Weekly round-up blog: 2 November

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

November 2, 2012
4 min read

The No Dash For Gas activists who occupied two chimneys of the UK’s newest gas fired power station on Monday are still up there almost a week on. This morning 8 came down from one of the chimneys in order to preserve supplies for the remaining 6. You can follow their antics on their twitter and facebook sites. These social media savvy folk have also been making youtube videos of life up on the chimney. Ewa Jasiewicz explains why they’re up there and Danny’s blog also gives some good arguments against the dash for gas, however, Tory minister John Hayes comments this week on wind turbines – ‘enough is enough’ – also sums up quite nicely the need for more direct action like this.

Meanwhile, in Bristol, Boris Johnson was being followed by people shouting ‘Tory Scum’ at him. He turned around and meekly responded with ‘Lefty Tossers’ – but his heart wasn’t really in it. This is a joy to watch and we need more of it.

In other street politics video news, the team behind The Revolution will be Televised have taken on promoting Barclay’s food speculation to passers-by. Turns out that most people think profiting from others people’s hunger is not a good idea. Armed police turn up

This week saw the conclusion of the Fortnum and Mason appeal with 5 people having their appeals accepted whilst the other 4 had their conviction for ‘intent to intimidate’ upheld. How the law decided that 5 people entered the shop in a non-criminal way whilst the other 4 people’s entry was criminal…Alfie and Zak’s retrial continued this week with a heavy police presence around the protest in support of Alfie and Zak and a heavy police presence inside the court room intimidating the supporters.

A local community and supporters are resisting the attempt by Lambeth council to sell off their co-operative housing. The irony of the self-declared ‘co-operative council’ attempting to destroy a co-operative project has clearly been lost on the council. Housing struggles like these are emerging everywhere as the attack on our right to shelter intensifies. In the context of this housing crisis, other, more communal ways of living ‘look increasingly sensible’ Owen Hatherley argues.

Finally, here is an interesting and useful analysis of the English Defence League and the response of the left.

Events and actions

Lindela Figlan from Abahlali baseMjondolo speaking at various locations across the UK

Ending this Saturday ‘Noam Chomsky quotes: an exhibition of letterpress prints by Adam Burton’ at 201/ Unit 3, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9NQ

National Union of Students Activism Conference 2012, Saturday 3rd November, Goldsmiths, London

Justice for cleaners: Militant mobilisation against MITIE at the Tower of London, 1pm, Saturday 3rd November.

Anti-workfare protests will be happening in Brighton, Leeds, and Kilburn this Saturday. See here for more details.

Capitalism is Crisis: Another World Is Possible, 11am, Sunday 4th November, Ashbee Hall inside Toynbee Hall, 28 Commerical Street, London, E1 6LS

Liverpool City Council Budget Cuts Protest, 4pm, Wednesday 7th November, Liverpool Town Hall

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Greece’s heavy load
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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
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Our activism will be intersectional, or it will be bullshit…
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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
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#AndABlackWomanAtThat – part III: a discussion of power and privilege
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Event: Take Back Control Croydon
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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