Just imagine what could happen when Trump visits the UK

And why confine it to the capital? Your big day out in a police kettle with the paper-sellers just confirms the centralisation of power and gives babylon a load of free crowd-control training at very little risk to themselves.

If you can get up at the crack of dawn to catch a coach, arrange childcare and transport, you could do several effective pickets/blockades in your own town, shut something down and fuck off before the cops arrive.

This will have local impact and stand a chance of engaging your neighbours and workmates.

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The working visit of Trump to the UK on 13-14th July has predictably generated a lot of excitement in many sections of the left and also in a fair few sections of the anarchist movement as well. There’s already discussion and debate about what form the protests against Trump’s visit should take. Suffice to say, it looks as though there will be a variety of actions and protests to mark the occasion. It’s also a reasonable assumption that whatever takes place on the streets in central London will be met with a heavy police presence. One that could well drain police resources away from other areas of the capital and from surrounding counties.

Let’s play a game of imagining what could happen with a mass of cops in central London and the rest of the capital somewhat short of cops on the streets. What if there were enough motivated class…

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Pictures from Global Actionday for Hasankeyf and Sur

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Here come pictures from the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf and Sur on April 28, 2018

Source: Save Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley

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My review of “Poster Workshop 1968-1971” by Sam Lord with Peter Dukes, Jo Robinson and Sarah Wilson.

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It is the May elections this week and the title of this book will resonate with many people: they are that disillusioned with the political process and politicians.  But this book is not about politicians; it is about how people at a grassroots level, 50 years ago, really did believe that they could change society and not just here but over the water in the North of Ireland,  in South Africa and in  Vietnam.

This book tells the story of the Poster Workshop in London and how they  used the new technology of screen printing, which allowed people to produce cheap and accessible posters  to convey important messages for all kinds of political movements.

The Poster Workshop was part of a bigger worldwide  movement which began in France in May/June 1968 when students alongside workers went on strike,  challenging the right wing government and demanding seismic change in society. It…

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Our Urban Millions Must Wrest Control from Hostile, Inhumane Labour

If there really are committed citizen-candidates of sound mind and free from party or personal agendas, it would be worth putting there manifestoes up here so the electors can have a look.
In most places it will be Hobson’s choice, or none of the above.

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John Healey, Matthew Bennet and Jeremy Corbyn, Lambeth Labour Manifesto 2018

– after an article by Sadiq Khan in today’s Observer

People in cities and towns up and down the country will go to the polls on Thursday to deliver their verdict on councils that seem neither to like us nor to understand our values and way of life.

Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour councils have turned their backs on urban and suburban areas by pursuing policies and public spending decisions that discriminate against our cities and towns.

Every new Labour policy, manifesto and statement seems designed to antagonise people living in urban areas. Not just the poor, the inner-city dwellers, the ethnically diverse and the young – who Labour have repeatedly failed – but also the middle classes, the commuters, those in the suburbs, and all who value Britain’s tolerance, diversity and proud traditions.

This is hitting in particular people living in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, but…

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The same old council lies

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SKIPP press release (27-04-18)

Southend Council true to form are still rolling out the same old favourite vanity project in yet another desperate attempt to convince the public that their seafront carbuncle could actually happen. For ten years now they have fanatically stuck with the same sham rhetoric unable to admit that their commercial building masquerading as a museum will never happen.

It would be funny if it wasn’t for the fact that over the ten years that this farce has been going on they have wasted millions of pounds of tax payer’s money with absolutely no result. Now here we go again; new architects have been employed at massive expense to the people of Southend, a new planning application has been submitted, a process that they have to go through because the original planning permission has run out with not a single workman ever appearing on the site. When…

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The Revenge against the Commons

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This is a long read by one of the inhabitants of the Zad, about the the fortnight rollercoaster of rural riots that has just taken place to evict the liberated territory of the zad. It’s been incredibly intense and hard to find a moment to write, but we did our best. This is simply one viewpoint, there are over 1000 people on the zone at the moment and every one of them could tell a different story. Thank you for all the friends and comrades who helped by sharing their stories, rebel spirits and lemon juice against the tear gas.

The Revenge against the Commons of the zad or Why France’s biggest police operation since May 68 is prepared to kill for Macron’s Neoliberal Nightmare.

“We must bring into being the world we want to defend. These cracks where people find each other to build a beautiful future are important…

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21st century living conditions

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Image taken from Brooke House Residents Basildon Facebook group

The above image is of the top of a window falling away from the wall in one of the flats in Brooke House, the residential tower block in the middle of Basildon town centre. This window is in the bedroom of a child. Not only is it a potential risk to the residents of the flat, it lets the wind in. The higher up the tower you go, the worse the effects of the wind are. This is the 21st century yet people are forced to live in conditions like this in a block managed by Basildon Council. It does make you wonder what the council’s priorities are when residents have to endure this.

It’s not often we praise local councillors on here but Andrew Buxton, the councillor for the ward Brooke House is in, St. Martin’s, is on the case…

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