are at risk of failing in their legal duty to provide a "comprehensive and efficient" service, MPs have warned.
A report by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee said some local authorities had made insufficient plans as they struggled with smaller budgets.
It added that councils were unaware of the requirements on them under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.
The committee urged better government guidance to avoid costly reviews.
About 600 libraries across England have reportedly closed as councils face cuts in income. However the report denied the figure, quoting Culture Minister Ed Vaizey as saying the estimate was "very wide of the mark" and that a "truer picture would be about a 10th of that".
Other libraries affected by the cuts have reduced opening hours, cut staff or transferred the running of libraries to volunteers.

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Library services are about much more than buildings, and the most important issue is finding creative ways to preserve - and, if possible, enhance - library service”
Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chairman John Whittingdale
The most widely reported closures include six out of 12 libraries in the London Borough of Brent, five out of 11 on the Isle of Wight and nine out of 24 in Dorset.
However, the report said, "a number of library authorities" - including Gloucestershire and Somerset County Councils - had been forced to revisit their plans for cuts after campaign groups forced judicial reviews.
"At the moment councils appear to be somewhat in the dark about what is expected of them and are making decisions which are being overturned by judicial review," Conservative MP and committee chairman, John Whittingdale, said.
"This is an expensive, undemocratic and generally unsatisfactory way of making policy. Councils need to be given the support and advice they need to consult locally and develop a service that meets the needs of the local community and complies with their obligations."
'Closures by stealth' The committee also praised councils who had shown "innovative thinking" about library services and different ways of providing them, including co-operation between library authorities and partnerships with other public and private bodies.
But it warned that services which had been taken over by community volunteers must continue to be given support or "they may well wither on the vine and therefore be viewed as closures by stealth".
"It is obvious from widespread recent campaigns and evidence to this inquiry how strongly attached many people feel to public libraries, which are a vital and much-loved service," Mr Whittingdale said.
"However, library services are about much more than buildings, and the most important issue is finding creative ways to preserve - and, if possible, enhance - library service."
Another report on the cumulative effect of library service cuts and alternative solutions is due by the end of 2014.
Campaign group Voices for the Library (VFTL) said it welcomed the report and agreed with a number of the committee's recommendations including providing more guidance for local authorities.
"VFTL believe that many of the cuts already made could and should have been avoided had the secretary of state acted competently and provided the appropriate level of guidance and oversight to local authorities as they were forced to implement quick and drastic cuts to their services," it said in a statement.
But it added that it had "grave concerns this report will receive the proper attention it requires from DCMS [Department for Culture Media and Sport], and that the organisations with responsibilities for public library provision and oversight lack the resources required to do so effectively"BBC News - Library closures may be unlawful, MPs warn

Obama Wins, Says Nation is "Threatened by the Destructive Power of a Warming Planet" : TreeHugger

Obama Wins, Says Nation is "Threatened by the Destructive Power of a Warming Planet" : TreeHugger

Help Sandy Relief Efforts with Voltaic’s “Buy One Give One” Solar Charger Program : TreeHugger | Solutions Zone TV


Help Sandy Relief Efforts with Voltaic’s “Buy One Give One” Solar Charger Program : TreeHugger | Solutions Zone TV