Sign petition against Facebook’s purge of activist accounts

Fifty-one profiles belonging to UK anti-cuts/left-wing activist groups were deleted just before the royal wedding, during a police crackdown on protest. Please sign the petition for an inquiry into why and how this happened:

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Stop the facebookpurge!

We demand the reinstatement of all the political Facebook accounts blocked in the run-up to the royal wedding, and that Facebook release an official apology to all those affected.

As the media gather to celebrate the nuptials of our aristo overlords and the police pre-emptively cleanse London, making arrests under the new unpublicised thought crime ‘suspicion of being an anarchist’, Facebook has joined in the crackdown by blocking political accounts. The following accounts have been blocked in the 12 hours leading up to the royal wedding:

Open Birkbeck
UWE Occupation
Chesterfield Stopthecuts
Camberwell AntiCuts
IVA Womensrevolution
Tower Hamlets Greens
No Cuts
ArtsAgainst Cuts
London Student Assembly
Beat’n Streets
Roscoe ‘Manchester’ Occupation
Bristol Bookfair
Newcastle Occupation
Socialist Unity
Whospeaks Forus
Ourland FreeLand
Bristol Ukuncut
Teampalestina Shaf
Notts-Uncut Part-of UKUncut
No Quarter Cutthewar
Bootle Labour
Claimants Fightback
Ecosocialists Unite
Comrade George Orwell
Jason Derrick
Anarchista Rebellionist
BigSociety Leeds
Slade Occupation
Anti-Cuts Across Wigan
Firstof Mayband
Don’t Break Britain United
SWP Cork
Westiminster Trades Council
York Anarchists
Rock War
Sheffield Occupation
Central London SWP
North London Solidarity
Southwark Sos
Save NHS
Rochdale Law Centre
Goldsmiths Fights Back
The Facebook statement of rights and responsibilities reveals that the threat of deletion is constantly hovering over the heads of anyone who dares to participate in social media without fully revealing their identity – “use of a fake name” is among the violations that can lead to accounts being deleted – but it is clear that this recent wave of shutdowns is politically motivated, part of a network of repression designed to stifle protest.
Unfortunately, should you take issue with Facebook’s corporate policies, all grievances must according to our tacit agreement be pursued through California law courts (see FB statement of rights). As total transparency is demanded of us through our participation in social media, the people who dictate its terms hide behind legal firewalls.
The mainstream media has celebrated how protestors in the Middle East have used social media to organise revolution – now let’s see if the same pundits who were excited by Tahrir on Twitter speak up to defend UK-based activists who are now to be barred from organising and discussing via supposedly liberatory social media mechanisms.

Please join our Facebook group to protest the purge:!/home.php?sk=group_182031188514672

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Calling all South East Londoners who want to fight back against the cuts!

You’re invited to Social Centre Plus – the occupied Job Centre on Deptford High Street – to organise collective resistance against the government’s cuts.

After a short introduction, the meeting will break down into working groups in order to discuss and coordinate strategies of fighting back against the brutal cuts agenda.

Social Centre Plus was occupied by Lewisham residents last month as an anti-cuts organising space for the local community: It is due to be evicted on Tuesday 12th, the following morning.

Facebook event – invite your friends!

Twitter: @deptfordplus
Phone: 07535971539



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March Weekend

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Carnival Against the Cuts

Protest against the Cuts – February 19th

Take to the streets on February 19th!

The streets of Lewisham will resound to the noise of angry residents with saucepans and wooden spoons at 12 noon to show their disgust at the cuts announced by Mayor of Lewisham Steve Bullock which target children and the poorest rather than making sure David Cameron’s cuts are rejected.

Various campaigning groups have come together with Lewisham People Before Profit and Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance to organise a borough-wide protest on February 19th, outside the threatened libraries, children’s centres and the town hall.

There will also be protests outside banks, who have continued to pay huge bonuses to their bosses while failing to lend money to small businesses who could help regenerate the area.

People will gather from 11am to 12noon, singing, chanting, giving out leaflets to passers by and then at 12 noon we will all bang our saucepans with wooden spoons or saucepan lids to make a cacophony of noise.

The events will be photographed and videoed with as many as possible being uploaded to this website.

March from Catford Town Hall to Lewisham Library

After the noisy protest people will make their way to the Town Hall in Catford to assemble by 1pm for a short march past Lewisham Hospital, to be joined there by health campaigners from Keep Our NHS Public, then on past Ladywell Leisure Centre, being run-down by privateers Parkwood Leisure, past the fire station where FBU members may well be on strike and finishing with a short rally on the grassy area on the corner of Lewisham High Street and Rennel Street

Carnival – Flyer to Download

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Public Meeting 6PM Thursday 20 January, The Stretch, Students’ Union, Goldsmiths


The Government’s destruction of education continues in the face of massive opposition from students. Meanwhile the management of Goldsmiths and other universities across Britain remain completely obedient to the ConDem programme and continue to ignore our demands.


Goldsmiths students and staff have already protested and occupied in opposition to the management and government’s attack on education. We intend to continue the struggle, and we are calling this meeting to bring people together to discuss the next step in the fightback at Goldsmiths.


Please come down and join us in an open discussion about the current situation. All students, academic and support staff, local anti-cuts groups and supporters are invited to exchange ideas and work together to coordinate further action.

Everyone’s ideas and input are welcome, and we hope that this meeting will help us to both regroup and expand.

Who we are:

Goldsmiths Fights Back is formed out of those involved  in recent occupations and is open to anyone who wants to resist the imposition of fees and cuts at Goldsmiths and beyond.


What unites us:

We are a group that has come together in opposition to the cuts, in education and across the public sector.

Education is a right for all!

We act in solidarity with all those affected and all groups organising in resistance against these ideologically-motivated attacks on the whole of society.

What we Aim  to Do:

Take action to oppose and resist the Government that is orchestrating these cuts, and the institutions that are attempting to impose them.

Raise engagement with the issue of the cuts and their impacts, amongst Goldsmiths students and the wider community.


Build a network with other university occupations, schools and sixth forms, workers and communities.

Imagine and demonstrate a new educational paradigm, and a society that is equitable, just and creative.

Venue details: The Stretch, Students’ Union, Goldsmiths College, 8 Lewisham Way, London  SE14 6NW

For more information contact:

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