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(en) SchNEWS 250, Friday 3rd March 2000

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Sun, 5 Mar 2000 02:46:50 -0500


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PRESS RELEASE : DO PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST IN THIS COUNTRY?

A new community centre has been opened in Brighton, by the very people the new Prevention of Terrorism Bill seeks to criminalise. Think
we’re all terrorists? Don’t believe what you read in the papers, pop along to some of the events, have a cup of tea, read some literature,
watch a film, listen to some music, get involved in debate... and make up your own mind.

The centre will be officially opened on Saturday 4th March, and will run until Saturday 18th March. Opening times are from 3.00 pm
onwards except Saturdays when it will be open from 10.30 am.
A cafe will serve light refreshments with a ‘terrorist’ dish of the day every evening, and during the week there will be debates, films, and
music in the evening. There will also be a kids’ space, art and exhibition rooms.

The address is 49 Cheltenham Place, Brighton
(on the corner of North Road in the North Laines - the building was formerly ‘Redhill Motors’).
For more details call 07720 486124.

The Centre has a no drink, drugs or dogs policy (except guide dogs).
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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! COR BLIMEY WE'VE REACHED 250!
SchNEWS

Published in Brighton by Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective

Issue 250, Friday 3rd March, 2000
Double Issue

WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WE SERIOUSLY NEED SOME DECENT COMPUTERS!
If you can help with hardware, cash or stamps, get in touch.

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STRIKE IT LUCKY!

"She meets March 8th with her face erased and her name hidden. With her
come thousands of women. More and more arrive. Dozens, hundreds, thousands,
millions of women who remember all over the world that there is much to be
done and remember that there is still much to fight for. It appears that
that thing called dignity is contagious".
A Zapatista woman’s statement about International Women’s Day.

Women and girls do two thirds of the world‘s work, for only 5% of the
world‘s income, women’s average full time weekly earnings are 72% of men’s
(Office of National Stats 1998), and a report in Red magazine (Jan 2000)
stated that two thirds of women working full time do most of the housework.

March 8th is International Women‘s Day and women all over the world are
hanging up their pinnies, turning off their disk drives and taking to the
streets. Since March 8th 1907, when the women garment makers of New York
went on strike for a living wage and a 10-hour day, the date has been
earmarked to inspire women worldwide in their fight for their rights.

The National Women‘s Council of Ireland have called this year’s strike, and
it‘s gone global. Anne Neale from Crossroads Women’s Centre reckons that
the strike "could be very disruptive. When a similar action took place in
Iceland in 1975, factories would not function and everything shut down".
Cynthia Enloe in her book 'Bananas, Beaches and Bases' argues that "if
secretaries went out on strike, foreign affairs might grind to a
standstill". Without women’s work the world economy would fall to its
knees. Kingston Raging Grannies ask "Can you imagine what would happen if
all the women stopped work at Wal-Mart or McDonalds?".

WHAT DO WOMEN WANT?

The global women’s movement is a diverse tapestry. Some are calling for the
abolition of 3rd world debt, ‘cos it’s really women that are owed billions
for centuries of work, or for clean drinking water, affordable housing,
safety from violence, fair wages, and increased benefits for carers and
mothers

Women are striking to demand a change in the priorities of the global
economy. According to the United Nations $9billion of the world‘s budget
goes on health and nutrition, $6bn on water and sanitation, $4bn on
education and $538bn on military budgets. This spending reflects the
attitudes of the people who pull the purse strings, attitudes that consider
arms to be more important than welfare. As the floodgates open for
multinational corporations to enter developing countries women are forced
into low paid work with poor conditions.

And for the boys... Men are supporting the women’s strike. Payday Men’s
Network said, "Like women, we want to work less and have more money. We too
want our unwaged work recognised and paid with money, time, resources,
land, peace and rights. And we know that as long as women work too much,
even more than men, their pay and conditions are the standard for men". The
network have men ready to strike on the day, other are making donations to
the strike fund, or committing themselves to do all the domestic chores and
childcare for the day.

"At the beginning was the deed."
Rosa Luxemburg, Revolutionary Socialist, 1871-1919.

Women have a strong tradition of resistance; from taking up arms in the
Zapatista struggle, to the Chipko women in India hugging trees, from the
Greenham Common women, to the mum who asks for childcare provision in her
workplace, from the suffragettes on hunger strike, to the 1917 Russian
women factory worker’s strike that started the revolution. In the UK women
have made their presence felt actively enough to worry Detective Chief
Inspector Kieron Sharp, the copper leading the inquiry into City of London
protests on June 18, who panicked that "women are playing a greater role in
this kind of subversive activity than you would normally find in criminal
activity".

Black women, mothers, lesbians, asylum seekers, sex workers, pensioners,
students, women with disabilities, waged and non-waged women, and loads
more are holding actions from demos to a day’s strike around the globe. So
if you fancy making a stand why not make a partner take over household or
childcare duties for the day, walkout with your colleagues at work or at
college. Undercurrents are keen to film yer fun, contact them on 01865
203662 or underc@gn.apc.org

Here’s what women are up to in over 30 countries from Albania to Rwanda...

   * LONDON: Women are invited to a Day of Celebration and Protest, with
     films and performances by women singers, dancers and poets from around
     the world. Full wheelchair access, childcare, and refreshments.
     1pm-11pm, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, Islington, N1 (Highbury &
     Islington tube). Women working in the red light area of Soho are
     considering stopping work and hanging banners outside their working
     flats saying SOHO ON STRIKE to protest about their lack of
     recognition. Picket the Dept. of Trade and Industry, Kingsgate House
     (next to Clinton card shop, Victoria or St James Park tubes).
     Trafalgar Square will be leafleted, and Crossroads Women’s centre will
     be touring the city with their loud speaker system.
   * ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE: Tameside women will be invited into a Strike
     Marquee in Market Square for a glass of champers and to list their own
     strike demands.
   * GREATER MANCHESTER - 0161 344 0758.
   * LIVERPOOL - contact the Black Sisters about their Open Day 0151 709
     8162!. KEIGHLEY- check out the Women’s Centre for alternative therapy
     sessions all day 01535 681316.
   * INDIA Women will do no housework or other work in the villages of
     Madhya Pradesh; thousands will march in Raipur, Ragard, and Mahasmund.
     Deputations led by Chhattisgarh Women‘s Organisation will go to Bhopal

     to meet officials and to Delhi to lobby the government Chief Minister,
     pressing demands to end violence and poverty.
   * IRELAND The Women Count Network will be striking in various ways, and
     along with the National Women‘s Council is pressing for a national
     paid holiday on 1st Feb. (St Brigid‘s Day), “A DAY OFF - because we‘re
     worth it!” to value women‘s work. Women‘s unwaged work is the largest
     industry in Ireland, estimated to be worth at least £314bn a year.
   * BURKINO FASO Rural women are Striking to Exist, demanding money for
     birth certificates and identity cards which most can‘t afford.
   * PHILIPPINES Community groups will lobby the president to issue a
     Presidential Proclamation making 8th March a paid holiday; parties and
     picnics are happening all day, and there’ll be a “No Shopping Day” to
     protest against the consumer industry‘s profits at women‘s expense.
   * MEXICO Daughters of the Corn Women‘s Collective are holding a strike
     day with a public meeting, debate and celebration in Mexico City.
   * TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO The National Union of Domestic Employees will lead
     a women’s march and rally in the capital city.
   * NIGERIA The Grassroots Women Foundation is demanding that 8th March be
     declared a national public holiday and that breastfeeding working
     mothers be paid a special allowance.
   * USA Demonstrations and parties in several major cities planned by US
     Wages for Housework. The Welfare Warriors (Wisconsin) are presenting
     women’s Bills to Bill Clinton on 8th March, stating what welfare
     they’re owed for the work he steals, and other cities will hold
     parties with the slogan “If you don’t pay us for our work, we’d rather
     party instead!” More info… Crossroads Women’s Centre 0171-482-2496
     womenstrike8m@server101.com

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CRAP ARREST OF THE WEEK

For painting a bus pink! 10 members of the Lesbian Avengers were nicked for
hijacking a Stagecoach bus and painting it pink. Stagecoach were targetted
because of the Chairman’s funding of the Keep Clause 28 campaign.

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YA BASTA!

Over the past year, two dates stand out as defining moments of global
resistance against global capitalism: June 18th and November 30th. Events
which the world’s press could not ignore; events which showed that not
everyone was happy with the neo-liberal* agenda being forced down our
throats.

The press like to talk about this ‘globalisation of protest’ as if it’s
something new, but what about the international movement against America’s
war in Vietnam? The mass solidarity against South African apartheid? Hey,
some people are even using the Internet to co-ordinate protests across the
globe (This reminds SchNEWS of when the cops were getting all hot under the
collar because ‘new age travellers’ were using mobile phones to organise
free parties!).

But where did this new movement come from? Where is its inspiration? A good
starting point is the Zapatista uprising which came to the world’s
attention on January 1st, 1994. On the same day the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed, four towns in the Chiapas region of
Mexico were taken over by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN),
and the news was quickly broadcast around the world via the Internet.

SchNEWS recently spoke to someone just returned from Chiapas

Q: CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY?

A: The Zapitista’s chose 1st January 1994 to occupy four major towns in the
state of Chiapas to coincide with the introduction of NAFTA. They only held
them for two or three days before the Mexican army chased them back into
the jungle, but they’d made their point by then! The Zapatista resistance
has been going on ever since.

Q: SO 1994 WAS THE ZAPATISTAS’ ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE WORLD THAT THEY MEAN’T

BUSINESS AS WELL AS TWO FINGERS TO THE NAFTA AGREEMENT?

A: Yeah. I think there had been fights with the army the year before, but
the army had decided to not pursue them because the government was trying
to negotiate this NAFTA deal. The government we’re really keen not to show
there was a guerrilla war in any part of Mexico so they kept it quiet.

Q: SO IT’S A SORT OF LOW INTENSITY WAR?

A: Oh yeah, it’s definitely a war but not one where many people are getting
killed at the moment; and even though we don’t hear much about the
Zapatistas at the moment, the movement is as strong as ever, even in the
face of 70,000 Mexican troops constantly surrounding them.

Top

Q: HOW DO THE ZAPATISTAS ORGANISE?

A: The Zapatista’s control 35 autonomous municipalities, and each
municipality covers a huge area with thousands of people in it. The scale
of the area is something people don’t appreciate. Each municipality is
named after an important revolutionary event or person. So you have the 1st
January, or April 10th when Zapata was assassinated. Or Flores Magon, who
was a Mexican anarchist, and Pancho Villa, who was once an ally of Zapata.
What is important is that the Zapatista’s have broken away from the old
guerrilla style of organising where the central committee tells you what to
do. Instead each village in the municipalities has it’s own assembly to run
it’s own affairs. For example, some communities have decided on completely
communal ownership of the land, while others have a mixed system with
common and individual land. Each village sends a delegate to the
Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee, where important military
decisions can only be made after all the communities have been consulted.
For example during the San Andres Peace Accords, when the Zapatistas talked
to the gov’t, every single community was consulted, and these debates can
go on for days - they talk it out, till everyone who wants to say something
has said it, and then some kind of consensus is made. We were in one
community where they had called a congress to decide the education
structure for the whole of the municipality and the meeting lasted two
days!

Q: TELL US ABOUT THE LAND OCCUPATIONS

A: I think the mainland takeovers started around 1995. Just three landlords
used to control the municipality we were in. The landowners had passed land
to each other for generations, until they were kicked out, and the area put
under Zapatista control. Before, in many places instead of being paid
wages, the Indians were given credit for the landowners shop where
everything was priced really high so reinforcing their poverty. Many
communities have debated what to do with the old landowners houses because
no Zapatistas will live in them. Some have been used as warehouses, some
have been demolished. In one community they took down a house brick by
brick when they heard the landlord and his heavies we’re coming back. They
sent him a Christmas card with a picture of where the house once stood and
said don’t bother - there’s nothing to come back to!

Q: WHAT IS THE STANDARD OF LIVING?

A: They are dirt poor, they haven’t got any money, but they haven’t got
anyone to tell them what to do now. They always come out with 'we have
dignity'. Their standard of living probably hasn’t changed that much since
the uprising, but at least now they are farming the land for themselves.

Q: WHAT’S THE ATMOSPHERE THERE LIKE?

A: Schizophrenic! You get the feeling from some that they can take on the
whole world, but at the same time army planes are flying really low every
day, there’s troop carriers and police helicopters, military bases next to
some municipalities - it all causes a certain desperation. What the army
and police do, is come into some communities on the pretext of looking for
someone. It’s always the women who are there, with these big sticks and
little babies on their backs, fighting them off. A Mexican general recently
complained that he didn’t join the army to fight women and children!

Q: TELL US ABOUT THE ROLE OF WOMEN


A: My experience was that the women are tough as hell. They take part in
the command structures of EZLN, for example the occupation of San Cristobal
was directed by women. One third of the army are women. When I was in San
Cristobal there was this huge women’s march against militarisation in
Chiapas. Women insisted on alcohol being banned in the whole of the
Zapatista controlled region. Landowners used to make sure the Indians got
addicted to alcohol, which got them into so much debt until they were
basically slaves. If they tried to leave they would be shot or punished, so
this alcohol thing was a really useful form of control and it had an effect
on the women as there was a lot more domestic violence then. Now, each
community has got a little jail big enough for one or two people and if any
of the men turn up pissed they just stick them in the jail for the night.
And it works, people don’t drink. Another example of the influence of women
is the story of one guy who organises clean water projects for the
communities. He put a proposal to the men in one village and said for the
water project to work, it would take a lot of hard work; three weeks of
solid digging a four mile trench from the mountain to the village. The men
decided not to bother, and let the women continue to go down to the river
and bring water back in buckets. However, when he went back to the village
a week later, he was approached and told by one of the elders, that the
women had had a meeting and told the men in no uncertain terms that they
were gonna dig the pipeline! However, in the assemblies there is still a
hierarchy and it is still often the men who do the talking; the women’s
revolution has happened, but it’s not all the way there yet by any means.

Q: DO YOU THINK THE UNITED STATES SEES THE ZAPATISTAS AS A THREAT?

A: Yeah, definitely. The US use the excuse of the war on drugs to arm the
Mexican army and most of that weaponry is being used against the
Zapatistas. And of course the US is worried because the Zapatistas are
setting an example in not accepting poverty and injustice. The Americans
spent millions destroying guerrilla movements in El Salvador, Guatemala and
of course Nicaragua. And now a whole new rebellion has happened in Mexico,
a country the US has always had a high level of control over. The region is
also rich in oil. The Mexican government wants to get its hands on it, but
this revolutionary movement is in its way, so at some point there is gonna
be a conflict . There is also huge bio-diversity in the forests, and the
American bio-tech companies want to get into the jungle and start
copywriting the genetic codes.

Q: HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK THE INTERNET HAS BEEN TO THE STRUGGLE?

A: I had this vision of them all tapping away on their computers in the
jungle and that was rubbish - most communities don’t even have electricity.
It is Zapatista supporters in Mexico City and America who have been
invaluable in terms of getting the message out and creating a public mood
where the Mexican government feels it can’t intervene because it would be
too controversial.

Q: HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT IS THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELVES GO ABROAD
AND VISIT AND SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE ZAPATISTAS?

A: To be honest in terms of material support, the most useful thing that
could happen, is some solidarity movement in America to try and stop the
weaponry getting to the Mexican army. In the absence of that, it’s a morale
booster. We went over as a football team, and every community we visited we
had to get up on stage and introduce ourselves, say where we are from -
they’re all like ‘where’s Europe?’ However, if their grasp of geography
isn’t very good, they are politicised and they understand why we are there.

Q: HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK THE ZAPITISTA STRUGGLE IS FOR INSPIRING
PEOPLE?

A: With the collapse of ‘communism’ there was glaoting about the triumph of
capitalism. If you want to get rid of the way the world is now being run,
you’ve got to have some kind of idea about what the new world will be like,

and the Zapatista’s are vital because they are not only saying it, they’ve
actually done it. They’re running the municipalities communally, they’re
organising their own education projects, their own water projects, have
their own army, they’re reaching out to the other indigenous people of
Mexico - it’s inspirational.

Recommended reading:
Zapatista! Documents of the New Mexican Revolution (Autonomedia, New York ’95)
Rebellion from the Roots by John Ross (Common Courage ’95)
Zapatista! Re-inventing Revolution in Mexico by John Holloway (Pluto Press ‘99)
Checkout:http://www.eco.utexas.edu:80/Homepages/Faculty/Cleaver/chiapas95.html

Contact: Chiapas Link, Box 79, 82 Colston Street, Bristol.
Chiapaslink@yahoo.com

SCHNEWS VOCAB WATCH

NEO-LIBERAL: Initially associated with that romantic duo, Reagan and
Thatcher, neo-liberalism has been the dominant economic theory for the past
two decades.

Supporters of neo-liberalism talk of ‘free market’ policies that encourage
private enterprise, consumer choice and personal initiative, and use these
arguments to justify everything from lowering taxes on the wealthy, to
dismantling education and social welfare programmes and scrapping
environmental regulations.

These well thought out conscientious, economic policies, have resulted in
...a massive increase in social and economic inequality, a marked increase
in severe deprivation for the poorest nations, a disastrous global
environment and unstable global economy - but, and here’s the key to it’s
popularity with its supporters, an unprecedented bonanza for the wealthy.

When these pioneers of righteousness, are presented with some of the rather
large downside, they claim that the spoils of the good life will invariably
spread to the broad mass of the population - as long as the neo-liberal
policies that exacerbated these problems in the first place are not
interfered with! Or as Robert McChesney put it "at their most eloquent,
proponents of neo-liberalism sound as if they are doing poor people, the
environment and everybody else a tremendous service as they enact policies
on behalf of the wealthy few."

Worse still, the neo-liberal zealots loudest message is that humanity has
hit the jackpot and there is no alternative to the status quo.

IT’S YER SCHNEWS BLOW BY BLOW ACCOUNT OF GLOBAL RESISTANCE

   * Jan 94: The Zapatistas rise up with the signing of NAFTA (SchNEWS
     174/5 and SchNEWS 200 for effects of NAFTA in Mexico)
   * Sept 96: The First Intergalactic Encuentro for Humanity and Against
     Neo-Liberalism, in Mexico July 97: The second Encuentro in Spain
     (SchNEWS 128)
   * Feb 98: Geneva people’s movements from around the globe met and form
     the People’s Global Action against 'Free' Trade and theWorld Trade
     Organisation (SchNEWS 156)
   * May 98: Street parties in 40 countries across the globe to protest
     against the G8 meeting in Birmingham (SchNEWS 168)
   * June 18th 99: Carnival against capitalism in the City of London , and
     actions in 27 other countries around the world (SchNEWS 217/218)
   * Aug 99: Peoples Global Action Meeting in Bangalore, India. (SchNEWS
     226)
   * Nov 30th 99: Battle of Seattle: The World Trade Organisation’s talks
     are de-railed by mass protests, with solidarity actions across the
     world (SchNEWS 240)

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‘Big Rattle in Seattle’

New 25 minutes video about last November’s successful demonstrations
against the World Trade Organisation. £6 + SAE with 80p worth of stamps
from the SchNEWS office

GLOBAL DATES FOR YER DIARY

   * April 16/17 Mobilisation for Global Justice. There will be week long
     series of events in Washington, with workshops and training on the
     global economy, ending with a massive rally at the International
     Monetary Fund’s (IMF) headquarters on Sunday April 16. Simultaneous
     events are planned in other countries. www.a16.org

   * MayDay 2000, April 29 - May 1st A four day gathering featuring
     Workshops, bookfair, film festival, art exhibition, footie tournament,
     tours of revolutionairy London, Critical Mass bike ride, plans for a
     permanent social centre, music, parties, May Queen event with a
     twist... Maypoles, mayhem and a MASS ACTION in London on Monday May
     1st to 'celebrate our diverse struggles against capitalism,
     exploitation and the destruction of the planet.'
   * MayDay 2000, BM MayDay, London, WC1N 3XX www.freespeech.org/mayday2k
     Part of the international call for action by People’s Global Action on
     1ST May
   * September, Prague: Global Day of Action against the IMF annual meeting: www.destroyimf.org

KOSOVO’S WOMEN

March 2000 marks one year since NATO began it’s bombardment of Serbia in
response to the ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Albanians in Kosovo. Far from abating
the crisis, Nato’s campaign not only subjected civilians to the violence,
it perpetuated the forced evacuation of thousands of Kosovans. In June,
after an agreement of sorts was reached, NATO withdrew and its peacekeeping
forces K-For and the United Nations Administraion were introduced to the
ravaged province.

So what’s changed one year on?...evidence of human rights abuses is still
rife, with Albanians and Serbs engaged in a vicious circle of endless
retaliation attacks. Among the countless organisations that are at working
to instill some sense of security into the humanitarian disaster, are those
that are specific to women’s needs. As well as enduring the systematic
torture meted out indiscriminately to the ethnic Albanians, women have had
to endure the added trauma of rape and other sexual abuses.

Medica is an organisation born out of the conflict in Bosnia, who now run
the successful Medica Women’s Therapy Centre in central Bosnia which has so
far helped over 20,000 women since 1993. Bosnian women are now involved in
an emergency initiative in Kosovo, undertaking the training of Alabanian
and Kosovan female psychologists, nurses and doctors in what they term
'appropriate, gender-sensitive, medical and psycho-social responses to rape
and other forms of war trauma.'

Among Medica’s aims are: the documentation of women’s rights violations to
bring about prosecutions; the establishment of a mobile clinic to reach
those refugees scattered across rural areas; the establishment of six
tent-clinics in Albanian refugee camps. Medica’s principles have a clear
woman-to woman focus: 'Women who have been systematically abused need care
in the first instant from women; they may be respected and their stories
believed.' Medica, P.O. Box 9560, London NW5 2WF. 0171 482 5670.
c.cockburn@ktown.demon.co.uk

SchNEWS in brief

Need information? Interested in getting active? Want to get help of any
sort? Here’s your quick run down of what to do and where to go...

BRIGHTON

   * Women’s Refuge. Safe accommodation for women who are victims of
     domestic abuse. 01273 622822
   * Rape Crisis Helpline, 01273 203773
   * Stopover Residential Project. Safe accommodation for women aged 16-21
     suffering domestic abuse. 01273 603775
   * Women’s Writing Group. Opportunity for women to write poetry, stories,
     articles, or anything you want to really! They meet every Tuesday at
     Brighton Women’s Centre, Basement, Brighthelm Centre, North Road,
     Brighton 7.30-9.30pm. 01273 240044
   * Queenspark Women’s Writing Group, space for women to do creative and
     autobiographical writing. Every Thursday 10-12 am, 49 Grand Parade,
     Brighton. Annual membership fee of £10/5. 01273 505642
   * Women’s Yoga at the Youth Centre, Whitehawk Road. Thursdays
     10.30-12pm. £2
   * Women’s Rugby at Hove Park every Saturday 7.30-9pm.
   * Adventure Unlimited offers women only outdoor activities and camps for
     those of you who are feeling fit! 01273 681058
   * Mosaic. Black and Mixed Race Community Group that meets at Community
     Base, 113-115 Queens Road, Brighton, 01273 234017

   * Akwaaba Black and Ethnic Minority Support and Information. St.
     Gabriel’s Family Centre, 8 Wellington Road, Brighton, 01273 325039
   * Lesbian Drop-in. Fridays 12-4pm at Brighton and Hove Lesbian and Gay
     Community Centre. 113-117 Queens Road, 01273 234005
   * Young Mothers Support Group. Organisation for mothers up to age 19.
     Contact Tracy Holder or Sara Downing, Morley Street Family Centre,
     Brighton, 01273 295858
   * Oasis Women’s Drug Project, 22 RichmonD Place, BN2 2NA, 01273 696970
   * Threshold, women’s mental health initiative holding groups, sessions
     and counselling.
   * And last but by no means least, there’s the Brighton Women’s Centre
     where you can find practically everything you could ever want. They
     offer counselling, legal advice, a creche, pregnancy testing and
     drop-in sessions. Basement, Brightelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1
     1YD. www.btnwomen.u-net.com 01273 749567 AND ELSEWHERE:
   * Training for Women. Courses in furniture making, plumbing, electrical
     installation, carpentry etc for women out of work for over 6 months.
     Childcare available and no course fees. Also allowances for materials
     and clothing. Northbrook College, Broadwater Road, Worthing. 01903
     606002
   * Women Returning to Study. Women only college offering certificates to
     higher education. Residential and day study available. Hilcroft
     College, Southbank, Surbiton. 0181 399 2688

CAAT’S EYES

In case you didn’t know, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) now has
a women’s network. It was set up in September 1999 and raises awareness of
the specific traumas encountered by women during conflict. Women and
children make up the majority of the world’s refugees, struggling to
survive when families, homes and livelihoods have been lost.

There’s a free Women’s Information Pack available. And an action planned in
London for International Women’s Day. Contact June at CAAT, 11 Goodwin
Street, Finsbury Park, London N4 3HQ 0171 281 1297

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Let’s Haggle

If you fancy some revolutionary feminist activity, join the HAGs! Don’t be
scared by the name, HAG stands for Hell Raising Anarchist Girls, a Brighton
based ‘loose collective of anarcha-feminists’.The group originated in
February of last year from women attending the Rebel Alliance direct action
meetings and the women’s nights at the Anarchist Teapot. It combines
Feminism and Anarchism to create an alliance better equipped to fight
against the forces of capitalism and patriarchy which go hand in hand.

HAG are keen to point out that they are not anti-male, but simply
pro-women, a big difference. "Within HAG we can share confidences, humour
and experiences. It helps us see things from a different perspective and
gives us increased confidence and skills", said a spokeswoman.In their
first year, the HAGs have tackled a wide range of issues. Their first
action, to coincide with International Women’s Day 99 involved a procession
round Brighton bringing to the public’s attention the large and colourful
history of female activists in the town. Since then, they have produced a
radio programme (wimminz hour) for pirate Radio 4A, attended the J18
Carnival Against Capitalism in London, took part in International No Diet
day with the message ‘Riot Not Diet’, organised self-defence lessons...and
much, much more!

Feeling inspired yet? Here’s a quick run-down of what the HAGs have in
store for the future...more self defence lessons, anti-GMO actions,
climbing training days, making links with other ‘anarch-fem’ groups, and of
course... more fun on this year’s International Women’s Day.

HAG meet every two weeks, at 6pm on Sundays at The Hag House, 14-16
Newmarket Road (off Lewes Road gyratory). They always need more people to
get involved, so get along and get active!

CASUAL KILLERS

Women in Black is a worldwide organisation that aims to address ‘the whole
continuum of violence, from male violence against women, to militarism and

war.’ It was formed in 1998 in Israel out of the women’s protests against
Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, and now has
bases in Yugoslavia, Belgium, the United States, Spain, Italy and many
other countries. Women in Black Belgrade have been particularly active of
late, highlighting the ongoing troubles caused by the Kosovo conflict,
raising awareness, and addressing those in power.

Women in Black (London) c/o The Maypole Fund, PO Box 14072 London N16 5WB.
www.chorley2.demon.co.uk/wib.html 0171 482 5670.

...and finally...

Sussex Women Magazine needs you now! This is a forthcoming publication that
hopes to be up and running in the Summer. It will focus on women’s
experience in the Sussex area with an emphasis on the positive aspects.
'News and information on positive, constructive things women are doing,
rather than focusing on the ways in which women are downtrodden.'
Contributions are urgently needed, and also people to get involved with the
running of the magazine So, if you’re a Sussex woman with something to say,
get writing.
Contact Jacqueline Seamon on 01273 240044 for more details

disclaimer
SchNEWS warns all readers that we’ll be on strike next week, but will be
back the week after with a new agenda. Honest.

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