Updated: First direct action of 2018! 2nd Jan, 8 a.m. start, save Bournemouth’s autonomous homeless sanctuary and get the year off to a flying start …

We’re putting the start time back to 08:00, so the punx can have a lie in!

Come to Bournemouth on 2nd Jan 2018, Exeter rd, opposite the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), and help stop the eviction of our town’s homeless and their supporters, you will be assured of a warm welcome and a hot drink.

Bailiffs like to take us unawares so we’re asking people to be on site by 08:00 – yeah, we know, but one day your grandchildren will ask: “what did you do in the Class War?” The greater the numbers, the more relaxed the day will be.

If you like, come on new year’s day and camp overnight, there’s plenty to eat, and supporters on call to fetch supplies.

Homeless are doing it for themselves in Bournemouth.

If you really can’t make it that early, come anyway, but bear in mind we want to get as many as possible safely inside before the entertainment starts.

This fancy vehicle, reg. LD06 SRV belongs to the firm of property speculators that are threatening our community. If you see them, have a word.

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Conference: Visions of a Future Kurdistan(s): Gender, Politics, and Society, London, 13th Jan

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Join us for a 1-day conference: 
Visions of a Future Kurdistan(s): Gender, Politics, and Society

The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, in collaboration with the Kurdistan Peace and Justice Foundation, invites you to a seminar addressing the topics of nation building, transitional politics, gender mainstreaming and governance, conflict and reconciliation.

 
Date: Saturday, 13 January 2018
Time: 9.30-18.00
Film screening: 16.30
Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
Entrance: Free, please register via the Eventbrite link below
 


The fight against the Islamic State is slowly beginning to wind down, and the shift of power dynamics in the Middle East is gaining speed. As minority groups develop new systems of governance and self-determination amidst fluctuating regional and international powers, the Kurdistan region is at the forefront of changing geopolitical structures. The role of women in Kurdistan and the Middle East has been given international attention following the central…

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Justice for All the J20 Defendants: Why the Police, Prosecutor, Judge, and State Are Guilty

CrimethInc.

Today, after nearly a year of suspense, the first six J20 defendants to go to trial were declared innocent of all charges. They are only six of over 200 people mass-arrested at Donald Trump’s Inauguration, nearly 200 of whom still face the same identical charges of six felonies and two misdemeanors—a combined threat of decades in prison. The fight is far from over. Indeed, in response to the verdict, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced that “they look forward to the same rigorous review for each defendant.” We must redouble our support for all the other defendants and show that it is the state itself that is guilty.

The fact that the defendants have stuck together up to this point represents a tremendous feat of courage, solidarity, and mutual aid. To be subjected to the whims of the criminal justice system is already to be punished…

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J20 trial: first six defendants acquitted on all charges!

Cautiously pessimistic

The official statement from the defence campaign:

Washington, DC – After two days of deliberation, a DC jury today found all six Inauguration Day defendants not guilty on all eight counts—-misdemeanor rioting and conspiracy to riot, and five counts of felony property destruction. Defendants Jennifer Armento, Oliver Harris, Britt Lawson, Michelle “Miel” Macchio, Christina Simmons, and Alexei Wood left the courthouse today elated by the outcome.

The government still intends to try the remaining 188 Inauguration Day defendants on similar riot-related charges, but supporters are calling on the Trump administration to dismiss all of those charges. “This is a clear victory for the six defendants who were just tried and a rejection of the government’s attempt to criminalize dissent,” said Betty Rothstein of Defend J20 Resistance. “We’re continuing to call on the Trump administration to dismiss all charges against the remaining 188 Inauguration Day defendants awaiting trial.”

Supporters continue…

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Statement on Sexual Assault within the Providence IWW

Providence Industrial Workers of the World

There have been two separate instances of sexual assault, committed by two of our now former members. The first was expelled by vote at our April meeting. This was after he had being found guilty in an IWW charges process by an impartial committee of his peers, and after refusing to make good on the terms laid out by the survivor and the committee. The second was asked to resign in June after we received testimony from the survivor, this was done by the Branch Secretary in accordance with the Sexual Assault Policy detailed below. In addition, due to the connections of the second perpetrator with the property at 375 Smith St, the members of the Providence Branch of the IWW have decided that it will no longer serve as our Union Hall.

In an effort to prevent similar things from happening again and in order to be better prepared…

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Anti-repression demo in Hamburg, 17 March 2018

Cautiously pessimistic

A call from the Hamburg G20 defence campaign, which doesn’t seem to have been translated into English anywhere else yet:

United we stood!Together against repression and authoritarian formation!

In the summer of 2017, we met internationally in Hamburg and shaped the images surrounding the G20 summit. But the repression associated with the summit protests still persists: many comrades have been arrested or threatened by trials. Let us together make a strong stand against repression and for a solidary perspective.
It has hit some, we all are meant. Come to Hamburg for the anti-repression demo as part of the “Day of political prisoners”.

United we stood!

Save the date: 17.03.2018

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TEV-DEM statement on recent accusation Bashar Assad throw at the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Navenda Pêwendiyên Dîplomatîk a Tevgera Civaka Demokratîk (TEV-DEM)
مركز العلاقات الدبلوماسیة – تف – دم
The Diplomatic Relations Centre of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM)

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the International Coalition against ISIS  have now triumphed over the most brutal organisation that committed all forms of barbarism against the international community. Along with the ongoing fight against the extremist groups, we have been working hard to establish a democratic system in Northern Syria based on religious toleration, inter-ethnic cooperation, gender equality, and environmental protection. This allowed for the promotion of a co-existence life forged among diverse social and religious entities, preventing a possible disintegration of the country.

Seeing our democratic project as a threat to their authoritarian and non-democratic states, both Turkey and Syrian have been increasing their intimidation campaigns. For example, Turkey wants to occupy Efrîn and it has so far conducted various cross-border attacks. At the same time, Bashar Assad is accusing the SDF of treason for co-operating with the Coalition forces to fight off terrorism. He has forgotten the fact that it was the SDF which cleared 30% of the Syrian territory of terrorists and spread democracy, pluralism and the rule of law in the region.

The SDF is a patriotic force and considered as the national army, for it fought against terrorism and brought it to an end. Assad’s statement on the SDF reveals his authoritarian mentality which does not seem to have changed, seven years of bloody war notwithstanding. One of the major causes of the current crisis is this centralist mind-set which Assad is now showing to have clung to. His statement serves as the basis for another conflict which would cost the life of many more, pit different peoples against one another, and put the future of democracy at risk.

What is more, the regime’s act of fomenting religious sectarianism and pitting different religious and ethnic groups against one another can be defined as treason. If the peoples of Syria do not raise their objection to such a divisive scheme, it may lead the country towards disintegration, an outcome that will be prevented by the will of our conscious peoples.

We call upon all those for whom Syria and its security is of importance to take a stance against such an accusation, which would interrupt the International Coalition’s efforts to eradicate terrorist groups.

The TEV-DEM’s Foreign Relations Centre
22.12.2017

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