Voices from the Occupation: Jail Bankers, Not Protesters

 
Today, Kier Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service issued guidelines for prosecutors stating the importance of discretionin progressing charges against peaceful protesters. It can be seen as a call to cease the criminalisation of peaceful protest in this country.  Indeed it has been branded the ‘protesters charter’ by critics.  Today’s article sets out precisely why the protection of the right to protest from those seeking to criminalise it, is as important today as it ever has been.
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Voices from the Occupation: Olympic Scale Civil Disobedience….Yes Please!

It’s our Party and we’ll Cry Foul if we Want To
The Call for Civil Disobedience During the Olympics

 

There was a furore in Fleet Street and Westminster alike last week when Len McCluskey, leader of the UKs biggest union (Unite), called for civil disobedience during the London 2012 Olympic Games. In the same week, the Our Olympics Campaign group set up to coordinate efforts to Reclaim London 2012. There have since been justifications and repudiations as to why it is neither right nor appropriate to take such action. Today’s article answers to critics of civil disobedience and sets out why it is both right and appropriate to protest in and around the Olympics this year.

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Voices from the Occupation: The Woeful State of Public Debate & Democracy – Learning from Occupy

As Occupy London were evicted from St Pauls – people asked what the occupation had achieved. In today’s article I take a look at the woeful state of public debate and representative democracy.  I argue that Occupy has achieved is in rescucitating political debate and present a new challenger to representative democracy.
What can we learn from Occupy about how to share,debate and implement ideas in a way that develops thought into action toward a world that works for everyone?

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Voices from the Occupation: Sleepless Night – The Eviction of St Paul’s

The phone rang at 1230am.  I sleepily answered to be informed that the police were on site at St Pauls, dragging tents into rubbish trucks.  Eviction had come.  This was the start of a sleepless night, calling friends, pointing in disbelief at the pictures on the screen and barking ‘Do your research!’ at poorly informed BBC News 24 reporters.  Today’s article recaps the eviction, revisits the achievements of our time at St Pauls and reminds us all of the broader aims and organisations within the global Occupy Movement.

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Voices from the Occupation: Wages for Work Branded Dangerous Socialist Ideology

This week, a successful grass roots social media and direct action campaign, has seen providers of the Government’s Workfare scheme pulling out in significant number.  The government has made a vigorous response to the issue branding those opposed to workfare ‘job snobs’ and stating that the campaign was tiny and orchestrated by the Socialist Worker Party. Today’s article picks through the spin and reminds us why it is so important that we maintain the principle of wages for work.

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Voices from the Occupation: Inside the School of Ideas

While Occupy London’s St Pauls camp looks set for its last night, ahead of an appeal decision tomorrow – a new Occupy London site has opened to Occupiers and local community.  The School of Ideas has sprung up in an abandoned school in the heart of Islington, minutes from Old Street Tube.  Today’s article is about spending an inspiring, random and hilarious afternoon there on Sunday 19th February 2012.

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Voices from the Occupation – Ain’t Nothin’ Fair about Workfare

Voices from the Occupation

Aint Nothin’ Fair about Workfare

 

This week, Tesco inadvertently blew the lid on the UK Government’s so called Work Experience Programme.  The retailer advertised a permanent night shift position with a salary of JSA + Expenses.

Today’s article takes a look at what the human disgrace of the Workfare programme, the dangers it presents, and what you can do to make it stop.

read more at http://www.scriptonitedaily.org/2012/02/voices-from-occupation-aint-nothin-fair.html

OccupyLFS and Islington Council

Hello from all of us on camp at Finsbury Square,

We would like to provide an update, as the St Pauls site goes through the legal process, on our current status at the Finsbury Square camp.  There are currently no eviction proceedings of any kind against our Occupation at Finsbury Square.  We have occupied the site, peacefully, since October 22nd 2011.  Since the early days we have maintained a dialogue with officers of Islington Council to ensure we comply with relevant health & safety legislation so far as possible, and in the spirit of good neighbourliness.  Over the Christmas period and with our continued presence, Islington Council issued us with the following letter which showed a noticable change in tone from our previous communications.

Below are both the Council’s letter, and our response, formally agreed by consensus of a General Assembly of the camp Thursday 9th February 2012.

We invite you to read and welcome your view and thoughts.

Council Letter to Occupy London Finsbury Square:

Letter to protestors 1 Feb 2012

Letter of Response by Occupy London Finsbury Square:

Islington Council – 3 – GA Approved

Three representatives from site met with officers of Islington Council to discuss matters in person between the letters, and will be attending a further meeting this Thursday 16th February.

Voices from the Occupation – The Asset Striptease & The Vultures

While Vulture Capitalists have asset stripped companies, Vulture Funds have asset stripped contintents.  Now, the vultures are feeding on Britain  .  Today’s article takes a lingering look at the asset striptease taking place here in the UK, and seeks to poke the British public with a big stick, whilst yelling ‘That stripper just nicked your wallet!’

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