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I went along to the May Day fair in Chester today where local campaign groups such as CND, Palestine Solidarity, Cuba Solidarity, Shrewsbury 24 Pickets, various benefits campaigns and others had a presence, along with the unions and a few political parties. Having put up a Free Bradley Manning banner, I handed out 100+ flyers about 1 June International Day of Solidarity Action and made a point of speaking to at least one person on every stall to ask them to circulate information about Bradley Manning via their networks.
If you are stop and searched or to held in a kettle, you DO NOT have to give police your name and address. The police will often ask for your details in these situations, but you DO NOT have to provide them.
However, under section 50 of the Police Reform Act the police DO have powers to take your name and address (but not date of birth) IF they reasonably believe you have engaged in anti-social behaviour. Anti-social behaviour is defined as doing something likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others.
Going to see Framework about workfare
Going to see Framework about workfare. Delivering a letter complaining about the practice.
The charity uses unemployed people of 'forced labour' scheme. Workfare!
03-05-2013 12:33Local Lewes squatters open a social centre/donation based vegetable shop and tea room as part of the Stop G8 national network and call for anti-capitalist actions on May 1st 2013!
03-05-2013 09:02Cataclysmic BNP embarrassment
Thursday 2 May 2013
Folks have been beavering away in the Sumac Yard Garden.
The yard has been improved. Wooden 'trough boxes' built. [although I now notice a couple broken up :-(
Many, pots and seeds planted, but this year, the poly greenhouse looks a bit sad and vandalised.
So, as spring has officially arrived [well, sort of] the yard is now looking a bit more green and generally verdant.
Volunteers have put in some hours here. The objective, not just to grow food for the Sumac itself ..... but also to provide a positive example on what can be achieved in quite modest urban surroundings.
It is hoped folks would look at what has been achieved here, and think they could adapt ideas to their own circumstances.
How about getting involved?
Earlier posts about the Sumac Garden Progress
Nottingham Spring into Action :: Seeds, Stencils, and Social @ Sumac
The Sumac Centre Reopens After Radical Revamp
'Fresh' Project at Ecoworks, St Ann's Allotments
Day of Action on Food and Climate Change: food giveaway & anti-Tesco demo
much more 'Tash on Food' at:
"Food for the Future" skillshare session at the Sumac centre
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant [Food for the Future]
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant 2 [Food for the Future]
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant
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!!"
There are now 30 billion barrels of oil, estimated at brutal 6 trillion R$ (three trillion US$), the equivalent to 3 or 4 Brazilian Union budgets that are under the risk of being delivered by derisory percentage of this amount, following the infamous "tradition" of the NPA.
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We're having a go at going shorter but more regular - expect shows clocking in at under an hour every couple of weeks.
This show we talk to someone from Chiapas about what's going on in the Zapatista communities over there. We hear about the on going court case against a group of squatters in Germany. Doom brings us up to speed on the case of a Nottingham man who has been unjustly been put on remand for alleged "threatening behaviour" during a DWP interview. We also catch up with Eva at Nottingham Uni. to talk about the crossovers between activism and academia with a focus on animal rights and Veganism.
We also get a couple of poems from a local group called Persona Non Gratis
All this and a fresh tune from Gallery 47 and Metaphi's remix of the Animist tune Tin Head
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On a walk into our city centre and back today, on a beautiful sunny day, I witnessed a couple of things I felt like I could not ignore. Neither could I act at the time. Why?
The first thing was that the Council Graffiti Teams were out in force battling "enviro-crime" (i) as street art has been branded. I witnessed them cleaning off a discreet stencil I have admired many times as I walked past it of a 'street angel' that was on the abandoned auction house on Mansfield Road.
This attitude of street art being criminalised regardless, without question, seems to be prevalent. In a recent conversation with a local spray artist it was revealed that many of the 'legal allocated' spots that street artists have previously been 'allowed' to use have been taken away. A little research revealed that this has been the case for a few years (ii). This spray artist told me about an occassion when he was innocently spraying an art piece on the side wall of the Sycamore Centre in St. Anns when John Collins suddenly emerged from some hobknobbing he had been doing inside and promptly told the young artist to "stop vandalising HIS property." Now there are a number of problems with this exchange. Firstly, community centres do not belong to John Collins, they belong to the city and therefore the people of Nottingham. Secondly this was one of the spaces that had previously been 'legal' to paint and now is not. How can they take away an artist's imperative to create like that?
The second thing I witnessed was an even more insidious atrocity. It may sound typical however it shook me deeply to witness it. The scene was a street beggar being harrassed by two CPOs (Community Support Officers.) Council cops. Plastic pigs. They had this poor women at the side of the very busy Clumber Street. They were photographing the piece of cardboard she had written a message on to communicate to passers by the need she was in. Is this our council's front line response to rising poverty? To police it?
At what point do we stand up and say enough is enough!? At what point do we stop 'taking orders'? How are we going to look after ourselves, our families, our friends, our communities against the rising poverty created by the onslaught of "austerity measures"?
I don't have these answers. None of us do right now. Thats why we need to start working together to build our communities to be strong enough and resilient enough to start working out some solutions.