Business as normal is not an option

The next phase of ‘consultation’ for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) is now underway. As far as Highways England are concerned, it’s a done deal and all that remains to be settled are tweaks to their plans. Basically, the consultations are about asking residents of Thurrock precisely how they would like to be screwed over by a six lane highway smashing it’s way through our environment, bringing yet more noise and pollution, not to mention an increase in CO2 emissions.

In case Highways England and all of the supporters of the LTC and ever increasing ‘growth’ in the region haven’t noticed, climate scientists recently released a report effectively stating that business as normal is not an option: World leaders ‘have moral obligation to act’ after UN climate report. Looking the the graphic above, were at the point where we’re moving from Oops to Fuck. Time is running out if we’re…

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Why transphobia hurts gender non-conforming cis people

Anarchasteminist

Content note: This post will discuss transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, police brutality, some sources will include *phobic statements or arguments

Recent transphobic discourse has focused on claiming that trans people, by virtue of our mere existence, prop up patriarchal gender norms or that transition is a form of highly convoluted anti-gay conversion therapy by parents who are deeply homophobic but curiously accepting of the idea of having a trans child. This is obvious nonsense, it also begs the question of exactly what the effect of transphobia is on gender non-conforming people.

Gender norms are the set of social expectations placed on us by society based on our presumed gender, such as the expectation that women should be nurturing, shy and submissive while men should be strong, outgoing and dominant, the expectation that women will be exclusively sexually and romantically attracted to men (and vice versa) or the expectation in modern…

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Demands from Newham residents living in Brimstone house grow louder

Focus E15 Campaign

Brimstone house in Stratford in Newham East London is the name of the former Focus E15 hostel. Conditions have changed very little since Robin Wales closed down the mother and baby unit there 5 years ago. Families are still living in temporary, overcrowded accommodation, unsure of how long they will be left there and extremely worried about being evicted and being sent out of London altogether by Newham council. Focus E15 campaign believe that residents from Brimstone house need to be rehoused in their community close to their support networks and this is what residents are demanding.

The stressful eviction process should stop- however families must not be left in prison like conditions for years on end! Suitable accommodation must be found (even if that means the Council opening up empty properties in the borough) as big, bold solutions are urgently needed to provide Newham residents with long term housing.

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For a World without Pogroms, for a Future without Fascism: November 8 – November 11, 2018

Cautiously pessimistic

The following call is one I’d seen a week or so ago, and had been meaning to write something about, but obviously recent events have rendered it far more urgent than ever.

A quick note on the UK context: while, in the US, the ruling party is more-or-less openly entwined with antisemitic bigots, here we face a different set of circumstances, where the ideology of the ruling faction is a grimly cynical “anti-anti-semitism” or “philosemitism” – the ideology of those who rush to attack Holocaust survivors who make unhelpful comparisons, while seemingly willing to turn a blind eye to, for instance, UKIP’s courting of Mark “gas the jews” Meechan.

This cynicism of the right and centre has produced and equally one-sided reflection in parts of the left, where suspicion of the media and the desire to defend left projects leads some people to automatically…

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FLAMMABLE CLADDING – NO UNIVERSAL BAN

Grenfell Action Group

Flammable cladding will not be banned from existing buildings, Tory Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced at the Conservative Party conference this week. This is despite the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), survivors from the Grenfell Tower fire and the Royal Institute of British Architects all demanding that it is immediately banned and stripped.

Brokenshire announced that combustible cladding is only to be banned from newly built schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and residential buildings in England and only if the building is above 18m (60ft) tall.

The ban will not be applied retrospectively to materials already fitted.

In his keynote address to the Conservative Conference, Brokenshire was expected to say:

“It’s been over a year since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“This unimaginable horror has rightly shocked us all and underlined the need to do all that we can to see that such a disaster cannot happen again.

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Piracy by the Mayor Of London. Freedom news.

Sadiq  Khan is a cheap crook – ed.

Found at Freedom news 27th Oct 2018

Piracy by the Mayor Of London

What if we told you that Sadiq Khan, the elected Mayor Of London, has been willfully abusing his power in public office by illegally evicting a legitimate company from its premises, illegally taking over its businesses, administration office, plant machinery and equipment, and hijacking a marina and boatyard, only to hand it all over to the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA), one of his Mayoral/GLA-funded companies – stealing all the company’s contracted clients in the process? You’d naturally assume that this is a made up story, right? As a matter of fact, this actually happened at 10.49am on 9 October 2018 to a family run business in East London: Gallions Point Marina Ltd, when the GLA, controlled by the Mayor Of London, ordered an eviction without giving any notice. Four High Court bailiffs, 20 private security guards and four security dog unit vans brutally and forcefully evicted two female members of staff from the marina’s administration office.

Leigh Miller assault by GLAs Private security

Leigh Miller was assaulted by the GLA’s private security in the presence of the police (incidentally the staff called the Police to assist their help in stopping the illegal eviction!) as she went to access the trailer where she lives to retrieve a few essential personal possessions: handbag containing prescription medication, ID cash card and some clothes. It was clear GLA’s private security had been pre briefed to deny Leigh to access to her home to retrieve even a single item.  She was left standing with nothing but the clothes on her back.  Leigh went back to the Marina in the evening to try and retrieve her medication and a few personal items and was physically assaulted for a second time by GLA’s private security.  Who duly informed her that the GLA had instructed them under no circumstances were they to allow Leigh to access any of her personal possessions.  These events raise more worrying questions about the ex-human rights lawyer Sadiq Khan, now the Mayor Of London who completely ignored Leigh Millers basic human rights during this illegal eviction.  And more even questions by using the Met Police to enforce illegal evictions. Estimated cost of this outrageous exercise to the public purse: £30,000.

East Dock view, September 2018

Since 2016, Gallions Point Marina has been locked in an ongoing legal fight with the Mayor Of London, who is using the might and finance of three publicly funded authorities – GLA, TFL and RoDMA – to smother with litigation the Miller family who own the marina business. The plan is to terrify and crush Eric and Leigh Miller personally with eye-watering legal costs so the Mayor can get his hands on the marina and hand it over to London and Regional, a property company whose majority shareholders are billionaire developers the Livingstone brothers. The hyper-publicity-shy Livingstone brothers will then run and operate someone else’s marina under the questionable guise of “the Albert Island Vision”… with the new Mayor (no different from the old Mayor) of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz in cahoots, aiding these private profiteers who are land-grabbing publicly owned land from the people of Newham! A big media fanfare is being used to promote this “Albert Island Vision” by the Mayor Of London and the Mayor of Newham. It’s a carbon copy of the massive London Olympic scam (dig a bit and you’ll find it’s the same key public policy players behind it…Jules Pipe ex Mayor of Hackney, now Khan’s right hand land grab Regen man) with public land and public money going into private profiteers’ pockets with the flimsiest promises of jobs and homes. The reality is that these homes will be predominantly private, with a few paltry old chestnut crumbs of “affordable” homes – aka social housing for wealthy professionals earning upwards of £60,000 a year, and totally unaffordable to Newham residents and working-class Londoners.

During the eviction of the marina, the bailiffs, who were assisted by the Met Police (also controlled by the Mayor of London), were immediately informed that their High Court writ paperwork was incorrect. Staff presented them with the Gallions Point Marina Limited company incorporation documents and court-stamped Judicial Review application documents (dated 4 October 2018) to prove that the legal case is still active within the court system. Dated 2 October 2018, the High Court eviction writ from RoDMA (funded and controlled by the Mayor Of London, and who incidentally are only supposed to control the water and not the land) was incorrectly addressed to private individuals, Eric Miller and Leigh Miller, and not to the company that is both the legal occupier and also the legal sitting tenant of the marina. Eric and Leigh do not pay the rent and their clients do not pay the Miller family. Gallions Point Marina Limited makes all rent payments, and all client payments are made to Gallions Point Marina Limited. So the High Court eviction writ should have been addressed to Gallions Point Marina Ltd and not to Eric Miller and Leigh Miller. The bailiffs also refused point-blank to hand over a second writ dated 2 October 2018 from GLA Land & Property Limited (again controlled by The Mayor Of London) and an attached map. They refused to provide copies of these documents and to allow any copies of these documents to be made.

Gallions Point used for sales & marketing

The legal action has been directed at Eric and Leigh personally. It is clearly a tactical sock-and-awe attack by three publicly funded entities, GLA, TFL and RoDMA, all controlled by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor Of London. The Mayor’s modus operandi in this aggressive pre-planned attack and blatant piracy of the Millers’ business stinks of institutional joint enterprise and abuse within public office. Ironically the GLA took rent from Gallions Point Marina Ltd’s business account on 5 October 2018. And RoDMA took rent from the Marina’s business account on 15 October 2018, six days after it forcibly and illegally evicted Gallions Point Marina Ltd.

There is no court order in existence for possession or eviction against Gallions Point Marina Ltd. The High Court writ was addressed to Eric Miller & Leigh Miller. Gallions Point Marina is a separate entity that has been totally excluded from the legal case, despite legally occupying the land and paying the rent since 1999. The company is also a legal sitting tenant. The 2010 lease was never signed and there is hard evidence to confirm that The GLA are aware of this fact

Backstory:

Eric Miller founded the marina in 1992 on derelict, contaminated wasteland in the Albert Docks. At the time people laughed at Eric – they told him he was mad to set up a boat yard there. But Eric and his daughter Leigh prevailed and pumped blood, sweat, tears, and every penny they earned for 27 years into creating Gallions Point Marina and its infrastructure.

GPM East Dock, 1992

Eric and Leigh did not like the original and officially correct spelling of the name: Galleons, and had to get permission from the Port Of London Authority/GLC to change the spelling to: Gallions.  Fast forward to 2018, the publicly funded authorities who have stolen the Millers entire business, vision, concept and intellectual property of the Marina and boatyard, have now jumped on the bandwagon and use the same spelling for marketing and naming local developments, with no acknowledgement to Eric & Leigh’s.

In 1999 Eric registered Gallions Point Marina as a private limited company that has been paying the rent ever since. The Miller family created a landmark and worked hard to put the marina and boatyard on the map and its success is constantly used by others to lure finance, development and property sales in the area while adding an extra 25 per cent to the value of the new-build flats that have views over Gallions Point Marina.

GPM image used for advertising purposes

The Mayor Of London even has the bold-faced temerity to pimp off the back of the visionary hard work exclusively done by the Millers by shamelessly using photos of Gallions Point Marina Ltd on site hoardings quoting ‘supported by Mayor Of London’ promoting Mayoral developments in the area.

Eric and Leigh vowed from day one to fight to the bitter end for the marina, to ensure working-class Londoners can have access to the River Thames and enjoy the docks that were built and worked on by the working class, who have historically been the wealth creators, the backbone of the economy, the invisible scaffolding that holds society up when the state and local councils fail, with no thanks or acknowledgement.

Eric is quite ill and receiving ongoing treatment for cancer. The shock of the events on 9 October took a heavy toll on his kidneys and he was hospitalised, where he remains to date. From his hospital bed, Eric is still adamant to continue the fight, as is Leigh, who commented on the eviction: ‘This sickening injustice cannot be ignored. If they [the GLA, RoDMA and TFL] get away with this, then absolutely nothing and nobody in London is safe.”

Eric Miller in hospital bed, 11.10.2018

The GLA’s London Assembly Overview and Scrutiny Committee were fully informed of the legal case and events leading up to the illegal eviction of Gallions Point Marina Ltd. It is clear that the London Assembly is not functioning correctly in failing to hold the Mayor to full account. It has just become another highly paid public-purse gravy train ride for the main political party wannabes.

The Mayor Of London meanwhile is the son of a bus driver who grew up in council housing, a former human-rights lawyer who has continually ridden roughshod over the human rights of small businesses like the Millers’ and over hundreds of council estates and communities in London that he plans to demolish and class cleanse for private profiteers’ interests. And let us not forget the damage he is doing to London’s black cab industry, or the thousands of businesses based on numerous publicly owned council brownfield sites i.e., the Old Kent Road, and similar sites across the capital and the thousands of businesses located in London’s Railway Arches also currently under threat of evictions.

Its time these disparate groups joined together to put a stop to the wanton destruction of Working Class peoples: businesses, trades, industries, homes and neighborhoods by the political red and blue out of touch public purse gravy train riding elite in government and public office, who clearly are working and acting to ensure only private interests benefit from our land and off the back of our hard graft!

The evidence is clear: Sadiq Khan is not a man of the ordinary people. He certainly does not, and is not supporting London’s pioneering independent small businesses like Gallions Point Marina.  His actions indicate he is a selfie-addicted stooge and puppet mayor for big business.

Since taking office Mayor Khan has done nothing but wage an all-out class war against London’s white, black and brown working-class communities and small independent businesses on behalf of private corporate profiteers. It’s time to get rid of the elected Mayor of London with the special unaccountable power system. It has completely broken democracy while destroying businesses, livelihoods, homes and lives, and eviscerating and displacing entire working-class neighborhoods in London. This deliberately broken Mayoral system, a carbon copy of New York’s mayoral structure, ring-fences our communities’ land and homes for private profiteering developers, and has continually provided investments and public money for the few at the expense of the many.

As Leigh Miller says: ‘This fight is far from over!”  This remarkable lady has everything to fight for and nothing to lose, just like the unprecedented growing numbers of London’s white, black and brown working class people who have been dispossessed by the Tory state, and betrayed by traitorous Working Class hating Labour party elite Oxbridge, Oxford & Cambridge gravy train riding mafia who dominate Mayoral offices, and have turned Labour run Town Halls into complete unaccountable dictatorships, that are making Working Class peoples/small businesses lives an absolute misery.

This Gallions Point Marina Ltd case is still active and live within the court system with no legal conclusion to date.


A longer version of this article is currently in the process of being written containing links to relevant documents that will expose the actions of three publicly funded bodies controlled by the Mayor of London working in joint enterprise to illegally evict Gallions Point Marina Ltd, and reveal how a gravy-train-riding ex-human rights lawyer and champagne-socialist Labour Mayor hijacked a legitimate business, its boatyard and its clients for private corporate interests!

Feature photo: GPM image used by Mayor Of London

First Anarchist Bookfair of #Umeå (Västerbotten county, #Sweden/occupied Sápmi) 29th Nov – 2nd Dec 2018

Anarchy in the Sticks!

29th Nov – 2nd Dec 2018.

We want to invite friends and strangers from near and far to conspire, learn, network and celebrate together during a weekend full of discussions, books and zines, workshops, presentations, food and music. We strive for creating a cozy camp-like environtment were hopefully also people who are new to Anarchism feel included.

There will be sleeping places arranged for those who don’t have any personal contacts here in Umeå, please let us know. We are looking for people from near and far who want to share knowledge and experiences, to fill up our programme. We’re for example looking for anarchist, AR/ALF, environmental, Queer, indigenous, anti-border, anti-state, anti-nationalist, anti-capitalist, prison-abolition, alternative justice, feminist, diy, dit, FTP and squatting (and more…) related topics and groups who want to participate and share! We are also looking for those who already planning to join in creating the event together…

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