The Red Pepper round-up: 21 September

The week around the web and upcoming actions, with Izzy Koksal

September 21, 2012
4 min read

Nick Clegg’s ‘apology’ to students may not inspire anyone to ever vote for the Liberal Democrats again, but it certainly inspired people with editing software – watch the hit song here and the alternative subtitled speech here.

This week saw the anniversary of the start of the global Occupy movement. David Graeber, Astra Taylor, and Nathan Schneider reflect on what the movement has achieved and where it will go next. This week also saw the launch of the The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual written by an anonymous collective from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street.

Brilliant blog from the Traveller Solidarity Network on what ‘Not Another Dale Farm’ means to us ahead of the Fight for Sites action on 19 October on the anniversary of the Dale Farm eviction. Pickles has been served an eviction notice ahead of the mass action.

Open Democracy has a fantastic collection of articles reflecting on issues raised at the UK Feminista Summer School last weekend. I learnt about ‘mansplaining’ in this one. Read also Heather McRobie’s article on the (largely ignored) gender dimensions of the sub-prime mortgage crisis which caused the ‘first feminised recession’, and the backlash against women that the government is instigating through its austerity programme. Highlighting exactly how this is playing out Johnny Void looks at the threat to women’s refuges as a result of Universal Credit.

Dan Hancox discusses Marinaleda, a small communist utopia in Analucia and the subject of his latest book ‘Utopia and the Valley of Tears: A Journey Through the Spanish Crisis’ – an adapted extract from the book can be found here.

Upcoming actions and events

Slut Walk London, 12.30pm, Saturday 22 meeting at the top of Picadilly (near Hyde Park corner)

Save the Women’s Library, 4pm, Saturday 22, Old Castle Street, London

Combat workfare in Brighton – Saturday 22 following the Brighton Trades Council March starting at the Level at noon.

Combat workfare in Liverpool, Saturday 22, 12pm Concert Square

Birmingham protest, lobby, and social starting from noon, Saturday 22 High Street, Birmingham City Centre by Waterstones.

Ruck Against Workfare II benefit gig, Sunday 23, 7pm The Grosvenor, Stockwell, London

Cuts cafe public meeting, 7pm, Monday 1 October, Unite Head Office, ground floor suite, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN

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