Mid-October round-up: updates on state repression against Lisa McKenzie, Bahar Mustafa and Teesside construction workers, and other news

A few recent and upcoming events of interest:

Two fairly short-notice demos will be happening tonight: in Teesside, construction workers will be protesting against police intimidation at the Eston police station at 5.45, in response to police harassment of workers involved in the ongoing Wilson SITA dispute.

Eston police station protest

Meanwhile, down in the Midlands, Nottingham folk will be opposing a racist anti-immigration demo from 6 – this comes at the end of a busy weekend that’s already seen an open borders demo in Dover, opposition to Britain First in Burton and the EDL in Scarborough, and clashes between anti-fascists and fascists in Bristol.

Bristol antifa going for a jog

Slightly further ahead, on Wednesday Lisa McKenzie will be appearing at Stratford Magistrates’ Court. The CPS are trying to push for a joint enterprise case, which means that they don’t have to prove that Lisa herself actually did anything, as joint enterprise means she can be held responsible for acts committed by other people, and they want to apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order, which will limit her freedom of speech and movement for five years, so it’s really important for people to show solidarity against this repression. Another upcoming court date of interest will be Bahar Mustafa’s appearance at Bromley Magistrates’ on the 5th of November.

Lisa with the Met

Also upcoming, Datacide will be hosting a talk on soundsystem culture and resistance at Housman’s bookshop on Friday, ahead of the annual London anarchist bookfair on Saturday. Saturday will also see a Calais Migrant Solidarity protest at St Pancras.

Meanwhile, last week also saw some brilliant eviction resistance in Southwark – the Southwark & Lambeth folk have a really strong record of this kind of practical direct action, so it’s great to see them keeping it up. And finally, the Angry Workers of the World are keeping busy, and have now published their autumn plans – in particular, they’re inviting members of the IWW to collaborate on practical activities, especially around trying to organise at Amazon, and they’re asking anyone who’s looking for work at the moment to get in touch with them and think about taking a job where they work in West London. If any of this is of any interest, you might want to drop them an email about coming to their meeting on Sunday 25th, where they’ll be discussing a Wildcat text about the international working class today, or just generally say hi – as ever, feel free to get in touch at angryworkersworld (at) gmail.com if you think what they’re doing sounds interesting.

A ring of people preventing an eviction in Camberwell.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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