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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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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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An account of Agora 99

From the 1st to the 4th of November 2012 grassroots movements connected to 15M and Occupy met in Madrid in Agora99.
The event had been proposed during the Blockupy action held in Frankfurt in May 2012 with the following aims:

Create a space to discuss common issues, in particular around three axises: Debt, Democracy and[…]

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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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A grey new world

 
Tom Moriarty, musician and Occupier considers the abandonment of the arts in education.
I am fascinated by the words of Nick Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery in a newspaper article today.    In the piece he talks about the success and popularity of the Tate and the threat of the arts being sidelined in[…]

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People’s Library defies Tory vandals _ Photo Report by Peter Arkell

 
When Tory-controlled council closed Friern Barnet library in north London, they gave 24 hours notice. Then, in an act of sheer vandalism, the shelves were cleared and the books removed. Now a People’s Library is up and running. Photo report by Peter Arkell.
When the Tory-controlled council closed Friern Barnet library in April, local[…]

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