Festival of Alternatives: Protests

Actions, demonstrations, May 1st - including 'Mayday in Mayfair', 'Vote Nobody', Womble 7 trial, anti-Jubilee stuff...

See below for a full list by date:

Friday 26th April

Picket for Paul Robinson - 2pm, University College of London, Gower St, WC1.
Paul Robinson was imprisoned in Sweden for 8 months following the EU protests in Gothenberg, in June 2001. His job as a library attendant at UCL was kept open for him during his absence. 2 days after returning to the UK, he was sacked following a disciplinary hearing, for 'gross misconduct'. This decision is thought to be entirely political. Paul's appeal takes place at 2pm - please come along and support him.

To find out more about Paul Robinson & others who were imprisoned in Gothenberg, see:
http://www.wombles.org.uk and go to news, then choose prisoner support section.

London-wide Critical Mass bike ride
, themed around No Borders, meeting at Waterloo at 6pm.
go to Critical Mass page to find out more>>>

Sunday 28th April

Haringey Critical Mass Bike Ride - Meeting 12 Noon at Manor House.
A festive ride reclaiming the streets of Haringey from traffic and pollution, showing how much safer and pleasanter our streets can be. We will be highlighting local road safety campaigns and protesting in support of cycle lanes, bus lanes, free public transport and eco-friendly transport solutions. The ride ends in Chestnuts Park (Black Boy Lane, N15) at 3pm with a picnic and party.
Find out more about 'Mayweek in Haringey'>>>
All welcome -  bikes, wheelchairs, pedestrians, skateboards, rollerskates; and anything with wheels and no engine.
Bring music, food, drink, costumes, games, balloons and come and enjoy the ride...

Protest on 'Safety at work' - details tba

Monday 29th April

Beginning of week-long WOMBLES Trial, Horseferry Road - demo outside with 'We are all Wombles' theme. Wear a white overall.
Why are the Wombles on trial?>>>

Margaret Jones completes her sponsored walk for peace at 10 Downing Street, 11am, where she arrives with 'a letter addressed to Blair, Bradshaw, Straw, and all the other Blur Blah Blah bullshit quisling sellouts'.

On April 21, Margaret Jones begins a sponsored walk from Bristol to london to raise money for two Palestinian clinics - Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza, and the Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture, in Ramallah.

The 120-mile walk concludes on April 29th at 10 Downing Street, to mark the vote of the British War Cabinet in 1917 that supported Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour in his colonialist move to give away Arab lands in Palestine to Jewish settlers, without the consent of the people already living there. 'Successive British governments, in their support for US policies uncritical of Israel's human rights violations, are directly responsible for the horrors currently endured by the Palestinian people.' she says.

Choke On It! Action organised by M'AM (movement Against the Monarchy), against dinner by the 5 living Prime Ministers and the Queen. Downing Street - 6pm.

Tuesday 30th April

Protest against Channel Four's censorship of 'Injustice' - 9.00pm
Injustice is a radical feature length film about the struggles for justice by the families of people that have died in police custody. On its release a year ago the police tried to censor the film by threatening cinemas. Months of fighting, by the film makers & families in the film, ended in victory with the police backing off and the film on release in cinemas across the UK & internationally.

But Channel Four still refuse to broadcast the film because they won't take on the Police Federation. C4 are not only banning the film they are telling the police 'It's ok to kill, we won't turn our cameras on you'. Protest against the ban - since C4 won't screen Injustice then we are going to screen it on C4!

Organised by 'Friends of Injustice' as part of the Mayday Festival of Alternatives.
Venue: Channel Four Television, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P. Tube:
St. James Park.
For full details see: http://www.injusticefilm.org.uk

Wednesday 1st May - Mayday

7.30am - Critical Mass :
South Ride - Camberwell Green
North Ride - Camden Town Tube

Ride For Your Life!
Calling all bikes, skates, boards, wheelchairs, and anything on wheels with no engine…
see critical mass page for more details>>>

9am: Breakfast Against Routine Fit-ups (B.A.R.F.): W.O.M.B.L.E.S. Protest
Whatever else you do on MayDay, please do this first ...
A demonstration of solidarity outside the trial of the Womble 7. Wear white overalls.
Don't let the Wombles fight alone.
Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, London SW1. (nearest tubes: Victoria, Westminter).
see Autonomous Actions page for more details>>>
see Womble 7 page to find out about the trial>>>

12pm - Mayday Mayhem Against The Fur Trade.
London Animal Action protest against Phillip Hockley Furs, 20 Conduit Street, W1 (off Regent Street).
see Autonomous Actions page for more details>>>
12pm - Trade Unions March
Held every year, this traditional march starts from Clerkenwell Green.
See: http://www.glatuc.org.uk/MayDay.html for details.
1pm - Mass Action: Mayday in Mayfair
Mayday in Mayfair will be a fluid, spontaneous and exciting return to the Mayfayre, happening everywhere at once, without a fixed starting point or finish. Four separate but intertwined elements of Ye Olde May Day will take place. These are: The Travelling Circus, Carniball, Wake for Capitalism and Critical Mass.
see 'Mayday in Mayfair' page for more details>>>
5pm - Soho Carnival Parade - Mayday Event called by Sex Workers Pride
Supported by International Union of Sex Workers and GMB London No.1 Region.
Assemble: 5pm Old Compton St., London W1
see Autonomous Actions page for more details>>>

Friday 3rd May

Campaign Against The Arms Trade: Protest ouside BAE Systems AGM
Venue: QE2 Conference Centre, SW1
Morning: time tba
BAE Systems, the world's largest arms company are holding their AGM on 3rd May. BAE are notorious in
their disregard of human rights and regularly sell arms and equipment that is used in repression and
conflict around the world. Come and disrupt the people who fuel and profit from conflict around the world.
contact for protest: action@caat.demon.co.uk