Earth First! 2002 Winter Renezvousin the U.S of A. email@example.com
Free weekend climate changetraining Rising Tide 01865 241 097
Rising Tide North East Gathering,Newcastle firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference: Resisting The “War OnTerrorism” email@example.com
Conference on Plan Colombia07950 923 448 firstname.lastname@example.org
another ASPIRE squatted social centre inLeeds. Music, comedy, political films, cafemore more more. www.a-spire.org.uk
Women in Black/Women AgainstFundamentalism Teach-In 020 7482 5670.
Anti-gm rally in Stratford. Full detailscontact: email@example.com
International Women’s Day. 3rd globalwomen’s strike. 020 7482 firstname.lastname@example.org
Picket of the Lap Dancing club inNewcastle. Meet Grey’s Monument at 9pm.
“Womens Speakout” Sheffield.email@example.com
Int. Day Against Police Brutality.www.appleonline.net/justiceuk/jus.html
European wide action week againstracism. firstname.lastname@example.org
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Financial activism meeting and skillshare, Amsterdam. email@example.com
Loads of actions at Hatfield Peat Bog0113 262 9365 firstname.lastname@example.org
CND national demo, London 07951235 915 email@example.com
Start of resistance is fertile season, inresponse to...
UN biodiversity summit, Den Haagrif@gn.apc.org www.resistanceisfertile.org.
Global Day of Action for Farmer’sStruggle www.viacampesina.org
Resistance is Fertile ! Actions,workshops and festivities. Contact as above
Global Cannabis Day
Radical book Fair in Manchester. Date firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Environment Day
Stop the Arms Trade Week www.caat.org.uk
Eurosatory Arms Fair at Villepinte,France. www.caat.org.uk
Refugee Week www.refugeecouncil.org.uk
International no border-actioncamp in Strasbourg email@example.com
In the early hours of November 5
,opponents of the new Said BusinessSchool in Oxford hung a large bannerfrom the roof, proclaiming that the schoolwas ‘Built With Blood Money’. Theschool has been built/’bought’ with £20million from businessman/arms-dealerWafic Said. Later, coinciding with areception to open the school, over ahundred local people came to remind Saidthat he cannot buy himself a goodreputation. The protesters were herdedinto a pen, under Section 14 and oneprotester was arrested for holding outleaflets!Protest is nothing new for this school;it has been opposed at every stage of itsdevelopment by a plethora of differentgroups. The site was the location of a five-month protest camp, attempting toprotect a listed railway station and treesfrom a proposed six-lane traffic junction.Over 10,000 people signed a petitionobjecting to the development, but a publicenquiry was never called, which it usuallywould be with a listed building.
On the morning of Nov 26
about 30people from around the countrydescended upon the peat extraction site atHatfield Moor (see Feature article lastmonth). One group blocked the bridgeleading off site whilst the rest tried to shutdown machinery and occupy offices.Those blockading the bridge received alot of hassle and after a few nastyconfrontations they moved on to joineveryone else in occupying the works. Alot of information was gathered and a fewpixies partially damaged the back upgenerator. Lots of keys went missingincluding the key for the main computer.After 3 hours we were outnumbered bythe police, who asked us to leave or bearrested for aggravated trespass.Deciding enough disruption had occurredwe all left the site.The next day there was a phone roundof the firm’s managers annoying them tothe stage that one manager shouted ‘Stopbloody hassling me!’ The campaign willcontinue over the winter to try and stopthe cutting season happening next spring.For more info contact Leeds EF!
Disnae give a toss
On December 15
, campaigners inManchester set up their own DISNEYTMsweatshop outside the St Anne’s citycentre store to raise awareness aboutconditions in South China factories.Passers by saw Disney favourites MinnieMouseTM, PocahontasTM andMulanTM slaving away at their cartoonsewing machines, all the time beingbullied by an evil factory boss to theintensely ironic sounds of real Disney filmsongs. The action attracted an amazingamount of attention - a constant ring of watchers, most of them carefully readingthe leaflets on display. Neither the policenor the store manager seemed willing toobject and risk being cast as thepantomime villain and booed off-stage.Other similar actions took place aroundthe country, including London, Norwichand Leicester.Labour Behind the Label/ WomenWorking World-wide/ Manchester WDMgroup. 07816 234545 or 0161 247 1760 firstname.lastname@example.org
Manc Pedal Power
Manchester folk are trying to get CriticalMasses going on a monthly basis. InNovember about 15 people made it andcycled down Oxford Road and into town.According to the policeman who tried tointervene there was a tailback all the wayto Stockport. An irate cop finally stoppedthe pedal pushers; one of the cyclistsdescribed him as “acting like an angryfather who’s found his kids in his drinkscabinet.” Manchester Critical mass, lastFriday of every month, 8:00am outsidethe Whitworth Gallery, Oxford Road.0161 226 email@example.com/
On January 22
, 14 activists ‘occupied’the site of a proposed women’s prison, atAshford near Staines. The CAGE network occupied the site on Bastille Day 2000;there have been numerous night visits.The intention was to disruptconstruction work and slow down theprison building. A plan was formed andworked smoothly, we were within 10yards of work before being spotted.Unfortunately the current work on sitewas a pre-construction archaeological dig.When we arrived, instead of the surveyorsand foundation workers we expected agroup of annoyed looking archaeologistswith hammers greeted us. We quicklydecided that there was nothing of use wecould do, so decided to leave.
The moral of the story:
All largedevelopments have to have anarchaeological dig before constructiongoes ahead; so look out for them on yourreccies and you could save yourself a lotof embarrassment.