Polish Women's 'Black Protest for Choice'
Polish Embassy, London. Sat 24 Sep 2016
A Polish feminist living in London speaks outside the
embassy in a headdress the colours of the Polish flag
Polish women in London, many wearing black, hold a protest at the Polish
Embassy in solidarity with the 5th annual March for Choice in Ireland against
the strict anti-abortion laws there condemned by the UN as ‘cruel, inhuman
and degrading’ and the introduction of new laws proposed for Poland.
In Poland MPs in the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party
are backing a bill put forward by the Stop Abortion lobby that would make
abortions except where the mother's life was at risk punishable by 3 to 5
years in jail.
As well as Polish women there were also many other feminists at the event,
including some who had earlier protested at the Irish embassy, and one woman
from Ireland spoke. As well as various posters and banners, some protesters
put black tape across their mouths, and others carried wire coathangers, often
used by back-street abortionists, sometimes with horrendous results, when
legal abortion is banned.
The Ritzy's Back for a Living Wage
Brixton, London. Sat 24 Sep 2016
workers outside the cinema in Windrush Square
Workers at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, who with their union BECTU took
part in a series of strikes which resulted in a substantial wage increase,
were on strike again with a lively picket calling for the London Living Wage,
company sick pay and other benefits for all staff and fair rises for supervisors,
managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists and everyone working
They say that Cineworld that owns Picturehouse made an after tax profit of
£81.3 million in 2015, and should share a little of that with its employees
to give them enough to pay rent and put food on the table - the London Living
Wage - but management have rejected negotiations.
Focus E15 - 3 years of resistance
Stratford Broadway, London. Sat 24 Sep 2016
and Jasmin dance with others on the street to celebrate the third anniversary
of their campaign
Housing campaigners Focus E15 and their children party at the weekly
street stall on Stratford Broadway to celebrate the third anniversary of the
fight against Newham Council.
The 29 young mothers stood together to fight against their eviction from
the Focus E15 hostel, refusing to accept being moved out of London, cut off
from families and communities and demanding to be allowed to continue to live
in the area they knew as home.
Their lively campaign forced Newham to rehouse them locally, but they continue
to campaign for others, bringing issues of social cleansing and unjust housing
in Newham and elsewhere to public attention, recently setting up Sylvia's
Corner, a radical hub for East London.
Release the Craigavon Two
Downing St, London. Sat 24 Sep 2016
protester in green shoes holds the Irish flag calling for Justice for the
Craigavon 2 at the Downing St gates
A protest at Downing St by the Irish Republican Prisoners Support Group
called for the release of the Craigavon 2, Brendan McConville and JOhn Paul
Wooton, convicted of killing of Northern Ireland police office Stephen Carroll
in March 2009.
The two were convicted on the evidence of a discredited witness who was allegedly
paid both by members of the police force and the tabloid press despite the
absence of any forensic evidence to connect them with the weapon used.
The protest also called for freedom for Tony Taylor, a prisoner released
on licence in 2014, but taken back into jail without questioning or charge
on the basis of intelligence reports he cannot see or question and denied
any legal representation.
London Stands with Standing Rock
U S Embassy, London. Mon 19 Sep 2016
In an Indian ceremony smoke from a Lakota sage smudge
stick is wafted over everyone in the circle
A non-violent, prayerful act of solidarity outside the US Embassy stood in
solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe threatened by the construction
of a huge oil pipeline close to their reservation in North Dakota and the
Several thousand from around 120 Native American tribes, as well as allies
from around the world, are protesting at a camp there against the pipeline
which threatens the water supply of the tribe and 8 million people who live
downstream, and 70 have been arrested at gunpoint. The protest against the
Dakota Access Pipe Line uses the hashtage #NoDAPL. Protesters and journalists
at the protest have een harrassed by police and some arrested, but the protest
has received little press coverage.
Several sacred sites on the pipeline route have already been destroyed. Several
speeches from Dakota including a live phone link-up were played after a ceremony
involving both US and tribal flags.
Life Jacket 'graveyard'
Parliament Square, London. Mon 19 Sep 2016
Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley poses with the life jackets; he
was very moved by the display
The International Rescue Commission laid out 2,500 life jackets previously
worn by adults and children refugees to cross from Turkey to Greece in Parliament
Square as a reminder of the continuing deaths by drowning there, around 20
per day. Around twice as many people as the life jackets in this display are
expected to drown this year at the current rate.
The protest was made with the cooperation of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees and charities World Vision and Migrant Voice, and was given special
permission by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. It urged the UK to do more to welcome
refugees to the UK and to meet the promises already made, and was criticised
by a few bigots on the extreme right.
Among those I met was Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley who
told me he had received some very racist comments after tweeting about refugees
and the life-jacket event.
Brixton Railway Arches
Brixton, London. Mon 19 Sep 2016
people march with a banner #NetworkJail against the eviction of local businesses
Local residents and Green Party Co-Leader, Jonathan Bartley came to
Bargain Carpets in the Brixton Railway Arches, threatened with eviction today
by Network Rail, who want to empty all the arches, refurbish them and let
them at three times the current rents or more. The eviction was postponed
because of the protest..
The long delay and huge rent increases will make it impossible for the current
businesses to remain. Network Rail want to increase their profits by replacing
valued local businesses by the kind of bland high-price chains and franchises
that have blighted high streets across the country.
Current leaseholders have been threatened that if they legally challenge
the evictions they will not be offered leases in the refurbished arches. The
protesters marched a few yards to a protest meeting led by the tenants in
Brixton Market. Above the meeting three 'bodies' hung from the raiway bridge
with posters on them.
Save Passing Clouds
Hoxton to Dalston, London. Sat17 Sep 2016
There was a party atmosphere outside the boarded up
Marchers gathered in Hoxton Square to support Passing Clouds, a north
London music venue before marching there in a party atmosphere and going on
for a night of music and speeches in Dalston.
Passing Clouds has hosted over 10,000 cultural and musical events since it
opened in 2006 and was celebrating its 10th anniversary when it learnt that
its landlord had secretly sold the site for development and was evicting them,
with the loss of around 100 jobs. Campaigners immediately occupied the building
for several weeks, but were unlawfully evicted last month. Many music venues
across London held a short silence in a show of solidarity with today's protest.
After meeting in the square where there was some music and drumming, the
several hundred protesters set off on a march behind a large figure of a crooked
business man. The marched with a band playing and a number of drummers on
the fairly narrow pavement of Kingsland Rd the mile and a quarter to the club,
and were joined shortly before they arrived there by a lorry with a band on
Outside the club were another hundred or so waiting for them, with a group
of African drummers and musicians around a small wood fire. This flared up
dramatically when small amounts of white rum where poured on it, and one man
took in a mouthful before breathing it out to burst into flames. The party
there was continuing when I had to leave before they went on to protest and
party into the night in a nearby Dalston square.
Awakening Compassion' Vegan protest
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat17 Sep 2016
Vegans held a more or less silent protest
Vegans from 'Awakening Compassion' held posters of animals and quotations,
including by Mahatma Gandhi and Leonardo Da Vinci, in front of the National
The pictures of animals were accompanied by texts with messages such as 'I
am animal - Someone not something - I want to stay alive'. The group wants
want an end to all animal farming and urges we all move to a plant-based diet
which avoids cruelty, is more healthy and less polluting for the environment.
Although there are good reasons to eat less meat, most of the animals in
the pictures only exist because they were carefully bred to produce food by
humans and a vegan Britain would have no sheep, cows or chickens etc. It would
I think be a very different place.
Stop CETA at Canada House
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat17 Sep 2016
handed out leaflets and sang songs against the toxic trade deal with Canada
Protesters hung a huge banner, sang and handed out flyers close to Canada
House warning of the dangers of CETA (EU/Canada Comprehensive Economic and
Trade Agreement) currently being negotiated in secret and due to be approved
by the EU in October.
They called for any UK post-Brexit trade deals to exclude any form of investor
state dispute settlement that would allow corporations to sue the government
in private court, to exclude all public services and financial deregulation,
to protect the rights of government and public procurement to act in the public
interest and to protect labour and human rights, the environment and public
health and safety.
Refugees Welcome Here
London. Sat17 Sep 2016
main banner, carried by refugees, arrives in Parliament Square for the rally
at the end of the march.
Crowds gathered in Park Lane for a short rally before marching to Parliament
Square in solidarity with refugees, calling on the government to respond the
the huge feeling among the British people, 80% of whom have said we should
be welcoming more refugees here.
The protest was supported by over 40 organisations, including major charities,
faith organisations and activists: Action Aid, Amnesty International UK,
Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID), Asylum Aid, Asylum
Support Appeals Project (ASAP), British Future, The Catholic Agency for Overseas
Development (CAFOD), Calais Action, Care4Calais, CARE International,
The Children's Society, Churches Refugee Network, Citizens UK, City of Sanctuary,
Calais Action, Doctors of the World UK, Faiths Forum for London, Health Poverty
Action, Help Refugees, Islamic Relief UK, Jewish Council for Racial Equality
(JCORE), London City Sikhs, Mercy Corps, Migrants Resource Centre, Migrants
Mitzvah Day, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK, North of England
National Union of Teachers (NUT), ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Praxis Community Projects,
Refugee Action, Refugee Council, The Refugee Initiative, René Cassin,
Sadaqa Day, Scottish Refugee Council, Stand up to Racism, Syria Solidarity
Campaign, UNICEF UK and Women for Refugee Women.
London to Greenwich & back
London. Wed 14 Sep 2016
Greenwich college from the river
A small group of us remembered one of our friends, Townly Cook, a painter
and photographer who lived for years in Greenwich and produced a book of pictures
of the area with a visit to the town, a walk around including several pubs
we had been in with him and ending with a meal at the pub where we had come
to eat with him on a number of occasions.
Some of us travelled by boat from central London to the meeting and we took
quite a few pictures on the way, as well as a few as we walked around Greenwich.
I took a few more from the bus on the way back to Waterloo.
South Hill Park again
Bracknell, Berks. Mon 12 Sep 2016
Another family walk around the arts centre and park
before a pub meal
Shut Down Yarl's Wood
Near Bedford, UK. Sat 10 Sep 2016
People make a noise at the fence to Yarl's Wood
Hundreds of protester braved persistent rain to stand for several hours
in a protest organised by Movement for Justice waving and shouting support
to the women asylum seekers held indefinitely inside Yarl's Wood, who responded
enthusiastically by shouting and waving back from the prison blocks behind
the high fence, hindered by windows that hardly open.
Several spoke to the protesters on their mobile phones, some telling how
Serco security guards had prevented them from coming to the windows and were
threatening those who greeted the protesters with solitary confinement, and
there were speeches by a procession of women who had been held, some for a
year or more, inside the immigration prison.
Holborn Viaduct to Bethnal Green
London. Thur 8 Sep 2016
Holborn Viaduct and Farringdon St
I was on my way to visit a friend and had some time to spare, so got
of the bus to take some mainly panoramic images around Holborn Viaduct, where
I'd see on a previous journey past the the building work to the southwest
of the bridge. I'd a couple of pictures while the demolition was taking place
some time ago.
The viaduct which dates from 1863 -1869 was part of an improvement scheme
to take the road over the valley of the River Fleet, which by then ran under
the road below. One of the first 'flyovers' in London it was lavishly decorated
and there are pavillions at the four corners with steps leading to Farringdon
St below. Some of it had to be rebuilt after being destroyed in the 1941 Blitz,
and the two northern pavillions were restored to include lifts in 2000 and
2014 as parts of building developments.
The panoramic images here have the normal 'full-frame' 1.5:1 aspect ratio,
with a high vertical and horizontal angle of view - the latter around 145
degrees. Most are essentially uncropped but have been converted from a spherical
to a cylindrical perspective which renders vertical lines as straight lines,
while leaving horizontal lines - except that through the centre of the image
- as curves. Some were taken with the intention of cropping to a more panoramic
format. There are also a few taken with a rectinear ultrawide lens.
I got back on the bus and made a few more exposures both through the upper
window, which was unusually clean both inside and out, and one or two though
a small open sliding ventilation window.
DPAC block bridge over benefit deaths
Westminster Bridge, London. Wed 7 Sep 2016
Protesters block the bridge iwth banners, floral sign
Disabled campaigners calling for an end to the sanctions and cuts in
benefits that have led to the deaths of many disabled people block Westminster
Bridge in a protest calling for 'No More Benefit Deaths'.
Police asked them politely to leave, then began to threaten protesters and
journalists with arrest if they remained on the highway. Many of DPAC's disabled
protesters refused to move and a few remained blocking the roadway almost
two hours after the protest began, when they called a halt to the protest
On day of the opening ceremony for the Paralympics in Rio the protest called
for the new Prime Minister to make public the findings of the UN investigation
of UK violations of Deaf and Disabled people’s rights, to scrap the
Work Capability Assessment and to end cuts and sanctions which are killing
'No More Benefit Deaths' rally
Downing St, London. Wed 7 Sep 2016
At the end of the rally everyone formed up behind a
coffin to march to Westminster
Disabled campaigners with white flowers at a rally at Downing St to remember
the victims of the cuts and benefits sanctions which have killed many people
On day of the opening ceremony for the Paralympics in Rio they called for
attention to human rights and for the new Prime Minister to make public the
findings of the UN investigation into the UK for violations of Deaf and Disabled
people’s rights, to scrap the Work Capability Assessment and commit
to preventing future benefit-related deaths. At the end of the rally they
march behind a coffin towards Parliament.
Giant Banner 'No More Benefit Deaths
Westminster, London. Wed 7 Sep 2016
The banner hanging over the river wall opposite Parliament
London, UK. 7th September, 2016. A banner drop facing the Houses of Parliament
on the opening day of the Paralympics in Rio sent the message ''No More Benefit
Deaths #DPAC' calling for the need for human rights for all disabled people
and an end to the disastrous sanctions regime which has led to many deaths.
They urged the new Prime Minister to make public the findings of the UN investigation
into the UK for violations of Deaf and Disabled people’s rights and
to scrap the Work Capability Assessment and commit to preventing future benefit-related
DPAC at Bromley Job Centre
Bromley Job Centre Plus, London. Tue 6 Sep 2016
Bromley has the second highest sanctions in London,
denying 7524 claimants essential benefits in 2012-4
Bromley and Croydon DPAC protested outside Bromley Job Centre in the London
Borough of Bromley to demand they stop the use of sanctions against benefit
claimants and stop the abuse of benefit claimants.
Bromley had the second highest sanction rate in London with a total of 7524
in 2012-4, including many claimants denied benefits for the maximum allowed
length of three years. Recently a job centre employee there accidentally recorded
a conversation with another employee on a claimant's answerphone in which
she referred to the claimant as "some scrounging bastard that's popping
out kids like pigs".
The protest by Bromley & Croydon DPAC, supported by other groups including
the Mental Health Resistance Network, Bromley Cuts Concern, Class War and
local trade unionists, was part of a nationwide week of action, highlighting
the cumulative impact of the cuts on disabled people as the paralympic games
are taking place in Rio.
BMA Work Fitness Assessments protest
Tavistock Sq, London. Tue 6 Sep 2016
Unemployed Workers Group protest outside the BMA
Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group protested against the many different
cuts and attacks on claimants, particularly those with disabilities outside
the BMA HQ in Tavistock Square.
They were protesting against medical evidence from GPs being dismissed by
Maximus assessors of fitness for work, most of whom lack appropriate medical
knowledge and urge the BMA to confront the government over this, and for the
BMA to stop advising GPs to charge patients for letters needed by patients
for Work Capability Assessments.
The protest was one of many in a 'Rights Not Games' week of actions to highlight
the cuts are causing to the disabled to coincide with the Rio Paralympics.
Druids vigil against fracking
Whitehall, London. Mon 5 Sep 2016
The Warriors Call - pagans united against fracking
Pagans staged a vigil against fracking for around 24 hours on Whitehall
opposite Downing St.
A banner with a tree had the message 'Druids against Fracking - One (heart)
for Mother Earth' while another had more esotreic symbols with the message
'We are Nature protecting ourselves. One of those present was wearing a t-shirt
with the sigil 'The Warriors Call', a magic symbol widely adopted as an anti-fracking
DPAC against cuts in care & support
Whitehall, London. Mon 5 Sep 2016
Paula Peters holds a banner 'We Want Full Inclusive
Rights' as DPAC march towards Downing St
Protesters from DPAC who had lobbied Parliament and presented the Inclusion
London report evaluating the disastrous effects of cutting care and support
funding for personal assistance following the closure of the Independent Living
Fund in 2015 marched to Downing St.
They stopped in the roadway and police directed traffic around them as they
staged a 'Pop-Up Street theatre with poems, songs, spoken word and performances
showcasing the creativity of disabled people and the contribution they can
make to society with proper support. The event was part of a series of protests
calling for 'Rights Not Games' to coincide with the Rio Paralympics.
Rival Brexit protests at Parliament
Parliament Square, London. Mon 5 Sep 2016
Protesters hold up 'Spiked' magazine posters calling
for the UK to invoke Article 50 NOW!
Pro- and Anti-Brexit campaigners protested outside Parliament as MPs debated
a petition on the EU referendum with over 4 million signatures calling for
the government to implement a rule calling for a second referendum as the
vote was less than 60%.
Pro-Brexit campaigners organised by Spiked magazine shouted loudly in Old
Palace Yard for Theresa May to 'Invoke Article 50 Now!', while a smaller group
of pro-Europe protesters held flags and banners in Parliament Square.
RCG Street Stall in Brixton
Brixton, London. Sat 3 Sep 2016
A banner on the pavement close to Brixton Station
against social cleansing
As I came out of Brixton Station to catch a bus I heard and saw some familiar
faces. The Revolutionary Communist Group hold a regular street stall in Brixton.
The posters, banners and speeches were about the plans by Lambeth Council
to demolish council estates - Cressingham Gardens, Central Hill, Fenwick,
Knight's Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury estates. They intend to work with
private developers to create properties at market rents, with probably a token
amount of social housing. Communities will be split up with current tenants
being forced out, probably to distant areas, and those who have bought property
can expect compensation far below the amount needed to buy similar homes in
Lambeth is a Labour council, and like others across London is engaging in
a policy of social cleansing. Council owned social housing is being transferred
to commercial organisations, with lucrative jobs going to some of the councillors
involved in the transfer. The process, started probably with good intentions
under the Blair New Labour government, has been perverted by property developers
and the increasingly commercial housing associations and is now being driven
by right-wing groups within the Labour party such as 'Progress', with as yet
no effective opposition within Labour, which still supports these programmes
which are completel at odds with traditional Labour values.
Baaba Maal boycott Israel
Royal Festival Hall, London. Sat 3 Sep 2016
A protester holds a large Palestinian flag close to
the Nelson Mandela bust
A protest by human rights group Inminds at the Royal Festival Hall urged
Senegalese musician and Oxfam 'Global Ambassador' Baaba Maal to cancel his
scheduled performance at the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival later this month
in East Jerusalem, under illegal military occupation since 1967.
The protest took place next to the bust of Nelson Mandela, a firm supporter
of Palestinian opposition to Israeli apartheid, whose face was also on one
of the banners.
Sports Direct Day of Shame
Stoke Newington & Harrow, London. Sat 3 Sep 2016
Protesters outside Sports Direct in the centre of Harrow
War on Want protested outside Sports Direct in Stoke Newington and Harrow
as part of a countrywide 'Sports Direct Day of Shame' against their use of
insecure zero hour contracts which mean workers can be fired at will and make
workplace abuse of human dignity and workers rights hard to challenge.
Most of their workers are women or migrants and following a critical select
committee report by MPs Sports Direct has become emblematic of the rise of
precarious contracts that give workers no security. The protest comes before
the Sports Direct AGM this Wednesday.
Justice for Dalian Atkinson at IPCC
Holborn, London. Fri 2 Sep 2016
A police officer comes to find out what is happening
The Black Lives Matter movement protested outside the Independent Police
Complains Commission calling for the IPCC to be radically overhauled so it
will properly investigate and prosecute police officers involved in unlawful
deaths, including that of former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich
striker Dalian Atkinson, who died after being tasered by police outside his
father's home in Telford on August 15th.
A police officer came up to ask the protesters what they intended to do and
then left them along. Placards called for 'No More Coverups' and 'Prosecute
Killer Cops - Justice Now'.
London, September 2016
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