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London Takes Gold

London Takes Gold from Marie Billegrav Bryant on Vimeo.

London Takes Gold is an antidote to Olympic propaganda.

London 2012 organisers fear everything – streakers, terrorists, ambush marketeers, brand hijackers, space hijackers, real hijackers, ticket touts, Olympic flame firefighters, dog walkers, Tibetans, and survivors of Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical, everyone except the VIPs is on the list of suspects.

This film plots local opposition to the construction of Olympic buildings on public parkland and also examines controversy over Olympic sponsors.

While on location shooting footage for this film at Leyton Marsh, Mike Wells was arrested and spent the following 8 days in prison. The authorities were unwilling to grant bail as they claimed he would make mischief in relation the Olympic Project if released. Under his bail conditions, which he believes have been used as a political instrument, he is banned from the proximity of Olympic venue/s.

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London Takes Gold

Filed under: environment, film, policing & civil liberties, public space, the problem with the Olympics

The Landscape of Dissent: London 2012 and the transformation of the East End

Saturday 16 June, 2-5pm

Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ
http://www.chisenhale.org.uk/visit.php

A panel discussion bringing together researchers and practitioners to critically explore the ways in which the Olympics are transforming the economic, social, political and physical landscape of East London.

Chaired by Mike Raco, Professor of Urban and Regional Governance, The Bartlett, UCL, speakers include, Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the twenty-first-century city, Paul Watt, Senior Lecturer Urban Studies, Birkbeck, Alberto Duman, artist and lecturer, Middlesex University and Laura Oldfield Ford, artist and writer.

The event is organized by Isaac Marrero and Hilary Powell, co-editors of The Art of Dissent: Intervening in the Olympic Dream.

Brief description: a roundtable/panel discussion bringing together researchers and practitioners to critically explore the ways in which the London Olympics are transforming the economic, social, political and physical landscape of east London. Participants will chart different aspects of this changing landscape, from the public debt that underpins it to the intensive branding of urban space. Moving away from the anodyne visions of the future promoted by official bodies, the goal of the session is to redefine the “legacy” of the Games as a space of/for dissensus. The analysis of the already tangible effects of the Olympics in local communities will be complemented by the lines of flight plotted in radical dystopian narratives.

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Filed under: events, Olympic legacy, public space

Want to cleanse your city of its poor? Host the Olympics

Ceasefire Magazine, 12 April 2012

Hosting the Olympics is often presented to us as an ideologically neutral opportunity to boost tourism and sports. In a thought-provoking piece Ceasefire Magazine’s Ashok Kumar outlines a clear and consistent, yet barely noticed, pattern of the Games being used to fundamentally restructure the host City to the purposeful exclusion of its working class and ethnic minority residents.

As London prepares to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, startlingly little critique has surfaced in the mainstream press. With the exception of the trivial issue of ticket prices, most of the city remains transfixed, internalising the dominant narrative. This process precedes each Olympic games, one that is written and distributed by and for the real Olympic profiteers; a nexus of powerful interests that sees both short and long term gains in each host city.

This highly profitable, publicly subsidised, sporting event always attracts the major, and wannabe major, cities of the world, using any and all methods to entice an unaccountable Olympic committee, each flexing their political muscle to ensure theirs is the next chosen location. The Olympics take billions of pounds, yen, dollars of their host countries’ tax revenue to build magnificent stadiums and housing facilities, militarise the citytrample civil liberties and construct elaborate installations with shelf lives of a few weeks.

London 2012, originally expected to cost £2.4bn, is now projected at £24bn, with contracts going to some of the world’s most egregious employers and global human rights violators. Some on the left have been critical of the massive transfer from public to private at a time of austerity. The London overspend has been portrayed by officials as a one-off, but a glance at the history of the Olympics shows that underestimating the cost is a consistent part of the Olympic experience.

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Filed under: housing, Olympic legacy, public space, the problem with the Olympics

Anna Minton

Anna Minton author of GROUND CONTROL: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City

Brought up-to-date with new material, including a chapter on the true Olympic legacy, Ground Control is a revelatory and passionate defence against the privatisation of our streets and the disturbing reality of Britain today.

See more here and read Anna’s blog here

Filed under: info sources, Olympic legacy, public space


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

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