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A Polite Revolution

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It’s been an eventful two weeks.
In a landmark ruling, the Department of Work and Pensions workfare scheme (working without getting paid) was deemed unlawful. Join us this[...]

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The Battle of Battersea

Tom Moriarty, Occupier, contemplates the closure and now monetisation of the children’s adventure playground in Battersea Park
 
Well I really shouldn’t have to say too much about this but I would ask you to please contemplate the implications, for example, the turning of a children’s playground into a profit centre, the segregation of children[...]

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Bring in the love

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Last week, we met up with a number of groups to discuss visions, tactics and strategies for the coming year.
We came together to support and help organise an action by DPAC, planned for late spring/early summer, in memory of the 10600 people who died within weeks of receiving Work Capability Assessments[...]

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Cyberwarfare for the Facebook generation

Without access to the internet, we would be reliant on the few infotainment conglomerates for news and analysis. Blogging and alternative news media have given us access to an avalanche of information within which we can find nuggets of truth. However, established interests and governments have not stood aside from the world wide web but[...]

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Homes Not Jails

The Squash Campaign – a housing justice group – say that the goverment’s anti-squatting law:
- pushes more people onto the streets,
- criminalises the recycling of unused buildings
- encourages landlords to keep empty buildings, pushing the price of rents up for everyone else
- increases the cost to the taxpayer of keeping empty[...]

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Battersea Adventure Playground Demolition – Response from Wandsworth Against Cuts

For the record, the vandalism in demolishing a much loved much needed adventure playground is by far the biggest crime. Let’s not lose sight of this. That was done by Wandsworth council, and in particular Councillor Kathy Tracey. This is a lady who oversees Children’s services, and yet is intent on closing youth centres, One[...]

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ATOS Disability Toll

 
by Clive Menzies
 
At Friday’s General Assembly, Occupy was asked to support action to protest the disability assessment process administered by Atos which has led to more than 10,000 deaths. I suspect you, like everyone at the meeting, are shocked by these numbers which appear to be valid. Michael Meacher, in a House[...]

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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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