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
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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:
Not the Royal Wedding Street Party (details in main body):
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:
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.
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.
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).
Around the Country:
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
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
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
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.
29 April · 12:30 – 15:30
Manchester Town Hall
Manchester, United Kingdom
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
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)
Various UKUncut Mayday demonstrations:
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Address: meet at the village of La Paquelais, northwest of Nante
Web: http://zad.nadir.org/index.php?lang=en http://reclaimthefields.org
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
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
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
DO SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF AND GET INVOLVED!
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
Price: £5 adult / £2 child
Phone: 01730 823166
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
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
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
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
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
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