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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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Filed under: campaigns, events, take action

f-ing the future: go BP-free in 2012

PRESS RELEASE

BP’s biggest Olympic advert splattered with oil as protests intensify

5th July – For Immediate Release

With the Olympics now only three weeks away, protests against Olympic sponsor BP are escalating. Today dozens of BP logos across London were sabotaged, including the UK’s most prestigious billboard site at Cromwell Road. [1] Around the capital, protesters hit petrol stations, BP-sponsored cultural institutions[2] and advertising hoardings, protesting against one of the world’s most environmentally destructive companies being a major sponsor of the London Olympics. Signs were splattered with oil and BP’s tagline ‘Fuelling the Future’ was subvertised with the URL ‘f-ingthefuture.org.uk’.

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Filed under: campaigns, corporate gain, take action

One Law For All – Protest – London 2012: Justice for Women

25 July 2012: Protest against the Olympics Committee’s failure to implement principles of equality and neutrality 

On 25 July 2012 in conjunction with the opening of the London Olympics, ‘London 2012: Justice for Women’ is organising a protest against the Olympics Committee’s failure to implement principles of equality and neutrality. The group’s concerns include the banning of female athletes in contravention of principles of equality by Saudi Arabia and the inclusion of veiled women in contravention to neutrality principles. The group is also calling for homage to women pioneers in sports, amongst other demands.

The protest begins with a public meeting on the Hispaniola (moored near Embankment tube station) from 10.30am-13.00pm, focusing on the concepts of neutrality versus politico-religious symbols, and how women’s rights to equality and universalism are being ignored and denied by the Olympics Committee. Speakers at the public meeting include representatives of the European Women’s Lobby, secularists and women’s rights defenders, including from countries under Islamic laws.

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Filed under: equality, events, take action

Statement of Solidarity with Simon Moore

‘I am Simon Moore’ photo by Random Blowe

On Monday 18th June a two year ASBO was imposed on Simon Moore, our friend and fellow protestor at Leyton Marsh.

  • Like us, Simon believed that what was happening on Leyton Marsh was wrong and needed to be resisted peacefully.
  • Like us, Simon did not want to see a beautiful habitat and recreational space enclosed, contaminated and destroyed for a wasteful temporary facility for the Olympics.
  • Like us, Simon was prepared to show his opposition to this destructive land grab.Like us, he was intimidated with the full force of the law and criminalised.
  • Like Simon, we do not wish to stop speaking the truth about legitimate issues around the Olympics such as environmental destruction and suspension of our human rights.
  • Like Simon, we will not stop peacefully protesting.
  • Like Simon, we will not stop speaking out about what is right.
  • Like Simon, we refuse to fear doing what is right and just in the face of repression.
  • We stand together against this injustice and speak as one. Simon is one of us and we are all Simon Moore!

See the list of signatories here

Filed under: policing & civil liberties, take action

Greenwash Gold Early Day Motion 221

John McDonnell MP and others have signed a new Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of the Greenwash Gold Campaign.

An EDM is like a petition by Members of Parliament, testing the strength of opinion about a particular issue. If you live in the UK, please contact your MP and ask them to sign EDM 221. Please do this even if you did it recently with the earlier EDM supporting Greenwash Gold, as all EDMs ran out of time before the Queen’s Speech in May. You can find out who your MP is by going to http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/ and entering your postcode.

The text of the EDM is:

“That this House welcomes the launch by Bhopal Medical Appeal, London Mining Network and UK Tar Sands Network of the Greenwash Gold 2012 awards exposing the record of environmental destruction and human rights abuses of the companies BP, Rio Tinto and Dow, which are major sponsors of the 2012 Olympics; and urges the Olympic authorities to bring forward reforms of the process by which Olympic sponsors are selected so that known polluters and human rights abusers are never allowed to tarnish the image of the Olympics again.”

You can find details of the EDM at http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/221.

Filed under: corporate gain, take action

No Missiles in Our Community

PROTEST: Called by Stop the Olympic Missiles 

Saturday 30th June

Assemble 1pm

Wennington Green, Mile End Park, London E3 5SN

As part of the Olympic Games this summer, the Ministry of Defence is planning to place surface-to-air missiles on rooftops in residential areas around London, including in East London.

There has been no consultation with local people about the missiles, nor has any risk assessment been conducted. The
presence of missiles in the local area will create real danger and do not serve reasonable security purpose.

We demand that the Ministry of Defence scraps the plan immediately.

Facebook Event: PROTEST: No Missiles in Our Community

www.stoptheolympicmissiles.org

Filed under: events, militarisation, take action


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

  • RT @hangorinnokai: 辞めさせられた元都知事らが元気ですね。。嘘ついてオリンピック招致したことが問題になってるのに、すっかり評論家きどり、石原、猪瀬、舛添も同罪ですよ。小池都知事はいつ辞めるのかな、オリンピックもろとも退場してくれ https://t.co/Hf… 47 minutes ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: ... so Mayor Garcetti made another wild claim yesterday. Here’s former UN Special Rapporteur @raquelrolnik on why jokes l… 1 hour ago
  • RT @DecidonsParis: #VillageOlympique «Mais qui va habiter dans ces appartements ?» interroge cet habitant de Seine-Saint-Denis dans le film… 1 hour ago
  • RT @StateOfSwimming: @Hogshead3Au @iChampionWomen Blackballed like so many victims, media and others who are not ‘on message’ with the self… 7 hours ago
  • RT @witch_kazumin: もう、開催返上すればいいのに…… > 五輪の本番まで10ヵ月程度しか残されていないが、他にもトライアスロン会場である東京・お台場の海水の汚水や大腸菌の問題をはじめ、今後も課題が噴出する可能性は高い。都だけでなく組織委の機能不全ぶりを指摘す… 7 hours ago
  • RT @StateOfSwimming: @JensWeinreich Athletes commissions chosen by the machine simply end up doing the machine’s bidding. .... if any athle… 7 hours ago
  • RT @JensWeinreich: @StateOfSwimming I saw him instructing Kirsty Coventry, chair of IOC‘s athlete‘s commission ... you know ... the Bach se… 7 hours ago
  • RT @SportCampaign: The TUE management could be interesting. With Salazar's athletes putting down 35 substances on their DOU forms and Seren… 7 hours ago
  • RT @galeainvegas: Strange, I thought there was a consultation process. I heard mixed views not rejection on the call. I would like to know… 7 hours ago
  • RT @desler: #Tokyoインパール2020 まさにボイコフの唱える「祝賀資本主義」の悪しき見本。五輪のためなら企業活動も市民生活も犠牲にする政府の横暴。こんな理不尽な要請は断固拒否すべきだ。 東京五輪期間中の時間指定配達を中止 政府が宅配大手に要請へ #ldnews7 hours ago
  • RT @CardiacTrance: 五輪を誘致した都市はことごとく財政難の借金地獄になってるから、ホント災害だな。人災。だから賢い都市は誘致したがらない。 あの震災の直後で、復興に膨大な費用がこれからかかりますよって時に日本は何やってんの…?ってマジ呆れたね。その頃から反対し… 9 hours ago
  • RT @JensWeinreich: It‘s this Sam Ramsamy who has almost destroyed FINA and swimming. @StateOfSwimming twitter.com/anoc_olympic/s… 9 hours ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: Background: thenation.com/article/is-fuk… 19 hours ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: Tokyo 2020 is planning events in Fukushima in 9 months... ...and this is what's happening right now. https://t.co/apK20yl… 19 hours ago
  • RT @NOlympicsLA: It's wild that any human being, let alone an elected entrusted with the well-being of their constituents, would invite the… 20 hours ago

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From the Anti-Olympics poster competition!

Don’t Buy It, by Regime

‘Out damn logo!’ The Reclaim Shakespeare Company