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CALLOUT – Sunday 31st August – Stop NATO action against securitisation and policing

South Wales Anarchists

In preparation for the NATO summit, the authorities have put a giant fucking wall around parts of Cardiff and Newport. Local people do not want this wall – it prevents access to public grounds and services, disrupts essential travel and is an ugly visible reminder of the increasingly militarised zone that Cardiff and Newport have become in advance of this Summit.

Whilst they are in no way equivalent, we are mindful of the daily plight of the Palestinian people, hemmed in by giant walls that prevent them from accessing sufficient provisions, medical care or shelter from the prolific murderous Israeli attacks that have recently claimed thousands of lives. We stand against all those states and corporations which would seek to profit from human misery, division and securitisation.

Meet us at 3pm on Sunday 31st August at the security gates nearest to the Nye Bevan statue in Cardiff (west end of Queen Street, opposite the Castle) to make our feelings known.

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Cape Town university ‘alienates blacks, perpetuates whiteness’

Sad. 20 years after I was an undergraduate at Africa’s top university, things don’t seem to have changed much for black students.


Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Black students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) feel overwhelmed by the institution’s “whiteness” even though efforts are underway create a more inclusive campus.

This was among early findings of a research project by a UCT psychology department lecturer, Shose Kessi. This week she presented her talk: Coming to UCT: Black students, transformation and the politics of race.

Her research explores “how to address issues of identity, such as race, class, and gender, that impact on people’s participation in transformation efforts”.

The Harvard University fellow, with a doctorate from the London School of Economics, told a small gathering that UCT is “really good at posing” when it comes to racial integration.

She interviewed 24 students who were black, coloured and Indian to find out “how black students are isolated when they come to UCT”.

“When I went to university it was liberating. For these students…

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Morning Star cover-up of domestic abuse allegation sparks crisis and resignations

I have always been a supporter of the Morning Star, and it saddens me that yet another institution of the Left has proved itself to be seriously lacking on the gender-equality front.

Shiraz Socialist


Above: Caroline Leneghan

An extraordinary crisis has erupted at the Morning Star (de facto mouthpiece of the British Communist Party), resulting in the resignations of the editor and the company director. It stems from reporter Rory McKinnon’s questioning of the RMT leadership over allegations of domestic abuse against the union’s assistant general secretary Steve Hedley (which Shiraz covered here).

McKinnon, who resigned from the Star on 25 July, has written an account of what happened at the blog Another Angry Woman. This is important, not least because much of the British trade union movement funds the Morning Star (without reference to its membership):


This is a guest post by Rory McKinnon. Content warning for domestic violence. It is published with permission of the survivor.

“The public have no right to know”: how the Morning Star threatened to sack me for reporting domestic violence allegations

My name’s Rory MacKinnon, and…

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Cardiff disabled people need you – yes, YOU! – to visit the final day of their Vigil to ATOS victims today

My guest blog post for DAN Cymru on the Cardiff Atos Vigil.

DAN Cymru - Disabled Activists Network Wales

In a guest post marking her final contribution to the disabled-people’s anti-cuts movement before retiring from active involvement in the direct-action disability movement, former DPAC Caerdydd convenor Liza van Zyl explains why it is time for her to step down from further involvement …

… and why it is so important that everyone – EVERYone – who is possibly able to do so, goes to the DWP/ATOS buildings at Gabalfa, Cardiff, TODAY Friday 23rd August, between 11am and 3pm, to show support for some very remarkable people.


I am SO PROUD of  Chris Palmer, David Malins, and Rob Marsh, organisers of this week’s Vigil outside the DWP/ATOS buildings in Cardiff.

And I am SO PROUD to have worked with them and the other Dan Cymru (formerly DPAC Caerdydd) disabled people’s anti-cuts campaigners over the last 12 months.

On Wednesday and Thursday (yesterday) I briefly visited the Vigil. Wasn’t able…

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Sanctions vote passes – now to build on the ground

A welcome outcome from the PCS Conference. Respect to the folk in PCS who worked so hard to brin this about

Civil Service Rank & File Network

2013-05-21 12.46.13Delegates voted overwhelmingly for a motion on non-cooperation with sanctions at PCS Annual Delegate Conference. However, whilst welcome, this only marks a beginning. The task now is to win the argument for and build an explicitly political, rank-and-file led campaign on the ground.

The debate on the role of DWP staff in the sanctions regime has been brewing for a long time. However, thus far the leadership of PCS have side-stepped the debate, suggesting both that non-cooperation wasn’t deliverable and that it wasn’t being called for by staff directly involved. This position has already been forced to shift dramatically in the space of months.

Ahead of conference, several branches submitted motions on non-cooperation with sanctions. When it was revealed that, on legal advice, all were omitted from debate under the union’s rules it caused an uproar that thrust the issue to centre stage.

Claimants groups including Boycott Workfare, Disabled People…

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We need to talk about gender violence in anarchist groups/spaces.

Definitely. And bullying. And prejudice against disabled people.


It happens, it happens a lot, more than a lot of
people think. Having good politics doesn’t mean someone isn’t capable of being
abusive in their own life but refusing to take accusations of abuse seriously
because the accused is such a “good anarchist” is a sign of pretty shitty

This is a discussion that needs to happen and as frustrating as it is it
probably needs to happen many times and the discussion needs to be led by those who have experienced abuse, even if it means people who are used to being heard have to sit back, be quiet and listen.

Too many people (predominately women) have had to withdraw from activism and anarchist organising because of abuse, while abusers face little if any social
consequences for their actions. This is a topic I really want to write more
about but at the moment it is too raw a…

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Achieve Your Potential Or Starve, The Government’s Real Message To Young Disabled People

the void

Atos-for-profitAny campaign from this Government which claims to support disabled people should be viewed with suspicion and the latest offering from the DWP is no exception.

The department yesterday put out a press release boasting: “Celebrities have joined forces with the government to help launch a campaign aiming to promote positive role models for disabled people.”

This campaign features a youtube channel where 50 videos have been posted which have “been produced with a focus on overcoming barriers”.  Many of these videos are unsurprisingly about disabled people who have high flying careers, such as Dame Anne Begg, or are stories of disabled entrepreneurs.

The accompanying press release includes a gushing quote from Emmerdale actor Kitty McGeever explaining how after becoming disabled it ‘took some time to get back into work’ but she managed it with the help of the Government’s Access To Work scheme.

This scheme provides funding for…

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