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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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A 21 Hour Work Week?

There is nothing natural about what’s considered ‘normal’ today. Overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live a meaningful and caring life. The challenge is to break the power of the old industrial clock and to free up time to live sustainable lives. Shorter hours of[...]

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Our Deaf Leaders

http://occupylondon.org.uk

= News =
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

= News =
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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