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A report from the World Social Forum

I have recently returned from Tunis where I travelled to take part in the World Social Forum. I had never participated in one before, and the fact that it was happening so close to Europe, was an opportunity that I didn’t want to miss. I left without really knowing what to expect, but brought with[...]

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Westminster fire station solidarity #olsx

Occupy London Livestreamers covering and assisting in a solidarity action with Westminster Fire Station.[...]

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Fight the #BedroomTax, Waltham Trade Unions Council.

Fight the #BedroomTax, Waltham Trade Unions Council.
See Waltham Forest Guardian piece on the meeting: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/10313287.Trade_unions_set_to_launch_campaign_against__bedroom_tax_/
Waltham Forest Trades Council launch campaign against ‘bedroom tax’ and the Benefit Cuts.
Apart from the panel, we could only point the camera on the floor to protect the identities of people who may have companies hostile to the[...]

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Housing 4 the Counihans and Housing 4 All. Then #Pillowgeddon 2013: We Will not be Silenced

Saturday was interesting.
First was a small static Demo by the Counihan Campaign outside Downing Street. Unfortunately, a demo on a Saturday in Whitehall is not advisable, as there are mostly only tourists in the area. We did have one xenophobe declaiming that all British problems are due to too many immigrants in the country.[...]

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Stop the #BedroomTax Protest – Trafalgar Square, London 30th March 2013

We don’t know what happened to the two previous Event pages that were on Facebook and we are still awaiting details on whether Labour Party members had warned people not to attend the protest march, last Sunday. Details known is that London had about a thousand marching, as finally reported by the BBC, a small[...]

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Symphony of errors

Livestream of the assembly can be found here.
Prelude
No one wanted this job. I didn’t either; there are pleasanter ways of spending an evening than trying to guide a group of disparate (and sometimes desperate) people around a minefield of poor outcomes.
 
My aim as facilitator of this assembly is to take a[...]

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Rebalancing Austerity – a modest alternative budget 2013 – from Occupy Birmingham

We can’t do everything in one budget, but we can make a start. This is a start, by scrapping the austerity agenda, and starting a programme to reinvest in people and begin to reduce the criminal inequality that successive administrations have enabled. Some of these suggestions have been made by unions, campaigners, some by us.[...]

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Talking About Drugs at Democracy 2015 Event

By Andria E-Mordaunt, involved with Occupy since Oct 15 2011,  largely – though not exclusively – as part of the Welfare Working Group (WWG). MSc in Social Policy & Planning from LSE. Former – recovering – drug user. Mother of the wonderful Millie.
On March 13 I went to a gathering at St Mary Abbot’s[...]

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Where will economic growth come from?

The global economic system demands exponential growth to survive rather like a bicycle which falls over if forward momentum ceases. It is underpinned by the interest based money system which demands expanding debt to provide sufficient money to pay the interest on pre-existing debt.
Growth in the US, UK and other countries has, for the[...]

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