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Issue 36, June 2013

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 1: Yolanda (Reel News) 19:35 ***PLAY***

Exposed: a notorious convicted fascist murderer from the transition to “democracy” in Spain is now working for the police. Email us at info@reelnews.co.uk if you can help organise international solidarity.

2: Blacklisted 2013 (Reel News) 20:00

Huge steps forward for the campaign to stop the illegal blacklisting of construction workers for trade union activity.

3: Biofuels (Reel News) 4:48

Drax are among the power stations planning to burn huge amounts of biofuels in an attempt to appear green.

4: 3 Cosas Campaign (Reel News) 7:47

Big decisions in the campaign for sick pay, pensions and decent holidays for outsourced workers at the university of London.

5: Defend Max, Jawad and Steve (Reel News) 12: 23

Three union members at London Metropolitan university victimised on ludicrous charges.

6: Blacklisting on Crossrail: The Proof (Reel News) 14:57

New series of regional reports on blacklisting, starting with the South East.

7: Save the Independent Living Fund (Reel News) 7:44

Disabled activists start the fight to save an essential benefit.

8: Public Art in South Acton (Reel News) 16:19

Fantastic street art on one of the biggest council estates in West London.

 

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Issue 35, March 2013

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  1. Into the Fire – The Forgotten Victims of Austerity in Greece (Reel News, 38:50) Refugees and Migrants in Greece.
  2. Somonte – Land and Freedom (Reel News, 13:50) Trade Unionists occupy a 400 hectar farm in Andalucia to grow food and create jobs.
  3. Palace of Varieties: Vincent Figgins and Vicky (Reel News, 2:42)
  4. Save Lewisham Hospital (Reel News, 14:42) Huge Protest in South London as privatisation of NHS accelerates.
  5. Palace of Varieties: Riverdance (Reel News, 2:16)
  6. 3 Cosas – Sickpay, Holiday, Pensions Now! (Reel News, 23:50) Outsourced workers at the University of London increase the pressure for basic rights.
  7. Palace of Varieties: Don Tempi (Reel News, 2:21)

 

Issue 34, November 2012

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 1: Spain – Indignados: 25-S (Reel News) 15:41

Spain’s indignados kick start a hot autumn by surrounding Congress.

2: Spain – Trade union march (Reel News) 10:10

A week after the indignados’ actions, Spain’s trade unions call for a Europe-wide general strike.

3: London Met: Don’t deport our classmates (Reel News) 11:38

Students, lecturers and support staff unite to stop attacks on international students.

4: Blacklisting at Crossrail (Reel News) 12:54

Sparks demand the reinstatement of 28 union members sacked for raising serious health & safety concerns.

5: TUC demo (Reel News) 10:49

The demonstration is dominated by calls for a general strike.

6: Crossrail dispute: Green Paint (Reel News) 15:33

featuring Frank Morris’s now legendary response to violence and intimidation by security. ***PLAY***

7: N14: European Day of Action (Reel News) 10:51

As millions struck all over Europe, only a few in Britain took action – respect to those sparks and civil servants who did.

8: Defend the 4: Victory! (Reel News) 11:49

Finally, success for the campaign within UNISON to stop the witchhunt of four Socialist Party members.  ***PLAY***

9: 3 Cosas campaign (Reel News) 8:25

Having won the London living wage, outsourced workers at the University of London are now fighting for pensions, sick pay and more holidays.

 

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Issue 33, September 2012

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1: 15 Million Afghans (Guy Smallman/Fil Kaler) 26:00
The harsh economic reality of everyday life in Kabul, and the people’s growing anger at its government and their western sponsors. ***PLAY***

2: When NATO came to town (Laborbeat) 25:26
Soldiers renounce the war on terror and throw their medals back at the NATO summit protests in Chicago.

3: United by Love – Divided by Teresa May (Reel News) 7:15
Home Office protest over new restrictions on family members of British citizens entering the country.

4: Making Ends Meet (Syndicate Films) 19:44
Barcelona: new models of organising and protesting against the politics of austerity

5: Asturian Miners strike (Microfilms) 16:58
Faced with thousands of job losses, the miners in Spain go on strike using the most militant tactics seen so far in the struggle against austerity.

6: Miners march to Madrid (Soviet Films) 8:30
The miners march for 18 days from Asturias, to be greeted by thousands of supporters in Madrid.

 

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Issue 32, June 2012

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1: Crisis (Reel News) 21:59

Don’t believe the lies – the Greek public debt is down to the banks and the rich. With extracts from the film “Debtocracy”.

2: That’s Our Power – Rank and File Organising (Reel News) 25:16

The growth of rank and file committees, featuring the three longest all out strikes ever in Greece (steel factory, national newspaper & TV station), plus hospital occupations.

3: Solidarity – Not Charity: Community Organising (Reel News) 22:05

Local assemblies are springing up all over Greece, organising community kitchens, clothing exchanges and other acts of practical solidarity. ***PLAY***

4: Our Present is Your Future: How to destroy public health services (Reel News) 20:00

Over a third of hospitals to close. Exhorbitant charges. Healthworkers not being paid. But doctors are leading an astonishing fightback. Video previews: Health Workers Strike, Making Patients Pay, Our Present is Your Future.

5: It’s still like being in a war zone – Immigrants in Greece (Reel News) 15:00

Video preview: Immigrant Workers Protest.

6: It’s not me anymore it’s us now – The Street Fighters from AlAnyA (Reel News) 7:42

The Solidarity, Disobedience and Resistance movement close down motorway tolls, reconnect electricity and mobilise over the unfair housing tax. Video preview: Tax Offices, Closing Toll Collections.

7: Cut out the middle man – The Potato Movement (Reel News) 6:43

Farmers and consumers are in direct contact on the internet, ensuring a decent price for farmers & lower prices for consumers. Video preview: Potato Movement.

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ReelNews 32 – Our Present is Your Future – Pre-Order Now!

We’ve been working hard to finish the films about Greece. The DVD will be out by early June. You can pre-order now!

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This special issue on Greek austerity and people’s resistance will include the following films:

  • CRISIS We try to explain the Greek crisis, how it relates to the rest of Europe and who is actually being bailed out. Features clips from the documentary Debtocracy, and an interview with the film maker, as well as the financial editor of one of Greeks biggest newspapers, which has been on strike for months.
  • That’s Our Power – Rank and File Organising Strikes, workplace occupations, food banks, workers in Greece haven’t been paid for months, and are facing huge pay cuts. Some have gotten pay cheques of less than 10 €. We spoke to doctors, steel workers and journalists on strike and on the streets.
  • Solidarity – Not Charity: Community Organising in the Face of Austerity From the teargas clouds of Syntagma Square emerged a new approach to the crisis. Community kitchens, clothing exchanges and other acts of practical solidarity. It’s not charity, it’s practical solidarity. “We’re not giving to the poor, we are the poor. Any one of us could be homeless next.” First Cut Preview: Community Organising.
  • Our Present is Your Future: How to destroy public health services. Out of 131 hospitals, as many as 50 will be closed. Patients already have to pay at the door when going to see a doctor. Procedures will have to be paid up front, and if you don’t have the money you will be sent home. “People will die.” “The cruelty is unbelieveable.” “This is a nightmare.” Video previews: Health Workers Strike, Making Patients Pay, Our Present is Your Future.
  • It’s still like being in a war zone – Immigrants in Greece Refugees trying to reach safety in Europe get stuck in Greece: Once in Europe, they have to remain in the country they first arrived in. They speak about lack of basic support like housing, clothing and food and daily racist abuse. Not only by fascists like Golden Dawn, but also Greek people – and the police. Video preview: Immigrant Workers Protest.
  • It’s not me anymore it’s us now – The Street Fighters from AlAnyA The Solidarity, Disobedience and Resistance movement take a practical approach to the problems people are facing. They close down motorway tolls, block ticket machines for public transport and reconnect electricity where it has been cut as punishment for not paying taxes. Video preview: Tax Offices, Closing Toll Collections.
  • Potato Movement While farmers don’t get a whole lot for their potatoes, in the shops they are rather expensive. In response, sales have plummeted. When farmers couldn’t sell their produce, and decided to give it away rather than have it go to waste, it was the start of the potato movement: Farmers and consumers are in direct contact on the internet and bypass traditional allocation structures, increasing the profit for farmers and lowering the prices for consumers. Video preview: Potato Movement.

 

Issue 31, Feb 2012 *** Watch Trailer ***

Thanks to your support, the DVDs are now printed and ready to go out. We’ll send the preorders out before we leave for Greece. Check out the trailer, and see below to order. If you like it, why not take out a subscription?

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1. Balfour Beaten! (Reel News, 17:02) Historic victory for the rank and file sparks in the most important industrial dispute for 25 years.
2. Blacklisted – new 2012 version (Reel News, 21:00) As the sparks go on the offensive, this will be one of the main demands – an end to the illegal blacklisting of building workers for trade union activities.
3. CHICAGO Schools: Shutdown at the CPS Board Meeting (Labor Beat, 22:00) A new regular slot on Reel News from Labor Beat in Chicago, this film is about the campaign to save community schools.
4. Banner Theatre: Fighting The Cuts! (Reel News/Banner Theatre, 8:00) An extract from their latest inspiring show. Banner’s survival is itself under threat from cuts, please help them out!
5. Jet tanker drivers dispute (Reel News, 3:45) Strike over a 20% pay cut from a firm making $3.2 billion profits.
6. BULGARIA Fracking Victory! (Climate Action Coalition Bulgaria, 9:00) Huge demos in Bulgaria force the Government to ban the dangerous process of fracking.
7. MEXICO Arte Urbano (Reel News/The Treatment Rooms, 23:10) The Treatment Rooms work with excluded youth in Mexico to make a beautiful ceramic mural.
8. MEXICO Zapatistas: March for Peace (Alaghom Films) The Zapatistas march against Calderon’s drug war.

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Reel News is going to Greece; help us get there

Reel News have been asked to go on a solidarity trip to Greece in two weeks time. The delegation trip will last three days, but we are planning to go for two weeks in order to report about different aspects of the Greek resistance on film and photo.

We need to raise £1,500 very quickly to cover the costs and to pay the bills we have this month before we go. We put together a newsletter, please share with anyone you think may be interested.

UPDATE: Thanks very much everyone for the amazing response to our appeal. We have now received £568 in cash, cheques and via Paypal, which means we’ve been able to buy our tickets out to Greece. Now we need the money to get home again! Another £560 has been pledged, but may not arrive in time before we leave on the 16th – and even if we include that money we’re still £372 short of our target. So if you or your union branch has promised money, please try and send it as soon as possible – and please keep sharing this appeal to anyone you think might help. Thanks again!

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We plan to meet up with:

  • Hospital workers who are occupying their hospital
  • The steel factory that has been in occupation for over three months
  • Media workers producing their own newspaper
  • Students occupying their universities
  • The electricity workers who refused to implement a supplement on electricity bills to pay the deficit
  • Migrant workers and the situation at the greek borders

Let us know if you know of anything else we should be covering.

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Our first funding appeal by text message has raised £470 – some of which hasn’t come through yet. We need another £1,000 to make this trip happen! Help us by making a one off donation, buying DVDs or taking out subscriptions. We’ve got the flights covered, but will have other expenses for travel, food, phone bills and additional equipment.We will undertake to provide a full reportback on the trip to all trade unions or other organisations and institutions who can sponsor us, as well as of course producing a film of the trip.

In addition to the support we have so far gotten to go to Greece, we have raised the £350 necessary to produce the upcoming issue 31. The DVDs should be ready to send out by the end of this week, so if you haven’t got it yet, pre-order now.

 

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1. Balfour Beaten! (Reel News, 17:02) Historic victory for the rank and file sparks in the most important industrial dispute for 25 years.
2. Blacklisted – new 2012 version (Reel News, 21:00) As the sparks  go on the offensive, this will be one of the main demands – an end to the illegal blacklisting of building workers for trade union activities.
3. CHICAGO Schools: Shutdown at the CPS Board Meeting (Labor Beat, 22:00) A new regular slot on Reel News from Labor Beat in Chicago, this film is about the campaign to save community schools.
4. Banner Theatre: Fighting The Cuts! (Reel News/Banner Theatre, 8:00) An extract from their latest inspiring show. Banner’s survival is itself under threat from cuts, please help them out!
5. Jet tanker drivers dispute (Reel News, 3:45) Strike over a 20% pay cut from a firm making $3.2 billion profits.
6. BULGARIA Fracking Victory! (Climate Action Coalition Bulgaria, 9:00) Huge demos in Bulgaria force the Government to ban the dangerous process of fracking.
7. MEXICO Arte Urbano (Reel News/The Treatment Rooms, 23:10) The Treatment Rooms work with excluded youth in Mexico to make a beautiful ceramic mural.
8. MEXICO Zapatistas: March for Peace (Alaghom Films) The Zapatistas march against Calderon’s drug war.

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Issue 30, Dec 2011

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1. Sparks 1: Kings X (Reel News) 11:45

In the battle to stop a 35% pay cut and the tearing up of national agreements, sparks block roads and occupy Kings Cross station.  ***PLAY***

 

2. Liverpool: Fighting gentrification (Reel News) 10:04

The residents of Granby, Toxteth have come up with a novel way to stop their homes being sold off.

3. Sparks 2: London protests increase, power station walk out (Reel News) 12:50

Sparks walk out on unofficial strike at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, while the London protests get more militant.  ***PLAY***

4. Sparks 3: Rank and File Sparks & Occupy LSX unite (Reel News) 9:44

The two most significant movements in the country unite to shut down a Balfour Beatty site.  ***PLAY***

5. FOSBR: Unite the City! (Reel News) 6:20

Having won extra funding for Bristol railways, FOSBR are now campaigning to improve the service even more.  ***PLAY***

6. Sparks 4: National Day of Action (Reel News) 12:29

Mass pickets, direct action and occupations as the sparks run the police ragged all over London. ***PLAY***

7. November 30 (Reel News) 8:00

Millions of workers take action over pensions in the largest UK strike for 85 years.

8. Sparks 5: UK wide unofficial strike (Reel News) 10:00

Who needs a ballot? Sparks defy the law to pull off the most important unofficial strike in decades.  ***PLAY***

9. Argentinazo: Comienza la Revolucion (Ojo Obrero) 16:36

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Argentinian uprising when the economy and the banks collapsed, this brilliant film of the events of 19/20 December 2001 – rarely seen in this country.

 

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Issue 29, Sept 2011

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1. Rebellion in Tottenham 2011 (Reel News) 26:23

The police murdered an innocent man, then let Tottenham burn. The real story, told by local people who were there.  ***PLAY***

 

2. Emory Douglas on Tottenham (Reel News) 7.11

The great revolutionary artist of the Black Panther Party in the 60s gives his thoughts on the police murder.

 

3. Tottenham – after the shooting (Indefilms) 9:59

Includes footage from the Saturday night and the vigil the

day after.  ***PLAY***

 

4. Stokes Croft (South-Blessed) 5:18

Finally, footage of the rebellion in Bristol against a new

Tescos store.

 

5. Despite the Sun (extract) (Spectacle films) 14:49

25 years on from the Wapping dispute, the story of Murdoch’s

vicious battle against the print unions that changed the face

of the British press.

 

6. June 30th (Reel News) 9:14

Four national unions take coordinated strike action over

pensions.  ***PLAY***

 

7. Southampton Council Strike (Reel News) 13:57

Binmen and social workers strike together against a

paycut as the dispute escalates.  ***PLAY***

 

8. Sparks of resistance (Reel News) 12:35

Huge electricians demos all over the country to build for

strike action as 8 major building firms plan a 35% pay cut.

 

9. Oi Mush! Fuck Off (Cosmo) 4:06

Great song and video from Cosmo, originally released in 2009***PLAY***

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