…and if you can’t get to a major demo you can always joint Britain’s first Cyber Strike!..



June 4, 2011

Here’s the latest on the new 0742 Club in Sheffield which we previously mentioned in this post

The 0742 Club is now open: the semi residential community art/social centre squat adjacent to Debenhams on the Moor is asking for artists, photographers, collectives and political groups to get in contact and to come down and help make the squat as vibrant and active as Possible.

The 0742 Club (a squat adjacent to Debenhams on the Moor) initially squatted by students under the name “The Free Abbey National” and began life as a convergence centre for political protestors in response to the Liberal Democrat Conference is now open as a social centre and community art project.

The Collective invites a broad variety of artists, collectives, and political groups to come and make use of the space (which is huge) as well as opening it’s doors to those wanting to show independant films (A projector is avaliable), hold poetry sessions, or generally hang out. Spaces can be booked or aquired by inpromtue informal discussion with the residents as and when they are needed, and doors will open on monday to the wider public for the display of an art exhibition, a poetry session (to which any poets are invited to take part in), and the provission of hot beverages.

The Collective also puts out a request for Residential Artists and persons who can help to maintain the security of the space (this does not have to mean every night and day, but it would also be useful to have volunteers willing to stay a night or two).

The 0742 can be contact via its SQAUTLINE on 07806414837 or via the contact number that has already been given out in other articles written in reference to the Centre.



Doncaster’s first ‘READ IN’ will take place today, January 29th, at Doncaster Central Library, Waterdale, from 1pm until 3pm.

A series of further READ INs are planned for next Saturday, 5th February, with Moorends, Bawtry and Sprotbrough having confirmed so far.

Award-winning children’s author and founder of The Campaign for the Book, Alan Gibbons, will be at Moorends (11am-1pm) and best-selling author, Richard Benson, will be at Sprotbrough (10am – 1pm).

Please get to any of these events if you can.

And don’t forget to show your support via SAVE DONCASTER LIBRARIES.



December 15, 2010

Although they may have given Doncaster Council what are among the most savage spending cuts in the country this this Christmas, the Tories are trying to show that they do have a softer side. As they say on their WordPress blog

The Conservative Party in Doncaster is sending a Christmas Card to almost every house in the town to pass on festive greetings and ask residents what really matters to them.

We thought this was such a sweet gesture that we’d present them with our own card on behalf of the hard hit residents of Doncaster…

If you would like to send the Tory/Lib-Dem Scum a Crimbo Card you can downlaod a PDF of the artwork here.

Original Eric Pickles artwork can be found here

This man was blinded when a water cannon was used against protesters in Stuttgart.

Now the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, is calling for the use water cannons against British protesters (i.e. students… i.e. children and young adults – who may be quite partial to their eyesite thank you vey much).

The Met (not exactly well known for their ability to show restraint… JUSTICE FOR IAN TOMLINSON, ALFIE MEADOWS & JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES!, to name but a few) has been conducting trials with water cannons and already has officers trained in the use of baton rounds – because plastic bullets have never harmed anyone, have they? (Ok, so they killed 14 people, including 9 children, in Northern Ireland, but that doesn’t make them dangerous!)

If Theresa May thinks so called non-lethal methods of controlling people are a good idea then maybe she should let the Met test them on her!

On the First Day of Christmas some bright spark in Vodafone’s marketing department thought it would be a good idea to run a ’12 days of smiles’ competition on Twitter where you said what made you smile via #mademesmile. The response was phenomenal…

The tax dodging scumbags were inundated with anti-Vodafone tweets forcing them to take down their live Twitter feed.

Public 1, Vodafone 0

Nice work everyone!

Image by the AMP

And a nice anti-tax-dodger article from Johann Hari – http://ukuncut.org.uk/blog/guest-blog-philip-green-is-sponging-off-the-state

December 9th, 2010, will go down in history as a good day for liberty, justice and freedom. A combination of the student demo and Anonymous’ Operation: Payback activity has empowered thousands of people.

Nobody was under any illusion that government would do anything else but protect the interests of the rich – even if this meant condemning the poorest people in this country to greater deprivation in an uncertain future. Student fees are to be tripled, loss of EMA makes it impossible for many kids to go to college, and an 80% cut in university funding will have a detrimental effect the quality of education on offer (although it’s always worth bearing in mind that Poll Tax was also passed in parliament, so it certainly ain’t over yet!).

It might have been a bad day for education, but LESSONS HAVE BEEN LEARNT!

  1. So called ‘representative democracy’ has been completely unmasked. Many students voted for the Lib Dems because they knew the Tories were scum and that Labour introduced the fees in the first place. Now they can see the truth. Democracy has become little more than smoke and mirrors used to disguise the fact that the rich use the political and legal systems to rob the poor. Wikileaked runs a constant stream of stories which show that supposedly democratic governments are simply the pawns of corporations (i.e. collectives of rich scum who hide behind a wall of greedy little shareholders) and banks (with the same collection of rich scum in the driving seat). The students were quick to point out that ordinary people stood outside parliament while a collection of bloated millionaires decided upon their future!
  2. This, in turn, further strengthened the battle-lines which are becoming ever clearer to more and more people. We are engaged in out-and-out CLASS WAR – unfortunately, as things stand, we’re losing. In affluent times it was too easy, for too many people, to ignore the truth. They didn’t mind that the rich were getting richer as long as they still got their share of the crumbs. This was a time of a Cold-Class-War in the UK (though globally it was a different story), where the poorest were marginalised and working class communities were denied a voice by virtually all political parties. But when the banks fucked-up somebody had to pay, and it wasn’t going to be the rich!  There are some token gestures from a minority of rich scum, but are we really supposed to be impressed when a handful of billionaires give away some of the fortune when they stole it from the poor in the first place? Now, however, the times they are a changing, the Class War is getting hot and the slums of London are stirring!
  3. Not only are they stirring, but they’re learning new tactics on a daily basis. Despite the media myths about ‘an-aargh-kist influence’, the movements we are witnessing are both organic and horizontal. Yes, as anarchists, we welcome this uprising, but it is a groundswell that is completely independent of any of the usual political parasites. They’re learning as they go and they’re learning fast. The decision to breakaway from kettles and the use of harris fencing to defend themselves from police charges were not the result of an anarchist plot, they were ideas generated moment by moment on Twitter (the harris fencing tactic was actually suggested by a copper on Sky News before being tweeted!).
  4. Twitter also helped to further unmask the media for what they truly are. A combination of Tweets and live TV feeds painted a very different story from the one journalists were portraying. 14 yr old kids being charged by police horses is “crowd control” in media speak. A girl stripped of her clothes by cops is no longer a ‘student’, somebody somewhere decided that reporters should use the word ‘protester’ to help disguise the fact that they’re talking about grown men fighting with teenage girls (Sky’s Kate Burley even called them ‘insurgents’!) Lots of shots of paint-spattered coppers, but none of the wheelchair left empty after the police had dragged the occupant from it. Lots of talk about ‘hospitalised police officers’, but no mention of the 20 yr old student who required emergency brain surgery! We could go on, but you get the drift about the so called ‘free press’ – and MediaLens is far more eloquent about describing the lack of press freedom than we are.
  5. Communication and information technology also came into it’s own when Anonymous (irc chat network irc.anonops.net (6667) – channel #operationpayback) continued their attacks on the corporations complicit in the dirty tricks campaign against Wikileaks (a current list of Wikileaks mirror sites can be found here). The power of this campaign is the fact that the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) application can be downloaded and used by almost anyone regardless of their technical know-how. Obviously we would never encourage illegal activity (but it’s always worth bearing in mind who’s laws we’re talking about here), but the implications are fascinating when some of the most ICT literate people in the country are exactly those who are currently being attacked by the government. Cyberspace is one battlefield where the underdog can still deliver damaging blows to the rich and powerful.
  6. The same technology also renders the bloated bureaucracy of government completely obsolete. The dream of non-hierarchical participatory democracy is now more possible than ever before. Can anybody, anywhere, honestly tell us why the fuck do we need parliament in the third millennium?

The students have shown the rest of us – workers, claimants, parents, carers, academics, idlers, anarchists, etc., etc., etc. – what we should ALL be doing. We feel that the above image, from the 10/11 London demo – says everything we need to know. We need to unite, and we need to act! If not, then we will get the future we fucking deserve!

In South Yorkshire, Sheffield Hallam University has been occupied by students. Find out more here…


…and send messages of support to…


At present there are 20 or so other occupations in the UK – full details here – and it’s growing all the time; show them your support! There will be further actions next Tuesday and if you’re able to organise any form of solidarity protest in your area, no matter how small, do it!