Tour de France avec banderole contre le gaz de schiste

C’était une sacrée bonne idée de parcourir la France menacée par l’exploitation du gaz et de l’huile de schiste avec une banderole et la présenter dans les mairies, continuer à informer les gens et finir ce Tour devant l’Assemblée nationale le 10 mai. Mais alors côté communication de l’événement et pour le suivre sur le web, alors non merci les collectifs, c’est nul. Le logo pose aussi quelques questions. Lire la suite

28th April 2011

Interview

TV Smith

Playlist

Crass -Our Wedding -Crassical Collection
The Specials -Stupid Marriage -2 Tone
X-Ray Spex -I Can’t Do Anything -Castle
Poison Girls -Old Tart -Xntrix
Crass -Berkertex Bride -Crassical Collection
X-Ray Spex -The Day The World Turned Dayglo -Castle
Anti-System -Wot? No Meat (To Live! Life)
Class War Kids -The Vegan Avenger Ascends Into Legend
Morrissey -Will Never Marry -EMI
Shelley’s Children -Wedding Bells -Damaged Goods
Ivor Cutler -Out Of Decency
Lack Of Knowledge -Ritual
Anti-Flag -Summer Squatter Go Home
Paranoid Visions -All Systems Go -FOAD Records
Zounds -Demystification -Active Distribution
Appalachian Terror Unit -Armageddon Won’t Be Brought By Gods But Men Who Think They Are -Profane Existence
Rudimentary Peni -Farce -Crass
Jesus Bruiser -Palestine -Pumpkin Records
X-Ray Spex -Identity -Castle

Blockade of EDO in Solidarity with Gaza

Early on Wednesday 27th April three activists locked themselves to the Brighton arms factory EDO/ITT, in solidarity with the people of Gaza

Six Palestinians were killed over the bank holiday weekend by Israeli air strikes in Gaza.

EDO is currently working on contracts for supply of weapons umbilical connectors to US firm Lockheed Martin who are incorporating them onto the  new F35 fighter plane, bound for Israel. Paul Hills, EDO, managing  director, has described the function of the connector as “to provide  coordinates to the guidance unit… on the weapon.”

EDO’s connector systems have already resulted in civilian deaths in Afghanistan. In 2009 Royal Dutch Air Force F-16s, equipped with EDO’s FRCS  connectors, killed 52 civilians in a bombing raid in Helmand.

Chloe Marsh, Smash EDO press spokesperson said “During the last month Israel has intensified attacks on Gaza killing over 30 people and there has been talks of the possibility of a second Operation Cast Lead. EDO/ITT are as ever complicit in this slaughter, as many of these attacks have been carried out by F16s equipped with EDO components. Through the new F35 contract, EDO are ensuring that they will continue to profit from Israel’s war crimes far into the future. By accepting these contracts, EDO show beyond a doubt that they are not opposed to supporting Israel’s military machine”

A recently published UNICEF report confirmed that Israel’s military actions in and around Gaza still amount to a siege, with little alleviation of the situation for civilians. The report also revealed that Israel’s siege now puts 1.9 million children at risk of early death, injury or severe psychological harm. See  http://bit.ly/eDH2vx

28th April What’s On

Friday 25th March to Friday 29th April

I Bike MCR Festival 2011
Various times and venues across Manchester
http://www.ibikemcr.org.uk

Monday 11th April onwards

OK Cafe returns.
Castlefield Centre, 101 Liverpool Road
http://okcafe.wordpress.com/

Friday 22nd April to Saturday 30th April

The Working Class Life & Music Festival
Various times and venues across Liverpool
http://www.workingclassmusic.org.uk

Friday 29th April

10.45am: A Walk Around Manchester’s Radical, Riotous and Rebellious History
Robert Owen Statue, outside  the Co-operative Bank, Corporation Street: £6/ £3

We will explore Manchester radical, riotous and rebellious  history including the Co-operative Movement, the Clarion newspaper,  Karl  Marx and Friedrich  Engels, the Siege of Manchester,  Peterloo, Chartism and   rioting in Albert Square and  discover what happened  when   the town  was invaded   by a Scottish army.

The walk will last 2 hours and will  be led by Michael Herbert.

Michael has been researching , writing and talking about Manchester’s radical history for thirty years. He has an MA in the history of the Manchester Region and  is a  Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.  His publications include The Wearing of the Green, a  history of the Irish in Manchester,All proceeds from this walk will go to Oldham Unity which supports  many refugees and asylum seekers in Oldham.

8.00pm: Royally Rebellious Evening
OKasional Cafe, at Castlefield Centre, 101 Liverpool Road
OK Cafe

Sunday 1st May

1.00pm: May Day March
All Saints Park, Oxford Road

May Day

8.00pm: Jeremiah Ferrari, Total Bloody Chaos and Sanity Clause.
Yorkshire House, Lancaster

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May
All Day: Punk Rock Festival GBH, Drongos for Europe etc
Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne £20 both days

Tuesday 2nd May

6.00 pm: Media, Community and Social Movements: The Zapatistas and the other campaign
The event takes place at Duke’s Cinema in Lancaster and consists of

– a screening of filmmaker Nicolas Défossé’s most recent documentary ¡Viva Mexico! and a Q&A session with the director after the film

– the exhibition La otra mirada by Indymedia Chiapas, presented by photographer Adolfo López

– a round-table debate on ‘Media, Community and Social Movements’, including Défossé, López,Oscar Forerofrom Lancaster University, the writer and broadcaster Bob Dickinson, David of Under the Pavement Radio Show on ALL FM 96.9 Manchester, and a representative of Diversity FM Lancaster.

Before the film, Cornelia Graebner from LU will give a short introduction to’Media activism and grassroots mobilization: The Zapatistas’.

The event is organized by the Latin America Research Cluster (LARC) at Lancaster University in collaboration with the Duke’s Cinema. TheSocietyof Latin American Studies (SLAS) has partially funded the event.

Saturday 14th May

10.00am until 4.00pm: Manchester Fanzine Festival
Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road (Free entry/ £10 to book stall)

7.30pm: TV Smith

The Verge at The Cheshire Ring, Hyde £7

7.30pm: Zounds, Eastfield, Andy T and Touch of Hysteria
Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Monday 19th May

7.30pm: Gentleman’s Dub Club and The Agitator
Academy 3, Oxford Road, Manchester £9.50

Saturday 21st May

10.00am-6.00pm: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair
Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield
http://www.bookfair.org.uk

If you have an event you would like us to mention on Under the Pavement emailradio@underthepavement.org or write to:
Under the Pavement Radio Show,
c/o ALL FM 96.9,
19 Albert Road,
Levenshulme,
Manchester,
England,
M19 2EQ

Open Letter to Hulme Organisations

Coupland Street ImageAn Open Letter to Hulme Organisations.

April 26th 2011

Hello.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) plans for a super campus development built on Hulme’s Birley Fields, are currently before Manchester City Council (MCC).

An outline of those plans are available on the MMU website and the more detailed planning application information, over 70 documents, are on the Manchester City Council Planning Portal.

Local residents have been concerned about MMU’s plans since they became public over 18 months ago. Particular worry has been around the

  • height and mass of the buildings
  • increase in traffic and parking congestion
  • strain on current local resources
  • effect that a sharp increase in student numbers will have on the community.

Though MMU claims to have done extensive consultation, its own internal report is critical of its consultation process.

Recently a large group of tenants living close to the Birley Fields area wrote a letter of objection concerning MMU’s Hulme campus plans, setting out their anxieties. The letter concludes “unless the issues raised above are addressed, the current application for development should be refused”.

The Birley Fields Campaign Group (BFCG) calls on organisations that own property, have tenants, bring up children, provide services to Hulme or use facilities in Hulme, to examine the MMU plans. And if there is concern, if there are questions, to express those to MCC’s planning department. (Guidance can be found here.)

It is the single biggest issue for Hulme. This is because, aside from Birley Fields, the initial cascade effect of MMU’s plans include

  • two new private student accommodation blocks being built on Stretford Road
  • plans for a 650 room student accommodation block on Coupland Street, its plans currently before the Council
  • the recent acquisition of the landmark community pub, ‘The Salutation’. It is expected this will be demolished and the adjacent car park, extended.

The extent of MMU’s intrusion into Hulme and activity around this will have a long-lasting effect on the community. MMU needs to take its plans back to first principles starting with real community engagement. Have your people been consulted? If not, why not?

Support your residents, support your children, support your users.

Support Hulme.

Yours faithfully,

Deyika Nzeribe

John Wojowski

On behalf of the Birley Fields Campaign Group.

birleyfields@gmail.com

http://birleyfields.org.uk/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/

No More The Mild Mild West…

Last night saw simmering anger become a full scale riot in Stokes Croft, Bristol, after police in more than a dozen riot vans arrived to evict squatters from a property on Cheltenham Road. The property, known as “Telepathic Heights” and painted from top to bottom in murals, was raided by police at about 9.15 sparking a violent reaction amongst local residents in what led to the largest riot Bristol has seen since the St Paul’s riots of 1980.

There were helicopters soaring low and around 160 riot police from three different divisions including a large presence from South Wales. Pretty soon tension peaked as no explanation would be given for the roadblocks and there was intimidation on both sides. Cheltenham Road was closed by police and it was reported kettling tactics were deployed to try to bring order back to the street as up to 200-300 people gradually turned up, the majority of which were leaving pubs and clubs eager to find out what all the commotion was about. It culminated in both police and civilians being injured and a newly opened Tesco branch (which was the focus of a diverse campaign of resistance by locals) being attacked; the unrest carried on into the early hours of the morning. People using Twitter to report on the events told of their fear as they tried to make their way back home via Cheltenham Road. Others wrote how only Tesco had been targeted and that one person who threw a brick at the window of the Bristol Credit Union was hauled away by the protesters themselves.

Those involved in the No Tesco in Stokes Croft campaign also predicted the trouble. They even warned the council that its backing of the Tesco store was not something which would be accepted quietly like it has been each time the supermarket giant established its 31 other stores in the city. After a year-long campaign, during which 2,500 residents sent postcards to the council to show their opposition and others took part in sit-down protests when the store opened, it seems, for some, taking to the streets to show their dissatisfaction was the only option left. What happened in Stokes Croft does not stand in isolation; it is framed by the civil unrest already seen across the country over the past 18 months. But even without student protests and the anti-cuts movement, the way the story has developed suggests there would still have been a large and forceful opposition to the Tesco plan in Stokes Croft.

Many reasons have been offered as to why it happened, and what chain of events led to what was dubbed ‘The Battle of Bristol’ The police have said that they received intelligence of a plan to petrol bomb the new – and highly opposed – Tesco store opposite the building, and that members of the public had seen petrol bombs being taken into the graffiti adorned house. Supt Ian Wylie said: “There have been several significant incidents in this building during the past few days, which have caused serious concerns to police and local residents. “The safety of the public is paramount in a situation of this kind and we took the decision to carry out a robust and swift operation, following intelligence received about the criminal intentions of those who were occupying the building.

“Following the operation, it is unfortunate a small minority gathered and began attacking officers with bottles and other items.” But if the riot’s origin is unclear, its outcome was not: by 5am the Tesco was ransacked, and a police jeep left in tatters. Fifty-two people were arrested in all.

Questions have been raised over why the police decided to ‘raid’ the property on a busy Thursday night at the start of a bank holiday weekend when the area was full of alcohol fueled partygoers. It is perfectly understandable that if the police did fully believe that an attack on the Tesco store was imminent, then action needed to be taken to protect the lives of people in the area. The major question raised by both those present and following the story online is why did they have to show such force to arrest 4 people?

21st April 2011

Guest:

Natalie from Manchester Fanzine Convention

Playlist:

Billy Bragg -Waiting For The Great Leap Forward -GO! Discs
ATV -Life
Jeffrey Lewis -Story Of The Fall
IC3 -Vic Baths
Sleater Kinney -The Swimmer
The Clash -48 Hours
Crass – You Can Be Who? – Crassical Collection
Warpaint -Warpaint
Kid Congo Power and the Pink Monkey Birds -I Found A Peanut
Eastfield -Humour Exclusion Zone
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius -Last Train Home
Psicoloca -Club Bilderberg
Ste McCabe -Make Your Own Kind Of Music -Cherryade Records
Flobots -Fight With Tools
The Slackers -Toolshed
Beyond Description -Climb

21st April Events and Gigs

Friday 25th March to Friday 29th April

I Bike MCR Festival 2011
Various times and venues across Manchester
http://www.ibikemcr.org.uk

Monday 11th April onwards

OK Cafe returns.
Castlefield Centre, 101 Liverpool Road
http://okcafe.wordpress.com/

Friday 22nd April to Saturday 30th April

The Working Class Life & Music Festival
Various times and venues across Liverpool
http://www.workingclassmusic.org.uk
(Tune in on Thursday 14th April to hear Alun Parry talking about The Working Class Music and Life Festival in Liverpool

Wednesday 27th April

7.30pm: Dead To Me, Arteries, The Human Project and The Better End
Night and Day, Oldham Street, Manchester

Thursday 28th April

7.00pm: Corrosion of Conformity
Moho Live, Manchester, £13

Friday 29th April

10.45am: A Walk Around Manchester’s Radical, Riotous and Rebellious History
Robert Owen Statue, outside  the Co-operative Bank, Corporation Street: £6/ £3

We will explore Manchester radical, riotous and rebellious  history including the Co-operative Movement, the Clarion newspaper,  Karl  Marx and Friedrich  Engels, the Siege of Manchester,  Peterloo, Chartism and   rioting in Albert Square and  discover what happened  when   the town  was invaded   by a Scottish army.

The walk will last 2 hours and will  be led by Michael Herbert.

Michael has been researching , writing and talking about Manchester’s radical history for thirty years. He has an MA in the history of the Manchester Region and  is a  Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.  His publications include The Wearing of the Green, a  history of the Irish in Manchester,All proceeds from this walk will go to Oldham Unity which supports  many refugees and asylum seekers in Oldham.

Sunday 1st May

8.00pm: Jeremiah Ferrari, Total Bloody Chaos and Sanity Clause.
Yorkshire House, Lancaster

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May
All Day: Punk Rock Festival GBH, Drongos for Europe etc
Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne £20 both days

Saturday 14th May

10.00am until 4.00pm: Manchester Fanzine Festival
Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road (Free entry/ £10 to book stall)
(Tune in on Thursday 21st April to hear Natalie talk about the Manchester Fanzine Festival which is part of Future Everything)

7.30pm: TV Smith
The Verge at The Cheshire Ring, Hyde £7

7.30pm: Zounds, Eastfield, Andy T and Touch of Hysteria
Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Monday 19th May

7.30pm: Gentleman’s Dub Club and The Agitator
Academy 3, Oxford Road, Manchester £9.50

Saturday 21st May

10.00am-6.00pm: Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair
Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield
http://www.bookfair.org.uk

If you have an event you would like us to mention on Under the Pavement emailradio@underthepavement.org or write to:
Under the Pavement Radio Show,
c/o ALL FM 96.9,
19 Albert Road,
Levenshulme,
Manchester,
England,
M19 2EQ