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.
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.
Sep 28 2006
Birth pangs of a new group, the Bath Activist Network, bringing together people in Bath who want to work together to fight for positive change, connecting all radical "disciplines" holistically, knowing that every problem in this world is interlinked.
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.
THE 10TH EDINBURGH INDEPENDENT RADICAL BOOK FAIR - THE ALTERNATIVE BOOK FESTIVAL will take place from Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th of October 2006 in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG, Scotland, UK.
For over four years, the Korean villages of Daechuri and Doduri have defiantly resisted the seizure of their homes and fields for the expansion of an United States Army base. On September 13 at dawn, 22,000 riot police invaded and occupied the villages. Police demolition equipment managed to wipe out 68 empty houses. But the vastly outnumbered villagers and supporters put up a fierce resistance, and managed to stop the cops from destroying many of the houses that the Ministry of Defense had threatened to destroy.
Today the Development Control Committee of Nottingham City Council unanimous agreed on rejecting the application to expand Eastcroft Incinerator, which burns most of Nottingham's waste. At the moment 150.000 tonnes of waste goes through the incinerator owned by waste giant Waste Recycling Group (WRG) each year. The expansion would bring in waste from neighbouring counties and bring capacity up to 250.000 tonnes.
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Saturday morning protest at Hafod Quarry, Johnstown, Wrexham, where landfill waste from Merseyside is being dumped on a site which includes an SSSI and a Special Conservation Area, and which is only 150 yards from local houses. But Hey! This is big business. Who cares about a few extra cancers and kids born with cleft palates and other abnormalities? We do!
Announcing a new network for those in the York area to co-ordinate environmental action.
Following a meeting on 7th September as a followup to the Camp for Climate Action, a group of campaigners, students, anarchists and greens based in and around York agreed to create a network for environmental action within the city and its surrounding areas. The aims of this are firstly, to help co-ordinate existing campaigning being done by small and disparate groups as is, and secondly, to facilitate and encourage further action.