Friday, 28 November 2014

Amnesty free msg: SUDAN-Arrested 4 printing protest posters, Rashid Shikhaldeen is at risk of torture. Rply SAVE+yr name http://bit.ly/1xWD0n4

Amnesty free msg: SUDAN-Arrested 4 printing protest posters, Rashid Shikhaldeen is at risk of torture. Rply SAVE+yr name http://bit.ly/1xWD0n4 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Meeting @FentonTownhall #fentontownhall #olsx

Meeting @FentonTownhall #fentontownhall #olsx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The (a)nti-social centre, 66-67 Guilford st WC1N that hosted numerous events&fundraisers is threatened with eviction tomorro Thurs 8am, but we're not leaving without a fight! Sound systems, samba, media, banners, barricades& a secret direct action r all in store! Squatters rights or squatters riots! C u here.

The (a)nti-social centre, 66-67 Guilford st WC1N that hosted numerous events&fundraisers is threatened with eviction tomorro Thurs 8am, but we're not leaving without a fight! Sound systems, samba, media, banners, barricades& a secret direct action r all in store! Squatters rights or squatters riots! C u here.

#OpenOrganisingMeeting @fentontownhall #fentontownhall #olsx #occupydemocracy

#OpenOrganisingMeeting @fentontownhall #fentontownhall #olsx #occupydemocracy

#OpenOrganisingMeeting @fentontownhall #fentontownhall #olsx #occupydemocracy

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Flood the embassy - Ferguson solidarity vigil - Justice for Mike Brown - Darren Wilson is guilty. Tomorrow 26/11 7pm @ US Embassy 24 grosvenor square W1A 1LQ

Flood the embassy - Ferguson solidarity vigil - Justice for Mike Brown - Darren Wilson is guilty. Tomorrow 26/11 7pm @ US Embassy 24 grosvenor square W1A 1LQ

'The Politics of Safety' 7pm@MayDay Rooms,Fleet St.tonight:aim is2bring together the critical conversations about Safer Spaces&question how2make things better.

'The Politics of Safety' 7pm@MayDay Rooms,Fleet St.tonight:aim is2bring together the critical conversations about Safer Spaces&question how2make things better.

How to set up a community centre or social centre workshop by Phoenix 20 years experience Network it.Do it Yourself Direct action for community spaces


How to set up a community centre or social centre workshop by Phoenix

1) Find a space
– get in – squat it or ask building owners-direct approach – link to charity
ask for a building or
get on and liberate (take a building)

2) Getting In – The Mission -The Operation.
Scouting all around over a few days observation - research
 find the weak point
the five T 's

Team -prepare agroup of people who have said they up for the mission.
Tools – prepare and bring every tool and equipment you may need.
Timing – Go in the early morning/late night or right time.
Typing – prepare a letter that can be shown to first contact,security/police/owner/neighbour
Tactics – How we going to do it ,whose doing what when where how etc etc.
Secure the perimeter – count the doors gates and entrances.Secure each point.Lock down.Barricade.
-negotiate from a higher window
-triple barricade entrance and exits before sleep.
-Video and camera shield./Legal Observer/Solicitors number.
Phoenixes longer Squatting workshop covers all in more detail.

3) Organising structure

-create a project organising meeting say Monday 6 PM
-Choose a facilitator: which is a revolving role and a note taker .notes can be typed up and networked
- Do a name round each person says their name and any links to a group or experience or skills that they have,also adding things for the agenda.This help build group involvement and networking.

-Explain direct democracy
-one hand up to speak
-two hands with two fingers for a direct point
-jazz hands for agreeing consensus
-tea shape hands for technical point
-rolling hands for move on
and signal for a block raised crossed fists

The weekly meeting is the decision making body for the project or
group.It is important to have a clear decision process.
- Remember action points are very important who is going to take action on an idea and make it happen then report back to group Or say we need more help or mission has  changed
-Research a consensus flowchart on Internet

Talking circles are also very useful community Tool.
to create a circle pass a stick  around the circle of people.
 each person gets a chance to talk
but most importantly it is listening circle where everyone else listens to each person
 this helps to make everyone feel part of it and everyone has an equal voice and is equal  to each other and the provides diversity of opinions. It is a Native American tradition

4) Use of Space - Space Allocation

Cafe – events space – library – kids area – FreeShop swap shop – bike workshop – arts/creative space – cinema – accommodation needs separate space – info/networking area computer/tech area - gardening as soon as possible.Creates feeling of longevity.

5) Set up Working Groups

as soon as possible, this makes the whole project work more efficiently and effectively

Groups such as Admin – Events – Outreach/media  – legal – Direct action – Food and kitchen – gardening and front of house – repairs and maintenance - caretaking.

6) Networking

Leaflet, website, contact number, email, Facebook, twitter, posters, banner outfront remember face to face is probably the most important form of networking and the most effective.

7) Negotiating with Owners

Letter introduction get contact number
Project proposal first contact with owners or the representatives get a contact number begin negotiations keep in contact keep sending letters go to visit tell them about new project be relentless. Get them to visit after safe dig in time aim to share tea or food.Become friends Keep networking

8) Health and safety

-Talk to the health and safety trained person for the festivals
Get an email checklist for health and safety
ALWAYS check fire exits are openable and kept clear at all times.
Fire extinguishers are kept on the rack next to the fire next door.Know fire evacuation plan - to which outside assembly point.
 Trip hazards are removed from all corridors and Keep the gangways clear.
  electric safety check check all plugs and areas for bare wires
wipeable surfaces in kitchen cleans hygiene
Buy stock of cleaning equipment and binliners and give out early at events
 checking gas supply is safe.
Always remember the bin liner game get them out before the end of an event and give them out to people and always big  up the backstage recycling crew with praise and reward.


9) Write a set of Caretakers guidelines

what is expected from a community centre/project caretaker.
to be welcoming friendly to explain to people how the project runs and how they can get involved
why you are doing it and where things are in the building such as toilets kitchens facilities
 SAFER SPACES POLICY also needs to be created early and put up clearly around the space.
Basically : No violence or threats of violence,no racist sexist or homophobic behaviour.
No  Alchohol or Drugs (if thats what group has consensed)
If you break this safer space you will be asked to leave by Tranquility team.
Good to deal with some situations in a friendly but firm manner.Sometimes it needs the whole group to come together and back eachother up with someone who say may be aggressive.Some situations  are  better dealt with a small number of diplomatic people.

Big question that needs to be addressed and dealt with early by the group is what is the attitude towards alcohol or not and drugs or not in the building.
Clear focus is set from the beginning and helps the project stay  focused throughout this is a large debate.And there should be spaces with  and without so there is a diversity of space for each flavour. - Designated smoking areas can help.

Caretakers Logbook and Visitors book

2 books that help run the project ,get a caretakers  logbook
this is for any thing of note that happens during the day :
Ask caretakers to record important workshops-  visitors -official visits - media -repairs and maintenance or communication to other shifts.Useful info to be networked.

Visitors book
Ask visitors to sign the visitors book when they first come to building this helps to build up the network and database and keep in touch with all project supporters.
The network  should be used more effectively by looking for skills and helping them get involved.
visitors book should have 3 columns:
name /contact details phone or email/ and skills or comments you wish to leave

A cleaning rota is also helpful to keep the project clean and tidy and focused.

Coordinators for working groups and a clear time and place they meet will help get people involved each working group should have a things to do list.

Wish List should be written up early withy a list of items requested to help run/support the project. We usually start with food ,paint and tools, then furniture,bedding,rope, tents,climbing gear,supplies cake etc etc.

Court case

7  main points to adjourn always get your documents to www.squatter.org.uk which is the Advisory Service for  Squatters
Adjournment  points are
two clear working days notice of court - limit (Used to be 5 for residential)
names they knew are not written down (so tell them any names and witness statement)
 the Map is not clear
incorrect address could include other land or buildings unoccupied
or there may be a tenancy that still exists on part of the reclaimed site
also license may possibly be given by Someone from the owners or company
European court of human rights articles 8,10 and 11 could apply.

Keep networking keep networking keep networking do it for the love
the people and the planet keep networking.We need an eco community centre in every area.
Worldwide
Never give up ' u cant kill the spirit'

Monday, 24 November 2014

#OccupyDemocracy @natalieben @thegreenparty #CameronMustGo #TarpaulinRevolution #FreeNelsonMandela #OLSX #ONN DTG23112014 http://bambuser.com/v/5097985

 Great Video of Natalie Bennet wise words from Green Party

#OccupyDemocracy @natalieben @thegreenparty #CameronMustGo #TarpaulinRevolution #FreeNelsonMandela #OLSX #ONN DTG23112014


http://bambuser.com/v/5097985

#occupydemocracy activist locked on to Houses of Parliament railings Press Release

English: The London House of Parliament
English: The London House of Parliament (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phone: 07906188898 / 07745651634 / 07535184071
Twitter: #occupydemocracy / @occupydemocracy / @occupylondon

  • #occupydemocracy 's programme of talks continues directly in front of houses of Parliament
  • PHOTOS AVAILABLE

About at about 3:30pm this afternoon #occupydemocracy supporter Arron locked on to the railings of Houses of Parliament.

The focus of the #occupydemocracy demonstration has now moved directly in front of the Houses of Parliament where our constructive programme of talks and debates continues on the pavement directly in front of the Houses of Parliament. 

Protestors are holding a 20 metre banner saying "Real Democracy Now!" in front of the Houses of Parliament.

Arron has a bicycle D-lock around his neck linking himself to the Hosue of Parliament railings. He was arrested at the previous #occupydemocracy protest in October for sitting on a piece of Tarpaulin on Parliament Square

Explaining his decision to take this act of nonviolent civil disobedience he said: "The oppression of my free speech during  #occupydemocracy in October was so extreme I feel this is the only way to get my voice heard "

Former Liberal Democrat Vice Chair and author of The Prostitute State Donnachadh McCarthy who gave a speech at #occupydemocracy earlier today said:

"Aaron's heroic gesture is in the proud democratic tradition of the suffragettes  - our democracy has been so damaged by corporate hijacking that only such mass peaceful direct action can creat a democracy works on behalf of all the people, and not just the 1%"

#occupydemocracy has come together to build a movement for a democracy free from corporate influence that works for all of us - not just banks, corporations and a wealthy few.

For more information: See our previous press releases and more background information on #occupydemocracy here: http://occupydemocracy.org.uk/category/press/

Sunday, 23 November 2014

This evening from 7.30pm at Passing Clouds: Open Dalston presents SAVE DALSTON LANE! A night of resistance to planned corporate development of Dalston's historic buildings. With DAN CRUICKSHANK, MICHAEL ROSEN and IAN SINCLAIR plus a presentation by Open Dalstons Bill Parry Davies! DALSTONITES UNITE!

This evening from 7.30pm at Passing Clouds: Open Dalston presents SAVE DALSTON LANE! A night of resistance to planned corporate development of Dalston's historic buildings. With DAN CRUICKSHANK, MICHAEL ROSEN and IAN SINCLAIR plus a presentation by Open Dalstons Bill Parry Davies! DALSTONITES UNITE!

Today 23rd 4pm @ 67 Guilford st screening documentary about campsfield irc followed by discussion with filmmaker&ex-detainee more info 07542 202659

Today 23rd 4pm @ 67 Guilford st screening documentary about campsfield irc followed by discussion with filmmaker&ex-detainee more info 07542 202659

Thursday, 20 November 2014

This Thurs 20th is CRUX at Grow, 98C Main Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN. Donation entry. Doors at 7pm. Workshops at 8pm. Jam session and livesets from 9pm till 1am. Wicked rig and nice beers. Crux-events.org

This Thurs 20th is CRUX at Grow, 98C Main Yard, 
Hackney Wick, E9 5LN. Donation entry. Doors at 7pm. Workshops at 8pm. Jam session and livesets from 9pm till 1am. Wicked rig and nice beers. Crux-events.org for lineup. 

Call-out for support for fracking resisters: Thu 20 Nov in Manchester & Wrexham Indymedia network IT

Call-out for support for fracking resisters: Thu 20 Nov in Manchester & Wrexham

Frack Free Wrexham | 19.11.2014 23:02 | Ecology | Energy Crisis | Fracking | Wales

Papers have been lodged in the High Court by the landowner against 'persons unknown' at the Borras Community Protection Camp in Wrexham seeking possession of the currently occupied site of the proposed GP/Dart/IGas test drill. 

Support is requested in the morning (Thu 20 Nov) at the court hearing in Manchester and at the camp near Wrexham. Full details below.

 

 

 


AT COURT - MANCHESTER 

The hearing is scheduled for 10.30am, Thu 20 November, 
Manchester CJC, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M60 9DJ. 

Please attend from 10am to show your support. 

AT CAMP - WREXHAM 

The camp address is Borras Road, Borras, Wrexham LL13 9TG. 

From the A534 Wrexham to Holt Road, take the turning nearly opposite the Holt Lodge Hotel, follow this road right to the end, turn left at the T-junction and the camp is on the left just past the 'Borras' village sign. 1 mile from Holt Lodge. 

Please turn up any time from 9.30am. Bring your own supplies of drinks and snacks. Bring still and video cameras, wear sturdy boots. Legal observers also needed. 

See also: 
Facebook group: Borras and Holt Community Protection Camp 
Twitter: @BCPC2 and @frackfreewxm 
Camp phone: 07762 258121

Frack Free Wrexham 
- e-mail: frackfreewrexham [AT] riseup.net 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Journalists take a stand for colleagues in Egypt - http://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/

Journalists take a stand for colleagues in Egypt

Over 600 Egyptian journalists have signed a statement condemning a declaration of support for the government by their editors and the head of the Egyptian journalists’ union. Leading international journalists, including Channel 4′s Jon Snow, the Guardian’s correspondent in Cairo, Patrick Kingsley and Professor of Journalism at City University, Roy Greenslade have launched an open…

http://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/

jonsnow_FreeAJstaff_protest

Monday, 17 November 2014

Barnet library Cuts ,Brought to book on non consultation by Mrs Angry Broken Barnet Blogspot http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 14 November 2014

Brought to book: Barnet's nonsultation on library cuts


http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/

After scraping back into power in May, Barnet's Tory councillors and senior management team, as predicted, gleefully set about targeting even more council services with a range of proposed new 'models of delivery', claiming that radical change was necessary in order to achieve immediate as well as sustainable long term savings.

The truth is, of course, that radical change is necessary only for certain interested parties, in order to create further opportunities for outsourcing, and favoured by our empty headed Tory councillors because they have been persuaded by their senior management, and the cohort of private consultants who feast off public sector privatisation, that there is no alternative, and the savings that such contracts will deliver are 'guaranteed'. 

For Barnet Tories, whose clockwork brains are geared by an ideological mechanism inherited from another era, where anything organised within the public sector is inherently bad, this is an appealing proposal, and the lure of guaranteed savings enough to satisfy any doubts that might occur to anyone with any intelligence, or scruples.

This ready excitement over more and more privatisation encourages the dear little heads of our Tory members to overlook one of the most obvious dangers lying in wait, hidden in the road ahead: the political pitfalls of their policies, once approved.

Solidarity with prisoners in Egypt 22 November 2014, 2 PM Cleopatra's needle,



Britain Poised to Muzzle 'Extremist' Speech The country that gave us free expression may be backpedaling. http://reason.com/archives/2014/11/08/britain-poised-to-silence-extremist-spee

In Britain, if you have extreme views on anything from Western democracy to women's role in public life, you might soon require a licence from the government before you can speak in public. Seriously.
Nearly 350 years after us Brits abolished the licensing of the press, whereby every publisher had to get the blessing of the government before he could press and promote his ideas, a new system of licensing is being proposed. And it's one which, incredibly, is even more tyrannical than yesteryear's press licensing since it would extend to individuals, too, potentially forbidding ordinary citizens from opening their gobs in public without officialdom's say-so.

http://reason.com/archives/2014/11/08/britain-poised-to-silence-extremist-spee

 Censorship