Victory! Newham Council forced to reinstate housing duty

Focus E15 Campaign

A mother and child, survivors of domestic abuse were labelled by the Council as having made themselves intentionally homeless, and therefore, the council discharged its housing duty to this family.

The family, who are living in an overcrowded hostel, had questioned the Council over an unsuitable offer of housing because the new property was in an area that is local to the perpetrator. What follows from a discharge of housing duty is eviction and often, a referral to social services. The family were extremely frightened and upset.

Due to having no option but to fight back, this mother was involved in collective action with Focus E15 campaign, in a process that culminated in a demonstration outside and inside the full council meeting on 16 January, at the Old Town Hall in Stratford. Council officials responded by offering a face to face meeting.

After this meeting took place on 19 January…

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Review of 2022: the year fracking was off, on, then off again

Just look at this grotesque parade of freaks, it’s us or them, comrades!

DRILL OR DROP?

Fracking in England in 2022 was tied to the fate of the three prime ministers who held office during the year.


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Notes from the Picket Line

AnarCom Network

Leeds:

CWU Picket Line, Leeds

AnarCom members today (24/12/22) joined the CWU (Royal Mail) picket line at the Wellington Road Sorting Office in Leeds.

We handed out our picket line stickers – which everyone took and they were really appreciative of our support.

We talked to the pickets who told us that at this office that support for the strike is still strong with only 2 scabs (along with a few agency staff) out of 70 in total working.

We were also told that the Armley, Leeds Office (Tong Road) it is a different picture with only 10 out 30 staff supporting the strike, and with the union rep resigning and becoming a scab.

Elsewhere in Leeds the strike is solid with very few scabbing.

A picket talked to a couple of agency staff explaining why it was wrong for them cross the picket line and that it was undermining…

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…now you know that this is the end

The cautiously pessimistic blog will be missed, one of the few, along with the void, that we broadly agreed with on most things. With the class war on this island hotting up at last there’s a lot to be said for getting off your arse and talking with fellow workers face to face. We could be making a lot more of the public sector strike wave. If everyone who reads these blogs put in an hour a week on one or another picket line it would make a difference, you can write about it when you get home.

Cautiously pessimistic

Is it possible to do a thing forever
And learn nothing? And get no better?

For anyone still following this blog, you might’ve noticed that the frequency of posts had decreased to about once a month, and then to nothing at all for the last few months. As the year draws to a close, now seems as good a time as any to draw a line under this project, and indulge in a little reflection on the past twelve years or so.

Keeping an obscure anarchist wordpress blog alive for a little over a decade means it’s lasted through some pretty major shifts in how people use the internet for organising. When I started out, Indymedia was probably past its peak but still a viable resource that people used, and it then gave way to a period when anyone organising an event would be promoting it on Facebook, which feels…

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Special Strike Issue No 1

Zero for Conduct

The University and College Union (UCU) announced strikes for 24th, 25th and 30th November which have involved 70,000 workers in 150 universities, in addition to the national demonstration in London on 30th November. The strikes are over pensions, pay, workloads, casualisation and inequalities. UCU members were joined in some universities by striking Unite and Unison members.
The result of the strike ballots initiated by the UCU was announced on October 24th. 81.1 % voted to strike on a turnout of 57.8% for the pay and conditions ballot. For the pension’sballot, support for strike action was higher at 84.9% on a turnout of 60.2%.
After the first two days of strike action union members reported strong turnout at picket lines. The tactical decision of UCU to ballot at a national level, has not only allowed more workers to take strike action but has led to an improved morale compared to last…

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Strike!  If they want war let’s give them the Class War

AnarCom Network

Government has two key jobs to deliver on, ‘bread and circuses. Keeping people fed and distracted is essential to its survival. We know it is in crisis when the circus takes place in the seat of power and the bakery shuts. Hunger and chaos are the death knells of dictatorship.

With the end of preoccupation caused by the demise of Queen Liz and Prime Minister Liz, the government is turning all guns blazing on us. If it can’t deliver, it has to crush.

This will present us as workers with the greatest challenge of the current wave of strikes. As union leaders pause momentum, calling truces for dead monarchs and promises of talks, the government is not preparing to pull its punches. Instead they are training the army to strike-break while escalating legislation to sack and even criminalise strikers.

The government has already got away with criminalising environmental direct action…

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Consent for importing radioactive waste for disposal at Brockham

DRILL OR DROP?

Angus Energy has come a step closer to disposing of radioactive liquids at its oil production site at Brockham in Surrey.


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A political and personal statement as well as a review of our solidarity work around the war in #Ukraine so far

Anarchist Black Cross Dresden.

Long English Version

Since the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have been working with friends on the ground as well as comrades from Belarus, Russia and Poland. This has been made possible by thousands of donations from people around the world who have understood the importance of international solidarity at this critical moment. And for this we would like to thank all those who responded to the calls and provided help, not only with money, but also with direct actions, logistics and media work.

We are partly from these places and partly we are just very connected personally and politically with the region, the political events, the people and their struggles. We see ourselves as anarchists.

In almost nine months of organizing, we have had many different challenges that have shaped our work with fellow anarchists in Ukraine, and we would like to share some of these challenges with you as an important critical assessment of what has been achieved by the international anarchist solidarity movement during this time.

More, and other languages.

Stick this on your letterbox.

Going for Broke

AnarCom Network

In Gordon Brown’s last budget just before the 2008 financial crash, he declared that the state had effectively resolved the instability of capitalism promising “we will never return to the old boom and bust”.

Since then we have seen a banking collapse, 10 years of austerity, a flight from Europe, a pandemic, a war, a government inflicted fiscal catastrophe, a return to austerity and the promise of the longest recession in our history. All against the backdrop of mounting climate emergency.

Far from being resolved, capitalist crisis and the depth of their cycles are intensifying. The government tells the truth on one thing, it’s not just Britain. Capitalism’s crisis is global and it’s war against us all intensifies in equal measure.

The latest emergency budget presents a bill of £50 billion in cuts and tax hikes to workers and the poor already facing a 10% real term cut in living…

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