Issue 41, July 2014

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1: Biomass: Emergency (Reel News) 24:42 ***PLAY***

Wood is being burned for energy in British power stations – and the process is as dangerous as fracking. Find out why, and what we can do about it.

 

2: Brixton Ritzy Strike (Reel News) 6:06

One of the most exciting new campaigns of the year, as cinema workers fight to win the London Living Wage.

 

3: Lambeth College Strike (Reel News) 13:01

UCU and UNISON members prepare for an all out indefinite strike against cuts to sick pay and holidays, and increased hours.

 

4: 3 Cosas – Recognition Now! (Reel News) 10:26

Outsourced workers at the University of London fight for recognition of their union, the IWGB, and to stop mass redundancies.

 

5: Sparks – Umbrella Scam (Reel News) 6:06

Electricians take direct action against the “Umbrella Scam”, which will mean construction workers employed by agencies losing 20-25% of their take home pay.

 

6: TfL strike (Reel News) 4:19

TSSA, RMT and UNITE members take strike action together for the first time against cuts that could mean losing tens of thousands of pounds in wages.

 

7: PCS Green Forum (Reel News) 19:15

Workshops on climate jobs, fracking, fuel poverty, aviation, rail, flood prevention, attacks on the forestry commission, tax evasion and greening the workplace.

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Issue 38, Oct 2013

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1)   The Badger Army (Reel News) 22:15 ***WATCH***

An in-depth look at the opposition to the badger cull.

 2)    Teachers Strike (Reel News) 15:35

The angriest teachers strike in years against pay, pensions and Gove’s neoliberal “reforms” to education.

3)    Hokusai Wave (The Treatment Rooms) 3:39 ***WATCH***

The Treatment Rooms add another amazing mosaic to the outside of their house in Chiswick.

4)    The Disabled People’s Manifesto (Reel News) 13:32

DPAC launch the manifesto with demos outside five government departments.

5)    Firefighters strike (Reel News) 9:11

Firefighters strike over dangerous changes to pensions, and demand an end to life-threatening cuts.

6)    South Acton Mosaic (The Treatment Rooms) 5:14

Local residents on the West London council estate get involved in making mosaic art.

7)    Chicago Schools: Depose the Board! (LaborBeat) 12:49

Plans to close 50 schools in Chicago are met with school boycotts and occupations.

8)    10,000 cuts and counting (Reel News) 12:34 ***WATCH***

Over 10,000 people have died within 6 weeks of their ATOS assessment. This powerful vigil says enough is enough.

9)    Herman Wallace (The Treatment Rooms) 2:58

A ceramic tribute to the black panther who spent 40 years in solidarity confinement, and died days after his conviction was finally quashed.

10)Fracking: Reclaim The Power (Reel News) 13:56

Reclaim The Power deliver a masterclass in direct action as the fracking site in Balcombe is shut down.

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Balcombe tripod hilarity 5-9-13

Today another lone activist managed to close the supply road to the fracking site as part of the ongoing month of rolling blockades. The man d-locked himself to the top of a tripod in the middle of the road at about 8am. Specialist police teams were brought in to remove him. The road was still closed when REEL NEWS left at 2pm.

The response of the police was to impose what we believe might have been a Section 14 on the area around the Cuadrilla site. Unfortunately the announcement was made via the PA in a police van which had such poor sound quality that the exact words of the officer (a bronze commander) were completely unintelligible. As no one could understand the meaning of the announcement it was possibly invalid.

Meanwhile an event with a sporting theme is being organised to show Cuadrilla the red card next Wednesday Sept 11th.

Photos by Guy Smallman

Lock-on closes fracking site 2-9-13

Today a single activist closed the Balcombe fracking site for most of the afternoon by locking onto a tanker that was attempting to leave. After initially failing to bring him down police brought in a specialist team to remove and arrest him. Three lorries were reportedly backed up in the village unable to access the drilling rig. Another man was arrested in his tent for flying a drone with a legal card to the man on the lorry (yes really).

As news of the action spread on twitter protesters read out messages of support to the man from the web via a megaphone. Particularly touching were words of praise from Ohio in the USA which has been ravaged by fracking.

This marks the beginning of a month of rolling blockades of the controversial site.

Photos by Guy Smallman

Fracking: Police respond with violence as Cuadrilla rocked by Reclaim The Power actions

The campaign against fracking moves up a gear as Reclaim The Power hit Cuadrilla with successful direct action all over the country – with Disabled People Against The Cuts (DPAC) spearheading the blockade of the site in Balcombe. Cuadrilla’s security, otherwise known as the police, resort to violence in frustration at not being able to prevent a single action on the day.

Balcombe march against fracking 18-8-13

The demo was bigger than expected with people coming from all over the country. After the march reached the gates people formed a human chain around the drilling site.

In other news defendant arrested for ‘Assaulting a Police Officer’ in Balcombe on Friday 26th July is appealing for witnesses. If you were there that day & may be able to give a witness statement, please email info@greatgasgala.org.uk
ASAP who can forward your contact details.

 Coming soon (in a few hours) a new short film from the day of action against Cuadrilla on Monday (Aug 19th).

Photos by Guy Smallman

Issue 37, Aug 2013

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1)    Fracking: The Truth (Reel News,Frack Free Fylde) 26:45

Fracking produces earthquakes, poisons the water supply, and causes cancer. The shocking evidence from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Lancashire.

2)    Divided Families Campaign (Reel News) 9:02

Families separated by impossible regulations on earnings tell their own heartbreaking stories.

3)    Fracking: Balcombe 1 (Reel News) 16:39

Villagers in West Sussex rise up against the decision to give Cuadrilla permits to start exploratory drilling for oil.

4)    The Hunt for Hunt (Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign) 6:35

Spectacular victory for the campaign to stop cuts at Lewisham Hospital.

5)    Fracking: Balcombe 2 (Reel News) 8:56

The permanent blockade of the fracking site continues by possibly the fastest growing environmental movement ever seen.

6)    Chicago Schools 3 day march (Labor Beat) 26:10

54 schools threatened with closure – but an unprecedented rank and file movement of teachers and pupils is determined to keep them open.

7)  Visit Faslane Peace Camp (Camcorder Guerillas) 10:15

Legendary Glasgow videoactivist collective The Camcorder Guerillas celebrate their 10th anniversary in September. This is their latest film – an urgent call for support.

8)    Crossrail: Bond St (Reel News) 4:47

The campaign over blacklisting on the Crossrail project is winning, as Kier start to lose multimillion pound contracts.

 

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REEL NEWS film night on fracking

E-REEL NEWS FILM AUG 13

Topical as ever, our next monthly event will be dedicated to the issue of fracking. We are really pleased to announce that along with two films that we have already produced on this subject there will be a brand new film premiered on the night, and a discussion led by some guest speakers. Charles Metcalfe is a Balcombe resident who has been active in the local campaign against Cuadrilla. There will also be a speaker from No Dash For Gas and someone from somewhere that we’ll announce nearer the time…

Meanwhile the big news is that the Reclaim the Power event has been moved at short notice to Balcombe. This will no doubt boost the local campaign bringing more people to share experiences, information and skills. Police have been accused of increasingly aggressive behavior towards the protesters (video here) so more numbers will be welcome.

Slideshow from the Great Gas Gala day 13:

Photos by Guy Smallman

Balcombe villagers turn out in force to support the protest

On Saturday (Aug 3rd) around 200 residents of Balcombe village marched down to the protest camp with their children in support of the demonstrators. Wishing to challenge the snide remarks being made by the media about “outsiders” opposing the drilling, a village spokesman thanked the campers for their stand against Cuadrilla. He went on to inform the crowd that a local poll of residents had shown that 85% opposed fracking with 9% undecided and just 6% in favour.

The villagers are particularly incensed by a letter from the County Council apologising for the disruption caused by the protest, but omitting to mention the anger caused by the presence of the frackers despite intense local opposition. The legality of the drilling is again being questioned as it has now come to light that the planning permission for the rig has been broken. The flare will be considerably bigger than originally agreed causing yet more pollution and distress to the locals.

As there were no deliveries on Saturday and a very small police presence, the event was more like a festival than a protest. A critical mass cycle convoy arrived from Brighton and people soon turned the road into an impromptu disco. More people are wanted for the camp and visitors are always welcome.

Fracking horror stories (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

Photos by Guy Smallman