From Bored Panda: After another cyclist friend was injured by potholes, Wanksy, an artist from Greater Manchester, England, decided to act. He used washable paint to draw penises around potholes in his neighbourhood, and suddenly, they were repaired in 48 hours.
“People will drive over the same pothole and forget about it.
“Suddenly you draw something amusing around it, everyone sees it and it either gets reported or fixed.”
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From Daily Mirror: Protesters interrupted the closing passages of the Chancellor’s Budget speech to protest against pension inequality.
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From Freedom News: Last Wednesday about 40 activists from Disabled People Against Cuts gathered to protest at the Tory party Conference and bring attention to the continuous attacks they have faced for the last 8 years. The activists came from many parts of the country including Brighton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Berkshire, London, Manchester, Norfolk, Northampton, Preston Stafford, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Castle Bromwich and Birmingham. As part of the protest, the tram tracks on Corporation Street in the city centre were blocked.
“Since our first march against Tory austerity cuts in 2010 thousands of disabled people have been killed by the Tory’s policies and mindless cruelty- the action call out reads– Thousands more have lost vital funding for independent living support and are either trapped in care homes or their own homes. Continent disabled people have been refused the human support they need to go to the toilet and instead been left with packs of incontinence pads. Others are being charged into further poverty as local authorities hike up their charges for social care.”
The Wednesday’s action was largely ignored by the media. It is however important to remember that disabled people have borne the brunt of cuts both to their living standards and to the right to live independently in the community following savage cuts to social care budgets and the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
From The Guardian: The Guardian spends the day getting to know the people Donald Trump tried to avoid during his visit to the UK. More than 100,000 people travelled to London from around the country to protest against the US president, according to the organisers of the two marches that converged on Trafalgar Square.
[Watch video on Guardian website…]
From Morning Star: Campaigners from the We Own It group held a “splashmob” in London today to demand the return of the England’s water industry to public ownership after nearly 30 years of privatisation.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Green MP and co-leader Caroline Lucas and Derby North Labour MP Chris Williamson tweeted in support of the campaign. It is also backed by unions Unite, GMB and Unison.
Campaigners held a “circus of privatised water” on London’s Southbank — a splashmob highlighting the failures of the water profiteers.
We Own It director Cat Hobbs said: “Water belongs to us in the first place and should never have been privatised. 83 per cent of us want to take our water back. The only question is when and how.
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From The Guardian: Tens of thousands of people have marched through London to mark the NHS’s 70th anniversary and demand an end to government cuts to the health service, of which large swathes have been privatised in recent years.
Bearing placards reading “Cuts leave scars”, “For people not profit” and “Democracy or corporate power” demonstrators moved down Whitehall to the chant of “Who’s NHS, our NHS”.
They stopped outside Downing Street to demand Theresa May’s resignation en route to the stage where Jeremy Corbyn and others were due to speak on Saturday afternoon.
A festival atmosphere permeated the crowd, although the anger towards the government’s NHS policy was palpable.
The organisers estimated that around 40,000 people had turned out and taken to the streets for the NHS 70 March, which proceeded down Regent Street to the thump of a marching band.
[Read full article on Guardian website…]
Fantastic direct action by Lorna Rees against her constituency MP Christopher Chope, following his action in blocking a Commons bill to make upskirting a specific offence.
I’ve just left these outside the constituency office of my MP Christopher Chope. No one should be able to photo my pants unless I want them to. #christopherchope #knickerstochope @bournemouthecho @guardian
Posted by Lorna Rees on Saturday, June 16, 2018
From Gloucestershire Live: Protesters were out in force in Gloucester city centre on Saturday as part of a ‘national day of action’ in opposition to Universal Credit, the controversial new benefits system that will be rolled-out across Gloucestershire in February.
The protest was organised by the local Unite branch, part of Britain’s biggest union, and saw campaigners deliver soapbox speeches outside the Guildhall on Eastgate Street.
Sue Powell, a Unite Community Activist said ‘the effect of Universal Credit will be felt for years to come’.
She said: “Universal Credit is a failed system. Seven million households will be affected by the introduction of Universal Credit, including over one million low paid or part-time workers, as well as the growing number of self-employed.
From Channel 4 News: “How many thousands have died? How many more need to die, before people wake up and realise? I feel intimidated, I feel victimised, I feel worthless. And I have no future, I can’t see a future for a lot of people” says one protester.
All of the food piled up in the protest next to Downing Street was on its way to food banks.
From Sky News: Protesters in wheelchairs blocked the MPs’ entrance to the Commons chamber in a demonstration over Tory cuts to benefits.
Disabled People Against Cuts protesters chanted “no justice, no peace” as they gathered in the Central Lobby.
Police formed a line at the entrance to the Members’ Lobby as demonstrators demanded to speak to MPs.
The group said they wanted to end cuts to social care and demanded the independent living fund be reintroduced.
“This is a message to Theresa May – while we have no justice, you will have no peace,” the demonstrators chanted.
“No more deaths from benefit cuts,” they added.
Video from ITV News captures the moment that protesters stormed the local town hall in Kensington, demanding action from the Tory-controlled council in the wake of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire:
Corbynator @Corbynator2 The moment protesters stormed Kensington town hall, amid anger over the response to the fire#kensingtonandchelsea ITV NewsProtesters storm Kensington town hall as anger boils overProtesters stormed the local town hall in Kensington demanding action in the wake of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire. ITV News
Posted by Walking the Breadline on Friday, June 16, 2017
Watch video from 5 News of angry community protests, including shouts of ‘coward’ and ‘get out’, as Theresa May departs St Clements church near Grenfell Tower, surrounded by an angry community.
Warning: this clip contains profanities and strong language.
Angry crowd shouts at Theresa May
Shouts of 'coward' and 'get out' as Theresa May departs St Clements church near #GrenfellTower, surrounded by an angry community. A warning this clip contains profanities and strong language.
Posted by Channel 5 News on Friday, June 16, 2017
This video gives a sense of the number of people and the energy of the Justice4Grenfell action as it passes Downing Street.
Corbynator @Corbynator2 22m22 minutes agoMore #JusticeForGrenfell arriving at Downing Street. Anger being directed at Theresa May.#kensingtonandchelsea Michael Gray
Posted by Walking the Breadline on Friday, June 16, 2017
From Western Telegraph: A crowd gathered at Castle Square in Haverfordwest earlier today to ‘Stand Up’ against austerity.
Members and supporters of the Pembrokeshire People’s Assembly changed their planned demo out of respect for those who lost their lives in the Manchester terror atrocity an stood in an outward facing circle of solidaritiy.
They were demonstrating rating their support for all those affected by disability and benefit cuts while also maintaining a message of ‘hope not hate’.
Also joining the protest in Haverfordwest was Welly the elephant, a play on what protesters call ‘the elephant in the room’ – how austerity has affected child poverty, food bank use, student debt, homelessness, and daily life for those living with a disability.
[Read full article on Western Telegraph website…]