The Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp, attended by 100-150 people, ran from 28th August to the 2nd September 2015 and was hosted by a local anti-fracking site. Workshops explored the links between land struggles, prison abolition and other issues including gender, animal liberation and freedom of movement.
People held evening noise demos at three prisons in the region in solidarity with those inside, leafletted the local town, and picketed several companies involved in the mega-prison. Finally a blockade of the construction site held up lorries for over 4 hours without any arrests.
As anyone with experience of them knows, prisons are abusive places used to control and threaten people, particularly those of us who are working class, people of colour, or disobedient. We need justice processes based on strong, vibrant communities, not more prisons and cops harming our communities.
The new prison would be the biggest in the UK, and the second biggest in Europe. It aims to open in 2017 and would give the State enough cages to lock up an extra 2100 people.
Meanwhile, Robert King of the Angola 3 will give a talk on struggle and revolution in the US prison system, on Wed 16 Sep in Dundee.
On Monday 2nd of March 2015, there were demonstrations in over 30 towns and cities around the UK (plus Toronto) against Maximus, the US based health insurance corporation that has taken over the contract from the French IT Company Atos to administer the Work Capability Assessment on behalf of the Department Of Work And Pensions. Atos announced its exit from the contract in early 2014 following an intense period of direct action against the company by groups such as Disabled People Against the Cuts.
The day of action was timed to coincide with the first working day of the new contract, with the spotlight turned on Maximus as well as the continued use of Work Capability Assessments and the life-threatening consequences of the ongoing government attacks on the sick and disabled.
In central London, to the chorus of "David Cameron is a W*****" (YouTube) activists from DPAC hit the streets, taking direct action to block traffic and at one stage bringing traffic to a standstill on Victoria Street in the shadow of Big Ben.
The demonstrations across the UK on the streets were complemented with an online Twitter campaign using the hashtags #Maximarse and #ScrapWCA, the latter trending for a number of hours. This gave the opportunity for those unable (including through sickness and disability) to make it to demonstrations to vent their anger and frustation around the Work Capability Assessment and at a government hell-bent on targeting the sick and disabled.
This feature summarises Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English (WISE) solidarity efforts for Bradley Manning to date and is a call-out for anti-war activists and all those who believe in civil liberties and freedom of expression to take up Manning's cause and build a solidarity movement that can't be ignored.
Accused WikiLeaks whistleblower and US army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been held for almost a year since being arrested in Iraq after allegedly releasing confidential documents and video footage to WikiLeaks, including the Collateral Murder video, which shows unarmed civilians including two Reuters journalists being killed in an unprovoked US Apache helicopter attack in Iraq. The charges against him now include aiding the enemy which carries a possible death sentence. He was held at Quantico Marine Brig for months under conditions of torture, apparently in a so far failed effort by the US authorities to get him to deliver Julian Assange who could then be extradited to the US. Under such sustained ill treatment, there have been serious concerns for Manning's mental and physical health. Mid-April, after months of public outcry over his torture, he was moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas with the authorities claiming improved conditions of detention, since when Barack Obama has seen fit to declare him guilty 1 | 2. Why bother waiting for the show trial?
Read full article for background, analysis and all previous newswire links.
Dangosiad / Film Screening: Visions of Abolition
2 – 8 November 2015: Week of Action Against the North Wales Prison & the Prison Industrial Complex
12-10-2015 15:33 | 1 comment
Office protest targets prison project
The Prison: A capitalist industry like any other
26-08-2015 22:43 | 1 comment
Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp Full Programme
Anti-Austerity Court Solidarity // Unoliaethllys Gwrth-Lymder
Mass Sleepout in Solidarity with Newport's Homeless People
26-06-2015 06:52 | 2 comments
Cardiff Smash IPP Demo / Protest Chwalwch IPP
04-04-2015 20:23 | 11 comments
Wrexham joins National Day of Protest Against WCA & Maximus
23/24 January: 2nd Manning Truthfest in west Wales
Chelsea Manning demo US Embassy, London
Cops at the door - a Bristol anti-repression statement
16-10-2014 15:34 | 3 comments
A month of solidarity with Chelsea Manning (Part 2)
09-10-2014 20:18 | 1 comment
Police harassment in Merthyr
21-07-2014 12:29 | 1 comment
R.I.P. Gerry Conlon. Just released - video of Gerry speaking in Dublin at event for Chelsea Manning
23-06-2014 21:30 | 1 addition
The Anarchist Travelling Circus Presents: Newport Rising
Day of Protest against ATOS & DWP. Report from Wrexham
01-04-2014 12:33 | 3 comments
Report & Photos from the Manning Truthfest
16-01-2014 22:07 | 1 addition
Irish Artists Create Welsh Festival Honouring Whistleblower Chelsea Manning
09-01-2014 17:14 | 1 comment
Workfare Protest in Wrexham
Solidarity with Assange and Manning as Australia finally takes on the US and wins hands down!
18-11-2013 00:26 | 2 comments
Weekend of Solidarity with Chelsea Manning's Family - the good news!
CURO Housing tenants threaten suicide over bedroom tax
8 October: 'FREE MANNING' Bristol banner drop case comes to court
28-09-2013 10:28 | 5 additions | 2 comments
Support for Bradley Manning in Wrexham. Support needed everywhere Sat 27 July.
11-07-2013 21:48 | 1 comment
Celebrate 2years of active solidarity by Bristol Defendant Solidarity
18-06-2013 08:57 | 1 comment
How Many Police in the BNP?
Bradley Manning solidarity in south west Wales as trial begins
Solidarity with Bradley Manning in Bristol and Cardiff (round-up)
Free Bradley Manning! Free Bradley Manning's banners! (Welcome to Bristol)
31-05-2013 17:22 | 2 comments
Children's Art from Gaza: Report on talk by Rod Cox in Wrexham
Wrexham: Solidarity with Guantánamo Hunger Strikers
17-05-2013 10:37 | 2 comments
Urgent: Imminent eviction in San Marcos Avilés
Wrexham 23 Feb:Stand with Bradley Manning - held 1000 days without trial
22-02-2013 20:11 | 1 addition | 3 comments
Outside Cardiff Mags court tomorrow (Monday)
Storming The Heavens !
Cardiff French embassy is target over police repression as busy month is topped
23-12-2012 22:25 | 1 comment
Public sector cuts
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