Daily Archives: January 18, 2011

Twitter Direct Action Training – Sunday 23rd

This Sunday evening Brighton Uncut will be providing Direct Action training via the medium of Twitter! To allow for maximum feedback/response, the training will be split into two sessions (4pm – 6pm/7.30-9.00pm).

The aim of the session is to provide some serious food-for-thought before the next wave of UK Uncut mischief. If as a growing movement we are to keep grabbing headlines and public support we need to ramp-up the creativity of our actions. There is a world of tactics and strategies out there and Sunday’s session will hopefully provide a brief showcase of those which may be best-suited to our urban environment. Crucially, the training will deal with much more than tactics – we aim to cover organising methods, personal security, legal guidance and more…

As it stands the training will look something like this:

What is Direct Action?/ Why take take Direct Action?
Affinity group formation (action and support roles)
Consensus decision making
Direct Action tactics (DA tools)
Security for activists
Legal guidance for those taking Direct Action
What happens if i get arrested? – What will happen to me in custody?
Putting it all together! – from affinity formation to successful action.
Q & A session

So. Sunday the 23rd of January at 4pm. See you on the Brighton Uncut twitter. All will be re-tweeted on the main UK Uncut twitter.

Proposal for Target: Shop a Tax Dodger

On the day before the self-assessment tax forms deadline, the BSRC says…


So far, the BSRC has gone after high street stores, to great effect. But there are loads of recognisable tax-dodging brands – Walkers, Cadbury, Johnnie Walker, Grolsch – that have got away without being targetted because they don’t have shops to shut down.

How about on Jan 30th we Shop A Tax Dodger by going into our local supermarkets and clearing the shelves of these products. Here’s the idea:

We all enter the supermarket in ones and twos, banners hidden so we look like ordinary shoppers. We grab trolleys and go to the aisles where the tax-dodging companies reside. Then together, perhaps on a signal, we take all of their products off the shelves and load the trolleys full. On the empty shelf we place a big sign saying: The BSRC has Removed this Product Due To Tax Dodging or X Company’s Tax Dodge Could have paid for Y Cut.

Then all the protesters just have to make sure that those products stay off the shelves for as long as possible. One idea might be arranging themselves into a conga line of trolleys, parading around the store chanting and talking to customers. But there’s loads of room for creativity.

Can anyone thing of any supermarkets that are also tax dodgers themselves?

How about it?