Cop Drops BARS on Amber Rudd in Poetic Police Petition

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A COP has started a poetic petition to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to stop single crewing (screwing) them. It has been written in bars of emotional rhyming verse.

I recommend reading the whole thing but here’s an excerpt:

Last week I was hit, spat at and punched.
There wasn’t one day that I ate my lunch.
I held a man’s hand who’d just lost his wife,
I took a child from his Father who was wielding a knife.
I pulled a girl off a bridge who was mentally ill,
I locked up a worker who had nicked from the till.
I persuaded a battered woman to finally speak,
After seeing her every day, week after week.
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At time of writing, the petition has received over 100, 000 signatures. 

As an artivist and anarchist, it gave me some serious pause for thought before signing it. Locking up anybody, let alone workers who are so skint they have to steal is extremely problematic for me, as is any monopoly on the use of violence, but still,

Not All Cops Are Bastards

(the ratio is debatable).

Despite my currently taking legal action against the police.

Despite my being appalled by their track record of endemic racism.

Despite my outrage at the way they are used as corporate-state enforcers to infiltrate, distract, suppress and destroy peaceful, democratic protest in the UK and worldwide.
 
Despite all these reasons (and more), I recognise that not ALL cops are bastards. I doubt very much that the individual who started this petition is a bastard. 


I’ve made the same point about ACAB before. Now, in light of the recent police violence in Catalonia, I think we would all do well to heed Julian Assange’s warning that this change of relationship between state and population threatens to ripple throughout Western Europe and America.

These ‘ripple effects’ have been ebbing and flowing for centuries…where are we now?

In the UK, where public police numbers have already been cut dramatically, private security firms G4S and Serco are soon to be given the power of arrest in a £290 million deal with the Tories.

We must prevent these ripples of neo-fascism becoming a wave as they have in the past. We need to focus on resisting the apparent rise of extreme fascism in the new millennium through all non violent means.

That’s going to mean more than just repeatedly getting our fucking heads kicked in for practising non-violent civil disobedience.


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The police and security services are tools which can be used to either create, or destroy individuals and societies. Historically, the police have always been on the wrong side of civil rights movements. When they go native en masse tends to mark the end of one struggle and the beginning of a new one. This petition isn’t exactly going native, but it does send a stark message which deserves support.

Grinding down the public police while creating and now empowering private police as the war drums grow ever louder are extremely disturbing trends which echo the rise of fascism in the past.

I value, respect and extend solidarity to all those cops who are not bastards. Those who save lives and especially those who have sacrificed their lives to save lives; those who try to keep us safe from the fascist corporatocracy, rather than enforcing it; those who find a way to actually do the job of protecting people in spite of the impossible situations they are placed in.
 
In particular, I respect those who find the courage to speak out. Those who refuse to follow orders which they know to be wrong, those who blow the whistle on their colleagues who ARE bastards. Those who stand up to UK Gov Plc and their chums in positions of power.
 
Hopefully, the cop who started this petition will read this and know that they have the public support of at least one anarchist. I hope this small gesture gives cops and private security pause for thought the next time they receive orders to spy on us, or to drag us out of a peaceful demonstration, occupation or lock-on.

I will almost certainly lose a few subscribers for reiterating my position on the ACAB trope. This is a contentious point for an anarchist to make but I don’t give a fuck, I think it’s a necessary discussion, particularly as we are rapidly sliding into ecocide and neo-fascist dystopia.

In my anarchist utopia, we would still have cops but their only role would be to protect people from violence. As things are now though, I would far rather a publicly accountable police force than the clunking fist of G4S, an unaccountable, profit driven transnational corporation who have an appalling track record of oppression and human rights abuses.

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Over 100 MPs From All Parties Unite to Condemn The Murdoch Problem.

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107 MPs from all UK political parties are finally doing something about the Murdoch problem.

They’ve signed a scathing letter to The S*n’s editor, calling for the scalp of the journo who wrote their most recent incendiary, racist article. The article in question plumbed new depths for the S*n’s depravity and has been likened to nazi propaganda.

OS5in5The letter was organised by Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West and details precise examples of how the S*n’s increasingly racist content correlates with spikes in hate crimes.

It follows a joint complaint about the article to the press regulator, IPSO (the Independent Press Standards Organisation), issued by Jewish and Muslim organisations last week. IPSO have received a further 150 complaints about the article so far.

Given that IPSO are famously toothless and Murdoch is notoriously powerful, letter writing and complaining might appear like futile gesture politics at this point.

Here’s why I think it might not be just that.

Firstly and most broadly, gesture politics are not in and of themselves futile. They are a means to an end. An end to the beginning. Doors opening to new possibilities. Politicians from all parties, people of all faiths and none are uniting against racism and Murdochian propaganda. This marks yet another significant milestone in the struggle for real democracy.

During Occupy Democracy‘s occupations of Parliament Square in 2015-16, we heard from numerous ‘insiders’, including politicians and ex-politicians that they and their colleagues were terrified of the tabloids’ power to snoop, smear and blackmail. The corrupting influence of the media was then and is still now one of the fundamental pillars of corruption in Westminster’s Prostitute State and beyond. No politician would propose or support legislation to meaningfully reform the media, for fear that their character and career would be assassinated by the gutter press, such was the reputation of the billionaires behind the curtain.

Reforming and democratising media ownership became one of Occupy Democracy’s principle demands. During these occupations, some of us co-founded Occupy The Media Billionaires working group. One of the core objectives we set ourselves was to embolden and empower good politicians to end the tabloids’ stranglehold over our democracy.

Two years ago, a gesture like this letter from such a large number of the political classes seemed impossible.

The fact that the letter has cross-party support might also prove to be significant in terms of the progressive alliance for electoral reform, which continues to evolve backstage, regardless what the various party leaderships say. (Jeremy Corbyn’s signature was notably absent from the letter of condemnation, though he has warmly welcomed it’s contents).

Out of all the hatred and fear, does this cross-party political faction represent real hope?

dontletmurdochshitinyourheadMurdoch’s power and influence is not to be underestimated. His empire is vast. We must not be complacent or naive, but we should certainly celebrate the victories when they come. We can also celebrate (but not overstate) the fact that newscorp suffered another loss of £629m (2%) in the first quarter of this year.

Two years ago, corporate 1% media held the monopoly on information and the way in which it was shared.

They were ignoring, censoring or distorting social media and citizen journalism.

Over the last year or so, #PostTruth, #AlternativeFacts and #FakeNews was them laughing at us, trying to distract, divide, demoralise and disempower everybody with infantile astroturfing, gaslighting, flame wars and worse.

Now they’re so desperate that they’re literally printing nazi propaganda, blatantly inciting violence. They’ve been fighting citizen journalism since long before social media arrived. The internet offers us the edge we have desperately needed.

This letter marks another significant win in the struggle for a truly independent media, a real democracy and a fairer, more truthful and compassionate world.

This was only the politicians’ first hurdle though. Next, they should be bringing criminal prosecutions against all the Murdochian, Machievellian hatemongers masquerading as journalists.

If they can introduce some meaningful, strong legislation to democratise media ownership then that would be the cherry on the cake.

Here’s the full letter, as originally published by the independent.

Sincere thanks to all the MPs involved, even the Tories and Blairites.

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A.N.A.L. SHAFTING OLIGARCHY!!! [The Occupied Sun]

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A.N.A.L. SHAFTING OLIGARCHY!!!

Shafting Another Oligarch to Protest the UK’s EPIDEMIC OF EMPTY HOMES AND HOMELESS PEOPLE The Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians

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SUPPORT A.N.A.L. AGAINST THE 1%! [Daily Wail]

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The Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians is BACK!

SUPPORT A.N.A.L. AGAINST THE 1%!

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A.N.A.L. recently acquired their new £15m embassy in the heart of Belgravia. The occupation is addressing the crisis of [empty] housing and the lack of government initiative to counter increasing cost of rents and decreasing prospects of home-ownership. All are welcome. It’s a massive building, with many rooms for different causes & workshops. The court date for eviction proceedings has already been set for 31st January.

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BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: Still Elegant and Incendiary [The Occupied Sun Book Review]

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Beautiful Trouble is more than a book, it’s the serious artivists’ wikipedia. A constantly evolving web toolboxand an international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to help grassroots movements be more creative and more effective.  The project has been ongoing since 2012, successfully sharing the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest with today’s generation of change-makers’ experiences on the frontlines.

Beautiful Trouble lays out the core tactics, principles and theoretical concepts that drive creative activism, offering an array of tools to help activists learn from recent successes and failures, and from the broad, rich history of our struggle(s).

There are currently five modules; Tactics, Principles, Theories, Case Studies and Practitioners, all excellently researched, brilliantly written and painstakingly cross referenced, full of insights for cynical old artist-activists and fresh faced noobs alike.

The materials are being updated and added to constantly, if you’ve got something you want to share or add, you can get involved, here.

We encourage readers to explore our website, beautifultrouble.org, which is more than simply an appendage to the book, but in fact stands as perhaps the fullest expression of the project. In an easily navigable form, the website includes all the book’s content as well as material that, due to constraints of both space and time, we were unable to include in this print edition.

With the participation of readers, the body of patterns that constitute Beautiful Trouble could continue to evolve and expand, attracting new contributors and keeping abreast of emerging social movements and their tactical innovations.

Millions around the world have awoken not just to the need to take action to reverse deepening inequality and ecological devastation, but to our own creative power to do so. You have in your hands a distillation of ideas gleaned from those on the front lines of creative activism. But these ideas are nothing until they’re acted upon. We look forward to seeing what you do with them.”

The project is a collaborative effort with over 70 prominent artist-activists-strategists and leading creative campaign organizations including the YesMen, Ruckus Society, Other 98% and others.

Praised by Naomi Klein as “a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary,” the book is now available in 7 Languages and is being used by campaigns and classrooms worldwide.

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Beautiful Trouble is a MUST READ for everybody who’s seriously interested in fixing our world. bookreview

I was lucky enough to be bought a copy by a good friend some years ago and it continues to enlighten and inspire my artivism today.

Beautiful Trouble is available FREE under a creative commons license, so if you can afford to buy a copy, buy two,…or several…!

If you can’t afford to buy a copy, why not share the Beautiful Trouble website around and help support these wonderful people’s work?

ARTIVISM For The WIN!

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Don’t Let Murdoch Shit in Your Head

#AdvertisingShitsInYourHead – read The Occupied Sun instead!

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#BasicIncome is a Basic WINcome! [The Occupied Sun Says…]

 

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If the world’s tabloid churnalists focused on solutions to the challenges that lie ahead (instead of what Trump or some other false idol just tweeted), we would be in an infinitely better position to face these challenges.

Here’s just one of many solutions that aren’t getting anywhere near enough airtime;

Basic WINcome!

 

1) A Basic Income would help us rethink how & why we work. It would help each of us to decide what it is we truly want to do.
2) It would contribute to better working conditions. With the insurance of having unconditional basic income as a safety net, workers could challenge their employers if
they found their conditions of work unfair or degrading.
3) Basic Income would downsize bureaucracy, making it less complex and costly, while being fairer and more emancipatory.
4) It would make benefit fraud obsolete because no-one needs to commit fraud (or other crime) to get a Basic Income: because it is granted automatically. An Unconditional Basic Income would also fix the threshold and poverty trap effects induced by the current means-tested schemes.
5) Basic Income would help reduce inequality in this country and worldwide!
6) It would provide a more secure and substantial safety net for all people. Where most existing means-tested anti-poverty schemes exclude many people because of their complexity, with a basic income, everybody’s rights would automatically be guaranteed.
7) Basic Income would contribute to less working hours and better distribution of jobs without sacrificing income. Everybody would be able to spend more time doing meaningful things, there would be more jobs for people who want (rather than need) employment.
8) It would reward and encourage all the free contributions people make to our society.
9) Basic Income would be a much, much fairer redistribution of technological advancement.
10) It would strengthen and invigorate REAL democracy.

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Universal Basic Income, Unconditional Basic Income.

 

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Thee Adventures of Robyn Hoodie: ‘FREEDOM’ [Comic Book]

#WeSaidNo #WeSayNo #LockTheGate #LockTheeGate #FrackFreeSherwood #FrackFreeEverwhererobynhoodiecartoon1_freedom

As Cuadrilla assault Lancashire, INEOS are preparing to frack historic Sherwood Forest. Get yer tights on – it’s Robyn Hoodie time! 

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Robyn Hoodie Says: ‘Not Sherwood, Not ANYWHERE!

#WeSaidNo #WeSayNo #LockTheGate #LockTheeGate #FrackFreeSherwood #FrackFreeEverwhere

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DEFEND ALL OUR FORESTS [The Occupied Sun]

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DEFEND ALL OUR FORESTS

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The Occupied Sun Says:

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