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Local Economy and Monopoly Power.

A question was asked by Em Wierdigan, about Local Economies.
I’ve asked the economics boffins, now widening this out as the figures/references I’m searching for seem to be elusive.
I need to know some simple stats about how much more a £ spent in a local independent shop is worth (compared with big supermarket of[...]

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BARTON MOSS BUS BLOCKADE

By @emweirdigan
Salford in the early hours of a December day, trapped in a sliver of damp earth between motorway and access lane. Barton Moss Protectors’ Camp. Pre-dawn, chilly, dawdling, waiting for the fracking trucks to arrive, waiting to slow-walk up the lane – the only peaceful protest the law is prepared to allow us[...]

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Battersea Park Adventure Playground occupied! Wandsworth Against Cuts & Occupy London supporters defend against demolition

UPDATE, evening of Monday 7 January:
The defenders of Battersea adventure playground have been told that demolition will begin Monday 14 January. Occupiers remain in situ; a small camp (up to 15 residents) has been set up inside the playground, with supporters visiting during the day.
This evening (Monday 7), police were reported to be[...]

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Capitalism’s Last Christmas

 
Activists around Europe to host ‘Capitalism’s Last Christmas Carol Tour’
Meet for the London Tour at 3pm, Tuesday 18 December, at Liverpool Street Station.
 
On Tuesday 18 December, Berlin, London and Madrid will see coordinated anti-austerity actions in the form of subverted Christmas carols. Activists associated with the Occupy movement in Britain and[...]

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Occupied Friern Barnet Library in court Monday; faces potential closure

 
Supporters of Friern Barnet People’s Library in Barnet, North London, are to return to court at 09:30 on Monday 17 December as Barnet council seeks possession of the building and the surrounding green land. [1]

“Join us in Barnet and show Barnet council that libraries and communities matter more than profits for big business.“[...]

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A Walk for Peace

Earthian, formerly of the Occupy LSX camp, Finsbury Square and Occupy Nomads, is now on a solo peace mission to the Middle East. This is his story.
 
I am in Sulaymaniyah in North Iraq.
I am scouting for a good place to open a camp here in the centre of the city so that[...]

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Gaza Solidarity

A small group of occupiers returned to St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday, November 22, to publically read out the names of 141 people killed in the recent attacks on Gaza.
 
This was timed for the annual Thanksgiving ceremony attended by the US Ambassador and hundreds of expat Americans. A loud-hailer was used and the reading[...]

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Earthian’s Peace Walk to the Middle East

Earthian, OccupyLSX stalwart, has set off on a walk from the UK to the Middle East, a walk for peace during which he aims to use zero carbon and zero money. Earthian has chosen not to carry his British passport. He refuses to recognise the divisions that nationalities and religions impose on humans, and he[...]

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Occupy Nomads, the Inside story

Hazel (aka Em) occupied at St Paul’s and now helps out where she can with all things Occupy, most labour-intensively with The Occupied Times. Here she reports on her visit to the Occupy Nomads camp. You can follow her blog at hazelhedge.wordpress.com
 
The Nomadic Occupy group are currently camped in a corner of Haggerston Park,[...]

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