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The growing grassroots movement to fight the NRA and prevent gun violence

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by Ladd Everitt

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I won’t lie. As the director of communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, it’s been fun watching the Democratic presidential candidates jump over each other in trying to be the strongest on the issue of gun violence prevention — as well as the most vocal opponent of the National Rifle Association. Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are puffing out their chests and demonstrating fearlessness, the most precious commodity our movement possesses. And Bernie Sanders? We’re going to make sure he doesn’t win anything until he supports a full repeal of the noxious 2005 Gun Industry Immunity law, which gave gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers unprecedented legal immunity from their own negligent behavior.

It’s hard to tell right now if the candidates are feeding off the American public or vice-versa. But Clinton has been leading on this issue for some time now — long before she officially announced her candidacy. For some reason, the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon last month really resonated with the public. My organization is seeing that in the correspondences we’ve been receiving from concerned citizens, who have had enough and want to get involved as volunteers on the ground.

When you work on this issue for some time, it’s always very difficult to guess which tragedies will move people to action. My sense with Umpqua is that it finally cemented for people that this endless cycle of daily, gun-related horrors is never going to end given the current status quo on gun laws. I think the same old tired argument about “gun-free zones” is falling flat, too, because Umpqua allows students to carry concealed handguns. MSNBC interviewed a veteran named John Parker, Jr. who confirmed that he and many other students were carrying their firearms on campus that day, but decided not to intervene because they were worried about being shot by responding SWAT officers.

All of a sudden, there’s been a spontaneous burst of energy at the grassroots level, as evidenced by actions like Jessica Jin’s “Cocks Not Glocks” protest at the University of Texas against a law that will allow guns on campus starting next August. Overall, the commentary is increasingly shifting toward a focus on gun culture, as opposed to policy. The times they are a changin’.

It is probably the greatest outburst of energy we have seen since the Sandy Hook massacre, which fundamentally transformed our movement. The two areas where we have long fought to level the playing field with the National Rifle Association are political fundraising and grassroots energy. We have made enormous strides in both areas since that awful day of December 14, 2012.

Ladd Everitt speaks at the “Let’s Start A New Routine, America!” rally at the White House on October 17, 2015.

I am no fan of Big Money in politics — it erodes political equality entirely, and reform is desperately needed to restore the concept of “one person, one vote” — but we have suffered terribly for decades from having no skin in the game when the NRA was paying off politicians left and right. Too many lawmakers who agreed with us in principle ended up voting against us because they were afraid of the NRA running ads against them, sponsoring rallies in their district, getting the vote out on the pro-gun side through paid campaigns, etc. They always had the comfort of knowing that they would never have to face similar resources on our side.

That changed for good when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched his Independence USA PAC in 2012. For the first time, we had the resources to reward candidates who voted with us and punish those who didn’t. Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords then launched the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, which is also extremely well-funded. Both PACs are heavily involved in Virginia’s off-years races right now and that will continue in the upcoming 2016 elections. The great crusade of the 21st century has to be getting money out of politics, but as long as the NRA is free to spend in political races, I want to make sure our side can as well. Lives depend on it.

The gun violence prevention, or GVP, movement has also made enormous inroads in terms of grassroots organizing in the last three years. For starters, Sandy Hook led to the creation of a new national organization mobilizing activists on the ground in 50 states: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (now incorporated under the Everytown for Gun Safety umbrella with Mayors Against Illegal Guns). Existing coalitions like States United to Prevent Gun Violence in America added additional state organizations and new volunteers as well. Equally important, progressive groups that previously paid lip service to gun violence prevention became fully vested in it. This includes Organizing for America, Americans United for Change, and the fantastic new gun violence prevention team at the Center for American Progress led by Arkadi Gerney.

The result has been a far greater deal of activity on the ground by volunteers, even in red states. This has manifested itself in terms of lobbying visits to lawmakers, attendance at legislative hearings, and even single-issue voting (yes, the gun violence prevention movement is now hearing from many Americans who are indicating they will only vote for candidates who are solid on the gun issue). It has made an enormous difference in our campaigns and advocacy. For the first time in a long time, politicians understand that they better look both ways before deciding how to vote on gun bills.

We are incredibly unified. The federal and state groups in the movement do weekly conference calls and at least one face-to-face meeting each year. A day does not go by in which I am not directly working with activists and organizations from across the country. I don’t want to get too corny with this, but we really are family. Many of us have been working together for many years and you don’t join this movement to get rich — we all believe in this work passionately.

There is broad agreement in the movement that our federal priority should continue to be universal background checks, and also quite a bit of consensus on the types of state policies we need to be promoting. Once you get outside of that, there is a diverse range of opinion in terms of the strategies our movement should be employing for mobilizing grassroots support, messaging with the public, etc. I’m sure you’d find the same in any movement in America. So for those of you calling for a GVP mega-merger, don’t hold your breath. It not’s going to happen on any large-scale in the near future, and it is no panacea for breaking the NRA’s political power anyway.

Finally, we have mutually agreed to never use the term “gun control” again. It is a term from a far earlier time before multi-millionaires like Wayne LaPierre routinely exploited our government’s good name for their own profit. None of our organizations have any problem with Americans owning firearms for a host of legitimate purposes; hunting, recreational shooting, home defense, etc. We will not operate in the biased frame they have spent millions discrediting.

In the months ahead, you will see our movement make aggressive efforts to become more diverse (we need to do a better job of reaching out to communities of color and speaking to issues that they are most concerned about, including gun violence committed by police). You will also see us speak about the cultural aspect of the issue in a way that is far more confident and assured. No longer will the NRA be the sole arbiter of political and moral values on this issue. We are challenging them aggressively on their promotion of insurrectionist ideology and now have them squarely on the defensive in this area. We have seen recently seismic cultural shifts on the issues of gay marriage and the Confederate flag. Our moment is coming as well. We are going to make reckless, threatening gun ownership as cool as second-hand smoke.

Look to see our movement continue to push ballot referendums on universal background checks and other important policy questions at the state level. The policies we promote enjoy broad public support (a recent survey found that 93 percent of registered voters support universal backgrounds checks on all gun sales) and the referendum process allows us to get around legislative stagnation and take these decisions directly to the people. Nevada and Maine, in the 2016 election, are the next two target states and many more will follow from there.

This movement has come a long way since I started as a professional in 2006. Today, we are better organized, better funded, and more determined than ever. It is only a matter of time before we break the political power of the NRA and create space for reforms that can save countless lives. On that day, not only America but the entire world will rejoice.

Anonymous Million Mask March MMM 2015 – Live

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Once again the Anonymous Million Mask March takes to the streets for their annual protest on November the 5th. As we do every year we will be gathering images and live video feeds as they become available. 613 cities have events scheduled on the event map, check back for more. Live video feed from London, Trafalgar Read More

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Hundreds of thousands oppose plan for bullfighting courses in Spanish schools

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At least 300,000 Spaniards are among the 430,000 signatories to petition opposing plans to create optional bullfighting course for students aged 15 to 17

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have lodged their opposition to plans by the conservative government to introduce a two-year bullfighting course in state schools.

More than 430,000 people have signed a petition against the idea, which was delivered to Spain’s ministry of education on Wednesday night.

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#IrishWater Wave of Political Policing Hits Courts

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In a country of just 4 million, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in their capital and in their hometowns time and time again demanding change. Increasing numbers of peaceful protesters are being arrested in Ireland because of their involvement in anti Irish Water demonstrations and actions. Political policing is not Read More

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The #LeyFayad is Dead; Worst Bill in the History of the Internet Goes Up in Flames

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Mexico: On Tuesday October 27, Senator Omar Fayad of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), presented an initiative to the Senate called the Federal Law to Prevent and Punish Computer Crimes which was drafted in collaboration with the Federal Police. After a massive response from thousands of Mexican netizens and civic organizations in opposition to the Read More

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Can “solidarity unionism” save the labor movement?

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by Eric Dirnbach

The debate on how to revive the troubled U.S. labor movement has been around for decades. Labor activists generally believe that much greater rank-and-file democracy and workplace militancy is the key to labor renewal. However, an essential perspective that is usually missing from the conversation is well represented by Staughton Lynd’s “Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below,” which was first published in 1992 and has been recently reissued.

Lynd is a legendary progressive lawyer and activist from Youngstown, Ohio. He is the coauthor with his wife Alice Lynd of the classic “Rank and File: Personal Histories by Working-Class Organizers,” a collection of oral histories of militant union organizers, which informs much of the framework of “Solidarity Unionism.” At around 100 pages, the book reads more like a summary of his organizing philosophy, and many readers will come away wanting a more extensive discussion. It should be read along with several other recent books which make similar arguments: Stanley Aronowitz’s “The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement,” and “New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism,” edited by Immanuel Ness, who also provided the introduction for “Solidarity Unionism.”

Lynd argues for a rethinking of the assumptions of the labor movement and for a revived version of labor organizing that was more prominent in the pre-New Deal era that he calls “solidarity unionism.” What may surprise most labor-oriented readers is that central to this kind of unionism is the absence of a contract between the union and the employer.

Isn’t the whole point of forming a union to get a written collective bargaining agreement? Lynd doesn’t think so and he argues that workers fighting together with direct action on the job to make improvements in the workplace do not need a contract and may be hurt by having one. He is critical of the “management rights” and “no-strike” clauses that are standard in almost all union contracts. He believes they reduce the power of workers to influence major decisions in how the workplace is run and to solve their problems at work immediately as they arise. Contracts tend to remove agency from the workers and place it in the hands of union staff who typically bargain and process grievances while the members may be uninvolved and cynical. Lynd is also skeptical of a union’s exclusive representation of all workers in the workplace and automatic dues check-off, preferring for workers to actively join the union and pay dues because they want to.

Lynd’s view of the prevailing “contract unionism” differs from standard labor history, which considers the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, or NLRA, labor reforms as a progressive advance for workers. In the mainstream view, workers organizing, with the support of President Roosevelt, finally won full government enforcement for the right to organize and bargain collectively. In exercising this right, unions typically hold workplace elections and then negotiate contracts with employers that set the conditions of employment and also guarantee labor peace (no strike/no lockout) for the term of the contract. This industrial relations framework led the way for millions of workers to organize and improve their wages and working conditions. This “class compromise” held for several decades until employers changed their mind and increased their opposition to unionization again.

For Lynd, this view is backwards. Workers were already organizing and improving working conditions, but the NLRA contract system was then imposed by the government to tame a militant 1930s labor movement and create the conditions for industrial peace. Opportunistic labor leaders used the rank-and-file workers’ disruptions to step in as responsible partners that could restore order with a union contract. Unions became contract administrators who disciplined unruly workers. Moreover, the ejection of the labor movement’s radical wing during the anti-Communist scare of the 1940s and 1950s eliminated a whole culture of militant unionism. Over the years, rank-and-file initiative and militancy has been weakened, such that when the employer anti-union offensive resumed in the 1970s and 1980s, unions were unprepared.

What does Lynd’s type of solidarity union look like? Shop floor committees based in workgroups organize and take direct action on the job to fight for their demands. The issues could be a wage increase or better scheduling and the actions could be marches on the boss, slowdowns, or other tactics. The goal is not to get official union recognition from the employer and a written contract, but simply the workplace improvements. If the workers have another grievance a month or a year later, they take further action to address it. This has been the model of the Industrial Workers of the World for over 100 years and is also the way many workers centers operate. Solidarity and initiative among coworkers with community support is the basis for this kind of unionism.

As an example, Lynd quotes John Sargent who worked at Inland Steel in Chicago in the late 1930s. “Without a contract we secured for ourselves agreements on working conditions and wages that we do not have today, and that were better by far than what we have today in the mill,” he said. “For example as a result of the enthusiasm of the people in the mill you had a series of strikes, wildcats, shut-downs, slow-downs, anything working people could think of to secure for themselves what they decided they had to have.”

Given Lynd’s analysis, what should the labor movement do today? Lynd doesn’t appear to advocate that unions rip up their contracts. But he does encourage the formation of rank-and-file shop floor committees. Union workers can certainly incorporate aspects of solidarity unionism by practicing workplace militancy as much as possible even with contracts in place, as Labor Notes has advocated for decades. Non-union workers can form independent unions based on solidarity unionism principles. We may also see more hybrid types of organizing, such as the fast food and OUR Walmart campaigns, sponsored by mainstream unions, and based in part on workplace actions. Some labor radicals are encouraged by these campaigns as something new, but Lynd reminds us that they recreate older forms of organizing, at least to the extent that they involve genuine worker leadership rather than stage-managed media events.

Lynd also encourages the formation of what he calls “parallel central labor councils” which are groups of workers in an area from different workplaces that provide solidarity to each other in their struggles. Lynd cites several examples of rank-and-file worker controlled solidarity initiatives in Youngstown in the 1980s, such as the Workers’ Solidarity Club, which provided picket line support and organizing assistance, as well as hosted educational and social events.

Given that almost 90 percent of U.S. workers are non-union, there is certainly a great opportunity to build a large solidarity union movement of the kind Lynd outlines. However, organizing is risky and groups that practice solidarity unionism in its purest form will tend to be small, with few staff or resources, depending almost entirely on the workers themselves. This is a lot to ask. Indeed many members of mainstream unions may point to the benefits of having a large, stable organization with contracts, funds, benefit plans, dedicated staff, lawyers, and political relationships. But for Lynd, these kinds of institutional arrangements tend to come at the cost of democracy and militancy.

This raises, I think, the greatest challenge and dilemma for this kind of unionism. It allows the best chance for workers to run their own union, making their own decisions on strategy and tactics with maximum democracy and freedom of action. But it also carries potentially more risk as workers are exposed to changes in workplace policy and arbitrary boss behavior without any written contract protections. Lynd would likely make the claim that contracts offer no real protection without worker power to back it up, and if you have that power you don’t need the contract. No doubt that’s true in some cases.

Ultimately the solidarity unionism model essentially makes two broad claims: that the outcomes for workers will be better and that it is a way of organizing that can more effectively challenge capitalism. Regarding workplace outcomes, this is a fascinating question that needs more data and there may possibly be too few documented modern cases of workplace organizing and improvements outside of the formal contract system. This certainly deserves more attention.

Regarding the challenge to capitalism, although Lynd doesn’t develop this point at length, he links solidarity unionism with the potential to build a socialist society. This is consistent with Lynd’s view that mainstream union practices cannot meaningfully challenge capitalism. We can see how this might be true since the regular practice of workplace militancy will likely develop more class-conscious fighters of the system than staff-directed contract bargaining. And a mainstream union’s assets and relationships tend to enmesh it in the capitalist system, making alternatives hard to envision within typical union practices.

In any case, union contracts and the working conditions they codify are the current compromise between labor and capital in any given workplace. With or without a contract, workers will have to struggle. Lynd doesn’t seem to consider the possibility that some workers may not be looking for constant class warfare on the job, and that settling a decent contract offers a much needed respite to lock-in gains. In any case, labor radicals should meet the workers where they are, and workers themselves should decide what kind of union they want. Let’s have many different organizing forms and see what works. The philosophy and practice of solidarity unionism provides a critical reminder of alternative ways of organizing and a valuable framework for the stronger and more militant labor movement that we need.

Anti-Trump protesters to descend on NBC headquarters over SNL appearance

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus tells network ‘racism is not funny’ as Latino groups call on NBC to drop the GOP presidential candidate from the show

Hundreds of people will gather outside NBC’s headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday to protest Donald Trump’s forthcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Trump is due to host the sketch comedy show this weekend, but his appearance has been heavily criticised given his history of incendiary remarks regarding the Latino community, with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus telling the network that “racism is not funny”.

Related: Whatever Donald Trump says on SNL, the Latino community won't laugh | Julio Ricardo Varela

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Cologne (Germany): Call­-out for a solidarity­ demonstration in front of the Köln-Ossendorf prison and international solidarity actions

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With the arrest of two other Hambach Forest activists, the repression wave against the anti­brown­coal movement has reached a new height.

Mr. Blue, who refused to give his identity to the police at his arrest (and still has not given their identity), is imprisoned since the 7th of October. He was arrested while blockading one of the main conveyor belts of the open cast mine Hambach, and through this shutting down the mining activities. Mr. Blue has not been allowed to see the prison doctor since he was imprisoned.

Florian and another activist, whose name is not yet published, were arrested on the 22nd of October by RWE security guards in the Hambach Forest, what actually happened there is still unclear. But one of the persons’ nose got broken and they are missing several teeth, also they were refused to see a doctor.

The prisoners will have to stay in prison until the court case, which can take up the several months.
We want to make people aware of this freakin’ brutality!

We hereby invite everyone to participate in a solidarity demonstration in front of the prison in Köln-Ossendorf, on Friday, the 6th of November, at 4 PM.

Furthermore, we call out for all persons who feel connected to our struggle for solidarity actions.
Do actions in your city – prisons, buildings of RWE or other energy companies, German embassies… There are many targets!

This is not „only“ about the protection of one of the oldest forests in Europe. Brown coal is the most inefficient energy­ carrier, and the biggest CO2 source in Europe. This massively supports climate change which has driven thousands of people from their homes and will continue to do that.
We are sick and tired of people getting abused, and put into cages, just for fighting for a world that is a little bit less fucked. We need to stand up against companies like RWE that inflicts so much violence on human and non­-human animals and of course the planet. We need to stand up against a system that protects the exploiters and beat the exploited.

This struggle concerns everybody! Not only those who are imprisoned, hurt and beaten up by companies or police. We are not intimidated, and hope you are not either.
Inform yourself and others, come to the demonstrations or organize yourself, the options are unlimited and time is running out.

Free the T(h)ree!

Bucharest nightclub fire: PM and government resign after protests

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Romanian president to name new PM to form government after Victor Ponta resigns following protests by 20,000 people

The embattled Romanian prime minister has announced the resignation of his government following large protests over a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people.

“I’m handing in my mandate. I’m resigning – and implicitly my government too,” Victor Ponta said, adding that he would stay on until a new government was in place. “I am obliged to take note of the legitimate grievances which exist in society. I hope handing in my and my government’s mandate will satisfy the demands of protesters.”

Related: Romania's prime minister indicted in corruption inquiry

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Students march for free education: where do you stand? #GrantsNotDebt

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Two students present the case for and against Wednesday’s protest

Thousands of students will march through London on Wednesday to call for free education and voice their anger over the scrapping of maintenance grants for students on low incomes.

The demonstration was organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, originally to protest the axing of maintenance grants, but it has since broadened to include several other causes. The group says students are being “attacked from all sides” by the government because of cuts, high tuition fees, and visa restrictions for international students.

Related: Grants not debt: are you taking part in the student protest in London?

Related: Don't rob working-class students like me of our grants

Related: Students condemn the scrapping of maintenance grants

Related: We were told free higher education was a dream. Today we march to make it reality | Anabel Bennett

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Met police clamps down on feared unrest on Million Mask March

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Thousands of extra officers and tough public order restrictions to be deployed amid fears of repeat of violence on Bonfire night protest

Scotland Yard is to deploy thousands of extra police officers and impose tough public order restrictions over fears that a Bonfire night protest in London against austerity and increased state surveillance will turn violent.

The Million Mask March planned for Thursday night is part of a global protest movement organised by the internet activist group Anonymous.

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We were told free higher education was a dream. Today we march to make it reality | Anabel Bennett

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The generation who had EMA cuts and tuition fees imposed on us are now voters – and in Jeremy Corbyn, we finally have a politician on our side

Today, I will be joining fellow students marching through London on a national demonstration for free education. It will be the first protest I’ve ever attended. Not out of lack of interest, but rather because I, like many young people, didn’t believe that the ideas we will be expressing today – a more equal society, and an education system driven by public need rather than markets and managers – could ever find a voice in Westminster. For someone who grew up in the New Labour era, free higher education seems like a radical policy. We were led to believe it had no place in mainstream politics.

I remember the 2010 general election, which was defined by the Liberal Democrats’ broken promise, and the subsequent tripling of university of tuition fees. This was just the first hit that students and young people had to take under the coalition. It happened while we were under the voting age, and now we are burdened with the consequences. Attacks such as this – and the fact that we, the people affected, had no recourse to any form of democratic process other than direct action – instilled a sense of despondency and disillusionment in us. For years, it seemed as if these changes were happening and there was nothing we could do about it. The easiest thing to do was to just accept it.

By the time I finish my four-year course, I will owe over £60,000

Related: Grants not debt: are you taking part in the student protest in London?

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Celebrating the hidden history of disabled people’s fight for civil rights | Frances Ryan

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Exhibition in Manchester marks 20 years of the Disability Discrimination Act and pays tribute to the activists who helped bring it about

“If you compare it to other groups, like the suffragettes or trade unionists, how disabled people gained their civil rights has really been a hidden history,” says Chris Burgess, curator of exhibitions and collections at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

But that’s all about to change. The disability charity Scope has collaborated with the museum to collect and preserve archives that chart the fight by disabled people for their rights as citizens. Anything from iconic images of activism, posters, banners, campaign badges and T-shirts to personal memoirs are being showcased, alongside original artwork, stories and poems by disabled artists.

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Billy Bragg: 'I got this crazy idea I was a poet'

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From bedroom tussles to political struggles, Billy Bragg has chronicled our charged times. In this exclusive extract from his new book A Lover Sings, the singer reveals how he cracked songwriting – and why Rod Stewart was his salvation

I learned to play guitar when I was 16, but I’d been stringing words together since I was 12. A poem I wrote for homework caught the eye of my English teacher, and when I was chosen to read it out on local radio, I got this crazy idea that I was a poet. Soon I was thinking up tunes to go with my words, although the fact that I couldn’t play an instrument meant that I had to keep the melodies in my head.

Over the summer of 1974, my schooldays kind of petered out. Not expecting much joy from my exam results and unenthused about looking for a job, I was hoping something else might come along. Through the wall of our back room, I heard the kid next door playing his electric guitar. It was the sound of salvation. Wiggy was two years younger than me and obsessed with the Faces. Soon he was teaching me how to play my way through the Rod Stewart songbook he’d bought on mail order.

While I've never shied away from the label protest singer, I think my personal songs are as powerful as my polemics

Singing songs won't change the world … The people with the ability to bring about real change are in the audience

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30.000 Romanians in anti-government protest after fire at #Colectiv nightclub kills 32

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About 30,000 protesters marched through the Romanian capital, demanding that the government and local authorities resign in the wake of a nightclub fire in which 32 people died. Some 130 people remain hospitalized, of whom about 90 people are still in critical or serious condition after fire engulfed the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest on Friday Read More

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Man Bombs Walmart Because It Stopped Selling Confederate Flags

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Mississippi – Police have arrested a man for throwing an IED (Improvised explosive device) into a Walmart store on Sunday because he was enraged that the store stopped selling Confederate flag’s and related paraphernalia. Marshall W. Leonard, 61, of Tupelo, will be charged with placing an explosive device. Under Mississippi Code 97-37-25 he could get Read More

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Officers Who Shot and Killed Kajieme Powell Will Not Face Charges

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The St. Louis Circut Attorney’s office announced today that the officers involved in the killing of Kajieme Powell will not face any criminal charges. Authorities said Kajieme Powell stole donuts and energy drinks from a store on August 19th, which prompted the owner to call police, according to KSDK. When two officers arrived shortly before 1 p.m., they said they Read More

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Italy: Sardinia Island protesters target NATO Trident Juncture exercise

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#Italy: Clashes in #Teulada during protest against NATO drills. #tridentjuncture2015 pic.twitter.com/Rs46MWlr70 via @nicola_pinna — ѕyndιcalιѕт (@syndicalisms) November 3, 2015 Italy – Sardinia Island protesters disrupt the largest military exercise of the NATO Alliance in more than a decade. The exercise named Trident Juncture 2015 has forces from 16 NATO Allies participating in the exercises together. Read More

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London: Scumoween squat party turns into a riot

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Last night (31 October) there was rioting in Lambeth, central South London, after cops tried to block hundreds of ravers from getting into the Scumoween halloween free party. Riot cops attacked the party-goers with dogs and baton charges, and the people fought back with whatever weapons came to hand. According to the police, this included fireworks, gas canisters, and a “suspected petrol bomb”. One thing Londoners will still fight for is the “right to party”.

Scumoween famously kicked off back in 2010 when the Met tried to shut down that year’s rave in Holborn. Clashes at free parties in central London are pretty regular these days, as the state tries to maintain our city centre as a sterile corporate zone, all profit no fun.

Last night, partying and mayhem went on into the early hours in the streets of North Lambeth, until the feds shut down the party around 6 am. Burning barricades were set, property destroyed. The Met claimed that 4 cops were injured. Several people were arrested. Below are just a few pics from the night.

NB: There are many videos going round on the internet. We are not reposting these because many contain uncovered faces of people. MASK UP, FRIENDS!

PS: If anyone is worried about fed attention after last night, remember these basic messages from Green & Black Cross legal team. Say NO COMMENT to police questions. Call a recommended solicitor, don’t use the police station duty solicitor. You can also call Green & Black Cross for further info on 07946 541 511.

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