On Friday, November 3rd, about a dozen people visited the Philippines embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens to highlight the case of the Sagada 11.
These are 11 young Filipinos involved in projects such as Food not Bombs and Earth First! and aged between 15-25, who were arrested on February 14th this year whilst hitchhiking to the Sagada mountains area to go hiking. They were brutally arrested without a warrant, taken to the station and tortured, and only found out later that they were being charged with involvement in a communist guerrilla attack on a military outpost a few days before.
ACTIVISTS INVADE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OFFICES IN SHORT-HAUL FLIGHTS PROTEST
This morning a group of London Rising Tide activists, in the guise of bean counting civil servants, gathered at inside the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority, brandishing a massive cheque for Â£9.2bn made out to the airline industry from the government regulator.
Next to Dalston Junction, on Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, stand two Georgian houses dating from 1820. The adjacent building is currently occupied by the group Everything4Everyone but is facing imminent eviction â€“ and demolition. At the time of writing this report there is still no sign of the bailiffs, but helicopters fly over the buildings at all times, and cctv cameras pointing right at us.
Plane Stupid is calling for a day of action against short haul flights and short haul operators on November 6th, during the UN International Climate Talks in Nairobi. The day of action is two days after the mass event for climate action in London on November 4th, organised by Stop Climate Chaos and the Campaign Against Climate Change.
The demo was attended by about 40 people, not too bad for a weekday demo in inner city London (we chose to have the demo then so that we could get into the embassies.) Perhaps next time we will organize something on a weekend. About a quarter of the demo were Trinidadians. We started the event with an emotional funeral ceremony, with talks from an anti-dam activist who'se been involved in the anti-Narmada dam campaign (India) as well as the anti-Karahnjukar dam campaign (Iceland); Sue Doughty, former Liberal MP, talked about her attempts to get the UK parlaiment to ask the Icelandic state to reconsider its path of heavy industry; two Trinidadian speakers: talked about the neo-colonialist-liberal invasion by western corporations of the third world, and the beauty of the Cedros Peninsula and tragedy of the Aluminium development, respectively; then an Icelandic speaker who talked about the loss of the Icelandic Karahnjukar wilderness, and the future plans of heavy industry in Iceland. These were followed by a bringing out of a coffin upon which photos of both Cedros and Karahnjukar were plastered. The crowd threw flowers ontop of this coffin and planted seeds (of resistance!) inside it. We were then read an ancient Icelandic poem called "The Prophecy" from the book of Edda, the story of the birth of the world and the northern gods, the apocalypse and then the final rebirth of the world: nature rising from the ashes of industrial/power driven collapse.
CALL OUT FOR PROTEST AGAINST NANOTECH!
Workers, consumers, non-human animals and nature are being exposed to nano-particles that have not been tested, all for the sake of the multi-billion dollar nanotech industry.
Aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions from aviation are excluded from the Kyoto protocol and the government has a gargantuan plan of airport expansion over the coming decade. Its madness and we need to figure out what can we do to stop it!
21 October 2006
Environmental campaigners will hold a "die-in" today outside the offices of a research organisation which claims science has failed to prove
human activity is the cause of climate change.
To bring together anti-incineration groups from all over England and Wales to get inspiration for their own campaigning, hear what some authorities are doing that are trying not to go down the mass burn incineration route and to discuss how the network of groups can best be supported.
callout for people to resist eviction of Green Man pub, 355 Bromley Road, Catford PARTY TONIGHT, with a view to resisting eviction very early Monday morning!
Nearest station: bellingham on the Blackfriars to Sevenoaks Thameslink line (same line as Elephant & Castle, Peckham Rye ...easily blaggable).
Where next for climate activism in London?
Second Camp for Climate Action follow-up meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 7 PM at RampART
A second get-together of people hoping to harness the energy that came out of the Camp for Climate Action and work together on radical action against climate change in London. Everyone is welcome, whether you came to the camp or not â€“ and bring your friends! Among other things, we'll be talking about how we want to get involved in upcoming climate-relevant days of action, and doing some last-minute planning for Saturday nightâ€™s Climate Camp benefit gig, also at Rampart â€“ more details below.