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(en) SchNEWS Issue 456/7 - Friday 4th June

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 4 Jun 2004 07:57:28 +0200 (CEST)


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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER FAR LEFT OF LOONY... SchNEWS
BITE THE BALLOT "The government's recent actions show that we must be
cautious about claiming that only fascists use refugees as scapegoats.
The truth is that the BNP has only been able to campaign so successfully
on this issue because the climate is so open for it to do so. The venom
of the press and mainstream politicians has normalised the message of
the BNP fascists." - Kate Taylor, Searchlight Magazine
It's election time next Thursday and across the country it's the
only thing on people's mind. Er, perhaps not. But more worryingly,
the fascist British National Party are threatening to gain more
seats at the forthcoming local and European elections using voter
apathy, proportional representation and a new squeaky clean image.
Then there's the UK Independence Party - a sort of little
Englander BNP-lite, that are very likely to get racist Kilroy-Silk
elected (who despite living in a £2.5 million mansion in
Buckinghamshire keeps going on about how he knows what ordinary
people want).

We must not forget that the BNP is a fascist organisation, which
poses a direct threat to anyone who doesn't fit into their white
English culture. Areas that the BNP targets are blighted with
increased racist attacks. Take Burnley where between April 2002
and March 2003, 237 racist attacks were recorded - a 149%
increase.

To counter this threat groups like Unite Against Fascism tell us
that not voting will let the fascists in. So who should get our
votes? Neo Labour or the Tories? Parties that bring mainstream
policies into BNP territory as leader Nick Griffin commented a few
years ago "The Asylum seeker issue has been great for us ... it
has been quite fun to watch as they play the race card in far
cruder terms than we would ever use, but pretend not to. This
issue legitimises us."

With this 'legitimacy' The BNP hopes to step in and appeal to
pissed off and poor suburban voters. But as one anti-racist
campaigner told SchNEWS, "We must engage in a real debate with
those who voted BNP. They are not Nazis and their grievances, many
of them real, must not be dismissed out of hand."



RIGHT YOU ARE

These tactics of stirring up race hatred, of blaming other ethnic
minorities for the problems such as bad housing are nothing new.
During the 1930s and 40s Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists
was trying to gain a stronghold, targeting the East End of London.
Solley Kaye was one of those involved in fighting them. "You had
massive unemployment, immense poverty, social services nowhere
near what they are today, terrible slums. The fascists (tried to)
involve people on the basis of envy, fear, or whatever, they said
'the Jews, they've got your houses, the Jews, they've got your
jobs.' Even though we were all living in bloody poverty with bugs
crawling all over us in the night.

"At the time the Communist Party together with some very
courageous Church people, organised the Stepney Tenants Defence
League, and all the tenants living in bad houses were being
involved in a fight to get the repairs done and the rents reduced.
There were some people being evicted from a block of flats called
Paragon Mansions, Phil Piratin (later to become a Communist M.P.)
heard about it. He went there and got the rest of the tenants to
organise barricades to stop the bailiffs coming in." Some of the
tenants were members of the British Union of Fascists, but they
didn't want anything to do with them after they saw who their real
allies were.

The turning point came in 1936 when a quarter of a million people
stopped Mosley's party marching through the East End and his party
never recovered.

The asylum issue is not the only way that politicians play into
the fascists hands. In the Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford the
Independent Working Class Association have been opposing the idea
of multiculturalism "We believe that public money should not be
spent on projects whose sole purpose is apparently to foster
artificial divisions along ethnic or religious lines...we believe
that the promotion of segregation is political suicide for the
working class, as well of course for ethnic minorities
themselves." One example of this was their opposition to £25,000
being spent on lights on the Cowley Road in Oxford to celebrate
the Muslim festival of Eid. They argued money should not be spent
on a religious festival - any religious festival including
Christmas - while services were being cut in Blackbird Leys area.
Doing so would just cause resentment and racism.

Across the country people have other methods of dealing with the
fascists. Posties have been refusing to deliver their election
leaflets using a conscience clause in their contract. The BNP
accuses the postal union of being "anti-democratic" and "hostile
to the patriots of the BNP" forgetting that if it ever got to
power it would abolish unions. Elsewhere people have been taking,
a more, shall we say, direct approach. BNP councillors have had
their houses attacked and meetings and leafleting sessions
disrupted. Holocaust denier David Irving had to abandon a meeting
in Sussex and the leader of France's far right Le Pen's party was
greeted with rotten fruit and fists on his recent visit to the UK
(SchNEWS 451).

Democracy means more than just putting an x on a piece of paper,
it means having an input into decisions that affect your life. The
idea that people must be apathetic if they don't vote or that if
you don't vote you can't complain or that voting is the single
most important political act anyone can take is nonsense. As the
Rev Kenneth Leech wrote in the foreword to 'Brick Lane 1978': "The
battle against racism and fascism cannot be won by outsiders who
march into an area, chant slogans, and then march out again; it
can only be won by the most dedicated, rooted and persistent
commitment to undermine and destroy the injustice and neglect on
which such movements thrive".

* While visiting in Stoke one SchNEWS scribe got a BNP leaflet for
the elections through the door. There's a picture of the candidate
and his family on the back with his ten years old son saying - "My
Dad isn't a racist" No, of course not son.

* To get involved in more militant anti fascist activity 07950
836455 www.antifa.org.uk

* Think fascists have a right to freedom of speech? Get a copy of
'The 43 Group' by Morris Beckman an excellent account of how
Jewish ex-servicemen fought Oswald Mosley fascist party, literally
kicking them off the streets of East London in the 1940's. Copies
available from www.activedistribution.org/

* Telephone your local sorting office, to say you do not want BNP
material delivered and give support to local postal workers who
are refusing to deliver BNP material.

* 'Refugees - they're welcome here' meeting on 14 June at
Community Base, South Wing, 113 Queens Road, Brighton 6.30pm to
9.30pm with food, films and speakers including Ko Aung, refugee
from Burma and Emma Ginn, from the Campaign to Stop Arbitrary
Detention at Yarl's Wood.

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Crap Arrest of the Week

For being an artist...
Steve Kurtz called 911 early one morning to tell them his wife had
suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. However when the
police arrived they decided Kurtz's art supplies were actually
bioterrorism weapons and called the FBI who arrested Kurtz without
charge, sealed off the entire block, confiscated his computers,
manuscripts, art supplies... and even his wife's body. Kurtz, an
Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the State
University of New York's University and a member of the
internationally-acclaimed Critical Art Ensemble is facing trial
later this month. www.rtmark.com/CAEdefense/

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* Teas for donations

* SchNEWS Info-stall - pick up loadsa free info and book bargains

* SchLIVE - the live satirical news show with vids (5pm-ish)

* Videos - direct action and the Clangers

* Children's Workshops - clay modelling, painting, let's get messy

Look out for us in the green area near the pub.

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DiSSENT!

In June 2005 the G8 is coming to the UK. Made up of the eight of
the most "powerful" nations on earth, the G8 meets "informally" to
carve up the world's resources for the narrow interests of
multinational corporations, while trampling over workers rights,
public services and the environment. While member countries refuse
to seriously engage themselves in the fight against accounting
fraud, money laundering, and offshore havens, the G8, under the
auspices of the fight against terrorism, attempts to justify war,
militarism, and repression.

Dissent is a network of groups and individuals planning actions
and taking direct action against the 2005 G8 summit and what it
represents. What actions happen against it is up to those who get
involved; unlike the G8 there is are no leaders telling people
what to do, it is up for all those involved to have an equal say.

Demonstrations against the G8 have a history of being pretty
spectacular. In 1999 while the G8 were meeting in Cologne the City
of London was famously shut down for the day with the J18 Carnival
Against Capital. In 2001 when they met in a fortress in Genoa,
Italy, 300,000 people faced paramilitary police on the streets
outside, resulting in the destruction of large parts of the city
and the murder of one protester by the police. Such protests have
led the G8 to retreat to ever more remote locations, last year
they met in the exclusive Swiss resort of Evian and next week
they'll be meeting on Sea Island, 80 miles south of Savannah, USA.
So people in the States have called for decentralised actions
around the world. Dissent is organising a diverse range of events
to make people aware of next years G8 summit in the UK and the
growing movement which opposes it.

To find out more www.dissent.org.uk

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WORTHING-WHILE

ANTI-G8 protesters have this week set up a new autonomous social
centre in Worthing, West Sussex. The 23TOPIA squat will be open to
the public on Friday June 4th. And from June 8th to 12th they are
planning a Festival of Resistance to coincide with the G8 summit
in the USA. A spokesperson for the group said: "Next year the G8
will be meeting in the UK and our aim is to show them that they
are not welcome here. The message is loud and clear - expect
thousands of us to be gearing up for massive protests against the
capitalist scum, everywhere from Scotland to the English South
Coast."

23TOPIA is in Chapel Road, Worthing, in the building previously
housing the 3TO nightclub (previously known as Area 51 and
Flappers). The space will be opened up to campaign information and
meetings, art installations, music workshops and lots more stuff
still being planned. The group is making three general call-outs:

1) For people to come along and help out in what ever way they
can, even if it's just for an hour or two after work. There is a
large amount of cleaning and tidying still to be done!

2) For individuals and groups to make use of the space and bring
literature, posters etc to get a positive message across to the
people using the centre. If your group has some spare leaflets or
papers, please consider donating them to 23TOPIA. You can also
give talks, run workshops or just come and meet others.

3) Spread the word as quickly as possible. Post this info on
websites and pass on via e-mail. Tell people by word of mouth.
This is a glorious opportunity not to be wasted!

Postal mail should for the moment go c/o The Porkbolter at PO Box
4144, Worthing, W Sussex BN14 7NZ and email can be handled at
worthing@eco-action.org

Shut The G8 website is at www.freewebs.com/shuttheg8

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Scraping the Barrel

Last Saturday in Saudi Arabia, the oil city of Khobar was attacked
by Al-Qaida. Fears that this is the start of a concerted campaign
to disrupt oil supplies and damage the US economy had an immediate
impact on the price of the barrel which reached a record high in
the States.

Our chancellor, Gordon Brown says that it is crucial that OPEC act
now to keep oil prices down and the world economy stable. Loyola
de Palacio, EU Commissioner also called on OPEC to increase
production, dubiously claiming that her thoughts are with poor
countries that will suffer as a result of the high prices. While
Western governments put pressure on OPEC to pump out more and more
oil, OPEC point out that they are producing as much as they ever
were and in some cases countries are producing well above their
national quotas. The high prices, they say, are due to speculation
on the futures markets in Europe. Big companies and countries buy
up oil, anticipating further price rises due to the turbulent
situation in the Middle East. The effect of this is to push prices
through the roof. So to summarise the story, we invaded the Middle
East causing massive destruction and resentment, the price of oil
rose, but we still need more oil and buy loads in case the price
goes up more, the price does go up a lot more due to the
increasing demand and we blame the Middle East.

Meanwhile, fuel protestors are again threatening to take to the
streets (or drive around in their cars shaking their fists) and
again the issue of climate change hardly gets a mention. As
climate change campaigning group Rising Tide point out the problem
is not that we will run out of oil, it is that oil is causing
massive climate change. As Friends of The Earth put it "Fears
about rising oil prices demonstrate the need for a massive
investment in energy efficiency and alternatives to oil, such as
bio fuels. Burning oil is a major contributor to global climate
change".

* On June 16 a street party is organised against BP sponsoring the
National Portrait Gallery in London. Meet 4 pm at St James Square
in London. 07969 786770. www.londonrisingtide.org.uk

* 15-21 June 'An Exhibition of Resistance to BP and Big Oil'.
07969 786770. www.risingtide.org.uk

* 'Can renewable energy systems give us what we need or do we face
a serious energy shortage over the next fifty years?' Saturday
19th June.11am-4pm. Canterbury Room 4, Lampeter University 01558
685353. Organised by Earth Cymru Network:
www.fraw.org.uk/ecn/ecne/04_06_19-energy.html

* There's a Cambridge Forum on Climate change on June 15th @ CB1
Cafe, 32 Mill Rd, Cambridge 8-10pm. Speakers include Dr David
Vaughan of British Antarctic Survey who witnessed first-hand the
break-up of the Larsen B ice shelf and Dr Johnathan Koehler, of
the Applied Economics department who will talk about renewable
energy. There will be time for questions and discussion - plus
plenty of suggestions for practical and effective action.

* From 19th-21st November, the Centre for Alternative Technology
will be running a brand new course "Make your own Bio-diesel". The
course will enable you to produce your own cheap bio-diesel,
without the need for alterations to your engine. 01654 705957
www.cat.org.uk.

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War On Activists

The Third EU - LAC Conference in Guadalajara Mexico came to a
tense end last week with indirect condemnation of the US military
torture in Iraq and commercial agreements without popular support.
There was also violence against demonstrators at the end of the
general demonstration, with around 100 detained and disappeared,
as well as 30 injured.

Mexican and international activists were physically and
psychologically humiliated and maltreated by the police. Some of
the injured were taken into prison without receiving any medical
attention. Activists from Euskadi, Catalunya, Spain, Chile, Italy
and Australia were among the arrested and are awaiting
deportation. Among the Mexicans still in jail are some of the most
active members of the anarcho-punk movement in Mexico, activists
who were involved in the inspirational protests against the WTO in
Cancun last year.

Most of those arrested were working with indigenous communities in
Oaxaca and Chiapas. The government has imposed extremely high
fines ranging from £1,000 to £1,300 for the Mexicans and stated
that they will not be released until the fines are paid. Average
wages in Mexico are about £2 a day, so the average person would
have to work for about two years just to pay the fine, this
equates to a fine of around £40,000 in relative British terms.

This is a call for support and solidarity with the activists in
Mexico. Write letters to Vicente Fox, (President of Mexico),
Palacio Nacional, Edif. 10, Planta baja Col. Centro Del.
Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06067, México, D. F. There is also a bank account
set up for donations for the activists for information, e-mail
biblioteca@libertad.org.mx to find out how to make a donation. You
can also donate online at
www.guadalajara.mediosindependientes.org/

* www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/05/292578.html

* To find out more www.libertad.org.mx/apoyos.htm (we hope your
Spanish is better than ours)

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Oil Be Rich

The World Bank's commitment to "the vision of poverty reduction"
has become even more of joke than it already is. A new report by
the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network shows that the World
Bank investment in oil projects has done nothing to alleviate
poverty and has actually pumped more money into Halliburton, one
of the world's largest providers to the oil and gas industries.

Last December the Bank's very own Extractative Industries Review
recommended that its investment in oil projects be phased out by
2008. "82% of all oil projects the bank has invested in (since
1992) are primarily designed for the export of oil back to the
USA, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan."
And guess what, it's Halliburton who heads the list of corporate
beneficiaries!

The report found that Halliburton and friends (who including
Shell, Chevron Texaco & BP) would lose out if the Bank stopped
investing in oil: "The World Bank was unable to produce a single
example where its support for oil had alleviated poverty".

www.tni.org/reports/seen/halliburton.htm

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SchNEWS in Brief

* Were you searched in London by police during the DSEI arms fair
last September? Liberty needs your search receipts ASAP for the
second stage of a High Court legal battle against the Metropolitan
Police. 0207 378 3653 www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk

* The new Anarchist Yellow Pages is out soon including 2000
anarchist and libertarian communist groups, revolutionary
syndicalist unions, militant anti-fascists, libertarian
publications, alternative media projects, infoshops and social
centers from around the world. Available in UK from Active
www.activedistribution.org

* From Baghdad to Blackwood via Bristol - Bristle magazine issue
16 is out! This time it's a direct action special. £1.50 - get it
at Kebele social centre, www.bristle.org.uk

* If you want to get your hands on some decent radical films and
documentaries then check out www.cultureshop.org

* Last Monday around 600 prisoners in Wolow, Poland, started a
hunger strike, protesting against overcrowding in prisons. The
protest was sparked off by the decision to put extra beds in
cells; now there are eight beds in rooms designed for five. The
day after 300 prison inmates in Wronki and 340 in Klodzko joined
in out of solidarity. Prison authorities have responded by
stopping all group meetings.
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Inside SchNEWS

Russian anarchist journalist and anti-fascist Aleksei Cherepanov
is being illegally detained after being fitted up after having
drugs planted on him. He is involved with the publication Avtonom,
and was interrogated about anarchist press found in his house.

www.avtonom.org http://russia.indymedia.org

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SHAC It Up

The FBI arrested seven er 'terrorists' from around the US last
Wednesday, in what it called a victory in the War on Terror. The
only catch is that they weren't actually terrorists - they were
animal rights activists from SHAC who had been campaigning to
close down a company responsible for terrorising animals in
vivisection labs - the infamous UK animal experimentation mob
Huntingdon Life Sciences.

The animal rights 'terrorists' aren't even on charges relating to
acts of violence: the main charges are around so-called counts of
'incitement' on their website - just for reporting animal rights
actions which have happened.

This recalls the GANDALF trials in the late nineties here in the
UK (see www.schnews.org.uk/monopresist) when the editors of Green
Anarchist and Animal Liberation Front magazine were sentenced to
three years for "conspiring to incite persons unknown on
unspecified dates over a five year period to commit unspecified
criminal damage" ! - all for reporting about direct action as it
happened - as opposed to actually doing it! The police's
'Operation Washington' which cost 'em £10 million, eventually
proved to be a waste of money as all those jailed were released
and had their convictions overturned.

The main charges the US activists are on come from the Animal
Terrorism Act 1992, but include the additional charges of
'interstate stalking', and the arrestees are looking at possible
years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

These arrests reinforce what the War on Terrorism is all about -
using the force of the state to prop up and protect corporate and
political interests. US animal rights activists claim that these
arrests will be a test of current legislation - if the activists
get sent down it will set a precedent for further cases, and if
they don't it will be an excuse for more draconian laws. On top of
that this is clearly a politically motivated attack on SHACs right
to freedom of speech under the good 'ol US constitution.

* SHAC have a Japanese Global Week (7th-11th June) targeting
Japanese customers of HLS. www.shac.net

* Welsh SHAC are organising a 'Triple Hit Action' against HLS
around Cardiff on June 14th. gracefromnewport@yahoo.com
07719726861

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Positive SchNEWS

Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative are about to open the first
community owned wind farm in the south-east. Funds will go into
education about sustainable energy and climate change issues in
schools and colleges, and there will be free energy efficiency
advice to homes in the area. The launch is on Saturday June 12th
10am-4pm. The Old Town Hall, Market Place, Faringdon, Oxfordshire
SN7 7JA. 01229 821028 www.energy4all.co.uk

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..And Finally...

Last Friday's London critical mass bike ride was attended by
around 500 cyclists.

After a lengthy stop on Blackfriars Bridge to remember a cyclist
who was killed on the bridge recently, the mass made its way
through the city of London. At one junction a chauffer driven
rolls was spotted attempting a u-turn and was correctly prevented
from attempting this dangerous manoeuvre. One hawk-eyed cyclist
identified the passenger as Express owner and porn king Richard
Desmond, hiding behind a copy of - no, not Asian Babes, but the
equally disreputable Evening Standard. Not wishing to pass up the
opportunity to inconvenience the porn peddler (pun intended), he
was held up for 20 minutes before being rescued by the police to
hoots of derision and suggestions of what he did while reading his
'publications'.

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