21 September 2012: The week around the web and upcoming actions, with Izzy Koksal
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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The closure of ERT is a litmus test for the Greek left Nicholas Vrousalis argues that the left must not only defend Greece's state broadcaster, but raise the demand for workers' control
Brazil: This is about public transport fares – but it’s about much more too Sean Purdy, an activist in São Paulo’s Free Fare Movement, gives an update on events in Brazil
Brazil: protests highlight the gulf between politicians and the people Tom Gatehouse reports on the movement sweeping Brazil
Why we must intervene and compete with the capitalist media Holly Rigby reports from the launch of a new radical media project in Scotland
Yoga and politics Davy Jones, a yoga teacher and political activist in Brighton, draws an unusual link
Biomass: the trojan horse of renewables? The government plans to make up to three quarters of the UK's renewable energy target with biomass – but it falls short of the mark, says Almuth Ernsting of Biofuelwatch
‘In Gezi Park there is free food, medical care, a kids’ area and a library’ Ece Bulut gives us the latest from Istanbul’s Gezi Park, and looks at how the movement is organising – and changing people
Video: The story of the No Dash for Gas 21 In November 2012 twenty-one environmental activists shut down and occupied EDF-owned West Burton gas fired power station. For 8 days they remained on top of two chimneys, stopping 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide being emitted. This is their story
No Dash For Gas activists told to do (more) community service Joel Benjamin reports as climate campaigners avoid jail sentences
This is the week Labour turned its back on the welfare state As Ed Miliband backs a cap on benefits spending, Tom Walker says that the more you read of Labour’s new welfare policies, the worse it gets
Brazil: The giant has awoken Matthew Richmond writes on Brazil's growing mass movement
North Korea: War games gone wrong Tim Beal examines the US ‘playbook’ miscalculations that underlie the current US-North Korea crisis
The day Greece’s TVs went dark Hilary Wainwright reports from Thessaloniki on what happened when the state ordered Greece’s state broadcaster to shut down
Winning at Walmart The OUR Walmart campaign has been shaking up labour organising in the US. As they prepared for their current strike, Alex Wood spent a month with the people behind a new kind of fightback
Toxic gas: why we need to stop fracking Tony Bosworth and Helen Rimmer report on plans to expand fracking across the UK and look at why we need to leave shale gas in the ground