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Next CON meeting Saturday 22nd September, 3 p.m.

Saturday 22nd September, 3 p.m – 6 p.m.

LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES.  (This is a small street parallel to Whitechapel Road, and is directly behind the East London Mosque; nearest tube Whitechapel.)

WHAT NEXT FOR CON?

In the face of considerable hostility, CON ran a very successful campaign, which helped to fight against many different aspects of the Olympics and Paralympics.  In the process we drew together groups and individuals with varying interests and political perspectives, and helped put the issues on the map.

Now that the London Olympics and Paralympics are over, CON has to move forward to build on the energy and campaigning strengths generated, and to make sure the lessons we learnt are not wasted. Simply put, there are two main strands to ongoing campaigning on Olympic issues (and obviously there is overlap between them):

* Legacy, what legacy?  Here in London, we have been told that there will be substantial legacy.  Even people who believed in it before can see that the promises are already crumbling.  Some members of CON want to prioritise monitoring and campaigning around legacy issues, sometimes with local groups and sometimes with other interest groups.

* ICON – the International Counter Olympic Network.  Even though the Games have now left London, it is an ongoing concern that most of the problems that afflicted us will also affect the places that will be hosting future Winter Olympics, Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and the now being widely promoted Youth Olympics. We envisage that ICON will grow from the work that we have already done in London, and will focus on campaigning around the multinational companies who are majorly involved with the Olympics as sponsors and suppliers, doing research into the IOC and other transnational issues, and providing a focus for groups who have already been saddled with Olympics or who want to campaign against them coming.

We intend that next Saturday’s meeting will consist of brief presentations about both these strands, and we hope that we can also hear updates from any groups and individuals who would like to fill us in about ongoing campaigning they are already doing or they would like to move forward with.

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Filed under: campaigns, events

CON supports DPAC’s Atos games week

The fight against the Olympics continues!

Mass protest on 12.45pm, Friday 31 August, ATOS HQ, Triton Square, London NW1

ATOS is a global mega-corporation worth €8.5 billion. It is sponsoring the Paralympic Games for disabled athletes. It also has the UK government contract to cut disabled people’s benefits.

ATOS is paid £100 million a year to test 11,000 sick and disabled people a week and judge whether they are ‘fit for work’. Millionaire Tory chancellor George Osborne’s aim is to cut £18 billion in welfare benefits over five years. ATOS is at the cutting edge of the Tory attack on the poor.

Many of the disabled hounded and persecuted by ATOS have already committed suicide. A thousand have died of their illnesses since being deemed ‘fit for work’.

Disabled People Against Cuts is organising a week of protest against ATOS sponsorship of the Paralympics on 27-31 August, with a spoof awards ceremony (Monday), action at local ATOS offices (Tuesday), delivery of a coffin of messages (Wednesday), a phone jam and twitter storm (Thursday), and finally a mass ‘Closing ATOS Ceremony’ at ATOS HQ (Friday). Go to www.dpac.uk.net for details.

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Adidas Day of Action

Today War on Want staged ‘exploitation games‘ outside of the Adidas’s flagship store on Oxford Street. This was part of a coordinated action on Adidas stores across the UK. Adidas pays its workers as little as 34p an hour, busts unions, and makes huge profits from this exploitation. Adidas has used their sponsorship of the Olympics to increase their sales and clean their public image. Please support War on Want’s campaign.

Telling Adidas to “stop sweatshop exploitation”

Counter-Olympic sports: activists play badminton

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Filed under: campaigns, labour issues

July 28th Counter Olympics March in Bow!

The Counter Olympics Network staged a mass rally through Bow in East London on Saturday 28th July attended by around 1000 people bringing together over 50 organisations representing many different concerns about the Olympics, including corporate campaigns against Olympic sponsors like Dow, G4S, BP, Rio Tinto, Atos and Adidas and local campaigns over the seizure of land at Leyton Marsh, Greenwich Park and Wanstead Flats, the closure of tow paths and the placing of missiles on blocks of flats and in parks. Trade unions and campaigns against the cuts protested against the misuse of resources while representatives from NoSochi2014 and RioOnWatch made this an international occasion.

The march was followed by speeches, plays, poetry and performances, notably dancing by the Circassian NoSochi campaigners and a performance by Reclaim the Bard. The Vancouver Poverty Olympics Torch, which was kindly provided by Vancouver activists, was passed on to the NoSochi group to continue to provide a focus of protest against the bloated circus that is the Olympics.

The front of the march…

..on the road..

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Counter Olympics Torch Relay – Second Leg – A Beautiful Day!

This historic and iconic Counter Olympics Torch Relay completed its milestone second leg, this time around Hackney before ending at Leyton Marsh. The torch, sent by Vancouver Counter Olympics protesters, will shortly depart with the NoSochi2014 team to continue its epic journey around the world representing hope for all those for whom the Olympics has become a symbol of repression, eviction, greed and arrogance.

The torch started from the cafe in Clissold Park

getting ready…

first relay team…

out on the road…

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Logo free Counter Olympics Torch Relay completes first leg

Three runners, David, Charlie and Simon, completed the first leg of the Counter Olympics Torch Relay on Saturday 21st. The torch had been handed over to London by Vancouver Counter Olympic protesters after they completed a very successful protest relay around British Columbia. After a short speech on the steps at Stratford…

…the relay circled Stratford Town Centre…

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Whose Games? Whose City?

NO LIMOS! NO LOGOS! NO LAUNCHERS!


12 noon, Saturday 28 July
Assemble Mile End Park, East London.

March to Wennington Green for People's Games for All (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF FINAL DESTINATION)

A family-friendly protest. More details and press release

@counterOlympics twitter action

London Takes Gold

A struggle to survive: dedicated to Leyton Marsh

LONDON OLYMPICS Lost Opportunities

Olympics: This Is Not A War Zone

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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.

From the Anti-Olympics poster competition!

Don’t Buy It, by Regime

‘Out damn logo!’ The Reclaim Shakespeare Company