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Antifascist benefit a big success

26-08-2011 19:55

The Nottingham antifascist benefit gig last night was a great success. The Sumac experienced a very busy Thursday night indeed as Belgian dub punksters Cop on Fire and Bristolians Half Boy/Half Rat dished out some heavy vibrations. The gig raised over £100 for UK antifascist prisoners.

More than just being about the money the gig was an opportunity for supporters of antifascism to rally behind the cause and show their support for comrades inside the prison. Once people heard there was an antifascist benefit going on all manner of offers of help and support were offered to the organisers. A very big thank you goes out to the people who took on security duties, skipped food and cooked and served dinner, who kept the beer flowing and of course the sound man. Last but no means least, a big thanks to everyone who turned up to enjoy themselves and give some money to the cause.

The gig was put on by Notts ABC to support antifascists jailed after an altercation with fascists at Welling railway station in 2009. More than two years later 7 were convicted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder in May this year and 6 have been sentenced to between 15 and 21 months in prison. None of the fascists were arrested. A second trial will take place next month. Check out for more details.

Both bands were great people to meet and committed antifascists themselves. Cop on Fire told us with great pleasure about an incident in Leuven where they caught some local Nazis, took their money for antifascist prisoners and made a note of the fascists' addresses from their ID cards. The fash were told that if there were any signs of fascist activity in the town they could expect some activity on their doorsteps. The result? Three years without even a single swastika graffiti. Half Boy/Half Rat are mates of antifascist prisoner Phil de Souza and drove all the way from Bristol and back yesterday just to support the cause. You can hear some very low quality recordings from the gig at the bottom of this article (it couldn't handle the bass!)

Events like these mean a lot to the prisoners we're supporting. On being told about plans for the gig Ravi Gill wrote to us saying 'Good luck with the gig and give my respect and thanks to all involved including punters.'

Don't worry if you missed it - you can donate to the prisoner support fund by Paypal on the website. There are also two more ABC benefit gigs at the Sumac this month:

Sat 27th Aug - Glasses + Freedoom

Tue 30th Aug - ReSist@s + El Dia

Please write to the antifascist prisoners and show your support. Their addresses are:

Andy Baker
HMP Highpoint North
HMP Highpoint North Prison Regime
(Scroll down to ‘Communications’ for details of how to send money etc.)

Thomas Blak
HMP Wormwood Scrubs
PO Box 757
Du Cane Rd

Sean Cregan
HMP Coldingley
Shaftesbury Road
GU24 9EX

Phil De Sousa
HMP Elmley
Church Road
ME12 4DZ

Ravi Gill
HMP Wayland
IP25 6RL

Austen Jackson
HMP Wormwood Scrubs
PO Box 757
Du Cane Rd

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InfoUsurpa 29th Aug - 4th Sept

26-08-2011 19:55

weekly events and actions listings for london (and surrounding area)

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NATO's Libya war: A Nuremberg level crime

26-08-2011 19:08

Third Reich criminals were hanged for their crimes. America's remained free to commit greater ones, notably today against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, and the ongoing Libya atrocity - a scandalous "supreme international crime against peace," demanding justice not forthcoming.

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Chilean teenager shot dead during protests

26-08-2011 17:54

Boy, 16, dies in hospital after sustaining gunshot wound during mass demonstrations against Chile's president, Sebastián Piñera

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A Spaniard’s Testimony from Libya

26-08-2011 15:03

IJID Note: As this interview took place just before the launching of the NATO military attack against Libya at the end of March, it can be taken as a third party’s testimony reflecting the feelings of most of Libyan people just before the western aggression.

Leonor’s note: First of all, I want to note that my testimony is my personal opinion and I don't have any economic or political interests. My only wish is to talk about the country and about the people who live in it because I think there's a lot of ignorance about it. In fact, all the mass media information is being focused on a particular man (Gaddafi) in a very biased way.

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SOAS Students Day X - The Battle for Education

26-08-2011 12:09

SOAS samba on protest.
SOAS Students Day X - The Battle for Education is a documentary in the shape of a diary of events that led up to the day of the vote. It is a first hand account from the perspective of students. Funds to finish doc are being raised on indiegogo Powerful and unflinching the film is an elegy for the right to protest.

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Campaign of the Month: Military Embargo on Israel Now !

26-08-2011 11:38

On July 9, 2011 the BNC (BDS National Committee), the largest Palestinian civil society coalition, launched a call for a mandatory, comprehensive military embargo on Israel.

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War Profiteer of the Month: Clarion Events

26-08-2011 11:35

DSEi, the world's biggest arms fair, opens in east London on September 13, 2011. But arms fairs don't organise themselves - a lot of work goes into inviting the right mix of despots and dealers. So who makes DSEi happen?

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EDL - Cops ask for 30 day ban on all marches?

26-08-2011 09:55

Following a campaign including a 25,000 petition to ask the police to request a ban on the EDL march planned through Tower Hamlets on Sat 3rd Sept, and the threat of legal action by the local mayor, it seems the met police have now asked the home secretary to ban ALL marches in the five london boroughs for a period of 30 days.

While the exact wording of the request is currently unknown, it is assumed that traditional marches and parades and funerals will be except from the ban, but other protests may be caught by it. The full details will only be known when the home secretary announces the final decision.

Many MPs and Councillors that asked for a ban on the march cited the cost of policing it as justification enough! This is certainly a dangerous road to be travelling down...

The EDL are saying they still intend to hold a static demonstration (with meet up points to 'walk' to the static location).

Unite Against Facism are urging people to still attend the counter demonstration on Sat 3rd Sept at 11am, Weavers Fields, London E2 6HW

Mass community organising has been going on over the last few months to prepare a huge local resistance to the EDL and thousands were also expected to travel from across the country to be in the streets on sept 3rd.

During the summer as some campaigned for a ban on the EDL march, other voices including Tower Hamlets ALARM were arguing against a ban. 

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Nurofen and animal rights

26-08-2011 06:38

Tablets in many nurofen packets have been replaced with anti-psychotic drugs. A wholesaler error is the most likely root of the problem. But that hasn't stopped DM from blaming animal rights campaigners!

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Rossport – if Tuesday was not mad enough try today

25-08-2011 23:20

locals & campaigners in front of occupied truck
MEP assaulted, work halted for six hours, campaigners drive into
refinery and bounced back out again four hours later

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NATO's Libya War: A Nuremberg Level Crime

25-08-2011 22:49

The US/UK/French-led war on Libya will be remembered as one of history's greatest crimes. It violates the letter and spirit of international law and America's Constitution. The Nuremberg Tribunal's Chief Justice Robert Jackson (a US Supreme Court Justice) called Nazi war crimes "the supreme international crime against peace." His November 21, 1945 opening remarks said: "The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated."

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The Black Fish is looking for crew members

25-08-2011 20:33

The Black Fish is a European marine conservation organisation founded last year.
The marine protection organisation The Black Fish is looking for people to join its direct action team and future ship's crew. "In order to be effective in our marine conservation campaigns, we need to be out at sea, opposing the most destructive fishing and hunting activities, where they happen away from the public eye." For this reason The Black Fish is working towards the purchase of an ocean going vessel and is looking for crew members.

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Nick Clegg egged by former Lib Dem member in Glasgow

25-08-2011 18:52

Just before 6pm today former Liberal Democrat member Stuart Rodger, was arrested for throwing a blue paint filled egg at Nick Clegg in Glasgow. As he was arrested he was heard shouting "No Shock Doctrine for Britain".

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Western colonialism must be stopped from within

25-08-2011 16:04

Libya is just the latest act of Western corporate/colonial terror.Who is next? Syria? Iran?
When does the western terror parade finally end and who will end it?

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EGYPT: Imprisoned blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad on hunger strike moved to solitary

25-08-2011 14:44

Maikel Nabil Sanad, the imprisoned pacifist blogger and conscientious objector sentenced to three years' imprisonment for "insulting the military" on 10 April 2011 (see co-alert, 11 April 2011), began a hunger strike in protest against his continued imprisonment on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 (see co-alert, 24 August 2011). In a new development, he has now been moved to solitary confinement, but the prison authorities refuse to transfer him to the prison hospital.

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Film Night: Reclaiming our Food System

25-08-2011 14:35

6 Billion Ways presents an evening of short films, interspersed with discussion from expert speakersm, to explore the idea of 'food sovereignty', a way of putting people and planet first and challenging the corporate dominance that makes our food system so unsustainable. Asian Dub Foundation’s John Pandit will then kick up some tunes while you dance, chat or find out more about food justice campaigning.

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Breaking the banks

25-08-2011 13:55

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London on riot alert

25-08-2011 12:45

"London is on riot alert today after two petrol bombs were thrown at a passing police car."
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