Monday 13th May 8pm The Cube, Dove Street, Bristol. Entry £3/£4 (But nobody turned away due to lack of funds)
As part of co-ordinated action by the International Workers' Association across several countries, Indymedia and Bristol Solidarity Federation are hosting an evening of film and discussion on housing matters. Using film footage from the 1930s and 1970s, the struggles of ordinary people to live in a decent, affordable and secure home will be remembered. The talks and discussions will focus on the present day, providing: an overview of current national and local housing issues; an analysis of the expanding private rented sector; an insight into the tenants movement in Bristol; and a first hand account of DIY housing in the form of a local co-operative.
‘Fifty years on, Beeching’s still wrong’ is the message rail campaigners will be sending out on Saturday 23 March 2013.
Bristol agrees. Bernard Kennedy, Bristol secretary of the rail union ASLEF, said “History has proved that although promoted in glowing terms of 'financial viability' the Beeching Report was, in reality, an axeman's charter."
James White, Bristol Civic Society, said "The single most disastrous decision in the history of public transport anywhere in the world" followed by the deliberate sale of the land assets means we are now facing a public transport crisis. The deliberate dismantling of the system built by our Victorian ancestors will take a huge investment to replace, far more than was received for the sales. The demand for trains can be seen everyday and we must enable the system to react to this demand much faster”.
Severn Beach station was one of the 2,363 stations identified for closure in 1963. On Saturday, Friends Of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR), with song sheets, and key players from the Tarka Rail Association (Barnstaple line) and AVOCET (Exmouth line) will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Beeching cuts on the scenic train route to Severn Beach station and back. The train is scheduled to arrive at Montpelier Station at 14.21 where a display of placards, maps and graphs on the station will be recorded for posterity by a Bristol film maker.
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From fracking to opencast, biofuels to nuclear, energy companies are turning to more and more extreme ways to extract energy. Despite their nightmarish variety, these tecnologies are connected by their disastrous impacts, and by the corporate agendas driving them.How do we make our resistance to all these forms of extreme energy just as connected? As part of the Frack Free February month of action, local coalition, Frack Free Somerset in collaboration with Frack Off and Bristol Rising Tide are leading a workshop on community resistance to extreme energy. The workshop will look at what 'extreme energy' is and place these developments in the context of the bigger picture before looking at models of resistance around the world. There will be the chance to hear activists from: Rising Tide Australia, involved in the 'Lock the Gate' & Coal Seam Gas Free Communities. The Copenhagen (Denmark) based network The Climate Collective, who are mobilising against shale gas extraction and fracking in Denmark with the initiative Skifergas - Nej tak! (shalegas no thanks!) Biofuel Watch Stop New Nuclear and the campaign against Hinkley Point C and the local resistance to fracking and coal bed methane in Somerset Community resistance in the UK will then be explored as well as next steps for Somerset & the South West. http://risingtide.org.uk/bristol http://frack-off.org.uk
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