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Manchester Council gears up for eviction of the Addy

Andy Burnham’s Labour administration found itself in yet another mess over homelessness today as it made its first abortive attempt to scare a self-organised homeless group off an occupied site in Hulme — just days after pledging to “end homelessness” in Manchester.

The spectacle has been particularly humiliating for City bosses because the squatted empty property was once better known as North Hulme Adventure Playground — a community space which… Continue reading

Picturehouse strike on a high as it goes into day two

Following on from intimidatory efforts by bosses at Cineworld’s Picturehuse subsidiary, including redundancies which critics say seem aimed at scaring union organisers into silence, pickets are going strong tonight in the second day of strike action to win the London Living Wage and basic rights.

The 12-month campaign has seen solidarity from all over the capital, including film-makers, food firms, supporters in the local community (and their dogs, above)… Continue reading

Solfed: Rail firms are putting profit and power before people

In this short statement, first published at solfed.org.uk, Manchester Solidarity Federation are urging support for rail workers facing dangerous cuts to jobs.

Rail guards on October 3rd took action to protect their jobs on Northern,‎ Southern, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia services. The strike is aimed at preventing rail companies from removing the guards from trains and operating driver-only trains. The RMT rail union stated  “RMT members are standing… Continue reading

Spycops victims rally at Home Office to demand end to coverups

Campaigners for the truth over what happened and who infiltrated swathes of perfectly legal organisations from the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit said they’d had enough yesterday as the Undercover Policing Inquiry continues to stall. Speaking at the demo today, a rep for the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) said:

We’re here today to demand our files for 40 years of… Continue reading

Solidarity doubles fundraising target for burned Bristol Tent City

Following a successful weekend for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair and Radical History Festival more good news has come through from the south-west — solidarity donations to help homeless people whose tent city was burned down on September 9th have more than doubled the campaign target in less than a week.

The £1,000 cash drive by Bristol Homeless Action Movement, which aims to help replace the possessions of seven homeless… Continue reading

DSEI arrest count likely to top 100

With 56 people detained in the first few days of the DSEI arms fair protests in London and more than 30 arrested just on the 9th, it seems likely the total count for Dsei arrests will top 100 this year, though it’s worth noting that many of these will be “planned” arrests involving lock-ons and blockades where people are aware they will likely be pinched by police zealously guarding… Continue reading

DSEI arms fair struggles as peace protesters disruption enters fourth day

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Massive posters, Tube adverts and infiltration kicked off day four of the campaign against the DSEI weapons trade fair in London today following three days of direct actions and lock-ons which have held up goods from being transported and disrupted the business of flogging guns to killers.

The wide array of subvertising and undercover shots from the bomb jamboree — including a Union Jack tank up for sale to enthusiastic… Continue reading

Campaigners call for spycop inquiry to be opened EU-wide

Campaigners for justice in the spycop inquiry hammered home the international damage being done to human rights by undercover police officers at an EU Parliament hearing today, as members of disgraced British unit the National Public Order Intelligence Unit operated across the zone.

Speaking at the Accountability for state agent Protection Against Police Infiltration conference in Brussels, spycop victims’ solicitor Darragh Mackey (pictured) argued the government’s increasingly discredited official inquiry… Continue reading

Students who fought for school and ousted head are top of the class

In a lovely epilogue to a campaign to save their school from being converted into an academy, students at John Roan in Greenwich, London, have reported their best ever BTEC and A-Level results.

The John Roan Resists campaign was a particularly bruising result of Michael Gove’s stint as Education Minister, as his 19th-century ideas about how to bring out the best in 21st century children meshed catastrophically with modern-day… Continue reading

Campaigners condemn far-right recruitment attempts among IPP families

Campaigners against indefinite IPP prison sentences publicly denounced efforts being made by far-right activist Tommy Robinson (pictured waving brick) to infiltrate and recruit from among the prisoners’ families of using his “media reach” as a lure today. Smash IPP said in a statement:

We are sad and angry to announce that Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defense League, has been trying to recruit IPP prisoner families.… Continue reading