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17-10-2011 16:17The Court of Appeal has just rejected the residents' right to a judicial review, which means that Basildon Council will be able to come on to conduct an eviction from now onwards. We need supporters to come down as soon as possible to help resist this eviction. We need people to come willing to engage in civil disobedience as well as support residents and activists in resisting the eviction through non-arrestable roles.
17-10-2011 15:44On October 15th, hundreds of squares were occupied worldwide by activists united by the slogan ‘real democracy now’. Here, Shift Magazine editor Raphael Schlembach interviews Michael Hardt, author (with Toni Negri) of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth.
17-10-2011 14:57On Saturday the 15th of October, a new footballing phenomenon began in London. The power of football as a global language is well documented, but its power to occupy spaces for resistance and encourage unity in the face of global inequality is only now being realised. We decided to bring a football with us to the protest, and it soon became clear that many people agreed with us, with even police h...aving the occasional kick about! After talking to many other occupiers, we have decided to form a group based in the St. Pauls village that continues to use football both as a tool for entertainment and resistance, as well as for communication with police.
17-10-2011 12:55photo's from newcastle occupation
17-10-2011 11:09"Neurotics build castles in the air.
Psychotics live in the castles.
Psychiatrists collect the rent".
17-10-2011 10:55Its happening HERE! Its happening NOW! We are the 99%, but no one ever said it would be easy! Inspired by the Wall Street occupation and the myriad of copycat actions blossoming all over the globe, Occupy Bristol has taken College Green! ‘The Green’ has currently been liberated back into the hands of the people.
Its happening HERE! Its happening NOW! We are the 99%, but no one ever said it would be easy! Inspired by the Wall Street occupation and the myriad of copycat actions blossoming all over the globe, Occupy Bristol has taken College Green! ‘The Green’ has currently been liberated back into the hands of the people.
We need as much help as possible to create the space. So come down and join us – the bigger the encampment becomes, the harder it will be for them to move us and the bigger the impact we will have! We are currently in desperate need of supplies. If you can help us out with any of the items listed here under the full article link then please, please do!
iContact Video have put together a short film showing events on Saturday as 150 people gathered at Collage Green in Bristol as part of the international protests against corporate greed.
We are currently in desperate need of supplies. If you can help us out with any of the items listed here then please, please do!
What we need:
Polyprop or other tatted rope and string.
Tools of all types, (hammers, saws etc. even gaffer tape!).
Carpet (not foam backed please).
Tarps and similar.
Buckets (especially ones with lids like paint comes in).
Wood, be it firewood or construction wood, pallets etc.
Wheel barrows, hand carts, wheelie bins.
Water butts, oil drums, water tanks.
Pipe, house guttering.
Kitchen tat, large cooking pots, plates, bowls, mugs, spoons forks etc.
Big water containers (>10ltrs+).
Oil for bolts.
Screws, bolts, coach bolts.
Stationary: paper, pens, sticky tape, etc.
Banner making material/paints.
String and Rope.
Spades shovels and forks.
Art supplies! (paints, brushes, anything really)
If you can help us then thank you so much! Just bring whatever you can down to the Green and we’ll be sure to put them to good use!
For directions or any other information, please call: 07415139464
17-10-2011 09:57Yesterday I went around the "village" hearing a lot and telling a lot with anyone that wanted to tell and hear.
No doubt there is a lot of peaceful passion. But there's still enormous confusion around what exactly is the problem.
1. We know we are being fleeced big time.
2. We know from which direction we are being fleeced.
3. But we don't know exactly who is fleecing us, nor how.
This makes our case very poor in the eyes of the sleeping majority and the media.
Occupy Movement has reached Glasgow.
Since Saturday, 16th of October, a number of activists have pitched their tents on the city's George Square to protest against capitalism and its political, economic and intellectual elites.
More news and pictures to follow soon! Come along and join in! Print flyers! Bring hot drinks!
17-10-2011 09:50Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15334008
17-10-2011 04:18This morning, the Dale Farm Community will find out whether they will be allowed to appeal against the High Court's rejection of their application for judicial review.
If this is refused, then eviction could happen at any time. Therefore, all supporters are urged to get to Dale Farm as soon as possible to assist with the eviction resistance.
Some pictures from the second day of occupation in london - very impressive with so many people there. Huge amount of support and donnations of food. More structures are needed, people with vehicles to help transport kit, leisure batteries and people to help volunteering with roles to keep the occupation running smoothly.
squatters have secured a building in north london, and have negotiated with the owners to present a temporary squat exhibition which will open to the public from wednesday
in response to badly biased mainstream media coverage, the threat of new laws criminalising squatting, and the dale farm eviction, a new squat exhibition will open this week to offer the public an alternative viewpoint and show the positive side of squatting, and its connection to providing solutions rather than causing problems.
in a perfect example of how squatting can be a positive experience, the organisers have held conversations and meetings with the current owner of the building and have not only negotiated a temporary stay with the opening of the exhibition to the public, but also the possibility of some rent-free space at a local theatre school to continue the exhibition on an 'official' basis.
the new centre can be found at 2-4 tufnell park road n7 0dl just behind the holloway road multiplex odeon.
the organisers are asking for artists, photographers and other creatives to donate work towards the exhibition, highlighting the contrast between the recent rising demonisation of squatting with a celebration of diy culture, a look at the history of squatting and positive images of successful squatted social centres. they are looking for photographs or art works on the theme of squatting, travelling and protest.
the exhibition will also focus on the stupidity of having empty buildings unused when homelessness is increasing due to the "austerity cut" assault on the poorest people in our society.
opening times will be announced shortly and more info will be available at http://squattershousingactiongroup.wordpress.com/
and contributors can access the site before wednesday by contacting the current caretaker on O7721375374
The CCTV camera, located at the base of the freeze, on top of the Council House, Nottingham
This camera generally reviews the whole of the Market Square. Below it today, there was the 'Occupation Camp' set up yesterday after the Jarrow March for Jobs arrived there with many supporters. With Notts Uncut doing the regular tour of Vodafone, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Boots etc ..... many CCTV cameras could be seen being trained on those present in these activities. The camp itself I could see was surveyed by at least 3 cameras in a reasonable distance. Except the closest one, on the Council House, directly above the camp.
........ and what did this one find more interesting to view?
The neighbouring Cherubs' Willy!!
What is going on? ..... I think we should be told.
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]
"It is not enough to curse the darkness.
It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"
Dateline: LSX - London Stock Exchange, Paternoster Square, City of London, UK, 12:00-19:45 - #OccupyLondon, in common with at least 1,304 cities 82 countries, aims to emulate the courage and tenacity demonstrated by our sisters and brothers in the uprisings of the Arab Spring, Spanish Squares, and Occupy Wall Street (among many others) - by occupying the London Stock Exchange. On the #OccupyTogether Global Day of Mass Direct Actions, when people all around the world are acting United for #globalchange, here are some photos and a report of how the General Assembly of the London Occupation began to assert its will.
At our rendezvous point of St Paul's Cathedral at 12:00 noon, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, several hundred citizens had already assembled. After securing my Brompton loan bike to the railings around the Queen Victoria statute (shortly to become a circular bike park facility), I hefted my street sound system up the steps of the Cathedral's main entrance. Once set up for radio mic operation, I made a few well-received opening remarks about the global nature of todays uprisings, then invited anybody with something to say to step on up to the open mic.
We heard from an elder woman (who's name I missed, sorry to say) bringing solidarity greetings from a nearby Peace Camp, and from stalwart human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, before the crowd exited stage right in the direction of the London Stock Exchange - our primary occupation target, just to the north in Paternoster Square, through the Temple Bar archway.
However, the cops were blocking all access to Paternoster Square at the Temple Bar archway, with a line of pigs on foot backed by a line of pigs on horses, with the London Stock Exchange building behind them. Scouting parties established that cops were blocking ALL access points to Paternoster Square, so we used my street sound system to reconvene the Occupy London General Assembly (from its original incarnation the previous Sunday, during the Block The Bridge mass direct action). Our first decision was to move back into the sunshine in the plaza in front of St Paul's Cathedral, and our second was to remain there for at least two hours, to give our decision-making process time to decide 'What are we going to do now?' (with a nod to the late great Spike Milligan).
My street sound system was not loud enough to reach the thousand or so people now taking part in the General Assembly, so we adopted the tactic of 'the People's Megaphone' - each speaker spoke c. half a sentence through the sound system, then everybody repeated what was said word-for-word, carrying and amplifying the speaker's speech to the farthest edges of the plaza. To help ensure everybody's opinion was heard, we divided into 10-15 strong small groups, and a nominated spokesperson from each group later used the People's Megaphone to share a summary of the opinions expressed in each group. I choose to keep my photovideojournalist hat on, and to continue to gather images of this historic occassion, rather than participate directly in the decision-making process of our people's assembley.
The Metropolitan Police have recently been ravaged by revelations related to their waaaay to cosy, corrupt and profitable relationship with the mainstream media corporations. So this was the second major direct action/democracy 'incident' under the watch of new Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, who last week promised to "win big days of action".
Shortly before 14:00, cops in body armour, riot helmets and long batons slung from their belts, lined up shoulder to shoulder to kettle our General Assembly (see the yellow lines in A2. OccupyLSX Mass Direct Action Map above). Units from different forces were giving contradictory orders to citizens, with one Met line blocking Ludgate Hill threatening arrest for anybody who breached the riot cop cordon, and a City of London line blocking Dean's Court directing people to an 'exit point' from the kettle on Cannon Street. As usual, with citizens in our people's assembly dressed only in the soft fabrics of street clothes, surrounded by body-armour equipped and infantry-weapon-wielding uniformed thugs, it was blindingly obvious which gang came prepared to commit pre-meditated violent assaults - such is the way generations of peaceful protestors have come face-to-face with the capitalist state's monopoly of violence.
Around 14:30, the mainstream media hacks went into a feeding frenzy as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and three burly minders managed to breach the kettling cordon inbound, and make their way to my sound system on the Cathedral steps. Julian arrived in a long black gown and 'V for Vendetta' Guy Fawkes mask, but was unmaked in crossing the kettling cordon. Since all the common people could see were a circle of the backs of hacks cameras held aloft around the 'Celebrity', mass angry chants of “Media, sit down!” eventually got through some thick skulls, so nearly everybody could at last see what all the ballyhoo was about.
After a heckle of “Can we have our meeting back?”, Julian sensibly kept his remarks short. He mentioned his difficulties in getting in to address our assembly through the cop kettling lines on Ludgate Hill, and his hopes that all the people currently being excluded by the cops would be able to join our assembly too.
“Like all of you, I have had difficulty getting in here today. It started with my signing on for bail in Norfolk - my 323rd day - and ended with getting through the kettling. But there's many people who haven't yet been able to get through these guys over here [pointing to the Met's Ludgate Hill kettling lines] - and I hope they will be able to, and you will NOT accept the kettling! [warm applause and cheers]
I have always wanted to say, “We are all individuals!” [me, an unreconstructed Monty Python fanboy: “I'm not!”; supportive cheers] And all of us are very naughty boys and girls. [laughter]
But to be serious, what is happening here today is a culmination of dreams that many people all over the world have worked towards, from Cairo to London. What we face today is the systematised destruction of the rule of law. People are being laundered through Guantanamo Bay to evade the rule of law, and money is being laundered through the Cayman Islands and London, to evade the rule of law. This movement is NOT about the destruction of law - it is about the CONSTRUCTION of law. [loud cheers]
Thank you! [louder cheers and applause]”
~ Julian Assange, address to the Occupy London General Assembly, Sat 15 Oct 2011
» video, 3:51 - http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=esnypOKpBgs
By mid afternoon, the General Assembly had identified a need for 12 working groups to consider and expedite its desires - everything from food, drink, and sanitation to media, communications, and liason with Cathedral authorities. These working groups met in distinct locations around the plaza and began addressing how the London Occupation Assembly can establish itself and exert its will. One practical and physical outcome showed up with the arrival of a set of Portaloos, for the general relief of the Assembly's bladders and bowels. Until then, there were permanent queues, several metres long, leading into the toilets of local cafes inside the kettled General Assembly zone.
Unfortunately, my attempt at filing scores of photos and an action report from the field via two Linux tablets didn't work out, more due to human error than technical failure. When I left with a fully-battery-depleted sound system at 19:45, the cops were moving in agressively to try to clear we citizens from the steps of the Cathedral (ie: trying to seize the high ground), while a pig repeatedly droned into an amplified police public address system:
“This is not a clearing. Police officers are securing the steps, in order to protect the integrity of the Cathedral.”
Bullshit! Of course, the “integrity of the Cathedral” hadn't been in jeopardy all day, so this was an especially stupid rozzer excuse for needlessly bullying folk to bend to the will of the Officer i/c Public Intimidation.
You are welcome and encouraged to join and/or support the Occupy Together uprisings, and if you're in reach of London, then please do support the London Occupation Assembly at St Paul's Cathedral: take a look at the Occupation's twitterfeed to see what the folks at the Occupation would like you to bring along:
» Twitter - http://twitter.com/occupylsx
...from which comes very positive news indeed from the Cathedral liason group:
“Made it through the first night, in the morning meeting making the occupation comfortable, come and join us! Its official we are occupying St Pauls! The vicar has given his blessing and asked the police to move :D”
So the filth can take their bogus concerns for the “integrity of the Cathedral” and just f*ck right off! The London Occupation needs the hostile interferance of cops like it needs chocolate fireguards. We're here to stay, and to shake up the people-&-planet screwing status quo, which pays the cops to defend it's intolerable business-as-usual with street violence.
UNITED FOR GLOBAL DEMOCRACY
The following text is a call for the Arab nations to join us as brothers and sisters on 15 October 2011. It was initially written for a protest against a G20 meeting, and signed by world reknowned public intellectuals Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva and Noam Chomsky, plus mass direct action organizers.
“On 15 October 2011, united in our diversity, united for global change, we demand global democracy: global governance by the people, for the people. Inspired by our sisters and brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Palestine-Israel, Spain and Greece, we too call for a regime change: a global regime change. In the words of Vandana Shiva, the Indian activist, today we demand replacing the G8 with the whole of humanity - the G 7,000,000,000.
Undemocratic international institutions are our global Mubarak, our global Assad, our global Gaddafi. These include: the IMF, the WTO, global markets, multinational banks, the G8, the G20, the European Central Bank and the UN Security Council. Like Mubarak and Assad, these institutions must not be allowed to run people’s lives without their consent. We are all born equal, rich or poor, woman or man. Every African and Asian is equal to every European and American. Our global institutions must reflect this, or be overturned.
Today, more than ever before, global forces shape people's lives. Our jobs, health, housing, education and pensions are controlled by global banks, markets, tax havens, corporations and financial crises. Our environment is destroyed by pollution in other continents. Our safety is determined by international wars and international trade in arms, drugs and natural resources. We are losing control over our lives. This must stop. This will stop. The citizens of the world must get control over the decisions that influence them in all levels - from global to local. That is global democracy. That is what we demand today.
Like the Mexican Zapatistas, we say "Ya basta! Aquí el pueblo manda y el gobierno obedece”. Enough! Here the people command and global institutions obey! Like the Spanish Tomalaplaza, we say "Democracia Real Ya": True global democracy now!" Today we call the citizens of the world: let us globalise Tahrir Square! Let us globalise Puerta del Sol!”
• Occupy London
» Website - http://occupylondon.org.uk
» Facebook - http://facebook.com/occupylondon
» Twitter - http://twitter.com/occupylsx
• Hashtag - #occupylsx
• Occupy Together
» Website - http://www.occupytogether.org
• Hashtag - #occupytogether
• United for #globalchange
» Website - http://15october.net
• Hashtag - #occupytogether
• Occupy London, Global Day of Action #15Oct - further coverage
» Indymedia London Aggregate Article - http://london.indymedia.org/articles/10420
Up the Revolution,
Tim Dalinian Jones
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16-10-2011 19:05Some context about the Occupy movement as reported in the right-wing newspaper The Daily Mail. The Daily Mail is a/ hard-right b/ virulently pro-capitalist c/ sells over 2 million copies, so reports like this are absolute gold-dust - all the more so for preaching to the UN-converted and through not originating in the radical press.
16-10-2011 17:30A summary of yesterday’s events would be useless, as I’m pretty sure by now you’ve all read the big headlines about riots and clashes with the police at the “Occupy Rome” demonstration. If you haven’t, a good starting point is this video (in Italian). For some info in English, check Al Jazeera’s reports. (Neither reports are completely unbiased, don’t ask too much…).
Nottingham’s Market Square was occupied yesterday by a gathering of people aiming to "people aiming “to show that we will no longer tolerate the corporate greed and Government corruption that threatens our way of life and everything we work for”. They camped overnight and are intending to stay as long as they can. The occupation is part of a worldwide movement of occupations that began on 15th Oct. The occupation showed solidarity with youths from the Jarrow March 2011 who rallied in Nottingham yesterday as part of their journey to London to demand decent employment.
Newswire: Occupation of Market Square continues ... All’s well | Indymedia contributer on the box | Occupy Nottingham | Jarrow March 2011 comes to Nottingham | Occupation of Market Sq, now underway in Nottingham | 24 hour occupation of Nottingham Market Square
Previous feature: Nottingham Solidarity with Spanish Revolution
The Jarrow March 2011, which is marching from Jarrow in the North East to London to raise awareness of youth unemployment, arrived in Nottingham today. Marchers and supporters assembled on the Forest Rec at 12.30 and marched to the Market Square where a rally was held. It is the 75th anniversary of the original Jarrow Crusade, which an attempt to raise awareness of the intense poverty and unemployment in the North East. The marchers are demanding a number of major policy changes by the government to improve the lives of young people and give them a better future.
It was inspiring to see people so young speaking passionately and confidently about the changes they want to see in society and taking action to spread the word around the country. I spoke to 17-year old marcher Lizzie Graham from Gateshead, whose great-grandfather was one of the original Jarrow marchers in 1936. She said they’d had a really good response from people along the route of the march, including in Notts, adding “It just shows that this system of capitalism isn’t working”. “We want to do something from this”, she concluded, “We don’t want to just sit on the dole looking for a job.”
The good weather has meant that the atmosphere has been great – people have been happy sitting in the square, having a drink and socialising. A lot of families were there this afternoon and kids have been having fun playing in the ‘real media’ box and making placards. It’s strange to see the square being used for social rather than commercial purposes – something we need to change in my opinion.
The relaxed atmosphere masks a deeper sense of frustration with the global capitalist system though. Speakers expressed their disgust with the lack of opportunities they find in recession and austerity hit Nottingham. One woman talked about how the council can’t keep open homeless hostels, Sure Start and meals on wheels but they can find money for wicker statues for the shopping centre. One man who couldn’t find work said “We are sick and tired of having no jobs, no chance of actually doing anything with our lives”. Many people emphasised the need to take direct action to get what we need. “We’ve got a right to be here” said one man “because we’ve asserted our right to be here.”
One of the participants I spoke to about why he was there said that he was protesting against “the utter injustices going on in the world today on every level”. He said he hoped to “start building a community, democratic-based process… where everybody has a valid opinion that counts.” “The monetary system is a joke that makes us all slaves…” he said. “It’s run, controlled and owned by the business corporations and the huge bankers and we don’t really have a say”. In conclusion “Capitalism sucks. We want to get rid of it.”
The first issue of the HAGGLER, the Hackney Anarchist Group freesheet, is out!
check it out here or the pdf file below