Notes from the US

January 20th: Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks.

London: Dalston delivery drivers to protest Hackney Mayor over lack of safe waiting areas

January 19th: Dalston couriers working for app-based firms Deliveroo, UberEats, and JustEat are protesting tomorrow, 20th January, after being forced to wait for orders in all weather at Bentley Road car park, a current COVID testing centre with no shelter or toilets.

North London residents to protest against the construction of Edmonton waste incinerator

January 15th: On Sunday 16th January at 12 noon, North London residents and members from over
 fifty campaign groups will gather at Edmonton Green for a family friendly and socially distanced march in
 protest against the signing of the construction contract between the North London Waste
 Authority (NLWA) and Spanish company ACCIONA scheduled for 18th January.

Sheffield and Blackpool: UK’s longest ever gig-economy pay strike resumes after secret pay talks exposed

January 10th: The UK’s longest ever gig-economy pay strike resumes today as Sheffield and Blackpool couriers from the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) relaunch industrial action and will picket McDonalds branches every day this week.

Interview with the Coordination of Metal Workers (CTM) of Cádiz

January 5th: At the end of last year metalworkers in the southern Spanish port city went on an immense nine-day pay strike as inflation bit into the value of wages, before being brutally let down by union leaderships.

Poland, Belarus, Lithuania: A border crisis hell

January 4th: In November, Ruhi Loren Akhtar (Founder & CEO of Refugee Biriyani & Bananas) travelled to the Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus border to assess the situation, raise awareness, and provide humanitarian aid, where possible, to the people who were affected and displaced there.

France: Revolts in the migrant detention centres

December 17th: Rebellions are increasing in the detention centres of Vincennes and Mesnil-Amelot, with deportation refusal, protests against appalling living conditions and police racism adding to unrest over the health crisis and rising Covid case numbers among detainees.

Cell V: Abolishing Legally Sanctioned Totalitarian Spaces

January 19th: From the forests of Poland to the cells of Germany, this cross-border investigation examines the threat of the institutionalised violence and death faced by refugees both in police custody and on the border to Europe.

The Association of Gerontocrats who Steal the Future

January 18th: The effect of the Kazakhstan protests is such that an authoritarian zone has emerged under the governance of old men who are not afraid to soil their hands with blood.

“Anarchism” is just a name- a review of Anarchism and the Black Revolution and The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism and Abolition

January 13th: Anarchism and the Black Revolution by Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin Pluto Press The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism and Abolition by William C.

Palestine Action: A watershed victory

January 17th: In The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845), Friederich Engels describes the good folk of Manchester and those unfortunate souls that toiled in the ‘dark, satanic’ mills (as described by William Blake) of the surrounding area.

For whom the Bill Tolls: What’s occurring with Kill the Bill?

January 16th: Has the Kill the Bill campaign come roaring back to life?

Cypriots under Turkey’s oppression for decades

January 14th: The Turkish Cypriots have been protesting against Ankara over the past decade and the tensions between Ankara and Nicosia have increased due to the influx of settlers and Turkey’s policies towards northern Cyprus.