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Save Leyton Marsh – Marshroots Celebration – October 21st

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Sunday 21st October – Marshroots Celebration: Reclamation of Leyton Marsh. We will be celebrating the return of Leyton Marsh to the people who have fought so hard for it!

This will be a joyous family event to also celebrate the end of the punitive injunctions ruled against the people in order for the unwanted monstrosity to be built.

We will have the Albion Kids’ Show – circus skills and a talent show for children of all ages; Art Action – artists and amateurs to join us for painting, sculpting and drawing the spirit of the marsh; and Ranters’ Corner – an open mic stage for poets, radicals and historians to air their views.

We have a Facebook Page for the day for you to like and share with others 

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Filed under: events

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.

Filed under: campaigns, events

The Closing Atos Ceremony

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Join DPAC and UK Uncut at ATOS HQ, Triton Square, Tomorrow 31 Aug at 12:45pm for the finale of the Atos Games — More info here.

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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.

Filed under: campaigns, events, Uncategorized

Defence campaign for the Critical Mass 182

A meeting to help establish a defence campaign for the Critical Mass 182 – Thursday 9 August

Most people will know about Critical Mass bike rides, and about what happened in London last month. If you don’t know: read the next two paragraphs. If you do: skip this next section!

[Critical Mass is an international phenomenon. In London, these rides have been taking place every single month for 18 years; cyclists meet at the same time (6-6.30pm) and place (on the South Bank, under the south end of Waterloo Bridge) on the last Friday of the month. CM is hard to define: the rides aren’t really a protest, perhaps they’re more a celebration of cycling, and an assertion of the right of cyclists to move freely and safely around London. There’s no structure; no-one is in control; routes and destinations aren’t planned in advance; anyone turning up on a bike is an equal part of CM. Rides are generally peaceful and self-regulating. The police have mostly ignored the rides in recent times.

But on the last ride, on 27 July – which attracted a typical summer crowd of many hundreds of the usual cross-section of cyclists – large numbers of police turned up in a spirit of Olympic hysteria. Some of the police busied themselves giving pieces of paper to some (but far from all) of the cyclists present. The paper purported to ban the cyclists from going anywhere north of the river. Most of the cyclists eventually did cross the river, however, and many hundreds of them went via Stratford on their travels. A lot of cyclists from one of the batches that went to Stratford were rounded up by police there (as were some cyclists who happened to be in the area and had nothing whatsoever to do with Critical Mass). Including a handful of arrests of cyclists elsewhere, a grand total of 182 cyclists ended up in custody that night. There are some reports at the (unofficial – of course! – since Critical Mass has nothing “official”, by definition) CM site. Now read on…]

Supporting the CM 182

At a meeting of Counter Olympics Network organisers on Wednesday, the 182 CM arrests were naturally a cause of concern. It was noted that, amongst the many issues underlying CON, there has always been awareness that police might use the excuse or the context of the Olympics to try some heavy-handed policing. What happened to Critical Mass seemed a prime example of this fear being realised.

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Filed under: events, policing, policing & civil liberties, transport

Clays Lane Archive at Supplement Gallery and Bethnal Green Library

Supplement | Clays Lane Live Archive
Opening Reception at the Gallery: Tuesday 14th August, 6 – 9 pm
The exhibition is open daily 12 – 6 pm until Sunday 19th August,
The Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition and event series at Supplement and the Bethnal Green Library marks the culmination of a four-year long research project by Adelita Husni-Bey, with invited curation by Shama Khanna. Working with ex-residents the live archive maps the history of the Clays Lane housing co-operative from its founding in 1982 through to its demolition in 2007 ahead of the regeneration work planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For more information please visit Supplementgallery and Clays Lane Live Archive on Facebook

Clays Lane Live Archive | Off-site Events Programme
Friday 10th – Thursday 16th August

On the occasion of the Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition at Supplement the following events will take place at Bethnal Green Library (unless otherwise stated) between 10th – 16th August. All events are free but booking is essential as space is limited, please RSVP to rsvp@supplementgallery.co.uk specifying which event(s) you wish to attend in the body of your email.

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Filed under: events, housing


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