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Sunday, 30 November 2014
If people voted for policies, the Green Party would win the next election http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/if-people-voted-for-policies-the-green-party-would-win-the-next-election-9887199.html
If people voted for policies, the Green Party would win the next election
Well it just so happens we can, and the results, taken from nearly half a million people, are enlightening to say the least.
They go like this – Green Party 26.35 per cent, Labour 20.12 per cent, Lib Dems 17 per cent, Conservatives 14 per cent, UKIP 12 per cent, BNP 10 per cent. That’s the Greens up from fifth to first, the Conservatives down from second to fourth and Ukip bringing up the rear with the BNP.
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Phoenix How to set up a Community Centre Part 2 Fenton Town Hall -Phoenixs talk/ workshop sharing skills from 20 years of frontline action in the community centres, squats,protests and projects across the UK.The talk covers organising structure,networking,negotiations,setting up working groups, use of space,caretakers guidelines,health ans safety,safer spaces policy and much more....
Phoenixs talk/ workshop sharing skills from 20 years of frontline action in the community centres, squats,protests and projects across the UK.The talk covers organising structure,networking,negotiations,setting up working groups, use of space,caretakers guidelines,health ans safety,safer spaces policy and much more....
Fenton Town Hall campaigners resist eviction http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-30231743
Fenton Town Hall campaigners resist eviction
Campaigners served an eviction notice from a town hall they are trying to prevent being sold have remained in the building - and opened it to the public.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has put Fenton Town Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on the market for £500,000.
Save Fenton Town Hall action group wants the former magistrates' court to be used for exhibitions, meetings and local businesses.
The group has now started holding coffee mornings, book swaps and talks.
Members of Save Fenton Town Hall, who describe themselves as custodians rather than protesters, have been occupying the hall round the clock since 9 November.
They were told to leave by the MoJ earlier this week, but have not done so, saying negotiations were ongoing.
Friday, 28 November 2014
Amnesty free msg: SUDAN-Arrested 4 printing protest posters, Rashid Shikhaldeen is at risk of torture. Rply SAVE+yr name http://bit.ly/1xWD0n4
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
The (a)nti-social centre, 66-67 Guilford st WC1N that hosted numerous events&fundraisers is threatened with eviction tomorro Thurs 8am, but we're not leaving without a fight! Sound systems, samba, media, banners, barricades& a secret direct action r all in store! Squatters rights or squatters riots! C u here.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Flood the embassy - Ferguson solidarity vigil - Justice for Mike Brown - Darren Wilson is guilty. Tomorrow 26/11 7pm @ US Embassy 24 grosvenor square W1A 1LQ
'The Politics of Safety' 7pm@MayDay Rooms,Fleet St.tonight:aim is2bring together the critical conversations about Safer Spaces&question how2make things better.
How to set up a community centre or social centre workshop by Phoenix 20 years experience Network it.Do it Yourself Direct action for community spaces
How to set up a community centre or social centre workshop by Phoenix
1) Find a space
– get in – squat it or ask building owners-direct approach – link to charity
ask for a building or
get on and liberate (take a building)
2) Getting In – The Mission -The Operation.
Scouting all around over a few days observation - research
find the weak point
the five T 's
Team -prepare agroup of people who have said they up for the mission.
Tools – prepare and bring every tool and equipment you may need.
Timing – Go in the early morning/late night or right time.
Typing – prepare a letter that can be shown to first contact,security/police/owner/neighbour
Tactics – How we going to do it ,whose doing what when where how etc etc.
Secure the perimeter – count the doors gates and entrances.Secure each point.Lock down.Barricade.
-negotiate from a higher window
-triple barricade entrance and exits before sleep.
-Video and camera shield./Legal Observer/Solicitors number.
Phoenixes longer Squatting workshop covers all in more detail.
3) Organising structure
-create a project organising meeting say Monday 6 PM
-Choose a facilitator: which is a revolving role and a note taker .notes can be typed up and networked
- Do a name round each person says their name and any links to a group or experience or skills that they have,also adding things for the agenda.This help build group involvement and networking.
-Explain direct democracy
-one hand up to speak
-two hands with two fingers for a direct point
-jazz hands for agreeing consensus
-tea shape hands for technical point
-rolling hands for move on
and signal for a block raised crossed fists
The weekly meeting is the decision making body for the project or
group.It is important to have a clear decision process.
- Remember action points are very important who is going to take action on an idea and make it happen then report back to group Or say we need more help or mission has changed
-Research a consensus flowchart on Internet
Talking circles are also very useful community Tool.
to create a circle pass a stick around the circle of people.
each person gets a chance to talk
but most importantly it is listening circle where everyone else listens to each person
this helps to make everyone feel part of it and everyone has an equal voice and is equal to each other and the provides diversity of opinions. It is a Native American tradition
4) Use of Space - Space Allocation
Cafe – events space – library – kids area – FreeShop swap shop – bike workshop – arts/creative space – cinema – accommodation needs separate space – info/networking area computer/tech area - gardening as soon as possible.Creates feeling of longevity.
5) Set up Working Groups
as soon as possible, this makes the whole project work more efficiently and effectively
Groups such as Admin – Events – Outreach/media – legal – Direct action – Food and kitchen – gardening and front of house – repairs and maintenance - caretaking.
Leaflet, website, contact number, email, Facebook, twitter, posters, banner outfront remember face to face is probably the most important form of networking and the most effective.
7) Negotiating with Owners
Letter introduction get contact number
Project proposal first contact with owners or the representatives get a contact number begin negotiations keep in contact keep sending letters go to visit tell them about new project be relentless. Get them to visit after safe dig in time aim to share tea or food.Become friends Keep networking
8) Health and safety
-Talk to the health and safety trained person for the festivals
Get an email checklist for health and safety
ALWAYS check fire exits are openable and kept clear at all times.
Fire extinguishers are kept on the rack next to the fire next door.Know fire evacuation plan - to which outside assembly point.
Trip hazards are removed from all corridors and Keep the gangways clear.
electric safety check check all plugs and areas for bare wires
wipeable surfaces in kitchen cleans hygiene
Buy stock of cleaning equipment and binliners and give out early at events
checking gas supply is safe.
Always remember the bin liner game get them out before the end of an event and give them out to people and always big up the backstage recycling crew with praise and reward.
9) Write a set of Caretakers guidelines
what is expected from a community centre/project caretaker.
to be welcoming friendly to explain to people how the project runs and how they can get involved
why you are doing it and where things are in the building such as toilets kitchens facilities
SAFER SPACES POLICY also needs to be created early and put up clearly around the space.
Basically : No violence or threats of violence,no racist sexist or homophobic behaviour.
No Alchohol or Drugs (if thats what group has consensed)
If you break this safer space you will be asked to leave by Tranquility team.
Good to deal with some situations in a friendly but firm manner.Sometimes it needs the whole group to come together and back eachother up with someone who say may be aggressive.Some situations are better dealt with a small number of diplomatic people.
Big question that needs to be addressed and dealt with early by the group is what is the attitude towards alcohol or not and drugs or not in the building.
Clear focus is set from the beginning and helps the project stay focused throughout this is a large debate.And there should be spaces with and without so there is a diversity of space for each flavour. - Designated smoking areas can help.
Caretakers Logbook and Visitors book
2 books that help run the project ,get a caretakers logbook
this is for any thing of note that happens during the day :
Ask caretakers to record important workshops- visitors -official visits - media -repairs and maintenance or communication to other shifts.Useful info to be networked.
Ask visitors to sign the visitors book when they first come to building this helps to build up the network and database and keep in touch with all project supporters.
The network should be used more effectively by looking for skills and helping them get involved.
visitors book should have 3 columns:
name /contact details phone or email/ and skills or comments you wish to leave
A cleaning rota is also helpful to keep the project clean and tidy and focused.
Coordinators for working groups and a clear time and place they meet will help get people involved each working group should have a things to do list.
Wish List should be written up early withy a list of items requested to help run/support the project. We usually start with food ,paint and tools, then furniture,bedding,rope, tents,climbing gear,supplies cake etc etc.
7 main points to adjourn always get your documents to www.squatter.org.uk which is the Advisory Service for Squatters
Adjournment points are
two clear working days notice of court - limit (Used to be 5 for residential)
names they knew are not written down (so tell them any names and witness statement)
the Map is not clear
incorrect address could include other land or buildings unoccupied
or there may be a tenancy that still exists on part of the reclaimed site
also license may possibly be given by Someone from the owners or company
European court of human rights articles 8,10 and 11 could apply.
Keep networking keep networking keep networking do it for the love
the people and the planet keep networking.We need an eco community centre in every area.
Never give up ' u cant kill the spirit'
Monday, 24 November 2014
#OccupyDemocracy @natalieben @thegreenparty #CameronMustGo #TarpaulinRevolution #FreeNelsonMandela #OLSX #ONN DTG23112014 http://bambuser.com/v/5097985
#OccupyDemocracy @natalieben @thegreenparty #CameronMustGo #TarpaulinRevolution #FreeNelsonMandela #OLSX #ONN DTG23112014
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- 20 metre long "Real Democracy Now!" banner in front of Parliament
- #occupydemocracy 's programme of talks continues directly in front of houses of Parliament
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Sunday, 23 November 2014
This evening from 7.30pm at Passing Clouds: Open Dalston presents SAVE DALSTON LANE! A night of resistance to planned corporate development of Dalston's historic buildings. With DAN CRUICKSHANK, MICHAEL ROSEN and IAN SINCLAIR plus a presentation by Open Dalstons Bill Parry Davies! DALSTONITES UNITE!
Today 23rd 4pm @ 67 Guilford st screening documentary about campsfield irc followed by discussion with filmmaker&ex-detainee more info 07542 202659
Friday, 21 November 2014
Brass band remixed Saturday@ rich mix Featuring Dj Chris Tofu and his new brass band Brass Funkeys versus Dutty Moonshine and Temple Funk Collective . Basically you're always on the list so let us know if you can come http://tinyurl.com/mprc6uw
Thursday, 20 November 2014
This Thurs 20th is CRUX at Grow, 98C Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN. Donation entry. Doors at 7pm. Workshops at 8pm. Jam session and livesets from 9pm till 1am. Wicked rig and nice beers. Crux-events.org
Call-out for support for fracking resisters: Thu 20 Nov in Manchester & Wrexham Indymedia network IT
Support is requested in the morning (Thu 20 Nov) at the court hearing in Manchester and at the camp near Wrexham. Full details below.
The hearing is scheduled for 10.30am, Thu 20 November,
Manchester CJC, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M60 9DJ.
Please attend from 10am to show your support.
AT CAMP - WREXHAM
The camp address is Borras Road, Borras, Wrexham LL13 9TG.
From the A534 Wrexham to Holt Road, take the turning nearly opposite the Holt Lodge Hotel, follow this road right to the end, turn left at the T-junction and the camp is on the left just past the 'Borras' village sign. 1 mile from Holt Lodge.
Please turn up any time from 9.30am. Bring your own supplies of drinks and snacks. Bring still and video cameras, wear sturdy boots. Legal observers also needed.
Facebook group: Borras and Holt Community Protection Camp
Twitter: @BCPC2 and @frackfreewxm
Camp phone: 07762 258121
Frack Free Wrexham
e-mail: frackfreewrexham [AT] riseup.net
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Barnet library Cuts ,Brought to book on non consultation by Mrs Angry Broken Barnet Blogspot http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/
Friday, 14 November 2014
After scraping back into power in May, Barnet's Tory councillors and senior management team, as predicted, gleefully set about targeting even more council services with a range of proposed new 'models of delivery', claiming that radical change was necessary in order to achieve immediate as well as sustainable long term savings.
The truth is, of course, that radical change is necessary only for certain interested parties, in order to create further opportunities for outsourcing, and favoured by our empty headed Tory councillors because they have been persuaded by their senior management, and the cohort of private consultants who feast off public sector privatisation, that there is no alternative, and the savings that such contracts will deliver are 'guaranteed'.
For Barnet Tories, whose clockwork brains are geared by an ideological mechanism inherited from another era, where anything organised within the public sector is inherently bad, this is an appealing proposal, and the lure of guaranteed savings enough to satisfy any doubts that might occur to anyone with any intelligence, or scruples.
This ready excitement over more and more privatisation encourages the dear little heads of our Tory members to overlook one of the most obvious dangers lying in wait, hidden in the road ahead: the political pitfalls of their policies, once approved.
Britain Poised to Muzzle 'Extremist' Speech The country that gave us free expression may be backpedaling. http://reason.com/archives/2014/11/08/britain-poised-to-silence-extremist-spee
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Revolutionary Catalonia 2014-talk about current radical spaces and projects around barcelona,booze&snacks,sun 16th nov, 7-9pm,freedom,84b whitechapel high st E1
Friday, 14 November 2014
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Iraq 3: mission creep
The UK's role in the third Iraq war is set to expand. In addition to drones, British troops are returning to the field and further mission creep is likely as politicians talk up the need for further military intervention in the Middle East.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
38 degrees This government is doing its best to rip up our NHS and sell it off, piece by piece. Next week, we have a rare chance to stop them.  Next Friday, MPs will vote on whether to scrap some of the worst parts of the Health and Social Care Act. That’s the law that let private companies like Virgin and Harmoni stampede through our NHS in the first place.
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Next Friday, MPs will vote on whether to scrap some of the worst parts of the Health and Social Care Act. That’s the law that let private companies like Virgin and Harmoni stampede through our NHS in the first place. 
Winning the vote is a long shot. It’s a Labour MP who’s trying to get these changes through. Conservative and Lib Dem MPs passed the Health and Social Care Act in the first place - so most of them won’t vote against it now.
But win or not, political parties need to know that 38 Degrees members haven’t given up or gone away - we’re still here, we still care, and we’ll take every opportunity to get rid of privatisation in our NHS.
Every MP turning up next Friday is a nightmare scenario for the government. They don’t want the headlines, and they don’t want to actually have to defend their flagship law. So together, let’s make sure every MP is there. And let’s get as many as possible to listen to their constituents and vote the right way.
Can you email your MP today to ask them to turn up and vote the right way next Friday? It’ll take two minutes to email your MP, and if enough of us do it, it could make sure they turn up. Click here:
Hundreds of thousands of us campaigned against the Health and Social Care Act back in 2011 and 2012.  Now we’re seeing the impact of the Act on our beloved healthcare system: in just one year, over £10bn of NHS funding has ended up in the hands of private companies like Virgin Care and Care UK. The quality of our health services is under threat. 
The vote next Friday is a huge opportunity for us to raise the political stakes on the NHS before next years’ election. The more of us who email our MPs, the clearer the message: we won’t sit back while our healthcare system disappears into private hands.
Please click here to tell your MP to turn up next Friday and vote to save the NHS:
There's just a few weeks left until Fisheries Minister George Eustice decides how fishing quota will be distributed in 2015. He has a unique opportunity to redistribute it to local, low-impact fishers, instead of continuing to give it to huge foreign fishing vessels. Will you join the 48,000 people who’ve already told Mr Eustice to protect our seas? https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fair-fish
He has a unique opportunity to redistribute it to local, low-impact fishers, instead of continuing to give it to huge foreign fishing vessels.
Will you join the 48,000 people who’ve already told Mr Eustice to protect our seas?
8 Best Superfoods To Boost Your Mood & Energy Levels http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7264/8-best-superfoods-to-boost-your-mood-energy-levels.html
**ALL SQUATTERS WELCOME** to Scum Dine With Me hosted this time at 67 Guilford street,WC1N. Come to eat, mingle & build networks to resist! Friday 14th 7pm x
thursday : Superb Jam Session in Superb Jam Session in N16, on Manor Road opposite Stoke Newington Rail Station @ The Others.. above the snooker club. lovely warm friendly venue free entry from 7PM.... bring your voice, instrument, hearty vibe.. please pass it on to other musos..
http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/ Reclaim the Power is a grassroots organising network for taking direct action on environmental, economic and social justice issues, working in solidarity with affected communities.
RECLAIM THE POWER: ANTI-FRACKING ACTION CAMP
Reclaim the Power is a grassroots organising network for taking direct action on environmental, economic and social justice issues, working in solidarity with affected communities. We have currently been turning up the heat on extreme energy extraction with an annual action camp at a site of resistance which provides an inspiring and empowering space for a large number of people to take mass action.
Thanks to everyone who came to Reclaim the Power this August. Check out our photo page here and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter below to stay updated. Details of regional meetings will be posted here soon.
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Last Friday, 31st October, a BBC Radio programme called Feedback asked why the BBC agreed to exclude the Green Party from the General Election TV debates.http://occupylondon.org.uk/bbc-rigging-the-election-a-phone-call-to-bbcs-ric-bailey/
Last Friday, 31st October, a BBC Radio programme called Feedback asked why the BBC agreed to exclude the Green Party from the General Election TV debates. (12 Minutes)
Ric Bailey, Chief Political Advisor to the BBC was invited onto the show.
When asked to justify his stance by the radio presenter, Bailey replied;
“When we’re approaching an election or for any of our coverage for that matter, we look really carefully at the objective evidence of electoral support.When asked about ‘the Green Surge’, Bailey quoted figures which demonstrate that the Greens have been outperformed by UKIP. He made no mention of any figure favourable to the Greens and followed up by saying – “so we look at these really objectively.”
“In the approach to a General Election our starting point is what happened atthe last General Election, 2010. But that’s not everything, we also look at any other evidence of electoral support and change of electoral support – we look at opinion polls so we’re applying very objective criteria.
“Opinion polls are only one part of the equation – and the key phrase is a consistent and robust trend – so if you look at UKIP over a very long period – and I’m talking about literally hundreds of opinion polls you can see that there is a substantial increase in support for UKIP which is incidentally backed up by real people voting in polling booths.”
Ever since he mentioned them, I’ve been looking for these objective criteria.
Part of me doesn’t believe they exist and the other part has decided to pretend they do.
So how am I supposed to find them?
I sent a freedom of information request which was refused, as mentioned previously.
I needed another approach. I called a political journalist. He told me he was sure he had seen the criteria and the weightings applied to election performance and opinion polls online sometime. I googled away and got nowhere. I decided there was no other option. I was going to have to call Ric Bailey. He didn’t seem so high up in the organisation that he wouldn’t answer his own phone. Nor, from his performance on TV and the radio, did I feel he deserved to be.
I googled his name and telephone number and up it came. He’s been treating people with disdain, I told myself. Don’t forget that. Let him say what he likes, but press him for an answer.
The phone rang a couple of times and, at 16:30, he answered the phone.
I asked him what criteria the BBC applied when agreeing to allow UKIP to appear in the Leaders’ debates at the expense of the Greens.
I told him I was talking about statistical methodologies, datasets, opinion polls and elections.
He said it was all available online.
I asked him where.
He said “It’s not all in one place.”
I asked him for the names of the datasets.
He said, “All of them”. Not helpful. Incredibly vague.
I asked him about methodologies. I was hoping he could name an approach, a formula, some weightings. He did not. He said that UKIP have surged and this was obvious. That ‘due weight’ is an editorial judgement. That this is basically private. There are no statistical thresholds.
I told him he has cherry picked the data to exclude the Greens. This he denied. He asked for a relevant stat which he had left out. I told him one. He quoted another. We danced like this for 25 minutes and neither of us got anywhere.
That a man with no grasp whatsoever about how to process statistical information is fronting the campaign to sell the BBC interpretation of opinion poll and election results shows they just don’t care. That’s it. They hold the licence-payer in complete contempt.
This organisation is so out of touch that it is now threatening its own existence.
His contact details were available online:
Ric Bailey, Chief Adviser, Politics, BBC Editorial Policy and Standards
07889 852195 – 0208 00 81805
Speaking to this man is a waste of time if you are looking for any truthful answers about the statistical methods he and his colleagues have pretended to use.
I don’t know what is more disturbing. The fact that drones like Bailey are allowed to act as they do or the fact that we don’t do more to question the flimsiness of his arguments. Redundant information serves as a distraction from the heist that people like him are fronting.
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