Just a quick post to share a few pieces of news worth celebrating:
In the US, the prosecution has dropped charges against 129 of the 188 people who were still facing charges arising from the “J20” protests against Trump’s inauguration, almost exactly one year ago. Of course, this means that 59 people are still facing felony charges and could use our support and solidarity – you can read the defense campaign’s official statement here, and donate to their legal fund here.
Meanwhile, in France, a long-running battle against a proposed airport that saw the birth of La ZAD – the “zone to defend”, a kind of autonomous commune comparable to those seen at Climate Camp or in the 90s road protests in the UK, but far more long-lived – seems to have ended in victory after the government backed down and abandoned the project.
Finally, down in London, Wednesday’s march against a proposed gentrifying development in Elephant & Castle seems to have won a temporary victory, as Southwark Council voted against the plans. You can read more on that story here.