Events in Bridport Feb / March 2012 incorporating International Women’s Day.

Thurs 27th Feb 6.45pm

Meeting about Re-opening of Detention Centre Indefinite prison in Weymouth for detainees St Johns Church, Green Hill, Weymouth DT4 7SS

The fun for International Women’s Day continues…

ALL GENDERS WELCOME !

Saturday 1st March 2014 7pm for 7.30pm

Autonomy Films present Whale Rider W.I. Hall, North Street, Bridport

£3, or less if you can’t afford it Vegetarian soup on sale from 6.45 pm

Saturday 1st March 9.30pm Same night,

Frolic for Feminism FREE Disco at Beach & Barnicott, South St

Friday 7th March 7pm

‘The Bronte Sisters’ FREE Community Pop-up Play Upstairs at Avenue Restaurant, West St Take part or join the audience! Hosted by Beth Shaw, co-author of the play and of ‘The Domestic Theatre Handbook’

Saturday 8th March 10am on

Stalls, women singers and musicians Bucky Doo Square (and at 12pm midday a Surprise!!)

Sunday 9th March 1pm

Songs for Peace FREE Sing along with local choirs: The Chapel in the Garden, East St. Listen and join in with favourite peace songs to mark centenary of 1914.

Wednes March 12th 7.30pm

Women’s Day Open Mic. FREE Come along to read up to 4 minutes of poetry or prose – all welcome Beach & Barnicott, South St. With poet Anna Freud.

Wednesday March 12th 7.15pm Same night,

Organized by STIR to Action:

Three Acres and a Cow: a history of land rights and protest in folk song/story featuring Robin Grey and Tim Laycock with local food and craft beer: W.I. Hall, North St. £12, less for under16s.

Urgent call for solidarity in Calais!

Attacks on squatted farm house

A group of individuals including people from the No Borders network squatted a building just outside Calais, as part of the strategy to maintain a constant No Borders presence in, and around Calais. For more info about Calais check out Calais Migrant Solidarity.

There has been a steady increase in fascist activity in and around Calais since last summer.

Last week the squatted farm house came under constant attack by a group of between 20-70 fascists, with one attempt being made to force entry with sledgehammers, many rocks being thrown and with threats for an escalation of violence being made on a daily basis. Please notify anti-fascists particularly in and around northern France and Belgium.

If people could go to Calais to support those on the ground that would be massively appreciated. To get to Calais from the UK people can get a eurolines coach from Victoria coach station, it is also easy to hitch across from Dover if you ask people at the ticket office. More info on Calais Migrant Solidarity.

From U.K. Indymedia: Act now: fash on the attack in Calais.

Solidarity needed NOW.

No Borderer | 22.02.2014 16:53 | Anti-racism | Migration | Repression | World

Kevin Reche, on the right

Kevin Reche, on the right

Urgent antifascist solidarity is needed for comrades and migrants in Calais, following a week of elevated fash activity in Calais.

The focal point has been a squat in Coulogne, a suburb of Calais, which has been surrounded by an ugly mob of up to 50 bigots and cops on/off for the past week. The crowd have been throwing rocks towards those inside, which has caused part of the roof to cave in. Earlier in the week, several drunk fascists tried to sledgehammer their way into the building.

This frenzy of bigotry and hatred has been whipped up by a group called ‘Sauvons Calais’, led by Kevin Reche, the swastika-sporting kid pictured above. ‘Sauvons Calais’ have been using a Facebook page of the same name to post pictures of activists and migrant squats for targetting. They call on people to share information on the location of empty buildings seen being used as shelter by desperate people trying to escape the cold and stuck at the border; and encourage each other to find out the details of activists. The page is being used to rally people to target squats.

ACT NOW –

1. Shut down the Facebook page: Go to the page and click the flower icon next to the Message button to report it for harassment / threatening behaviour. If enough of us do it, it might just work! https://www.facebook.com/page.sauvons.calais

2. Share this info on social media; get friends to report the FB page too.

3. Go to Calais to support our comrades.
Call: 06 45 46 59 86 (from inside France)
00 33 6 45 46 59 86 (from outside France)
Or email more in advance to let us know you’re coming calais_solidarity@riseup.net

More info:

http://luttennord.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/sauvons-calais-les-miliciens-sont-dans-la-rue/

Victory for Labatt’s brewery workers.

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The following statement received via Labour Start

A settlement has been reached ending the 11-month strike by members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) at the Labatt brewery in St. John’s, NL.

Your support over these months has been critical to keep pressure on the employer and let them know that workers around the world are standing with the 45 strikers. But your support also helped keep the spirits up of these dedicated workers.

Together, we helped these union members take on a profitable multinational looking to impose global standards on this small workforce. Together, we stood up against scabs on the job. Together, we helped them say no to a race to the bottom.

And today, because of their strength and the solidarity that has been shown to them, they are happy to get back to work brewing the beer they love, at jobs they love. Thank you for helping make it happen.

Tonight, join them in raising a glass to celebrate their victory!

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Frack Free Solent. – Benefit Music Nights

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We have two benefit music nights coming up soon, put on to raise funds for the costs of campaigning against fracking – printing leaflets, hiring halls.

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Saturday 8 March 7.30pm

SEIZE THE DAY Internationally known radical English acoustic band with global roots – don’t miss them!

“The musical voice of the environmental movement” – Satish Kumar, Resurgence Magazine

“Folk-rock with a radical edge, the band of choice of the direct action and environmental movements” – Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP

Plus support band Wheels of the World & guest appearance by Vanessa Vine, Balcombe campaigner.

St Faiths Parish Hall, The Pallant, Havant PO9 1BE – Map

Advance tickets £8/£5 concessions/£16

Please share our facebook event page
Ticket price includes a light supper (veggie). Soft drinks and licensed bar available. All proceeds go to Frack Free Solent.

Friday 14 March 7.30pm

ROBB JOHNSON of the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow

British musician and songwriter, who has been called “one of the last genuinely political songwriters”, and is known for his mix of political satire and wit.  He has his own record label, Irregular Records, and has released more than 30 albums either solo or in several collaborations. Member of the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow singers & songwriters collective

“The real deal when it comes to songwriting” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio2

“An English original” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Plus support from Chris Bluemel of radical English acoustic band Seize the Day

In the Gun Room at the RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, Portsmouth PO4 9PN – Map

Tickets in advance from Jenny Flintoft email or 023 9241 358 – £8/£6 concessions.

All proceeds go to Frack Free Solent.

Condor Ferries picket in Portsmouth.

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RMT!

A healthy anarchist and antifascist presence joined yesterday’s RMT/ITF demo at Portsmouth ferry terminal, in support of French comrades at St Malo who are conducting a sit-in on a vessel to protest against the super-exploitation of Ukrainian seafarers being paid £2.35 per hour by Condor Ferries operating from EU ports.

It is vital that we build and maintain class solidarity across all borders in opposition to global capital, and that the debate on economic migration and employment is framed in terms of class struggle and not the short-sighted protectionism so easily co-opted by the far right.

We emphasise that economic migration is directed by the ruling class, both with the use of super-exploited groups to drive down wages and conditions, and the so-called ‘quality immigration’ of engineers, scientists and healthcare professionals, which just pillages the resources and education systems of poorer regions. Meanwhile the refugees from the bosses’ wars are treated like criminals and there are more slaves alive today than at any time in human history.

The IWW flag you see here represents a proud tradition of more than 100 years of self-organisation across all trades, grades, races and nationalities.

The working class has no country!

Solidarity required! RMT & ITF picket Condor Ferries in Portsmouth 16:00 18th February 2014

Please support RMT / ITF demo 16.00 on Tuesday 18th February at Portsmouth Commercial Freight Gate, Prospect Road, Portsmouth, PO1. Facebook event

French Comrades are currently sitting in on a Condor vessel in St Malo, they have asked the UK unions to support them against ‘social dumping’ by Condor who, are paying Ukranian seafarers £29 a day for a 12hr day. This rogue ferry operator, using Portsmouth as its crew change over base, is avoiding UK legislation through dubious interpretation of immigration laws to exploit foreign workers and pay poverty wages. Bring your banners and whistles! We support our comrades in dispute with Condor and we are not going to accept exploitation of workers in a ‘Race to the Bottom’. SOLIDARITY will change the agenda.

RMT NEWS RELEASE February 17th 2014 Immediate

RMT campaign over social dumping scandal in UK shipping industry returns to Portsmouth this week

A long running campaign against social dumping in the UK shipping industry will return to the south coast this week with a major protest targeting ferry-operator Condor in Portsmouth tomorrow.

The protest, supported by both RMT and the International Transport Federation, will take place at 16.00 on Tuesday 18th February at Portsmouth Commercial Freight Gate, Prospect Road, Portsmouth, PO1.

The RMT campaign to expose the scandal on Condor Ferries is specifically over the ‘social dumping’ of cheap, non-EU labour which makes a complete mockery of both UK and EU employment rights. Condor Ferries are able to duck around rules and regulations that are supposed to stop exploitation and as a result pay their seagoing staff £2.35 per hour well below the UK minimum wage. Condor operates a ferry service between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

“The super-exploitation of foreign nationals in the British shipping industry is a massive scandal that the political elite want to keep quiet. That’s no surprise as it’s their wealthy mates running the shipping companies who benefit from this scam that dodges normal employment regulations while the European Union refuses to lift a finger.

“Social dumping is a mechanism seized on by some of the most rotten employers in the book to dry and batter down wages and conditions. RMT members and their supporters have the full support of the union for this weeks’ protest in Portsmouth as the union, alongside our colleagues in the ITF, steps up the fight against Condor Ferries and the ships of shame.”

RMT National Secretary Steve Todd said:

“The fight to stop the scandal of social dumping remains a national priority for RMT and we will continue to step up the campaign to turn the spotlight on the shameful practices that this ConDem government legitimises in the British shipping industry with the collusion of the EU.”

ENDS

Further information: Geoff Martin 07831 465 103;   0207 255 9146

FTUC Acknowledges Support of International Union Movements

The FTUC wishes to acknowledge organisers of the campaign for the Fijian unionists who have now had charges against them withdrawn.

The campaign has been hailed a success and FTUC recognises the efforts and support shown by LabourStart, ITUC and TUC. We also wish to thank each and every participant for their participation and contribution towards the campaign.

Fiji still has a long way to go in relation to the abuse against workers’ rights and it is our humble request that our sister union movements from around the world will continue their much-needed support for the campaigns against the violation of our workers.

The ENI Decree for instance is one such legislation established by the Regime that violates Fiji workers’ rights to Collective Bargaining, a right that our union fathers fought to retrieve. We however have not lost faith and the success of this recent campaign is testament to the solidarity between us.

FTUC vows to keep fighting the good fight and encourages all its affiliates to contribute to every campaign as each and every success is a win for workers’ and human rights.

Dear police: A Citizen.

Dear police

I’m pretty sure that, if you bothered to meet me, you’d quickly cast me as exactly the type of person you’d expect to stand politely in a pen while you march racists up and down the high street. A ‘white’ woman with a degree and no criminal record, not exactly what you would call physically imposing, more often laughing than not. If you randomly met me in a setting where you weren’t protecting fascists, you might think I seemed nice, and if someone told you I was an activist, you might object that
surely, I was too nice for that. You wouldn’t be the first, and you know what, you are right. I am nice, and that is exactly why I am out there opposing that fascism you so happily protect, even though you have me at a disadvantage in nearly every way.

You are twice as big as me, you are trained in combat and shooting, you are armed and shielded to the teeth and you are even prepared to abuse dogs and horses in order to attack us. No wonder we terrify you, standing there with no other protection than the strength of our conviction that racism and fascism need to be fought.

It’s not hard to guess why you would protect the fascists and target us. They are authoritarian, we are not. Seeing as you fancy yourselves an authority — and I can understand why, what with all the weapons and state-sanctioned violence—it’s only logical that you’d protect them.

Still, I wonder, how does it feel when the crowd chants ‘Who protects the nazis? The police protect the nazis!’ Do you actually tell yourselves you’re enforcing ‘public order’, or are you perfectly aware of the kind of system you act as hired guns for in the hopes that your willingness to dispense violence at the drop of a word sets you enough apart from the rest of us that you will be protected?

But what am I saying, that is exactly what the system does. The system will always protect itself, and you know it. That’s where you find the courage to face your terrifying opponent, the citizen.

Do you realise that that works both ways? That when you cast us as your opponents, you cast yourselves as ours? I don’t need the fascists to harass me when I have you, pushing me, surrounding me, shouting threats at me, trying to ridicule me. Not to mention what you’ve been doing to my friends or the systematic unfounded arrests you’ve been making for the sole purpose of putting everyone into your databases.

You err on the side of brutality because you seem to think that is the best way of scaring the not-yet-hardened ones among us off the streets forever. I can see you doing your darnedest to force me out of any public space like the sheep you’d like me to be, and while it may seem on paper like I should be the easiest person in the world to intimidate into never, ever exercising her right to assembly, I am afraid it’s just not going that well, my dears. In fact, I am pretty sure at this point that any further radicalisation of yours truly that may occur will not even be because of the non-uniformed fascists. No, I lay that down at your feet.

Before you worry your pretty little helmeted heads too much over how this could have gone so wrong and why brute force and scare tactics haven’t shut me up yet, I’ll be happy to tell you straight up. You see, I never did respond well to bullies.

There. Now stick that into the file you have on me. It’s under C for Citizen.