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What – as a diverse movement – must we do/accomplish in 2013?

 
Members of the International Organisation for a Participatory Society (London and Southampton chapter), Anti-capitalist Initiative, Peoples Assemblies Network, Occupy London activists and The Friern Barnet Library occupation called for an assembly to discuss social movement strategy in 2013. The assembly took place yesterday at SOAS. Roughly 60 to 70 people attended and participated in[...]

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Latest updates on occupation to save Battersea Park Adventure Playground

Updates:
4pm Friday 25 January – Video of demolition of Battersea Park Adventure Playground – ‘Death of Adventure’
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3.11pm Friday 25 January – Update on pictures of tree damage at Battersea Adventure Park Playground

Following the reports that trees were being damaged during the demolition of Battersea Adventure Park Playground, Wandsworth Council has said[...]

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Our Deaf Leaders

http://occupylondon.org.uk

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This weekend saw the celebration of one week of occupation in support of Battersea’s adventure playground:
http://occupynewsnetwork.co.uk/battersea-park-playground-occupied/
Earlier, Wandsworth Council took a survey to determine what people wanted to do with the playground. It then went ahead and chose the most unpopular option, one that almost 9 out of 10 parents[...]

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Battersea Park Adventure Playground occupation: almost 9 out of 10 parents and carers said NO to current plans in Wandsworth Council’s own survey

Update as at 13.14 11 January – Legal papers have just been served for a Possession Order of the protest site at Battersea Park Adventure Playground – courtdate is Thursday 17 January. The event detailed below will still be happening as planned, lots of great folks confirming attendance – announcing details shortly!
Almost 9 out[...]

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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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Make it better

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It’s customary to assess progress on an annual basis. So where’s Occupy at now? Here’s one Occupier’s end of the year review:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/20/matthew-varnham-occupy-still-alive?INTCMP

Recent victories

In response to a local campaign on political accountability:
http://occupynewsnetwork.co.uk/the-people-of-london-uphold-international-law-and-successfully-warn-off-war-crime-complicit-veolia/
In response to protests demanding financial transparency:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/city-of-london-corporation-to-reveal-details-of-13bn-private-bank-account-8427253.html
 

Get to know your enemies

Starbucks cuts worker[...]

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The year that was… and here’s to a brighter 2013

So in no particular order:
 
We all struggled through and continued to pay the price of banker failures
Government told examiners how to mark exam papers
Facebook went public and immediately lost millions for millions
The Queen was impressed by a hula hooping Grace Jones
Games makers all made us smile
Mitt Romney admitted[...]

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How We Make Decisions

The Occupy Movement aims to be democratic. That means that everyone can participate in making decisions. So how can decisions be made in a way that facilitates diversity, participation and not to mention good decisions?

Some advocate consensus as the democratic gold standard and insist that all decisions must be made in this way. Some[...]

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A critical video report on Haldane’s talk

 
A Polly Tikkle Production

The main stream press was eager to quote Andy Haldane, the Executive Director of Financial Stability for The Bank Of England, when he publicly announced that Occupy was right. However Andy Haldane’s proposed reform strands, which he memorably calls the 5C’s, do not go very far in addressing what Occupy[...]

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