SchNEWS newsletter

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Partial online archive of SchNEWS, a free weekly direct action / anti-capitalist newsletter published in Brighton from 1994-2014.

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Submitted by Fozzie on January 23, 2023

SchNEWS emerged out of "Justice?", Brighton's campaign against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

One of the focal points of this campaign was the squatting of an old courthouse in central Brighton in September 1994, from which began live "newsreading performances", amongst other demonstrations, direct action protests, events, talks, parties. After the eviction of the courthouse, one of the newsreaders and another activist involved began a newsletter, initially meant to act as a collective memory for the groups formed under the Justice? banner.

The original working name was The SchNEWSPAPER which was the form of the dummy-run version that featured the first headline "Man sits down in park". The first version of SchNEWS was a pilot issue created by David M. Berry and Gibby Zobel in Luther Street, Brighton, was published on 16 November 1994, being one side of A4.

SchNEWS quickly built up a national readership, gaining popularity for presenting its news in a concise, witty and jargon-free language. While its initial focus was resistance to the Criminal Justice Bill (CJB), it quickly moved onto other relevant social and environmental struggles in the UK and abroad, outlasting the anti-CJB cause and Justice? itself.

It went on to cover the protests against the building of the M11 motorway link road in London, the anti-Newbury bypass protests in Berkshire and the actions of Reclaim the Streets. It also reported on labour issues such as the Liverpool Dockers' Strike of 1995–97, fights against the privatisation of public services, racism, climate change and genetic engineering.

SchNEWS maintains an archive website at https://schnews.org/

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Steven.

1 year 4 months ago

Submitted by Steven. on January 26, 2023

This was such a great publication

Fozzie

1 year 4 months ago

Submitted by Fozzie on January 26, 2023

Yes and amazing they stuck to a weekly schedule for so long.

Steven.

1 year 4 months ago

Submitted by Steven. on January 27, 2023

I know, I was very sad when it ended. Truly the end of an era.

1994

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Archive of the first few issues of SchNEWS. Topics covered include: Criminal Justice Act, eviction of the courthouse squat, CCTV in Brighton, M11 road protest evictions.

Submitted by Fozzie on January 23, 2023

1995

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Partial PDF archive of SchNEWS issues from 1995. Topics include: protests against live animal exports at Shoreham, Criminal Justice Act, road protests, "crap arrests", hunt sabs, stop & search, free festivals, Job Seekers Allowance, ramblers, Critical Mass, etc.

Submitted by Fozzie on January 23, 2023

NB: Missing issues from this archive are available in the SchNEWSreader anthology.

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1996

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Partial PDF archive of SchNEWS issues from 1996. Including: Newbury Bypass protest, ID cards propoals, Wandsworth eco-village, Job Seekers Allowance, direct action conference, Brighton and Hove Albion, crap arrests and evictions, etc.

Submitted by Fozzie on January 24, 2023

NB: Many issues from 1996 not included here are reproduced in the SchNEWSround anthology.

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1997

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PDF archive of SchNEWS issues from 1997.

"The McLibel trial ends, Manchester Airport second runway protest camp goes mad, eviction at Fairmile, the GANDALF Trial, anti-nuclear demos in Germany, the massive Reclaim The Streets that took back Trafalgar Square... New Labour breaking each and every promise they ever made."

Submitted by Fozzie on January 25, 2023

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1998

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 1998. "Genetic crop sites get a good kicking; streets reclaimed all over the world; docks occupied in protest of death at work; protestors rude about multinational corporations' plans for world domination..."

Submitted by Fozzie on January 26, 2023

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1999

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 1999.

"Genetically modified crops get trashed, animal rights, freemasons, June 18th '99 international day of action against capitalism, Exodus Collective, Cuba, the November 30th '99 Battle for Seattle, climate change, parties and festivals, indigenous peoples' resistance to multinational corporations, the privatisation of everything in sight, crap arrests of the week, prisoner support and much more…the full lowdown on the direct action movement in Britain and abroad!"

Submitted by Fozzie on January 27, 2023

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2000

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from the year 2000.

"The Zapatistas march into Mexico City, thousands disrupt the World Bank meeting in Prague, Churchill gets an anarchist make-over: from Bognor to Bogota, Dudley to Delhi, and Kilburn to Melbourne, resistance has become as global as the institutions of capitalism. This was a year full of stories of people at the frontline of struggles worldwide, and creating sustainable solutions to the corporate carve-up of the planet."

Submitted by Fozzie on January 31, 2023

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2001

"Three thousand crap arrests" (Mayday 2001 London)

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2001. "The temperature goes up a few notches as the earth's climate has its hottest year on record - and the corporate carve-up lifts its tempo in the paranoia and madness of September 11th. Behind the haze Argentina goes into meltdown. Israel reoccupies Palestine causing a second Intifada. Hundreds of thousands come out on the street in Genoa, Quebec, Gothenburg, Barcelona, Brussels against globalised institutions. Even larger numbers fight for their land and livelihood against neo-liberalism in South Africa, India, South America and the rest of the global south."

Submitted by Fozzie on February 1, 2023

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2002

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2002. "'As the Forces of Darkness gather for a new attack on Iraq, they're shaken by an unexpected explosion of resistance. US airbases are invaded; military convoys are blockaded; schoolkids stage mass walkouts from Manchester to Melbourne; roads are occupied, embassies besieged, and cities all over the world are brought to a standstill by the biggest mass demonstrations ever seen. Read about the efforts to sabotage the war machine that the corporate media ignored: not just the mass demos, but Tornado-trashing in Scotland, riots across the Middle East, and train blockades in Europe."

Submitted by Fozzie on February 2, 2023

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2003

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2003.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 3, 2023

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2004

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2004.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 6, 2023

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2005

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2005.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 8, 2023

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2006

"Tsars In Their Eyes"

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2006.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 9, 2023

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2007

AISLE BE DAMNED - AS SCHNEWS GOES FOR A SPIN DOWN THE HIGH STREET

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2007.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 13, 2023

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2008

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PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2008.

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Submitted by Fozzie on February 14, 2023

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2009

"sooty and swoop"

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2009.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 15, 2023

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2010

Eire We Go Again

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2010.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 16, 2023

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2011

"A bit of hows yer intifada?"

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2011.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 21, 2023

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2012

"Mass arrest of the week: 182 cyclists arrested during London's Olympic opening ceremony"

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2012.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 23, 2023

2013

"Shitting on defence: new legal aid proposals strip defendants of rights"

PDF archive of issues of SchNEWS from 2013.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 24, 2023

2014

"Ferry Big Compensation: Otis Ferry, son of Bryan, pays thousands in compensation to hunt"

PDF archive of the final issues of SchNEWS from 2014.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 24, 2023