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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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.

 

First LIMITED EDITION set of artist tiles from The Treatment Rooms

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Here they are…the first set of limited edition artist tiles made for Reel News by The Treatment Rooms. Only 25 sets will ever be made, so snap ’em up quick!The tiles can be used as coasters, or grouted on to a wall on or in your house. Anywhere that you can find to tile really. So its just your imagination limiting you now.
They are printed on 4cm square, lovely oatmeal tile. Made in Italy and found as discontinued stock about to be skipped. These tiles are re-fired to over 900 degrees, so the image is permanently sunk into the glaze and are not to be confused with non-fired transfers that just lay of the surface. Now upcycled and made into a little bit of affordable art. Each tile is stamped on the back and signed.

A new set of tiles will be out to coincide with the next Reel News DVD…if you have any designs you’d love to see, let us know. The Treatment Rooms’ new show is on in Chiswick until February 26th every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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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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LIMITED EDITION Sets of artist tiles – coming soon!

From the next issue of Reel News in February 2012, we’re very pleased to announce that political artists collective The Treatment Rooms will be producing a set of 4 artist ceramic tiles with original designs. This will be a limited edition of just 25 and will only be available on this website or on our stalls – once they’re gone, they’re gone! Then with every subsequent issue of Reel News another set of tiles will be issued.

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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Issue 28, June 2011

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  1. TUC demo March 26 (Reel News) 10:46 The second largest demonstration in British history as the anti-cuts campaign begins in earnest.  ***PLAY***
  2. Tower Hamlets joint strike action (Reel News) 11:30 Teachers and council workers coordinate strike action against the cuts.  ***PLAY***
  3. EMERGENCY! The battle to save the NHS (Reel News) 26:07 The government is trying to privatise the NHS, but the resistance is growing. Everything you need to know about Lansley’s bill, NHS cuts and how to fight back.  ***PLAY***
  4. Royal Cleaners fight for a living wage (Reel News) 11:18 While millions are spent on the Royal wedding, the cleaners in Buckingham Palace have to make do with poverty pay.
  5. London Met fighting for education (Reel News) 15:57 70% of courses and hundreds of jobs are being cut as London Metropolitan University becomes a testing ground for the Tories’ education policies.
  6. The Hardest Hit march (Reel News) 9:00 The biggest march of disabled people in history against cuts in welfare.
  7. Rubbish Action (Issy Harvey) 1:30 There’s not enough workers to pick up the litter in Haringey parks, so campaigners dump it on the civic centre steps.
  8. Guilty and Proud of it! Poplar’s rebel councillors (Janine Booth / Reel News) 16:16 From 1919 -1925, Labour councillors in Poplar went to jail for defending their working class communities – and won. A key episode of our history.  ***PLAY***
  9. Alabama 3 – Bad to the Bone (Reel News) 3:28 Recorded live in Manchester on last year’s Revolver Soul tour.

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Issue 27, March 2011

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1. One million climate jobs now!(Campaign against Climate Change TU Group/Reel News) 33:15
The start of a major campaign. Instead of cutting jobs, create a million new ones to lower carbon emissions and kick start the economy.
2. One million climate jobs now!  ***PLAY***
(10 minute version)
3. We are fucking angry (the King Blues/Matt Fleming) 3:19  ***PLAY***
Brilliant new track from The King Blues & a great video.
4. Haringey Council occupied over the cuts (Reel News) 10:05   ***PLAY***
One of many angry protests across the UK, as councils meet to set their budgets.
5. Camden Town Hall protest (Reel News) 10:05
When they are not let into what is supposed to be a public council meeting, protestors occupy the main road instead…
6. Sanasino Al-Yemen (Reel News) 4:00
Amazing new young poet from Yemen, performing live at a Democracy Movement meeting.
7. Stop the Blacklisting on the Olympics (Reel News) 7:55
Workers are being sacked on the Olympic site for being members of a trade union – Frank Morris exposed this and was sacked too. Reinstate Frank now!
8. ArteXParte: Public art in Argentina (The Treatment Rooms/Reel News) 13:49  ***PLAY***
52 artists from 20 countries produce 1,600 metres of public art in 9 days.
9. Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (Reel News) 13:53  ***PLAY***
FOSBR show that you can not only fight the cuts, but get more money for services, as they improve the train lines in Bristol.

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Issue 26, January 2011

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1. Tory Scum Here We Come! – Short version (Reel News) 13:36  ***PLAY***

The rise of the incredible student movement, in a short version for trade union and other meetings.
2. Tory Scum Here We Come! – Full version (Reel News) 66:03
Part 1: Day X1 8:49
The first national day of action against tuition fees and loss of EMA results in an 11 hour kettle.
Part 2: Occupations1 5:19
College occupations spread throughout the country, including in London: SOAS, UCL, UEL and Kings.
Part 3: Day X2 11:50
Thousands of students outwit police as the kettle tactic fails miserably.
Part 4: Occupations2 5:14
LSE and Slade join the growing occupation movement.
Part 5: Topshop Protest 3:29
Direct action against Topshop, who owe £1.2 billion of the £120 billion unpaid corporation tax.  ***PLAY***
Part 6: London Metropolitan Occupation 15:52
The most militant occupation so far…
Part 7: Day X3 10:39
Over 30,000 students lay siege to Parliament in an astonishing day of direct action.  ***PLAY***
Part 8: School Students speak out 4:50
14 year old schoolgirl, assaulted by police on day X3, speaks out.
3: Ireland: Trade Union March (Trade Union TV) 5:46
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions protest against austerity in November.
4: Ireland: Police Attack Student Demo (Trade Union TV) 5:11
Also in November – different country, same story!
5: London Firefighters Strike (Reel News) 14:17
Mass pickets leave the bosses’ strikebreaking tactics in tatters.

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