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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Greece’s heavy load
While the UK left is divided over how to respond to Brexit, the people of Greece continue to groan under the burden of EU-backed austerity. Jane Shallice reports

On the narcissism of small differences
In an interview with the TNI's Nick Buxton, social scientist and activist Susan George reflects on the French Presidential Elections.

Why Corbyn’s ‘unpopularity’ is exaggerated: Polls show he’s more popular than most other parties’ leaders – and on the up
Headlines about Jeremy Corbyn’s poor approval ratings in polls don’t tell the whole story, writes Alex Nunns

The media wants to demoralise Corbyn’s supporters – don’t let them succeed
Michael Calderbank looks at the results of yesterday's local elections

In light of Dunkirk: What have we learned from the (lack of) response in Calais?
Amy Corcoran and Sam Walton ask who helps refugees when it matters – and who stands on the sidelines

Osborne’s first day at work – activists to pulp Evening Standards for renewable energy
This isn’t just a stunt. A new worker’s cooperative is set to employ people on a real living wage in a recycling scheme that is heavily trolling George Osborne. Jenny Nelson writes

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 24 May
On May 24th, we’ll be holding the third of Red Pepper’s Race Section Open Editorial Meetings.

Our activism will be intersectional, or it will be bullshit…
Reflecting on a year in the environmental and anti-racist movements, Plane Stupid activist, Ali Tamlit, calls for a renewed focus on the dangers of power and privilege and the means to overcome them.

West Yorkshire calls for devolution of politics
When communities feel that power is exercised by a remote elite, anger and alienation will grow. But genuine regional democracy offers a positive alternative, argue the Same Skies Collective

How to resist the exploitation of digital gig workers
For the first time in history, we have a mass migration of labour without an actual migration of workers. Mark Graham and Alex Wood explore the consequences

The Digital Liberties cross-party campaign
Access to the internet should be considered as vital as access to power and water writes Sophia Drakopoulou

#AndABlackWomanAtThat – part III: a discussion of power and privilege
In the final article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr gives a few pointers on how to be a good ally

Event: Take Back Control Croydon
Ken Loach, Dawn Foster & Soweto Kinch to speak in Croydon at the first event of a UK-wide series organised by The World Transformed and local activists

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 19 April
On April 19th, we’ll be holding the second of Red Pepper’s Race Section Open Editorial Meetings.

Changing our attitude to Climate Change
Paul Allen of the Centre for Alternative Technology spells out what we need to do to break through the inaction over climate change

Introducing Trump’s Inner Circle
Donald Trump’s key allies are as alarming as the man himself

#AndABlackWomanAtThat – part II: a discussion of power and privilege
In the second article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr reflects on the silencing of black women and the flaws in safe spaces

Joint statement on George Osborne’s appointment to the Evening Standard
'We have come together to denounce this brazen conflict of interest and to champion the growing need for independent, truthful and representative media'

Confronting Brexit
Paul O’Connell and Michael Calderbank consider the conditions that led to the Brexit vote, and how the left in Britain should respond

On the right side of history: an interview with Mijente
Marienna Pope-Weidemann speaks to Reyna Wences, co-founder of Mijente, a radical Latinx and Chincanx organising network

Disrupting the City of London Corporation elections
The City of London Corporation is one of the most secretive and least understood institutions in the world, writes Luke Walter

#AndABlackWomanAtThat: a discussion of power and privilege
In the first article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr reflects on the oppression of her early life and how we must fight it, even in our own movement

Corbyn understands the needs of our communities
Ian Hodson reflects on the Copeland by-election and explains why Corbyn has the full support of The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 15 March
On 15 March, we’ll be holding the first of Red Pepper’s Race Section open editorial meetings.

Social Workers Without Borders
Jenny Nelson speaks to Lauren Wroe about a group combining activism and social work with refugees

Growing up married
Laura Nicholson interviews Dr Eylem Atakav about her new film, Growing Up Married, which tells the stories of Turkey’s child brides

The Migrant Connections Festival: solidarity needs meaningful relationships
On March 4 & 5 Bethnal Green will host a migrant-led festival fostering community and solidarity for people of all backgrounds, writes Sohail Jannesari

Reclaiming Holloway Homes
The government is closing old, inner-city jails. Rebecca Roberts looks at what happens next

Intensification of state violence in the Kurdish provinces of Turkey
Oppression increases in the run up to Turkey’s constitutional referendum, writes Mehmet Ugur from Academics for Peace

Pass the domestic violence bill
Emma Snaith reports on the significance of the new anti-domestic violence bill