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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