Breaking – Love Activists Occupy Bank of England Building in Liverpool

LOVE ACTIVISTS have seized control of a Bank of England building in Liverpool, Merseyside.
In the early hours of this morning, Love Activists seized a disused Bank of England building, one of only 3 in the UK. This bank had been taken as part of the Love Activists ‘Reclaim the Banks’ initiative. Over the next few days, we want to create a welcoming community space and social centre, with rooms for performance art, film screenings, skillshares and workshops, as well as a free street kitchen and safe space for the whole community.
We are issuing an urgent call out for:
– OCCUPIERS
– ACTIVISTS
– STREET KITCHENERS
– ARTISTS
– PERFORMERS
– MUSICIANS
– POLITICAL SPEAKERS from any background
– and, THE WHOLE LOCAL COMMUNITY to come down, join in and enjoy the new space.
If you are interested in using the space for anything at all, please contact Danny on 07956 520647. Be quick – we don’t know how long we’ll be able to hold onto the building.
As well as as many individuals as possible, we also have a Wishlist:
– barricading equipment – wood, nails, drills, anything a bit ‘DIY’
– film screening equipment that can be lent (and some kind technical person to operate it!)
– STREET KITCHEN – any donations of food, blankets, any unwanted clothing for the FREE SHOP.
No money please, only Love and yourselves!
More to be updated as the occupation commences.
Address – 31 Castle Street, Liverpool, Merseyside.
HOMES NOT BANKS!

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WDM, PUB, LEGAL – that is all

This week

 

Tomorrow – Tuesday 17th April – WDM meeting – 7pm – Manchester Met Union

 

Wed – Pub – Hardy’s Well – 8pm – drinking (maybe some letter writing

 

Sunday – Legal Observer Training (GBC) – People’s History Museum – 12.30pm

 

 

For more info e-mail manchestercampaigns@gmail.com

 

 

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Next Week

 

Tuesday – Film Making classes start – 7pm -Man met Union (did you know the second most used search engine on the net is Youtube – get making films people!)

 

Wed – 5pm – MayDay Banner Making – UMSU –  need groups to make their own banners, and individuals to help with main banner  – graphic designers please get in touch!!! (manchestercampaigns@gmail.com)

 

Wed – 8pm – Pub -hardy’s Well

 

 

Thu – 5pm – Finish Banner Making – UMSU

 

Sat – Big Six Bash preparation in the park – Midday – Birchfields Park

 

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This week – WDM, PUB, LEGAL – that is all

This week

 

Tomorrow – Tuesday 17th April – WDM meeting – 7pm – Manchester Met Union

 

Wed – Pub – Hardy’s Well – 8pm – drinking (maybe some letter writing

 

Sunday – Legal Observer Training (GBC) – People’s History Museum – 12.30pm

 

 

For more info e-mail manchestercampaigns@gmail.com

 

 

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Next Week

 

Tuesday – Film Making classes start – 7pm -Man met Union (did you know the second most used search engine on the net is Youtube – get making films people!)

 

Wed – 5pm – MayDay Banner Making – UMSU –  need groups to make their own banners, and individuals to help with main banner  – graphic designers please get in touch!!! (manchestercampaigns@gmail.com)

 

Wed – 8pm – Pub -hardy’s Well

 

 

Thu – 5pm – Finish Banner Making – UMSU

 

Sat – Big Six Bash preparation in the park – Midday – Birchfields Park

 

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BIG COUPLE OF MONTHS

List of events 

Weekly – Prisoner letter writing and general cotch – Every Wed – Hardy’s Well – 8pm – 10pm

1) Mayday – March and Planning Meeting (Meet this Fri)

2) World Development Movement Manchester

3) Green and Black Cross – Legal Training (People’s History Museum)

4) Film Making Classes

5) Big Six Energy Bash – Park Day and London Event

6) What are they on about? – Anarchism and Anarchists Public Meeting

7) Special event to be announced soon 

 

1) MAYDAY MARCH AND MORE 

Mon 7th May – Bexley Square to Urbis

Sound system, costumes and fun encouraged

More plans afoot – email manchestercampaigns@gmail.com for more details

 

BRAINSTORMING AND PLOTTING MEETING

Fri 13th April (this Friday) – Hardy’s Well – 7pm

 

2) World Development Movement Manchester

Tuesday 17th April – First Meeting – Man Met Student Union – 7pm

 

3) Green and Black Cross – Legal Training

 Sunday 22nd April – People’s History Museum – 11am

Food available – on all day with breaks – massively important for all those that are involved in protest and campaigning.

 

4) FILM CLASSES

 From writing to Editing – how to produce your own films

24th April – Introduction to all skills

8th May – Writing

15th May – Filming

22nd May – Editing

All workshops at Man Met Student Union

Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm

£5 donation encouraged (not at all mandatory though!)

manchestercampaigns@gmail.com for details

 

5) Big Six Energy Bash – Park Day and London Event 

Saturday 28th April 2012 – 12 noon @ Birchfields Park (near to Norman Road)

12 noon: First 2 hours: BANNER PAINTING for the Big Six Energy Bash. (see: http://www.climatejusticecollecive.org for more details)

2pm: NVDA training

5pm – 7pm: Capture the Flag

Email manchester@climatecamp.org.uk for more details.

http://www.manchesterclimateaction.wordpress.com

 

MASS ACTION: THE BIG SIX ENERGY BASH

 Thursday 3rd May 2012 Meet at 11am in Central London.

TRANSPORT info from Manchester

Return train ticket from Manchester = £10.

Departs: Wednesday 2nd May (evening). Returns: late on Thursday 3rd May.

Crash space will be provided in London for Wednesday night.

Please email manchester@climatecamp.org.uk to book your place and more details.

 

Web: http://www.ClimateJusticeCollective.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/116076668516532/

Twitter: @CJ_Collective

 

6) What are they on about? – Anarchism and Anarchists Public Meeting

 A workshop introducing Anarchism and Anarchists

 For all those interested in Anarchism but too afraid to ask!

1st May – Man Met Student Union – 7pm

 http://www.facebook.com/events/379737402048876/

 

7) Special event – to be announced soon

 

 

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SchNEWS – Direct Action Newsheet

GREECE: EU’RE IN TROUBLE

Caught between popular unrest and international arm-twisting, the Greek state has all but fallen into irrelevancy. Unable to wield a monopoly of violence in the face of constant protest and riot, they are no longer in control of their own economy thanks to the EU, ECB (European Central Bank) and IMF cabal known as the Troika. The Troika is responsible Greece’s new political leadership, right up to Prime Minister Lucas Padademos. PM Papademos, who’s previous jobs include senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston and Vice-President of the European Central Bank, was not elected by the Greek people but selected by his friends and allies- the global financial elite. He is one of them, and he and his ilk bear the responsibility for the financial crisis he is expected to fix. If you want to see similarity between a military invasion and a financial one look no further than how the Greek constitution is being amended. It requires Greece to pay back their debts before spending a single penny on their own people, aka if they kiss the Troika’s ring and grovel so that they may be allowed to eat this year, no promises though.

It’s hard to argue against more integration and fewer borders in Europe, given the ‘troubles’ that Europe suffered during the tricky 1st half of the 20th century. But for some the European Project is a different beast entirely. For EU commissioners and the politicians its Franco-German heart, the European Project is their ego, the thing to which they have invested their lives and by which they will be judged. It is a power structure which has seen barely accountable national institutions be replaced by almost totally unaccountable transnational ones. As any Brit who didn’t live under a rock during the 13 years of Labour rule could testify, a system that could elevate Peter Mandelson to a position of power (he served as British EU Commissioner ’04-’08) is rotten to the core.

The sad thing is that closer ties among Europeans benefit everyone, however a core of the European political elite are perverting integration in a bid to create a European version of the US Federal Reserve. As supersized bilderburger Mayer Rothschild explained (handily giving the game away) “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws”.

This is part of Greece and the EU’s problem. They want the Greek state’s monopoly on violence to harnessed to enrich the coffers of the ECB and the Northern (ie German) economy. But the Greek state such a wreck after years of neo-liberalism and financial meltdown, it is little more than a bystander in its own territory. In the face of massive state violence, anarchists, workers and local communities have succeeded in taken over the day to day running of much of the vital infrastructure. The occupied “Municipal Market of Kypselli”, which addresses the housing needs of local residents, is being targeted by a new wave of police-municipal repression. On Saturday 3rd of March over 1000 people marched to defend this and other autonomous urban spaces.

The Occupied Hospital of Kilkis, occupied and managed by its workers since the 20th of February struggles to do its job with little help from the state. Even before it was occupied, its workers were rarely paid. Even during the ‘boom’ times hospital workers’ salaries were as low as €800 per month, since the crisis they’re lucky if they receive any money at all.

From the unique vantage point of our Brighton based office we can breathe the heady revolutionary air sweeping Greece. No matter what deals are done behind closed doors; whether Drachma or Euro, Panhellenic Socialist or New Democracy party, the present system, two things are clear: Firstly, Greece’s future will be decided on its streets not in parliament (neither Greek nor European), and secondly, what’s happening today in Greece will be visiting us soon.

Keywords: europe, financial crisis

via SchNEWS – Direct Action Newsheet.

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OK Cafe Manchester | Manchester’s OKasional social centre

The OKcafe is open from 12pm till midnight and we would like to invite you for some tea, decoration, events and workshops!

Have a look at the programme below and see you at the cafe soon! Click here for details of what’s on the rest of the week….

13:00-15:00 Mug Painting Workshop; Paint your OK Cafe mug!

14:30- 18:00 Learn How to Cook Vegan Food…and do it and then…eat it!

17:00-22:00 Brewing workshop; Learn to brew beer for the OK Cafe! We hope to drink our own beer at the end of the cafe!

20:00-23:00 Poetry night;

The OK CAFE returns and kicks off with a great night of punchy, powerful, funny and furious performance poetry that promises to knock your socks from here to the moon!

Dominic Berry will facilitate a great night of poems and laughter PLUS a first-come-first-on open mic. Turn up nice and early for your chance to read your stuff.

Rod Tame, Dave Viney, Steph Pike and Kieren King will perform as Dominic’s guests.

Rod Tame is host of Write Out Loud Sale and ‘Rhyme and Dine’ at Manchester’s Earth Café, a prolific poetic performance artist and actor, having starred in Contact’s ‘Wizard’ and Chorlton Arts Festival’s ‘Drowning Aristotle’.“Rod’s work is playfully energetic with a good dollop of the profound.” – Gerry Potter

Dave Viney grew up in Stretford, Manchester. He started writing poetry and short stories at the age of 14, largely in secret – due to a shortage of poets and an excess of people who like to punch poets in the face. He went on to co-host ‘Freed Up’ and ‘Poets Get Mashed’, write and perform for BBC Manchester Radio and more recently (as part of Working Verse) write and perform in Amateur Thematics, Lowry Theatre. He has been published in Gumbo Press. Puppywolf Press’ Best of Manchester Poets – Volume 2′ and will feature in Working Verse Collective’s book / published 2012.

Steph Pike is a poet who has performed extensively across the Northwest. Her poetry combines politics, passion and lyrical imagery. She has been published in several anthologies and her first collection of poetry, ‘Full of the Deep Bits’ was published in 2010 by Knives Forks & Spoons Press.

Kieren King is the 2012 champion of The Bilston Love Poetry Slam. A member of Working Verse with Dave Viney, he’s acted in Amateur Thematics at The Lowry (2012) and is currently working on Working Verse’s first collection of verse. Kieren King is, in his own words, “a heathen and an anarchist and must be approached with caution at all times.” He also notes that tickling him behind the ear has been proven to soothe him.

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We’re open again!

Posted on February 26, 2012 by okcafe

Hi everyone! We have a lovely new home once more!

Our new place of residence is ‘The Gamecock Pub’, On Boundary lane in Hulme – just five minutes from the Oxford Road junction with the Phoenix/Royal Northern College of Music. The postcode is M15 6GE.

Buses: 85, 86 and 250 (all from Piccadilly Gardens) go directly past, but it’s also about 5 minutes walk from all the Oxford Road buses at the RNCM/Aquatics Centre

Please come down and help us redecorate with a cheeky brew today so we’re good and ready to unleash some serious social activity tomorrow!

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Posted on February 21, 2012 by okcafe

Check here for more programme details.

via OK Cafe Manchester | Manchester’s OKasional social centre.

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» Winter Warm Up weekend of action planned to highlight fuel poverty – MULE

Winter Warm Up weekend of action planned to highlight fuel poverty

Article published: Thursday, January 26th 2012

Fuel Poverty Action are planning a weekend of action this weekend to highlight growing concern around fuel poverty in the UK, and are being supported locally by Manchester Climate Action and nationally by the Coalition of Resistance.

Households in the UK are classed as being in fuel poverty when more than 10 per cent of their income is spent keeping warm. According to a YouGov poll nearly one in four people live in fuel poverty, which is mainly determined by the cost of energy, the energy efficiency of the house and household income.

Last year the Big Six energy companies, who provide the gas and electricity to the majority of UK houses, raised their standard tariffs between 18 and 22.6 per cent. Annual energy bills have hit record highs, averaging at £1,345. Between 2010 and 2011, there were 25,700 ‘excess winter deaths’, and according to the government-commissioned Hills Poverty Review 2,700 were directly due to those people being ‘Fuel Poor’.

Campaigners claim this is a conservative estimate, and groups such as 38 Degrees and Friends of the Earth have come out against price increases. Campaigning petitioners 38 Degrees already have more than 85,000 signatures to their e-petition calling the Big Six to “give your customers a fair deal – cut your prices and don’t cream off huge profits”.

In response to widespread criticism to their role in the spread of fuel poverty some companies are agreeing to 4 per cent or 5 per cent cuts in tariffs, with most to come into effect after the winter period. However, with the price of wholesale gas dropping a further 9 per cent in November, and record profits reported to be up to 700 per cent for members of the Big Six, this move has done little to stifle criticism.

Groups such as Fuel Poverty Action however want to take things a step further than just lobbying for price decreases: “We want to work towards replacing fossil fuels and corporate-dominance over energy with an energy system based on the democratic control of renewable energy.”

Manchester Climate Action say they agree with the need to take further action.

“We’ll be joining in the winter warm up weekend on 27-30 January and we encourage others to take action and look at local alternatives to corporate and unsustainable energy,” said a spokesperson for MCA.

For more information, to follow the campaign and to see how you can get, see Fuel Poverty Action and Manchester Climate Action. For information on Manchester’s own Carbon Co-op, see here.

via » Winter Warm Up weekend of action planned to highlight fuel poverty – MULE.

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