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Welcome to the Democracy Action Working Group (DAWG)

 
The formation of a Democracy Action working group received consensus at the OL General Assembly on March 1st. Immediately after the assembly interested people convened around a back table in Ye Olde London pub just down the road from St Paul’s Cathedral. These notes were taken:
 
 
 
First Meeting of DAWG –[...]

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An open letter to Occupiers, from Saskia

Dear Occupiers,

On the second anniversary of the violent eviction of OLSX camp, bathed in sunshine, mercifully free of keening wind, the steps of St Paul’s were filled with occupiers old and new. We had one of the best general assemblies ever, with an astonishing 4 proposals unanimously passed, working group feed back, speakers, discussion[...]

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‘Death to nationalism’ is message of Bosnia uprising

‘Death to nationalism’ is message of Bosnia uprising by Corinna Lotz from A World to Win and Real Democracy Working Group.
A feature of revolutionary times is when people’s movements decide to take matters into their own hands and throw up new forms of democracy. That’s what we are witnessing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where people of[...]

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Gatecrashing an Arms Dealers Valentines Day Party by Accidental Anarchist.

When our institutions are in bed with arms dealers what do we do? …….We gatecrash the party
So last night we had a little fun at The London Transport Museum valentines night. It was Valentines and the Museum had decided to open late to show the love and serve up lots of delights of interactive[...]

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Public consultation on use of water cannon in London, by Kris and Obi

The meeting room used for the consultation on water cannon only has room for 160 people.
http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/mayor/webcasts
The Metropolitan Police are asking Mayor Boris Johnson to allow the use of water cannons on protesters in London. Apparently there are more protests expected in the coming years, due largely to the impact of austerity cuts on[...]

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Aggravated Trespass on Public Footpath? by Tammy Samede

Greater Manchester Police arresting Barton Moss Protectors for Aggravated Trespass on Public Footpath?
I got up to site to see the GMP up there, threatening my tribe.
Graham was on top of the lorry, bless him, and happy, but they then began to move the tanker with him on top of it. It was pouring[...]

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Shelling out for NERC?

The question was asked about this new collaboration between Shell and Nerc. Good or bad?
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/press/releases/2014/03-shell.asp?cookieConsent=A
Shelling out for NERC? Comments from a couple of the Economics WG members.
From Clive Menzies.
It’s not an area I’ve researched in depth but Shell has a pretty appalling environmental track record.
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/nov/07/shell-oil-niger-delta-pollution-amnesty
The positive spin is to[...]

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London Fashion Week, by Laura Elizabeth Parkes

Being a stylist as well as an activist, I decided it was time to take the fracking protest to London Fashion Week (LFW). I think it is time the media and the public realise that activists come from all walks of life and not just the fringes of society. It is all of our duty[...]

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Towards a Shared Vision, by Dan Ashman

An argument for the population renewing their commitment towards a shared vision of what we create.

Contained in capitalist culture is the rags to riches story, it subdues criticism and fetishises a manmade value system, “perceived” value. It is easy to observe where this value has been corrupted and does not reflect the value of[...]

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