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Green Solidarity: Learning from the GRASS experience – GAF does #London Bookfair 2020 [Video]

London. UK. Video of a workshop with Green Anti-Capitalist Front as part of the London Anarchist Bookfair 2020.

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#UK (& beyond…): The real enemy

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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#COVID19: No going back to “business as usual”

UK. For years we had to accept “austerity” as Britain didn’t have any money. Ordinary people had to “tighten their belts” while the rich became super rich. But Britain was “skint”. We ‘couldn’t afford’ pay rises or increases in benefits. Hospital beds were lost, NHS staff were treated like scum. Jobs we knew were important were seen as “low skilled” so bosses paid minimum wage and use zero hours’ contracts. Prisoners and asylum seekers were “evil” so the only option was to lock them away.

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Johnson and “Dubai on Thames”

London. UK. When Boris Johnson came to power as Mayor of London back in 2008, one of the many unkept promises he made was not to turn London into, in his own words, a high-rise “Dubai on Thames”. His predecessor, Labourite Ken Livingstone, had already started this process. A friend of the property developers, Livingstone openly encouraged the building of high-rise buildings. He held private dinners with property developers, attended the massive property fair MIPIM in Cannes, and publicly announced that it was OK for developers to build as big and high as they wanted, as long as his administration received a tithe to build affordable housing (this “affordable “ housing failed to appear). Livingstone promised a city that was “Open, tolerant, affluent, socially and environmentally responsible, a beautiful city of which Londoners and Britain can be proud.” He talked of a million new trees, a hundred new or transformed public spaces.

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#London: Police officers assist business owner to carry out eviction in #Hackney Wick

London. UK. Occupants removed from the building despite ongoing pandemic.

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#UK: Pizza Hut Workers in South #London

UK. In support of Pizza Hut workers, Croydon Solidarity Network, a mutual aid group of workers around Croydon and Mitcham, called for those able to, to gather outside Lewisham Pizza or Wandsworth Pizza Hut on Saturday, 25th April at 5.30pm. At the Wandsworth site, police issued pickets with a penalty warning notice, and they had to disperse. The Network tweeted: “We’re not going to let the police’s actions ruin today. They act for the ruling class, we act for the working class. Thank you to everyone who came down to show their support!!!”

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#London, #UK in times of the #coronavirus: Students prepare for rent strikes

London. UK. Hundreds of students have pledged to go on rent strike after having to fork out thousands of pounds for accommodation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many private landlords have refused to cancel rents for the summer term, which is increasingly looking like it is a non-starter.

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#London, #UK: Workers act now or pay later tune in and sick out

Naming and shaming bad employers is de rigueur in the times of Corona. Just last week, the bigwig at my former workplace, a ready-meals factory in west London owned by Bakkavor, was secretly recorded threatening workers with the sack if they stayed at home ‘on sick leave.’ [1]

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