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    Después de las experiencias del Campamento del Clima que relaté en estas entradas (en inglés: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ), no había  otra opción cuando sucedió el movimiento que ocupó las plazas que […]

  • ana wrote a new post, Kent garden, on the site ana. 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    ThumbnailA garden in Kent the garden of England.

  • ana wrote a new post, Book reviews, on the site ana. 5 months ago

    ThumbnailIn the last few months I have read a few months and published some reviews on Goodreads. It turns out the site is either bought or in close relationship with FaceBook so I will continue to support this blog site […]

  • ana wrote a new post, We were indymedia, on the site ana. 6 months, 4 weeks ago

    Anne was involved in indymedia, a project so amazing she wants to publish a collective memory.

    To that end, she has sent a few of us* all a questionnaire. Here are my answers.

    >>>> Who are you?

    !–more–Some […]

  • ana posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Stays here 😉

  • hjfpIs Tottenham a little village? Some one involved in the literature festival was a friend of a friend of mine, an ex-colleague of another friend and the colleague of another, although none of us knew about these connections until yesterday. [Link to the festival’s page]

    We met at different stages of the festival, the first one being the opening evening with Haringey Independent Cinema, showing films on Palesinian issues, mainly Gaza. [Link to Haringey Independent Cinema]

    stallThe second day, Friday, saw the first stalls with books and the first ’round table’, about travelling to Palestine (should we, privileged Westerners, travel to Palestine as activists, or tourists, and if so, under what conditions?)

    Saturday was too full of events happening at the same time to list them all; the program can be seen here: [link to the pdf file in hjpf site]

    I was there with copies of my book [link to the page on this blog] and copies of the booklet ‘Tech Tools for Activism’ [link to ttfa site] [link to flossmanuals], talked to lots of wonderful, committed activists in different fields, including bookshops from around the area, and generally very nice people with very open minds prepared to learn (even more).

    The first session was invaded by some EDL activists, I wasn’t in the auditorium where it happened but when I heard the tumult I went to help and witnesses said that about four people had invaded the stage and shouted abuse. These people turned out to be ‘regular trouble makers’ in this type of events. When some of the attendees or organisers confronted them, they were sprayed with some nasty dye that doesn’t go off in days no matter how much you wash.

    When I arrived I saw some shouting and people saying the police had been called. The bigger men, and a woman with her daughter left, still shouting abuse in the entrance hall, but one woman remained inside, shouting that her mobile phone had been stolen from her pocket. The woman in question happened to be Roberta Moore, known to pro-palestinian activists and the police.

    The police arrived a while later, when only the woman was still inside; they took statements from a good number of attendees, wrongfully arresting one of them, with the ‘wrong appearance’, in the process.

    The rest of the event went on peacefully, with lots of fruitful discussion, and an apparent common call for a one-state solution in Israel, secular and inclusive.

  • ana wrote a new post, Rik. Fukushima. Rik, on the site ana. 1 year ago

    Rik is an expert on Fukishima [link to wikipedia]

    Fukushima is a nuclear power plant on the East coast of Japan that on 11 March 2011 suffered a meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

    A meltdown is when the uranium fuel rods in the heart of the reactor overheat, to maybe 3000 degrees centigrade, then melt down into a white hot sludge and burn their way out of the reactor into the environment. The radioactive fuel then spreads into everything, including the food chain, and causes deformities and cancers.

    Rik says it had 3 meltdowns in 2 days, then the relevant figures denied it, maybe because admitting it would mean to have to clean it and it would cost money, which is allegedly more important than babies getting cancers.

    Rik was living in Berlin when Chernobyl popped off and is now also helping with the campaign to try to stop them building another new one near Bristol.

    fuku nov12

    fuku autumn 2013 a4

    fuku spring13 a4

    fuku update winter 2013.14 a4

    summer 2013 a4

    fuku update spring 2014 a4
    Attached are the latest updates, from spring 2014, and the previous 5 as well.

    For more info: [link to the london anti nuke people web site]
    [link to the best news site for fukushima]
    [link to video of Rik talking in a room in the Houses of Parliament]

    worth watching some of the videos linked to on the right too

  • ana wrote a new post, The Grosvenor Pub, on the site ana. 1 year, 1 month ago

    The Grosvenor Pub is a pub in Sidney Street, SW9, London, where radical groups and projects can do their fund rising, and fund rising gigs regularly happen to the enjoyment of many.

    It is situated very near Stockwell Station, in an area currently undergoing gentrification. As part of this, the whole building containing the pub and the flats above it has been purchased by a private company that has asked for planning permission for conversion.

    Below are guidelines on how to formally try to stop the disappearance of this pub. From this point on they are not my words, they belong to an email that was distribute with the Subject: Objection to Planning Permission for the Grosvenor Pub, Sidney
    Street, SW9

    There is a planning application to build flats above the pub and we need
    to object because in doing so, we can ask the Planning Committee to
    ensure the pub stays a pub and doesn’t become another Tesco shop.
    I attach my objection below – please feel free to rip it off. But the
    important words are in bold / between asterisks * – please use them!
    You can either write to the Planning Committee at Phoenix House, 10
    Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL quoting 14/02772/FUL or register online
    at
    http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications-and-policies/search-planning-applications
    click on the ‘Visit the planning applications database’ and then
    register. Once you are in, you can search for 14/02772/FUL and object.
    <http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/>

    I object to this planning application to build flats on top of the
    Grosvenor pub.
    This pub is a great, local amenity on Sidney Street, SW9, that serves
    it’s local community well and also the wider area by holding music
    events that draw people from North London and as far away as Brighton.
    Despite having bought flats above a pub, the new occupants will not like
    the noise and the result will be many complaints to the landlord and
    Council.
    Many successful applications like this one have resulted in an eventual
    change of use from a pub to more flats, or shops.
    If you do agree to allow the building of these flats, please put in a
    planning condition that the pub area is to be used only as a pub, unless
    further planning consent to use it otherwise is granted by the Planning
    Committee. *Please ask the planners to make the removal of permitted
    development rights for the pub a condition of said development in order
    that any change of use should be brought within planning controls, i.e.
    made dependent on approval of a planning application following due
    consultation.*
    The Grosvenor is an excellent local that is a great supporter of up and
    coming music acts, and has a first rate reputation in the local
    community. It would be a real shame if it’s future was put in doubt.
    In conclusion, I object to this application because it has inadequate
    conditions to prevent change of use of the pub area putting the pub
    under threat of change of use.

  • Critical Mass – Learn the Lingo
    (source : Facebook – I won’t post links to sites that require logging in and commerce with your details in the process)
    These words are used at some Critical Mass events:-

    Bike-lifting (Also known in Chicago as the Chicago hold-up)- is when a participant raises his or her bicycle in the air. This occurs when an intersection is corked, when a cyclone is occurring, or at any point a participant desires to hold a bicycle in the air.

    Corking- Corking is a tactic used to prevent traffic from entering the path of the cyclists.

    Cyclone Cyclones- form when the mass begins to circle an intersection. Popular in Chicago’s large six-point intersections, cyclones can be used to “mass up” the critical mass, so that it can maintain the density of cyclists necessary to prevent the flow of automotive traffic. The tactic also allows splinter masses time to rejoin the group.

    Die-in Die-ins- are when participants lay down on the ground with their bikes to symbolize cyclist deaths and injuries caused by automobiles, very popular in Montreal.

    “Mass up” or “Mass it up”- In the middle or at the end of the group of
    cyclists, the number of cyclists traveling on the road can grow thin, resulting in dangerous conditions for riders if automotive traffic attempts to cut through the middle of the mass while cyclists are still passing. Participants in some cities will yell “mass up” or “mass it up in order to tell the front of the group to slow down. Different tactics are used to mass up such as simply slowing down or stopping as well as cycloning.

    Splinter mass- Splinter masses are a common occurrence due to the unorganized nature of the event. A splinter mass occurs when a smaller group of the larger critical mass separates from the main mass inadvertently. They often no longer possess a mass that is “critical enough to stop traffic. “Massing up” allows splinter masses to rejoin the group.

  • ana wrote a new post, Tina, on the site ana. 1 year, 3 months ago

    Tina

    Tina

    Tina is very opinionated and she likes writing. The result is a great conversationalist and an excellent writer.

    She has written so much and so well, that she is now a paid columnist as a result, and she has already written inspirational , enraging, well-researched, enlightening and always interesting, reasonable pieces that makes one think.

    And she is also an avid reader – not surprising as all good writers are good readers first.

    She read my book and she so kindly put a review of it in some commercial websites and in one not so commercial one.

    And in addition to that, she also had wonderful words in private emails that she has kindly given permission to put in the books page … but first I wanted to enjoy sharing them separately on this post.

    I LOVED Bearing Witness. It is so well-written, moving, honest and informative. I couldn’t put the book down once I’d started it. It is excellent.

    Words like this were what encouraged me to continue writing that diary, and eventually put my diary in a book. Thanks to all out there who review the books and blogs of the unknown. Thanks Tina.

  • ana commented on the post, Petition update: 16K, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    More reasons people gave to sign the petition:

    I signed because my mental health problems make it very, VERY difficult for me to (a) find and (b) keep a job, yet I’m only allocated enough DLA to cover half of […]

  • ana commented on the post, Petition update: 16K, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    More reasons for signing:

    this is wrong all round, punish the polititions for treating us like pawns in their big game of monopoly.

    Because I believe that a decent society should look after it’s most […]

  • ana commented on the post, Petition update: 16K, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    More reasons for signing:

    I signed because I believe that to leave any person without money is not only unjust but inhumane

    The sanctions policy, and in particular the way it is administered both overtly […]

  • ana commented on the post, Petition update: 16K, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    Reasons for signing, that people have written as they signed the petition:

    Been sanctioned for going dentist for tooth out!

    It is evil and despicable act to deprive people the right of food and heating […]

  • ana commented on the post, Petition update: 16K, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    Some comments under the petition – in case they’re lost there:

    My husbands full time position was made into a part time one, losing us almost a £1000 per month, we get £22 a week housing benefit just enough to […]

  • ana wrote a new post, Petition update: 16K, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    When I started the petition to stop all benefits sanctions, it went so viral it surprised even Jonny Void.

    Then I thought I should wait for the campaign to get to more respectable numbers, but the addition of […]

  • ana wrote a new post, Steps to self-publish, on the site ana. 1 year, 4 months ago

    More than a how-to, this is how I did it, in small scale, without big corporations, or at least doing it at minimum cost, paying some one else to do things I absolutely could not do myself.
    First, I wrote the […]

  • I have now converted my book to electronic format. Some say pdf is the ‘de facto’ format for electronic publication. It can be used for computers on all platforms.

    However for other devices like mobile phones […]

  • ana wrote a new post, Petition, on the site ana. 1 year, 10 months ago

    I have been reading other blogs more than writing lately. I also sign petitions that I feel are worthwile.

    One of the blogs I use for ‘keeping up to date with the world’ is Jonny Void‘s.

    So yesterday I […]

  • ana wrote a new post, Bike route 54, on the site ana. 2 years ago

    ThumbnailTo give praise where it is due, I should report that I have used the lifts at Greenwich tunnel a few times in the past few weeks and they were both working as they should all those times.

    That is how it should […]

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