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(no subject) [May. 2nd, 2009|01:25 pm]
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Old, but fine:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/04/427707.html
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It's 4am..... [Dec. 17th, 2007|04:05 am]
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....and I just yelled fuck and scrawled 'READ KANT AGAIN' on my arm in marker pen to remind me for tomorrow. Clearly the preparations for my viva are going as smoothly as I planned.
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drummer... london... anyone? [Sep. 22nd, 2007|01:01 am]
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We're looking for a drummer in or around London. If you know someone who might fit the bill, please tell them!

Nothing recorded yet to point your ears towards, but we're an acoustic four piece (banjo, steel slide guitar, ukelele, harmonica and vocals), with ex-members of HiTechJet ( http://www.myspace.com/hitechjet ) Playing gruff, melancholy, countrified punk rock sounding a bit like Chuck Ragan/Against Me!/Lucero, if that sounds like your sort of thing.

Cos we're pretty stripped down, we're really looking for someone who wants to do percussion rather than full on-rock drums (washboard, brushed drums, guiro, shakers, bottles, whatever...)

So, yeah, if you're interested, drop me an email - Gavin@cyber-rights.net

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Climate Camp Stencils [Jul. 19th, 2007|01:15 pm]
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Hello,

From Aug 14th-21st 2007 there will be a Camp for Climate Action at Heathrow, opposing its planned expansion. There'll be workshops on everything from the science of climate change to how to build your own wind turbine. The Indendent described last year's camp as "A blend of Glastonbury and open-air science seminar." There'll also be direct action against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

www.climatecamp.org.uk

Some folks have made stencils to put up to promote the camp. If you'd like to put some up, that would be awesome. If you're doing the simple 'foot' one, and feel especially cheeky, you can use cress seeds and water to make a fully 'green' stencil...(they'll take on tarmac, brick or pretty much anywhere.)


If you'd like to crosspost the image around, that would be ace...

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DIY OR DIE! [Mar. 14th, 2007|12:41 am]
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A really imprtant diy punk venue in Copenhagen was shut down last week, prompting huge riots to the extend that Denmark had to close its borders. There's stuff you can do to support folks who've been arrested. See below.

VÆKKE OPPE!! DEN JORD ER IND UNDER ANGRIBE...
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DANISH PASTING

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The eviction of the
four storey Ungdomshuset (literally: Youth House) in Copenhagen
sparked three days of rioting and forced the Danish state to close
its borders to foreigners coming to join the solidarity struggle.

Born out of the eighties squatter movement, Ungdomshuset was a
rallying point for disaffected punk youth in Denmark and achieved
a level of international fame through its massive gig space, a
regular stop-off for bands on European tours. It also played host
to a vegan kitchen, T-shirt printing, cinema, infoshop and was a
place to meet and organise. To many who passed through its doors,
it assumed a central role in their lives, and lived up to its name
with the vast bulk of its scene made up of people under 25.

It was originally given to the squatter scene in 1982 by some
quirk of Danish social democracy that requires the state to fund
the rent on buildings used by the youth wing of political parties.
In effect the punks were given the building in return for stopping
squatting elsewhere. However times change, and pushing the
gentrification agenda in 2000, the state began making noises about
reclaiming the house on Jagtvej 69 and flogging it to developers
(for a cut-price £250,000). The house residents responded with a
huge banner on the roof saying "For sale along with 500 autonomist
stone throwing, violent psychopaths from hell". Funnily enough
local property tycoons decided to steer clear of this golden
opportunity.

Enter stage right the Faderhuset - literally Father House - a sect
of fanatical right-wing Danish God-botherers whose manifestation
on Earth, Ruth Evensen, claims to have a direct line to the
Almighty. The Father House gained notoriety in Denmark by teaching
creationism in schools and parading around Norrebro (home to
Ungdomshuset and the most racially diverse area of Copenhagen)
with crucifixes and Danish flags bearing the slogan "Denmark is
Christian". According to Ruth the eviction of the house was
nothing more than an expression of God's will. In a church service
after the eviction - guarded by lines of riot police - she
triumphantly announced, "The young ones in Norrebro are beset by
demons, but we have witnessed just now that God is victorious over
Satan. The next step for Faderhuset is to fight the practise of
homosexuality, paedophilia, pornography, abortion and satanic
toys" (not sure if that includes Lego).

After a five year court battle, Ungdomsghuset lost possession of
Jagtvej 69 to Faderhuset on 14th December 2006. For the first time
the place was officially squatted and a banner proclaimed,
"Troublemakers of the World; We bid you Welcome!" Two days later,
there were riots involving 2000 people, described by Danish police
as the "worst since the Second World War".

At this point support began to pour in. The punks' struggle to
live in a free space struck a chord not only in their
neighbourhood, but with Danes who are angered by the rightwards
lurch their country has taken in recent years (the ruling Liberal
party is propped up in their coalition by the overtly racist
Danish People's Party). One activist told SchNEWS, "A lot of
people got involved - the whole mood of the neighbourhood changed.
Norrebro is an area with a long working class history: it was the
birthplace of the Danish workers' movement. The house was the
venue for the declaration of International Women's Day in 1910,
whilst others left it to fight fascism in Spain in the 30s. From
being an insular punk scene, Ungdomshuset became a cause celebre
with people from all walks of life getting involved."

PUNK RUCKUS

As in so many places, non-profitable space is under siege in
Denmark. Probably the most famous example of "free space" is
Christiana, also in Copenhagen, where residents have lived outside
the state's control since the 1960s as part of a 'social
experiment'. It is feared that the eviction of the Youth House is
a dry run for an attack on Christiana - itself conveniently
situated on prime building land - which the Danish government has
seemingly already begun to target (see SchNEWS 513).

A 'trailer' for the expected eviction was produced promising big
trouble if the state moved in on the punks (See
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcdbeTKnx5s). An explicit warning is
given - "Take away our house and we'll run amok!". Maybe punk
isn't dead after all...

March began with a surprise eviction raid at seven in the morning,
spearheaded by anti-terrorist police in helicopters. Cops abseiled
onto the roof and gained entrance with the aid of two giant
cherrypickers. The entire building was coated in foam to prevent
retaliation with molotov cocktails. A fifty metre area around the
house was sealed off and the forty occupants were arrested.

As promised with the slogans "either an Ungdomshus or a battle for
an Ungdomshus - the eviction will never be forgiven", rioting soon
broke out across the city, particularly in the immediate area in
and around Christiana. Barricades were built and defended, cars
set on fire and police vans attacked with molotovs and paving
slabs. The eviction caused a major upheaval as people of all ages
and a substantial portion of the immigrant youth attacked the
police. Our eyewitness told us, "I saw people of sixty setting
fire to cars..." The rioting took two days to subside and forced
the police to import vans from Sweden as so many of their own were
out of action. Anyone who tried to cross the border with even a
hint of a mohican was turned back. Over six hundred arrests were
made. As our eyewitness drily said, "They wanted to keep people
off the street - It didn't work."

On 3rd March, police organised a wider crackdown against the
anti-authoritarian movement. In raids ostensibly aimed at foreign
activists, around 90 Danes were arrested. Most were known
activists and they include almost all of Ungdomshuset's legal team
and the local Anarchist Black Cross.

The demolition began on March 5th. Logo-obscured plant machinery
driven by masked workers destroyed the building. However, sabotage
action has already begun against those companies involved. One
firm, 3x34 Transport, backed out of the demolition process after
two lorries were burnt out. Ungdomshuset had a worldwide
significance in the DIY/Punk scene and there have been solidarity
actions all over the world, outside (and inside) Danish
consulates.

A final word from our man in Copenhagen: "Of course people are
very upset at the loss of this special, special place, but a lot
of people for whom the house meant a lot symbolically came
together. It has triggered a whole movement. A lot of people are
now organising for the first time. So many people got involved in
the last three months. A lot of good things will come out of it -
a lot of people who don't want just one free house but many, many
houses."

* Over 200 people are still locked up: Contact Danish ABC
(www.blackcross.dk) or see www.jagtvej69.dk to offer finanicial
support.

* For more info on the eviction see: www.thatswhy.dk *
www.jagtvej69.dk * www.emoware.org or www.indymedia.dk

* And there's a shedload of Danish riot porn on Youtube... eg:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=epiiE2iRnIU *
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EzbRJhLPiQ
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AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! [Feb. 11th, 2007|02:56 am]
gavin_
Okay, so Saturday night was spent in writing something boring for a journal about the avant-garde, and playing Halo2 online. On Monday I will finish writing the monster last chapter of my thesis. If I don't go out this week, and get really drunk, and dance, I'm going to chew off my own fist and then shatter into a million pieces.

So, if anyone is going out for a quiet drink, or a loud drink, or even not a drink at all but just going out, anywhere, let me know. Please.

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the lost patrol. [Feb. 8th, 2007|10:03 pm]
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I was walking Gatsby round the park in the snow, and this little girl came up to us and asked, "is that a polar bear?"

I said "yes, it is."
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This is shamefully nerdy, but... [Nov. 21st, 2006|11:54 pm]
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I just got X-box live, about a million years after everyone else. So, if you want me to beat you at Streetfighter 2 whateverthefuckitscallednow-editon, my username on there is XGavinX666

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This is proper fucked up. [Oct. 31st, 2006|08:53 am]
gavin_
It's almost my last night here, but the mood has been a bit odd the last couple of days, as Brad Will, who was part of the activist community in NY and who a lot of my friends here knew or were familiar with, was shot dead by paramilitaries in Mexico over the weekend whilst doing independent media coverage of the uprising in Oaxaca. There have been blockades and occupations of Mexican embassies in New York, London and elsewhere this morning in response.

Independent journalist Brad Will was shot and killed on Friday in Oaxaca, along with striking schoolteacher Emilio Alfonso Fabian and Oaxaca resident Esteban Zurrita, while covering the grassroots popular movement there of teachers and other workers against the PRI-controlled government of the State of Oaxaca. Will, 36, was shot at the Santa Lucia Barricade from a distance of 30-40 meters in the pit of the stomach by plainclothes paramilitaries affiliated with the PRI, the former Mexican ruling party. The Mexican government is reacting not by cracking down on the violent paramilitaries who have been launching regular attacks on the people of Oaxaca, but by sending federal police to put down the popular uprising.

For background and updates, see http://nyc.indymedia.org/

You can also watch/listen to Democracy Now's report on events in Oaxaca and the shootings:
http://www.democracynow.org/

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO:

Join the electronic blockade of the mexican consulates:
http://www.mountainrebel.net/oaxaca/
go there, leave it running in a background window. the more people doing this the better.

consider making a donation to this grassroots solidarity project: http://www.firstgiving.com/unitierra
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Room wanted in Leeds... [Aug. 26th, 2006|01:57 pm]
gavin_
...not for me. For my friend Fabian, who is moving there. He is really cool, he will take you to crazy parties. So, yeah, if you know of any going...

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