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The whole world is like a nowhere land called Alicante – Miguel Amorós

A brief, and idiosyncratic, social and economic history of the medium-sized Valencian city of Alicante since the Spanish Civil War, denouncing the negative impact of chaotic development, venal and corrupt politicians, unbridled consumerism, the role played by the automobile in social atomization, the destruction of old working class neighborhoods, real estate speculation, the cynical exploitation of local cultural traditions, the noxious effects of an economy based on tourism, the ruin of traditional agriculture, and the proliferation of hideous skyscrapers in a nauseating panorama of trivialization and degradation that is typical of so many other cities all over the world.

Elephant and Castle redevelopment shelved as residents storm Southwark Council

Protesters occupying the foyer of Southwark Council

Southwark Council has been forced to bow to community pressure, temporarily shelving the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle shopping centre on a night which saw anti-gentrification protesters storm the council's offices.

Rebel City issue 6

Issue 6 of the London Anarchist newspaper Rebel City.
In this issue are articles from the Anarchist Federation, Haringey Solidarity Group and individual
members of the Industrial Workers of the World, the Solidarity Federation, and Feminist Fightback.

Rebel City issue 7

Issue 7 of the London Anarchist newspaper Rebel City.

Co-published by London AF group, Haringey Solidarity Group, IWW, Solfed and others.
Contents: Housing, benefits, IWW, Community struggles & self-organisation, Corbyn & Momentum, Land justice, The Grenfell Tower Inferno & Mutual Aid, Antifascism in the time of Trump, Memory in history,  London Anarchist Bookfair, Direct Action Environmentalism.

On the home front: Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth

An excellent three-part interview with Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth whose organising sees them fighting both private landlords and local councils to defend tenants.

Brighton Solidarity Federation opens dispute with G4Lets

Brighton Solidarity Federation has started a dispute with the lettings agency G4Lets on Hythe Road in Fiveways. Two sets of tenants have been organising with SolFed regarding a number of issues with their tenancies. The first group of tenants had to live in mice-infested, unsafe accommodation for a year, and then had £2000 illegitimately deducted from their deposit. The second group of tenants have had £1080 deducted from their deposit for similarly dubious reasons.

Brighton SolFed Housing Union round-up: three months, three victories

Three groups of tenants organising with Brighton Solidarity Federation Housing Union over the past three months have each secured victories in their disputes. Working with our Housing Union, these tenants used the everyday tactics of solidarity and mutual support to take direct action – to win back stolen cash and to improve their conditions.