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Everythings Not OK Cafe this weekend

10-12-2012 18:55

In light of ongoing austerity measures, due only to get worse, the Cut the Crap Collective introduces a radical discussion space, unashamedly founded on anarchist principles - interested in collective action that works for all. It welcomes anyone who wants to communicate, learn and teach. Hosting workshops, film screenings, discussions and serving hot, tasty meals with the aim of creating a space where people can get together to openly talk and organise for a better future!

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Boycott Workfare day of action

10-12-2012 18:28

Saturday 8th December was the start of a week of action against Workfare, in Birmingham protesters from Boycott Workfare, Birmingham Against the Cuts, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Anonymous Birmingham and Birmingham Food not Bombs gathered outside Poundland, a local company using Workfare. The groups we’re also joined by protesters coming from the nearby UK Uncut Starbucks action where Starbucks were targeted for not paying tax.[1]

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Athens: Explosive attack at Chrissi Avgi/Golden Dawn offices

10-12-2012 18:19

Responsibility claim for the bomb which was detonated at the nationalist party’s local headquarters in Aspropyrgos in the early hours of December 4th, 2012:

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Starbucks: wake up and smell the coffee

10-12-2012 16:55

1.00pm Saturday 8th December 2012

Meeting up at Starbucks on South Parade, Just south of the Market Square, Nottingham

People gathered, handed out leaflets and the Notts uncut banner displayed.  The issue being further aired by the media these last few weeks, was about the lack of tax being collected by the large corporations ..... set against the cuts in services applied to so many of the poorest in society.

Some of the potential customers were detered from buying there but it has to be said that the coffee shop was full all the time that protesters were there.

Those protesting on these issues were joined by none other than Cllr John Collins, the leader of the Labour Group on Nottingham City Council

Before finishing, people that did a short tour to the other culprits, RBS and Nat West banks

It’s time for the government to wake up and smell the coffee. Women have had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires. But there is a refuge from the cuts. Join us on Saturday 8th December to transform the tax dodger Starbucks into services women depend on, such as refuges and crèches.


UKuncut Statement:

Refuge from the cuts - target Starbucks!

"It’s time for the government to wake up and smell the coffee. Women have had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires. But there is a refuge from the cuts. Join us on Saturday 8th December to transform the tax dodger Starbucks into services women depend on, such as refuges and crèches. Check the actions page to find an action near you. If there isn’t one, we’ve got a step-by-step guide on how you can organise one yourself.

On 5th December the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his autumn statement, with even further spending cuts expected to be announced. Women are bearing the brunt of the cuts- particularly low paid women and their families. The government’s savage austerity plans are pushing the cause of women’s equality back decades as benefits, healthcare, Sure Start centres, childcare, rape and domestic abuse services are cut and female unemployment soars.

If the government took strong action to stop tax dodging by companies like Starbucks- who haven’t paid any income tax for the last three years- we could easily afford to prevent the £5.6m being cut from violence against women services, the 25% cut to funding for Sure Start centres and the further £10 billion benefit cuts.

Domestic violence increases at Christmas and during times of economic hardship. 230 women are turned away from refuges every day as a result of the government’s cuts to women’s services. Enough is enough.

Is your local rape crisis centre being closed? Then why not turn your local Starbucks into a refuge? Bring your kids, because 50% of people living in refuges are children. Housing benefit cut? Bring your sleeping bags. Are you working less hours because subsidised childcare is a thing of the past? You could set up a Starbucks crèche.

Check the actions page to find an action near you. If there isn’t one, we’ve got a step-by-step guide on how you can organise one yourself. UK Uncut actions are creative and fun. If anyone is nervous or has any questions, please get in touch by emailing – we want as many women, men and children out as possible to show that we refuse to lose these services.

Bring your own coffee... see you on the high streets!"


UK Uncut protesters shut down Starbucks shops



Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham.  UK



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UK Peace Activists to Visit Afghanistan

10-12-2012 12:15

Afghan Peace Delegation Members
For the first time since the invasion of Afghanistan, this month, a group of British peace activists will be visiting Kabul, with the intention of building links between the peaceful, day-to-day citizens of their two countries.

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Posties Strike

10-12-2012 10:55

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Santa stops dawn raid !

10-12-2012 09:08

Santa Claus, with the help of some of his elves, has erected an 18 foot tall tripod outside the main entrance of the UKBA offices in Glasgow to prevent immigration officials carrying out controversial dawn raids on the families of asylum seekers.

Santa is currently refusing to come down from the tripod, which is decorated with tinsel and Christmas decorations, until the UKBA can promise that no more children will be terrorised by immigration officials breaking into their homes to arrest them.

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Clerical and Institutional Child Rape and Illegal Human Drug Trials (Pin Down)

09-12-2012 23:23

These Petitions are waiting to be signed. One is already Pending at the European Parliament. They have been duplicated on two other sites their details are listed in the body of the article.

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On 11th January 2013, All Roads Lead to Guantánamo (11th anniversary action)

09-12-2012 22:57

On 11th January 2013, the 11th anniversary of the opening of the illegal prison camp at Guantánamo, "All Roads Lead to Guantánamo": a day of action organised by the London Guantánamo Campaign
Get involved: in person and online. Obama hasn't closed Guantánamo: 166 prisoners remain. Take action!

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London Vigil to Mark Human Rights Day

09-12-2012 22:44

from an LGC vigil in February 2012 outside the US Embassy
Tomorrow marks the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: are rights still important? The London Guantánamo Campaign invites everyone to join us for a vigil to mark this date and in a reading of the articles of the UDHR

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Anti workfare protestors blockade and occupy Superdrug and British Heart Foundation

09-12-2012 20:55

Protestors blockaded and occupied both British Heart Foundation and Superdrug in Edinburgh today Saturday 8 December, in opposition to their participation in the government's workfare schemes.

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Leith Kirkgate shops focus of workfare protest

09-12-2012 20:55

Around 40 local supporters of the Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty targetted Leith Kirkgate shops as part of national week of action against government work experience schemes.

Critics say the work experience schemes are unfair because people claiming some benefits who take part in the workplacements - which can be up to six months long - must work for free with no guarantee that there will be a job at the end of it.

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Bath Anti-Starbucks Demo

09-12-2012 18:55

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islington starbucks ukuncut actions yesterday - report & pics 2 of 2

09-12-2012 13:53

new home cakes on offer
two starbucks branches were closed down by ukuncut activists in islington yesterday afternoon as part of nationwide tax-avoidance protests against the company. this is a report on the second action.

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islington starbucks ukuncut actions yesterday - report & pics 1 of 2

09-12-2012 12:57

feminist banner for starbucks
two starbucks branches were closed down by ukuncut activists in islington yesterday afternoon as part of nationwide tax-avoidance protests against the company. this is a report on the first action.

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small determined workfare demo in holloway, london yesterday

09-12-2012 12:17

london activists targeted businesses in holloway yesterday, handing out employment rights and solidarity information leaflets to workers exploited under the government 'workfare' scheme.

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Anti-Austerity Protest, Manchester Report and Pics

09-12-2012 00:02

Over 350 demonstrators marched through Manchester city centre today,
Sat 8th Dec, in opposition to the continuing Government Austerity measures.

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UK Uncut protest against tax dodgers Starbucks

08-12-2012 23:39

Today, on the 8th of December 2012, UK Uncut protesters successfully occupied and shut down two Starbucks branches in Birmingham city centre.

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Save the NHS this Christmas

08-12-2012 22:55

Broxtowe Save Our NHS target local MP Anna Soubry

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This morning in Beeston the Broxtowe Save Our NHS campaign delivered its Christmas spectacular. A giant Christmas card was brought into Beeston, on which people were able to send their messages of seasonal goodwill to their MP, Anna Soubry. These messages were of course somewhat infused with the feelings people have about the NHS, and the damage being inflicted on it now by Soubry and her Tory and Lib-Dem friends.


Don’t forget that the Health and Social Care Act is now beginning to tear strips off the NHS - the juicy profitable strips that is, that the Tories' business friends can make a killing out of. Soubry is junior health minister, and this is the Act that was described as “an embarrassment to democracy” by nearly 250 leading doctors in a letter to a national newspaper. Nurses, Occupational Therapists, patient's groups, and pretty much everyone else are equally opposed.


Belting out the Christmas cheer, the Clarion Choir sang a number of carols specially adapted to the theme of defending the NHS. The busy town centre was filled with the sound of political choristry. Free tea, coffee and mince pies were on hand to warm everyone up, though the sun made a brave effort too. In between the choir’s sessions, a small sound system played Christmas songs from reggae, punk, and all kinds of other musical traditions.


The Christmas card soon filled up, and plenty of people took postcards for their friends and neighbours. Anna Soubry will certainly have a big Christmas post bag.


The Health and Social Care Act could prove fatal to the NHS as we know it. But don’t forget it could also have the potential to unite and mobilise large sections of the general public, service users, as well as the Trade Unions, with the potential to culminate in a “poll tax moment” for the government.


Merry Christmas One and All.

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