“The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”Assata Shakur
D.i.Y.Culture #12 – Education Special is available now to read online or download. As hundreds of thousands of students head back to schools, colleges and universities, they should be made fully aware, that education has become a subject of rampant interest to global capital – big-business has moved in on property development for overpriced student rentals, on low-paid cleaning and catering services and on the students themselves through finance and massive, life-changing debt. Covid-19 has exacerbated all of these factors and exposed the diminishing quality of the ‘bums-on-seats’ education theory – from start to finish, it’s a production-line and at the moment, no institution can afford to turn down your 30 grand. Spend wisely.
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Dover. UK. Anti-Fascist Network members travelled to Dover on Saturday (September 5, 2020) to support the Kent Anti-Racist Network demo in support of migrants and refugee rights and against a planned far-right anti-migrant demo.
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UK. London. Regents Park in London contains probably the richest street in the city. Many of the mansions here are said to be ‘worth’ £165 million. Many of these large properties are empty, while just a mile away people are left to sleep in doorways.
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UK. A far-right and fascist anti-refugee action is taking place on 5th September in Dover, Kent. Information is contained within a recent YouTube video by ‘The Little Veteran’ who is organising this along with others on the far-right (we’re not going to link to this nonsense but if you’re desperate to have a look, it’s not hard to find).
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Stuart Christie was born in Glasgow in 1946, too late to enlist in the International Brigades and go off and fight alongside the Spanish republicans in the 1936-39 war. As a child, though, he befriended some Scottish miners who had fought with the International Brigades in that faraway war that he was to take so closely to his heart. A war for ideals that were and are universal. He used to listen in wonder to the tales they used to tell. Taking a pride in them. Such conversations moulded his sensibility to life and struggle.
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August 21. 2020. There’s no denying that we as anarchists have found social media such as Facebook and Twitter to be a useful tool for disseminating our ideas*. They’ve also been invaluable in building networks of relatively like minded activists. But, and there’s always a but, being massive corporate entities, we’ve always had it in the back of our minds that at some point, our presence on these platforms would no longer be welcomed.
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UK. There cannot be that many people that don’t believe that the Conservative government has not made a mess of handling the assessment of A-Levels, BTECs and GCSEs, even traditionally Tory-friendly papers are mocking the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. And it is hard not to conclude that the actions of the government have been inept. What happened in Scotland should have provided advance warning to the problem coming in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but the government carried on regardless, only to then follow Scotland’s example of announcing a U-turn and accepting teacher assessed grades as well as those predicted by the algorithm. This about-face has resulted in its own problems with some Universities/Programmes becoming oversubscribed (with resultant health and safety concerns) and others undersubscribed (and in greater financial difficulty and threat of bankruptcy).
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London. UK. Support the London-wide day of action against evictions on August 24th.
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UK. This appeal is addressed to the young and the not so young. It is aimed at those who have joined the Labour Party over the last four years on the Corbynist wave, who are now thinking of leaving it or have already left. It is addressed to those who have mobilised around the environment and have attended the Extinction Rebellion actions and the school climate strikes. It is addressed to those who have come out in the streets over Black Lives Matters, and over the Nurses United demonstrations.
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A new world is emerging. Its outlines can be vaguely glimpsed through the clouds of tear gas on the streets of Belarus, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, in cities of the United States like Portland. Its birth cries can be heard despite the crash of rifles and the explosion of stun grenades. Everywhere it emerges, whenever people come out on the streets or strike in the workplaces against oppression and exploitation, it is met by the full force of the State and the boss class. Despite the beatings, arrests, the rubber bullet rounds, the CS gas and the pepper spray, despite the killing of unarmed demonstrators, despite censorship and the clamping down of social media, it becomes stronger every day. Whether on the streets in Chile, Mexico, or France, it knows that its enemies are capitalism and the State, the pernicious, lying media, the uniformed mercenaries in police or military uniforms, the tame and fawning academics and intellectuals.
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