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1-50 / November 1994 - November 1995
It All Began...
From the pilot edition edition right through the first
year of SchNEWS featuring the first of many Crap Arrest Of
The Weeks, the Criminal Justice Act 'Arrestometer', and a
running commentary of resistance as the sections of the Criminal
Justice Act come in attacking Travellers, Squatters, Hunt
Sabs, Ravers, Protesters, Footie Fans and freedom in general.
In the news was... Shoreham Live Animal Export protests, the
end of the No-M11 Link Rd campaign, Pollok Free State anti-M77
protest in Glasgow, eviction of Stanworth Valley 'village
in the trees' near Blackburn against the building of the M65,
opencast mining protest camps in South Wales and much more...
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by Kate Evans and more are available in...
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Articles From The Book
Read the illuminating Foreword.
Open letter from Justice? to Michael Howard, Home Secretary
who introduced the 1994 Criminal Justice Act. click
here download pdf (110kb)
SchLIVE! - article
about live newsreadings by Justice/SchNEWS bods in Brighton
'As It Is' - concluding
thoughts about the first year of Justice and SchNEWS
NB - the original
computer files of these issues were lost. The text reproduced in
these archives is from scanning and OCR on tatty copies of the original
paper issues. Hence there may be err0r5 causcd by th!s pr0cess.
AND - none of the weblinks in the issues are made 'live' - cos they're
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PDF files are
available for some of these issues - more will appear soon (hopefully).
50, 23rd November 1995 - download
pdf (400 kb)
We Are One! SchNEWS turns one! The birthday extravaganza featured
Conscious Cinema, plus people from Shoreham Defence, the Advance
Party and the Liverpool Dockers. Plus - Critical Mass - the movement
to reclaim roads for cyclists; and the Animal Rights National Index
(ARNI) - apparently animal rights activists are considered the biggest
threat to national security.
49, 16th November 1995
Shell Scum! Nine are executed in Nigeria for fighting against
the environmental destruction and genocide wreaked by Shell on the
Ogoni people caused by oil production in the region. Among the killed
was Ken Saro-Wiwa. Plus - the race card gets played in the new Asylum
and Immigration Bill and more
47/48, 3rd November 1995
Happy Birthday CJA! - One Year On From 'The Poll Tax On Acid'
- What started out as Michael Howard's Tory conference crowd pleaser,
has gone on to spark the biggest grassroots political movement in
a decade. Plus - 500 sacked Liverpool dockers enter fifth week of
picket; and a two page special report recapping the events of the
past twelve months.
46, 27th October 1995
Codi Eto Yn Y Cwm! - The Valleys Rise Against Opencast Monster
- Protest camps near Brynhenllys and Selar Nature Reserve, south
Wales, are protecting a huge area earmarked for an enormous opencast
mine by Celtic Energy.
45, 20th October 1995
No Toll Tax! Skye Says No To Bridge Over Troubled Water
a private firm is creaming it in for a bridge between the Isle of
Skye and the mainland. Plus - Holts Field community on the Gower
peninsula in Wales fights eviction; the first mass-arrest under
the CJA goes to court; and a sea action against French nuclear submarines
44, 13th October 1995
Right Royal Vic-Tree - As People Power Wins The Day
year old trees in Windsor Park are saved. Plus - Satpal Ram: imprisoned
nine years ago for defending himself against a racist attack, and
43, 6th October 1995
Squatters 1 Landlords 0 - the tide is turning: Despite new powers,
a case for an eviction in Bristol has been thrown out of court.
Plus - a special bumper six page SchNEWS looking at
Party conference - and their support for the CJA and Tory-style
politics; anti Jobseekers Allowance demo in Brighton, looking back
to the 100,000 strong march the year before against the Criminal
Justice Act and lots more
42, 28th September 1995
'Break The Law
' As Judge Gives Gandhi The Thumbs Up
High court judge declares that all but one of thirteen live animal
export protesters were within the law by taking direct action at
the port. Plus - Rambler Association have 100 separate walks for
the 'right to roam'; And a two page special report about the forthcoming
Jobseekers Allowance - the latest attack on those on welfare.
41, 22nd September 1995
Nun-sense! Congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of
God vs Kestral, Alex and persons unknown
High court case to
evict a traveller community squatting a disused nunnery in Hove.
40, 15th September 1995
Digging For Victory! Ex-miners, trade unionists and environmentalists
take to Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine's garden, looking
for coal - remembering his role in the 84/85 miner's strikes and
protesting against the planned new open cast mines; Plus - special
two page report about a commando-style direct action to stop the
French testing of nuclear bombs in Muroroa Atoll with Greenpeace
activist Al Baker; And - the story of prohibition against hemp,
SchNEWS 39, 8th September 1995
Le Boom! As French Stay Deaf To Protesters. France is preparing
for more nuclear testing at Muroroa Atoll, in the Pacific Ocean.
Plus - the four month action against the building of the A299 Thanet
Way, is facing eviction;. Also - a special two page report - 'The
Miner's Strike - Lessons For Today' - looking at the miners strike
38, 1st September 1995
"We've Won!" Judges Declares CJA 'Draconian' And Unlawful.
Travellers have victory in High Court, as judge calls the Criminal
Justice Act 'draconian', setting legal precedent to challenge section
77 of CJA. Plus - ramblers fight CJA; Conscious Cinema has new direct
action news video out and more
37, 25th August 1995
"Just Like The Nazis" - Outrage As MP Calls For 'Aggressive
Use Of CJA'. Squatters in Brighton occupy empty city office block
as new anti-squatting section 76 of the Criminal Justice Act come
into force. Plus - a rundown on Section 76 and the new 'Interim
Possession Order' (IPO); Plus 'Agenda 21'
36, 18th August 1995
Carry On Protesting! Activists Turn Up The Heat In Summer Scorcher.
A roundup of actions all around England - despite the Criminal Justice
35, 11th August 1995
Just Say Non! To French Nuclear Testing
50 Years On From
The Bomb. Britain wants to join France with it's nuclear bomb testing
at Nuroroa atoll in French Polynesia, on the 50th anniversary of
the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
34, 4th August 1995
Pier Pressure - Squatters Take Over Brighton's Derelict West Pier.
On the Brighton seafront - beach chalets which haven't been used
since 1982, and have been since squatted, are evicted. So - step
up 'Operation Crusty' - where the derelict west pier is squatted;
Plus - special report about John Bowen, a prisoner serving for murder
who has since become highly politicised.
33, 28th July 1995
Gridlocked! As Protesters Party In The Streets. A second Reclaim
The Streets - Street Party II - happens in London, as thousands
occupy a street near Angel Islington, transforming it into a carnival.
32, 21st July 1995
Newbury Nightmare! Cowardly Last Act Of Mawhinney. The Third
Battle Of Newbury is about to commence, as outgoing transport secretary
Brian Mawhinney give the go ahead to the Newbury Bypass.
31, 14th July 1995
Mother Fucked! Huge Police Operation To Try To Stop Party -
keystone cops do everything to stop the mother happening. Plus -
the open cast mine near Neath Valley south Wales in under attack;
plus new techniques at the three protests camps at Fairmile stopping
the building of the A30 near Honiton in Exeter.
30, 7th July 1995 - download
Boom! The Mother Of Free Festivals Is Kicking Off Now! - the
'Mother' festival is due to happen this weekend 'somewhere in England'.
Plus - how to get into DIY media, and alternative information networks
(FIN) and more
28/29, 30th June 1995
Direct Action Bombshell! Oil Giants Backs Down Over Brent Spar
Rig - activists squat disused oil rig to stop Shell dumping it into
the sea. Plus - indepth special report from Al Baker, Greenpeace
activist recounting this spectacular direct-action success; Also
Justices' White Book is out - listing 200 direct action groups.
27, 16th June 1995
Trust Turn Traitors - the National Trust - a land rights campaign
which started at the turn of the century turn to evicting travellers.
Plus - remembering the Battle Of Orgreave - where eight thousand
police ferociously attacked picketing miners at Orgreave Coking
Plant near Sheffield on 18th June 1984, during the 84/85 miners
26, 9th June 1995
You've Been Bailed! Into the nineties with Britain
since the miner's strike have draconian bail conditions been handed
out so widely preventing people from returning to protest sites;
Also - Shoreham live animal exports to close - operation to move
to Dover; 600 cyclists go on London Critical Mass and more
25, 2nd June 1995
Battle Of The Beanfield - the story, ten years on
the most violent episode in recent history when the convoy on its
way to the 1985 Stonehenge Free Festival was smashed by police in
a field. Plus - mass arrests for aggravated trespass at open cast
mine in Yorkshire; and protest camp set up against open cast mine
near Glyn Neath in south Wales.
24, 26th May 1995
ID Crisis - Michael Howard is at it again - this time causing
a civil liberties furore by launching an ID card proposal. Plus
- the Whitstable Flat Oak Society - fighting the £65 million
A299 Thanet Way road extension.
23, 19th May 1995
Raided! Shock Police Swoop On Greenpeace HQ - the London offices
of Greenpeace are raided following action at Aldermaston weapons
plant; Plus - arrests at Thanet Way extension protest camp in Kent;
and trouble at the Shell AGM, with tips about 'participating' in
corporate annual general meetings; Also - Camden High St is occupied
in the first London Reclaim The Streets.
SchNEWS 22, 12th May 1995
Police Attack After TV Debate - Tactical Support Group Hospitalise
Protestor. No-M11 protesters attacked by riot police after TV appearance;
Stanworth Valley is evicted, ending the No M65 campaigns - Britain's
longest running post-war eviction.
21, 5th May 1995 - download
Shame! As bailiffs attack village in the sky - eyewitness accounts
from 60 feet up a tree at Stanworth Valley, in the path of the M65;
Plus - looking at the Vigilantes - a social movement after the second
world war reclaiming/squatting to rehouse their families - which
were led in Brighton by Harry Cowley.
20, 28th April 1995 - download
pdf (330 kb)
Mayday! Mayday! - Village in the sky set for eviction. 30 treehouses
and 4 km of aerial walkways in the woods of Stanworth Valley, near
Preston stand in the way of the building of the M65; Plus - travellers
challenge CJA eviction, and indepth report looking at the Strangeways
Prison Riots in 1990.
19, 22nd April 1995
The Land Is Ours - Shock! Protesters all set for mass trespass
of land this Sunday. Plus - Michael Howard gives the go ahead for
18, 13th April 1995
Travellers Stuck On Eviction Merry-Go-Round - Criminal Justice
Act clampdown on travellers lifestyle; Plus squatters in France
get an easier time; Also - SchNEWS in Brief, Inside SchNEWS and
Party and Protest
17, 7th April 1995
Silence Is Olden - what to do about the CJA taking away the
'right to silence'; Plus DNA database; Stanworth Valley protest
camp near Preston hots up
16, 31st March 1995
Footie Fans Fouled By CJA - busload of Cardiff city fans nicked
under Section 60 - even though it doesn't come into law til next
month! Plus - Jobseekers Allowance - forcing you to get yer hair
cut and more
15, 24th March 1995
You're Nicked! - Pollok Free State, hunt sabs, travellers -
all suffering arrests post-CJA; Plus a look at the new draconian
CJA 'stop and search' laws. And
party and protest
14, 17th March 1995
Carry On Squatting! Justice open a squatted community centre
in Brighton, plus a look at the forthcoming parts of the CJA which
attack squatting. And - tagging for criminals and more
13, 10th March 1995
McPolice On The Way? - the beginnings of privatisation of the
police. Plus sacked bus drivers in Chelmsford fight back; and a
look at the sections of the CJA about to come in which allow for
the confiscation of sound equipment and vehicles.
SchNEWS 12, 3rd March 1995
Live Export Megaport - Shock! Shoreham port to expand live sheep
and calve export. Plus prison officers not happy with CJA, and an
indepth look at the forthcoming Jobseekers Allowance
11, 24th February 1995
Government U-turn On Roads? Latest on Pollok, M65 protests in
Blackburn, Oxleas Wood; plus report on the way the CJA further restricts
people's already limited access to land in Britain
10, 16th February 1995
Security Mutiny At M77 - hundreds of police and security move
in on Pollok Park. Schools let students out to protest, 24 security
guards down tools, some joining the protest, the car convoy arrives
and much more. Plus - indepth look at police use of bail conditions
to keep people from protesting.
9, 10th February 1995
Polloks! Pollok Free State - protest camp to stop the building
of the M77 through Europe's largest city centre green space; Plus
CJA laws against raves come in; reflections on Twyford Down protest
8, 2nd February 1995
Woman Killed In Live Export Demo - the tragic death of Jill
Phipps. Plus - new squatting laws rundown; Shoreham port boss quits;
Inside SchNEWS; diary and more
7, 27th January 1995
Right To Protest safe with the Police - Shock! Hollow victory
for animal rights activists? Animal exports likely to continue at
Shoreham and Brightlingsea. Plus - McDonalds In The Dock - a look
at the McLibel trial, set to become the longest libel trial ever.
6, 20th January 1995
Victory For Direct Action! Shoreham protesters have big victory;
plus environmentalists to be targeted by MI5 as 'terrorists'; govt
plans to build new children's prisons
5, 12th January 1995 - download pdf
Criminalising Compassion - Protest reach the 12th day against
the export of live animals at Shoreham Harbour. Plus - inside SchNEWS;
a convoy going up to Pollok Free State against the building of the
M77 near Glasgow
4, 14th December 1994 - download pdf
Stormy Weather: (sponsored by the Criminal Justice Act) The
first wave of CJA court cases go thru. Direct action hotspots -
Newbury, Exeter, Pollok, Blackburn. Also - senior magistrate resigns
over ''abuse of justice'.
3, 7th December 1994 - download pdf
M11 Latest News - Claremont Road is finally evicting, ending
the year long direct action campaign to stop the M11 Link Road.
It took 4 days, 700 police, 200 bailiffs, 400 security guards and
cost £2 million.
2, 30th November 1994 - download
Hunt Sabs Top Criminal Injustice Act League Table - plus travellers
and road protesters are targeted.
1, 23rd November 1994 - download pdf
Criminal Injustice Act - Crackdown starts. Already 18 have been
arrested under the CJA, mostly Hunt Sabbers. Plus
Howard more interested in the Archers than justice.
PILOT ISSUE, 16th November 1994 - download
Big Brother CCTV Installed In Brighton plus Justice evicted from
Courthouse and prison governors warn that CJA will lead to huge
increase in prisoners.