Class War protest 'Fascist Architect'
Clerkenwell, London. Wed 30 Nov 2016
Ian Bone holds up a poster 'Arbeit Macht Frei - Patrik
Schumacher - Architect of Fascism
Class War and others including the London Anarchist Federation and
the Revolutionary Communist Group protested outside the London offices of
Zaha Hadid Architects in London against their director Patrik Schumacher.
In a lecture he gave in Berlin on the London Housing crisis he suggested
the elimination of all forms of social housing and the privatisation of
all public space in the city.
His Berlin lecture was reportedly met with booing and his views have been
widely disowned by architects and politicians including in an open letter
from Zaha Hadid Architects. The protest pointed out the class-based absurdity
of his neo-conservative proposals which would produce a London which was
simply a playground for the ultra-wealthy, but would socially cleanse it
of all the workers essential to its running.
Axe the Housing Act Autumn Statement
Parliament Square, London. 23 Nov 2016
A pearly campaigner holds a placard in front of Big
Ben, 'Maybe its because I'm a Londoner ...
Housing Campaigners from Axe the Housing Act at a rally opposite parliament
as the Chancellor announced his Autumn Statement, making their own 'Alternative
They say the Housing Act is fundamentally unfair and will worsen the housing
crisis and call on it to be repealed, and for tenants groups, trade unions,
councils and housing associations to work together to resist and defeat
Brexiteers say 'People Have Spoken'
Old Palace Yard, London. 23 Nov 2016
UKIP supporter with a woman in a Boris Brexit t-shirt
Pro-Brexit campaigners, many of them UKIP members, protested opposite
Parliament against the court ruling that the British constitution principle
of the supremacy of Parliament demands a vote by Parliament before article
50 can be invoked.
The organisers stated that they want to influence the judges by showing
them "how passionately we feel about our democracy, and to let them
know that we will not remain silent while privileged establishment figures
attempt to change, dilute and disrespect what the people voted for to suit
their own agendas."
The problem is that the roughly one third of the UK electorate who got
a majority in the vote were actually voting for the unobtainable, having
been made promises by Boris, Nigel Farage and others that are simply not
possible. They are inevitably going to be disappointed with whatever 'Brexit'
settlement we finally achieve. And of course the slightly smaller third
of the electorate who voted to remain are equally certain to be disappointed.
The whole referendum was a disaster from its inception.
Class War Croydon 'Snouts in the trough'
Box Park, Croydon. Tue 22 Nov 2016
Sid Skill with pigs ears and snout at Box Park
Class War protested outside Croydon Boxpark against property developers
and council leaders who were attending the Develop Croydon Conference, aimed
at transforming Croydon into a desirable metropolitan hub with luxury apartments,
prestige offices and the capital’s latest Westfield.
Class War want Croydon to be developed to meet the needs of the inhabitants
rather than to line the pockets of developers and become a piggy bank of
largely empty flats and offices owned by overseas investors.
They gathered outside the newly opened 'Box Park', where the conference
attendees were scheduled to lunch, but few of them braved the protest, probably
finding plusher restaurants elsewhere. The walking tour of Croydon starting
from here had been cancelled by conference organisers after Class War announced
their intention to protest, and it looked as if the coach tours that replaced
it had been moved to another starting point at the last minute. But a few
property developers and councillors walked past the protest to enter the
site and were greeted with shouts of 'Scum!' and 'Snouts in the trough!'.
There was also an quite ridiculously huge police presence around the whole
area, probably outnumbering Class War around five to one, though the few
police who actually came close to the protesters were clearly trying to
ingratiate themselves rather than prevent the protest.
Class War doesn't have a particular issue with the 'Box Park', except that
it is in part rather a hipster thing, but it is a provision which clearly
is aimed at the leisure of ordinary people in Croydon. We were surprised
when the Box Park owner Roger Wade came to talk with the protesters, making
clear that he wasn't opposed to their protest (though he would have liked
it to go across the road) and invited Class War to come and talk with him
as he felt they had some common views about the future of the town.
The weather was very changeable, with bright sun and then sudden heavy
showers, which forced the protesters into the bus shelter. They came out
and there was a minute or so with a fine double rainbow over Croydon, but
another heavy shower made the protesters walk around the the other side
of the Box Park next to the station where there was more shelter, and then
to make their way to the Sorter and Porter.
After a brief interlude there they returned to the Box Park to continue
the protest, and as they arrived saw some of the conference delegates including
BBC developers' apologist Mark Eaton crossing the road towards the office
block opposite for the start of the afternoon session. They rushed towards
him, then protested outside the office block on its parking area where security
tried to move them from the property. Eventually police came and the protesters
moved back to the pavement for some final chanting before leaving to investigate
the Dog and Duck. I walked ahead talking with Ian Bone and missed another
brief encounter with Croydon's Foxtons on the way.
Justice & Reparations for Ricky Bishop
Brixton, London. Sun 20 Nov 2016
The march went very slowly from Windrush Square along
the main road through Brixton
The family of Ricky Bishop and supporters marched through Brixton to
a rally supported by the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement
(InPDUM) & the African National Women’s Organisation (ANWO) outside
Brixton Police Station where Ricky was killed. Had he lived he would now
The march commemorated his memory, called for reparations to his family
by the UK government and Lambeth council and for black community control
of police. Police came and tried to get the marchers to leave the road suggesting
they were putting themselves at unnecessary danger, but their suggestions
met an angry reception. The marchers kept to one lane, allowing traffic
to go past on the outside lane, though police blocked this for some time
to argue with the marchers, holding up traffic more than necessary.
A picture of Ricky and flowers were taped to the now bare memorial tree,
also known as the lynching tree, outside Brixton police station and candles
lit in his memory.
Climate Crisis rally against Airport Expansion
Heathrow, London. Sat 19 Nov 2016
Harmondsworth resident Neil Keveren of Stop Heathrow
Expansion speaks at Heathrow
Campaigners against a third runway at London Heathrow held a family-friendly
demonstration at the airport as Risingup activists blocked the M4 junction
nearby bringing traffic to a standstill.
The campaigners met at the Three Magpies on the Bath Road - a road and
pub which would disappear under the Third runway - and walked the short
distance to the bridge over the airport spur from the M3. A short distance
away to the north we could see police vehicles surrounding the activists
who were blocking the road into the airport, and could hear the sirens.
There was a large police presence around the 'family friendly' rally too,
although the organisers had made clear that this would be a peaceful and
legal event, and it did seem a considerable waste of police resources, perhaps
an attempt to intimidate the protesters. The police did behave in a friendly
manner, though they did restrict the movement of protesters to an unnecessary
Many of the protesters and speakers had come here from the earlier rally
at Richmond - though there were none of the Conservative Goldsmith supporters
who were presumably still busy campaigning in Richmond.
The main concerns of speakers were that expansion at Heathrow will cause
the UK to break its own national laws to reduce emissions, as well as undermining
the international climate commitments agreed in Paris, and that the new
runway will devastate local communities with families losing their homes
and many over a wider area suffering dangerous levels of air pollution.
The construction of a new runway would create enormous problems across the
area around the airport, and if completed would bring chaos to an already
overstressed transport system in the whole region.
We need to totally rethink the aviation industry and evaluate the contribution
it makes to our economy, and to remove its privileged status and subsidies
which currently allow it to expand and pollute for the benefit of its shareholders
and the convenience of rich frequent flyers. The industry greatly inflates
the contribution it makes to the economy while refusing to acknowledge the
many problems it creates.
Of course it isn't something that can be looked at in isolation. We don't
just need to stop airport expansion, but to reassess much of they way we
live. We need System Change if we are to avoid the disastrous effects of
Rally against Heathrow Expansion
Richmond Green, London. Sat 19 Nov 2016
Campaigners hold up 'No 3rd Runway' planes at the
Several hundred campaigners were at a rally on Richmond Green organised
to support Zac Goldsmith who resigned to stand as an anti-Heathrow expansion
The event was supported by Richmond Heathrow Campaign, Teddington Action
Group, SHE (Stop Heathrow Expansion), Residents Against Aircraft Noise(RAAN),
Chiswick Against the Third Runway and others campaigning against the noise,
pollution and catastrophic climate change the third runway and expansion
of aviation would cause.
Chaired by Gyles Brandreth, the were speeches from Alistair McGowan and
Zac Goldsmith as well as campaigners including John Stewart of HACAN and
Harmondsworth resident Neil Keveren.
The campaigning groups expressed support for Goldsmith who had kept his
promise and resigned over Heathrow expansion. But as Liberal Democrat and
Labour candidates also declared themselves strongly opposed to another runway
at Heathrow, it seemed unlikely to be the deciding issue in the contest.
There was a considerably presence from local Lib-Dems and Green Party supporters
at the rally, and many Lib-Dems still feel aggrieved at the way that Goldsmith
took the constituency from a sitting MP and strong campaigner against Heathrow
expansion, Susan Kramer, now Baroness Kramer.
Release British father from Israeli Jail
G4S HQ, Westminster, London. Fri 18 Nov 2016
Protesters pose for a selfie with Laila Sharary,
wife of the British father held by the Israeli military
Human rights group Inminds protested outside the headquarters of British
security company G4S over the abduction by Israel and subsequent torture
of British national and father of five, Fayez Sharary.
Arrested by Israeli forces on 15 September when leaving the West Bank for
Jordan with his wife and youngest child to fly home after a family visit,
Fayez Sharary was tortured for 3 weeks by Israeli secret police Shin Bet
to force a confession.
At his first military trial, an Israeli judge declared this confession
worthless and inadmissible and ordered his release, also stating that several
of the charges were were for activities not defined as crimes under the
Israeli Defence Forces West Bank laws, but he is still held in the Ofer
prison secured by G4S. A few days after the first trial, the military went
back to court and got the order of the first trial set aside.
Although Israel has signed the UN Conventions Against Torture the country
has never made torture a crime and over a thousand cases of complaints alleging
torture have not led to a single criminal investigation. Israel insists
that the UN torture conventions don't apply to Palestinians. The UN funds
a treatment centre for victims of torture for the occupied Palestine territories
which in 2014 treated 845 Palestinian victims including 317 women and 135
Despite being a British citizen and having lived in Britain for over 23
years, Fayez Sharary has received no support from the British embassy, and
had no legal representation at either trial.
Fayez's wife Laila Sharary was at the protest with her young daughter and
read a short letter. The protest also stood in solidarity with Standing
Rock, where G4S are employed by the company attempting to force the Dakota
Access Oil Pipeline across sacred Sioux sites.
Cleaners at Claranet for Living Wage
Holborn, London. Fri 18 Nov 2016
The receptionist at the offices housing Claranet's
London HQ pushes CAIWU organiser Alberto Durango
The Independent Workers Union CAIWU briefly occupied the lobby of Claranet's
offices in Holborn, where they are employed by NJC under contract to Claranet.
NJC & Claranet have ignored the union's attempts to negotiate for the
London Living Wage and have confirmed they have no intention of considering
moving to the living wage. NJC has suggested that CAIWU members might be
moved to other sites which do pay the living wage, but the CAIWU say this
is not acceptable.
The union has called on Claranet which claims to be an ethical company
to insist the cleaners are paid the London Living wage now. The cleaners
left after a brief protest inside when security began pushing them around
and continued their protest for a short time on the pavement outside, before
leaving with the message that they would be back without warning for further
Cleaners at Mace protest Dall nepotism
155 Moorgate, London. Fri 18 Nov 2016
Cleaners leave 155 Moorgate to continue the protest
on the pavement outside
The Independent Workers Union CAIWU rushed in to the lobby of Mace's
headquarters building in Moorgate protesting noisily against cleaning contractor
Dall Cleaning Services.
They say its cleaning supervisor roster is made up of five members of the
same family, and claim that when Dall recently promised cleaners the London
Living Wage they promptly reduced the working conditions and also dismissed
two cleaners without notice or proper procedures. The CAIWU demand the reinstatement
of the two workers and also want to have proper conditions of service and
The cleaners left after a brief protest inside and continued their protest
for a short time on the pavement outside.
Cleaners in Lloyds against racist sacking
Lloyds, London. Fri 18 Nov 2016
Alberto Durango of the CAIWU speaks inside Lloyds
against racist sacking by Principle Cleaning Services
Members of the Independent Workers Union CAIWU briefly occupied the
lobby of Lloyds of London, protesting noisily against Principle cleaning
Two black workers, Lovebridge Acheamong and Wilson Palomeque who in April
were awarded diplomas by Lloyds in recognition of their outstanding service
during a power failure have been disciplined and dismissed from the site
by Principle Cleaning Services following a window cleaning accident. White
workers involved in a similar accident were left off without even a warning
and the union says the sacking is racist discrimination.
Another African worker was also recently dismissed for trivial reasons
and the CAIWU claim he was sacked for his trade union activities. The cleaners
left after a brief protest inside and continued their protest for a short
time outside the building.
End Discriminatory Welfare Reforms
Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London. Wed 16 Nov 2016
McDonnell speaks while shadow cabinet colleague Rebecca Long-Bailey holds
Disabled People Against Cuts and Black Triangle protested outside Parliament
where MPs were debating the cut to Employment and Support Allowance.
The protest came after the report of a United Nations Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) inquiry had published a report
condemning the 'grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s
rights' which had resulted from the UK government welfare reforms.
The event was also a vigil with candles and period of silence in memory
of DPAC co-founder Debbie Jolly who died last week. She was part of the
small group who began the campaign against the unfair the Work Capability
Assessment in 2010. The speakers, who included SNP MP Tommy Sheppard, Labour
Shadow Chancellor John McDOnnell, Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley,
Claire Glasman of WinVisible and John McArdle of Black Triangle paid tribute
to Debbie and called for government action to end the discrimination reported
by the UN body.
Custody Summit at the Tower
Tower of London. Tue 15 Nov 2016
Pickets at the Tower of London entrance underneath
Reclaim Justice Network, including prison activists, refugee solidarity
groups and anti-arms trade campaigners protested at the two entrances to
the Tower of London against the European Custody and Detention Summit taking
They say it is sponsored by major arms companies and is a trade fair for
security companies, prison builders, and other profiteers to present new
technologies that expand and privatise the criminal justice system. Among
the posters were 'Profit from pain is inhumane' and 'Prison Profiteers Not
No Garden in the Sky
London. Mon 14 Nov 2016
The Bank of England to the Barbican. Image for personal
For the monthly family walk we had booked in for a free visit to the garden
on top of one of London's ugliest recent buildings, 20 Fenchurch Street,
a monstrosity which should never have been allowed anywhere near Tower Bridge
as it spoils so many views of that iconic London building.
It was a worthy winner of the 2015 Carbuncle Cup awarded to the worst building
of the year, with comments such as 'It's hard to imagine a building causing
more damage if it tried' and a 'daily reminder never to let such a planning
disaster ever happen again.' It's ugly, obtrusive and an index of greed,
its shape growing larger towards the top to reflect the higher rents for
higher floors. It was planned to be even worse, 40 m taller than its 160
m (525 ft) but was reduced after complaints it would be too dominant close
to Tower Bridge and St Pauls.
Ugliness is not its only problem. A sunscreen had to be added after it
was fond to be acting as a concave mirror and concentrating the rays of
the sun on the street below, damaging cars and giving enough heat for a
journalist to fry an egg. And there are also problems with the wind it creates,
enough to sometimes blow people off their feet.
On the top of the building is the Sky Garden, three floors with a viewing
area which is open in a limited way to the public. In The Guardian, Oliver
Wainwright describes it as "a meagre pair of rockeries, in a space
designed with all the finesse of a departure lounge. A hefty cage of steelwork
wraps around in all directions, obscuring much of the view." It
certainly fails to live up to the promises that were made, but is still
worth a visit, if only because it is the only place in the city from which
you can't see 20 Fenchurch St.
It's rather difficult to gain access. Unless you have a small fortune to
eat at the more expensive of the three eateries, you need to book one of
a rather limited number of spaces. These are released a week at a time three
weeks in advance, and tickets for all but the least popular times seem to
disappear more or less immediately.
Even with a ticket you can't just walk in (though a restaurant reservation
admits you without delay.) You join the end of a slowly moving queue and
eventually get to present your ticket and passport or driving licence to
be checked, then go forward to an airport security scanner, emptying your
pockets and putting your jacket, handbags, keys, wallet, coins etc into
a box which is scanned as you walk through the metal detector arch. At least
you don't have to remove your shoes.
Once through a smooth express lift takes you up to the 'sky garden'. We
began our visit with a long queue for the unisex toilets before rushing
out to the viewing platform on the south side of the building. Here you
are in the open air, though with a tall glass screen in front of you. You
are not allowed - rather sensibly - to hold cameras or phones out over the
glass and all the pictures here are taken through it - and it wasn't particularly
It soon started to rain, and the viewing platform was then closed. There
are stairs with a view up both the east and west sides of the building leading
past the scrappy rockeries to the upper two levels, but a stair rail stops
you getting right up to the glass. On the top level, the views through the
large windows are restricted, partly because of the building design, but
also because there are wide benches in front of the window - with a notice
on them forbidding climbing on the benches which would greatly improve the
Although it was in many ways disappointing, it's still worth jumping to
your computer around 9.00am on a Monday and trying to book a visit at a
convenient time for a couple of weeks ahead. As you can see from the pictures
you do get to look down on some of London's well-known buildings and it
is possible to avoid the worst reflections with a little care. We spent
well over our allocated hour in looking at the views. Just don't expect
to see a garden in the sky garden.
Kurds march through London
Westminster, London. Sat 12 Nov 2016
near the front of the march leave Parliament Square
Over a thousand Kurds and Turks marched peacefully through London to
defend peace and democracy in Turkey against the actions of President Erdogan.
Since the feeble military coup attempt in July, Erdogan and his AKP government
has imposed a state of emergency, closing down 170 media outlets, arresting
128 journalists, purging at least 110,000 public sector workers including
11,000 teachers, bombed 11 Kurdish cities and arrested mayors, forcing 35
Kurdish cities into administration and arresting at least 9 MPs of the opposition
People's Democratic Party (HDP) including its two leaders.
The marchers held a brief rally opposite Parliament before marching up
Whitehall past Downing St. They call on the UK government to make a stand
against Turkey and the crackdown on democracy and freedom os speech there.
I left them as they continued to march, with some marchers expecting to
go on to the BBC and the Turkish Embassy.
Hope Trumps Hate rally and kiss-in
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 12 Nov 2016
'Love Trumps Hate' poster
People, mainly students including some from the USA, met in Trafalgar
Square to demonstrate their commitment to hope not hate after Trump's election
They stood against allowing the anger that many rightly feel against economic
and political systems to be unleashed against womens' rights, people of
colour, the LGBT+ community and disabled people. Several of them made short
speeches and at the end of the rally people wrote post-it notes to put on
the wall; the event ended with several minutes of hugging and kissing to
show that love is more fun than hate.
US Election Day Guantanamo protest
US Embassy, London. Tue 8 Nov 2016
women in Muslim dress prepare to hold up a long sign with the message Close
A rally at the US Embassy called for an end to Guantanamo, where kangaroo
'justice' persists with indefinite detention without trial for those who
remain and force feeding, beatings and brutality continue.
The protest organised by London Guantánamo Campaign was moved by
police to a distant corner to avoid guests arriving for an election night
event at the embassy being embarrassed by the reminder that their country
was still shamefully and unjustly imprisoning and torturing people in the
Guantanamo prison camp.
The embassy was lit up for the night with a changing projection on its
ugly frontage with various graphics based on the stars and stripes which
would have made an interesting background, but as they set up, police came
and moved them to a dark corner by the south end of the building away from
the main entrance.
The protest called for the closure of Guantanamo and an end to the US's
continuing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria and US drone strikes.
It also demanded an end to other human rights abuses by the US including
the one-sided extradition treaty with Britain and the continued use of extraordinary
rendition. Also present were those calling for the release of Chelsea Manning
and for justice for London Cab driver Anis Sardar, sentenced to 38 years
in prison in the UK after he was present by chance in Iraq while others
made bombs in 2007 that were used against allied forces.
Vigil for Fazel Chegeni
Australia House, London. Tue 8 Nov 2016
Campaigners pose for a photograph at the end
of the vigil
A vigil outside the Australian High Commission remembered refugee
Fazel Chegeni, found found dead at the bottom of a cliff on Christmas Island,
Australia on November 8 2015.
He was in indefinite immigration detention after being involved in a trivial
fight years earlier which resulted in his visa as a refugee being revoked.
The vigil called for a complete end to immigration detention which leaves
many refugees striving to make a new life after persecution without hope.
Make John Lewis cleaners Partners
Oxford St, London.Sat 5 Nov 2016
Cleaners protest outside the front entrance to the
Oxford St store
A noisy protest by cleaners briefly blocked Oxford St outside John
Lewis. Cleaners' union United Voices of the World and supporters demand
that the company treat its cleaners fairly on the same basis as other staff
who work there.
John Lewis is proud of its 'partnership' model, under which those who work
in their stores get a share of their profits, but the people who keep the
stores clean are treated as second-class citizens, excluded from the annual
'bonus' with wages only a few pence above the national minimum at £7.35
per hour, 85p less than the minimum for other John Lewis workers - whose
annual bonus also adds the equivalent of 90p per hour.
The cleaners and other members of the United Voices of the World union
were supported in the protest by Class War, the IWGB, SOAS Unison and others.
The protest was a noisy one and for a short time blocked Oxford St before
the protesters went on a tour around the block containing the store.
Save Libraries, Museums & Galleries
British Library to Trafalgar Sq, London. Sat 5 Nov 2016
Swindon is one of many places where library services
are under threat
Over two thousand people marched from the British Library to a rally
in Trafalgar Square in support of public libraries, museums and art galleries,
under threat by government cuts and closures as local authority budgets
In the UK since 2010, 8,000 paid and trained library workers have lost
their jobs, 343 libraries have been closed (and another 300 or so handed
over to volunteers); and one in five regional museums are at least partially
closed. For those that remain open, many have seen a cut in opening hours
and in services including education programmes and services to the housebound,
and many aspects have been privatised; museums are now largely run to generate
income rather than primarily to educate and inform.
People gathered at the rear of the British Library, where there were a
few short speeches while we waited for the march to set off. It made its
way along the Euston Rd and then down through Bloomsbury and Holborn to
Trafalgar Square, where there was a longer rally with speakers on the steps
in front of the National Gallery.
Kurds march for Peace & Democracy
London, UK. Fri 4 Nov 2016
Kurds rally outside the Turkish embassy despite police attempts to move
them across the road
More than 500 Kurds marched peacefully through London to protest noisily
at the Turkish embassy after the arrest early today of the two leaders of
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP), along
with at least 11 MPs.
The Kurds say that the government and Prime Minister Erdogan are eradicating
democracy in Turkey and trying to destroy the Kurdish people and culture.
They say the Turkish state has been increasing its attacks on Kurds in Turkey
since the failed coup attempt, and that the latest action is prompted by
the success of Kurdish forces in attacking ISIS (Daesh) which they say is
supported by Erdogan.
Kurds in Syria have been given some arms and support by the US as they
have been the most effective force attacking Daesh. Erdogan has been supporting
Daesh as the Turks see it as being effective in preventing the formation
of a Kurdish state - Kurdistan - which would include areas of Turkey as
well as parts of Iraq and Syria which are already under Kurdish control.
Turkey has provided the main route for Daesh's oil exports which provide
the funding for its military occupation with support from Erdogan.
Since the coup, thousands of Turks and Kurds have been imprisoned by the
Turkish authorities, including politicians, mayors, journalists and teachers
and the free press has been shut down. Many foreign journalists have also
been arrested and deported.
Bill to reverse NHS Privatisation
Old Palace Yard, London. Fri 4 Nov 2016
Larry Sanders, Green Party Health spokesperson and
Bernie's brother speaking
A rally outside parliament supported the second reading of Labour MP Margaret
Greenwood's NHS Bill which proposes to fully restore the NHS as an accountable
public service and to prevent further marketisation at the hands of the
Tories. unfortunately the bill is low on the list and unlikely to get debated
Despite Tory claims that the "NHS is safe in our hands"
since the 2010 election there has been a creeping process of privatisation
with companies such as Virgin Healthcare taking over large area of NHS provision.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 allowed NHS services could be contracted
out to 'any qualified provider', including private companies and Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are under pressure to outsource. In 2015, private
firms won 40% of all contracts.
The 2012 act also removed the government's duty to provide healthcare for
everyone, making the local commissioning groups responsible - and it allows
them to withdraw NHS services or charge us for them.
Currently Sustainability and Transformation Plans are being developed by
Christmas for 44 areas covering the whole of England which critics say are
to Slash, Trash and Privatise the NHS. They were kept private until campaigners
'outed' them and are supposed to be in place by Christmas. NHS England director
of strategy Michael McConnell says that these STPs offer private sector
companies an "enormous opportunity" and they could well mean the
end of the NHS as we have known it.
All this is taking place despite huge public support for the NHS, with
recent YouGov research reporting 84% of us saying the NHS should be run
in the public sector; even among Conservative voters only 13% supported
Among the speakers was Larry Sanders, Green Party Health spokesperson
and brother of Bernie Sanders.
End mass deportations
Home Office, London, UK. Wed 2 Nov 2016
tell Nigeria & Jamaica to stop colluding with UK racism by accepting
mass deportation flights
BARAC UK, Movement for Justice and other campaigners came to the Home Office
to demand an end to forcible mass deportations such as the flight in September
which took 42 people to Jamaica, many who had lived in the UK for decades
and have partners, spouses, children and grandchildren here and some who
were in process of becoming naturalised or appealing deportation. Many of
the deportations are actually illegal, and lawyers manage to prevent some
of these, but others slip through.
Among those who spoke were immigration lawyer Shiraz Peer, John McInally
Vice President of the PCS Union, Zita Holbourne and Lee Jasper of BARAC,
Antonia Bright and Rosemary from Movement for Justice and Guy Taylor of
Global Justice Now.
Standing Rock Sioux - emergency protest
US Embassy, London. Tue 1 Nov 2016
with posters 'water is Life', 'Defend the Sacred'...
Following military-style attacks and arrests on the Sacred Stone Camp
where the Standing Rock Sioux were praying on their sacred ground to protect
it from the Dakota Access Pipe Line, around a hundred people were at an
emergency solidarity protest outside the US Embassy tonight.
As well as supporting the Sioux in their fight to stop the pipeline which
also threatens the Missouri River, speakers stressed that this was a part
of the same fight as many others around the world, protecting the interests
of people and planet, including the UK protests against fracking.
London, October 2016
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