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(en) SchNEWS Issue 437 - Friday 16th January - PLAIN TEXT

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 23 Jan 2004 20:24:32 +0100 (CET)

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"The powers available to the government and state agencies would
be truly draconian. Cities could be sealed off, travel bans
introduced, all phones cut off, and websites shut down.
Demonstrations could be banned and the news media be made subject
to censorship. New offences against the state could be "created"
by government decree. At a stroke, democracy could be replaced by
totalitarianism." - Tony Bunyan, Statewatch

Just when you thought Neo Labour would run out of new laws to keep
us all in line, along comes the Mother of them all - The Civil
Contingencies Bill.

This is, we are told, for our own safety, to help with those
little emergencies in life such as terrorist attack, contamination
of land with "harmful biological, chemical or radioactive matter
or oil", and flooding and "disruption or destruction of plant life
or animal life". In such an emergency, forget the Yellow Pages cos
your phone would probably be cut off. Instead, everything would be
done "to protect or restore the activities of Her Majesty's
government" and that means some rather uncivil powers could be

These include:

* The banning of the movement of people and vehicles in an area,
* Evacuation orders of an area,
* The seizure, confiscation or destruction of property, with or
without compensation,
* Destruction of animal or plant life, with or without
* Ban of "assemblies of specified kinds, at specified places or at
specified times",
* Shutting down phone lines and websites,
* Arresting people who fail to co-operate with the emergency

And this is just a watered down version from a few months back!
While Neo Labour and the media have promoted these powers to deal
with floods and such like, SchNEWS reckons that these powers could
be used against members of the public who complain far too much
for their own good. Just look at the stalking laws which were
originally touted to protect women from stalkers, but which were
first used against animal rights activists (SchNEWS 126) and which
Bayer are now using to silence critics of their genetically
modified crops (SchNEWS 436). Or the Terrorism laws, supposedly
introduced to protect us from being blown up, which are now being
routinely used at demos to stop and search people who have been
asking their government NOT to blow people up!


Behaviour Modification

Also in the queue of new bills and acts designed to make a more
compliant public out of us is the new Anti-Social Behaviour Act,
which just so happens to ignore the anti-social aspects of
dropping bombs on civilians and letting corporations release
genetically modified organisms into the countryside. Instead it
concentrates on a hotch-potch of stuff from 'anti-social' tenants,
noise, graffiti and litter to dealing with people who refuse to
trim their disorderly hedges.

The new law also contains further serious attacks on people's
right to party and protest, tightening the screws of the Public
Order Act 1986 and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act
1994 - an Act which sparked massive protests in the nineties and
spawned SchNEWS itself, but whose amendments have passed into law
largely un-noticed. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act introduces a new
law which will allow a senior copper to disperse a group of two or
more people if another member of the public has felt intimidated,
harassed, alarmed or distressed by their behaviour. It also states
that a Public Assembly is no longer 20 people, but can be
comprised of just two people!! So if you happen to be on a small
picket in front of some nasty business, if there are more than two
of you, you are now liable to be dispersed on the grounds that you
constitute an illegal Public Assembly. Or all three of you might
just be forced to move on by a senior copper for the terrifying
affect your banner has on the general public. Meanwhile,
'Aggravated Trespass', frequently used to nick hunt sabs and
people trying to stop more road building, now applies inside
buildings, with the amendments explicitly referring to how the
charge can be used against activists who enter company buildings
for office occupations or supermarket protests! And all of you
ravers take care. Yet another change to the Criminal Justice Act
contained inside the Anti Social Act states that the numbers
required for yer party to be classed as an illegal rave have now
dropped from 100 to a mere 20-which is hardly a rave, more an
indication that you haven't got many friends. And the
classification of an illegal rave now extends inside buildings as
well as outside. The Act also includes a new offence -going to a
rave within 24 hours of being stopped from going to a previous
one. Social butterflies beware!!

But while Neo Labour has been busy coming up with new ways to
mould us into model citizens, ready to work, shop and die without
any fuss, the largest, longest and most expensive study in the
history of criminology has come up with the most bleedin' obvious
conclusion ever. The Project on Human Development in Chicago
Neighbourhoods has spent $51 million over the past 10 years to
conclude that the most important influence on a neighbourhood's
crime rate is neighbours' willingness to act for one another's
benefit. The study argues that most major crimes are linked to
concentrated poverty and what it calls 'collective efficacy.'
Which in plain English means that if your local park was full of
rubbish and the local authority removed it all, the rubbish would
probably return in a few weeks. But if the local community
organised a meeting to clean up the park, with a chance for people
to meet, solve problems and work together, the benefits would most
likely be much longer lasting and the park would probably remain
cleaner for longer.

The study has challenged the "broken windows theory" that if
people are allowed to get away with little crimes like graffiti or
dropping litter, bigger acts of disorderly conduct will follow.
This theory has provided the intellectual justification for a
crackdown on "quality of life" crimes in New York City and is also
being used to justify part of Neo Labour's new anti-social
crusade. This crusade in New York has led to fines being handed
out for everything from people falling asleep on the subway to
sitting on a milk crate! But research in the Chicago Neighborhoods
study shows that crime and 'anti social behaviour' is most
effectively fought not with more laws and more jails, but by
building strong communities where people take control of their own
lives. But maybe that's just the sort of nonsense which could only
lead to less government, happier people, and pure anarchy!

Residents' Groups - revolutionary or reactionary? Haringey
Solidarity Group discussion evening, 27th January, 7pm @ Phoenix
Millennium Centre, West Green Rd (entrance in Vincent Rd.) 020
8374 5027 http://hsg.cupboard.org

Discuss the Civil Contingencies Bill at the Manchester Social
Forum, this Saturday (17) Friends Meeting House. Mount St. at 11am



Travellers near Coventry hotted it up on Monday morning when the
bailiffs came to call by defending their site with burning
barricades and 7-foot wide trenches. Perhaps proving the point
that flaming barricades sometimes get results, the travellers have
now won the right in the High Court to a judicial review of their
case - successfully protecting their site until the review can be

The travellers bought the land that they live on in north
Warwickshire nearly three years ago and around 20 families moved
onto the plot. Although planning permission for a private
travellers' site was denied, the group decided to make its home
there, constructing buildings, fences and roads on the land. More
than a year ago the travellers lost their first High Court case,
but still refused to give up their homes and give in to the
authorities that wanted them out.

The local council, however, was gagging to make the 20 families
homeless and get their own hands on the land - if they had been
successful in their attempt at eviction, the council planned to
repossess the land in order to pay for the costs of the eviction.
With this ridiculous goal in mind, the council sent in the
bailiffs and 40 odd police on Monday morning, only to have them
beaten back by two burning caravans, trenches filled with flaming
rubbish, and a human chain which refused to budge. The travellers'
spokesman, John Lee, said: "There is no way we were letting them
in. If they had got past us on the gate, they would have been
confronted by the women and children. All we want is to protect
our homes."

Apparently, the travellers might actually get to do just that. In
an emergency measure to stop the council evicting them from their
land, the travellers had gone to the High Court on Thursday to
seek an interim injunction against the council. For the moment
they have been successful and will remain on their land until the
new judicial review of the case. In the meantime, they plan to sit
down with the council yet again and try to come to some sort of
agreement. "Surely the council can work with us to either find us
another site or to leave us in peace at this one?" says John Lee.
"We are not asking anyone for money, just for permission to live
as we want to."



Nine ladies anti-quarry camp was set up back in 1999 to help stop
the destruction of Stanton Moor hillside in the Peak District
National Park, which is under threat from the possible re-opening
of two dormant quarries. The quarries would have a disastrous
impact on the Nine Ladies Stone Circle and local wildlife and camp
residents have always vowed to stay until the quarry plans are

But, on 12 December quarry company Stancliffe Stone submitted a
scheme for working the two quarries to the Peak District National
Park Authority. Stancliffe wants to extract 3.2 million tons of
rock from a site within 100m of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. The
quarry company has also told local papers that they plan to begin
an eviction process against the camp almost immediately.

Campers are calling for reinforcements from around the country,
"As fast as they get people out, we hope others from around the
country will be getting in across fields, etc." To get your name
on the eviction alert phone tree, please contact the site mobile:
0700 5942212 or write to: Nine Ladies anti-quarry campaign, Lees
Road, Stanton Lees, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2LQ.


SchNEWS In Brief

* RIP Tom Hurndall, who was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier
while shepherding young Palestinians out of the way of a tank,
died on Wednesday evening after spending 9 months in a coma.
* Non-violent direct action workshop and discussion day for
Palestine, Saturday 24th, 2-5pm, Friends Meeting House, Ship St,
Brighton thewallmustfall@hotmail.com
* Ken Loach introduces a special showing of 'Bread and Roses'
about Mexican immigrant women janitors in downtown Los Angeles,
Thursday 22nd, 6.30 pm, Other Cinema, Rupert St, London W1. £8
Bookings: www.picturehouses.co.uk or 020 7734 1506. All money
raised will be spent fighting sweatshops in the UK and in Mexico.
* Mobile demo against shops selling fur in Brighton this Saturday
(17th) meet outside Lush, 41 East St, 1pm. Bring whistles, drums,
costumes, and loud voices. www.furfree.info
* Dissent is a new direct action group in the Edinburgh area. To
get involved dissentedinburgh@riseup.net
* Noise Demo outside Lindholme Removal/Detention Centre - part of
the Europe Wide Day of Action against Refugee Detention and for
Migrant Rights. This Saturday (17th), noon, Tyrham Hall Hotel,
South Yorkshire, on the A614 south of Hatfield Woodhouse. 0845 458
9595 lindholme@veggies.org.uk
* No Borders Night - this Saturday (17th), 7pm-late -
free/donations at London's newest political social centre, 93
Fortess Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 1AG. Films, chilled music,
dinner, bar and an open discussion on activities & action for the
European-wide Day of Action against Detention Centres & Borders on
Jan 31st. www.wombles.org.uk
* Bristolian Party Big Benefit, Seymours Club, Midland Road, St.
Phillips, Bristol. Saturday 31st 8pm-2am £5 Attila the
Stockbroker, Dynamo's Rhythm Aces, Kid Carpet.
* Discussion about Indymedia London, its role, media actions,
skill share, etc. Convergence from Friday 30th, info:
* Reclaim Lakenheath, Suffolk. Demo followed by mischief making
and distraction around the US bases in the area. Assemble noon
Sunday 18th, USAF Lakenheath Gate 1. Bring banners, binoculars,
cameras (with or without film), notepads etc.
www.lakenheathaction.org 07881 782772. This is part of the Reclaim
the Bases weekend of action against military bases.
* Meeting about Compulsory Work Focused Interviews for the
Disabled and Single Parents, Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton,
5.30pm, Tuesday 20th
* Fight The Power - benefit for St Agnes Place (see SchNEWS 429)
Hip Hop night @ The Telegraph, Brixton Hill, London. Friday 23rd
Jan £6/£5.
* Meeting to plan for International Women's Day (8th March) at the
Freedom Bookshop, 84b Whitechapel High St, London, 7.30pm, Tuesday
20th. www.enrager.net/m8


SchNEWS Training Day

If you want to get involved with helping SchNEWS, whether it's
writing, desktop publishing, distribution or making the tea, then
come along to our Training Day on Wednesday 21st January, 12 noon
til 5pm. Places are limited so get in touch beforehand.


Inside SchNEWS

Chris Baldwin has been jailed for 6 months for running a
Dutch-style cannabis café in Worthing, West Sussex. The
wheelchair-bound medical cannabis user has now started a hunger
strike in the nick. Send him letters of support at: Chris Baldwin,
JC 9521, HMP High Down, Downview Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PJ.

Anarchist Cassidy Wheeler, who was sentenced to eight years for
shoplifting (the severity was probably due to his political
beliefs), has been attacked by Nazis and prison guards and is
asking people to write to the Superintendent to demand he is moved
to another jail. Write letters to The Superintendent, 777 Stanton
Blvd., Ontario, OR 97914-8335, USA.



A few weeks ago, the US started photographing and fingerprinting
any foreigners arriving in the US (apart from European tourists!).
This is supposedly to stop terrorism, although this scheme seems
unlikely to work against potential suicide bombers. "Ooh, I've had
my fingerprints taken. Best not blow myself up!"

In an extremely fair and comical response, Brazil has decided that
all Americans arriving in Brazil should be fingerprinted as well,
with the simple reasoning that if Brazilians have to be
fingerprinted, then why not Americans? Never one for a sense of
humour, the US government is more than a bit miffed. The US
Embassy in Brazil has stated, ".we regret the way in which new
procedures have suddenly been put in place that single out US
citizens for exceptional treatment that has meant lengthy delays
in processing.[We] will continue to raise our concerns with the
Brazilian Government regarding equitable treatment for US citizens
travelling to Brazil." Equitable treatment, eh?? Perhaps the US
government needs a dictionary as badly as it needs a sense of

* One American pilot has already been arrested in Brazil. When
asked if he could be fingerprinted, he raised his middle finger in
the universal gesture of insult. His company, American Airlines,
has agreed to pay the $12,000 fine and issue an apology. Ten other
crew members were denied entry to Brazil after causing problems
during the identity checks.


..and finally...

At a Burger King in Troy, Michigan, customers have been shocked
recently by the honesty and bluntness of the employees on the
drive-through intercom. "You don't need a couple of Whoppers.
You're too fat. Pull ahead," is just one example of what
drive-through food consumers have been told. Bugger King taking an
interest in their customers' health at last? Finally a bit of
actual corporate responsibility? Well not exactly. Police believe
that the "health-conscious" messages are in fact the work of
pranksters who have been hacking into the radio frequency of the
intercom system and are watching and broadcasting from close
range. Customers who order everyone's favourite cola have been
told, "We don't have Coke." But when the customer then asks what
they do have, the hacker replies, "We don't have anything. Pull

Booger King franchise owner Tony Versace issued the following
statement in response to the incidents, "We apologise to our
customers who've been insulted by the use of this drive-through
speaker." It's a shame he didn't apologise for the insultingly bad
food Murder King produces.



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case you piss yourself reading SchNEWS. Honest!



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