Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wed. 28 January: Local film showing: McLibel in N17

- The Tottenham postman & gardener who took on the McDonald’s corporation. And won.
Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU
Entry free. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm.
Special guests: The 'McLibel Two'

February 2015 marks 10 years since this infamous and historic marathon of a legal battle concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. The McLibel case had been a David and Goliath story of two people, Tottenham residents Helen Steel and Dave Morris. The defendants refused to be silenced by libel threats, and had to represent themselves throughout what became the longest trial in English legal history. At the same time a grass-roots global defiance campaign turned the spotlight on junk food, exploitation of workers, unethical targeting of children, environmentally-unfriendly business practices, the cruelty of factory farming - and attempts at censorship. The leaflets that the corporation tried to suppress became probably the widest circulated in history.

This documentary film made during the case tells the incredible story.. the filmed testimony of witnesses and experts, exposure of controversial practices, revealing footage of secret meetings with McDonald's US Board members, McSpies unmasked, the growing protests, McProfits down...

Helen and Dave - the McLibel Two - introduce the film and look back on the case and the victorious campaign....

The award-winning full-length documentary was shown on BBC and has been seen by over 20 million people around the world
More info on the film: www.spannerfilms.net More info on the case/campaign: www.mcspotlight.org

See also: RaHN Pamphlet
 'McWorld On Trial' - by Helen Steel and Dave Morris (the 'McLibel' defendants)
The inside story of the inspirational global campaign against McDonald's 1985-2005, including the titanic legal battle during the longest trial in English history.

And previously on this blog: 

McDonald's and McLibel - the successful humiliation of a multinational [1985-2005] - by the McLibel Support Campaign.

McLibel police spies revelations: defendant speaks out

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Undercover Policing campaign: Further update

BBC London News TV item on the campaign to force former police spy/spymaster out of London Metropolitan University can be viewed at:

A campaigner comments: 
"It is not everything we might have wanted but it does ramp up the pressure on London Met some; they were at least forced to put someone up from the John Grieve Centre for the Study of Policing to defend themselves (although they focussed on issues of their international links, a small thing I mentioned which they seized on to the detriment of more important issues.) 
Anyway together with other coverage it does help create a buzz for IAPS picket of London Met next Friday, January 30th, 12-2pm... " * [see below]

"This week we have also launched our campaign on twitter; you can follow us:

created a blog

and a very basic facebook page:

"Please spread the word/like us/re-tweet and do all those things that people do in the age of social media.. But it's vital that people DO complain to London Met, and also get on down to the pickets to make us too annoying to ignore.

"This issue is much bigger than just Bob Lambert, but we are trying to hold him to account for his actions, in the course of which we are also raising the whole history of police infiltration of radical movements as a wider pattern. 
So please also visit 

 - two sites which put Lambert's actions in context.

Keep up the pressure".

Former Police Spy, Serial Liar & Exploiter of Women

Join us to demand the removal of Bob Lambert from London Metropolitan

Picket London Met

Friday January 30th
12.00 – 2.00pm

LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

Bring placards, banners, anything to make noise…

In November Islington Against Police Spies (IAPS) held a lively picket of London Metropolitan University in Holloway, launching our campaign to demand the sacking or resignation of Bob Lambert. Former police spy,
Special Branch manipulator, abuser of women, agent provocateur, Lambert is now lecturing at London Met on policing and criminology.

As local residents we feel it is totally inappropriate for London Metropolitan to be employing a man with Lambert'’s record in such a position; where he has influence and power over the lives of students, who may be young or vulnerable. Most particularly Lambert has shown he cannot be trusted not to abuse and lie to women.

Islington Against Police Spies have committed ourselves to holding events every month at least, to keep putting pressure on the University and raising awareness of Lambert'’s past, until he is forced to leave London Met. We know this CAN be done – but it'’s not necessarily going to be easy.

Hopefully this campaign will get stronger until it'’s irresistible. BUT WE NEED HELP – we call on anyone who thinks Bob Lambert should not be working in a supposedly progressive university to support our campaign.


Come down and join the picket on January 30th. The bigger and noisier our protest, the more notice London Met will have to take of us. [More ideas available from the campaign]. >>

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

News International Dispute exhibition

Exhibition 9 January - 13 February 2015
St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
0207 353 3331
Friday-Monday 10am-5.30pm; Tuesday-Thursday by appointment

Further information: 07831 676587; info@wapping-dispute.org.uk; www.wapping-dispute.org.uk

<< The exhibition is on display again this time at St Bride Institute, Bride Lane, just off Fleet Street. It is an historic location for all of us from the Fleet Street era of national newspapers and the print and media industry.  And not just for proximity to Fleet Street: countless chapel (workplace union branch) meetings were held there – starting disputes and ending them, setting up campaigns and declaring solidarity with other workers in struggle.
In addition to the exhibition, the print workshop  and the library which are entirely devoted to the history of printing and allied crafts are also well worth seeing.
The leaflet is at this link gives details of opening times.  Please note that the exhibition is open at weekends. Individual and group visits during mid- week (Tuesday-Thursday) but please check for availability. >>

Contact us on info@wapping-dispute.org or 07831676587.

Previously on this blog:

Memories of the Wapping print dispute - some Haringey support experiences [1986-87] 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Oral History Project: memories of Centerprise

A Hackney Autobiography will be launched on Saturday 24 January 2015 at a relaxed gathering with refreshments and poetry. This free public event will bring people together to discuss Centerprise and share memories of the time. All are welcome.
Please RSVP to On the Record, info@on-the-record.org.uk .
2–5 p.m. at Bishopsgate Institute,
230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH. (station: Liverpool Street)
Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For all those who remember Centerprise, a community centre, bookshop and publisher that hosted ground-breaking work in oral history, literacy, community history, life story writing and much more. Bring photographs, publications, documents from the time and your memories.

Oral history organisation On the Record  has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for A Hackney Autobiography: Remembering Centerprise. On the Record are looking for people who remember Centerprise – or who want to help with the project – to join the project steering group, be interviewed or volunteer.
For more information about volunteer opportunities visit: 

Centerprise was open from 1971 to 2012. It hosted a bookshop, publishing project, reading centre, café, youth club, crèche and more all under one roof in Dalston. It not only sold books, it made it possible for local people to write and publish their own works of poetry, autobiography and history. It conducted oral history interviews and published the books created by oral and local history group and Workers Educational Association class the ‘People’s Autobiography of Hackney’, including their two-volume chronicle of working life in twentieth century Hackney: Working Lives.
The project will not only reflect upon Centerprise and Hackney’s past, it will work with young people and adults living in Hackney today to set this history in the context of the borough’s rapidly changing landscape.
A Hackney Autobiography is running from December 2014 to July 2016. It will remember Centerprise, in particular its work in the 1970s and 1980s, through oral history, gathering a public archive at Bishopsgate Institute and by running free workshops and events. A Hackney Autobiography will culminate by curating a digital map showcasing some of the material collected and publishing an in-depth history of Centerprise.

<< On the Record Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit cooperative, established in May 2012. Our mission is to create and improve opportunities for a broader range of people to discover and participate in heritage and cultural activities. Previous projects run by On the Record include an oral history of Speakers’ Corner [http://soundsfromthepark.org.uk] and a volunteer research project about the arms trade and the First World War [http://armingallsides.org.uk
Read more here: http://on-the-record.org.uk >>  
For further information please contact info@on-the-record.org.uk

For details of a similar sort of project in South Tottenham, see http://www.bridgerenewaltrust.org.uk/

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Action East End Radical History Walk: this Sunday

Action East End Radical History Walk Sunday January 11th 11am.

Meet outside Spitalfields Church, Commercial Street, London E1 6LY



Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate East


A Radical History Tour around the East End, raising funds for the East End Howler – The radical voice of East London Let a seasoned anarchist veteran introduce you to all the rich and unknown history of the East End. Take a trip around the “narrow, crooked streets”, by-lanes and alleys of the East End. THRILL as we visit the site of the Sugar Loaf pub, famed for its weekly anarchist meetings which tempted “poor flies into the trap”. GASP as we visit the sites of the first organising attempts among Jewish workers and the scenes of mass strike meetings. SOB as we see the soup kitchens which fed the poor and hungry.

Your pulse will race when we come upon the site of the Russian Social Democratic Party Congress, where the split between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks first emerged. You will gaze in wonder at the door through which Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin all went. Your heart will beat loudly when you gaze upon the place where two Latvian revolutionaries held off armed police and Guardsmen for many hours. You will be awestruck by our visits to the two great Anarchist clubs of the East End, home of many speeches, plays and musical diversions and you
will mutter in outrage when you hear about the brutal attacks by the police on the Anarchists there. You will wonder at the streets which were squatted lock stock and barrel in a confrontation with the authorities and you will be intrigued by the building which housed one of the several free schools in the East End dedicated to enlightened education.

So down your tools, pick up your red and black flag, and dive into the inspiring world of East London’s Radical History.

Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate East

Action East End
For Community and Solidarity