Statement on John Catt's Judicial Review

John Catt had appealed against the retention of data on him by the National Domestic Extremism Database. Today his attempt at a Judicial Review failed.

It is no surprise to us that the courts have backed police attempts to counteract effective resistance to state-militarism and to corporate power.However, today’s court judgement effectively legitimises the monitoring and surveillance of anyone who takes part in protests, or raises their voice against the manufacture of weapons at EDO.Lord Justice Gross’s judgement states that Mr Catt’s involvement in the campaign, for which he has never been convicted of a crime, “belies any reasonable expectation of privacy, at least for the duration of the Smash EDO campaign.”

Gross goes on to justify the judgement by giving the example of the £300,000 worth of damage caused to the factory’s production line during Israel’s massacre in Gaza. He omits to mention that those responsible for the damage were found not-guilty by a jury on the basis that they had acted to prevent war crimes.

The campaign against EDO MBM will continue until the factory’s manufacture of weapons components in Brighton ceases.

The full text of the judgement can be found at  http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/1471.html

 

 

Smash EDO Summer of Resistance week five begins

Smash EDO have called for three months of direct action to close down EDO MBM – From 1st May to 1st August 2012.

On Monday a group of us held a surprise demo at the factory as the workers were leaving at the end of their shift. The constant demos are obviously getting to them and one even began to argue with what we were saying (breaking years of, we assume management enforced, silence).

We’ll be up at the factory again today for a noise demo calling on EDO not to produce components, such as Paveway munitons, which would be used in an attack on Iran.

This week is all about preparing for our mass demo on June 4th against the threat of an attack against Iran ( http://smashedo.org.uk/events/event/no-to-an-attack-on-iran-no-to-the-arms-trade) – on thursday and friday from 11am we’ll be at the Cowley Club making banners and props for the demo – feel free to come and help.

Under The Pavement presents: Sandinista Cinema

STRUMMERCAMP FESTIVAL SATURDAY 2ND JUNE & SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2012

Two days of films covering punk and politics, including dramas and documentaries:

From 11.00am in the Club House.

See programme for full details and running order

Saturday 2nd June:

11am: Babylon

1.00pm: The Day The Country Died
A documentary film by Roy Wallace featuring Conflict, Crass, Subhumans, Flux of Pink Indians, Zounds, Chumbawamba and many more leading lights in the story of anarcho punk.

3.00pm: Rudeboy

5.00pm: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

7.00pm: Punk: Attitude
A film by Don Letts taking an original look at the punk movement with a cast of historic and modern figures in popular culture, it ventures beyond the music, beyond the fashion, beyond the hype…

Sunday 3rd June

11.00am: The Harder They Come

1.00pm: She’s A Punk Rocker
A film documentary by and about Punk Rock women directed by Zillah Minx of Rubella Ballet.

3.00pm: Westway To The World

5.00pm: What To Do In Case Of Fire
When a twenty year old bomb explodes in an abandoned mansion in modern day Berlin the evidence points to a notorious late 1980s anarchist group.
(German language film with English subtitles)

7.00pm: Punk In London

Time to throw off the ideological straitjackets

“Reading an Anarchist Federation statement is deadening. It is the materialist death-march of politics against life, the patriarchal voice of ‘political reason’ against the wild rebel spirit, of the political against me.”

That’s the view expressed by one Venona Q on the 325 website in response to some anarchist criticism of insurrectionary comrades.

The author goes on: “What is this ‘issuing of statements’ condemning the acts and opinions of others who consider themselves anarchists?

“It is to play the political game of ‘good anarchist’ and ‘bad anarchist’ for the media and the repressive machine of the police. It is to undermine the very meaning of the term ‘anarchy’; a complicated and shifting web of principles, praxis and relationship with the goal of liberation which is not a singular state of being, no more than it is a State.”

And Venona Q concludes: “I began this article by essentially wishing to encourage those of us who call ourselves anarchists to cease mutual condemnation and to assert that actually not one of us has the ‘answer’.

“However, I end by sensing that some of ‘us’ know so little of what it means to be liberated in heart, thought and action, and so little of what class solidarity and struggle really means, that I can only imagine an anarchist society such as appears to be the aim of the Anarchist Federation, would be as fraught with repressions and various prisons as this one.

“That is, unless those who would impose their faceless societies on the rest of us realise their futility.”

I have a great deal of sympathy with Venona Q’s point of view here. Take just one line out of the Anarchist Federation statement: “As Anarchist Communists we strongly criticise individualist and vanguardist tactics that do not come out of a broad-based class struggle movement.”

You can almost hear the sanctimonious nasal whine with which this was delivered. This is not anarchy, it’s just leftism – the same boring cliched old leftism that has failed to set the world alight for far too long now.

Times are dark and desperate and we cannot be held back in ideological straitjackets.

We need new inspiration, new language, new strength to smash this corrupt society and allow a living future to emerge from the ruins.

Everyone can play their part, in whatever way suits them best. However, trying to monopolise the means of  our resistance is not only futile but also completely alien to the glorious and untamable upsurge of defiant vitality that is true anarchy.

Summer of Resistance action report – Thursday 24/05/2012

Smash EDO have called for three months of direct action to close down EDO MBM – From 1st May to 1st August 2012

Picket outside Brighton Magistrates Court
Picket outside Brighton Magistrates Court

Surprise demo outside EDO
Surprise demo outside EDO

Early Thursday morning a support picket was held outside Brighton Magistrates Court for the activist arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act at Smash EDO’s Mayday demonstration (see  http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/05/495589.html).
Continue reading “Summer of Resistance action report – Thursday 24/05/2012”

Smash EDO Open Letter to The Argus about our Don't Attack Iran demo

The following Open Letter was sent to the Argus regarding the Don’t Attack Iran, Stop the Arms Trade Demo on June the 4th
As many Brightonians know, Smash EDO has been campaigning against EDO, the Moulsecomb factory building bomb release units, as used in Iraq, Palestine and across the world, for many years.

We want to invite Brightonians to our upcoming march against the threat of an attack on Iran on Monday June 4th. As the noise for an attack on Iran gets louder, readers may well remember that the invasion of Iraq was justified by “weapons of mass destruction” that turned out not to exist. In fact those lobbying for war against Iran are doing so to cement US control of resources and US political domination of the Middle-East. Much the same motives as for the attack on Iraq. Continue reading “Smash EDO Open Letter to The Argus about our Don't Attack Iran demo”

24th May 2012

Guest:

Sarah Irving talking about her biography of Leila Khaled which launches on Friday  25th May at Madlab in the Northern Quarter.

Playlist:

The Great Leap Forward -This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply and Getting By (Reprise) -Communications Unique
Pettybone -From Desperate Times Come Radical Minds
Rachid Taha -Rock The Kasbah
New Model Army -Purity
Attila The Stockbroker -This Is Free Europe
The New Banalist Orchestra -Mammon’s Minions
Sonic Boom Six -For The Kids Of The Multiculture
(Pop)ulation -Start A War -TNS Records
NOFX -The Man I Killed -Fat Wreck Chords
Reagan Youth -Urban Savages
Future Of The Left -I Am The Least Of Your Problems
The Great Leap Forward -I Catch The Last Bus  Home With The Driver Of The Flying Scotsman -Communications Unique
Faintest Idea -Western World -TNS Records