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Bristol’s #KillTheBill movements are back with a bang!

Yesterday’s National Day of Action against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill saw over 30 protest events across the UK. As ever with such national days, London protests grab the most headlines, although national media virtually ignored the lot. In Bristol local mainstream media, and ind…

#KillTheBill – National Day of Action and Bristol Update

So the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, aka Policing Bill, is coming to the end of it’s journey through the House of Lords. It will then move back to the House of Commons & MP’s, where the Tory majority guarantees it will be passed. This article suggests it could be law within a month…

The Post-Trial Colston Info Wars!

Well what a week that’s been! Who could have guessed that the Tory Government, and so many media commentators, would so completely lose their rag over this case? But lose it they did, quite simply because they do not like to lose, and when they do they’ll do anything to distract from the real is…

Video on the events of the #Colston4 Trial and reaction to events

There is a great video on the Colston4 verdict that can be found here. Here’s the blurb on the film; Out of a crowd of ten thousand, four people were singled out and put on trial for the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter march. They came t…

The trial of the #Colston4 comes into its final stages as the sides sum up

Following a break over Christmas, the trial resumed today of the #Colston4 (see here for past coverage) and most of today was focused on the prosecution and the defence summing-up before the jury considers its verdict. The prosecution’s core argument boils down to basically; the rule of law must b…

As the second half of the #Colston4 trial resumes – we made it 7-0 to the defendants at half-time!

So it’s back to the Bristol Crown Court for the second-half of the Trial of the Colston4 defendants, a trial rudely interrupted by xmas intervening on behalf of the Prosecution, who we had losing 7-0 at half-time. That of course is our biased perception, as we #SupportTheColston4 not the British s…

The first inaugural Alternative Bristol Awards – who will be a winner, winner, vegan chicken dinner?

Time for the first inaugural Alternative Bristol Awards! So grab a glass of mulled cider and join us in a review of the year and some well deserved wassailing of folk for both the good and the bad. Best Media Outlet There is, happy to say, some strong completion for this award. Locally we have got a…

#Colston4 day 6 in court – more slave trade horrors amidst trial admin chaos

A strange day at Bristol Crown Court on the 6th day that the Jury have sat – read our previous daily reports here. But today they were in court for less than 30minutes! With the 4th defendant still too sick to give their evidence, much of today involved legal discussions between prosecution, defen…

On Day 5 of the #Colston4 Trial, We Hear How the System Failed Bristol and Its Legacy

So day 5 of the trail got underway after some initial delays, and we heard from another of the accused, Rhian Graham, who said that “Democracy had well and truly broken down” on the Colston statue issue as the ‘usual’ methods of petitions, protests, elected officials supporting action – al…

The #Colston4 Trial Day 4 Saw Colston and the Society of Merchant Venturers Put On trial

The Trial of the #Colston4 ignited today, and it turned into a very bad day for Colston himself and his centuries old cheerleaders the Society of Merchant Venturers. Finally, it seemed that the right people were on trial – those who profited from the slave-trade & slave ownership, and have continu…

The #Colston4 day three summary

See our opening coverage, day one & day two coverage to stay up to date! On to the events of day three; and we heard from the defendants today! We heard from Milo Ponsford; He referred to the murder of George Floyd in the USA, which he said was the reason for the Black Lives Matter march in Bristol…

The #Colston4 Trial Day Two

Before we begin, do see our pre-trial information article and also our coverage of day one. Today was an odd day, marked by debate as to the value of the alleged criminal damage; Yesterday the cost of damage to the statue was put at £3750 (plus damage to the poor pavement) yet today there was confu…

The #Colston4 Trial Day One Summary

Before we start, can we suggest this summary of the case, what is means and how we got here; This trial is about politics, and power, and the desire of the ruling class – the Tory Government & their friends, locally that means the Merchant Venturers – to get some revenge against the topplers, wh…

The Colston 4 trial is Bristol’s biggest political trial of the century so far, and it’s most pointless – here’s why!

So it begins, the trial of the four Colston Statue Topplers, 18 months after hundreds were involved in the toppling, and thousands cheered them on. This trial is not about criminal damage, although we can guarantee the judge – the Recorder of Bristol, Judge Peter Blair – will do his absolute utm…

Bristolians protest a government mired in corruption and hypocrisy as it pushes for more and more power

So here we are again, the Vote Leave government, having obtained power via the lies of Brexit has set about removing the right to protest, curbing the power of legal challenges and ensuring a steady supply of donations from individuals and companies who benefit from the corrupt regime of King Boris…

Bristol Palestine Film Festival 10th Anniversary Year

The Bristol Palestine Film Festival returns this year for it’s 10th anniversary festival, and will run from 4-12 December 2021. On offer are 10 fine, varied & challenging films, and a play! BPFF tell us: We will be screening a mix of shorts, feature films and documentaries in independent venues su…

National UCU Strike – Three Day Strike at Bristol University!

If it moves – Picket! Members of the UCU, including Bristol UCU at Bristol University, are on strike from 1-3 December, as part of an (almost) national strike. The long list of the picket line locations for Wednesday 1st December are here, check Bristol UCU on twitter for daily picket line updates…

Bristol Radical Bookfair No.2 On 19th December – A Small Contribution to Subverting Xmas

A second Radical Bookfair in Bristol, in just over 2 months, is being co-ordinated by Active Distribution at the Exchange on Old Market, BS2 0EJ, on Sunday 19th December, from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Hot on the heels of the previous one on 10th October, comes this timely little beauty, just in time for B…

XR Bristol takes on the corporate behemoth Amazon turning #BlackFriday into ‘Carbon Friday’

This weekend saw a range of coordinated protests against the corporate behemoth that is Amazon. The accusations levelled against the company are huge; not paying a fair share of taxes, mistreating workers, union-busting, using its power as unfair competition and more. However, perhaps the most globa…

Are You ‘Watching The Detectives’? These Projects Are!

In recent weeks we have continued to see a ramping up of additional police powers, via Tory amendments to the Policing Bill, and also a Judiciary increasingly inclined to imprison dissenters – non-violent or not, cheered on by the Government & it’s mainstream media lapdogs. This has happened aga…

In 3 Weeks The Colston Statue Topplers Trial Starts. Which Side Are You On?

Just 4 people are being taken to Trial on 13 December, out of the many hundreds who participated in the toppling of the statue memorialising the mass-murdering slave-trader Edward Colston during a #BlackLivesMatter protest on 7th June 2020. They were cheered on by thousands more watching, as the sta…

The Public Health Case Against the Policing Bill

The nasty, authoritarian, class driven, Police Crime Sentencing & Courts Bill is currently in it’s Committee Stage at the House of Lords. It could become Law later this year, or early next year. Despite the protests, the arguments against it and the critiques. The Tories in-built majority at Parli…

After the COP26 total cop-out by global leaders – now we know!

So that was COP26, yes that’s right, there’s been 26 such global summits. A total of 26 cop-outs by global leaders and their pals in the global corporations. Now we know. After all the science, the figures, facts and stats. All the expense – of time, money & our wasted effort. All the policing…

Colston Statue Topplers in Court 8th November for Abuse Of Process Application

Legal Representatives for two of the Colston Statue Topplers will be at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 8th November. This for the Hearing of their ‘Abuse Of Process’ application in relation to the CPS case against their two clients – who along with two others face one charge each of criminal da…

Justice means NO DEAD WOMEN – Sign Up and Copwatch

Following the murder of Sarah Everard by a police officer, and increasing revelations of misogyny & sexual abuse across police forces, Sisters Uncut have launched an initiative to train people up in ‘police intervention skills’, or copwatching – details here via twitter. On the 4 November they…


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