UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
16-01-2009 22:27A peaceful demonstration in Doma square, Riga, Latvia with 10000 participants against Latvian government's mishandling of economic crisis and poor economic situation transformed into agression and all-out riot shortly after demonstration's official end.
16-01-2009 21:09There are plans for a new animal testing lab in Pirbright in Surrey. The blighted lab was the centre of the Foot and Mouth pandemic leaked into the water supply that saw thousands of animals killed by the army. This place should be shut down, not expanded. The £121 million lab is behind schedule and over budget. They are asking that the government bail them out. This can be stopped.
16-01-2009 13:31A group of socialist activists in Lambeth have produced a manifesto which they hope will politicise UNISON members and provide the platform on which to build a "fighting, member-led branch" based on clear socialist politics. The manifesto was the basis for candidates to contest elections at the Lambeth UNISON AGM on a "Lambeth Activists" platform.
16-01-2009 13:19Background info: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/418374.html
First blood in the pension scandal!
16-01-2009 12:56The following was forwarded to us by Jerome White-Bey, who asked us to publicise this joint tribute to Harold H. Thompson and appeal for Jerome's legal fund.
16-01-2009 12:02According to Robert Peston many of Europes largest companies are approaching the time when they have to renew their loans. But banks and pension funds are reluctant to lend and so it would appear that the Government is preparing to offer guarantees on the debt to 350 of the UKs largest companies including BA and BAE Systems.
Raphael 5 still in the Lions mouth, now 43 days in detention
Spoke to Raphael and Oluseye his Mum this morning, Raphael was very subdued according to mum after spending close to seven hours at Bedford General Hospital. Mum said that she was called at about 3:00pm yesterday and told that Raphael had his finger closed in the door, he had to go to the hospital for stitches. Mum said it was not made clear to her how the accident actually happened.
Oluseye told me that a report was written about her having lots of people coming to her room and one of the male officers said to her; "I am watching you Oluseye", she then asked me if she was doing anything wrong or breaking the law by having friends and their children in her room, she feels that this is intimidation. She also said for those of us who are locked up in Yarl's Wood, "we are sitting in the lion's mouth and anytime the lion can close its' jaws". Nellie de jongh
Please send urgent faxes/emails immediately to Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office, requesting that Raphael and his mother are released. Please use the updated 'model letter' RaphaelShaubaJS.doc attached or write your own version. If you do so, please remember to include HO ref: S/38066/3
Fax: 020 8760 3132 / + 44 20 8760 3132 if you are faxing from outside UK)
"CIT - Treat Official"
Transport early this morning in protest against the government's
decision to expand Heathrow.
16-01-2009 01:55Nottingham City Council has consistently underspent its allocation for Discretionary Housing Payments, despite rent arrears evictions going through the roof.
15-01-2009 23:54The LSE-Palestine Solidarity Initiative supports the dozens of students who have undertaken an occupation of the Old Theatre at LSE in protest at the School's refusal to support the right to education for Palestinians.
Bristol’s anarchist bookfair collective kicks off 2009 with a new intro to anarchism flyer, a website transformed into a blog, a discussion meeting on class, and the first organising meeting for a bookfair event in 2009. There will be a fundraising gig in March.
15-01-2009 22:42Over forty pro Palestine students have occupied a lecture theatre at the London School of Economics to demand that the university releases a statement condemning the attack on Gaza and divests from arms companies that supply the Israeli military.
15-01-2009 14:07British College introduces Big Brother facial scanning system, let them know what you think!
Culminating in a Play Parade -Thursday 19th feb, meet 12pm, Independant Street Park parading to Radford Primary School.
These events are aimed at increasing community involvement in advocating children’s play in Nottingham through promoting the need for greater access to appropriate, freely chosen and self directed play opportunities.