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Solidarity t-shirts

These t-shirts are being sold to raise money to support the Save Leyton Marsh campaign. Available in black, purple, blue, green and pick and in various sizes. They say it all!

The t-shirts will be available for sale at £10 every Saturday at the Leyton Marsh site and at the ‘Whose Olympics?’ event on 16 April at Bishopsgate Institute.

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London 2012: 10 reasons some people will dread the Olympics

We can think of more than 10 reasons to dread the Olympics, but this is a start…

BBC, 28 March 2012

This year’s Olympics have generated vast amounts of excitement among everybody in the UK. Well, that’s not quite right. Some people are really, really dreading them.

It’s been difficult to escape the crescendo of positive publicity about the London games.

IOC chief Jacques Rogge is visiting London for the final inspection, which is set to suggest everything is on track.

Everyone from politicians to pole vaulters has waxed lyrical about the amazing spectacle that is going to take place this summer, bringing together a nation in a blaze of feverish excitement and sporting pride.

But there are those who are not quite convinced.

There are criticisms from people in London that the Games will cause chaos, disrupt business and make life more difficult for many people.

And there are critics hundreds of miles away from London who still can’t quite work out why they’re paying for the Games.

So what are the reasons behind some people’s lack of enthusiasm?

Read the reasons here:

Filed under: the problem with the Olympics

Leyton Marsh: The Occupy movement have joined Hackney and Waltham Forest residents in their struggle against the Olympic land grab

Since planning permission was granted in January by Waltham Forest council for a large indoor basket ball arena for Olympic and paralympic athletes to practice on, local residents and marsh users have been organising and campaigning to save Leyton Marsh.

Leyton Marsh is metropolitan open land and is managed by the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) on behalf of the people. It is land that is not supposed to be built on, unless in exceptional circumstances. Waltham Forest have designated the Olympics as such “exceptional” circumstances and have leased the land to the Olympic Development Authority for £138,000. The structure that will house the two practice basketball courts and associated facilites is temporary and the ODA and LVRPA are assuring us that they will take the structure down and return the land to its previous condition by the 11th October 2012.

Many of us who use the marsh and who have witnessed the destruction of the site over the past few weeks do not believe that there is the will, never mind the way, to return the site to its previous condition and are determined to stop this build going ahead.

There has been organised resistance to the building works and local residents have been successful on a number of occaisions in halting building work on site. On Friday 23rd March, a determined bunch of people exercised their rights to use the Marsh freely with a 6 hour game of boules that resulted in £40,000 of cement being spoiled as the trucks carrying it were blocked from getting on site.

Local residents have been meeting weekly since January and the Save Leyton Marsh group has been formed, who have been having weekly Saturday demonstrations and last Saturday the 24th of Marsh saw the occupy movement join the fight to protect our communal land and collective legacy.

Occupiers from the Finsbury Square occupation marched to the marsh and over the past few days an intentional community of tents and people have joined the communities of Leyton, Walthamstow and Hackney in fighting against the Olympic land grab.

Lorries containing hard core were prevented from entering the Marsh today and we are hopeful that if we are able to significantly delay building work from taking place we may be successful in halting this destruction of Leyton Marsh.

Leyton Marsh is a beautiful bit of open land bang in the middle of Hackney and Leyton. I would encourage all those who live nearby to come and visit the site and the camp. This battle is winnable and I would encourage all those interested in defending the land, fighting against the Olympics, protecting our environment, challenging capitalism, building community, etc etc to come and get involved.

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local resident

Filed under: environment, Uncategorized

CounterOlympics at Bishopsgate Institute Saturday 14th April

Whose Olympics…?

Mass action planning meeting – with special guests

Saturday 14th April 2012, 11 – 4.30 pm
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate London EC2M 4QH

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We’ve heard about the soaring costs, debt, repression, pollution, displacement and lack of consultation. We’ve been told of the drones to be deployed, the renewable targets ignored and neighbourhoods pushed sideways for a giant consumer playground. The laws have even been rewritten to deter us from disrupting the glorified three-week party. And we’ve been fighting back for months – and even years – with activist groups working to protect Greenwich Park, save Wanstead Flats, occupy Leyton Marsh, oust Dow… the list the goes on.

But now the Olympics are upon us. Most of the damage has been done. It’s time to come together, uniting behind the common cause that people from London to Portland and beyond are sick of being sacrificed for this giant corporate bonanza.

Come along to Bishopsgate Institute to plan for major actions over the coming months and during the Olympics – the target, location, date and nature of the action are all open for discussion.

We will be joined by Clayton Thomas Muller from the Indigenous Environmental Network who will share his experiences on organising around the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and campaigning against ‘Sustainability Partner’ BP, along with Derrick from Gulf Coast campaign against BP. Newham Monitoring Project will be providing a thorough explanation of the complex legal situation we face. Also coming to London from Vancouver, the Vancouver Poverty Olympics torch will be handed over at the Bishopsgate Institute to inspire our own alternative torch relay.

Free entry – hot soup and bread lunch will be provided on the day for £1, tea and coffee for donation.

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Filed under: events

Athletes against Dow Chemical’s Olympic sponsorship

We, former and current competitive athletes, National Team Members and Olympians, do not feel that Dow Chemical embodies the spirit and humanity of the Olympic movement.

Dow Chemical’s numerous health violations (which are outlined in our open letter), are a direct contradiction to the Olympic Charter’s pledge to protect the health of athletes. That is one of the reasons why we feel Dow Chemical is not a suitable sponsor for the Olympic Games.

We also feel the Code of Ethics and Olympic Charter should be applicable to all Olympic participants, including sponsors.

Athletes Against Dow Chemical’s Sponsorship has no funding, no affiliations and no spokesperson. This campaign is by athletes, for athletes.

It’s aim is to raise awareness among international athletes and encourage athletes to join us in speaking out.

See more on

Filed under: campaigns, corporate gain

BP’s sponsorship of London 2012 ‘Oilympics’

BP’s brand is all over the Olympics. It is ‘Sustainability Partner’. It is bankrolling educational and cultural initiatives. It is providing fuel for the Games, and sponsoring many athletes – including some in Team GB and Team USA.

But BP is one of the most unsustainable companies on the planet. Its true values – putting profit before people’s lives and a stable climate – are in direct contradiction with those espoused by the Olympics. That’s why it is spending so much money on sponsorship this year: the Olympics are the perfect vehicle for BP to rebuild its shattered reputation and try to convince the public that it is a good corporate citizen, playing an important social and environmental role.

Read more here from the UK Tar Sands Network which campaigns in partnership with Indigenous communities affected by the Tar Sands oil developments in Canada.

Filed under: campaigns, corporate gain

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Solidarity T-shirts! Sold in support of the Save Leyton Marsh Campaign. Different colours and sizes. Contact us if you would like some/one.

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