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Menwith Hill Oct 16 2011

Toft Quarry and Sculpture Park, Portland, Dorset

Hinckley Point Nuclear Power Protest Oct 2011: Blockade at the Power Station

Hinckley Point Nuclear Power Protest Oct 2011: Bridgwater March & Rally

Hinckley Point Nuclear Power Protest Oct 2011: Nether Stowey Camp

DSEi Arms Dealers Dinner Bike Ride and Protest

The wonderful brilliant Garden Community Cafe, Cundy Road, London Docklands

DSEi Bike Ride to Arms Fair at Excel 2011

DSEi Musical Protest 2011

Pre-DSEi Action against Arms Selling seminar at Royal Bank of Scotland

Moreton Corbet's ruined Elizabethan Mansion

Peace News Summer Camp 2011


Menwith Hill, Independence FROM America Day, July 4th 2011

Earby, A Parish Map in Song, Poems and Illustrations

East Lancs CND at Burnley May Day Festival and Chernobyl vigils 2011

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London March Against Cuts March 26th 2011

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Direct Action Success at Glasgow University - Etherington evicted, then re-occupied
Posted by: Roy on Monday, May 16, 2011 - 09:51 AM
Protest On 1 February 2011 the former Hetherington Research Club at Glasgow University was occupied and re-opened as ‘The Free Hetherington’ as an alternative social and learning space but also as a base for anti-cuts struggle on campus.

On 21st March Police forcibly evicted the 15 students present at the time with no warning, with no eviction order being given and with some students being injured. During the eviction a supporting crowd built up and after, with most of the police gone about 100 people then occupied the University Senate rooms a plush suite where the University management operate. In the end the Management caved in and told the students they could have Hetherington back if they left the Senate rooms so within 12 hours of the eviction, the students were ‘rather cordially’ invited back in. For the full story click ‘read full article’ below:

from the Anarchist paper ‘Resistance’, March & April editions
March 2011 edition:

On 1 February 2011 the former Hetherington Research Club at Glasgow University was occupied and re-opened as ‘The Free Hetherington’. Previously a learning and social space for postgraduate and mature students as well as staff, the Hetherington closed its doors in February 2010 after the university deemed it not financially viable. The building lay empty for nearly a year before being occupied. Complete freedom of access has meant that the space is currently being used for a variety of purposes – hosting free lectures from university staff as well as a range of workshops and talks by students and outside speakers. It is serving as a meeting space for a number of groups and offering a growing library and free shop. Events have been as broad as: a talk by a local grassroots anti-poverty organization, a knitting workshop, a kids’ film-showing, first aid training, philosophy lectures, discussions on anarchist theory, a regular pub quiz and open mic night. Free tea and coffee are offered all day and the kitchen crew provides a vegan dinner for 20-30 people every evening.

Since 1 February, the Free Hetherington has operated not only as an alternative social and learning space but also as a base for anti-cuts struggle on campus. The University of Glasgow is currently facing unprecedented cuts and job losses, which have been proposed by the Senior Management Group with no consultation of students or staff. Entire courses and departments face being cut, including nursing, modern languages and anthropology. The Department of Adult and Continuing Education, which enables thousands of adults and non-school-leavers to access higher education every year, also faces being axed entirely. 16 February saw a demonstration of over 1000 students and staff, angered by the proposed ‘restructuring’ of the university, which many claim is part of a politically-motivated business strategy rather than simply being a response to financial constraints. There is certainly no academic basis for the proposed changes, and many fear that the consultation process for these proposals will not be as sincere and transparent as Management have claimed. Recognizing this, it is hoped that students and staff will come together and reject all the cuts on campus, not just those that affect them directly. Many students have expressed that they will support staff members going on strike if the UCU (University and College Union) decides on that course of action. Both the occupation of the Free Hetherington and wider anti-cuts organizing on campus has demonstrated that staff and students are not prepared to passively accept these threats to the quality of education at the University

April 2011 edition:

There have been interesting developments with the Free Hetherington occupation at Glasgow University since we last reported on it

On the morning of Tuesday 22nd March, police began the forced eviction of the Free Hetherington. They arrived with no warning and no eviction order was given. After word spread about what was happening, supporters gathered for a sit-down protest on the front steps of the building and police amassed their forces. In the end, approximately 80 police officers, a canine unit and a police helicopter were deployed to forcibly evict fewer than fifteen people from both the Hetherington and the adjoining building. When they refused to leave, the occupiers were violently dragged from the buildings. This extremely heavy-handed police response resulted in several people being injured, including one student who sustained a concussion after being thrown head-first into a wall by university security.

By this point, hundreds of people had gathered outside to see what was going on. After the last occupier had been dragged out, the mass of people sprung into action. With most of the police gone, the crowd, numbering around 100 people, marched from the Hetherington towards the main administrative building of the university, hoping to occupy the Principal’s office. Unable to find it, it was decided that the University Senate rooms would be adequate. These rooms are the incredibly plush suite where the senior university management is based and where they host their meetings and events. In the words of some of the occupiers - it wasn’t an eviction, it was an upgrade!

After refusing to have a mass meeting with students for several weeks, the Senior Management Group finally relented and held an open public meeting with students in the newly-occupied Senate rooms. Later that evening, folk singer David Rovics held a concert on the balcony of the Senate, overlooking the city of Glasgow. At approximately 10pm, the university management caved in and told the new occupiers that they could have the old Hetherington building back on the condition that they left the Senate rooms. So within 12 hours of being evicted from the Hetherington building, the students were rather cordially invited back in.

Since re-entering the Hetherington building, the occupation has gone from strength to strength. Normal activities have resumed, from anti-cuts meetings to kids’ film showings. Those involved have a renewed vigour, inspired by the re-affirmation of the old adage: direct action gets the goods!

For more on the Anarchist Federation and to see other stories from their paper, click here

Regular Peace Actions 

Permanent, Faslane,6 miles NW of Helensburgh, Scotland on A814:
Faslane Peace Camp sited close to Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base. Also 1st Saturday in every month noise demo, workshops, free cafe and kids space. Tel:01436 820901 For photos click here

Permanent for 'woodland maintenance workers', near Garelochhead, Scotland: Peaton Glen Wood Peace Camp sited opposite Coulport Nuclear Weapons Base For more info click here

Every Tuesday evening, 6 - 8 pm, Main Entrance at NSA/USAF Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Peaceful protests/witnesses against the proposed US 'Star Wars' systemThe demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill - for example - we are protesting at the roles this base has ie in the American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the specifically the continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict, the policy of 'pre-emptive strikes', the ECHELON system We are also calling for Independence FROM America. Please come and voice your concerns at the presence of this American base on UK land.For more info click here

For more info click here

2nd weekend of every month: Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp clickhere
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Every Wednesday, 4-6pm Brighton, Smash EDO,noise demo against the arms manufacturer for more information click here

3rd weekend of every month, North Yorkshire: Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp contact

last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534

First Mondays of every month 5-6pm Warton, on A584 7 miles west of Preston, Lancashire. Vigil and leafletting of workers at arms makers BAE Systems site contact Jan Harper 0151 2636578  

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