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IWW member speaks out on arrest at Glasgow Pride

Following the arrest of five people at this year’s Glasgow Pride celebration on August 19th, Clydeside Industrial Workers of the World member Panos explains why he was present at the Police out of Pride bloc, and his experiences on the day.

I am one of the five arrested on the 19th of August 2017 at Glasgow Pride. I am a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and… Continue reading

Shock eviction of Cornerhouse centre puts 20 people on streets

Homeless people rounded on Andy Burnham’s Labour administation in Manchester today after 20 people were rousted out of the well-regarded Cornerhouse squatted centre in an early-morning raid.

Manchester Activist Network, which has been heavily involved in the space, said today they will be looking to hold highly-paid council bosses to account for promises made during Mayor Burnham’s election campaign in May that his team would “end rough sleeping by 2020”:… Continue reading

Disastrous showing for National Front in Grantham

Barely two dozen people made it out for a showing of the National Front today, as the far-right party continues to languish at the very bottom of the political pile drawing a combination of oddball skinheads, confederate flag wavers and the sort of younger presence that would face a public mocking by conservative youth for being a bit too dweeby.

Anti-fascists massively outnumbered NF goons in Grantham, near Nottingham,… Continue reading

Campaign to fight toxic prisons to tour Britain next month

In a timely move as the prison system faces major market-oriented reform, members of the US-based Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons will be going on tour around the country in late September and early October to talk about their experiences of — and successes against — the social and ecological impact of the United States prison-industrial complex.

CFTP organises resistance at the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment… Continue reading

Liverpool anarchists launch hospitality sector campaign

Anarcho-syndicalists in Liverpool linked to Liverpool Solfed have recently opened a new campaign to fight bad working conditions in the city’s hospitality sector, following on from similar successful efforts in Brighton. The group said in a launch statement:

The hospitality industry, which includes workplaces like pubs, restaurants, hotels, canteens, etc. has an important presence in the city and is well known for abuses and exploitation. Our aim is to get… Continue reading

New spycop inquiry chair set to cover up names, warns watchdog

Researchers for the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) warned today that, following the first major release of papers by controversial new spycop inquiry chief Sir John Mitting, it looks like the Met may be successful in hiding the names of officers linked to their disgraced undercover operations team.

COPS has finished analysing a large release of papers by the Undercover Policing Inquiry following the recent release of three… Continue reading

Violence continues as major rig structures arrive at Lancashire frack site

Police have admitted using force 165 times in just 19 days of the Rolling Resistance against frack mining at Preston New Road, Lanchashire, underlining what protectors have been saying for weeks about officers acting as enforcers for drill firm Cuadrilla rather than keeping any peace.

The report comes just days after the latest incident at the site, which won national attention last month as near-daily lock-ons forced financially-troubled Cuadrilla to… Continue reading

Peterborough Mayor bans public from meetings over spycop councillor protests

Having suspended a chaotic council meeting last week amid noisy protests demanding the resignation of former spycop (and current councillor) Andy Coles, Peterborough Mayor John Fox closed today’s planned meeting to the public entirely today fearing “equally disruptive” actions.

Mayor Fox, who was himself a former police officer with the Cambridge force for 23 years and only retired as a community police officer last year, serves with Mr Coles as… Continue reading

Critical Mass sets off for Rolling Resistance

At the time of writing a large intrepid band of Critical Mass cyclists are partway through their day-long journey to lend support to anti-fracking protectors on Preston New Road, Lancashire.

Beginning in central Manchester, the crew’s 45-mile journey to join Reclaim the Power‘s month-long Rolling Resistance campaign against Cuadrilla is winding its way through local sites of fossil fuel resistance including Barton Moss Community Protection Camp and Bolton… Continue reading

Case study: Grassroots pressure over substandard housing in Brighton

The following article from Brighton SolFed looks at how even seemingly small amounts of pressure on council figures can shine enough light to panic them, and potentially force concessions.

On Monday June 25th Brighton SolFed delivered leaflets to a number of high rise blocks in the city, offering our solidarity and support to any tenants who might be organising to ensure their safety as a result of the fire at… Continue reading