Roundup

The social centres roundup

For all its small size and general impoverishment the libertarian socialist movement actually runs a surprisingly large amount of real estate around Britain, all on non-hierarchical lines, by and for the people of the cities and towns we’re in. Housing co-ops, bookshops, bike collectives, archives, distros, printers and the like are all part of the collective mix. Below, Freedom News briefly rounds up some goings-on at 15 radical social centres… Continue reading

The Rolling Resistance full month roundup

The Rolling Resistance month of action against Cuadrilla’s controversial attempts to frack for gas in the Lancashire countryside drew to a close today — though it won’t be the end of the campaign to stop energy giants from imposing their will on the public in the name of profit. Freedom rounds up some of the goings on of the month below, which saw near-daily lock-ons, truck surfing, parties, rallies and… Continue reading

Social Centres update: Common house in trouble, Partisan nears opening

Radical social centres across Britain have run into financial issues recently, with business rates rises causing trouble for Larc in east London and the Cowley Club in Brighton this year. For the Common House however cash problems have followed on from the loss of their major funding grant — and they’re in dire need of solidarity to stay afloat while they reorganise. But brighter news is also afoot, as Manchester’s… Continue reading

Roundup: Rolling Resistance anti-fracking actions (July 10-17)

This extended roundup by Freedom News and Reclaim The Power looks at some of the key events which have taken place over week two of the month-long Rolling Resistance against Cuadrilla’s controversial campaign to begin a major gas fracking operation at Preston new Road, just outside Blackpool.

Monday, July 10th

In an intimidating start to the week, Lancashire police announced they would be starting a “mutual aid” system:… Continue reading

Video collection: Jeremy Hunt running away

On May 3rd a video by Sandra Ash of Keep Our St Helier Hospital (Koshh) made it into the papers as she tried to ask Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about his role in “demolishing” NHS funding and softening the service up for a wave of privatisation.

But this is far from the first time we’ve been treated to those slightly hunched shoulders retreating into… Continue reading

Notes from the US

Louis Further brings us his latest update from across the pond, rounding up some of the happenings you won’t have heard of in the land of the “free”

Environmental damage

One of the most dangerous appointments which Trump has made is that of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only does Pruitt (as well as Trump) deny (the human causes of) climate change; but he has… Continue reading

National Action Rebranded: Neo-nazis are trying it on again

Banned neo-nazi group National Action (NA) is attempting to re-establish itself using the name National Socialist Network.

Despite being banned by the Home Secretary, Hope Not Hate reports that the neo-nazi youngsters are continuing to grab media headlines in much the same way as Combat 18 did in the 1990s. The group became the first right-wing political group to be proscribed by a Home Secretary, meaning it is illegal for… Continue reading

Nuclear Power At What Price?

March 11th will mark the sixth anniversary of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere in what was the biggest nuclear disaster since the explosion at Chernobyl twenty five years earlier.

The initial earthquake caused the reactors at the plant to shut down automatically, activating the emergency generators. But the tsunami which followed the earthquake flooded… Continue reading

Louis Further: Notes From the US

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

The Run ’em Over law

In the middle of January, the legislature in North Dakota took an extraordinary move to confront those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They tried to make it legal to injure or kill them! Included in the wording of House Bill 1203 [… Continue reading