UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
29-02-2008 20:26No Borders Benefit, Saturday 1st March, from 7pm, RampART 1
We celebrate the struggle for social spaces and for freedom of movement with another No Borders benefit party on Sat 1st March (7pm til late). Refreshments, films, info stall, and - of course - good music.
29-02-2008 16:11Vaggelis Botzatzis has been remanded into custody accused of setting fire to two company cars owned by a energy/power company. It is believed that the person or persons unknown who carried out the arson did so in protest at the destruction of the natural environment and in support of two workers who died at the power plant.
Am sure all the campaigning had a lot to do with it!
29-02-2008 12:31Questions raised over the treatment of mercenary Simon Mann by the government of Equatorial Guinea do not reflect British policy, finds Rob Ray for Freedom newspaper
29-02-2008 10:45Farid Hilali was extradited to Spain on February 8th 2008, after the House of Lords ruled that he may be sent under the terms of the European Arrest Warrant. This was in spite of a number of irregularities with the warrant, not least that it was reliant upon phone evidence that had previously been deemed inadmissible within the Spanish judicial system. Please sign the petition and help him.
When a possession order was granted to the owners of the squatted block of properties in rampart street which houses the rampART social centre, a scurry of activity began to secure a new building to act as a backup venue during the uncertain period prior to eviction. A suitable property was found and entered for the first time on new years eve and occupied a couple of days later.
Only a short walk from the rampART, the new building was also a commercial premises with three floors. While the area of each floor was only about two thirds of that enjoyed at the rampART, the new building benefited from the addition of a basement which looked like it could make a great gig space. The ground floor had a tiny kitchen but with a bit of work it would clearly make a good space for a cafe and free shop. The first floor was mostly open plan, a good place for large meeting. Meanwhile the upper floor had been subdivided into offices and planned to use it for residential accommodation. The most exciting thing about the new space however was the yard which gave us potential to do things we could never do a rampART.
Despite all it's potential, the place was a mess. The owners had completely trashed every floor. Wiring had been cut, light switches smashed, false ceiling and lights pulled down, partition walls torn down or holed. Additionally, the only two toilets in the building had been smashed to pieces. However, we didn't think it would take long to put in shape. We took over a load of bedding and cushions, fold up table and chairs, water, wind up torches, candles, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and settled in. Now split between occupying two spaces we put a call out for help occupying both buildings and preparing the new building to become a social centre...
28-02-2008 22:44We feel a campaign coming on so the void is taking out the prohibitionists one muppet at a time.
It makes a change from shooting fish in barrels.
We’ll leave Debra Bell (1) to fester in her ignorance for a while and move on to Mary Brett, UK spokesperson of ‘Europe Against Drugs!’ or EURA (2) for short.
A new youth movement is beginning to emerge in Britain as university students spearhead a drive to recruit other students to the environmental cause, and there are now plans for young people from all over Britain to come together and join forces to lend support to a massive new Children's Revolution campaign.
28-02-2008 14:47Free screening tonight (Thursday) in London of "SOCPA - The Movie", ahead of Day of Action on Saturday (1 March) in London and elsewhere against existing legislation restricting freedom to protest around Parliament (SOCPA) and its possible extension to the whole of the country.
The next G8 2008 will take place from July 7th to 9th in Hokkaido Japan, near the lake called Toya-ko. Perhaps the fact that the venue is called the 'Windsor Hotel' shows where the G8's interests lie.
27-02-2008 10:54Anti-Heathrow expansion protesters have climbed on to the roof of the Houses of Parliament next to Big Ben.
27-02-2008 05:07The Public and Commercial Services Union today announced a one day strike on 29 February involving over 8,500 members working for the Department for Transport (DfT) and five of its agencies.
26-02-2008 19:08'the police have asked the restaurateurs to take the ingredients off the menu'
26-02-2008 16:50Nottingham Library workers are still opposing attempts by Michael Farter and his management henchmen to force them into polyester hell.