This Is Just The Beginning Talk Notes

KEY POINTS

WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – WHEN – WHERE – HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – LESSONS LEARNT – NARRATIVE – KEY MOMENTS -

 

THE 15 STORIES

  1. POLL TAX
  2. ROADS
  3. ALTER GLOBALISATION -RECLAIM THE STREETS, CJA + RAVE
  4. NO TO GM
  5. ANIMAL RIGHTS
  6. ANTI MILITARIST/ IRAQ WAR
  7. PALESTINE?
  8. ALTER GLOBALISATION PTII
  9. CLIMATE CAMP + ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT
  10. WORKERS IN THE NAUGHTIES – LIVING WAGE AND OCCUPATIONS
  11. BLACKLIST SUPPORT

FOOTAGE AVAILABLE

    • RECORDED INTERVIEWS – 36 HOURS
    • UNDERCURRENTS – 25 HOURS
    • WE CAN WIN – 3 RELEVANT 12 MINUTE INTERVIEWS
    • BBC ARCHIVES?? (G8 BBC 3 Film)
    • PEACEFUL RESISTANCE FOR A CHANGE??? (ASK PAULA) – A ONE HOUR DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWING PEACE CAMPAIGNERS, ONLY ONE USEFUL THREAD OF ABOUT 15 MINUTES
  • EDO FILM??? There is a documentary about SASH EDO the campaign, i am pretty certain we can get to use some footage to illustrate the SMASH EDO campaign
  • JUST DO IT??? A first person story, i have spoken to the director (Emily James) and we can get access to the footage from this 1 and half hour piece
  • BSG FILM??? There is a blacklist support film that again i think we can access to
  • SOME YOUTUBE VIDEOS - There are many videos on youtube, either first person films or shared news footage of spectacular events.

  • WHEN
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES)
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED
  • WHERE
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS)
  • LESSONS LEARNT
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS

  1. POLL TAX

 

  • WHEN  – 1989-1990
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – THE POLL TAX FEDERATION – Notable groups within that included Class War (who were blaimed for the riots) and the Militant Tendency (deep entry Trotskyists in the Labour party – who later became the Socialist party when kicked out by Tony Blair) – Liverpool Council (refused to collect the Tax)
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – The end of the Poll tax – or ‘community charge’ – and the toppling of Thatcher
  • WHERE – It started iN Scotland a year before it was brought to the rest of the UK – their opposition was an inspiration to the rest of the UK
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Originally the plan was to clog up the courts through fighting cases one by one saying they were illegal, but the mass non payment campaign eventually became one where people refused to go to court.  Organising communities to resist bailiffs, through hiding or pushing them off estates became widespread – millions organised this way.
  • LESSONS LEARNT – A federation not organised by a Leninist political party can be a mass movement, and if you refusal is common place you can change the law and end the government
  • NARRATIVE – this was a movement from below, that involved mass participation and direct action by all involved
  • KEY MOMENTS – Scottish Resistance 1989 – The Poll Tax Riots 1990 – Thatcher loses leadership ballot 1990

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zpGZYtVpf0

 

http://libcom.org/history/poll-tax-rebellion-haringey

 

  1. THE ROADS MOVEMENT

 

  • WHEN – 1992-1997
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – Earth First – Reclaim The Streets – Alert – The Tribe of The Dongas – New Age Travellers – Swampy Dan (appeared on HIGNFY) –  Becca Lush
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – 80% of all new roads cancelled (this was the biggest road building program ever) – Mass notoriety and a challenge on the use of the car
  • WHERE – By new road build projects, notably Claremont Road and Twyford Downs, thought there were many sites
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Key tactics included protest camps, tree house building, tunnel building, community petitioning and local council challenges, sabotage. Carmageddon kicked off the idea for Reclaim the Streets – which straddles two movements
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Committed activists and local commuites together can over come common enemies
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 91 Earth First! UK formed and Carmageddon. 92 Twyford Downs Camp formed (and Tribe of Dongas). 93-95 Claremont Road – OTHER CAMPS DATES TO BE ENTERED

 

SWAMPY AND ROADS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRlrn-KxCrQ&list=PL6D293A9E9D3FB5A3&index=34

  1. RECLAIM THE STREETS AND ALTER GLOBALISATION (15 mins)

 

  • WHEN – 1994-2002
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – Reclaim the Streets, The Wombles, IndyMedia, Undercurrents, Rhythms of Resistance, The Zapatistas, Banksy and other subvertisers, No Logo, McLIbel, Corporate Watch
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – A lot of noise and destruction, the first global demonstration, an ethos for organising horizontally, prioritising party and direct action
  • WHERE – Across the UK and the world eventually
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Street parties, Summit hopping (finding global summits and trying to shut them down), secretly organised riots in city centres
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Be prepared to do something bigger, involve more people, but keep the ethos that protest can be fun
  • NARRATIVE – The Iraq war and Stop The War coalition are blamed for ending an uprising of direct action in the UK, but there were problems within the movement. Nonetheless it wa an amazing, energetic, colourful and confrontational movement.
  • KEY MOMENTS – 94 the Criminal Justice Act (which outlawed repetitive beats and partying outside), 94 is also when NAFTA is passed and the Zapatistas form, 95 the first RTS party, 96, the first encuentro, 97 The Dockers Strike in Liverpool where RTS and Dockers come together, 98 PGA is formed, 99 J18 the first global day of action, 99 Seattle, 00 Prague and 1st Mayday Riot (Carnival Against Capitalism), 01 Genoa and 2nd CAC Mayday Riot – 9/11!

 

RECLAIM THE STREETS FILM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2snn3XDbLg&list=PLYs8JUxLC4UMZV5UTsZt7ic457ORjdAZO&index=28

 

MAYDAY 2002 FOOTAGE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swh04RYm1MA

Zapatista and the origins of occupy
http://www.jcrt.org/archives/12.3/nail.pdf

 

  1. NO TO GM MOVEMENT (5 mins)

 

  • WHEN -99-00
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – Daily Mail, The Soil Association, Mark Lynas, World Development Movement
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – the banning of GM in the UK, EU, for cinsumption, import or testing
  • WHERE – UK and EU
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Ripping up test crops, Lobbying and accidental populism
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Direct Action works with popular support
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – Deplanting fields

 

http://www.stopgm.org.uk/index.php/resistance-to-gm/uk

  1. Animal rights

 

  • WHEN – 1974to now, but specifically 1991-2004
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – ALF (Animal Liberation Front), Hunt Saboteurs Association
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – The shutting of many animal testing labs, the partial ban of fox hunting, widespread awareness.
  • WHERE – UK with alliances in the US
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Some protest camps, sabotage of hunts and buildings, tertiary targeting (threatening people involved in the animal rights abuses, even if they were involved at a remove), road bloackades, freeing animals, public spectacles, organising in cells
  • LESSONS LEARNT – can be dangerous, there are many activists doing long periods in jail and there are activists who died in prison, or when run over.
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – Hillgrove Cat Farm, Newchurch Guinea Pigs, Consort Beagles and Huntingdon Life Sciences (ADD DATES SOON), Fox Hunting Ban 04-06 law changes, Countryside alliance marches

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Animal_Liberation_Front_actions,_1976%E2%80%9399

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Animal_Liberation_Front_actions,_2000%E2%80%9304

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfKXq9BL29o&app=desktop

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/homeaffairs/page/0,,650062,00.html

  1. ANTI MILITARIST + IRAQ WAR

 

  • WHEN – 02-07 (though it continues
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – Stop the War Coalition, the SWP, CND, STOP DSEI, CAAT, SMASH EDO
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – A reluctance to go to war by the elite, but also a  demoralisation of the the British Public
  • WHERE – UK and World Wide
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Mostly very passive resistance, marches.  the direct action element did stunts, tried to shut down weapons factories, stop soliders shipping out, and smashed up airplanes
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Pacifism cannot be passive
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 9/11, 02 Afgan war and response, 03The big STW march(es), 03 Invasion of Iraq, 03 Fairmile Air base, 04 Stop DSEI, 04 SMASH EDO Founded, 04 Iraqi Trade Unions fight for public ownership of Oil (Ewa)

 

FASLANE DEMO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOlG0vKh5tI

  1. PALESTINE

 

  • WHEN – 02 – 10
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – ISM (international Solidarity Movement), Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall, The Freedom Flotillas, University Occupation
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – Highlighting the plight of Plaestine and some protection individual palestinians
  • WHERE – Palestine and UK
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Being Human Shields, using boats to get aid to Palestine, Occupying Universities and BBC
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Israel is a terrible foe
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 99 (???) ISM founded, 02 Rachel Corrie is killed in Palestine and Tom Hurndall mortally wounded, 08 siege of Gaza begins, 09 Freedom Flotillas 2+3 attempt and make entry to Gaza, Flotilla 4 is turned away after many shot and killed by Israelis, 09 Occupations and Demonstrations in the UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0evFRyT1pqM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Freedom_Flotilla

  1. ALTER GLOBALISATION PART II

 

  • WHEN – 04-10
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – ESF, DISSENT! Network, G20 Meltdown, Live 8, CIRCA, Boycott Coca Cola and other Anti Corporate Movements, Fair Trade Movement
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – The same as before – a lot of noise, organisation through consensus, no legislative change, but a change in mood – Think Global, Act Local.  A rise in organic farming and trade justice awareness
  • WHERE – UK
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Boycott, Summit Hopping, Social Forums, Riots, Clowning, Blockades
  • LESSONS LEARNT – PLan better, and be prepared!
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 04 ESF In London Ken Livingston gets mobbed, 05 Dissent! Network Mobilises and creates an eco protest camp at GlenEagles, Live 8 does a march in Edinburgh, 7/7 happens, 09 G20 Metldown brings back the usual characters for a kick off in London

 

G8 2005 (socialist – aucterarda) (good coffin moment)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7W0zo_nvc4

G8 2005 Black block breakpolice lines
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDpo8KWu4XU

Liberals taking the piss 2005
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8ZK2RDZ1N0

  1. CLIMATE CAMP + ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

 

  • WHEN – 06-10
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – Climate Camp, Plane Stupid, Coal Action Network, Campaign Against Climate Change
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – No new Coal Power stations, no 3rd Runway at heathrow, a push for lifestyle change
  • WHERE -UK, though it spread out to many different countries
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Yearly organised protest camps, Mass direct action on specific targets, legal awareness and suing the police, smaller camps, stunts and actions, shutting down airports. Consensus, secret action organising.
  • LESSONS LEARNT
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS 06 Climate Camp in leeds, 07 Big climate camp in Heathrow, Transition Heathrow is formed, 08 Kingsnorth (massive attack on civil liberties), 09 Vestas Occupation, G20 Camp in the city, Blackheath Camp, Mass action in Notts, Copenhagen summit, 2010, RBS camp, Crude Awakening – THE STUDENT REBELLION

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_for_Climate_Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrlOAdl3ZBM

  1. Workers in the Naughties – Living Wage, Vestas and Visteon Occupations (MMP?)
  2. THE STUDENT MOVEMENT

 

  • WHEN 02-07
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – RMT and general workers
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – Living Wage for workers in the RMT across London
  • WHERE – London and Isle of Wight
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Occupation, workers organisation, strikes
  • LESSONS LEARNT
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 02-07 Living wage campaign by RMT, 09 Occupation of Vestas, Occupation of Visteon after the G20


  • WHEN 2010-11
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – NCAFC, Aaron Porter (hated)
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – closest vote since Iraq war and near collapse of government
  • WHERE – Across UK
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Occupations, Street Confrontation, Lobbying – fights between horizontalists and SWP
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Need more popular support from workers
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 10 Occupation of Millbank, Local student riots, NCAFC is formed Occupations, December 9th Protests, 11 NUS March in Manchester Aaron Porter flees and Labour party members get egged.

 

STUDENT PROTESTS RIOT PORN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI5VY81IdG8&list=PLA2D4A27B34DA1F61&index=8

 

BLACK BLOCK PROTESTOR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLTtDayPiP4&list=PLA2D4A27B34DA1F61&index=11

 

REPORT ON MAR 26th BLACK BLOC – NEWSNIGHT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IhS7yBcMnE&list=PLA2D4A27B34DA1F61&index=13

  1. UKUNCUT AND OCCUPY
  2. FRACKING +  THE DASH FOR GAS,

 

  • WHEN 2010 -2012
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – UKUNCUT, OCCUPY, M15
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – Awareness, not much else
  • WHERE – UK
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Occupations of high street stores, a city based protest camp
  • LESSONS LEARNT – Beware of conspiracy theorists, nutters and sexists
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 2010 – Vodafone Occupations – 2011 – TUC march and Occupation of Fortnum and Masons, M15 in Spain, Occupy in NY, Occupy camp set up at St Pauls (though originally intended for London Stock Exchange) – 2012 UKUNCUT work with DPAC


  • WHEN 2012 – Ongoing
  • WHO (THE GROUPS +FAMOUS FIGURES) – Frack Off!, Frack Free, Friends Of the Earth, Reclaim The Power, Talk Fracking, No Dash For Gas
  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – yet to see
  • WHERE
  • HOW (STRATEGY AND TACTICS) – Camps, Big and Small, Public Engagement and education, legal challenges
  • LESSONS LEARNT
  • NARRATIVE
  • KEY MOMENTS – 2012 – Activists scale and Occupy West Burton Power station, NDFG protest iN london, first drill in Blackpool, 2013, First camp in Balcombe, First RTp in Balcombe, Barton Moss Winter camp  2014 More camps, Talk Fracking Tour, RTP second camp,

 

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RealFare Podcast 1: UKIP, The Left, War

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On Brand, Jonny Rotten and Voting


Making change means taking direct action, striking, building community organisations, taking control of your energy, food and water supplies, creating an alternative democratic system and being part of social movements for change.
Democracy is more than putting an x in a box once every five years  X

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PODCASTS AND YOUTUBE RECOMMENDS

1. PODCASTS
2. YOUTUBE CHANNELS
1. PODCASTS
Download PODCAST REPUBLIC on ANDROID  – or use Itunes on IPHONE
And check the following
  • THE NERDIST - a yank comedian chat’s with loads of fucking cool people, funny and interesting. Eddie Izzard, Kevin Smith, John Oliver, Rhys darby (from Flight of the Concordes), Simon Pegg and almost all the British guests are awesome – listen to earliest ones.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage – Science show that is actually quite funny from Radio 4 – with Brian Cox and Robin Ince (the comedian that Ricky Gervais bully’s on the extras in Animals). You’ll love Physics stuff probably
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore Histories – Pretty gruesome, and excitable yank historian (recommended to me by a Leicester person who hates history). Occasionally OTT – but the history of the Mongols is worth it alone.
  • The Doug Stanhope Podcast – Miserable, unfunny at points, and then side splitting at others.  And often quite moving (start off with Nowhere Girl pt1 for a crazy story)
  • The Bugle – Jon Oliver smashes the comedy on this – good for giggles -and short
  • Alan Davies – As yet Untitled - funny stries from interesting people, simple as that
  • Novara Media – Deep political show – very intellectual, but the best out there, but you have to go to their website and download it directly – you can’t do it through your app.
One’s that are good I haven’t tried yet
  • Mark Kermodes Films Show
  • Bill Burr’s Monday Madness
  • More Or Less Behind the Stats
  • Global News – BBC world service
  • Smodcast – Kevin Smith
2. YOUTUBE CHANNELS
You can subscribe to these channels through your Youtube/Gmail account.  Then you can click on the drop down button and you can see subscriptions – the updates are there. Or they will automatically just come up on your home page (though that is a bit more hit and miss).
This is better than T.V. in a lot of ways!
  • Russell Brand – The trews – Daily sense being talked, funny and spot on! 10 minutes average
  • Crash Course – 10 minute courses on psychology, History and literature – filled with gags and animations – average 10 minutes. John Green is the best!
  • Vice and Vice News - It is part owned by Fox, and some of the stuff is shitty, but some of the stuff is fucking awesome.  News is 2-4 minute average – docs are about 20 minutes
  • Screen Junkies – They do ‘Honest Trailers’ – funny shit
  • The Big Think – and the RSA Animate - Smart people talking about smart shit – philosophy, psychology, education, drugs, religion, all sorts
  • Ray Mears Bushcraft – Come On! Get in there!
Check also
  • Last night with John Oliver
  • The Paley Media centre
  • John Stewart stuff
  • Stewart Lee stuff
  • My playlists – Gringo Loco – ‘Music to get 2′ G Culture Comedy’
  • Sideshow ally and Balcony TV – new music, acoustic style
  • The Chomsky Videos – Good stuff for your brain and
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What You Need To Know About TTIP

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By Thomas Barlow

What is it?

  • TTIP is the largest trade deal ever to be done on the history of the planet
  • It is between the world’s two largest economies – the EU and the USA – making the largest trade zone in the world – like the EEC but even bigger
  • It is about regulation and tariffs – basically making laws the same or similar in both areas
  • This is the biggest change to happen to the UK since the formation of the EU – and means giving up far more rights and democratic control

Image:dw.deHow This Is Being Done

  • This is being decided in secret - even the politicians that are involved are only being given parts of the agreement to review
  • Workers, charities and legal bodies are barely represented – 90% of all the lobbyists represent multinational corporations
  • What we do know is mostly through illegal leaks

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Fast Forward Festival: This Is Just The Beginning

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One organiser said after this weekend in Edale that it felt like ‘the end of the beginning’, which may not mean much out of context, but is a statement many of the participants could agree with.FF14-banner-small

Over the weekend of the 12th -14th September over 150 activists and organisers came together for a residential weekend conference in Edale.  Whilst this alone may not seem newsworthy, the outcomes may be some of the most important for the British left in a decade or more – even if it is difficult to tell to what extent that is true at this stage.

The decline of the British left has been commented on by many for a long time.  The causes are vast and complex, and can be traced back to the defeat of the miners in 1984, and the collapse of the USSR in 1989.

British society has become a little more…

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