Protest News Bulletin 25th April, 2011

Good morning folks,

this week, the Royal Wedding loomed ever closer, and most of us wondered who all these people were who put the Mirror’s Royal Wedding poster in their windows. Pretty much nothing else happened this week. Well, accordingly to the media, anyway.

In the meantime: The Libyan civil war rages on, President Saleh has agreed to step down as President of Yemen, there’s just some dispute as to when, and a media blackout has been imposed on Syria as tanks have started rolling into towns and villages. In Britain, politicians are accusing each other over lying about AV, and people don’t like Tesco.

In this message:

Major stuff upcoming

- The Royal Wedding (29th April)
- May Day (1st May)
- Bristol Bookfair (7th May)
- The Rally Against the Rally Against Debt (May 14th)
- Global Boycott Proctor and Gamble Day (May 14th)

Around the country

- Protest At Barclays AGM (London)
- Not The Royal Wedding Street Party (London)
- Bath’s Republican Picnic against Parasites
- UKUncut Funeral Procession: Mourning the Death of Our Services (Manchester)
- Mayday March and Rally against Cuts – from Hilltown to City Square. (Dundee)
- Mayday – International Workers Day – Nottingham
- Various UKUncut Mayday demonstrations (Birmingham, Cambridge, Brighton, – Southampton, Leeds, Sheffield)
- UKUncut Mayday demonstration (Oxford)
- Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering
- Mayday Brighton: Mass Party & Protest
- Bradford Community Celebration Mayday
- Mayday protest in Portsmouth against cuts
- Demo and Occupation against airport at Nante, France
- Bristol anarchist bookfair 2011
- Leeds UKUncut Occupation
- South Downs Green Fair
- National Week of Action Against Atos Origin
- Keep Our Forests Public (Arundel)
- RALLY AGAINST the pro-cuts Rally Against Debt (London)
- Taking Control Gathering – Birmingham
- Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day

If you would like your event to appear here, please send an email to networkx@riseup.net

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Major stuff upcoming:

The Royal Wedding (29th April):

Prince William is marrying Kate Middleton, and spending £20million of our money telling the world that he loves her. Love, yay, spending money, bad.

Reclaim the Royal Wedding:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133111743419754&notif_t=event_invite

Not the Royal Wedding Street Party (details in main body):

http://www.republic.org.uk/What%20we%20do/Republic%20Campaigns/Royal%20wedding/index.php

MAY DAY (May 1st):

International Workers’ Day has been celebrated in London
since the 1880s. Despite often being ignored by the mass media, the
celebrations have maintained the traditions of unity and solidarity in London.

See London Mayday Organising Committee website:

http://www.londonmayday.org/home.php

Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers%27_Day

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair (7th May):

In the tradition of May Day…Resistance and Alternatives to Cuts. An anarchist antidote to a week of royal weddings, local elections and dodgy referendums, and more cuts! Offering all things anarchist – the ideas, practices, arguements, books and merchandise. For newcomers there’s easy open access to the various anarchist strands, and for old-timers the chance to engage, discuss, plan and plot. 50 stalls, 25 meetings, films, vegan cafe, kids space and more. After party nearby too.

http://www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178345922213488

RALLY AGAINST the pro-cuts Rally Against Debt (May 14th)

CALLING FOR PROTESTS AGAINST the pro-cuts Rally Against Debt demo organised by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. Protests against this sham will be posted when known.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178345922213488

Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day (May 14th)

Unite with fellow activists for our fifteenth Global Boycott P&G Day, exposing the callous animal testing practices of the world’s largest consumer goods corporation, and makers of Herbal Essences. Get involved by organising or helping with a Boycott P&G event in your area. Actions can include protests, stunts, street theatre, stalls and leafleting in town centres and at supermarkets/personal care stores (e.g. Boots).

http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pgday.htm

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Around the Country:

27th Apr
Protest At Barclays AGM (London)

Barclays Capital’s role in food speculation is driving up global food prices and leaving millions facing hunger and malnutrition. Barclays is the UK’s biggest player in food speculation and helps other financial players bet on hunger too.
Address: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
Time: meet 10am, demo 10.30am, AGM starts 11am
Web: http://www.wdm.org.uk/stop-bankers-betting-food/barclays-profiting-hunger

29th Apr
Not The Royal Wedding Street Party (London)

On a day which is sure to see another big central London demo, the EDL are
threatening to attack anti-royals protesters. Meanwhile there will be a Street
Party – celebrating democracy and people-power rather than inherited privilege
- with food, stalls and entertainment.
Address: Earlham Street, London WC2
Time: 11.30am
Web: http://www.republic.org.uk

29th Apr
Bath’s Republican Picnic against Parasites

Estimates place the Windsors’ annual expenses and allowances at a figure around £40-50 million – and we are now expected to shell out a further £80 million on Royal Wedding security. Dress for the occasion, and bring food, drink, music, friends and banners; oh, and the odd effigy to burn.
Address: Royal Victoria Park (oh, the irony!), Bath
Time: 12 noon

29th Apr
UKUncut Funeral Procession: Mourning the Death of Our Services (Manchester)

In October 2010, the country learnt of the infliction of a terminal illness on its public sector.

We will be gathering on the 29th of April to hold a living wake commiserating the demise of our vital sevices, and celebrating all that they have achieved.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to pay your respects.

The funeral will start at 12.30 at Manchester Town hall where you are invited to share your experiences and memories of those we have loved and will lose. We will then embark on a funeral procession bearing coffins in respect for The NHS, Education, Welfare, Immigration and The Arts.

Please come dressed in black, flowers are welcome.

We hope that you can join us in our grief and make this day memorable.

Time
29 April · 12:30 – 15:30
Location
Manchester Town Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact: joeford@riseup.net
Web: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/527

29th Apr
Mayday March and Rally against Cuts – from Hilltown to City Square. (Dundee)

Then to the Reading Rooms, via Banks and corporate Tax Dodgers in Central Dundee, for the Anti-Royal Wedding Garden Party 1pm-6pm. NO MONARCHS – NO MASTERS !

The Garden Party is a free event (but donations are encouraged) organised by dundeeuncut. Music, DJs, performance poetry, political seminar, film show, food and drink.

At night Dundee TUC social at Lyrics from 7.30 with Donna Maccioca and Band.

Address: Hilltown Park
Time: 11:30am
Contact: dundeeuncut@gmail.com

30th Apr
Mayday – International Workers Day – Nottingham

Mayday 2011 will be an expression of solidarity with shoe-chuckers everywhere
in the world, but especially the Middle East and North Africa, who are
demanding freedom, better pay and conditions, and a future for their children.
Address: Victoria Park, Bath Street, Sneinton, near Sneinton Market. Nottingham
Time: 11am – marching from 12 towards Speakers Corner (Clough statue)
Email: boraxwoman-mayday@yahoo.co.uk

30th Apr
Various UKUncut Mayday demonstrations:

Birmingham: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/530
Cambridge: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/522
Brighton: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/499
Southampton: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/529
Leeds: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/526
Sheffield: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/525

1st May:
UKUncut Mayday demonstration (Oxford)

Meet at The Turf Tavern, oxford on May the 1st, international workers day for a peaceful protest at a location that will be revealed on the day. Come dressed as police and criminals, and we will be turning a tax dodging company into a mock police station for a day. Other activities are being organised.

Address: Turf Tavern
Time: 11:00am
Contact: DayneD89@gmail.com

30th Apr to 2nd May
Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering

There will be a weekend of workshops and actions at the Shell To Sea camp on
the west coast of Ireland, defending it from Shell. This will be a family
friendly event with kids area. See website for details.
Address: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/directions
Web: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org

30th Apr
Mayday Brighton: Mass Party & Protest

Not just a demo against the cuts, bringing together UK Uncut, as well as Critical Mass, No Borders, South Coast Climate Camp, Anti-Fascists, Smash EDO, Hunt Sabs and more – going for a whole range of targets. For details see website…
Address: Central Brighton TBA
Time: TBA
Web: http://brightonmayday.wordpress.com

1st May
Bradford Community Celebration Mayday

Celebrating Mayday at community event featuring music, bar, food, stalls,
street performers, a Maypole, kids zone and more. By Bradford People’s
Coalition Against the Cuts.
Address: Bradford Urban Garden
Time: 11am
Email: dusty@legend.co.uk

1st May
Mayday protest in Portsmouth against cuts

A march has been called by Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together (PACT) for
Sunday 1st of May to celebrate International Workers Day, which highlights the
cuts as a class issue, making us pay for a crisis not of our creation.
Address: Victoria Park, Portsmouth by the workers memorial and make its way
through Portsea and the Hard to Southsea Common
Time: 12.30pm
Email: portsmouth.anarchists@googlemail.com
Web: http://portsmouthanarchists.wordpress.com

7th May
Demo and Occupation against airport at Nante, France

There will be a demo and occupation of land near Nante, France, to stop it
getting turned into Notre Dame des Landes Airport. The demo will reclaim land
and begin using it for agriculture. By Reclaim the Fields, a network of
European farmers and landless peasants, and squatters in the ZAD. Come with
gardening tools.
Address: meet at the village of La Paquelais, northwest of Nante
Time: 10am
Email: reclaimthezad@riseup.net
Web: http://zad.nadir.org/index.php?lang=en http://reclaimthefields.org

7th May
Bristol anarchist bookfair 2011

In the tradition of May Day…Resistance and Alternatives to Cuts. An anarchist
antidote to a week of royal weddings, local elections and dodgy referendums,
and more cuts!
Offering all things anarchist – the ideas, practices, arguements, books and
merchandise. For newcomers there’s easy open access to the various anarchist
strands, and for old-timers the chance to engage, discuss, plan and plot. 50
stalls, 25 meetings, films, vegan cafe, kids space and more. After party nearby
too.
Address: Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol
Directions: Stokes Croft is the A38, a major artery into Bristol centre. The
venue is a 10 minute walk to the city centre.
Nearest Public Transport: Many buses stop nearby and main bus station 5 mins
away. Main rail station 20 min walk away. Plenty of lock ups for bikes nearby.
Postcode: BS1 3QY | View Map
Time: 10.30am to 6.30pm
Price: Free/donation
Email: bristolanarchistbookfair@riseup.net
Web: http://www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

7th May
Leeds UKUncut Occupation

OUR PUBLIC SECTOR CUTS ARE LINING PRIVATE POCKETS

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT AND HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD!

SUPPORT UK UNCUT IN OUR FIGHT TO MAKE CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF
TAXES

DO SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF AND GET INVOLVED!

Time: 11am-6pm
Price: Free/donation
Email: directactionagainstcuts@gmail.com
Web: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165250693528608

8th May
South Downs Green Fair

One day event exploring green issues and solutions with live music, stalls,
woodland crafts, kids activities, bushcraft, local food, beer tent,
permaculture, renewable technology, traditional rural skills, fair trade café,
permaculture forum, seed swap and more.
Address: The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire
Nearest Public Transport: Petersfield train station
Time: 11am-5pm
Price: £5 adult / £2 child
Phone: 01730 823166
Email: info@sustainability-centre.org
Web: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/hampshiregreen/2011

9th May to 16th May
National Week of Action Against Atos Origin

Atos Origin have just begun a £300 million contract by the Con-dem Government
to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming
Incapacity Benefit – their real purpose is to strip benefits from as many
people as possible. There will be a demo outside their head office on May 9th.
Address: Atos Origin, 4 Triton Square, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3HG
Directions: Triton Square is on the North side of Euston Road, just over the
road from Warren Street tube
Nearest Public Transport: Warren Street tube
Postcode: NW1 3HG | View Map
Time: 2pm
Web: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com

14th May
Keep Our Forests Public (Arundel)

Rally and walk opposing govt proposals to sell off publicly owned forests.
Address: Whiteways car park on A29 north of Arundel
Time: 12 noon
Web: http://saveourforests.co.uk

14th May
RALLY AGAINST the pro-cuts Rally Against Debt

CALLING FOR PROTESTS AGAINST the pro-cuts ‘Bash The Poor’ demo organised by the Tory-funded Taxpayers’ Alliance and people from UKIP – a sort of ‘UK Tea Party’. Protests against this sham will be posted when known, but a FB page has started – see below. For comedy value see the actual RAD website – http://rallyagainstdebt.org
Address: location of RAD demo to be announced on their website
Time: 11am
Web: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178345922213488

14th May to 15th May
Taking Control Gathering – Birmingham

A weekend of workshops for those in the West Midlands actively pursuing social change with topics ranging from alternative media to gender and sexuality, from food politics to setting up co-operatives. We aim to provide the space for people to meet, discuss, and plan how to take action. With vegan food for a minimal cost, a Saturday night crash space, a Kids’ space, and a Saturday night gig at The Wagon and Horses, Digbeth.
Address: Friction Arts, The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
Postcode: B12 0QH | View Map
Time: from 9.30am 14th onwards
Price: £4 minimum donation for the weekend
Phone: 07582734713
Email: westmidsgathering@aktivix.org
Web: http://takingcontrolwestmidlands.wordpress.com

14th May
Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day

Unite with fellow activists for our fifteenth Global Boycott P&G Day, exposing the callous animal testing practices of the world’s largest consumer goods corporation, and makers of Herbal Essences. Get involved by organising or helping with a Boycott P&G event in your area. Actions can include protests, stunts, street theatre, stalls and leafleting in town centres and at supermarkets/personal care stores (e.g. Boots). You can also help by organising protests at P&G sites, or displays and information events at your college, library, health-food shop, or workplace, and/or by firing off letters to all your regional media and online forums. See website for more…
Phone: 0114 272 2220
Web: http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pgday.htm

Any other protests or events you want added to this, just email networkx@riseup.net.

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Protest News Bulletin 18th April

Good morning folks,

this week, it became evident that the AV referendum was probably going to lose, but it was never going to change much anyway, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s troubles got worse as the Royal College of Nursing voted near unaminously for a vote of no confidence in him, and Nick Clegg started making noises about “changing NHS reforms or lose Lib Dem support‎”. Brilliantly, Lansley argued that the College had voted “for the principles” behind his plan to sell our health to the highest bidder.

Oh and Liberty reckons ‘Cuts march police too focused on kettling’ on the 26th March – http://bbc.in/gp2SYM Nice of them to say so.

In the mean time: did you witness the policeman falling off his horse at the student fees protest on the 9th December? Two activists need witnesses for their defence: http://www.sarahmcculloch.com/blog/2011/04/18/wanted-9th-december-student-fees-protest/

In this message:

Major stuff upcoming
- The Royal Wedding (29th April)
- May Day (1st May)
- Bristol Bookfair (7th May)

Around the country
- Confront Counter Terror: Expose The Expo (London)
- UK Uncut demo – Burnley (Burnley)
- The Common Place Closing Down Weekend (Leeds)
- UK Uncut demo Sheffield (Sheffield)
- Sizewell Camp 2011 (Suffolk)
- UK Uncut in Newcastle (Newcastle)
- Protest against racist nationalist St Georges Day march, (Brighton)
- Not The Royal Wedding Street Party (London)
- Mayday – International Workers Day (Nottingham)
- Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering (Rossport, Ireland)
- Mayday Brighton (Brighton)
- UK Uncut demo Leeds (Leeds)
- UK Uncut protest – Oxford (Oxford)
- Bradford Community Celebration Mayday (Bradford)
- Mayday protest in Portsmouth against cuts (Portsmouth)
- Demo and Occupation against airport at Nante, France (Nantes, France)
- Bristol anarchist bookfair 2011 (Bristol)
- Leeds UKUncut Occupation (Leeds)
- South Downs Green Fair (East Meon, Hampshire)
- National Week of Action Against Atos Origin (London)

If you would like your event to appear here, please send a message to this networkx@riseup.net.

Major stuff upcoming:

The Royal Wedding (29th April): Prince William is marrying Kate Middleton, joy.  We all get a day off from work, and apparently Meltdown are making a porn film in celebration: http://news.in.msn.com/international/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5111874&ocid=tweet Meltdown’s actual event is featuring a working guillotine

For actual demo news, go here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133111743419754&notif_t=event_invite

MAY DAY (May 1st) – International Workers’ Day has been celebrated in London since the 1880s. Despite often being ignored by the mass media, the celebrations have maintained the traditions of unity and solidarity in London.

See London Mayday Organising Committee website: http://www.londonmayday.org/home.php
Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers%27_Day

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair (7th May): In the tradition of May Day…Resistance and Alternatives to Cuts. An anarchist antidote to a week of royal weddings, local elections and dodgy referendums, and more cuts! Offering all things anarchist – the ideas, practices, arguements, books and merchandise. For newcomers there’s easy open access to the various anarchist strands, and for old-timers the chance to engage, discuss, plan and plot. 50 stalls, 25 meetings, films, vegan cafe, kids space and more. After party nearby too. http://www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

Around the Country:

19th Apr
Confront Counter Terror: Expose The Expo
Join Disarm DSEi as we confront the Counter Terror Expo—an event showcasing the latest equipment used by states to spy on, restrict and repress their citizens under the guise of “preventing terrorism”. Across North Africa and the Middle East, tottering dictatorships are using equipment supplied by UK companies to spy on and attack demonstrators, and yet some of these countries will be shopping for more equipment at the Counter Terror Expo, along with other repressive regimes from around the world.
Address: Grand & National Hall, Olympia Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Postcode: W14 8UX | View Map
Time: 12 noon
Web: http://www.dsei.org/counter-terror-2011

23rd Apr
UK Uncut demo – Burnley
A peaceful protest in Burnley town centre to highlight the national campaign against corporate tax dodgers.
Address: Outside Dorothy Perkins, St James’s St, Burnley
Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm
Email: ukuncutburnley@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/503 http://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Uncut-Burnley/197131880327131

23rd Apr to 24th Apr
The Common Place Closing Down Weekend
The Common Place is closing down after 6 years as a social centre hub in Leeds. There will be a weekend of event including a party on the Saturday night with live music/DJs and films on Sunday night. Plus – a ‘What’s Next?’ meeting at The Common Place on Sunday 17th April at 5pm.
Address: The Common Place Social Centre, 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds, LS2 7EQ
Postcode: LS2 7EQ | View Map
Time: all weekend
Web: http://www.thecommonplace.org.uk

23rd Apr
UK Uncut demo Sheffield
Against all goverment cuts. Marching up Glossop Rd onto West End Rd.
Address: multi-storey carpark cnr Glossop Rd and Claremont Pl Sheffield
Time: 11.15am
Email: protestatsheffield@hotmail.co.uk
Web: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/487

23rd Apr
Sizewell Camp 2011
There will an easter camping weekend at Sizewell, Friday 22rd – Monday 25th April opposing nuclear power and the need for sustainable energy solutions – as well as marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster. The weekend includes a protest at the nuclear power station entrance, public meeting, workshops and skill shares, woodland and beach walks, vegan grub and networking. Now is the time to take action against new build.. and get the old stations shut down.. There will be a demo on the 23rd – see details below
Address: Sizewell Nuclear Power Station …
Directions: Sizewell is on the Suffolk Coast about 8 miles from the A12 about 100 miles from Central London.
Nearest Public Transport: The nearest train station is Saxmundham which is 7 miles from Sizewell
Postcode: IP16 4UE | View Map
Time: demo day – 12noon -3pm
Price: freeeeeee! donation for food at the camp.
Email: camp@sizewellcamp.org.uk
Web: http://www.sizewellcamp.org.uk

23rd April
UK Uncut in Newcastle – make the tax cheats pay! Saturday 23 April, 12-2.30pm – targeting tax avoiders and banks in Newcastle city centre. Details to be arranged at the next Tyne and Wear Coalition of Resistance meeting – Wednesday 13 April, 7pm, upstairs at Salsa Cafe, 89 Westgate Road, Newcastle – all supporters welcome to attend and contribute ideas.
Website: http://ukuncut.org.uk/actions/512

24th Apr
Protest against racist nationalist St Georges Day march, Brighton
St Georges Day will be again used as a vehicle for xenophobic racists, as they try to march through Brighton – more details to follow. Also the same day Brighton Anti-Fascists will be having a vegan roast (£4) from 1pm, followed by fund-raiser gig with live bands 7pm-11pm.
Address: Cowley Club, 12 London Rd, Brighton, BN1 4JA
Postcode: BN1 4JA | View Map
Time: 1pm onwards – see listing for details
Web: http://www.cowleyclub.org.uk

29th Apr
Not The Royal Wedding Street Party
On a day which is sure to see another big central London demo, the EDL are threatening to attack anti-royals protesters. Meanwhile there will be a Street Party – celebrating democracy and people-power rather than inherited privilege – with food, stalls and entertainment.
Address: Earlham Street, London WC2
Time: 11.30am
Web: http://www.republic.org.uk

30th Apr
Mayday – International Workers Day – Nottingham
Mayday 2011 will be an expression of solidarity with shoe-chuckers everywhere in the world, but especially the Middle East and North Africa, who are demanding freedom, better pay and conditions, and a future for their children.
Address: Victoria Park, Bath Street, Sneinton, near Sneinton Market. Nottingham
Time: 11am – marching from 12 towards Speakers Corner (Clough statue)
Email: boraxwoman-mayday@yahoo.co.uk

30th Apr to 2nd May
Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering
There will be a weekend of workshops and actions at the Shell To Sea camp on the west coast of Ireland, defending it from Shell. This will be a family friendly event with kids area. See website for details.
Address: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/directions
Web: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org

30th Apr
Mayday Brighton
Mass party & protest. The bankers’ crisis is being used as an excuse to push through a far-right agenda of vicious cuts. We are being robbed blind – it’s time to reclaim what is ours. Details to follow.
Address: Central Brighton TBA
Time: TBA
Web: http://brightonmayday.wordpress.com

30th Apr
UK Uncut demo Leeds
Occupying a particular tax dodging key offender’s premises – keeping the momentum going after March 26th…
Address: Leeds City Centre TBC
Time: 11am
Web: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/488

1st May
UK Uncut protest – Oxford
Come dressed as police and criminals, and we will be turning a tax dodging company into a mock police station for a day. Other activities are being organised. Marching to location announced on the day.
Address: Meet at The Turf Tavern, Oxford
Time: 11am
Email: DayneD89@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/486

1st May
Bradford Community Celebration Mayday
Celebrating Mayday at community event featuring music, bar, food, stalls, street performers, a Maypole, kids zone and more. By Bradford People’s Coalition Against the Cuts.
Address: Bradford Urban Garden
Time: 11am
Email: dusty@legend.co.uk

1st May
Mayday protest in Portsmouth against cuts
A march has been called by Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together (PACT) for Sunday 1st of May to celebrate International Workers Day, which highlights the cuts as a class issue, making us pay for a crisis not of our creation.
Address: Victoria Park, Portsmouth by the workers memorial and make its way through Portsea and the Hard to Southsea Common
Time: 12.30pm
Email: portsmouth.anarchists@googlemail.com
Web: http://portsmouthanarchists.wordpress.com

7th May
Demo and Occupation against airport at Nante, France
There will be a demo and occupation of land near Nante, France, to stop it getting turned into Notre Dame des Landes Airport. The demo will reclaim land and begin using it for agriculture. By Reclaim the Fields, a network of European farmers and landless peasants, and squatters in the ZAD. Come with gardening tools.
Address: meet at the village of La Paquelais, northwest of Nante
Time: 10am
Email: reclaimthezad@riseup.net
Web: http://zad.nadir.org/index.php?lang=en http://reclaimthefields.org

7th May
Bristol anarchist bookfair 2011
In the tradition of May Day…Resistance and Alternatives to Cuts. An anarchist antidote to a week of royal weddings, local elections and dodgy referendums, and more cuts!
Offering all things anarchist – the ideas, practices, arguements, books and merchandise. For newcomers there’s easy open access to the various anarchist strands, and for old-timers the chance to engage, discuss, plan and plot. 50 stalls, 25 meetings, films, vegan cafe, kids space and more. After party nearby too.
Address: Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol
Directions: Stokes Croft is the A38, a major artery into Bristol centre. The venue is a 10 minute walk to the city centre.
Nearest Public Transport: Many buses stop nearby and main bus station 5 mins away. Main rail station 20 min walk away. Plenty of lock ups for bikes nearby.
Postcode: BS1 3QY | View Map
Time: 10.30am to 6.30pm
Price: Free/donation
Email: bristolanarchistbookfair@riseup.net
Web: http://www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

7th May
Leeds UKUncut Occupation
OUR PUBLIC SECTOR CUTS ARE LINING PRIVATE POCKETS

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT AND HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD!

SUPPORT UK UNCUT IN OUR FIGHT TO MAKE CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES

DO SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF AND GET INVOLVED!

Time: 11am-6pm
Price: Free/donation
Email: directactionagainstcuts@gmail.com
Web: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165250693528608

8th May
South Downs Green Fair
One day event exploring green issues and solutions with live music, stalls, woodland crafts, kids activities, bushcraft, local food, beer tent, permaculture, renewable technology, traditional rural skills, fair trade café, permaculture forum, seed swap and more.
Address: The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire
Nearest Public Transport: Petersfield train station
Time: 11am-5pm
Price: £5 adult / £2 child
Phone: 01730 823166
Email: info@sustainability-centre.org
Web: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/hampshiregreen/2011

9th May to 16th May
National Week of Action Against Atos Origin
Atos Origin have just begun a £300 million contract by the Con-dem Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit – their real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible. There will be a demo outside their head office on May 9th.
Address: Atos Origin, 4 Triton Square, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3HG
Directions: Triton Square is on the North side of Euston Road, just over the road from Warren Street tube
Nearest Public Transport: Warren Street tube
Postcode: NW1 3HG | View Map
Time: 2pm
Web: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com

Any other protests or events you want added to this, just email networkx@riseup.net.

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Workers don’t need Bosses!

Workers don’t need Bosses!

A gathering for all those who want to help build a militant working class mass movement against the cuts, controlled by the grassroots.

The Cowley Club, Brighton, 12th to 13th of March 2011.

The TUC have called a legal, peaceful demonstration in central London on the 26th of March that over one million people are expected to attend, in opposition to the government’s public sector cuts. This will be the biggest demonstration in Britain since the anti-Iraq war protests of 2003.

However, as we all know, those protests were unsuccessful, showing that peaceful protest alone will not stop a government from acting against the people’s will. Strikes, occupations, civil disobedience, in short: DIRECT ACTION is what really gets results for the working class against the bosses and their government.

For these reasons in early January a national anti-cuts gathering held in Manchester (Network X) called for all those attending the demonstration on March 26th not to limit themselves to the TUC leader’s plans, but to use their own initiative and take direct action.

Network X also called for the demonstration not to be limited to unionised workers but to include all sectors of society affected by the cuts, such as benefits claimants, students, and non-unionised workers. To build the links between these different sectors of the working class it is obvious we need to go beyond the structures of official trades unions.

The Brighton gathering is intended for those who intend to respond to this call out to meet, network and discuss how best we can help the development of working class militancy, both on the demonstration and in the aftermath.

As well as organisational meetings there will be practical workshops on:

Workplace organising,

Legal and emotional support for demonstrators,

Fighting gender privilege in the anti-cuts movement

First aid,

Direct action training,

Producing grassroots publicity and alternative media

Food and accommodation will be available and there will be a benefit concert on the first evening of the gathering to cover the costs.

Email brighton@afed.org.uk for more information, or to get involved

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THE SUN REPORT IS FALSE

Network X is only a network of different groups trying to organise against the cuts in a leaderless fashion.  There are no spokespeople for it, as there cannot be at this stage – there are only two things that have been undertaken as a network to express as one organisation.  They are a statement on class struggle and a call out for the 26th of March – which you can find elsewhere on this site.

The article in the Sun is factually incorrect on several accounts, not least the idea that Network X is a revolutionary command organisation – we don’t know what one is and have never professed to be that.  Chris Knight could not speak on behalf of Network X even if he wanted to.

N X

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NETWORK X

OK!  So who would think that this is just a sample of what came out of the meeting!

We finally have got the first of the minutes out – apologies for the time it took, those hangovers aren’t getting any shorter… Please check it all out, it’s got loads of good and useful info – we’ve put some of the best stuff at the bottom to make you go all the way down! Also we need help to fill in a few gaps.

1. Network X at TUC         2. Network X statement
3. January 29th        4. Regional Meetings
5. Links and contacts        6. Network report backs
7. FE Bulletin!             8. Next gathering
9. Critical reflections        10. Questions of gatherers

There will be future mail outs – and we may even move to a fortnightly one if information keeps coming in – so please update us and keep checking the site.

1. Network X at TUC March 26th Demo
A call out was drafted and adopted by the Network X gathering on the weekend.  it is a broad call out with room for furtherance locally – you can find it on the links below.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183120008375162

https://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/01/472428.html

2. Network X Statement
A statement on class struggle was agreed and adopted by the gathering on the weekend, with 14 stand asides with concerns expressed

http://networkxuk.wordpress.com/class-struggle-statement/

3. January 29th  -  A call out was made to take action on the 29th January at the demonstrations in London and Manchester

http://anticuts.com/2010/12/20/a-two-of-two-demos-demonstrate-in-london-or-manchester-29-january/

4.  Regional delegates meetings

There were several regional meetings called
North West to be held in Manchester – 2nd February, anchester, 7pm,  venue tbc – for more info contact celia.watson@gmail.com

please email networkx@riseup.net with title REGIONAL with more information on regional gatherings-  we know they’re happening, get it out there!

5. Links to be uploaded
Links to groups that provide support and skills are being uploaded on the website.  Please send all info and links to networkx@riseup.net – the more we get to share the better, and please send us the links we’ve missed.  Here are a few of the ones that were picked out – but the rest will be on the website by the end of the week, promise!

Activist trauma support – http://www.activist-trauma.net/
Scottish Activist Legal Project – scalp.noflag.org
Media training offered by climate camp media team – press@climatecamp.org.uk
Support the youth in doing DA and security – anticutsaction.wordpress.com
Urban and rural climbing training – climbtime@riseup.net
Emails, lists, security training, blogging, defend your data – Aktivix.org

If you have any more useful info and links please mail networkx@riseup.net

6. Report backs from Networks

Media

We had a productive practical session and ideas came out for a national aggregator website. The basic features we said we wanted were:

- English language
- Focused on anti-cuts (for the time being), but with the possibility of expanding in the future
- User-filtered content: no editorial control, however some degree of moderation
- To be launched as soon as possible

The different skills required include:

- Tech and programming
- Source finding
- Webdesign
- Promotion and publicity of the site, copy when it needs to be written
- Feedback from people on matters of accessibility and aesthetics
- Somebody to put tags on articles and content?

Here is where people can sign up for the announce list: https://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/listinfo/newsagg

NINJA

NINJA will no longer be administrating anything to do with Network X, please e-mail networkx@riseup.net for Network X enquiries.

NINJA will also no longer be attempting to be an outreach network – a very cogent concern was that the name was not particularly broad in appeal!  However it will still continue as a propaganda organisation, with some very cool stuff to come!

An outreach network will still be continued, potentially under the name Shout Out (yes we know it was on Network X bingo!).  To find out more please e-mail ninjaction@riseup.net – this is the interim contact address until the network has been named.

The practical aims of the Outreach network, as a starting point, can be found here, http://ninjarise.wordpress.com/who-we-are/n3-2/ – please bare with us though as the rest will be edited in the coming 10 days.

Green and Black Cross

3 regional groups were set up at Network X – South Coast, North West and London – get in touch if you want set up a group or you want more information on the regional groups set up.

Some upcoming meetings

Green & Black Cross Legal Observer Training
23 January, 13:30 – 18:00 G2 Lecture Theatre, Ground floor of SOAS, Near Russel Square

Medics Training:
7pm London, on the steps of the Institute of Education next to SOAS

Legal Defence and Monitoring Group are holding info night for defendants
Feb 6th – LARC, London, 7.30pm

GBC skill share session
12th Feb, venue TBC

For more details email gbclegal@riseup.net

Action

There will there be online direct action training with UKUNCUT on 22nd January

http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/twitter-direct-action-training—saturday-22nd

So We Stand

Please hit us up with your minutes!  X

7. FE Bulletin

Is being produced and prepared for distribution as we speak!
to get involved with this bulletin, lend your support with contacts, some help with distribution please get in touch with uncaptiveminds@gmail.com
or southcoast@climatecamp.org.uk in brighton, and south coast

This is to go out nationwide and they are looking for contributions from FE students to go in this (it will only be two sides of A4 so they don’t need to be very long) on topics like:

- the affect that the cuts (including but not limited to EMA and tuition fees) will have on them
- but we also want to show that in reality EMA is used as a disciplinary tool (we don’t just defend how things are uncritically)
- their experience of the movement so far (good things, impressive things, but also the reality of repression which college students have faced, any stories resisting this would be good)

Get on it!

8. Next gathering

We agreed to have another gathering, and there is a mail list that is being formed to discuss it, if you want to get involved (you crazy fools!) then e-mail networkx@riseup.net with the title GATHERING.

9. Organisers critical reflections

Lessons learnt and recognitions of failings will be published in the next few days.  Hopefully this can serve as a guide for future organisers, and provide a collaborative forum for skill sharing.

This was a first stab at a gathering like this and there were lots of lessons to be shared, so watch the next mail out for details of where and how to – but if you have any thoughts you want to share immediately please email networkx@riseup.net with the title REFLECTIONS

10 .QUESTIONS OF GATHERERS

We want contact details, links and information on all these things that were brought up at the gathering. Please email networkx@riseup.net with the title LINKS!  Safe!

A few examples of gaps…

Details on Brighton carnivalesque action.
Details of Brighton training weekend
Details of Bristol guide for students at demos
Love police training in Cambridge
Tripod training collective in Scotland
Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner support
Squatters support and other housing support projects

We know it was a tad difficult at times, but if this is just some of what we can do when we get together, even when put together by a rag tag bunch of first timers, then the future looks pretty hopeful!

Lots of love

N X

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