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No Borders Convergence: final details & programme


The No Borders Convergence, on this week (13-18 February), is a week of discussion and action to bring together all those fighting for free movement and against border controls. It starts off with three days (Monday 13 to Wednesday 15) of workshops and open discussion hosted by students at *Goldsmiths College in New Cross, South London*. Refugees from different communities, together with a…

#occupyoil pimlico shell garage morning closure


activists closed down the very busy belgravia shell petrol station in pimlico this morning as the first sortie in a day of actions under the umbrella of #occupyoil, and mainly targetting the oil giant 'shell'.

there will be a publicly announced noise demo for an hour at noon today outside the nigerian house on northumberland avenue (off trafalgar square), with other shell actions planned througho…

legal attacks on protest camps - act now


yesterday, the 'boris' fences came down in parliament square. unfortunately it wasn't due to popular uprising. rather, it was part of the continued attack on protest, as a new swathe of laws and bye-laws criminalise the right to 24-hour protest. among the moves, the GLA placed a discreet notice in the evening standard last week announcing their intention to enforce new bye-laws which will dramatic…

London Fuel Poverty Action Warm-Ups Weekend


Friday 27th – Monday 30th January saw hundreds of people in London and cities across the country come out of their cold homes to Warm-up together at the buildings and offices that house those responsible for fuel poverty. People warmed-up at the offices of the energy companies raking in record profits from the thousands of people in the UK that die from fuel poverty, and the hundreds of thousa…

Shut Guantánamo - candlelight vigil


Braving sub-zero temperatures on Friday evening in the capital, around two dozen human rights activists joined the London Guantánamo Campaign (LGC) outside the US Embassy in Mayfair, London, for a candlelight vigil to mark the fifth anniversary of the campaign's regular "Shut Down Guantánamo!" demonstrations outside the Embassy. Performances were also given by Actors for Human Rights and poet Serg…

London Solidarity Picket with IWW Pizza Hut Union


Over twenty London Wobblies and sympathisers braved the cold on Saturday 4th February at a very successful picket targeting one of Pizza Hut's larger London restaurants at the Strand. The picket was organised by the London IWW General Membership Branch in solidarity with the Sheffield IWW Pizza Hut Union call out for a national day of action against the Pizza chain. The London picket was one of a…

Communities fight back on National Library Day


Across the capital local communities have been fighting back against the cuts, demanding that their libraries stay, stating that they are a vital part of the local infrastructure. Brent is the latest council to act, where the 'SOS Libraries' campaigners have been refused permission to take the council to the Supreme Court this week. This was after a strong community action of 24-hour vigils and ce…

Protest in Peckham against Mass Deportation


On Thursday evening Anti-deportation campaigners rallied in Peckham to condemn the mass deportation of Nigerians scheduled later that night (26 January 2012). The demonstration was a small tribute to a man on an 8-day hunger strike in protest against his deportation. Protesters from the "No Borders" network brandished a banner demanding "Stop Deportations To Nigeria" and played music as they marc…

Fuel protesters storm British Gas headquarters


A grioup of activists have barricaded themselves into meeting rooms on two floors of British Gas offices in Staines, Middlesex, as part of the "Winter Warm-Up" weekend called by the campaign group Fuel Poverty Action. British Gas is being targeted as one of the Big Six energy companies making profits out of rising energy bills. It is planned to stream the occupation live on the internet, with…

Bank of Ideas evicted


Occupy London protesters were evicted from their Bank of Ideas home early this morning at the hands of violent bailiffs [youtube video] Protesters associated with the global occupy movement had been squatting a disused UBS office block on Sun Street, in Hackney since November 18, but a possession order was put in place on Wednesday after occupiers dropped their appeal against the eviction. [see…

Hand Off Iran and Syria protest at US Embassy


A rally took place outside the US Embassy in Mayfair against any foreign military intervention in Iran or Syria. Organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the demonstration was attended by at least 500 people. 'Free Iran' and 'Free Syria' protesters were also present, as well as a few vocal supporters of the Iranian regime; and a group from Occupy London wore Guy Fawkes masks.

stop the welfare bill - civil disobedience


disabled activists, pensioners, and ukuncut staged a spectacular blockade at oxford circus today, blocking the northern junction of regent street for more than two hours. 200 people showed solidarity whilst 20 wheelchair activists chained themselves across  the road. there were no arrests and after a consensus decision protestors left together peacefully and in solidarity shortly after 2pm

Nuclear energy fat cats targeted for fuel poverty

Anti-nuclear campaign group, Boycott EDF, today targeted the UK headquarters of EDF Energy in central London as part of three national days of action called by the Climate Justice Collective’s Fuel Poverty Action campaign.

police solidarity blockade of shell petrol station


in many years of independent reporting, i've often seen situations where police have caused larger disruption than a handfull of protestors, closing roads, sometimes closing down businesses, and sometimes massively amplifying the power of the protestors alone (not that that's their intention). however, this evening was, i think, the first time that they so completely did the job of the activists f…

Peace for Iran - No to War: Second weekly protest


A small but vociferous band of supporters of Peace Strike and 'Solidarity with the Iranian People's Struggle' (SWIP) staged their second weekly protest this afternoon outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster. They are opposed to foreign military intervention in Iran or Syria.

ACPO and the Met in the dock


On Thursday 9th February 2012 at 10.00am, in the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London WC2A 2LL, there will be a Judicial Review of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), a private limited company, and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, for the running of a controversial £9 million publicly funded secret 'domestic extremist' intelligence database about political activists.

Soundings sounding us out


In the top-secret Southwark Notes HQ in Walworth, we overheard this water-cooler account of our visit to the Soundings and Lend Lease consultation on what they are going to do with that nice bit of public land where the Leisure Centre now stands:

"Despite the pain of talking to community consultancy types, I would always choose an employee of a property developer above a touchy-feely consultant s…

OffMarket Project Coming To An End


It is with mixed feelings that we announce the end of the offMarket project. We took disused buildings and try to turn them into open resources for the wider community. We started the project with a big collective. Now there are only a few people left in the collective and we can't carry it anymore as everyone is becoming increasingly tired. We doubt that we will open a new space in the future, bu…

OccupyLondon repossesses empty nine-story building


Update: Occupy have now vacated the space in solidarity with workers who had just been employed to renovate the building. Read full statement.

Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in the Barbican in the City of London which previously housed companies from the financial service industries [see views]

The Occupy London campaigne…

Just say no to Dorries' abstinence bill


Nadine Dorries bill proposing mandatory abstinence classes for young girls was withdrawn before it could be debated by MPs in parliament today. Close to 100 mostly women protesters welcomed the news of the withdrawal with cheers and applause.

The protest was supported by Women Against Rape and Black Women’s Rape Action Project, The British Humanist Association, Feminist Fightback, Abortion Right…

Don't Attack Iran protest at Foreign Office


A two-hour demo was held at lunchtime today (19 January), outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster, to oppose any foreign military intervention in Iran, or Syria. Slogans were chanted calling for peaceful measures rather than military intervention, and in support of those who non-violently resist oppressive regimes. Groups involved in the protest included Peace Strike and 'Solida…

Lobbyists Of London


Evidence that the City of London Corporation is a lobbying organisation for the banks is now indisputable. The City of London Corporation brushes off suggestions that it is a lobbying organisation but as media reports yesterday showed - at the very least it certainly uses their services. Read more ...

hi court parl sq victory but then eviction tonite!


after a postponed hearing at the high court today, parliament square protestors won the right to sustain their injunction against westminster council, stopping the council from enforcing the new and untested PASRA law to clear tents and other structures from the square. the injunction will run until a further 2-day high court hearing during march, which will effectively decide the legality of the …

Solidarity with Bulgarian Anti-Fracking Protests


In London around 60 Bulgarians, supported by British anti-fracking campaigners, turned on a chilly winter's evening to show support for the struggle against fracking in Bulgaria, with a candlelit vigil. The practice of hydraulic fracturing, pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemical into the ground under massive pressure to shatter the rocks and release trapped gas, has be…

URGENT - assault on right to protest (part 2)


this follows on from my earlier piece with more background and history on the parliament square campaigns and the repression towards them, more detail on PASRA and tomorrow's high court case, the extension of the new 'global war on camping' (GWOC) as an assault on the 'occupy' movement, and some ideas of positive actions to take in the immediate future.

arctic ice exhibit at st paul's


finnish climate activists brought a block of genuine arctic ice to the steps of st paul's this evening to bring attention to the continuing alarming rate at which the ice cap is disappearing. climate activists staged a mock exhibition from a future world looking back at the early 21st century when the last ice was seen at the north pole. they are highlighting the fact that the ice cap appears to…

London Remembers Guantanamo: 10 years


On 11th January 2012 at London’s Conway Hall, Cage Prisoners presented ‘Guantanamo Remembered: 10 Years’. Panel talks chaired by Victoria Brittain, delivered by Gareth Peirce (Human Rights Lawyer), Moazzam Beg (Cage Prisoners & former detainee), Sami Al-Haji (Aljazeera & former detainee), Clive Stafford Smith (Reprieve), Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights), Massoud Shadjare…

URGENT - assault on right to protest (part 1)

this is the first part of a two part piece outlining current moves by the authorities to attack the 'occupy' movement, starting with the imminent closure of the decade-long protests in parliament square. in this piece i outline the new PRASRA law, which has been enacted already, and how westminster council and the GLA are planning to roll out similar controls throughout london. you can act now by …

report & pics from monday's 'bikes alive' protest


'bikes alive' is a new direct action campaigning group to counter the lethargy of transport for london, and its prioritising of london traffic flow over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. tonight saw the first of a series of direct action traffic calming gatherings at king's cross designed to pressure TfL into more urgent action over the deadly junction [video]

Shut Guantánamo - End Ten Years of Shame" - Report


On Saturday 7 January, the weekend before the tenth anniversary of the opening of the illegal prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, over 200 people from London and other parts of the UK converged outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to mark this unfortunate day in history and to stand in solidarity with the 171 prisoners who remain there. Organised by the London Guantánamo Campaign (LGC), the…

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