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.
 ”

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.


The Wrong Side of History

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

Another World is Necessary.
#StopDSEI

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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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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.

NO FAITH IN WAR

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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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More memes:

END TERRORISM, #StopDSEI [Video]

Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to #StopDSEI, the world’s largest arms fair. 4th-11th September 2017, Excel Centre, London docklands.

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Video by Ann Narkeh for the Occupy News Network and Occupy The Arms Fair.

Music: ‘Instrumental’ by Adam Kidd.

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End Terrorism #StopDSEI – 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.

These weapons are fuelling an unholy global war of error, which is escalating by the hour.

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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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UK Government Sold Weapons to 22/30 Countries on Their Own Watchlist. Occupy the Arms Fair [meme]

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Since 2010, The UK Government has sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked “not free” by Freedom House, and 22 of the 30 countries on their own human rights watch list.

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UK Gov. plc.’s own export statistics report shows that it’s principle customer is Saudi Arabia and it’s largest market (63%) is the middle east, where these weapons are escalating multiple deadly conflicts. Arms are free to cross borders, while refugees fleeing them are not.

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is the world’s largest arms fair, where arms buyers and sellers get together to network and make deals, profiting from the death and suffering their weapons cause worldwide.

Every two years since 2001, the DSEI arms fair has taken place at London’s Excel exhibition centre and the peace movement has mobilised to oppose them.

This year the arms dealers will once again be blockaded by a massive coalition of civil society, who are determined to shut them down.

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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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR PEOPLE NOT WEAPONS – Occupy The Arms Fair [meme]

OTAF2017_fedbookbannerEvery two years, the DSEI arms fair takes place at the Excel centre in London docklands and they are greeted by a massive coalition of civil society, determined to oppose them.

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is the world’s largest arms fair, where arms buyers and sellers get together to network and make deals, profiting from the death and suffering their weapons cause worldwide.

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3 year old Aylan Kurdi was just one of thousands of refugee kids killed while fleeing weapons which are free to cross borders. His father, Abdullah Kurdi has said that the attention paid to his family’s tragedy changed little.

“Everyone claimed they wanted to do something because of the photo that touched them so much. But what is happening now? People are still dying and nobody is doing anything about it.”

As Caroline Lucas pointed out in 2015, the global arms trade fuels the conflicts which are responsible for the ongoing, harrowing refugee crisis.

 

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

Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to stop the DSEI arms fair.

Let’s make 2017 the year we shut this murderous industry down for good.

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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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