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15-07-2007 16:47

Sacked workers demonstrate against Electra Lil-lets in Birmingham

Sacked workers, their families and fellow trade unionists held a demonstration on Thursday, 12 July, outside the Boots store in High Street, Birmingham city centre, to protest over reduced pensions following the closure of the Lil-Lets tampon-making plant in Alum Rock last June. The protest was the second in a series of protests outside Lil-Lets major customers, organised by the UK's largest union, Unite. The first one took place outside Tesco and Boots at the Beggars Bush on the Princess Alice Retail Park, Birmingham, on 7 July. Seven other protests across the Midlands are planned in July and August, while women across the Midlands are being urged to boycott Lil-Lets products.

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15-07-2007 12:51

Police Bombing of MOVE HQ (New Profile)

Eleven people, including five children, perished in a blaze after the state of Philadelphia dropped a bomb on a house owned by members of MOVE.

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13-07-2007 13:30

Cov Wobblies support local posties

IWW supports posties - 1000 jobs may go in Cov !

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12-07-2007 22:50

Second Round of Postal Workers Strike: Birmingham Picket Lines

the back gate picket line 1 Following failed talks with the Royal Mail management last night, postal workers across the country went on a second 24-hour strike in two weeks, starting at 7pm today. Picket lines were again mounted at sorting offices in the evening and many more are planned tomorrow morning at delivery offices and depots.

In Birmingham, three picket lines were formed at each gate of the main mail centre in Newtown. Solidarity from fellow workers, as well as from members of the West Midlands Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union, was impressive.

See report and pics of the first round here:

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11-07-2007 21:05

4th Anniversary event for Mikey Powell

Campaign Logo We are planning in earnest for the 4th Anniversary event for Mikey Powell to take place in Birmingham on 7th September 2007.

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11-07-2007 00:55

'Let us stay here for Jean Charles'

Jean Charles de Menezes Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes leading a campaign to prosecute cops over his shooting could be kicked out of the country. Four of Jean Charles's cousins and a family friend are desperately trying to get permission to stay in the UK until the inquest is held into the shooting of the Brazilian at Stockwell Tube station.

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10-07-2007 17:42

Free Felix - Join the National March & Rally in Oxford

Coach transport is available from the West Midlands to this National March and Rally in Oxford City Centre, on Sat 1st September. This will be the biggest animal rights demo of the year, with over 1,000 marchers expected!!! (full details below)

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09-07-2007 17:30

Radio interview with Ramona Africa and Fred Riley from MOVE

During their UK speaking tour of Birmingham, MOVE Minister of Communication Ramona Africa and long term MOVE supporter Fred Riley were interviewed by Sammi as part of his 'Face the Nation' show on Unity FM. Unity FM is a Muslim community radio station that was keen to interview MOVE, whereas the mainstream media chose to ignore the plight of the MOVE 9 and death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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09-07-2007 08:00

The Blair Legacy: What did the British Expect?

Why is there such anguish over Blair's legacy? Labour in power serve the same interests as the conservatives and Blair was part of that tradition.

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07-07-2007 18:30

Mikey Powell Campaign screening of Injustice: Tues 10th July

The Mikey Powell Campaign in association with Birmingham Indymedia will be screening 'Injustice' on Tuesday 10th July at 7:30 pm at the Custard Factory's Theatre in Digbeth Birmingham. The screening will be preceded by a talk by a member of the Mikey Powell Campaign.

On extremely rare occasions Mikey was prone to bouts of depression, and during an episode the Police were called. Mikey was arrested outside his mother's house in Lozells Birmingham. Whilst in Police Custody in Handsworth, Birmingham on September 7th 2003, Mikey died at the hands of West Midlands Police.

'This is what happened. Officers drove a police car at Mikey, hitting him, beat him with batons, CS gassed him, restrained him and, knowing he was injured, and drove him to a police station not a hospital. At the police station the officers simply did not call for an
ambulance for over 4 minutes. Mikey was dead by the time it arrived.'

His family and friends continue the campaign for justice.

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05-07-2007 23:38

Birmingham City Council's Transport Department Scuttles Balsall Heath Carnival's Procession

original route of the street procession This Saturday, July 7th, was going to be the 31st annual street procession for Balsall Heath's Carnival in South Birmingham. For over thirty years Balsall Heath Carnival has led an unhindered street procession winding through the streets of the area ending up in Pickwick Park. This year, however, Birmingham City Council's bureaucrats in the Transportation Department have informed the organisers that they would have to pay exorbitant fees for the street procession to go ahead. The Transportation Department is now demanding the organisers pay for the closure of roads and road diversions, which the organisers along with experienced volunteers performed without incident themselves.

This year's carnival theme is the 'Fairy Tale of Balsall Heath', but the intervention of the Council's Transport Department just over a week before the event, has meant that the street procession looks set to turn into a pumpkin. This year's Balsall Heath Carnival street procession has had to be altered at the last minute. Rather than having the annual street procession with floats and children dressed in Carnival costumes walking through the streets, the procession will now have to walk down Balsall Heath's narrow pavements without it's colourful carnival floats.

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05-07-2007 23:28

Nafeez Ahmed: Whose Bombs?

How to understand the attempted but largely failed terrorist plots uncovered since last Friday? Police officers on June 29 dismantled two car bombs made from gas canisters, gasoline and nails, parked in central London’s major theatre and shopping districts. A day later, two men rammed a Jeep Cherokee, filled with flammable material, into a terminal entrance at Glasgow airport. The series of attempted attacks follows hot on the heels of an attempted al-Qaeda attack in the United States earlier in June.

The chronology requires further probing, and indeed, preliminary analysis raises some unresolved questions.

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05-07-2007 00:20

NGO denounces UK lies Legal Advice for Asylum Detainees

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. We work with asylum seekers and migrants, in removal centres and prisons, to secure their release from detention.

In response to recent parliamentary questions the UK government made out the that the support that BID provided to women and children in Yarl's Wood amounted to adequate provision for legal advice on navigating the UK asylum and detention system.

The volunteers of BID totally reject this mis-representation of their work, read on understand what's really going on in detenion centres in the UK today.

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04-07-2007 00:37

Model faxes to send to Home Office and Ethiopian Airlines re Christine Mulumba

Please print out and send these faxes to Liam Byrne, Minister of State for Immigration, and Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, to urge them to stop the deportation of Birmingham-based asylum seeker Christine Mulumba to DRC Congo from Heathrow via Ethiopia on Thursday 5th July...

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02-07-2007 18:11

Stop the Deportation of Christine Mulumba!

Campaign to stop an asylum seeker from DR Congo being deported this Thursday

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02-07-2007 13:24

Mainstream media ignore the plight of MOVE 9 and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ramona Africa and Fred Riley being interviewed on Unity FM Last Saturday, the sole adult survivor of the FBI's bombing of the MOVE organisation's home in Philadelphia, Ramona Africa and long term MOVE supporter Fred Riley came to speak in Birmingham. Six adults and five children died in this infamous police massacre of May 13, 1985.

Ramona and Fred are touring the UK, speaking and showing a new documentary about MOVE to galvanise support for the MOVE 9, due for probation later this year, and Mumia Abu-Jamal's ongoing legal battle against the death sentence.

Although a press release highlighting the experiences of Ramona, the MOVE 9 and incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu-Jumal was circulated widely to local and national press contacts, there was no coverage of the speaking tour and film showing in the mainstream press in Birmingham. The only coverage Ramona and Fred received was a radio interview on Unity FM - 'the only Muslim led community radio station in Birmingham'. The show airs at 5 pm today (Monday 2nd July 07) on 93.5 FM in Birmingham.

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02-07-2007 01:30

FoE Under More Pressure on Meat/Dairy Production

Redditch Vegetarians & Vegans have recently helped Redditch Friends of the Earth to draft a Motion which will(hopefully) be presented at the FoE Local Groups Conference in September. The Motion urges National FoE to publish detailed information about how plant based diets are infinitely more eco-friendly than meat/dairy based diets. If you`re a member of a local FoE group, you can help make sure this Motion is passed!

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01-07-2007 19:32

Call out to stop deportation

This is a call-out for action to stop the deportation of a woman based in Birmingham. The woman who was seeking asylum from the DR Congo was detained on friday and is due to be deported this thursday.

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29-06-2007 20:06

Postal workers walk out over planned pay and job cuts – Birmingham picket lines

the back gate picket line Up to 130,000 postal workers today took part in a 24-hour strike -the first in 11 years- to stop the Royal Mail's cost-cutting plans, which the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says would only mean cuts in members' pay and pensions, job cuts and more post office closures. Picket lines were mounted outside sorting offices and mail centres across the country from early morning, disrupting mail deliveries for the day.

In Birmingham, two picket lines at the front and back gates of the main mail centre in Newtown saw, on and off, tens of postal workers and their supporters, while 'Royal Mail police' were trying to break up the picket lines, intimidating and threatening picketers. There was also another picket line somewhere in the city centre.

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29-06-2007 16:50

Showing off Killing Machines in Town

Victoria Sq. filled with old military craft As part of the National Veterans Day, Birmingham's Victoria and Centenary squares were filled with military craft today, alongside exhibitions and public 'entertainment'. By using shiny medals and pictures and kids military games, they were trying to make the military and its murderous business more acceptable and attractive to the public.

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