Update (20/05/12): After a month, Occupy Brookes decided to pack up. The camp's demands were almost entirely ignored by management but many people nevertheless felt it was a valuable experience, building links, raising awareness, and establishing a precedent for action that can be taken further in the future.
Since Wednesday 18th April, a group of Oxford Brookes students and supporters have been camping in front of Gipsy Lane campus to demand free education for all, and more specifically and immediately, that the University switch from fee waivers to bursaries.
The camp has now survived over two weeks of extremely wet weather, hosted various workshops and discussions, and received lots of verbal support and sympathy. A letter containing 3 basic demands was sent to the authorities early on, but there has been no substantial response from them, and the group's next steps have yet to be decided.
Anyone supportive or curious is very welcome to come visit or stay, and upcoming workshops and meetings are listed on the blog.Read more >>
Several empty buildings in Oxford have recently been opened as squatted social centres. In August an empty industrial workshop on Randolph Street was squatted. After several "Free Uni" events (sharing skills and ideas), community meals, film and info-nights the court process provided only a short delay and then eviction. The building now remains unused.
Undeterred, the social centre, known as "Plebs' College" due to the focus on free education, has re-opened on Union Street, with a multitude of weekly events. Again they are under threat of eviction from a landlord keen to demolish the place and build student flats. This space where people can gather, meet, organise and learn, as equals, free of the usual commercial or bureaucratic pressures, may be a glimpse of another society.
For hints of a more brutal future, we can look at the recent eviction of Dale Farm: an entire community made homeless, while those who resist are kicked, tasered, batoned, pressured-pointed, or beaten, and the media continue their lies.
Which path we take could depend on the actions we all take in the next few years.Read more >>
Welcome to the latest round up of grassroots news from Oxford. It's proven to be another busy month for activists and campaigners in Oxford. Local, national, and international attention has focused on our little city somewhere between London and the Midlands.Read more >>
One of Oxford University's most emblematic buildings, the Radcliffe Camera library, was occupied for around 30 hours last week by students and residents campaigning against education cuts.
The occupation followed a mass demo and was part of a national day of action. The occupiers demanded the University oppose the cuts, and commit not to raise fees, privatise or punish those involved. They called for free and public education for all, and put this into practice by holding teach-ins, mass meetings and dancing in the newly liberated space, while the upstairs room was reserved for quiet study.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the authorities stopped this 'Free University' from thriving by doing their best to prevent people coming in, and, after the occupiers refused to compromise on their demands, by smashing their way in and aggressively evicting everyone.
Meanwhile an anti-cuts demo on Saturday led to an impromptu bank occupation and a second day of action on Tuesday saw the County Council offices briefly occupied, Castle Hill reclaimed and shopping centres invaded!Read more >>
Update (15/02/07): Tree felling and preparation work has started, and sporadic actions are taking places to try to block this work. More help is needed.
Update (06/02/07): The eviction took place on Tuesday 6th February. Bailiffs wearing balaclavas smashed their way in through a set of downstairs windows early in the morning, but it still took them several hours to clear the house after one of the squatters locked on. "We may have lost round one but we will re-group and consider our next course of action. We are not finished yet[...]" - quote attributed to one of the squatters by the Oxford Mail.
URGENT CALL to defend the occupation of Sandles, Thrupp Lake.
On Wednesday 24th January, energy company RWE Npower was granted an order to evict this lakeside property with immediate effect. Meanwhile, at the property extremely robust defences are being built with a view to delaying the destruction of this area of outstanding natural beauty. This is an URGENT CALL for people to join them in resisting the coming eviction. Please phone the site mobile 07772 055 384 straight away.
Npower, who run the notoriously polluting Didcot Power Station, want to fill the lakes with toxic fly ash, a by-product of coal-burning.
A massive campaign by local people has been ignored by both company and the authorities. Oxfordshire County Council has so far facilitated npower's dumping. The habitat is home to many protected species, including water voles and rare orchids. There have been reported sightings of otters. Further expertise is requested to gather further evidence of the ecology of the lakes. Boats are also very welcome at the site.Read more >>
Diggers2012: Two Week Anniversary At Runnymede
28-06-2012 00:13 | 1 comment(s)
Occupy Brookes demo confronts Vice Chancellor
16-05-2012 21:59 | 0 comment(s)
A visit to Occupy Brookes
03-05-2012 01:05 | 1 comment(s)
Day five at Occupy Brookes
24-04-2012 19:22 | 0 comment(s)
Occupy Brookes photo report
21-04-2012 22:53 | 1 comment(s)
Occupy Brookes kicks off despite monsoon weather
18-04-2012 21:53 | 3 comment(s)
Oxford Brookes Occupied
18-04-2012 14:32 | 8 comment(s)
Latest Updates from Protect the Wilderness & Reclaim the Fields
06-03-2012 20:18 | 0 comment(s)
Occupy Your Heart! Reclaim Love - Sat 18th Feb
15-02-2012 00:45 | 5 comment(s)
A visit to Plebs' College and photos
03-11-2011 18:51 | 0 comment(s)
Weekly blog roundup
29-10-2011 11:03 | 0 comment(s)
Term starts today: Plebs' College is back!
18-10-2011 12:12 | 3 comment(s)
Oxford social centre gets stay of execution
25-08-2011 12:06 | 2 comment(s)
Oxford social centre gets first court papers served
17-08-2011 16:16 | 1 comment(s)
Oxford social centre - photos and first events!
15-08-2011 23:47 | 10 comment(s)
new Oxford social centre survives first round of police bullying
14-08-2011 20:34 | 1 comment(s)
Cowley Rd Continental evicted!
21-07-2011 16:18 | 4 comment(s)
Reclaim the Cowley Rd Carnvial on Sunday
01-07-2011 08:20 | 3 comment(s)
Poster/flyer for July's OARC film screening
18-06-2011 15:13 | 1 comment(s)
Nevermind the Royal Wedding street party
30-04-2011 10:31 | 1 comment(s)
Food Not Bombs – I'm Loving It
20-03-2011 20:26 | 2 comment(s)
Food not Bombs launch regular streetmeals in Oxford
25-02-2011 00:02 | 0 comment(s)
Hounded out (Oxford)
11-12-2010 00:00 | 0 comment(s)
Radcliffe reclaimed (Oxford)
10-12-2010 23:55 | 0 comment(s)
New Oxford social centre evicted!
06-12-2010 00:10 | 3 comment(s)
New social centre opened in Oxford!
05-12-2010 18:13 | 4 comment(s)
Notes from an Occupier (Oxford)
28-11-2010 14:56 | 1 comment(s)
Oxford occupation evicted
25-11-2010 17:57 | 3 comment(s)
Oxford occupiers re-energised by extra people
25-11-2010 01:41 | 2 comment(s)
Occupation of Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
24-11-2010 15:13 | 2 comment(s)
Art of Activism (Oxford)
19-11-2010 18:07 | 0 comment(s)
Food not Bombs hold free feast (Oxford)
19-11-2010 17:57 | 0 comment(s)
Enjoy your harvest
21-09-2010 11:59 | 0 comment(s)
Oxford Action Resource Centre event report
19-09-2010 20:24 | 0 comment(s)
How would you Reclaim the Night?
17-09-2010 19:36 | 0 comment(s)
Cuts and our community
20-08-2010 18:09 | 0 comment(s)
Will a wildlife crime be committed?
20-06-2010 08:35 | 5 comment(s)
Community garden celebrates keeping chickens
07-06-2010 10:31 | 7 comment(s)
Oxford Action Resource Centre celebrates 5 years of radical organising!
22-04-2010 16:39 | 0 comment(s)
Newbury Bypass Walk, 11am Sunday 10th January 2010
13-12-2009 21:40 | 0 comment(s)
Cowley Road CCTV - BBC breach charter with one sided debate
14-08-2009 08:24 | 2 comment(s)
Summer solstice police operation
19-06-2009 14:46 | 4 comment(s)
CCTV Planned for East Oxford Community Centre?
13-05-2009 22:42 | 2 comment(s)
NO CCTV Meeting - 30th March, 8pm The Mitre, High St, Oxford
26-03-2009 01:14 | 0 comment(s)
No CCTV Meeting 27th Jan
25-01-2009 10:31 | 2 comment(s)
Where is proven need for Cowley Road CCTV?
18-01-2009 22:16 | 0 comment(s)
xmas graffiti message!
22-12-2008 23:28 | 1 comment(s)
Common Ground Community Garden Celebrates Success with Party!
26-08-2008 17:58 | 3 comment(s)
Climate Camp 2008 is Open - Video
01-08-2008 23:15 | 5 comment(s)
Can you photograph a bouncer who is being aggressive?
14-07-2008 11:27 | 9 comment(s)
Green councillor excludes community activists - not the first time!
11-07-2008 20:57 | 1 comment(s)
11-07-2008 20:24 | 2 comment(s)
Mary-Jane Sareva responsible for police arrest two people on false charges.
08-07-2008 15:48 | 5 comment(s)
Green councillor has local community activists arrested
07-07-2008 14:46 | 8 comment(s)
Cowley Road Carnival - Help campaign against CCTV
24-06-2008 18:36 | 2 comment(s)
Newsletter Number Two from East Oxford Community Centre Action Group
31-05-2008 18:56 | 2 comment(s)
Squatted Community Garden Reopened in Reading as Part of Days of Action!
14-04-2008 20:01 | 3 comment(s)
Autonomous Space Events in Reading! Common Ground to be Reopened!
08-04-2008 12:55 | 0 comment(s)
East Oxford Social Club - more details of the stitch-up
06-04-2008 01:52 | 0 comment(s)
Gigs, Gardens & Grub! Action for Squats & Autonomous Spaces - Events in Reading!
01-04-2008 18:22 | 0 comment(s)
Westgate Demo Photos
29-03-2008 16:59 | 4 comment(s)
Oxford community-run bar under threat from local cops
26-03-2008 23:19 | 1 comment(s)
Police use starvation tactics against Oxford tree protester
20-01-2008 22:56 | 0 comment(s)
Bonn Square evicted; fight against Westgate continues; Radley Lakes setback
15-01-2008 12:53 | 1 comment(s)
Photos: Last Bonn Square tree is felled
14-01-2008 19:30 | 0 comment(s)
Out of My Tree
14-01-2008 18:29 | 0 comment(s)
Activist arrested while trying to give tree protester water
13-01-2008 15:51 | 6 comment(s)
Photos from Bonn Square protest
13-01-2008 15:40 | 1 comment(s)
Oxford Tree Protest Brings Fences Down
12-01-2008 18:34 | 5 comment(s)
Oxford Tree Protest Tomorrow (plus more photos)
11-01-2008 17:59 | 1 comment(s)
Save Radley Lakes Demo - 14th Jan
10-01-2008 17:12 | 0 comment(s)
Video and pics of Oxford tree protest against shopping centre expansion
09-01-2008 23:48 | 7 comment(s)
Sacrificial trees for the uber Westgate being cut down now!
09-01-2008 10:52 | 2 comment(s)
Westgate protest continues; court on Monday
08-01-2008 23:55 | 1 comment(s)
No CCTV on Cowley Road campaign group releases report
26-11-2007 17:48 | 0 comment(s)
No CCTV on Cowley Road Meeting
13-11-2007 00:58 | 0 comment(s)
Press Release: Three Arrested @ Common Ground Community Garden
11-11-2007 18:02 | 1 comment(s)
Occupation Struggles Heat Up In Reading
11-11-2007 17:57 | 0 comment(s)
local activists open squat on Cowley Rd (Oxford) for CCA gathering
03-11-2007 11:04 | 3 comment(s)
Campaign website against CCTV on Cowley Road
23-10-2007 22:26 | 3 comment(s)
Community Gardeners Object To Council Eviction
22-10-2007 16:41 | 0 comment(s)
Common Ground Community Garden Evicted! For Now....
22-10-2007 16:35 | 0 comment(s)
"Common Ground" Community Garden Finally Evicted
18-10-2007 12:55 | 1 comment(s)
Corporate publishing houses
07-10-2007 03:46 | 0 comment(s)
Tara frontline Action -avin it
04-10-2007 00:36 | 1 comment(s)
Costa Nothing strikes again!
15-09-2007 15:13 | 1 comment(s)
It Costa Nothing! Reclaiming the Cowley Road
10-09-2007 14:12 | 2 comment(s)
Some photos from Sunday
19-08-2007 16:26 | 0 comment(s)
Radley Lakes - Npower Sell More Ash in 2006 Than Ever Before
18-08-2007 12:34 | 0 comment(s)
Common Ground - Squated Community Garden Still Growing, Still Resisting!
15-08-2007 11:06 | 1 comment(s)
Its in the blood
12-08-2007 15:55 | 0 comment(s)
Common Ground Community Garden - EVICTION UPDATE - Resistance successful so far.
20-06-2007 10:48 | 4 comment(s)
Common Ground Garden - EVICTION RESISTANCE! Wed 20th June, 9.30am, Reading.
17-06-2007 21:10 | 0 comment(s)
Local activist resource centre to relaunch
07-06-2007 14:12 | 0 comment(s)
Eviction of squatted community garden
01-06-2007 17:04 | 0 comment(s)
Common Ground Squatted Community Garden - The Path So Far...
25-05-2007 18:03 | 0 comment(s)
Court Demo - Defend Common Ground Community Garden!
23-05-2007 13:03 | 1 comment(s)
Bollocks to Reading Borough Council! Community Garden opens on schedule.
20-05-2007 10:04 | 6 comment(s)
Eviction & Injuction Against Squatted Garden? Reading Resists!
17-05-2007 17:26 | 4 comment(s)
Squatted Community Garden Opening Day - Sat 19th May - Reading!
13-05-2007 14:34 | 0 comment(s)
mcr bicycle polo team practise and rematch vs oxford
08-05-2007 19:41 | 1 comment(s)
Oxford councillors express doubts over plans to destroy tranquil meadow
25-04-2007 20:34 | 1 comment(s)
Campaign to save Oxford's Warneford Meadow continues
25-04-2007 18:34 | 2 comment(s)
Report from Land and Marine demo and demo announcement
20-04-2007 21:01 | 2 comment(s)
Come to the Oxford Action Resource Centre Benefit Gig! Sat 28th April
19-04-2007 14:03 | 0 comment(s)
Party Against Petrol! - Saturday 21st April
17-04-2007 18:58 | 0 comment(s)
Shut Down Land and Marine - Wrench the Pipeline! Friday 20th April
14-04-2007 21:21 | 0 comment(s)
EcoVillage Film to be Premiered in Ireland
11-04-2007 18:14 | 0 comment(s)
The Radley Swan blogs on the Radley Lakes Inquiry
04-04-2007 08:06 | 1 comment(s)
Bath Climate Camp - info and wish list
27-03-2007 13:31 | 2 comment(s)
BBC gets Red Nose by taking money from npower
16-03-2007 08:45 | 1 comment(s)
Bath Climate Camp Meeting & Info
13-03-2007 22:44 | 0 comment(s)
Sign the Radley Lakes petition
13-03-2007 20:47 | 0 comment(s)
Radley Lakes: it is all the fault of BBOWT
09-03-2007 18:04 | 3 comment(s)
Radley Lakes: Join the protest march on legs and cycles on 10 March
05-03-2007 21:38 | 2 comment(s)
Ruths facistpolice clears the Youthhouse in Copenhagen!! Se all about it!!
02-03-2007 13:09 | 2 comment(s)
EOCC Social Club License Suspended & How You Can Help
27-02-2007 23:22 | 0 comment(s)
East Oxford Social Club Threatened With Immediate Termination
25-02-2007 19:04 | 0 comment(s)
Vote now to keep Radley Lakes
22-02-2007 11:48 | 3 comment(s)
Radley Wildlife Havens Destroyed, But No Photographs Please.
17-02-2007 16:15 | 2 comment(s)
Public sector cuts