Roma in Europe

  Roma family in Italy.


Read Amnesty International’s  page on the plight of the Roma in Europe and help to see that they are given, at least, the same human rights as the rest of us.   

    The Roma are one of Europe’s oldest and largest ethnic minorities, with an estimated 10 to 12 million Romani people living within the countries of the Council of Europe.

Existing predominantly on the margins of society, Roma are among the most deprived communities in Europe. They suffer massive discrimination and are denied their rights to housing, employment, health care and education. Roma communities are often subject to forced evictions, racist attacks and police ill-treatment.

Amnesty’s work on the rights of Roma forms part of our global Demand Dignity campaign, focussing on the human rights abuses that are a cause and a consequence of poverty.

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Landlord withholding your deposit?

Employer withholding wages?

Let’s do something about it. You don’t have to go it alone: Call Glasgow Solidarity Network for support from people like you, standing up for their rights. Together we win!

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Sounds like common sense to me, how about you?



Why should I turn up for a pittance of £300 a day?


        The House of Lords, that £19 million a year symbol of unbridled parasitical privilege, a place that we are told is filled with “Their Lordships” whose only duty is to safeguard our so called democracy. Yet again we find, like the “Honourable Members” of that “other place” that they are no more than petty minded little greedy expense fiddlers. It seems that over 100 of them were claiming £100 a night expenses for living overnight in London while they had their own property in the city. Well I suppose it helps with the champagne bills, one has to have standards.

          Now in an attempt to make them squeaky clean they are to be paid a meagre £300 a day attendance money plus travel expenses. Of course for the really busy little Lordships there is a pop in allowance of £150 for part of the day, plus travel expenses.

          Think on this as you see your benefits cut and your child’s education being decimated. Cast a little reflection on the poor Lordships as your incapacity benefit is stopped or your job disappears. Think of their £300 a day plus expenses as your job seekers allowance is stopped if you refuse to take some crap job for an even crappier wage. Perhaps you could ask your boss for travelling expense just for turning up. Why do we accept such inequalities and such injustices? Remember we are paying for all this and we are the ones being forced to take all the pain. We don’t need a coalition or a new prime minister, we don’t need a change of party and we don’t need to carry this bunch of privileged parasites on our backs. What we do need is a change in the structure of society, we need a society freed from the greed of the millionaire parasites who see profit as the only game in town. We need a society based on the needs of all those who take part in that society, a society based on mutual aid, a society based on communities controlled by those in the community, working in co-operation with all other communities, a federated society of equals, based on sustainability.

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Batons at the ready??

Once again a victim of police brutality ends up in court charged with violence.  Harvie Brown was charged as the ring leader of violence against the police at last years G20 protest. However it took the jury a mere 30 minutes to find him not guilty after seeing film footage of the police brutality against protesters. A glowing example of the need for protesters to film everything they see at such an event. Film evidence in court can be very powerful and can in some cases contradict the police evidence, as it did in this case. A mass protest with everybody armed with their video phones merrily taking film of everything in sight would be a clear indication that we are aware of what we are up against and are collecting the evidence. They may manage to confiscate some, but some will survive and “could be used  as evidence in a court of law.”

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SATIRE: The Pillars of Society=21st. Century Barbarians.

     Words of wisdom that could apply to all in the weird and wonderful world of corporate capitalism,  from Dave Riley at LeftClick   

     I have had my head around the world, both man and boy, for many a year . I’ve strutted and fretted;  witnessed my share of hi fidelity sound and ferocious fury.

     But when it comes down to it I gotta say: “Bah!”

      Hello! Are you listening?

      Way back when I knew something was wrong. It was as plain as the smell under my very own nose.

      It wasn’t that I was intellectually precociousor party to a special knowledge or insight. I just knew that the world was in in parlous state.

          Don’t be thinking that I’m going on about a feral asteroid  set to make a mess of downtown where ever. I’m not been apocalyptal. I’m far too young for that. (And besides, if the truth be known I’m spiritually shallow inside with out an ounce of repentance worth harnessing.)

      All I’m saying is that what was bad way back when has got even worse.

      Our lives have got worse. And this worseness has not occurred because there’s more juvenile delinquency, illegal drugs, invading wogs or swear words on the teley. Things have gone from bad to worse one hoodwink at a time.

       What wages buy has gone down. Personal debt has gone up. We work longer. The social ‘safety net’ has been trimmed right back to bare bones. Accommodation is expensive.  Employment security no longer exists. Murderous wars persist as a permanent feature of a sham quest for ‘peace’. We are ruled by the stockmarket and God Profit. The air temperature is rising.

          But this demented, sorry, brutal and nasty world is sold to us as the best of all possible options. How sick is that?

As for me, I miss the 20th Century. 1953, for instance. That was good year. Or 1968. And 1972 wasn’t so bad either….

          But today, what’s on offer? Unless you make your own way through your own customized ‘opening’ and got ahead — ahead of  any competing others (“Stiff bickies mate:your loss/my gain.” ) — you are going to be just another 21st century victim living an insecure existence one pay check (if you get one) at a time.

         And there are billions of us –all more or less in the same boat. While some of us are worse off than others.,we are all servants to the same master.

         The same master? As I say I am lacking in spiritual essences.I’m theologically empty inside. So I can’t complain to ‘Somebody’ upstairs.

         I’m also too kind to blame migrants or refugees. I rather like Arabs (and Arabic food) for instance and get a kick out of mixing with Aborigines. If I complain to  the  media they won’t print what I say.

         If I start yapping on about ” the system”. I’m dismissed as ideological, or that I have “an agenda”.

I have an agenda but they don’t?

Even at election time, which should be open season for whining , my complaints are worked over by party spin doctors and drowned in rhetoric. “Responsible government” prevails.

       I’m ignored. Belittled. Abused. Dismissed. Patronized. I’m nobody.

      And the pillars of society go about their business of looting and killing like the 21st Century Barbarians they are.

     They do all these things and there’s not a fuckin’ thing in it for me.

     No wonder I complain. Next time you butcher a Afghani wedding party or lock some Tamils up on Christmas Island, I want to know what’s in it for me?

     However, we can still hold on to those ideals that we know can make a different world. Yea, we are up to our armpits in shit but we the workers  built this edifice to greed, we can surly make a shovel and dig our way out.

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I thought the 80’s were wonderful.


         Ah, those glorious eighties!! A period between 1979 and 1994, when it was claimed that average earnings rose by 40%, of course this gives a very distorted figure. If we look at the richest 10% of the population the growth in income was approximately 68%. On the other hand if we look at the poorest 10% their incomes grow by a mere 10% before housing costs and actually fell by 8% after housing costs. What a wonderful time to be among the richest 10%.

           Under capitalist labour/conservative governments this country has always had more than its fair share of poverty. The last thirty years the poverty has been considerable and what this means to the lives of all those affected by this poverty is immeasurable. It leads of course to poor maternal nutrition, risking unhealthy babies, we have the young unable to afford a healthy diet, with housing and jobs out of their reach, pensioners dying of hypothermia. Then there is the poverty related ill health pushing the national health service to breaking point. Let’s not forget poverty related crime and the effects it has on peoples’  lives.

           All this adds up to billions more than it would cost to implement a decent living wage for all, but this is capitalism and it is not the welfare of the people that matters, it’s profit. So wages must be kept to a minimum to keep the shareholders happy. Tinkering with minimum wages and such will not get rid of the deprivation, it is the system that is rotten and doesn’t work for the benefit of all our people. It is a winner take all and to hell with the hindmost system that benefits the small band of parasites at the top. Keep the system, keep the poverty.

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Freedom and Equality:

           F u n d a m e n t a l l y, anarchism is the struggle for freedom. Freedom from the rulers and cor­porations who dominate our lives and are destroying our earth. Freedom for workers, women, and all oppressed people in all parts of the world. We believe that this sort of freedom can only be achieved together with equality and a fair distribution of resources.

Individual and Collective:

         A n a r c h i s t s believe in the inherent dignity and humanity of the individual. But this dignity and humanity can only be fully realised in a co-operative, egalitarian society. This is why we are in favour of working together collectively and being organ­ised. It is incorrect to equate anarchism with individualism or chaos


        Anarchists understand that this truly free and equal society can only be achieved through revolution – meaning a complete trans-formation of society. This society cannot be ‘given’ to the people by politicians or bureaucrats. It must be built by the people from below.

Violence and Direct Action:

         A n a r c h i s m opposes the violence which is an integral part of capitalism and the State (this violence comes in many forms: war, patriarchy etc.). We believe that means shape ends – in other words, the way we struggle will shape the outcome of the struggle. This is also why we do not support the seizure of State power by authoritarian political parties. However, anarchists do believe in direct action – action taken by everyday people to cause immediate problems for the rulers of our lives. This includes strikes, boycott’s, work-to-rule’s and occupations. Both authoritarian communism (as in Russia, China etc.) and ‘labourism’ (ie. the labour parties of the world), have failed to solve our global crisis. We need a different path to a better world. Anarchism offers itself as a guide on that path.

 What Might an Anarchist Society Look Like?

          The world’s resources would be held in common and shared with all the diverse life on Earth; People would manage their own lives, work and communi­ties, and everyone would have a say in decision making through decentralised forms of organisation; Relationships in all areas of life would be based on mutual respect and equality, regard-less of gender, skin colour, sex­ual orientation, disability, age, culture etc.; Work wouldn’t be boring and repetitive, but instead would be a means of voluntary self-expression and fulfillment; unpopular or difficult jobs would be shared; Education would be integrat­ed into daily life to produce free individuals who think for our-selves; Goods and services would be produced ecologically for human needs based on the principle “from each according to ability, to each according to need”

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