Events are moving faster and faster. This post will probably be out of date by the time it’s finished. Still, for what it’s worth, here’s a few recent developments that’ve grabbed my attention: Birmingham, Warwick and Cambridge have all gone into occupation as part of the national student day of action, and the Cambridge occupation started with a highly effective disruption of a speech by the Education minister David Willetts. 53 Gordon Square in Bloomsbury seems to be occupied, but I can’t even find a proper report of it yet. Meanwhile, electricians occupied the office of construction company Grattes Brothers this morning – Freedom Press and Jib Electrician both have brief reports, but Socialist Worker seem to have been the first ones to get a detailed story online.
Elsewhere, the move from outdoor to indoor occupations seems to be gathering steam – buildings have been seized in Seattle, St. Louis, D.C. and other cities, and empty buildings have also been occupied in Parma, Italy. One of the major flashpoints right now is in Egypt, which is starting to look like it might be on the brink of a second revolution: anarkismo have an interview with an Egyptian anarchist revolutionary, as well as a more recent update on how the situation’s developing, and Vice magazine have a surprisingly good first-hand report.
What next? In the US, the most exciting current development is that a call for a co-ordinated blockade of all West Coast ports has come out of Occupy Oakland. That’s incredibly ambitious, and if it’s as anywhere near as successful as the recent Oakland day of action, it’ll be a massive step forward. Here in the UK, the next major focus of attention is the November 30th strikes, and it’s good to see that n30strike.org, as well as its more explicitly anarchist sister site n30strike.wordpress.com, is now up and running, but that’s not all that’s going on: other ongoing campaigns, such as the fight against Atos, shouldn’t be neglected. Anyone around in Nottingham tomorrow morning should think about visiting court to support the Atos 2, and if you’re not shy about having your name publicised you can add it to a public statement of support by emailing nottsdefence (at) riseup (dot) net.
In London, SolFed are picketing the Hartley pub against a wage theft, and those who can’t make it in person can show support by ringing the pub’s owners on 01708 555111 to complain. This kind of small-scale fight is one where a bit of action can make a big difference, and a quick win would be a great way to lift everyone’s spirits ahead of N30, so give ‘em hell!
EDIT: Disregard that last bit, the employers have already caved in. Direct action gets results.