Cardiff Smash IPP Demo and March

I ddarllen yr erthygl yn y Gymraeg cliciwch yma.

smash ipp leadleting

On Saturday the 4th of April 2015, the Smash IPP group held their first a demonstration in Cardiff. For those of you who do not know what IPP is, it is an indeterminate sentence for “public protection”. This allows the court to add time onto an existing prison sentence often for minor crimes and therefore pushing back the release date indefinitely. This means that IPP prisoners live under the constant mental torture of having no release date. It was abolished in 2012, however this was not done retrospectively leaving more then 5000 people in jail for a non existing law with no release date.

At 2pm the group gathered at the Aneirin Bevan statue on Queen Street. We were joined by friends and family members prisoners under the IPP sentence. We stayed at the statue for about an hour handing out leaflets and talking to the public about IPP sentences as it is not a very well known subject. We then marched down queen street with black flags and banners. Everyone, including children who were marching with us, took turns chanting “Smash IPP, Set them Free” and “Our Passion for Freedom, is Stronger then their Prisons”.

ipp kids

We arrived at the prison entrance where we were joined by others who were visiting loved ones in prison. We continued to chant things like “Freedom for all, Tear Down the Walls”. We then we went to the top floor of the a nearby car park where there was good visibility. We could see the prison cell and the the prisoners could see us. We hung banners, chanted and communicated with people in the prison. The friends, families and demonstrators kept were still chanting, “Give them a Date, Set them Free, Smash IPP!”. The prisoners themselves sent us signals of their support and asked us to return.

There will be more events like this in future. This group Smash IPP is a collective of Anarchists and anti-authoritarians as well as the loved ones of IPP prisoners. We have chosen to stand against IPP because it is one of the most blatant abuses by the state of the “justice” system in order to punish those it deems criminals, while some of the worst crimes of all are begin committed by the cops, judges and screws.

ipp march

Solidarity to all persons in prison and those who’s lives are affected by the prison system, including all those in the racist detention centers of the UK. All in all, it was a successful demonstration, there was a good atmosphere and no police presence. More stuff coming up soon, to get involved e-mail smashipp@riseup.net

No Borders meeting tonight

Meeting of No Borders South Wales tonight (plus people from the ShareDYDD destitution network).no borders march 157pm- 9pm at the Red and Black Umbrella, Clifton Street. Hope to see you there 🙂

Cardiff Homeless Solidarity becomes Cardiff Homeless Action!

Cardiff Homeless Solidarity, set up in 2012 after a mass sleep out in response to Cardiff Retail Partnership’s call to use a 188-year-old law to “rid the city’s streets of homeless people” during the Olympics by locking them up for up to three months has, this year, been working with other groups to put together an event aimed at getting people involved in taking further action in solidarity with people who are homeless. This event will mark World Homeless Day in Cardiff.

Homelessness-Awareness-posterDaytime, starting at 3pm, will see workshops, information stalls, activities for kids, free-shop, speakers and free vegan food from Food Not Bombs Cardiff.

Then in the evening there will be bands and DJs including: Junior Bill and the Scallies, Rockin’ Sinners, DJ Guy, Dope Biscuits and Big Red.

There will be free vegan food provided by Café Atma, and a bar “which unfortunately will be selling rather than giving away drinks”!

We would very much like everyone who cares about the issue to come along on the day and also to encourage people you know to come who are homeless or precariously housed.

Workshops are as follows:

in the cafe…3:30  Creative writing for mental health
                    4:30  Homelessness and substance use
                    5:30  Skipping for food
in the upstairs room…3:30 Bedroom tax
                                 4:30 Squatting – still legal, but harder. Intro to Cardiff Squatters Network and discussion (incl. Cardiff Squatters Network meeting)
                                 5:30 No recourse to public funds? Action on migrant destitution
Circus skills workshops to be delivered throughout the day in the garden or one of the halls.
Please help spread the word!

The website for the event is http://cardiffhomelessaction.org and an event page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/events/317357601770700/

The group then plan to stay together as Cardiff Homeless Action to plan future events, activities and campaigns.

Newport Action Centre presents: The People’s Kitchen

Tomorrow (28th Sept.) the newly squatted Newport Action Centre (89 Lower Dock St, Pill, NP20 2AH) will open its doors to all for the first time at 11am.index
The Newport People’s Kitchen will serve a free vegan meal to anyone from 12noon to 2pm, with people more than welcome to stay for the whole day, enjoy free tea and coffee, browse the radical library and free shop, or just chat.
There will be a meeting of South Wales Anarchists at 5pm to discuss things like court solidarity and the forthcoming arms fair in Cardiff.
At 7pm there will be a film showing to wind down at the end of the day.
We will not charge for anything on the day, but welcome donations (both financial and material) to help us run the space and make the People’s Kitchen a regular event.
Our wish-list includes: chairs, books, cutlery and feel free to bring any other items you may think are useful to us.
Hope to see you there tomorrow.

Love and rage x

Solidarity Spreads Like Wildfire!

Greek uprisingOn Saturday 6th December at around 10pm two Greek policemen were on patrol in central Athens. They had an argument with some young people & during the argument one of the policemen pulled his gun & murdered 16 year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

The murder sparked angry riots throughout Greece. Hundreds of schools & universities are under occupation. TV & radio stations have been occupied. Banks & shopping malls, symbols of greed & corruption, have been attacked. & the Greek police are running out of tear gas while politicians bleat.

The demonstrations are clearly about something more than the murder of an innocent young man. The protesters are not the ‘mindless thugs’ the media would have us believe, but are organised. They have a large support base & are acting in rage against a repressive, destructive system called capitalism. People everywhere are waking up to the fact that governments do not care about them, but are more than willing to spend billions of pounds to prop up the very financial institutions which have wrought havoc with our lives.

Solidarity with Greek protesters is spreading like wildfire across the world. Demonstrations have taken place in Paris, Berlin, Melbourne, New York, St Petersburg, Madrid & London. Greek embassies have been occupied and, in Cardiff, slogans were daubed on the walls of Canton police station and two police vans covered in paint stripper.

From outside police headquarters in Athens during a protest came the following message:

“These days belong to all the marginalised, the excluded, the people with the difficult names & the unknown stories. They belong to all those who die every day in the Aegean sea & Evros river, to all those murdered at the border or at a central Athens street; they belong to the Roma in Zefyri, to the drug addicts in Eksarhia. These days belong to the kids of Mesollogiou street, to the unintegrated, the uncontrollable students. Thanks to Alexis, these days belong to us all.”

Follow events via Occupied London, Indymedia Global, and the Centre for Strategic Anarchy.

In response to the international call out for a day of action in solidarity, South Wales Anarchists will be meeting on Saturday 20th December, 12 noon at Nye Bevan statue, Queen Street, Cardiff to demonstrate solidarity with those resisting state repression on the streets of Greece and in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos. We will be distributing a new edition of Gagged! and information about the uprising.