For more information on the campaign visit these sites…
April 1st is the very apt date on which the Tory bastards intend to introduce their Bedroom Tax… the coalition government may have proved themselves to be be fools, but this sick tax is no fucking joke!
Here’s a small selection of black and white posters for people to print off put-up where they live. If you think this doesn’t concern you, you’re very, very wrong. The knock-on effect is going to put pressure on low-income families everywhere as rents and house prices are driven up… which is, of course, the main motivation behind most of the Tory policies on housing – but let’s not forget that the Bedrooom Tax was originally introduced to the private rented sector by the last Labour government in 2008, and that despite their faux postering Labour have already admitted that they’d keep the bedroom tax!
We’ll be creating more posters shortly, in the meantime if you are faced with this unfair tax here’s how to appeal…
It’s beginning to look like Occupy was just the first stage in a new wave of creative protests which will eventually be powerful enough to use each of the 1%’s weapons against themselves. As Stewart Lee pointed out in the Occupied Times a couple of month’s ago:
The Occupy Movement is occupying space and time. Well done. In doing so, it has thus far changed the news agenda, shown how random groups of people can co-operate to noble ends, and made the plastic-headed Tory MP Louise Mensch look like an out-of-touch dilettante. Again… But Global Capitalism has moved beyond space and time into a theoretical abstract region unfettered by the laws of either physics or common decency, and where there isn’t so much as a paving slab to pitch your tent on, let alone a Starbucks where you can recharge your mobiles and irritate Louise Mensch.
The basic premise laid out in a joint statement by Occupy Wall Street, Real Democracy Now, the 15-M movement and various organisations asserts a demand for a debt audit by the people, announcing:
To the financial institutions of the world, we have only one thing to say: we owe you nothing.
Mortgages, medical debts, student loans, credit cards, or even local government debts: making war against any form of illegitimate debt is the new combat for an increasing number of protest movements throughout the world.
The latest news about Starbuck’s tax-dodging is a good reason to boycott the bastards, but why go back to a multinational corporation when you’re guaranteed to get better value – and much better conversation – at your local greasy spoon. Bollocks to the pretentiousness of consumer hype, it’s only fucking coffee!
Cheers to Daniel for the link to this picture
We’ve created a few slogans to be going on with, but if you have any others you’d like us to produce just leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list if we like it.
These stencils are intended for every single one of the 750,000 empty homes in the UK. As Johnny Void observes these properties are owned by banks, large corporations, offshore companies and other potential donors to the political parties who forced this new legislation through without proper consultation. Homes which will stay empty whilst homelessness soars.
On a more positive note the new laws will not apply to land (so for fucks sake Reclaim The Fields before it’s too late!) or non-residential properties. Many commercial premises can (and should) be easily adapted to provide comfort and shelter… especially all those pubs which are closing down at an alarming rate… if you do squat a pub do us a favour and call it “The Uppin Arms.” …
If you want more information about squatting, the new laws, or would like to join the fightback then please visit the following websites…
‘Oggy, Oggy, Osborne… Out! Out! Out!’ – Join the Pie March from Pudding Lane #pastytax #pastygate #ukuncut18 Apr
THE GREAT PASTY MARCH – APRIL 26TH PUDDING LANE
The march of bakers from round the country and supported by THe Sun will start at PUDDING LANE and head to Downing street . London Class war will be on the march – and we urge you all to join us. We will have different aims than the organisers but we expect our anti-toff message to go down well like a fine pastie with our comrades from the Bakers union. We’ll be having none of the class collaborationist stuff from the bossesof Greggs and other workfare slave owners. But we’ll make sure these wankers dont dominate the class war message of the march.TOFFS OUT.I doubt there’ll be any other anarchists or lefties on the march – far too snooty for such banalities – so BRING THE CLASSS WAR FROM PUDDING LANE TO DOWNING STREET APRIL 26TH . Times when I get them. A maximum turnout i needed comrades………..
Maria, Nadezhda and Ekaterina face up to seven years imprisonment for their alleged involvement in “hooliganism” (hooliganism being playing loud music apparently) at the ‘Christ the Savior Cathedral’ in Moscow, as Amnesty International reports:
Several members of the punk group ‘Pussy Riot’, with their faces covered in balaclavas, sang a protest song titled “Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin” in the cathedral. The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on 4 March and Ekaterina Samusevich on 15 March claiming they were the masked singers. Although the three women admit to being members of the larger ‘Pussy Riot’ group, they deny any involvement in the particular protest in the cathedral.
The next day of action is scheduled to coincide with the first day of their trial and the Free Pussy Riot website has some suggestions for ways in which you might like to show solidarity with Pussy Riot…
April 19th, the day of the trial is the action day to show your real support and solidarity with the Pussy Riot and their three alleged members unfairly jailed in Moscow!
Take Action and Make Noise:
- protest in front of Russian Embassy in your country
- phone Russian Government
- call press
- wear your balaclavas
- organize a gig
- post on FB / Youtube / Twitter
- send solidarity letters
Join Our Protest and Demand Immediate Release of Maria, Nadezhda and Ekaterina!
More details can be found at the Free Pussy Riot website.
Inspired by the irrepressible Mr Bone:
SIR MATHEW PINSENT of the OLD ETONIAN ROWING CLUB has stated that Trenton Oldfield was lucky that Sir Stephen Redgrave did not get hold of him. ‘When someone tried to protest at Henley a few years ago Stephen punched a whole in the side of their canoe with his bare fist’. OOOooooer…missus……………so comrades the challenge is laid down……….fiticuffs under Queensbery rules on the tideway at Henley….where’s Jeff Monson when we need him? Such advocation of criminal damage by a KNIGHT OF THE REALM is deplorable.We must not rise to the bait…………….FORWARD TO HENLEY JUNE 30TH 2012………….
Many of you have asked the meaning of ‘punching a hole in your canoe’ . I am therefore indebted to m’learned friend Dr. Dora Kaplan of the Dept. of Semantics at the university of GOOLE for this explanation:
‘Punching a hole in the canoe’ is upper class slang for anal sex with a fag or other minor. Cognate terms include ‘oriental embroidery’ and ‘making the eight.’ Oxbridge pederasts will never directly allude to the act of sexual abuse, and avoid legal problems by using esoteric euphemism in place of direct reference. For example:
“Last year at Henley got frightfully annoyed at some beastly roughs. When he got home he requisitioned a young Tarquin and punched a hole in the canoe, and right in the middle of the drawing room, too. His lady discovered him in flagrante delicto, and was incandescent. She still hadn’t forgiven him for making the eight with her youngest nephew last Chrsitmas. Dreadful business.”
Hope this clears it up.
Poster coming soon
Yesterday we showed our support for a Global General Strike on May 1st, and we thought we’d better make a more photocopy friendly poster. We’ve also been thinking a lot about William Benbow’s 19th Century call for a Grand national Holiday and how sadly relevant the opening lines to his famous treatise still are:
LIFE, when good for any thing, consists of ease, gaiety, pleasure, and consequently of happiness. All men enjoy life but do not enjoy it equally. The enjoyment of some is so very limited, that it does not deserve the name of enjoyment; that of others is without bounds, for they have the means of procuring fully ease, gaiety, and pleasure. Thus happiness is circumscribed, and is becoming every day more and more so, that is, the numbers who are deprived of it are hourly increasing.
Benbow argued that a month long General Strike would lead to a full scale uprising and force a change in the newly established capitalist political system. During this month-long holiday the working class would have the opportunity “to legislate for all mankind; the constitution drawn up… that would place every human being on the same footing. Equal rights, equal enjoyments, equal toil, equal respect, equal share of production.”
The idea of a Grand Global Holiday is not only beautifully inclusive – who doesn’t want a holiday! – it would also be a very powerful economic weapon. Yesterday British television news was filled with the woes of economists who complained that a single Bank Holiday Monday costs the economy billions… what then would a whole month do?!?
Fuck the economically minded… let’s head for the beach!