23rd June What’s On Guide

Friday 1st July

7pm Book Launch: Jailhouse Lawyers Prisoners Defending Prisoners v The USA by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Event with Selma James and Ian Macdonald, QC

From death row, award-winning journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal introduces us to fellow prisoners who litigate against their jailers, risking punishment or even death, to win justice for themselves and other prisoners.

“This is the story,” he writes, “of law learned not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the hidden, dank dungeons of America – the Prisonhouse of Nations.”

Selma James’s Introduction presents the parallel universe of UK jailhouse lawyers who, like their US counterparts, are leading a justice movement inside prisons.

UK prisoners, denied the vote, are campaigning for this fundamental right. A legal challenge brought by a jailhouse lawyer supported by a dedicated legal team won a European Court ruling in 2004 that a blanket ban on votes for prisoners violates their human rights. Yet the government, in opposing votes for prisoners, acts as if those of us who are prisoners are less human, and deny that prisons and what goes on in them also frame the kind of society we all inhabit.

The UK publication of Jailhouse Lawyers is an opportunity for prisoners’ campaign for the vote and other efforts for fundamental reforms to be more widely known and supported.

Friends Meeting House (Room 2), Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS Wheelchair accessible

Sunday 3rd July

7.45pm: Oi Polloi, Autonomads and John Player Specials
Gullivers, Oldham Street

Saturday 9th July

PEDAL IN THE PARK

10am Official opening + ribbon cutting
10.30am Puncture Workshop
11am Basic Wheel Truing Workshop
Noon Pedallers Picnic in the Park
1pm Alleycat Race- A race round the city stopping at checkpoints.Alley kitten Race- A treasurehunt on bikes around the park for children +families.
2.30pm Bike Games for all ages4pm Fixed Trix. Competitions for fixed gear riders inc. Track Stand, Skid,Footdown etc.
6pm Roller Racing with Great Northern Rollers8pm Ride-In Cinema- Bike shorts from round the world and Feature Film.
Plus pedal powered music, Wheel decorating competition, Tall Bike obstaclecourse, Bicycle Art Exhibition, Vegan Cafe, Raffle, Geocaching on bikes,Donate bikes and parts, Bicycle Jumble Sale + Handmade Bicycle Market.
Plus learn to make useful things out of old bits of bikes!

To volunteer, participate or donate bikes, parts or money see www.pedalmcr.org.uk or email info@pedalmcr.org.uk

6.00pm-10.00pm: UK Subs plus support
Moho Live, Tib Street
£9 Advance

July 13th until 16th

Experiments at the Library

Versuche, an exhibition of new work and research by artist Amy Feneck, takes place at the Working Class Movement Library from 13 to 16 July 2011.

The title of the show refers to the German word for ‘tests, tries, trials, efforts, attempts & experiments’ and is also the title of a journal edited by political playwright and theorist Bertolt Brecht in which he published drafts of his scripts and poetry.

This presentation of new work and work in progress, alongside a selection of objects, photographs and books from the Library’s collection, is shown here in this spirit of ‘Versuche’.

Amy has been visiting the Library since January this year and is fascinated not only by the content of the Library itself but also its day to day running, the history of its collections and the physical environment in which it is housed.  She is interested in how the Library provides an important context in which to investigate and discuss the current political climate.

As a continuation of her research process, Amy is keen for this exhibition to be seen as an extension of her studio and the reading room, creating a space in which links between her work and material from the Library can be made, and creating starting points for discussion.

On Wednesday 13 July at 2pm Amy Feneck will give a short talk about her work and an introduction to the exhibition.  The exhibition is then open Wednesday 13th 2pm to 5pm, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th 10am to 5pm, and Saturday 16th 10am to 2pm.  Admission is free.

 

Looking ahead to October: Join Noam Chomsky at…

REBELLIOUS MEDIA: MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE

8-9 October 2011, Central London

 

Web: http://www.radicalmediaconference.org

Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/rebelliousmc

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RebelliousMC

 

Please book now to ensure yourself a place.

 

Speakers include:

* Noam Chomsky;

* John Pilger (The War You Don’t See);

* Laurie Penny (Penny Red);

* Michael Albert (ZNet);

* Johann Hari (Independent);

* Jessica Azulay (New Standard News);

* Dan Hind (The Return of the Public);

* Emily James (Just Do It);

* Matthew Alford (Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy);

* Zoe Broughton (Campaign Filmmaker);

* Mark Barto (London Video Activist Network);

* Robert McChesney (Our Media, Not Theirs).

 

PLUS speakers from Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (tbc),

CopySouth, Corporate

Watch, the Glasgow Media Group, GreenNet, iContact Video, The

Manchester Mule, The

New Economics Foundation, Nottingham Indymedia, the Open Rights Group, Platform,

Reel News, SchNews, Spinwatch, UK Uncut and many more.

 

Frustrated with the mainstream media’s coverage of war, climate change and the

economy, or already making your own media? Interested in acquiring new

skills, or

finding out more about exciting radical media projects from around the

world? Want

to join the resistance to the corporate takeover of the internet, or

discuss how we

can harness the digital revolution to help bring about radical social change?

 

Then the Radical Media Conference is for you!

 

Organised by Peace News, Ceasefire, Red Pepper, Undercurrents and

visionOntv, and supported by the New Internationalist and Quaker Peace

and Social

Witness.

 

HELP NEEDED: The organisers of the conference are appealing for

financial support.

If you can make a donation, however large or small, please visit the RMC website

http://rebelliousmediaconference.org/tickets/

 

http://www.radicalmediaconference.org

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Online censorship discussed for the UK.

Major criticisms have been raised regarding industry plans to block websites that stream copyrighted material for free. Following a meeting held last week between communications minister Ed Vaizey and several Internet Service Providers and copyright holders. Digital campaigners, The Open Rights Group (ORG) requested to attend the meeting, but was turned down. The group has called for more public debate on the issue saying that it was “unacceptable” for policy to be formed in this way. The use of web blocking is seen as a way to combat the increasing amount of copyrighted material that is being streamed for free online. The ORG said that it has learnt that part of the discussion was about setting up a “council” that could be given the power to decide which websites were blocked.

Jim Killock, executive director of the ORG, a vocal campaigner against the measures being proposed has said: “It is unacceptable for trade groups and the government to conduct policy in this way. Censorship proposals must be discussed in public.” He added: “Many of us will oppose any censorship that impacts directly and widely on free expression.” There are no details of how the “councils” would be made up, but consumer group Consumer Focus, who was at the meeting, warned that it would be inappropriate for right holders to decide which UK websites should be blocked. The plans come in the wake of the Digital Economy Act (DEA), which mandates some anti-piracy action and obliges ISPs to work with rights holders to identify persistent pirates. The group of copyright holders behind the plans included the Publishers Association, the BPI, the Football Association Premier League and the Motion Picture Alliance.

If the proposals get the go-ahead it could allow the Premier League to block access to live streams of its football matches. In response to the criticism, a spokesperson from the Department for Culture Media and Sport issued a statement: “The government hosted a useful discussion between ISPs and rights holders on issues around industry proposals for a site blocking scheme to help tackle online copyright infringement. “Consumer representatives were invited and Consumer Focus attended the meeting.”

ArtUncut protest not welcome at Glastonbury

Last night U2 have made their first appearance at the Glastonbury music festival headlining the iconic Pyramid Stage. The band played a set including greatest hits With Or Without You and Beautiful Day, but as Bono and his band mates began their second song, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message “U Pay Your Tax 2”.

But as the campaigners tried to release it over the 50,000-strong crowd, a team of 10 security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away sparking angry clashes with 30 or more protesters including several demonstrators were pinned against a fence near the Pyramid Stage after attempting to hold on to the balloon.

One of the campaign group members said: “That was totally over the top. He threatened to hit me.” As another told of how they were confronted by a security guard saying, “Are you press? If you are I’ll have you.” Activist Steve Taylor said: “The intervention was totally out of order. We were assured by Glastonbury in advance that there would not be an intervention.” A handful of U2 fans looked on open-mouthed and booed as the security guards swooped. Gary Noble, 45, from Eastbourne, said: “It was all a bit shocking. I love U2 but I think everyone should pay their taxes. The campaigners have a right to voice their opinion.”

Campaigning is nothing new at Glastonbury. When it started in 1971, part of its mission statement was to be a platform for protests, whatever their cause. This year, Caroline Lucas MP and Tony Benn MP are among the guests booked to give politically themed talks.

Glastonbury organisers are committed to keeping the spirit of the festival about positive messages and have asked companies like Orange to keep corporate branding to a minimum on site.

 

New York becomes 6th state to legalise same sex marriage.

On Friday night New York became the sixth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage joining New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Washington DC. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s marriage equality bill hours after it passed the Republican-controlled Senate with a 33-to-29 vote; making it the first time a state Senate with a Republican majority has approved such a bill and keeping his promise to sign the bill as soon as he received it after the Senate vote – rather than wait the usual 10 days.

“New York has finally torn down the barrier that prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

Activists on both sides of the issue gathered in the state capitol, Albany. Gay rights activists said the approval of the bill was a key victory for them, in what is seen as the birthplace of the US gay rights movement, whereas opponents of the marriage equality law have vowed to take political action against any Republican who voted for the bill. Cuomo credited the four Republican senators who joined the majority of the state’s Senate Democrats for the passage of the bill, saying they were “people of courage.”

“I think it was politically more dangerous for a Republican,” Cuomo told reporters late Friday. “The conservative party was threatening them with consequences … and they did it anyway.”

Marriage equality has become a contentious social issue ahead of next year’s presidential and congressional elections and although there is still much ground to be made Friday’s vote is a major step forward.

23rd June 2011

Playlist

Keith LeBlanc and Jello Biafra -Message From Our Sponsor -Alternative Tentacles
Leon Rosselson -Stand Up For Judas -Fuse Records
Utopia Now -Youniverse
Milky Wimpskake -Thursday -Fortuna Pop!
McCarthy -Boy Meets Girl So What -Midnight Music
Violent History -Pinnacle Of Aggression
Beyond Description -Attack -Crimes Against Humanity Records
Health Hazard -Die
Crystal Stilts -Shake The Shackles
Comet Gain -Clang Of The Concrete Swans -Fortuna Pop
Crass -A Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindler -Crassical Collection
Eastfield -Don’t Phone Back -Baszdmeg
Kortau -Nicaragua Sandinista
Sutura -Cada Vez Mas
Chief -One Spirit -Household Name Records
Garden Gang -Get A Move On
The Watersons -The Derby Ram
Newtown Neurotics -Andy Is A Corporatist

Obama announces withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

In an Oval Office address last night President Obama signaled that America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan is on the wane announcing the withdrawal of 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by the end of September 2012, just weeks before Mr. Obama seeks re-election. He said it was “the beginning, but not the end, of our effort to wind down this war”. At least 68,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan. However Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff has said Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is “riskier than he had initially wanted”.

After a decade since the beginning of America’s occupation in Afghanistan, Obama’s next move will be seen as an acknowledgement of growing domestic impatience with the war. Mr. Obama accepts that these years have been tough continuing his address to say; “We have learnt anew the profound cost of war – a cost that has been paid by the nearly 4,500 Americans who have given their lives in Iraq, and more than 1,500 who have done so in Afghanistan. Over the last decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource: our people.”

Soon afterwards French President Nicolas Sarkozy also announced a progressive withdrawal of France’s troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of France’s approximately 4,000 troops will take place on a timetable matching the US troop pullout. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has said the speed of UK troop withdrawals would be based on conditions on the ground. Downing Street said Mr Cameron had “fully agreed” with the President’s assessment of the Afghan situation. However, the chairman of the Commons defence select committee, Tory MP James Arbuthnot, said President Obama was taking a “gamble” in going against military advice.

More withdrawal announcements can be expected. In May next year, the Nato allies who have troops in Afghanistan will attend a summit in Chicago to consider their withdrawal options. The pressures to reduce US commitments overseas are likely to only grow stronger as next year’s presidential election nears and Congress grapples with the budget deficit. While the budget battle between the White House and Republicans is fiercely partisan, there has been less disagreement on his foreign policy – with the exception of Libya, which is becoming a fast-growing source of resentment on Capitol Hill among members of both parties.

 

 

 

 

UK Ministers announce 8 new nuclear plants

Just three months after the Fukushima disaster in Japan ministers have announced plans for the next generation of UK nuclear plants. The government have confirmed a list of eight sites deemed suitable for new power stations by 2025, all of which are adjacent to existing nuclear sites.

The sites are: Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.

The future of nuclear power as a source for countries around the world was called into question after the disaster which occurred in March when a Japanese earthquake and tsunami rocked the reactors at Fukushima, leaving radioactivity leaking from the plant.

These plans for new nuclear power plants are part of a series of national policy statements that will be debated and voted on in Parliament, but ministers are hopeful that, with a pro-nuclear majority in the Commons, they will win the argument. Nuclear power is one of the issues that divided Conservatives and Liberal Democrats when they entered Government together, with the coalition deal allowing a Lib Dem spokesman to speak out against any new nuclear plants, while Lib Dem MPs could abstain on the issue. However, Lib Dem Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has since given his backing to new reactors.

The new reactors are designed to maintain electricity supplies and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “Around a quarter of the UK’s generating capacity is due to close by the end of this decade. We need to replace this with secure, low carbon, affordable energy.

Despite over £100bn worth of investment being needed in electricity generation alone Mr Hendry stressed that they would not be subsidised by the taxpayer, although MPs have warned that reform of the electricity market could favour nuclear power and amount to a hidden subsidy.

Fierce opposition will meet the proposals continuing from the already very active anti-nuclear movement whose current focus is Hinkley Point near Bridgewater in Somerset. The Stop New Nuclear group who plan a non-violent blockade of the the power station on October 3rd claim that nuclear power is not necessary, safe or sustainable.

¿Por Qué un Centro Social?

Somos hijos del cansancio, la desesperación y la agonía. Nuestro camino cambio el día que dejamos el televisor, que aun prendido, perdió nuestra atención. El deseo hizo que buscáramos confianzas, que nos encontráramos con otros que amaran la intranquilidad de preguntarse, y que camináramos sin rumbo fijo, saliendo del camino que nos habían mostrado nuestros padres, nuestros maestros… nuestros gobernantes. En esa trocha el cansancio lo volvimos inspiración, la desesperación sueños, la agonía vitalidad, convicción de que si somos los dueños de nuestros destinos no hay muerte que nos venza. Cabalgamos con las ideas que nos iban gustando, bebimos de las ideas que nos abrían más sed de conocer, y en esa carrera aprendimos que no solo era suficiente decir o escuchar, que era el momento de crear. No vendimos el televisor, lo conectamos a un nuevo canal, en el que podíamos escoger lo que queríamos ver, en el que no dependíamos de la historia de los libretistas: ese día nos decidimos por la realidad. Pero no la que nos ahogaba en el sinsentido, sino la que nos llenaba de fuerzas para soñar en un mundo nuevo no futuro, en un mundo nuevo aquí y ahora. El placer de sentirnos actores de nuestra obra magna, el saber que no estamos solos, la certeza de cuan justos son nuestros ideales, fueron los que nos convencimos de seguir abriendo caminos, y en esa carrera por la libertad nos dimos cuenta de cuan necesario es tener lugares propios, espacios nuestros, geografías que nos permitan hacer más grande esta idea-acto y que alberguen las salas de maternidad de una nueva humanidad.

Esta poesía la queremos convertir en un espacio con paredes, y queremos hacer de esta intención una excusa para seguir encontrándonos con los conocidos, y atrevernos a reconocer a los que hasta ahora no hemos visto. A eso le llamamos un centro social: Un punto de encuentro, de conspiración, de creación, de confrontación, de libertad y de lucha social. Los que iniciamos esta provocación nos venimos encontrando hace algunos años, incluso en experiencias parecidas. Pero nos sentimos faltos de escenarios propios, y hemos notado que no solo es un problema de quienes queremos pensar-hacer, sino en general de la mayoría de los que vivimos en sitios donde para estar es necesario pedir permiso. Y nosotros no queremos pedir más permiso, queremos hacer siguiendo nuestras intuiciones. Por eso pensamos que es mejor auto-financiar los espacios que estar buscando migajas de los poderosos o caridad de la cooperación institucional internacional. Queremos atrevernos a inventar formas de conseguir los recursos necesarios para mantener un lugar en el que encontrarnos.

Sabemos que gestionar un lugar no solo es pagar por él, sino ponerse de acuerdo con quienes quieran participar y creemos que la mejor forma de hacerlo es mediante las asambleas. Colocamos nuestra confianza en esta forma de construir decisiones porque creemos son metodologías directas de participación. En ellas, como en la práctica del día a día, anhelamos hacer realidad el ideal máximo de la igualdad y la libertad, permitiéndonos participar desde el sentirnos en las mismas posibilidades que los otros y con todas las ganas de explotar nuestras propias capacidades al máximo.

Las paredes no se cuidan solas, así que queremos ser sus guardianes como ellas lo serán de nuestras ideas. Por ello creemos que todos los que nos involucremos debemos participar directamente en las tareas para recolectar lo necesario para el funcionamiento del lugar (dinero, materiales, ideas) y su mantenimiento con la armonía necesaria para sentirnos felices en él (aseo, lúdica, decoración, mantenimiento). Los cuerpos y las mentes no se mantienen solos, así que también queremos hacer de ese, nuestro espacio, una cocina de ideas, conocimientos, oficios y sueños que nos permitan tener a la mano siempre las ideas y prácticas más útiles para sentirnos libres y solidarios.

Por ahora somos pocos, pero grandes en esperanza. De esta idea hacemos parte dos colectivos e individualidades. De los colectivos podemos decir que uno de ellos quiere participar en un centro social para difundir el pensamiento y la organización libertaria. El otro promueve la reflexión activa frente al consumo y quiere tener un espacio para poder seguir practicando un consumo solidario y consciente. En cuanto a las individualidades sueñan lo mismo que los otros, tener un espacio para hacer actividades que les permitan sentirse vivos, no con sangre sino con alegría en sus venas.

Tanto unos como otros queremos un lugar para leer, para organizar charlas, para compartir películas, para aprender y enseñar conocimientos y oficios, para compartir cafés y comidas cocinadas por todos, para tener donde encontrarnos, para hacer reuniones donde realizar nuestras campañas y mantener nuestras jornadas de reflexión. Sabemos que teniendo un lugar así funcionando podremos darle más vida cultural, política, social, económica a la ciudad, pero no por ello queremos creer que vamos a ser el centro o la cabeza de esa actividad cotidiana, no nos interesa que nos reconozcan por liderar o dirigir nada, solo que nos reconozcan por compartir y retar a la imaginación. Con esa conciencia es que queremos encontrarnos, formándonos-organizándonos desde lo individual hacia lo social. Hacernos un proyecto de sociedad posible, que remplace muy pronto este malestar que nos rodea a todos.

En Bogotá existen propuestas similares, por lo que nuestra iniciativa no constituye una excepcionalidad ni es absolutamente original. Pero no es el nombre o la idea (ambas cosas propias de una cultura eurocéntrica) sino el contenido del Centro Social lo que rescatamos como propio. Una relectura del término centro social y su contextualización a nuestra realidad, debe llevarnos a pensar en el doble ejercicio de concentrar la diversidad y a la vez, proyectarse hacia la sociedad a través de un aporte a la transformación de este espacio urbano que habitamos todos. Son dos ejercicios necesarios: reunir y difundir, encontrar y proponer hacia afuera desde esa sinceridad por medio de la cual reconocemos la complejidad del conflicto social que vivimos, pero también desde la esperanza que descansa en la posibilidad de contribuir a un cambio radical de la sociedad. Cambio que no es una opción entre muchas o la decisión de un grupo de jóvenes clase media privilegiados, cambio que es una urgencia para millones de habitantes de este país y de esta ciudad. Por ello no queremos un centro para nosotros solos y nuestros caprichos, queremos un centro para todos, en él queremos intentar disponer lo que requiera aquel que transforma su realidad hacia un mundo otro.

Siempre sería útil justificar con más detalle la necesidad de una iniciativa así en la ciudad. No vamos a acopiar acá un listado de problemáticas urbanas, sociales, políticas, económicas o culturales como si en realidad la vida de la gente pudiese fragmentarse de ese modo, o como si fuésemos conocedores de realidades que apenas vivimos marginalmente. Será en el encuentro y en la práctica de donde surja esa lectura, atendiendo siempre a la particularidad y la generalidad, a lo urgente y lo necesario. No queremos pre interpretar a nadie, ni caer en las trampas de aquellas fronteras ideológicas que ni siquiera tomamos en serio, o sometemos al debate. Deseamos encontrarnos con quien podamos, afectar y dejarnos afectar por otras ideas y acciones, probarnos en el combate del hacer y de la palabra, de la creatividad y la lucha. Se pueden crear miles de centros sociales para encerrarnos y protegernos de la realidad, o de la crítica, la discusión y la acción, pero eso no es lo que viven esos millones bombardeados a diario por ideologías dominantes por quienes urge una transformación y a nombre de quienes hablamos a veces, osadamente. El mundo real no es sólo el tropel o la marcha, la comida orgánica o el ambientalismo, el mundo real es la crudeza, la confusión, el dogmatismo, la ignorancia o la arrogancia de millones de seres humanos luchando para sobrevivir al capital y al Estado. A ello tendría que hacer honor lo “social” de un Centro como el que proponemos.

Como lo notan no queremos estar solos en este sueño, y si a ustedes les llega está invitación es porque creemos que podemos compartir muchas de las intenciones que tenemos. Ahora queremos saber si ustedes quieren, como nosotros, abrir un nuevo lugar físico para la esperanza. Sabemos que si ustedes y nosotros nos juntamos no necesitamos de nadie que nos autorice ni que nos patrocine. Por esto es que estamos convencidos que no queremos en nuestros espacios a partidos políticos, entidades gubernamentales ni nada que huela al estado o a iglesia. No quiere decir esto que nos negamos a encontrarnos con personas que crean y apoyen a alguna de estas expresiones, solo quiere decir que no queremos promover en nuestros lugares formas de organización social que creamos contrarias a la libertad. Todos somos bienvenidos con nuestras ideas así sean contradictorias, pero queremos hacer de este parto de imaginaciones una oportunidad para crear formas no autoritarias de vivir.

La invitación quiere convertirse en una provocación a conocernos en la práctica.

Patente de Corso, Programa 2. Petroleo y Casanare

Hablamos de la extraccion petrolera en el departamento del Casanare(Colombia) y de las responsabilidades de la Bristish Petroleum en sus multiples consecuencias.
También entrevistamos a un compañero del pueblo Sikuani del Resguardo indígena de Caño Mochuelo que nos cuenta de la amenaza que acecha su territorio con la Petrolera Pacific Rubiales.
Comentamos algunas noticias recientes en nuestra sección “barcos undidos” y escuchamos música llanera para acercarnos mas al Casanare