Stop NATO Sabcat action against austerity

Report taken from Indymedia.

cat litter and debris at the jobcentre

cat litter and debris at the jobcentre

A small but lively crowd made its way through the streets of Newport, complete with soundsystem, sab-cat masks, and the ever-present PLOs.

Leaflets were given out en-route to onlookers (some bemused, some interested, many both!) and the megaphone was used to explain the links between NATO, the cuts, inequality and the whole rotten system.

When we reached the jobcentre the door was already guarded.

The atmosphere was boosted as a heap of ripped up NATO propaganda appeared in the doorway, as did a large quantity of dry cat litter! Just the thing for a system that stinks..

At this point the police tried to make an arrest, eventually succeeding.

We continued on to the army recruitment office, which has a jobcentre next door, where chants included ‘our kids are not cannon fodder, their kids are not collateral damage’. Again it was protected by police.

At this point rumours of a member of the public being accidentally injured during the events were going around. Many of us were quite shocked by this news and the demo was cut short – no doubt many other interesting places could have been next if we’d chosen to continue, but it did not seem appropriate.

Thankfully it emerged later that the injury was in fact a minor one that did not require hospital treatment, to everyone’s relief.

Overall, a small but important part of the week of action. For more on the links between NATO and austerity see:

http://network23.org/stopnatocymru/files/2014/07/SNC_BW_newport.pdf

Stop NATO Cymru Week of Action in Cardiff & Newport

All week: action camp at Tredegar Park near Newport, with gigs, workshops, skillshares.

Graffiti Spotted in Cardiff City Centre ahead of the Summit

Graffiti Spotted in Cardiff City Centre ahead of the Summit

Sat 30th Aug, 1pm meet at Civic Centre Car Park, Newport – Radical bloc will join demo against NATO in Newport.

Sun 31st Aug, 3pm at the Security Gates nearest to the Nye Bevan statue (west end of Queen Street, opposite the Castle), Cardiff- Action against securitisation and policing.

Mon 1st Sep, 1pm at The Cenotaph, Newport – Sabcat day of action against austerity, benefit cuts and evictions. B.Y.O.Catmasks.

Tue 2nd Sep, 12pm At Home office and Border Force in Cardiff (31-33 Newport Road) – No Borders S. Wales and Stop NATO Cymru Day of Action Against Racism, Prisons and Borders.

Wed 3rd Sep – Day of skillshares and action training at the camp.

Thu 4th Sep – Stop NATO mass action to disrupt the summit. Further details near the time (via contacts below). Affinity group actions to help disrupt the summit also welcome!

Fri 5th Sep – Affinity group actions against capitalism, the state and

NATO; get together with your mates and organise your own action.

More details of all events will be available at the camp, and from:
network23.org/stopnatocymru anarchistaction.net
@anarchistaction 07440 192330 stopnatocymru@riseup.net

Callout – Sabcat Day of Action Against Austerity, Benefit Cuts and Evictions.

Meet at the Cenotaph, Newport at 1pm. Dressing up as Sabcats optional, but we recommend that you mask up. Cat masks will be available on the day. Wear ears, fluffy tails and cat face paint and masks!

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Between Oct 2012 and December 2013, 2,388 people were “sanctioned” by Newport’s Charles Street Jobcentre. Newport Council alone had 28 people on WP/SWP programs in 2011, and 51 in 2012, along with 33 Work Experience in 2012. How many more were forced into working for their benefits?

More people working for their benefits means less people with jobs. The government chooses this policy because they back the interests of bosses over workers. The bosses prefer to get their workers for nothing than pay them. They also profit from scaring those in employment with this humiliating alternative.

How many people have lost their homes, or are in huge debt, because of the Bedroom Tax? How many are forced to use food banks? How many rip-off loan sharks have opened up in the past few years? And how many of us are forced to use them?

It’s happening even to people in full-time paid work.
It’s obscene.
We can fight it!

Join us at the Cenotaph on Monday. We will be taking action against those who profit from this poverty and suffering. But remember, this isn’t a one day wonder! Join your local unemployed group and check out http://www.boycottworkfare.org

CALLOUT – Sunday 31st August – Stop NATO action against securitisation and policing

In preparation for the NATO summit, the authorities have put a giant fucking wall around parts of Cardiff and Newport. Local people do not want this wall – it prevents access to public grounds and services, disrupts essential travel and is an ugly visible reminder of the increasingly militarised zone that Cardiff and Newport have become in advance of this Summit.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/nato-summit-2014-cardiff-ring-7659971

Whilst they are in no way equivalent, we are mindful of the daily plight of the Palestinian people, hemmed in by giant walls that prevent them from accessing sufficient provisions, medical care or shelter from the prolific murderous Israeli attacks that have recently claimed thousands of lives. We stand against all those states and corporations which would seek to profit from human misery, division and securitisation.

Meet us at 3pm on Sunday 31st August at the security gates nearest to the Nye Bevan statue in Cardiff (west end of Queen Street, opposite the Castle) to make our feelings known.

Bring Palestinian flags and banners.

Solidarity with Action for Palestine

At 7.30 am on the 8th of August, supporters of the Palestinian people protested the BBC’s bias coverage of recent events by painting slogans on the corporation’s building in Roath Lock .

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On arrival of police one the graffiti artists got away, the other was arrested is now on bail, charged with criminal damage. The individual received harsh bail conditions including a ban form Cardiff, where she works.

A video of the action can be seen here:

The defendant is due to appear in Cardiff Magistrates Court on the 27th of August. This a call out for all to come and support her and this action against the BBC which has shown which side they are on when reporting on the Palestinian issue: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/amena-saleem/bbc-trying-shore-support-israels-assault-gaza

Come to Cardiff Magistrates court at 9.30 am with Palestinian and Anarchist banners, then at 10 am we will support the defendant in court.

Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Gasland part II film showing – tonight in O’Neils, Cardiff

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 New anti-fracking group, Cardiff Against Fracking Everywhere (CAFE), will be showing ‘Gasland part II’…*TONIGHT*

7pm, Thursday 14th August 2014

Upstairs in ‘O’Neill’s’
20-21 Trinity St
Cardiff CF10 1BH

Followed by a short discussion about what’s going on and what’s new in Wales fracking-wise.

Some local links:

FB – /cardiffagainstfrackingeverywhere

cardiffagainstfrackingeverywhere@riseup.net

http://frackfreewales.org

The Big Queer Picnic 2014

 

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Following the huge success of last year’s picnic, so many people have asked for a similar one this year; an inclusive, non-commercialised community based event celebrating our sexual and gender diversity: So here it is!
 
**Saturday 16th August**

**1pm at Sophia Gardens**

SCHEDULE

1:15 – 2:15 Yoga by Reiki Moon
Start the afternoon with an hour of beautiful physical, mental, and spiritual exercises to transform your body and mind.

2:15 – 2:30 Poetry by Jake Ord
Very powerful use of aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of the English language to highlight some severe topics and thoughts in our society.

2:30 – 3:00 Music by Aislinn Peters & Rhiannon Lord
Kick-ass refreshing music by Aisha and Rhi from the all female band Aisha and the Astronauts are coming to BLOW. YOU. AWAY! Why don’t you give them a listen? https://soundcloud.com/aishaandtheastronauts/rocket-ship-aisha-and-the-astronauts

3:00 – 3:30 Music by Emy Robbins
The brilliance of Emy’s music is a clever mix of subtle voice and seriously raging lyrics that you wouldn’t want to mess with. A performance that you wouldn’t want to risk missing.

3:30 – 4:00 Music by Georgia Paterson
Self pronounced lady-lovin acoustic singer/songwriterr, the refreshing sounds of Georgia Paterson was recently featured as ‘Welsh Artist of the Week’ on BBC Radio Wales. Her debut single was produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) with Catatonia’s Aled Richards on drums.
Have a listen at www.soundcloud.com/georgiapmusic

4:00 – 5:00 Speed dating & Friends making by Rufus Pearce
Session organised by the wonderful Rufus where you can come and meet people of different genders, sexuality, backgrounds, and life paths.

5:00 – 5:20 Belly dancing by Dancing Queer
What’s that? Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! The pierced and tattooed queer dancer will give you a very oriental performance with a twist.

5:20 – finish Drum Circle
To finish off, join us in a large drum circle to play some banging tunes till we drop! Don’t let the name fool you, all musical instruments are happily welcome.

Face painting by Suzy Youngman
Want to be a cat or a butterfly for the day? Don’t worry, Suzy’s here for the rescue! Whatever you fancy, Suzy’s got it covered.

Food by Food Not Bombs Cardiff / Bwyd Nid Bomiau Caerdydd
Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world every week to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend billions on war?

Henna by Shroukie
The art of temporary tattooing based on dyes developed by the Henna plant will leave your skin stained with delicate designs that may last up to two weeks.

**Starts at 1pm at Sophia Gardens**

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