Reclaim the Scene's (Out of the) Village Fete

Sick of paying to go to village for pride?
Think the emphasis on getting wrecked overshadows fighting for LGBT/Q rights?
Want to put the protest back into pride?
Want an inclusive scene?

Then read on...


--- (Out of the) Village Fete! ---
Saturday 28th August (Pride weekend)

Our annual Post-Parade Picnic is going to be bigger and better than ever. Now with:
♥ Free Food
♥ Performers
♥ Live art
♥ Music
♥ Alcohol fuelled and alcohol free spaces
♥ zine making
♥ children's entertainment
... and much much more.

Running at the old UMIST Students' Union (just next to the village), we'll head down after the parade for a lovely free afternoon of fun for all those who are LGBT/Q and their friends and families.

Also, if you'd like to speak or perform, please get in touch. The time is getting near but we're still looking for a diverse range of people and skills to make the day sparkly!

here's the facebook event:!/event.php?eid=137836266240282&ref=ts

here's a map:,-2.233229&geocode=FTj-LwMdfN3d_w%3B&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=53.478367,-2.241769&sspn=0.010063,0.027595&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=15

and here is some information about Reclaim the Scene, with event details to follow soon:

See you there!
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UN climate change week

The first of February 2007: 
Participate in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming! 
The Alliance for the Planet [a group of environmentalassociations] is calling out to all citizens; 
5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet. 
People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the first of February 2007 between for New York 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm, for London 18.55 and 19.55 for Paris, Bruxelles, Italy etc between 19.55 and 0.00.This is not about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity for that one day, this is about calling on the attention of the
media, politicians, and social figures, telling them of the importance of immediateaction! 5 minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, and costs nothing, and it will show the electoral candidates for
2007 that global warming is an issue that need to enter the political debate.
Thank you all,

UK Gathering for G8 2007 Mobilisation- 28th January

G8 Mobilisation Meeting- UK National Gathering

Sunday 28th January 2007, 10:30am- 5pm
The Sumac Centre, Nottingham


From 6-8 June 2007, the G8 Summit – the meeting of the heads of state and government of the USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Russia – are planning on meeting in Germany.

There is to be a meeting to discuss G8 Mobilisation for 2007, hosted by Sumac Centre in Nottingham on the 28th January. Limited accommodation will be provided for those who wish to travel from afar. Please email if you require accommodation:

Food will be provided for by Veggies, for a small cost.

Please contact with agenda items.

Suggestions include
• lessons from G8 2005
• feedback on German processes and mobilisation
• future meetings in the UK

Further information on the mobilisation can be found at:
(English language German website)

Ted K
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Sea Shepherd Benefit in Manchester

If anyone is interested in coming to Manchester on Friday 15th
September, there is a Sea Shepherd fundraiser.

One of the crew are coming to speak and present footage and there will be vegan fish and
chips too!!

It's a fiver to get in, which includes your food and proceeds go
directly to Sea Shepherd.

Starts at 7pm! Venue: The Basement, 24 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DZ

(no subject)

«Unauthorized Persons... are Welcome!»
Within the framework of European Youth Campaign «All different – All equal»
From 1 July 2006 to 30 November 2006

Guidelines of the contest: Diversity, Participation, Human Rights
We are looking forward to getting ideas that would become basis for official European Actions’ materials already this year
- 1 September – International Action «Europe without Nazism!»
- 29 September– International Action «Babiy Yar – Nobody have’t been forgotten!»
- 9 – 16 November – International action Week against Nazism and anti-Semitism «Never again!»

It can be any kind of graphics and images which can be placed on information materials or be posted in the Internet. For example:
- sticker, leaflet or poster model,
- logo, banners for actions,
- wallpaper for the desktop,
- comics, animations
and the like

- Creative outcomes are accepted from 1 June to 30 November 2006
- The product should be saved in .jpg format, no more than 1 МB (if it doesn’t fit - please put it in the internet and send us a link)
- The product must have an electronic format
- You should email your work to:
- If it is difficult you can send a disk by regular mail: 125009, Moscow, p/o 143. And also you should fill in «Registration Certificate». You can ask for it at the Organizational Committee.

The Main Award – your work will be published in thousand copies and be disseminated widely across Russia, NIS and European countries.

You can ask for «Registration Certificate» at:

Organizational Committee:
Movement «YOUNG EUROPE», Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance
Eastern and Central-European Network for realization of European Campaign «All different – All equal»
125009, Moscow, p/o 143


Last month I started a newsletter about progressive issues around Greater Manchester. Starting work on the 3rd issue now, I realised I hadn't taken the obvious step of making a journal for it: thebookofswamp. The info is all on the user page.

It's on one a month and is all posted behind cuts, and I post references for everything in it. So far it's covered such stuff as fast food, sweatshops, supermarkets, climate change, allergies... and the World Cup. Here's a sample:
Manchester is presently patting itself on the back for being hit with the biggest ever IRA bomb ten years ago (and flogging loads of memorabilia crap about it). Meanwhile the media is destroying Ken Loach’s new film about the British “Black and Tan” atrocities in 1920s Ireland - The Wind that Shakes the Barley - for being “anti-British”, finally adopting the lingo they have used for anti-Bush critics for years. There is very little to suggest that what Loach depicts did not happen. Our inability to see a connection between our foreign policy and the frustration and fear which gives rise to extremism will doom us to violence forever. "Maybe if you tell the truth about the past, you might tell the truth about the present." – Ken Loach. See for showings of The Wind that Shakes the Barley.
And another:
Earlier this year, Tesco applied for planning permission to build a hypermarket on over 80,000 square feet of land which is presently a playing field for people and wildlife, on Chester Road in Trafford, just behind Stretford leisure centre. In the 1960s the field was converted from a car park in response to residents calls for recreational space and a reduction in traffic. The area has no need for such a large development, as there are currently 24 supermarket branches located within the catchment area of the proposed site. This is just one point where the proposal would breach planning regulations that have to be met on all out-of-town developments. The majority of local residents oppose the Tesco, because they see it would destroy land, diversity, business in the town centre and jobs. Every study ever conducted on the topic has shown that for each supermarket that opens, a net several hundred jobs are lost. This shouldn’t be surprising – think of how the supermarkets brag about their efficiency, including in employing and timetabling people. Efficiency is something we should all strive for, surely? In this case it’s only good if you’re an executive for a supermarket, or if the only things you value in life are low prices and having everyone working to their absolute physical limit with no social interaction whatsoever. Although they’ve been defeated in the past, supermarkets can employ the best lawyers and spokespeople with ease, so campaigners need to stand up and make a noise if they don’t want Trafford councillors to roll over and beg for mercy. A public inquiry began on 27th June, at which Tescos agents suggested the council officers report be amended when it looked like things were turning against them – one councillor said he had never heard such a rude suggestion in 17 years. The council planning committee has voted that it would refuse the application if it could, but the inquiry has been adjourned until September due to new retail evidence. 2070 signatures opposing the development were handed in. For more information see and go to Local campaigns > NorthWest.
Thanks for having a look! Oh, and you can pick it up in all good places, including The Basement.

Fundraiser for the Manchester neighbourhood at the climate camp.

Friday 14th July
7.30pm at Fuel, Wilmslow Road, Withington M16

An evening of musical delights with a variety of local performers. Swing, folk and folk-punk- and people playing bicycles (whatever genre that fits into!)

also showing short independent films about climate change

£3 suggested donation

(dont forget its the global day of action against the G8, the gig will start when people have arrived from the anti G8 critical mass...ride then dance!)


Ted K
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New ALF prisoners need support (x-posted all over)

Please get letters in the post to these compassionate people who have had their liberty stolen from their by this perverted society which sees fit to imprison those who go against the grain and try to make a difference to animals!

Jon Ablewhite, John Smith and Kerry Whitburn were sentenced to 12 years today at Nottingham Crown Court and Josephine Mayo to 4 years. The sentences are in relation to Newchurch Farm. Jon, John and Kerry are on their way back to HMP Nottingham - their prison numbers remain the same (details below).
Josephine is being taken to HMP Peterborough:
Josephine Mayo (new prisoner), HMP Peterborough, Saville Road, Westfield, Peterborough PE3 7PD.
We do not have her prison number at the moment.

It is vital to remember those who are currently incarcerated and ensure they receive as much support as possible. It is also vital to remember that we owe it to these brave people (but first and foremost to the animals) to get out there and make a difference to the animals! Demos are happening all the time in and around Manchester, get out there and make a difference!!!


Jon Ablewhite (TB4885)

Birthday: 27 January

HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood NG5 3AG

Serving 12 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

What you can send: Cheques/Postal Orders. Stamps NOT allowed.

Josephine Mayo (new prisoner)

HMP Peterborough, Saville Road, Westfield, Peterborough PE3 7PD

Serving 4 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

John Smith (TB4887)

Birthday: 6 March

HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood NG5 3AG

Serving 12 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

What you can send: Cheques/Postal Orders. Stamps NOT allowed.

Kerry Whitburn (TB4886)

Birthday: 18 April

HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood NG5 3AG

Serving 12 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

What you can send: Cheques/Postal Orders. Stamps NOT allowed.

Manchester Animal Protection
PO Box 155
Manchester M60 1FT
0845 456 2492