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Build gardens not prisons

08-09-2015 18:53 | Fracking | Repression | Social Struggles | Wales

at the blockade

The campaign against a new mega-prison being built near Wrexham got a boost recently when the Reclaim the Fields network held an action camp nearby.

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.

Community Action on Prison Expansion | Reclaim the Fields UK | Gardens not Cages | Frack Free Wrexham | Borras Community Protection Camp

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Newport Rising: Festival of Radical Change

28-05-2014 10:53 | NATO 2014 | Anti-militarism | Free Spaces | Social Struggles | Wales | World

26 May - 1 June, Newport.

Organised by Anarchist Action Network, Stop NATO Cymru and South Wales Anarchists, the festival runs all week at 95-96 Commercial Street, Newport NP20 1LU. Sharing ideas and skills, celebrating resistance & organising to win. All welcome. Workshops and skill shares all week, free cafe all day and free meal every evening.

The NATO Summit comes to Newport at the beginning of September. Come along this week and prepare for the Stop NATO week of action 30 August - 5 September and take part in some of the many talks, sessions and workshops. Something for everyone! All welcome (except cops and mainstream journalists, who will be asked to stay outside). The venue is an alcohol & drug free space.

If you can only manage one day and want to get clued up on NATO and what's planned for August & September, come along on Sunday:
Sunday 1 June. 4pm: Talk - Resisting the NATO Summit. 6.30pm: Meeting to build resistance against the NATO Summit.

On the newswire: Protest & Street Theatre | Banner drops | Photos from Newport Rising | Anarchists Shut Cardiff Barclays | Anarchist Travelling Circus Presents Newport Rising | Protest the NATO Summit | Antimilitarists Block NATO Conference | NATO Uncut Call-out | Stop NATO Cymru Statement

Other links: Stop Nato Cymru | | No Nato Newport | The Long March on Newport

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New squatting law starts to crumble - Keep squatting!

11-11-2013 22:31 | Policing | Social Struggles | London | South Coast | Wales

Section 144 of LASPO may prove unenforceable in practice

Resistance to s.144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 that outlaws squatting in residential buildings is growing. Ultimately, the law may prove unworkable and unenforceable. There have been a number of successful prosecutions under the new law, including the widely publicised conviction and imprisonment of 21 year old Alex Haigh who came to London looking for work and stayed in an unoccupied housing association flat. He pleaded guilty, but it has since become clear that where a not guilty plea is entered by defendant, it may be difficult if not impossible for the prosecution to prove the charge. After some notable acquittals, we have a better idea about the obstacles facing hapless prosecutors and some of the ways in which well-informed residential squatters might go about successfully defending themselves in court. Read on.

On the newswire: Brighton acquittals 1 | Brighton acquittals 2 | Moelfre acquittal | Squatting as protest in Southwark | Mike Weatherley is a coward case | Alex Haigh conviction | Henry: Bristol's first victim of squatting criminalisation
Other links: Squatters Legal Network | Advisory Service for Squatters | Rooftop Resistance | SQUASH

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Anarchist movement grows in Cardiff after month of resistance

31-10-2012 23:29 | Social Struggles | Wales

Cardiff Roof Protest

The month began with the successful eviction resistance of the squatted social centre Gremlin Alley on October 4th, when bailiffs turned up faced with a barricaded building and a supportive crowd outside, eventually realising they had no hope of gaining access. The gremlins occupying the centre spent the rest of the day having a black bloc style party on the roof, while supporters partied to a local band who turned up to play, and cops kept their distance but remained present for most of the day. A communique followed the next day, expressing solidarity with imprisoned squatter Alex Haigh and the Cuts Cafe crew in London who were raided by TSG on the same evening. A video commmunique was then released the following week, in English and Welsh, explaining the reason for resisting, as well as expressing general disgust for the state and the increased criminalisation of homeless.

After a busy two weeks improving barricades by gremlins and supporters, the first attempt to deport the Saleh family occured on Thursday 18th, with their home being raided by UKBA officers and two activists being arrested for obstruction. While solidarity was shown for the activists at Cardiff Bay police station, others made an attempt to block the detainees coach on the motorway sliproad, followed by a successful communications blockade of Egypt Air’s telephone lines and their facebook page. The family avoided deportation that day due to a security mix-up, and were instead taken to Cedars detention centre in West Sussex. By the morning, Friday 18th, UKBA offices in Cardiff had its windows smashed – no doubt in response to the attempted deportation, signifying more resistance to come.

Related articles: Gremlin Alley EVICTION RESISTANCE happening now (UPDATE - 3pm) | Communique :: The Gremlins are still resisting in Cardiff | Video Communique from the Gremlins | Timeline of anti-deportation resistance in support of the Saleh family | Shroukie’s family LATEST: coach blocked for 5 hours, fingers crossed ... | Prisoner Art Tour Launch Night This Friday in Cardiff | Legal Training Evening @ Red & Black Umbrella | Red & Black Umbrella 1 Year Anniversary Halloween Bash + Gig!

Links: Gremlin Alley Social Centre | No Borders South Wales on Saleh Family | NCADC on Saleh Family | Save Mrs S and Her Two Children @ 38 Degrees | Save the Saleh Family | Cardiff Anarchist Black Cross | Cardiff Defendant Solidarity | Red & Black Umbrella

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Text Boycott "Merthyr Rising"
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Image 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair - Building An Anarchist Future
27-04-2016 11:18 | 3 comments

Image Arms fair faces lively protests
02-04-2016 14:01 | 4 comments

Image Callout - Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2016 - Building an Anarchist Future
25-02-2016 20:40

Text Sydney: Solidarity Actions Against the North Wales Mega Prison
12-11-2015 11:03

Image 2 – 8 November 2015: Week of Action Against the North Wales Prison & the Prison Industrial Complex
12-10-2015 15:33 | 1 comment

Text The Prison: A capitalist industry like any other
26-08-2015 22:43 | 1 comment

Text Anti-Austerity Court Solidarity // Unoliaethllys Gwrth-Lymder
22-07-2015 14:32

Text Curo Housing and the 1% rent cut.
11-07-2015 19:07

Image Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp 2015
10-07-2015 13:41 | 1 comment

Text B&NES Council, Curo Housing & the missing secure tenancy agreements
02-06-2015 14:34 | 1 comment

Text CURO Housing - Asbestos contaminated tenanted housing stock.
11-05-2015 15:26 | 1 comment

Image Bristol Anarchist Bookfair full details available now
09-04-2015 09:43 | 5 comments

Image Cardiff Smash IPP Demo / Protest Chwalwch IPP
04-04-2015 20:23 | 11 comments

Text Solidarity needed at Yorkley Court Community Farm
03-03-2015 22:37 | 1 comment

Image Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday
18-02-2015 16:10 | 44 comments

Text Curo Group Mulberrry Park - contamination fears grow
05-02-2015 18:21

Text The £469m Cost of Restoring Opencast Coal Sites:
30-01-2015 12:10

Image Never Mind The Ballots…It’s The 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair!
08-12-2014 08:37 | 3 comments

Image Cops at the door - a Bristol anti-repression statement
16-10-2014 15:34 | 3 comments

Image Newport Rises to Action
20-09-2014 15:05 | 1 comment

Text The Need for Scottish Independence
12-09-2014 18:03

Image Stop NATO action against austerity
10-09-2014 14:58

Image No to NATO, march to Celtic Manor. Newport, Wales. PICTURES.
05-09-2014 01:26 | 1 comment

Text Statement from Squat50 - new Cardiff squat
05-08-2014 16:20 | 2 comments

Image 26 May - 1 June: Newport Rising: Come & prepare for NATO Summit in Sept
19-05-2014 08:05 | 1 addition | 9 comments

Image Bristol Anarchist Bookfair - 26th April
23-04-2014 16:01

Text Safiad Casnewydd
12-04-2014 10:30

Text The Anarchist Travelling Circus Presents: Newport Rising
10-04-2014 08:30

Image Programme out now for Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2014
07-04-2014 16:31

Image Road Blockade Save Britain's Children From Abuse
21-03-2014 12:58

Text No NATO Newport planning meeting
20-01-2014 11:34 | 9 comments

Image Bristol anarchist bookfair 2014
31-12-2013 17:46 | 2 comments

Text Workfare Protest in Wrexham
03-12-2013 19:47

Text Bonfire night with Anonymous in Cardiff
07-11-2013 15:35 | 7 comments

Image Another squatting case collapses on appeal at Crown Court - defendant acquitted
07-11-2013 09:26 | 5 comments

Image Moneylenders and bailiffs targetted in Blackwood
06-11-2013 18:54

Text CURO Housing tenants threaten suicide over bedroom tax
08-10-2013 11:17

Text Fracking, Coal and Planning: The Story Of Westfield
14-09-2013 17:35 | 1 comment

Image Prison squat resists eviction from High Court bailiffs in Cardiff
08-08-2013 19:47 | 4 comments

Text 'Radical Wales' article - the People's Assembly movement and our own
08-07-2013 15:54

Image Cardiff Shell petrol station rooftop occupation
29-06-2013 17:04 | 1 comment

Image Celebrate 2years of active solidarity by Bristol Defendant Solidarity
18-06-2013 08:57 | 1 comment

Image Solidarity benefit for Greek autonomous spaces and social fighters
27-05-2013 23:10 | 1 comment

Text Aber to Athens Night of Solidarity
12-05-2013 16:51

Text LAON's April Review of English Opencast Sites
09-05-2013 14:40

Text Scottish Coal's Collapse : The Untold Story
23-04-2013 17:03 | 1 comment

Image Get tooled up in Bristol this Saturday!
18-04-2013 16:53

Text CURO Housing Bedroom Tax victims hit with 7.1% rent hike
31-03-2013 09:06

Image Bristol bookfair after-party fundraiser info
24-03-2013 21:22

Text Is Welsh Planning Policy for Coal about to Hit the Buffers?
21-03-2013 12:18

Text LAON's Feb-March 2013 of Welsh Opencast Sites
21-03-2013 09:27

Text Call For an Open Debate on the Use of Coal
15-03-2013 15:43

Text Coal and the Risks Faced by Planning Authorities
03-03-2013 13:59

Text LAON's February Review of English Opencast Sites
03-03-2013 11:03

Text The WREXHAM-STAR.......... Phoenix from the Ashes !
02-03-2013 10:58

Text Urgent: Imminent eviction in San Marcos Avilés
24-02-2013 15:30

Image Propaganda for the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair available now
20-02-2013 17:03

Image ABC Belarus Infotour in Cardiff next weekend
15-02-2013 18:06 | 1 comment

Image Stop G8 Benefit gig
13-02-2013 09:57 | 3 comments

Text CURO Housing tenants faced with stark choices this April
09-02-2013 12:36

Text Solidarity with friends of Saleh family arrestees.
07-02-2013 23:56

Text Does the UK Need nealy 50 New Opencast Mines?
05-02-2013 09:58 | 6 comments

Image Storming The Heavens !
11-01-2013 19:55

Text PR 19 '2013- A Crunch Year for Coal and the UK Coal Industry
01-01-2013 13:19 | 3 comments

Text December 2012 Review of New UK Opencast Sites
01-01-2013 10:26

Text Does the Energy Bill Herald An End To Opencast Mining?
05-12-2012 15:29 | 1 comment

Text The Clause 21 Growth and Infrastructure Bill Threat: More Info
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