Do you Tumbl?

Despite the heading looking like I have complete disregard for spelling an grammar I am sure you all know what I mean. So if you do use Tumblr and and fancy having something a bit more than vignette photographs and internet memes flowing through your feed then here are a couple of great people to check out:

paperbrolly.tumblr.com – A blog the author describes as ‘general ramblings of a messy activist’ Paper Brolly is a web based account of the revolutionary experiences of a Bristol based student.

therevolutionwillnotbetweeted.tumblr.com – Much in a similar vein this blog offers up an array of links to varying articles the author feels the reader may like.

Of course if you are still interested in the more standard collection of abstract musings and comic pictures then I would be doing you a disservice not to direct you to catalyst45.tumblr.com

Bristol student taken in the middle of the night.

At 5AM on Saturday 18th December 2010 a Bristol student was arrested with the charge of Affray and Conspiracy to affray. Below is his account of what followed.

POLICE COME FOR ME AT 5AM, PLEASE SHARE ON twitter, FB ETC – IMPORTANT –

On the 17/12/10 (Last friday) The police came to my house with a warrant for my arrest. They came like the stasi in the night, getting me out of bed at 5am in the morning.

They had a warrant for my arrest, with the charge of Affray and Conspiracy to affray.

It is relation to a protest I attended about a month ago, which saw hundreds of students from across Bristol join together in the streets to oppose rising tuition fees, cuts to our education and an elitist education system. At the top of Park street (Park row) in Bristol, police had kettled everyone in once again, stopping movement anywhere down park street, park row and back up towards whiteladies road.. The police insisted in an interview that they thought that it was me that threw a firework towards the police which simply isnt true.

I was detained for 12 hours in cell number 9 at trinity road police station, Bristol. After repeated requests to a solicitor I was refused, I was told I would see a solicitor when I was interviewed. I asked for a pen and paper. A pen and paper never came. Out of the three meals I sould have been offered during my detention, I only recieved one meal. After requesting a blanket as the cell I was in was so cold, I was refused, as I had already got one. I also requested to make my phone call, I never got this either.

All of the above apart from the blanket are my LEGAL RIGHT and recieved none of them.

I sat shaking in the cell, not knowing what affray meant, or what was going to happen to me next. The police had made a big mistake. What the hell had I done wrong? When the police turned up on my doorstep at 5am, I was told I was being charged with affray, for throwing a firework at the police at a recent student protest in bristol.

Whilst I was in the cell, one of the detectives came to my cell and told me that they would now be going to my house with a warrant to search it. They took my laptop, my mobile phone, a hard drive, a notepad amongst other things. I am still awaiting my property back :( which I imagine I won’t be seeing for a long time.

After being in the cell for nearly 10hours, I was finally interviewed by two police officers: two dectives from the serious crime squad. They showed me a video that includes me stroking a police horse at the front of a police kettle and then suddenly a firework goes towards the police. firstly, they asked me whether it was me in the video. Of course I said it was me, as i have nothing to hide. They tried to pin this on me! they tried to say that it was me that threw the firework, which I quickly denied, of course this was not me! after watching the video shown to me in the interview which was taken from BBC Bristol, I was quick to point out “how could I have thrown a firework if with one hand I am stroking a police horse” Of course, it is obviously impossible to light a firework and throw it with one hand.

This wa bullshit and they know it. They quickly dropped that line of questioning and then accused me of conspiracy to affray. They said that, I was stroking the police horse so that someone else that I knew could throw a firework at the police. This also of course was completely untrue.

Other questions that they asked me were about who I knew, what I did, what internet websites I use(d) etc. They had no grounds to arrest me. They had no grounds to detain me. They have no grounds to interrogate me.

I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG.

I was released on bail, and am due to make my appearance at trinity road police station on the 26th of January.

MORE TO COME SOON, PLEASE SHARE. ANY MEDIA READING THIS, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO GET IN CONTACT. IF ANYONE ELSE WANTS ANYMORE INFORMATION PLEASE ASK, I WILL UPDATE THIS WHEN MORE INFO COMES TO MY MIND.

++++++ 23RD DECEMBER 2010 +++++++

 

Nuevo Programa de Radio: Patente de Corso.

Primera Emisión: La AngloGold Ashanti y la mineria del oro en el Sur de Bolivar
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Save Birley Fields Petition…

MMU is likely to submit their campus planning application in the next week or two.

One of the tools we have to fight this is public opinion, and to do this we’ve created a petition.

The ‘Save Birley Fields’ petition is here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/.

If you disagree with or have any doubt about the proposed plans, please sign, it only takes a minute.
Once the campus its here its here for good.

** Please pass on to your networks **

Thanks,

Birley Fields Campaign Group

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the town angry protesters were shutting shops down.

Payday, the nationwide demonstration organised by UK Uncut took place yesterday appropriately on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Two months ago, on October 27th about 65 people ran along Oxford Street, entered a Vodafone store seconds after it opened for the day, sat down, regained their breath and started chanting. Vodafone’s flagship store had been shut down, and it remained closed almost all day. Sometime that afternoon two middle-aged, sharp suited men stepped out of a cab and stood behind police lines staring at the crowd blocking the shop doorway. They were two executives from Vodafone’s head office. They looked worried. But, at that moment, there was no way they could have anticipated what would come next. A sit-in that was meant to be a one-off got picked up on Twitter, captured the imagination of people across the country and went viral. Less than two months later and co-ordinated protests have rocked tax avoiders on high streets from Aberystwyth to Aberdeen.

The day kicked off around half nine with Bournemouth holding the first action. An hour later news came in that the Cardiff action had targeted Topshop with Edinburgh doing likewise soon after. By 11am four more actions had publicised there doings on Twitter. Big news came in about 2345 when it was announced the HSBC, Covent Garden had been occupied by a group of protesters in sleeping bags. Throughout the rest of the days Twitter was buzzing with updates on which shops had been shut down where. Vodaphone with £6billion in unpaid tax and Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group stores, which include TopShop, Miss Selfridge and Burton amongst others, with £285million in tax in 2005 alone remain the focus of growing public anger, but companies such as Boots, Marks and Spencer, Barclays and HSBC have also been targeted nationally over tax avoidance claims. Rebecca Davies, 32, said: “Over four years £100bn is expected to be lost to the public purse to tax avoidance, which could pay for so many of the cuts that will hit the poorest in our society. Ordinary people around Britain will stand up and show that they will not be lied to, and that we will not let these unnecessary cuts happen without a fight.”

One point that seemed to baffle protesters as they went from store to store closing as they went was why there seemed to be so little if any television coverage of the event. For some reason, despite there being 55 protests taking place up and down the country broadcasters both local and national still placed ultimate importance on Britain’s winter weather. Was this a journalistic blunder of great proportions or was this a purposeful snub intended to break the will of the protestors. Whatever the case it was ultimately irrelevant as with a movement of this size there would be no doubt the voice of the people would be heard.

Christmas and New Year Break…

The regular Birley Fields meetings on Tuesday evenings are taking a break for the holiday season, we’ll start up again the the New Year.

In the meantime we’re keeping our eyes peeled for any planning application submission from the University over the holidays. Because you never know.

Seasonal Greetings everyone and Best Wishes for the New Year!!

Blockade of EDO MBM

At 6am on the 14th December 2010 three people locked and glued themselves to the gates of EDO. Staff arrived minutes later and were forced to wait outside for Paul Hills, EDO MD, to turn up.

Hillls, for the umpteenth time, had to angle grind through his fence to get his staff in in the morning.

It seems that Paul doesn’t relish the prospect of his business dealings being scrutinised in court after his gruelling cross examination during the Decommissioners trial this Summer. After a conversation with Hillls, Police left the blockaders to it. After five hours everyone unlocked/glued and left with no arrests.

For more info see http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/12/470666.html and http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/12/470680.html

Andrew Beckett, campaign spokesperson, said “The government’s spending review made only perfunctory cuts to the defence budget. Every job in the arms trade  is still massively subsidised by the state. The exports made by EDO benefit only the company CEOs. All this at the same time as the government is cutting the education and health budgets and hammering ordinary people’s pensions and benefits.”

“The arms industry makes its money through destroying the lives of civilians abroad whilst the budget cuts target the most vulnerable people here. We say that it is obvious where the budget cuts should be focused – on an arms trade that only benefits the corporations.”

Fiesta y Taller de Encuadernación.

Pues nada, que con algunxs seguimos inventando y planeando cosas por hacer y entre eso, hace un tiempo tenemos la idea de abrir un espacio auto gestionado, que pueda funcionar como Centro Social, lugar de encuentro para muchas cosas, que queremos que sea una construcción colectiva de lxs que estén intersadxs y participen del espacio, al que también puedan caer quienes tengan ganas de conocer acerca del pensamiento anarquista, pues vamos a tener una biblioteca. Pero no sólo eso, la idea es que también caigan y construyan quienes quieran participar de otras propuestas que se iran planteando, o plantear las propuestas ellxs mismxs, y también para quienes se quieran animar a realizar otras practicas económicas, siguiendo con la idea de mercar juntxs y así reducir costos, contactarnos con productorxs y romper con la intermediación.

Ya saben que nosotrxs le apostamos a la solidaridad y a la posibilidad de construir alternativas de autogestión a nuestrxs sueños, por eso vamos a comenzar con una gran fiesta de despedida del año, para que el año que viene podamos ojala empezarlo abriendo el Centro Social Acrata……y queremos convidarles a una buena rumba.

Pero bueno, para motivarlos aún mas, antes de la fiesta de 5 a 7 vamos a tener un taller de encuadernación artesanal que va a ser una maravilla. Solo hay que traer hojas para hacer una libreta para cada unx.

Pero por si acas va ser en la carrera 14A no. 40A-59, un sitio que se llama el Caney del Tamarindo, hay un aporte solidario (que ya saben pa que es) de 5 lucas (aunque si vienen solo al taller no hay que pagar nada).

La fiesta es desde las 7 asi que miren a ver, si vienen a tomarse unas cervecitas y coctelitos (ademas van a haber unos pasteles de yuca pa morirse del gusto), y por si fuera poco, la buena música a cargo de DJ Moño.

Bueno, ojala puedan pasar, y quienes no igual manifiestense para que el otro año podamos encontrarnos en el centro social!!!!!