Blogs

“The revolution starts in the ATOS smoking area” - on welfare, addiction, and dependency

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A blog about welfare reform from a social care worker's perspective, and the creation of the "welfare addict" as a recession-era scapegoat. Inspired largely by today's Novara show, and the people I work with.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (March 2013)

Dock workers on strike do demand a pay rise in Hong Kong

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during March 2013 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

Ten thousand demonstrate against MUOS in Sicily

Citizens of Niscemi in Sicily have been struggling for years against the proposed construction of the new MUOS station, a new satellite network serving the US Navy. Health hazard and environmental impact are the main concern of the population. On March 30, over 10,000 people took part in a protest demo. Meanwhile, activism and resistance are starting to pay off: on March 29, Sicilian Governor Rosario Crocetta permanently withdrew authorization to the project.

Asda, workfare and company scrip

AADA - part of the Wal-Mart family

Are the UK government planning to use Workfare placements and welfare store-cards as part of a state-run 'Truck system'?

The view from here: NoTAV eyewitness account

Another march took place in the heart of the Susa valley on Saturday March 23, 2013, organised by the NoTAV people together with local authorities and other local bodies, which have been part of this struggle since the beginning.

COISP demonstration in solidarity with police convicted of Federico Aldrovandi’s murder

Federico Aldrovandi was only 18 years old when he died of police brutality in 2005. Unlike the majority of such cases, Federico's murder found justice as the four responsible agents were found guilty of excessive force leading to death earlier this year. On March 27, a group policemen members of the minority union COISP intimidated Federico's mother, Patrizia Moretti, by holding a protest sit-in right in front of her workplace.

Bologna gets ready for referendum on public education system

This is “the story of David and Goliath, Ulysses and Polyphemus, Beowulf and Grendel” is how the writer collective Wu Ming describes the struggles of the Articolo 33 committee in Bologna in an article in the Internazionale magazine.

May Day in Liverpool to be reclaimed for all

May Day

Liverpool Solidarity Federation, along with radical comrades from across the city, will be holding a celebration of radical working-class and grass-roots solidarity in the city on Saturday 4th May to coincide with May Day weekend.

The battle for Middle Earth is being fought in Bologna: Blu's new painting defending social space XM24

Bologna is burning, while just outside its ancient walls a battle is being fought, under the single eye of Sauron, looking down from one of the two towers that are the symbol of the city.

"Siamo tutti clandestini": Migrants demonstrate against racism and exploitation

Despite heavy rain, around 1000 people marched through the streets of Bologna on 23 March 2013, in a general demonstration against the Bossi-Fini law, a restrictive law on immigration from 2002.

Logistics workers national strike

Many of the most important warehouses in northern Italy blockaded and the logistics sector of three of the most industrialized regions paralysed: that’s the result of the 24-hour strike called by the SI COBAS union and the ADL COBAS union to demand a new national contract.

No-TAV demo on 23rd March

No-TAV activist have launched a demo for the 23rd of March. The demo will be the first public event of the movement since the last Italian's general elections, which completely reshaped the Italian Parliament. How will the newly elected Parliament members interact with the grassroots mobilization?

Lionesses of Cisanello: workers’ victory in times of austerity

Cleaners at the Cisanello hospital in Pisa picketed their workplace for over three months, from October 2012 to January 2013. They were protesting the proposed cancellation of 78 jobs to comply with the cutbacks to healthcare spending. Their determination earned them the nickname of "lionesses," several tensions with local high ranking members of their union, and, eventually, victory against the contracting firm. Their resistance and solidarity shows that workers can still win in times of austerity.

‘We don’t forgive, we don’t forget’: anti-fascists commemorate ten years since the murder of Davide Cesare

Ten years after the murder of leftist militant Davide Cesare aka DAX, stabbed to death by fascists on March 16 2003, thousands of activists march in Milan to commemorate his death and to carry forward his ideals.

IWW non-profit workers enter second week of strike in Minneapolis

An update on an ongoing strike at a nonprofit 'mobile foodshelf' in the Twin Cities.

Labour Party fails to co-opt grass-roots anti-Bedroom Tax campaigns in Liverpool

Today in Liverpool finally saw the knights in shining armour from the local Labour Party riding into town to rescue the city’s working class from the clutches of the evil Tories. Or at least that’s how the Labour left would like to portray the situation. The reality, as they surely know, is very different.

Anonymous Italy takes down website of neo-fascist group CasaPound

On March 11, 2013, Anonymous Italy took down the website of Casapound, a far-right extremist group that recently stood in the general political elections. The hackers claimed the anti-fascist nature of their act, while also demanding the immediate dissolution of the group, whose homofobic, racist and violent values are in patent contravention of the Italian laws, forbidding the reformation of the Fascist Party.

Porcelain

A jug commemorating the Peterloo Massacre

Since I visited the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell I have been harbouring an interest in porcelain, pots, ceramics and such folk, craft, popular art objects which commemorate radical moments in history.

Take Back the Land and the Art of Liberation

A video look at how the housing liberation efforts of Take Back the Land Rochester can affect a homeless family, and can serve as a model for community direct action.

The defeat of the Italian left in the recent elections

The defeat of Rivoluzione Civile (Civil Revolution, a newly-established party) in the recent elections was much worse than expected. The coalition led by Antonio Ingroia (a former public magistrate involved in the investigation about state-mafia dealings) had little appeal for the electorate nationally, receiving 2.25% of the vote for the Camera (lower house) and 1.79% for the Senate.