National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist, London, 13th October 2018

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I’m very proud to have collaborated with my mate, Donnachadh McCarthy again, helping to put together the posters, flyers and social media materials for the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist, organised by Stop Killing Cyclists and supported by a broad coalition of campaign groups.

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The event will honour and mark the deaths of:

  • over a thousand cyclists killed on our roads in the last decade
  • the thousands of cyclists killed by traffic pollution
  • the hundreds of thousands of people who wanted to cycle but were afraid to, due to the lack of protected cycle lanes and who thus died from horrific lung & heart diseases, asthma, diabetes and a plethora of other diseases brought on by the sedentary, petrochemical lifestyle.

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National_Funeral_800X800_V3UK Gov. Plc has invested almost nothing on safer cycling but tens of £billions on ever more roads for the car-lobby. £billions more is given in annual tax-cuts to the toxic diesel/petrol lobby, which is accelerating the 6th Mass Extinction.

The excellent photograph in the poster captures the scale of Stop Killing Cyclists’ first mass die-in, at Tfl headquarters, 5 years ago. 1500 people came together to protest, after 6 people were killed while cycling in one month.

This year’s National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist hopes to be the largest ever Die-In in UK history, to ensure the Chancer of Death, Phillip Hammond, the incumbent PM, Jeremy Corbyn and his incumbent Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell hear two clear demands for the Autumn budget:

£3 Billion per year investment in cycling

A reversal of tax cuts on toxic diesel and petrol

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Donnachadh explained how they had arrived at the £3 Billion per year figure based on doubling the Dutch model, which invests the equivalent of £30 per person per year on cycling. The UK needs to catch up with 50 years of failure to invest in safer cycling.

The Dutch have the safest cycling infrastructure in the world. Despite some hotspots, they also enjoy some of the cleanest air in Europe.

More Dutch Cycling = Safer Cycling + Less Pollution + Cleaner Air

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#Divest

The second demand, a reversal of the year on year tax-cuts on toxic fuel should be a no-brainer, given the calamitous state of our collapsing climate. If we are to survive the 6th Mass Extinction, we must create a cleaner, safer world. Electric vehicles alone aren’t going to cut it, especially if the electricity which powers them is still produced by burning toxic fossil fuels and distributed across an ancient, inefficient power grid. Electric vehicles still have a massive embedded carbon footprint.

The UK, and the world must fully divest from fossil fuels as Ireland has done and properly invest in safe cycling infrastructure.

Righteous Rage to Peaceful Action.

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Channel your anger at all these injustices into peaceful direct action and demand better from UK Gov. Plc.

If you’re not able to attend, please share this event with your networks.

Cheers.

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Anarcho-Pedantry Corrections Department FAO: Red London

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FAO: Red London

I like the Red London facebook page. A lot. It’s one of the best at balancing horrific truth with the need for lulz to cope. In a hysterical, hostile environment with a collapsing climate and fascists apparently emboldened, this is an increasingly difficult balancing act to maintain.

On Saturday, Bookmarks socialist bookstore in London was “ambushed” by far-right thugs, chanting “Trump” and “Make Britain Great Again”.  There is very little that is lulzworthy about this.

Without reading the full post, I watched and shared Red London’s mirror of the footage to a number of pages. Shortly after, I received the following message from a comrade via The Occupied Sun facebook page.

“Ginger is he? You’re lowering yourselves to their level, which is very sad. His hair colour has fuck all to do with anything, fascists.”

Confused and intrigued, I clicked through and read the full OP from Red London’s mirror of the video:

“painfully stupid crew of Alt-Right morons The People’s Charter Foundation – Make Britain Great Again under the leadership of gimpy ginger midget Luke Nash-Jones decided to, in their own words, “ambush” Bookmarks socialist bookshop after their demo in support of fat lunatic Alex Jones outside the BBC. Pathetic scenes follow, with the cameraman picking up random books and getting bamboozled trying to think of reasons why they’re bad, before the whole lot of them get ushered gently out by the shopkeepers like the care-in-the-community cases they are. Absolute freaks! 😄original uploadeders title was “MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN INVADES COMMUNIST BOOKSTORE”

Edit to add: look out for Margate’s own David Coppin, confirmed fascist who kicks about with the South East Alliance and the Infidels. Yet this lot are going on about ‘anti-semitism’!

update: they’ve deleted the video off they’re channel”

Thinking I understood the problem, I wrote to Red London, pointing out that “they’re” choice of language was unhelpful and offensive to various comrades. I asked them to edit it. I expected them to respond positively, but their response was juvenile, unhelpful and depressing.

The irony of further alienating “gimpy, ginger, midget, fat and care in the community (sic)” comrades is apparently lost on them.

So anyway, having asked nicely, I decided to indulge my equally juvenile anarcho-pedantry and correct the post for them:

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Hopefully this is just helpful and lulworthy enough to get us all back on track, fighting the fascists, together. With lulz and unity.

No comrades were harmed in the writing of this post.

All comments in solidarity.

PS: It occurs that now might be a good time to share that cool meme that Anarchist Federation edited and made even cooler.

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Donald and Theresa got to see some art [Post Satire]

After all the excitement of the week of action to #StopDSEI with Stop the Arms Fair, Occupy The Arms Fair, Art the Arms Fair (and many more…) I had to make a Post Satire homage to Banksy’s piece ‘Civilian Drone Strike’.

‘Civilian Drone Strike’ by Banksy raised £205,000 for Campaign Against The Arms Trade. Well done Banksy and Art the Arms Fair. If you missed the exhibition, or want to take another look, there’s an excellent 3D digital version of it here.

I was kept busy during the week of action against DSEI, downloading and editing livestreamed video reports for the recently rebooted Occupy News Network.

Here’s the playlist with all 28 videos:

Solidarity with everybody who took action, particularly the 109+ brave activists who were arrested. Court support is ongoing until October. If you can get along to Thames Magistrates Courts to show solidarity, please do.


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SHAME OF UK’S ‘DICEY’ DSEI ARMS FAIR [The Occupied Sun]

Making an unsafe, unstable world less stable and less safe

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UK Gov.Plc sell weapons and equipment, including torture equipment to 22/30 countries on their own list of human rights abusers. At least 109 brave activists were arrested last week trying to shut this shameful shit show down. DSEI 2017 is an international terrorist convention profiting from death & misery.

Catch up with Occupy News Network‘s coverage of last week’s #StopDSEI blockade, here:

Here are some more reasons to #StopDSEI

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Inform yourself and take action:

stopthearmsfair.org.uk

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There are now over 100 The Occupied Sun and Daily Wail front pages, offering an alternative to everybody’s least favourite tabloid.

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Check out the Alternative Media List for better sources of information than the 1%’s malign media monopoly. 100+ recommendations for more interesting, useful, credible, relevant and reliable sources:

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We Can’t Afford the Arms Trade, Economically or Existentially [The Occupied Sun]

Another World is Necessary.
#StopDSEI

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Join the blockade and occupation to prevent the world’s largest arms fair from taking place in London Docklands, 4th-11th September 2017.

Bring tent.

#StopDSEI because…

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#StopDSEI because…

…the arms trade fuels fascism.

Stop DSEI because the men, women and children who survived the weapons sold at DSEI are starving to death in Yemen, in Gaza and all over the world, so a tiny number of rich people can get richer.

Stop DSEI because the global arms trade maintains an unstable, unsafe and unfair world for profit.

Stop DSEI because those able to seek refuge from the conflicts fuelled by DSEI’s weapons are persecuted and exploited if they’re lucky, or they’re abandoned to rot in detention centres, to drown in the sea and worse.

Stop DSEI because the revolving door between UK Gov. Plc and the arms industry reveals the absolute depth of hypocrisy to which our democracy has sunk.

Stop DSEI because Government ministers brazenly giving keynote speeches at DSEI this year include International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Security Minister Ben Wallace.

These men will almost certainly pass back through the revolving door to lucrative careers in the euphemistically described ‘defence’ industry.

Stop DSEI because their wars are fuelling the ecological crisis, through the war machines’ insatiable addiction to toxic energy sources and the politicians’ fear of the petrodollar’s inevitable demise.

Stop DSEI because the weapons manufacturers and deep states should be focusing their combined energies on mitigating the unfolding climate collapse, rather than facilitating unnecessary conflicts in an increasingly unstable world.

Stop DSEI because it is simply wrong to make vast profits from the unnecessary and indiscriminate murder, torture, censorship, surveillance and suffering of others.

Stop DSEI because even though London Mayor, Sadiq Khan; incumbent PM and peace activist, Jeremy Corbyn; the only green voice in Parliament, Caroline Lucas and many other decent MPs deplore the arms trade, WE are the ones with the power to actually stop it from taking place.

Stop DSEI because there’s another madman in  the whitehouse, talking about thermonuclear armageddon while the world burns and floods.

Stop DSEI because we may not get another chance.

Stop DSEI because another world is possible.

Solidarity with everybody taking action to shut down this grotesque carnival of death and suffering.

Join the blockade and occupation to #StopDSEI setting up. 4th-11th September, London Docklands.
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In case you missed it, Aaron Bastani’s list of reasons to Stop DSEI are well worth reading.


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One Week Today – #StopDSEI Blockade and Occupation

One week today, Occupiers will be joining Stop The Arms Fair‘s week long blockade, setting up camp to prevent the world’s largest arms fair from taking place.

DSEI (Defence Security Equipment International) gather once every two years, dripping in blood and oil. Arms dealers and governments buy and sell weapons which kill, maim and torture.

The peace movement have been dancing this dance against the festival of death since well before 2001, when DSEI first moved to the ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.

As comrades in Australia have demonstrated, it is possible to shut down an arms fair, but only with sufficient numbers of people prepared to seriously disrupt their setup.
  • Stop the Arms Fair 4th-11th September 2017.
  • DSEI Arms Fair 12th-15th September 2017.
  • ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.
There definitely seems to be much more momentum building this year. Various groups have been organising for months now all over the country. Unfortunately, I can’t be there. My health and finances are shit and I’m not up for getting arrested again. I’ll be in the back office doing my bit to reflect a truthful account of the spectacle; mirroring, ripping, editing, uploading and sharing livestreamed reports throughout the week of action for Occupy News Network.
Followers of this blog will know that I haz been making things and stuff to help promote this year’s blockade and Occupy the Arms Fair camp.
Here are some memes;

 

(9000 points go to whoever spots protest stencil‘s excellent subvert in one of these…) 😉

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(I pinched the skyline silhouette off the inspirational Stop the Arms Fair memes).

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Here are some #StopDSEI videos.

If they speak for you, please like, share, download and mirror this stuff, and all the other wonderful things everybody’s making and doing to help art the arms fair.

If like me, you can’t get to London there’s probably a weapons producer, military supplier or surveillance and security company somewhere near you. Why not pay them a visit?

Also. Let’s own the interwebz. #StopDSEI.

4th-11th September – NETWORK IT!

Please help share the things and stuff leading up to and throughout the blockade, however long it needs to last. Make and do and say the things. Find and sign all the petitions. Write a personal letter to your MP. Write to them again. Meditate. Pray. What ever works for you.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, stay safe, stay strong and look after each other.

Solidarity.

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#StopDSEI Week of Action – Occupy The Arms Fair [Video]

The world’s largest arms fair, DSEI returns to London’s Excel centre this September. Occupy The Arms Fair will be joining a massive coalition of civil society for a week of action designed to shut it down.

Video and animations by Ann Narkeh. Music: ‘Just War’, by Angry Band.

Read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.

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Occupy News Network are planning to broadcast LIVE throughout the week.

Here’s Tarpaulin Simon‘s video report from London Docklands on Friday:


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NO FAITH IN WAR Occupy The Arms Fair [meme]

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The world’s largest arms fair, DSEI returns to London’s Excel centre this September. Deals are struck at DSEI which destroy lives.

Theresa May’s Government exports weapons to 22 out of 30 countries on their own human rights watchlist. A vicar’s daughter should know better.

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More Occupy The Arms Fair memes:

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The Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition (APDSE), the Australian equivalent of the British Defence and Security International (DSEI), has been scuppered three times, in 1991, 1986 and 2008.

Let’s make 2017 the year we finally turn this brutal industry the way of sustainable peace. Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to stop the DSEI arms fair.

You can read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.

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Occupy News Network are planning to broadcast LIVE throughout the week of action.

Here’s Tarpaulin Simon‘s video report from London Docklands on Friday:


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STOP ARMING ISRAEL Occupy The Arms Fair [meme]

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The world’s largest arms fair, DSEI have set up shop at London’s Excel centre every two years since 2001. Deals are struck at DSEI which destroy the lives of entire civilian populations. The UK Government exports weapons to 22 out of 30 countries on their own human rights watchlist.

Stop Arming Israel

Trading arms with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law. The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014 killed 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children). This was just one example of Israel’s ongoing acts of violence against the Palestinian people, however UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by Israeli forces.

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The Watchkeeper Surveillance Drone has been developed under a £1 billion joint venture contract, awarded by the Ministry of Defence to Thales UK and Israel’s Elbit Systems. This allows the UK military to benefit from weapons that have been ‘field tested’ on the occupied Palestinian people.

Another world is possible.

The Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition (APDSE), the Australian equivalent of the British Defence and Security International (DSEI), has been scuppered three times, in 1991, 1986 and 2008.

Let’s make 2017 the year we finally turn this brutal industry the way of sustainable peace. Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to stop the DSEI arms fair.

You can read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.

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