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UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive

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Coda to an open letter

20-08-2011 13:26

Three follow-up comments on the London riots, drawn in part from astute comments from friends and strangers.

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Report from Wandsworth ‘no to evictions’ protest

19-08-2011 20:01

Tonight I approached the senior police officer at the ‘ No Evictions’ protest in Wandsworth, South London and asked him a question.

Why had he just arrested a man? The best answer he could give ” he was whipping up the crowd “… his colleague added he was ‘ swearing’. In fact the gentleman in question had indeed used that dreadful and clearly very naughty F word and pointed out that capitalism was not a very good economic system. He also advised the police they had ‘ transferable skills’ and should get out while they can. It would appear he had a point as it all went down well, but did not amount to ‘whipping up the crowd’

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Verizon Strike Highlights Need for New Workers' Movement

19-08-2011 13:24

Workers are getting public support, but this must be mobilised to win
Global communications giant Verizon have made profits of more than $19 billion over the last four years - that's nearly two British pounds per person on the planet. All of that was created by the company's workforce, but instead found its way into the bloated bank accounts of executives and shareholders. That's not enough for them though, so Verizon are currently trying to extract the equivalent of $20,000 per US employee per year. In this effort, they are being assisted by the corporate media, the court system, the FBI, and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) unions.

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Pro-Populus: Give the People a Chance!

18-08-2011 21:35

The recent cacophony of events have explicitly revealed the shortcomings in the multi-faceted beast that is our 'United' Kingdom. Let us use this opportunity to change it for the better.

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Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery

18-08-2011 06:35

I keep hearing comparisons between the London riots and riots in other European cities—window smashing in Athens or car bonfires in Paris. And there are parallels, to be sure: a spark set by police violence, a generation that feels forgotten.

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Youth sentenced to years in jail for posting Facebook notices during riots

18-08-2011 06:22

The state clampdown against working class youth in Britain continues unabated. On Tuesday, crown court judges in England handed down long jail sentences to two young men for posting comments on Facebook.

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Oxford social centre gets first court papers served

17-08-2011 16:16

Oxford's new social centre (aka "Pleb's college Free Uni") has just been served court papers.

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Riot Graffiti !

16-08-2011 21:05

something from exeter

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Oxford social centre - photos and first events!

15-08-2011 23:47

The view from the road outside
A massive industrial building in East Oxford has been squatted for use as a social centre. Some photos, updates and details of our first few events.

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Understanding The Riots – Where Next?

15-08-2011 13:25

Understanding The Riots – Where Next?

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new Oxford social centre survives first round of police bullying

14-08-2011 20:34

An empty industrial workshop in East Oxford has been squatted by a group planning to use it for community and social events, an organising base for local radicals and living space too.

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End Political Evictions

14-08-2011 16:20

Protest outside the home of the leader Wandsworth Council to prevent political evictions

Thursday the 18th of August 2011 at 5pm-8pm

53A St Ann's Hill Wandsworth London SW18 2EZ

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Solidairty from Thessaloniki!

14-08-2011 16:14

Thessaloniki Banners solidarity England.

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African Resistance in London! Build a Day in Solidarity with African People

14-08-2011 15:33

Reparations in Action!
Sunday, 13:00 to 14:00 (2011-08-14)
Host: Penny Hess
This Week: African Resistance in London! Build a Day in Solidarity with African People

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3,000 march to demand: Give Our Kids A Future!

14-08-2011 11:59

On Saturday 13th August, 3,000 people of all ages and backgrounds, mainly from Hackney and Haringey, but with additional support from all around London, marched from Gillet Square, Dalston in Hackney, to Tottenham Green in Haringey. The march was organised and publicised just 2 days before by the hastily formed North London Unity Assembly initiated mainly by Turkish organisations and the Haringey and Hackney Anti-cuts Alliances [see list of some of the supporters at the end].

The aim was to provide a united community response to the recent disturbances, especially those in Tottenham and Hackney, and to the causes of despair and frustration that can result in riots. The march was led all the way by a dozen children behind a huge 'Give Our Kids A Future!' banner, followed by a mass of placards and banners from a wide range of community groups, trades union branches and political organisations as well as hand-crafted placards from scores of individuals.

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UG#563 - Extended Childhood and The New World Religion (Deschooling Society 2-3)

14-08-2011 06:08

This week we pick up with both recordings from last week, focussing on the establishment of what in our second hour, Ivan Illich calls the 'New World Religion', the cult of mass compulsion schooling. As Gatto explains, in the 20th Century, mass compulsion schooling served to create the most essential resource of all for US big business - a stockpile of radically incomplete, childish adults who could be counted on to mass produced and mass consume goods and services according to a schedule imposed by managers. Illich broadens the discussion beyond merely business and adds historical perspective.

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Response to the Clean Up - Clean Out The Rich poster

13-08-2011 21:29

All Hail the Broom Bloc!
Time to take back the broom from the moronic gentrifying middle-classes who seek to symbolically sweep their privilege and our poverty under the carpet and to wield it high against all the real bastards in this country. Let the Broom Bloc commence!!

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Greater Depression approaching.

13-08-2011 08:52

"Thousands of people stormed the streets and brought the nations to a standstill in a general revolt against the affluent ruling class."

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Media demand mass arrests, reprisals against UK rioters

13-08-2011 07:33

Magistrates’ courts in London and other cities in England are handing down the harshest possible sentences to those accused of involvement in the riots that swept across London and other cities in England earlier this week.

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Urges for Swift Action to Locate Abducted Journalist in Pakistan

12-08-2011 17:25

It is shocking for me that government of Pakistan is silent on the issues of abduction and disappearances by the state intelligence agencies and no one has yet made responsible for these acts which have been happening since 2002. And during the civilian government this menace has increased many fold and it looks as if the government is simply a silent spectator before their powerful law enforcement agencies.
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