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UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive

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Kings Heath Connexions Closes As Unemployment Rises

20-01-2012 16:41

Kings Heath saw the closure of its Connexions office today, the latest in a programme of cuts that has already seen the closure of offices in Handsworth and Erdington, covering two parliamentary constituencies with the highest unemployment rate in the UK.

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Media cover-up: Police attack on the Parliament Square Peace Campaign

19-01-2012 23:43

London Evening Standard, 17 January 2012
Around 8pm on Monday 16th January , Metropolitan Police arrived en masse in Parliament Square, and ....unleashed upon our campaign, hour upon hour, of horror, in Parliament Square.

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Pinheirinho Occupation, Sao Paulo resisting eviction now

17-01-2012 14:43

Front Line Pinheirinho
The mega-operation of the police to vacate the Pinheirinho has started. Police helicopters are flying around and throwing leaflets urging residents to retreat without resistance. The residents are firm and organised to resist the eviction.

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occupy bristol Eviction Threat.

16-01-2012 13:21

After QC Denyer refused to recognise due process and made an unlawful summary judgement in favour of eviction, occupy bristol is now on full red alert.

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Support the Dale Farm Planning Appeal – Letter writing campaign

15-01-2012 17:57

Mary Flynn is an Irish Traveller from Dale Farm who is appealing the
refusal of planning permission for her plot. Mary’s appeal would be helped
by supporters and residents of Dale Farm sending letters supporting her
appeal. So TSN is calling for supporters to write letters.

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Social Centres Breakout

15-01-2012 14:29

With government moves to outlaw squatting in residential buildings and the organisation of activists into a movement of positive action against the criminalising of squatters, once again radical social spaces is back on the agenda and the forefront of people’s political activity.

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Leeds Antifascist Film Festival

14-01-2012 17:10

Coming in February...

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G20 protester's statement to the court

14-01-2012 15:48

Yesterday Mandy was sentenced to 16 months in prison. During the sentencing hearing, she made this statement to the court, which was interrupted 8 times, by both the judge and the prosecutor. In the end, they spoke more during the time alloted to Mandy than Mandy spoke herself.

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London Remembers Guantanamo: 10 years

14-01-2012 12:07

On 11th January 2012 at London’s Conway Hall, Cage Prisoners presented ‘Guantanamo Remembered: 10 Years’. Panel talks chaired by Victoria Brittain, delivered by Gareth Peirce (Human Rights Lawyer), Moazzam Beg (Cage Prisoners & former detainee), Sami Al-Haji (Aljazeera & former detainee), Clive Stafford Smith (Reprieve), Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights), Massoud Shadjareh (Islamic Human Rights Commission), Omar Deghayes (former detainee) & Vanessa Redgrave.

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Bristol Radical Zine Fest 12.02.12

14-01-2012 12:03

Flyer - please print and distribute.
We are excited to announce the first ever Bristol Radical Zine Fest!

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14-01-2012 02:46

Direct Action against the 1%

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Largest ever Gitmo protest demands Gitmo be closed

13-01-2012 13:17

On the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantanimo Bay, the largest protest ever held in the US against this hellhole demanded that it be closed. Cold rain could not deter this protest, as unlike Guantanimo Bay nobody had to worry about being waterboarded. It is being estimated that 800 people may have been in the march to the Supreme Court

Video: The march to the Supreme Court and the speakers there -

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37 anti-Guantanamo activists arrested outside White House

13-01-2012 12:22

WASHINGTON - Thirty-seven members of Witness Against Torture, a grassroots organization calling for the closure of the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were arrested in front of the White House around three o'clock this afternoon. Dressed in the iconic Guantanamo orange jumpsuits and black hoods and accompanied by a cage representing indefinite detention, the activists were warned to clear the sidewalk by National Park Police or risk arrest. After occupying the sidewalk for more than three hours, they were arrested one by one.

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Blood & Iron

13-01-2012 10:11

This is a message to the punks on Aceh island from inside the social conditions that have hit you like a toxic tsunami. Scattered and from far away, we are watching you in solidarity. In your undomitable will, that led you on the path walked by so many intimate witnesses of the banality of evil, we recognise ourselves, and in the iconic scenario of your entrapment we perceive echoes from our own hunts. Deep inside the ancient caverns of our tortured souls, we love you for what you are, because that is all we can do, love and fight, until we have permanently taken back our heads from the oppressors of humanity. In this age of discord and denial, we happened to experience what must end for everyone so that it can finally end for ourselves. Therefore, we are trying to stay alive and grasping for language to penetrate the flood of lies that were made from stolen truths. In seeing you face the very same challenges, we are humbly being reminded that everything we have not said we meant just like that.

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The movement of the indignados began in the Lacandon Jungle:

12-01-2012 19:57

Pablo González Casanova, now nearly 90, is a former rector of UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). A sociologist, academic and researcher, he is one of Mexico’s most respected intellectuals. This article was his contribution to the recent seminar “planet earth: anti-systemic movements” held in Chiapas on the 18th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising.

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Breaking News Cannabis Science, Inc: Cannabis Shrinks “One Of The Worst” Cancers

11-01-2012 23:02

COLORADO’S pioneering biotech company Cannabis Science, Inc have released graphic photos of a patient, suffering with what their physician described as “the worst case of squamous cell carcinoma cancer” he had ever seen, being healed by cannabis oil administered at home.
For further details and photographic evidence visit

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Benefit cuts to make 800,000 more UK homes unaffordable

09-01-2012 23:06

Welfare cuts will put a further 800,000 homes out of reach of those claiming housing benefit, according to study by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) .

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Undercover surveillance - Can you identify this man?

08-01-2012 23:44

Bob 1
At an animal rights national gathering meeting today this man was caught filming activists and exhibiting other dodgy behaviour, does anyone have any more information on him?

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Reminder - Leicester Rank and File Meeting

08-01-2012 17:57

This is the planning meeting for a later Leicestershire-wide conference. Please try and get to this or forward the details to rank and filers in the area.
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