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The Red Pepper round-up: 28 September

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

September 28, 2012
4 min read

As the Liberal Democrats spent the week demonstrating their utter detachment from the rest of the population real politics were taking place in the streets of Spain and Greece as hundreds of thousands of people took the streets against austerity. The photographs of the protests are incredible with many showing the police brutality that the protesters were faced with. See these photos from Spain, these from Greece and the ‘Greece – life in an economic crisis’ Flickr account.

The mainstream media have spent the week being excited by a privileged white male speaking down to someone. I guess his archaic language did add some novelty to what is otherwise a non-story. Johnny Void points out the hypocrisy of a criminal justice system that has seen others sent to jail for swearing at coppers whilst Andrew Mitchell will no doubt retain his freedom.

The Cuts Cafe is coming soon to London. Check out their blog as they fill it with fantastic articles about the impacts of the cuts and how we can organise together. If you’ve got an idea for an article, email it to them to make this a brilliant space for generating ideas, discussion and debate. The blog has kicked off with an absolutely awesome post on our housing crisis and what we can do about it. Two other housing stories this week – with Corporate Watch reporting social engineering at the King’s Cross Central development and a public meeting where residents from the Carpenter’s Estate defended their homes against UCL’s plans to ‘redevelop’ the area – give yet more evidence to the argument in the Cuts Cafe blog.

Former HMRC boss and friend of Goldman Sachs David Hartnett saw his evening of port and tax dodging deals disturbed by black tie activists who gate-crashed the event. Watch it here and read Adam Ramsey’s explanation on why we need to mock the rich and powerful. More video fun with ‘Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later’.

If you’re in this for the long-haul, check out this investigation from the ‘Our Beeb’ team showing the massive failures of the BBC in their reporting of the NHS reform bill over the last two years. It’s huge but vital reading!

Happy Birthday Critical Mass! The first ever Critical Mass took place 20 years ago in San Francisco. We’ve been pushing pedals around the world ever since.

Events and Action

It looks like a quiet week this week, but that’s just cos we’re getting ready for a rowdy autumn!

Cuts Cafe Public Meeting, 7pm, Monday 1 October, Unite Head Offices, ground floor suite, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN

Ending the Fuel Bill Rip-Off Public Meeting, 7pm, Thursday 4 October, Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wosley Mews, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2DX

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Working class theatre: Save Our Steel takes the stage
A new play inspired by Port Talbot’s ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign asks questions about the working class leaders of today. Adam Johannes talks to co-director Rhiannon White about the project, the people and the politics behind it

The dawn of commons politics
As supporters of the new 'commons politics' win office in a variety of European cities, Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel chart where this movement came from – and where it may be going

A very social economist
Hilary Wainwright says the ideas of Robin Murray, who died in June, offer a practical alternative to neoliberalism

Art the Arms Fair: making art not war
Amy Corcoran on organising artistic resistance to the weapons dealers’ London showcase

Beware the automated landlord
Tenants of the automated landlord are effectively paying two rents: one in money, the other in information for data harvesting, writes Desiree Fields

Black Journalism Fund – Open Editorial Meeting
3-5pm Saturday 23rd September at The World Transformed in Brighton

Immigration detention: How the government is breaking its own rules
Detention is being used to punish ex-prisoners all over again, writes Annahita Moradi

A better way to regenerate a community
Gilbert Jassey describes a pioneering project that is bringing migrants and local people together to repopulate a village in rural Spain

Fast food workers stand up for themselves and #McStrike – we’re loving it!
McDonald's workers are striking for the first time ever in Britain, reports Michael Calderbank

Two years of broken promises: how the UK has failed refugees
Stefan Schmid investigates the ways Syrian refugees have been treated since the media spotlight faded

West Papua’s silent genocide
The brutal occupation of West Papua is under-reported - but UK and US corporations are profiting from the violence, write Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson

Activate, the new ‘Tory Momentum’, is 100% astroturf
The Conservatives’ effort at a grassroots youth movement is embarrassingly inept, writes Samantha Stevens

Peer-to-peer production and the partner state
Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis argue that we need to move to a commons-centric society – with a state fit for the digital age

Imagining a future free of oppression
Writer, artist and organiser Ama Josephine Budge says holding on to our imagination of tomorrow helps create a different understanding today

The ‘alt-right’ is an unstable coalition – with one thing holding it together
Mike Isaacson argues that efforts to define the alt-right are in danger of missing its central component: eugenics

Fighting for Peace: the battles that inspired generations of anti-war campaigners
Now the threat of nuclear war looms nearer again, we share the experience of eighty-year-old activist Ernest Rodker, whose work is displayed at The Imperial War Museum. With Jane Shallice and Jenny Nelson he discussed a recent history of the anti-war movement.

Put public purpose at the heart of government
Victoria Chick stresses the need to restore the public good to economic decision-making

Don’t let the world’s biggest arms fair turn 20
Eliza Egret talks to activists involved in almost two decades of protest against London’s DSEI arms show

The new municipalism is part of a proud radical history
Molly Conisbee reflects on the history of citizens taking collective control of local services

With the rise of Corbyn, is there still a place for the Green Party?
Former Green principal speaker Derek Wall says the party may struggle in the battle for votes, but can still be important in the battle of ideas

Fearless Cities: the new urban movements
A wave of new municipalist movements has been experimenting with how to take – and transform – power in cities large and small. Bertie Russell and Oscar Reyes report on the growing success of radical urban politics around the world

A musical fightback against school arts cuts
Elliot Clay on why his new musical turns the spotlight on the damage austerity has done to arts education, through the story of one school band's battle

Neoliberalism: the break-up tour
Sarah Woods and Andrew Simms ask why, given the trail of destruction it has left, we are still dancing to the neoliberal tune

Cat Smith MP: ‘Jeremy Corbyn has authenticity. You can’t fake that’
Cat Smith, shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs and one of the original parliamentary backers of Corbyn’s leadership, speaks to Ashish Ghadiali

To stop the BBC interviewing climate deniers, we need to make climate change less boring
To stop cranks like Lord Lawson getting airtime, we need to provoke more interesting debates around climate change than whether it's real or not, writes Leo Barasi

Tory Glastonbury? Money can’t buy you cultural relevance
Adam Peggs on why the left has more fun

Essay: After neoliberalism, what next?
There are economically-viable, socially-desirable alternatives to the failed neoliberal economic model, writes Jayati Ghosh

With the new nuclear ban treaty, it’s time to scrap Trident – and spend the money on our NHS
As a doctor, I want to see money spent on healthcare not warfare, writes David McCoy - Britain should join the growing international movement for disarmament

Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India
Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, by Shashi Tharoor, reviewed by Ian Sinclair

A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour
A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder, by Grace A Musila, reviewed by Allen Oarbrook