• Roubaix
    https://technopolice.fr/roubaix

    Description Le 16 janvier 2020, la ville de Roubaix a inauguré un nouvel hôtel de police ainsi qu’un nouveau CSU (pour « centre de supervision urbain »). Outre des écrans géants afin de surveiller au plus près les citoyen·ne·s de la ville, ses 123 caméras de vidéosurveillance ou encore les nouveaux locaux de 100 mètres carré, la ville de Roubaix a investi dans un logiciel d’intelligence artificiel de la société Briefcam. Cette vidéosurveillance automatisée (VSA), comme à Marseille, Toulouse ou (...)

    #Briefcam #algorithme #CCTV #verbalisation #vidéo-surveillance #prédiction #enfants #surveillance #LaQuadratureduNet (...)

    ##Technopolice

  • Strasbourg
    https://technopolice.fr/strasbourg

    Mouchards dans la rue 2014 Des « capteurs sonores » (qu’on pourrait appeler tout simplement « micros ») sont présents à Strasbourg depuis 2014. Ils ont été installés dans le cadre d’une mission “Bruits et nuisances sonores” qui a notamment pour objectif de quantifier les “nuisance sonores”. On peut lire dans le compte-rendu du conseil municipal de 2015 : « En complément de ces actions ont été mis en place l’an dernier, à titre expérimental, des capteurs sonores couplés à des caméras de vidéoprotection sur (...)

    #Briefcam #capteur #CCTV #Video_Synopsis #verbalisation #facial #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #surveillance #biométrie #son #LaQuadratureduNet (...)

    ##Technopolice

  • Briefcam
    https://technopolice.fr/briefcam

    Description Briefcam est une entreprise israélienne détenue par Canon qui développe un logiciel d’analyse vidéo. La société, créée en 2008 , aurait permis de retrouver l’auteur des attentats d’Oslo en 2011 et celui des attentats du marathon de Boston en 2013. [1] Briefcam vend sa technologie aux autorités publiques mais aussi à des particuliers. L’entreprise Canon, qui a racheté Briefcam, possède également Axis, 2N, Milestone, Citylog, Cognimatics. Son mantra ? « Transform video into actionnable (...)

    #Briefcam #algorithme #CCTV #biométrie #facial #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #surveillance #Technopolice (...)

    ##LaQuadratureduNet

  • Pourquoi nommer Darmanin à l’Intérieur est une faute politique
    https://www.nouvelobs.com/edito/20200714.OBS31178/pourquoi-nommer-darmanin-a-l-interieur-est-une-faute-politique.html

    En 2009, Gérald Darmanin a demandé à une femme des rapports sexuels en échange de la promesse d’intervenir auprès du ministère de la Justice pour faire effacer le casier judiciaire de celle-ci. Son avocat ne nie pas ces faits mais la qualification de « viol ».

  • Derrière les cafés Joyeux, la galaxie catholique réactionnaire
    https://www.bastamag.net/Cafe-Joyeux-Manif-pour-Tous-Anti-IVG-Opus-Dei-cathos-integristes-Brigitte-

    Côté rue, l’enseigne Café Joyeux présente un visage avenant où bonté de cœur et esprit d’entreprise œuvrent de concert pour favoriser l’intégration au monde du travail de personnes en situation de handicap cognitif. Côté cour, ses intrications avec les sphères les plus réactionnaires du catholicisme français questionnent. Tout comme les soutiens institutionnels et politiques dont elle bénéficie. « Non merci, on a déjà eu des articles dans tous les titres de la presse nationale. » Au téléphone, le ton est sec (...) #Décrypter

    / A la une, #Enquêtes, #Droites_extrêmes

    • À l’origine de l’initiative, on trouve Yann et Lydwine Bucaille Lanrezac, entrepreneurs fortunés, philanthropes et catholiques pratiquants. Lui est à la tête d’Émeraude, une multinationale de négoce de matières plastiques qu’il a rachetée à son père. Le couple est également propriétaire d’un hôtel 5 étoiles, le Castelbrac, à Dinard (Ille-et-Vilaine). Outre leurs activités entrepreneuriales, les Bucaille Lanrezac soutiennent différentes œuvres de charité. C’est ainsi qu’en 2010, ils créent le fonds de dotation Émeraude Solidaire, qui reçoit une partie des bénéfices du groupe Émeraude et les redistribue en finançant une multitude d’associations.

      https://www.emeraudesolidaire.org

      Le Castelbrac, hôtel 5 étoiles comprend aussi une chapelle, La chapelle Saint Gabriel est ouverte à tous, parce que Dieu nous a voulu tous et, nous aime tous, qui que nous soyons.
      https://www.castelbrac.com/fr/la-chapelle-st-gabriel
      https://twitter.com/Castelbrac/status/1263379152364802048
      faut que j’y aille avec ma copine, réciter 3 avés et 2 paters.


      #vade_retro_satana

    • Lydwine Bucaille 100% féminine - 100%chrétienne
      https://www.magazine-zelie.com/single-post/2018/09/21/Lydwine-Bucaille-initiatrice-de-projets
      Jésus Marie Joseph !

      Cet hôtel n’est que l’une des nombreuses réalisations de Lydwine, et de son mari. En effet, même en souhaitant écrire un portrait de Lydwine, il est impossible de ne pas évoquer Yann, tant leurs initiatives sont communes.
      A l’origine de celles-ci, un événement : en 2007, Lydwine, qui travaille alors à Paris dans le marketing de luxe chez Louis Vuitton, est hospitalisée pour un burn-out. « Alors que j’avais coché les cases de la reconnaissance sociale, je me suis retrouvée seule face à moi-même, raconte-t-elle. J’ai dû redéfinir ce qui comptait pour moi. C’est le Seigneur qui m’a sauvée : grâce à lui, j’ai retrouvé la joie de vivre ! Je me suis donc basée sur ma foi pour me reconstruire, et je me suis recentrée sur ma famille. Avec mon mari, nous avons vécu une seconde conversion : de chrétiens « d’élevage », nous sommes passés à une foi personnelle, « sauvage » !

    • Elle me fait penser à Ludivine de Saint Léger, l’héroïne du blog parodique d’Aude Sécheret. Le nom, le luxe (Louis Vuitton et les masques de luxe).

      Journal d’un confinement — Dimanche 21 juin 2020
      https://ludivinedesaintleger.tumblr.com/post/621526518944940032/dimanche-21-juin-2020

      Je sais que comme vous êtes devenus de meilleures personnes à mon contact, vous vous demandez ce que vous pourriez faire, du haut de votre petite vie simplette, pour me rendre la pareille et m’aider autant que je vous ai aidé, moi, à tenir bon.

      En tout état de cause, à moins que je présente un jour une pathologie du rein et qu’il faille que vous m’en donniez un (quoique cela a très peu de chance d’arriver tant mon hygiène de vie est impeccable), nous ne serons jamais à égalité. Vous ne serez jamais en mesure de me rendre la pareille. De m’aider autant que je vous ai aidé à vous accrocher à la vie et à l’optimisme grâce à la beauté de mes textes, à la précision académique de mes réflexions, et à l’évasion que je vous ai offerte pendant ce confinement.

      Mais ce n’est pas grave. Je ne vous en tiendrai jamais rigueur. Comment le pourrais-je ? Comment en vouloir aux indigents de ne pas pouvoir donner, aux aveugles de ne pas pouvoir montrer le chemin à leur prochain, aux provinciaux de ne pas connaître le français ? Et si vous vous demandez tout de même ce que vous allez bien pouvoir faire pour moi – car oui, je vous entends penser “Qu’est-ce que je vais bien pouvoir faire pour Ludivine, pour la remercier de m’avoir aidé à tenir, d’avoir été mon phare d’esthétique et de courage dans la tempête pandémique” – alors je vous réponds : continuez de lire.

      N’abandonnez pas ce beau chemin parcouru. N’ayez pas peur de vous frotter aux grands auteurs de nos bibliothèques, comme Lautréamont, Ayn Rand, Maurice Blanchot, Raymond Aron, ou moi.

    • Or, ce n’est pas la première fois que l’État participe au soutien de Café Joyeux. Il s’avère même qu’il lui prête désormais main-forte. En mars dernier, l’enseigne ouvrait un troisième restaurant à Paris, sur l’Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Le local, prêté temporairement par l’assureur Groupama, offre l’occasion d’un nouveau coup de projecteur sur l’initiative. Ce jour-là, le Président en personne, ainsi que sa femme et Sophie Cluzel, secrétaire d’État chargée des personnes handicapées (jusqu’au 6 juillet 2020), viennent à l’inauguration. Face aux caméras, entouré des salariés du Café Joyeux, Emmanuel Macron salue « celles et ceux qui font », et « sont en train d’inventer l’entrepreneuriat du 21ème siècle ». « Je crois au travail et à la prise de risque », ajoute-t-il, puis de conclure : « Vous êtes en train de montrer que tout est possible avec de la volonté », saisissant au passage une des employées à ses cotés pour l’embrasser [14].

  • Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolinehaskins1/police-software-briefcam?bfsource=relatedmanual

    BriefCam, a facial recognition and surveillance video analysis company, sells the ability to surveil protesters and enforce social distancing — without the public knowing. As protesters demand an end to police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation, police departments around the country are using software that can track and identify people in crowds from surveillance footage — often with little to no public oversight or knowledge. Dozens of cities around the country are (...)

    #Briefcam #algorithme #CCTV #activisme #biométrie #facial #reconnaissance #BlackLivesMatter #comportement #masque (...)

    ##ACLU

  • High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach
    https://theconversation.com/high-tech-surveillance-amplifies-police-bias-and-overreach-140225

    Video of police in riot gear clashing with unarmed protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filled social media feeds. Meanwhile, police surveillance of protesters has remained largely out of sight. Local, state and federal law enforcement organizations use an array of surveillance technologies to identify and track protesters, from facial recognition to military-grade drones. Police use of these national security-style (...)

    #Axon #Briefcam #Microsoft #Palantir #Ring #IBM #Amazon #algorithme #CCTV #domotique #drone #SmartCity #smartphone #sonnette #voiture #biométrie #militaire #racisme #technologisme #facial #prédiction #reconnaissance #vidéo-surveillance #BigData (...)

    ##discrimination ##Shotspotter ##bug

  • UK Deportations 2020: how BA, #Easyjet and other airlines collaborate with the border regime

    The Home Office’s deportation machine has slowed during the corona crisis, with hundreds of people released from detention. But a recent charter flight to Poland shows the motor is still ticking over. Will things just go “back to normal” as the lockdown lifts, or can anti-deportation campaigners push for a more radical shift? This report gives an updated overview of the UK deportation system and focuses in on the role of scheduled flights run by major airlines including: #BA, Easyjet, #Kenya_Airways, #Qatar_Airways, #Turkish_Airlines, #Ethiopian_Airlines, #Air_France, #Royal_Jordanian, and #Virgin.

    On 30 April, with UK airports largely deserted during the Covid-19 lockdown, a Titan Airways charter plane took off from Stansted airport deporting 35 people to Poland. This was just a few days after reports of charter flights in the other direction, as UK farmers hired planes to bring in Eastern European fruit-pickers.

    The Home Office’s deportation machine has slowed during the corona crisis. Hundreds of people have been released from detention centres, with detainee numbers dropping by 900 over the first four months of 2020. But the Poland flight signals that the Home Office motor is still ticking over. As in other areas, perhaps the big question now is whether things will simply go “back to normal” as the lockdown lifts. Or can anti-deportation campaigners use this window to push for a more radical shift?
    An overview of the UK’s deportation machine

    Last year, the UK Home Office deported over seven thousand people. While the numbers of people “removed” have been falling for several years, deportation remains at the heart of the government’s strategy (if that is the term) for “tackling illegal immigration”. It is the ultimate threat behind workplace and dawn raids, rough-sleeper round-ups, “right to rent” checks, reporting centre queues, and other repressive architecture of the UK Border Regime.

    This report gives an overview of the current state of UK deportations, focusing on scheduled flights run by major airlines. Our previous reports on UK deportations have mainly looked at charter flights: where the Home Office aims to fill up chartered planes to particular destinations, under heavy guard and typically at night from undisclosed locations. These have been a key focus for anti-deportation campaigners for a number of reasons including their obvious brutality, and their use as a weapon to stifle legal and direct resistance. However, the majority of deportations are on scheduled flights. Deportees are sitting – at the back handcuffed to private security “escorts” – amongst business or holiday travellers.

    These deportations cannot take place without extensive collaboration from businesses. The security guards are provided by outsourcing company Mitie. The tickets are booked by business travel multinational Carlson Wagonlit. The airlines themselves are household names, from British Airways to Easyjet. This report explains how the Home Office and its private sector collaborators work together as a “deportation machine” held together by a range of contractual relationships.

    Some acknowledgements

    Many individuals and campaign groups helped with information used in this report. In particular, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants shared their valuable research and legal advice, discussed below.

    We have produced this report in collaboration with the Air Deportation Project led by William Walters at the University of Carleton in Canada, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Corporate Watch received funding from this project as a contribution for our work on this report.

    Names, numbers

    First a quick snapshot of deportation numbers, types and destinations. We also need to clear up some terminology.

    We will use the term “deportations” to refer to all cases where the Home Office moves someone out of the country under direct force (for scheduled flights, this usually means handcuffed to a security “escort”). In the Home Office’s own jargon, these are called “enforced returns”, and the word “deportation” is reserved for people ejected on “public policy” rather than “immigration” grounds – mostly Foreign National Offenders who have been convicted by criminal courts. The Home Office refers to deportations carried out under immigration law euphemistically, calling them “removals” or “returns”.i

    As well as “enforced returns”, there are also so-called “voluntary returns”. This means that there is no direct use of force – no guard, no leg or arm restraints. But the term “voluntary” is stretched. Many of these take place under threat of force: e.g., people are pressured to sign “voluntary return” agreements to avoid being forcibly deported, or as the only chance of being released from detention. In other cases, people may agree to “voluntary return” as the only escape route from a limbo of reporting controls, lack of rights to work or rent legally, or destitution threatened by “no recourse to public funds”.

    In 2019, the Home Office reported a total of 18,782 returns: 7,361 “enforced” and 11,421 “voluntary”.ii
    These figures include 5,110 “Foreign National Offenders” (27%). (The Home Office says the majority of these were enforced returns, although no precise figure is provided.)
    There is a notable trend of declining removals, both enforced and “voluntary”. For example, in 2015 there were 41,789 returns altogether, 13,690 enforced and 28,189 “voluntary”. Both enforced and voluntary figures have decreased every year since then.
    Another notable trend concerns the nationalities of deportees. Europeans make up an increasing proportion of enforced deportations. 3,498, or 48%, of all enforced returns in 2019 were EU citizens – and this does not include other heavily targeted non-EU European nationalities such as Albanians. In 2015, there were 3,848 EU enforced returns – a higher absolute figure, but only 28% of a much higher overall total. In contrast, EU nationals still make up a very small percentage of “voluntary” returns – there were only 107 EU “voluntary returns” in 2019.
    The top nationalities for enforced returns in 2019 were: Romania (18%), Albania (12%), Poland (9%), Brazil (8%) and Lithuania (6%). For voluntary returns they were: India (16%), China (9%), Pakistan (9%).

    We won’t present any analysis of these figures and trends here. The latest figures show continuing evidence of patterns we looked at in our book The UK Border Regime.iii One key point we made there was that, as the resources and physical force of the detention and deportation system are further diminished, the Border Regime is more than ever just a “spectacle” of immigration enforcement – a pose for media and key voter audiences, rather than a realistic attempt to control migration flows. We also looked at how the scapegoat groups targeted by this spectacle have shifted over recent decades – including, most recently, a new focus on European migration accompanying, or in fact anticipating, the Brexit debate.

    Deportation destinations

    Home Office Immigration Statistics also provide more detailed dataiv on the destinations people are “returned” to, which will be important when we come to look at routes and airline involvement. Note that, while there is a big overlap between destinations and nationalities, they are of course not the same thing. For example, many of those deported to France and other western European countries are “third country” removals of refugees under the Dublin agreement – in which governments can deport an asylum seeker where they have already been identified in another EU country.

    Here are the top 20 destinations for deportations in 2019 – by which, to repeat, we mean all enforced returns:

    It is worth comparing these figures with a similar table of top 20 deportation destinations in the last 10 years – between 2010 and 2019. This comparison shows very strongly the recent shift to targeting Europeans.

    The Home Office: who is targeted and how

    As we will see, the actual physical business of deporting people is outsourced to private companies. The state’s role remains giving the orders about who is targeted for arrest and detention, who is then released, and who is forced onto a plane. Here we’ll just take a very quick look at the decision-making structures at work on the government side. This is based on the much more detailed account in The UK Border Regime.

    The main state body responsible for immigration control in the UK is the Home Office, the equivalent of other countries’ Interior Ministries. In its current set-up, the Home Office has three divisions: Homeland Security, which runs security and intelligence services; Public Safety, which oversees the police and some other institutions; and Borders, Immigration and Citizenship. The last of these is further divided into three “directorates”: UK Visas and Immigration, which determines visa and asylum applications; Border Force, responsible for control at the frontiers; Immigration Enforcement, responsible for control within the national territory – including detention and deportations. Immigration Enforcement itself has an array of further departments and units. Regular restructuring and reshuffling of all these structures is known to bewilder immigration officers themselves, contributing to the Home Office’s notoriously low morale.v

    At the top of the tree is the Home Secretary (interior minister), supported by a more junior Immigration Minister. Along with the most senior civil servants and advisors, these ministers will be directly involved in setting top-level policies on deportations.

    For example, an enquiry led by then prisons and probation ombudsman Stephen Shaw into the Yarl’s Wood detention centre revolt in 2002 has given us some valuable insight into the development of modern Home Office deportation policy under the last Labour government. Then Home Secretary Jack Straw, working with civil servants including the Home Office permanent secretary Sir David Omand, introduced the first deportation targets we are aware of, in 2000. They agreed a plan to deport 12,000 people in 2000-1, rising to 30,000 people the next year, and eventually reaching 57,000 in 2003-4.vi

    Nearly two decades later, Home Secretary Amber Rudd was pushed to resign after a leak confirmed that the Home Office continued to operate a deportation targets policy, something of which she had denied knowledge.vii The 2017-18 target, revealed in a leaked letter to Rudd from Immigration Enforcement’s director general Hugh Ind, was for 12,800 enforced returns.viii

    As the figures discussed above show, recent austerity era Conservative governments are more modest than the last Labour government in their overall deportation targets, and have moved to target different groups. Jack Straw’s deportation programme was almost entirely focused on asylum seekers whose claims had been refused. This policy derived from what the Blair government saw as an urgent need to respond to media campaigns demonising asylum seekers. Twenty years on, asylum seekers now make up a minority of deportees, and have been overtaken by new media bogeymen including European migrants.

    In addition, recent Home Office policy has put more effort into promoting “voluntary” returns – largely for cost reasons, as security guards and detention are expensive. This was the official rationale behind Theresa May’s infamous “racist van” initiative, where advertising vans drove round migrant neighbourhoods parading “Go Home” slogans and a voluntary return hotline number.

    How do Home Office political targets translate into operations on the ground? We don’t know all the links, but can trace some main mechanisms. Enforced returns begin with arrests. One of the easiest ways to find potential deportees is to grab people as they walk in to sign at an Immigration Reporting Centre. 80,000 migrants in the UK are “subject to reporting requirements”, and all Reporting Centres include short-term holding cells.ix Other deportees are picked up during immigration raids – such as daytime and evening raids on workplaces, or dawn raids to catch “immigration offenders” in their beds.x

    Both reporting centre caseworkers and Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) raid squads are issued with targets and incentives to gather deportees. An Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) report from 2017 explains how reporting centre staff work specifically to deportation targets. The inspector also tells us how:

    Staff at the London Reporting Centres worked on the basis that to meet their removal targets they needed to detain twice the number of individuals, as around half of those detained would later raise a barrier to removal and be released from detention.

    ICE raid teams are set monthly priorities by national and regional commanders, which may include targeting specific nationalities for deportation. For example, the Home Office has repeatedly denied that it sets nationality targets in order to fill up charter flights to particular destinations – but this practice was explicitly confirmed by an internal document from 2014 (an audit report from the director of Harmondsworth detention centre) obtained by Corporate Watch following a Freedom of Information legal battle.xi

    Day-to-day deportation and detention decisions are overseen by a central unit called the National Removals Command (NRC). For example, after ICE raid officers make arrests they must call NRC to authorise individuals’ detention. This decision is made on the basis of any specific current targets, and otherwise on general “removability”.

    “Removability” means the chance of successfully getting their “subject” onto a plane without being blocked by lack of travel documents, legal challenges and appeals, or other obstacles. For example, nationals of countries with whom the UK has a formal deportation agreement are, all other things being equal, highly removable. This includes the countries with which the UK has set up regular charter flight routes – including Albania, Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana, and more recently Jamaica and a number of EU countries. On the other extreme, some nationalities such as Iranians present a problem as their governments refuse to accept deportees.

    The Home Office: “arranging removal” procedure

    A Home Office document called “Arranging Removal” sets out the steps Immigration Enforcement caseworkers need to take to steer their “subject” from arrest to flight.xii

    On the one hand, they are under pressure from penny-pinching bosses keen to get the job done as quick and cheap as possible. On the other, they have to be careful not to make any mistakes deportees’ lawyers could use to get flights cancelled. Immigration Officers have the legal power to order deportations without the need for any court decision – however, many deportations are blocked on appeal to courts.

    Here are some of the main steps involved:

    Removability assessment. The caseworker needs to assess that: there are no “casework barriers” – e.g., an ongoing asylum claim or appeal that would lead to the deportation being stopped by a court; the detainee is medically “fit to fly”; any family separation is authorised correctly; the detainee has a valid travel document.
    Travel Document. If there is no valid travel document, the caseworker can try to obtain an “emergency travel document” through various routes.
    Executive approval. If all these criteria are met, the caseworker gets authorisation from a senior office to issue Removal Directions (RD) paperwork.
    Risk Assessment. Once the deportation is agreed, the caseworker needs to assess risks that might present themselves on the day of the flight – such as medical conditions, the likelihood of detainee resistance and of public protest. At this point escorts and/or medics are requested. A version of this risk assessment is sent to the airline – but without case details or medical history.xiii
    Flight booking. The caseworker must first contact the Airline Ticketing Team who grant access to an online portal called the Electronic Removal Form (ERF). This portal is run by the Home Office’s flight booking contractor Carlson Wagonlit (see below). Tickets are booked for escorts and any medics as well as the deportee. There are different options including “lowest cost” non-refundable fares, or “fully refundable” – the caseworker here should assess how likely the deportation is to be cancelled. One of the options allows the caseworker to choose a specific airline.
    Notice of removal. Finally, the deportee must be served with a Removal Directions (RD) document that includes notification of the deportation destination and date. This usually also includes the flight number. The deportee must be given sufficient notice: for people already in detention this is standardly 72 hours, including two working days, although longer periods apply in some situations.

    In 2015 the Home Office brought in a new policy of issuing only “removal window” notification in many cases – this didn’t specify the date but only a wide timeframe. The window policy was successfully challenged in the courts in March 2019 and is currently suspended.

    #Carlson_Wagonlit

    The electronic booking system is run by a private company, #Carlson_Wagonlit_Travel (#CWT). CWT is also in charge of contracting charter flights.

    Carlson Wagonlit has been the Home Office’s deportation travel agent since 2004, with the contract renewed twice since then. Its current seven year contract, worth £5.7 million, began in November 2017 and will last until October 2024 (assuming the two year extension period is taken up after an initial five years). The Home Office estimated in the contract announcement that it will spend £200 million on deportation tickets and charters over that seven year period.xiv

    Carlson is a global #business travel services company, i.e., a large scale travel agent and booker for companies and government agencies. Its official head office is in France, but it is 100% owned by US conglomerate #Carlson_Companies Inc. It claims to be active in more than 150 countries.

    A report on “outsourced contracts” by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration gives us some information on CWT’s previous (2010-17) contract.xv This is unlikely to be substantially changed in the new version, although deportation numbers have reduced since then. The contract involved:

    management of charter flights and ticketing provision for scheduled flights for migrants subject to enforced removal and escorts, where required, and the management of relationships with carriers to maintain and expand available routes. […] Annually, CWT processed approximately 21,000 booking requests from Home Office caseworkers for tickets for enforced removals. Some booking requests were for multiple travellers and/or more than one flight and might involve several transactions. CWT also managed flight rescheduling, cancellations and refunds. The volume of transactions processed varied from 5,000 to 8,000 per month.

    The inspection report notes the value of CWT’s service to the Home Office through using its worldwide contacts to facilitate deportations:

    Both Home Office and CWT managers noted that CWT’s position as a major travel operator had enabled it to negotiate favourable deals with airlines and, over the life of the contract to increase the range of routes available for enforced removals. (Para 5.10).

    The airlines: regular deportation collaborators

    We saw above that Home Office caseworkers book flight tickets through an online portal set up and managed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel. We also saw how CWT is praised by Home Office managers for its strong relationships with airlines, and ability to negotiate favourable deals.

    For charter flight deportations, we know that CWT has developed a particular relationship with one charter company called Titan Airways. We have looked at Titan in our previous reports on charter flight deportations.

    Does the Home Office also have specific preferred airline partners for scheduled flights? Unfortunately, this isn’t an easy question to answer. Under government procurement rules, the Home Office is required to provide information on contracts it signs – thus, for example, we have at least a redacted version of the contract with CWT. But as all its airline bookings go through the intermediary of CWT, there are no such contracts available. Claiming “commercial confidentiality”, the Home Office has repeatedly information requests on its airline deals. (We will look in a bit more depth at this issue in the annex.)

    As a result, we have no centrally-gathered aggregate data on airline involvement. Our information comes from individual witnesses: deportees themselves; their lawyers and supporters; fellow passengers, and plane crew. Lawyers and support groups involved in deportation casework are a particularly helpful reference, as they may know about multiple deportation cases.

    For this report, we spoke to more than a dozen immigration lawyers and caseworkers to ask which airlines their clients had been booked on. We also spoke to anti-deportation campaign groups including Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, who have run recent campaigns calling on airlines to refuse to fly deportees; and to the trade union Unite, who represent flight crew workers. We also looked at media reports of deportation flights that identify airlines.

    These sources name a large number of airlines, and some names come up repeatedly. British Airways is top of the list. We list a few more prominent collaborators below: Easyjet, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian. Virgin Airlines is the only company to have publicly announced it has stopped carrying deportees from the UK – although there have been some questions over whether it is keeping this promise.

    However, the information we have does not allow us to determine the exact nature of the relationship with these airlines. How many airlines appear in the CWT booking system – what determines which ones are included? Does CWT have a preferential arrangement with BA or other frequent deportation airlines? Does the Home Office itself have any direct interaction with these airlines’ management? How many airlines are not included in the CWT booking system because they have refused to carry deportees?

    For now, we have to leave these as open questions.

    British Airways

    We have numerous reports of British Airways flying deportees to destinations worldwide – including African and Caribbean destinations, amongst others. Cabin crew representatives in Unite the Union identify British Airways as the main airline they say is involved in deportation flights.

    The airline has long been a key Home Office collaborator. Back in 2003, at the height of the Labour government’s push to escalate deportations, the “escort” security contractor was a company called Loss Prevention International. In evidence to a report by the House of Commons home affairs committee, its chief executive Tom Davies complained that many airlines at this point were refusing to fly deportees. But he singled out BA as the notable exception, saying: “if it were not for […] the support we get from British Airways, the number of scheduled flight removals that we would achieve out of this country would be virtually nil”.xvi

    In 2010, British Airways’ role was highlighted when Jimmy Mubenga was killed by G4S “escorts” on BA flight 77 from Heathrow to Angola.

    Since 2018, there has been an active calling on BA to stop its collaboration. The profile of this issue was raised after BA sponsored Brighton Pride in May 2018 – whilst being involved in deportations of lesbian and gay migrants to African countries where their lives were in danger. After winning a promise from Virgin Airways to cease involvement in deportations (see below), the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) have made BA the main target for their anti-deportation campaigning.

    The campaign has also now been supported by BA cabin crew organised in the union Unite. In December 2019 Unite cabin crew branches passed a motion against airline scheduled flight deportations.xvii

    Kenya Airways

    We have numerous reports from caseworkers and campaigners of Kenya Airways flying deportees to destinations in Africa.

    The typical route is a flight from Heathrow to Nairobi, followed by a second onward flight. People deported using this route have included refugees from Sudan and Somalia.

    Easyjet

    We have numerous reports of Easyjet flying deportees to European destinations. Easyjet appears to be a favoured airline for deportations to Eastern European countries, and also for “third country” returns to countries including Italy and Germany. While most UK scheduled deportations are carried out from Heathrow and Gatwick, we have also seen accounts of Easyjet deportations from Luton.

    Qatar Airways

    We have numerous reports of Qatar Airways carrying deportees to destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Qatar Airways has carried deportees to Iraq, according to the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR), and also to Sudan. (In March 2019 the airline suspended its Sudan route, but this appears to have been restarted – the company website currently advertises flights to Khartoum in April 2020.xviii) Other destinations include Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Uganda. The typical route is from Heathrow via Doha.

    Turkish Airlines

    We have numerous reports of Turkish Airlines carrying deportees. The typical route is Heathrow or Gatwick to Istanbul, then an onward flight to further destinations including Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR), Turkish Airlines has been one of the main companies involved in deportations to Iraq. A media report from June 2019 also mentions Turkish Airlines carrying someone being deported to Somalia via Istanbul.xix In August 2017, a Turkish Airlines pilot notably refused to fly an Afghani refugee from Heathrow to Istanbul, en route to Kabul, after being approached by campaigners – but this does not reflect general company policy.xx

    Ethiopian Airlines

    We have reports of this airline deporting people to Ethiopia and other African countries, including Sudan. Flights are from Heathrow to Addis Ababa. In April 2018, high-profile Yarl’s Wood hunger striker Opelo Kgari was booked on an Ethiopian flight to Addis Ababa en route to Botswana.

    Air France

    Air France are well-known for carrying deportees from France, and have been a major target for campaigning by anti-deportation activists there. We also have several reports of them carrying deportees from the UK, on flights from Heathrow via Paris.

    Royal Jordanian

    According to IFIR, Royal Jordanian has been involved in deportations to Iraq.

    Virgin Airlines

    In June 2018, Virgin announced that it had ceased taking bookings for deportation flights. Virgin had previously been a regular carrier for deportations to Jamaica and to Nigeria. (NB: Nigeria is often used as a deportation transit hub from where people are subsequently removed to other African countries.) The announcement came after the Windrush scandal led to the Home Office apparently suspending deportations to the Caribbean, and following campaigning by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) – although Virgin claimed it had made the decision before being contacted by the campaign. A Virgin statement said:

    we made the decision to end all involuntary deportations on our network, and have already informed the Home Office. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our customers and people, and is in keeping with our values as a company.xxi

    But there are doubts over just how much Virgin’s promise is worth. According to a report by The Independent:

    The airline had agreed to deport a man to Nigeria […] a day after announcing the decision. The only reason he wasn’t removed was because the Home Office agreed to consider new representations following legal intervention.xxii

    Do airlines have a choice?

    In response to its critics, British Airways has consistently given the same reply: it has no choice but to cooperate with the Home Office. According to an August 2018 article in The Guardian, BA says that it has “a legal duty under the Immigration Act 1971 to remove individuals when asked to do so by the Home Office.” A company spokesperson is quoted saying:

    Not fulfilling this obligation amounts to breaking the law. We are not given any personal information about the individual being deported, including their sexuality or why they are being deported. The process we follow is a full risk assessment with the Home Office, which considers the safety of the individual, our customers and crew on the flight.xxiii

    The last parts of this answer fit the process we looked at above. When booking the flight, the Home Office caseworker sends the airline a form called an Airline Risk Report (ARA) which alerts it to risk issues, and specifies why escorts or medics are needed – including an assessment of the likelihood of resistance. But no information should be shared on the deportee’s medical issues or immigration case and reasons for deportation.

    But is it true that an airline would be breaking the law if it refused a booking? Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants have shared with us a legal opinion they received from law firm Duncan Lewis on this issue. We summarise the main points here.

    The law in question is the Immigration Act 1971, Section 27(1)(b)(iii). This states that, when issued the correct legal order by the Home Office, the “owner or agent of a ship or aircraft” must “make arrangements for or in connection with the removal of a person from the United Kingdom when required to do so [by appropriate Removal Directions]”. It is an offence to fail to do so “without reasonable excuse”.

    The offence is punishable by a fine, and potentially a prison sentence of up to six months. As a minor “summary only” offence, any case would be heard by a magistrates’ court rather than a jury.

    In fact many airline captains have refused to carry deportees – as we will see in the next section. But there are no recorded cases of anyone ever being prosecuted for refusing. As with many areas of UK immigration law, there is simply no “case law” on this question.

    If a case ever does come to court, it might turn on that clause about a “reasonable excuse”. The legal opinion explains that the airline might argue they refused to carry a deportee because doing so would present a risk to the aircraft or passengers, for example if there is resistance or protest. A court might well conclude this was “reasonable”.

    On the other hand, the “reasonable excuse” defence could be harder to apply for an airline that took a principled stand to refuse all deportations as a general rule, whether or not there is disruption.

    Again, though, all this is hypothetical as the Home Office has never actually prosecuted anyone. Virgin Airlines, the first company to have publicly stated that it will not fly deportees from the UK, so far has not faced any legal comeback. As reported in the press, a Virgin spokesperson explained the company’s position like this:

    We’ve made the decision to end all involuntary deportations on our network, and have informed the Home Office. We always comply with the law and would continue to comply with legislation; however, we have ended our contractual agreement to carry involuntary deportees.xxiv

    Due to our lack of information on Home Office agreements with airlines, it’s hard to assess exactly what this means. Possibly, Virgin previously had an outstanding deal with the Home Office and Carlson Wagonlit where their tickets came up on the CWT booking portal and were available for caseworkers, and this has now ended. If the Home Office insisted on contacting them and booking a ticket regardless, they might then be pushed to “comply with the law”.

    Above we saw that, according to evidence referred to in a report of the House of Commons home affairs select committee, in 2003 the majority of airlines actually refused to carry deportees, leaving the Home Office to depend almost exclusively on British Airways. Even in this context there were no prosecutions of airlines.

    This is not an uncommon situation across UK immigration law: much of it has never come to court. For example, as we have discussed in reports on immigration raids, there have been no legal cases testing many of the powers of ICE raid squads. To give another example, on numerous occasions campaigners have obstructed buses taking detainees to charter flights without any prosecution – the Stansted 15 trial of protestors blocking a plane inside the airport was the first high-profile legal case following an anti-deportation action.

    Even if the government has a legal case for prosecuting airlines, this could be a highly controversial move politically. The Home Office generally prefers not to expose the violence of its immigration enforcement activities to the challenge of a public legal hearing.

    Resistance

    We want to conclude this report on an upbeat note. Deportations, and scheduled airline flights in particular, are a major site of struggle. Resistance is not just possible but widespread and often victorious. Thousands of people have managed to successfully stop their “removals” through various means, including the following:

    Legal challenges: a large number of flights are stopped because of court appeals and injunctions.
    Public campaigning: there is a strong tradition of anti-deportation campaigning in the UK, usually supporting individuals with media-focused and political activity. Common tactics include: media articles highlighting the individual’s case; enlisting MPs and appealing to ministers; petitions, letters of support; mass phone calls, emails, etc., to airlines; demos or leafletting at the airport targeting air crew and passengers.
    Solidarity action by passengers: in some high-profile cases, passengers have refused to take their seats until deportees are removed. This creates a safety situation for the airline which may often lead to the pilot ordering escorts to remove their prisoner.
    Direct action by detainees: many detainees have been able to get off flights by putting up a struggle. This may involve, for example: physically resisting escorts; taking off clothes; shouting and appealing to passengers and air crew for help. Unless the deportee is extremely strong physically, the balance of force is with the escorts – and sometimes this can be lethal, as in the case of Jimmy Mubenga. However, pilots may often order deportees off their plane in the case of disruption.

    There are many reports of successful resistance using one or more of these tactics. And we can also get some glimpses of their overall power from a few pieces of aggregate information.

    In a 2016 report, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration revealed one telling figure. Looking at the figures for six months over 2014-15, he found that “on average 2.5 tickets were issued for each individual successfully removed.”xxv Some of this can be put down to the notorious inefficiency of Home Office systems: the Inspection report looks at several kinds of coordination failures between Home Office caseworkers, the escort contractor (at that point a subsidiary of Capita), and Carlson Wagonlit.

    But this is not the biggest factor. In fact, the same report breaks down the reasons for cancellation for a sample of 136 tickets. 51% of the sampled cancellations were the result of legal challenges. 18% were because of “disruptive or non-compliant behaviour”. 2% (i.e., three cases) were ascribed to “airline refusal to carry”.

    Where there is resistance, there is also reaction. As we have discussed in previous reports, one of the main reasons prompting the development of charter flights was to counter resistance by isolating deportees from passengers and supporters. This was very clearly put in 2009 by David Wood, then strategic director of the UK Border Agency (Home Office), who explained that the charter flight programme is:

    “a response to the fact that some of those being deported realised that if they made a big enough fuss at the airport – if they took off their clothes, for instance, or started biting and spitting – they could delay the process. We found that pilots would then refuse to take the person on the grounds that other passengers would object.”xxvi

    For both deportees and supporters, charter flights are much harder to resist. But they are also very expensive; require specific diplomatic agreements with destination countries; and in some cases (Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) have been blocked by legal and political means.xxvii The Home Office cannot avoid the use of scheduled flights for the majority of deportations, and it will continue to face resistance.

    –—
    Annex: issues with accessing airline information

    We will expand a bit here on the issues around obtaining information on the Home Office’s relationships with airlines.

    Under UK and EU public sector procurement rules, central government departments are obliged to publish announcements of all contracts valued over £10,000, including on the contractsfinder website. However, there is no publicly available information on any contracts between the Home Office and specific airlines. This is legally justifiable if the Home Office has no direct contractual agreements with airlines. It has a signed contract with Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), which is published in a redacted form; and CWT then makes arrangements with airlines on a per-ticket basis.

    The Home Office certainly has knowledge of all the tickets booked on its behalf by CWT – indeed, they are booked by its own employees through the CWT maintained portal. And so it certainly knows all the airlines working for it. But it has refused all requests for this information, using the excuse of “commercial confidentiality”.

    There have been numerous attempts to request information on deportation airlines using the Freedom of Information Act.xxviii All have been refused on similar grounds. To give one standard example, in December 2018 A. Liberadzki requested statistics for numbers of removals carried out by British Airways and other scheduled airlines. The response confirmed “that the Home Office holds the information that you have requested.” However, it argued that:

    “we have decided that the information is exempt from disclosure under sections 31(1)e and 43(2) of the FOIA. These provide that information can be withheld if its disclosure would have a detrimental effect on the Home Office and its ability to operate effective immigration controls by carrying out removals or would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any persons (including the public authority holding it).”

    In April 2019 Kate Osamor MP put similar questions to the Home Secretary in parliament.xxix She received the same reply to all her questions:

    “The Home Office does not disclose the details or values of its commercial contracts. Doing so could discourage companies from dealing with the Home Office.”

    Of course this answer is blatantly false – as we just saw, the Home Office is legally obliged to disclose values of commercial contracts over £10,000.

    https://corporatewatch.org/uk-deportations-2020-how-ba-easyjet-and-other-airlines-collaborate-w

    #rapport #corporate_watch #compagnies_aériennes #British_Airways #avions #renvois #expulsions #asile #migrations #déboutés #sans-papiers #UK #Home_Office #résistance #Jimmy_Mubenga

    ping @isskein @karine4 @reka

  • 19 juin 20h Amnesty International sur internet, diffusion suivie d’un débat, du #documentaire :

    Demain est si loin
    Muriel Cravatte (2019, France, 88 min, Couleur)
    https://www.amnesty.fr/cine-debat-demain-est-si-loin
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1165149137184372

    2018, frontière franco-italienne. Chaque jour, des exilés tentent de rejoindre la France à pied, en empruntant des itinéraires de montagne dangereux, pour échapper aux traques policières.

    Le film sera suivi par un temps d’échange en direct depuis Paris et Briançon avec Muriel Cravatte elle-même et des personnes engagées dans l’accueil des réfugiés et migrants à Briançon.

    Dans les Alpes, la fraternité prise pour cible
    Amnesty International, le 3 mars 2020
    https://www.amnesty.fr/refugies-et-migrants/actualites/dans-les-alpes-la-fraternite-prise-pour-cible

    Et une pétition à signer :

    Protégeons les défenseurs des droits des migrants
    https://www.amnesty.fr/refugies-et-migrants/petitions/protegeons-les-defenseurs-des-droits-des-migrants

    #France #Italie #migrants #Frontière_sud-alpine #frontières #Briançon #Hautes-Alpes #asile #migrations #réfugiés #parcours_migratoires #montagne #Blessing #police #violence_policière #vidéo #Muriel_Cravatte

    Voir la compilation ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/756096

  • Des manifestants #BlackLivesMatter ont fait tomber une statue d’Edward #Colston se trouvant à #Bristol depuis 1895. L’homme était un négrier. Elle avait été érigée car il avait aidé au développement de la ville au XVeme siècle.

    La statue a ensuite été jetée dans un canal.


    https://twitter.com/Conflits_FR/status/1269677215400288262

    #monument #statue #GB #Angleterre #Edward_Colston #Colston #Bristol #toponymie #toponymie_politique #BLM #Black_Lives_Matter #esclavage #traite #traite_négrière
    ping @neotoponymie @reka

    • Protesters rally in #Oxford for removal of #Cecil_Rhodes statue

      University campaigners and #Black_Lives_Matter protesters block road outside Oriel College.

      More than a thousand protesters have gathered outside Oxford University to demand the removal of a statue of the Victorian imperialist Cecil Rhodes.

      Blocking the road outside Oriel College, the Rhodes Must Fall campaign said Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests across the UK, which included the dramatic toppling of a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, had reignited their campaign.

      Riot police stood on the roof of the college building while the crowd below the Rhodes statue listened to speeches, including the announcement of a BLM protest in Oxford on Friday. The demonstration ended peacefully with people leaving their signs on the outside of the building, while there were cheers as a police officer briefly took a knee in the crowd.

      In 2016, hundreds of Oxford students campaigned for the removal of a likeness of the controversial 19th-century figure – who supported apartheid-style measures in southern Africa – from the wall of the college. The campaign also called for the university curriculum to be changed to reflect diversity of thought beyond the western canon.

      The university said then that the statue would stay, with modifications that “draw attention to this history [and] do justice to the complexity of the debate”. It had been warned that it could lose about £100m in gifts should the statue be taken down, but it insisted financial implications were not the primary motive behind its decision.
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      In a statement released on Tuesday, Oriel College said it “abhors racism and discrimination in all its forms” and that it would “continue to debate and discuss the issues raised by the presence on our site of examples of contested heritage relating to Cecil Rhodes”.

      The campaign to remove the statue was supported this week by the Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran and the leader of the local council.

      Femi Nylander, an organiser for Rhodes Must Fall, welcomed the support from the council, Moran and the thousands who signed the petition to remove the Rhodes statue.

      He said: “It’s good to see public consciousness is changing. We are seeing a paradigm shift. You can see that everywhere.” He added that he hoped the protest would result in a resurgence of the Rhodes Must Fall movement in Oxford.

      Simukai Chigudu, an associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford, said the phrase “black lives matter” resonated because of “a history of white supremacy that has denigrated, exploited and subjugated black lives”.

      He added that Rhodes Must Fall, which he joined in 2015, had been started by student activists in South Africa who were “tired of colonial iconography, tired of white supremacy in our curriculums, tired of the crisis of representation of black and other minority ethnic people in our institutions”.

      A PhD student, Ndjodi Ndeunyema, 30, said: “We reject this narrative that Cecil Rhodes is a complicated character. No, he is a genocidaire, he is someone who planned an assault [on] Africa and he is not worthy of exaltation, he does not deserve to be on a high street looking down on us. That history will never be erased, it’s a lived reality for people in southern Africa, but it needs to be contextualised, it needs to be accurately represented and not glorified in the way it is today.”

      He said the protest went further than calling for the removal of the statue, it was also about meaningful equality “for the black community, given the moment we are in, but also people of colour and people on the social and economic fringes of any society”. He called for justice for the Windrush generation, describing the scandal as a “substantive policy manifestation of anti-blackness”.

      There was a significant police presence before the protest, with police vans and officers on horses.

      A PhD student who did not want to be named said: “We are here today as students, community members and community-based organisations who believe in democracies, who believe in the valuation of all lives equally and who believe in the removal of colonial iconographies that we must all inhabit.

      “We’re here to say to the University of Oxford, Oriel College and other colleges in Oxford that still demonstrate in support of the values we disagree with, that it is time to take a stand. If you are truly anti-racist and pro-good race relations and inclusion of black and ethnic minority students then today is the day to put your money where your mouth is.”

      Kate Whitington, the Oriel College junior common room president, said: “Oriel College must not be blind to its legacy of colonialism and racism in association with Cecil Rhodes. Despite claims that clear historical context about the Cecil Rhodes statue would be provided in order to acknowledge and educate our students on the imperialist past, the subject remains taboo and Oriel’s continuing silence equal to complicity in the perpetuation of white privilege and supremacy.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/09/protesters-rally-in-oxford-for-removal-of-cecil-rhodes-statue?CMP=Share

      #UK

  • [Strange Fruits] #065 #Strange_Fruits #100%_musique
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/strange-fruits/-065-strange-fruits-100-musique

    Playlist :

    #Alexander_Hawkins / #Dominic_Lash / #Paul_May / #Alex_Ward : Basenji ‎(Barkingside - Emanem - 2008)

    #Bill_Carrothers : Blue Evening (Swing Sing Songs - Warner Music France - 2001)

    #N∆BOU : Not That Bad (Hubert - W.E.R.F. - 2020)

    #Ivo_Perelman, #Dominic_Duval, #Brian_Willson : Grateful For Life ‎(Mind Games - Leo Records - 2009)

    #Anthony_Braxton : Hot House (Sextet (1993) - New Braxton House - 2018)

    #Lotte_Anker - #Sylvie_Courvoisier - #Ikue_Mori : Morning Dove (Alien Huddle - Intakt Records - 2008)

    #Frank_Gratkowski / #Jacob_Anderskov : Narrative ‎(Ardent Grass - Red Toucan Records - 2010)

    #Don_Cherry : Amejelo ‎ ("Mu" First Part - BYG Records - 1969)

    #Jozef_Dumoulin Trio : The Dragon Warrior (Rainbow Body - Bee Jazz - 2011)

    Dessin (c) Sara Yu (...)

    #Sylvie_Courvoisier,Jozef_Dumoulin,Anthony_Braxton,Strange_Fruits,Alex_Ward,Don_Cherry,Ivo_Perelman,Paul_May,Brian_Willson,N∆BOU,Frank_Gratkowski,Lotte_Anker,Alexander_Hawkins,Ikue_Mori,Jacob_Anderskov,Dominic_Duval,Bill_Carrothers,Dominic_Lash,100%_musique
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/strange-fruits/-065-strange-fruits-100-musique_09210__1.mp3

    • Le texte de l’appel :

      Nous sommes nombreuses, nous sommes nombreux : nous sommes tant et tant à penser et éprouver que ce système a fait son temps. Mais nos voix sont dispersées, nos appels cloisonnés, nos pratiques émiettées. Au point que quelquefois nous doutons de nos forces, nous succombons à la détresse de l’impuissance. Certes, parfois cette diffraction a du bon, loin des centralisations et, évidemment, loin des alignements. Il n’empêche : nous avons besoin de nous fédérer. Sans doute plus que jamais au moment où une crise économique, sociale et politique commence de verser sa violence sans faux-semblant : gigantesque et brutale. Si « nous sommes en guerre », c’est bien en guerre sociale. D’ores et déjà les attaques s’abattent, implacables : le chantage à l’emploi, la mise en cause des libertés et des droits, les mensonges et la violence d’État, les intimidations, la répression policière, en particulier dans les quartiers populaires, la surveillance généralisée, la condescendance de classe, les discriminations racistes, les pires indignités faites aux pauvres, aux plus fragiles, aux exilé-es. Pour une partie croissante de la population, les conditions de logement, de santé, d’alimentation, parfois tout simplement de subsistance, sont catastrophiques. Il est plus que temps de retourner le stigmate contre tous les mauvais classements. Ce qui est « extrême », ce sont bien les inégalités vertigineuses, que la crise creuse encore davantage. Ce qui est « extrême », c’est cette violence. Dans ce système, nos vies vaudront toujours moins que leurs profits.

      Nous n’avons plus peur des mots pour désigner la réalité de ce qui opprime nos sociétés. Pendant des décennies, « capitalisme » était devenu un mot tabou, renvoyé à une injonction sans alternative, aussi évident que l’air respiré – un air lui-même de plus en plus infecté. Nous mesurons désormais que le capitalocène est bien une ère, destructrice et mortifère, une ère d’atteintes mortelles faites à la Terre et au vivant. L’enjeu ne se loge pas seulement dans un néolibéralisme qu’il faudrait combattre tout en revenant à un capitalisme plus « acceptable », « vert », « social » ou « réformé ». Féroce, le capitalisme ne peut pas être maîtrisé, amendé ou bonifié. Tel un vampire ou un trou noir, il peut tout aspirer. Il n’a pas de morale ; il ne connaît que l’égoïsme et l’autorité ; il n’a pas d’autre principe que celui du profit. Cette logique dévoratrice est cynique et meurtrière, comme l’est tout productivisme effréné. Se fédérer, c’est répondre à cette logique par le collectif, en faire la démonstration par le nombre et assumer une opposition au capitalisme, sans imaginer un seul instant qu’on pourrait passer avec lui des compromis.

      Mais nous ne sommes pas seulement, et pas d’abord, des « anti ». Si nous n’avons pas de projet clé en mains, nous sommes de plus en plus nombreuses et nombreux à théoriser, penser mais aussi pratiquer des alternatives crédibles et tangibles pour des vies humaines. Nous avons besoin de les mettre en commun. C’est là d’ailleurs ce qui unit ces expériences et ces espérances : les biens communs fondés non sur la possession mais sur l’usage, la justice sociale et l’égale dignité. Les communs sont des ressources et des biens, des actions collectives et des formes de vie. Ils permettent d’aspirer à une vie bonne, en changeant les critères de référence : non plus le marché mais le partage, non plus la concurrence mais la solidarité, non plus la compétition mais le commun. Ces propositions sont solides. Elles offrent de concevoir un monde différent, débarrassé de la course au profit, du temps rentable et des rapports marchands. Il est plus que jamais nécessaire et précieux de les partager, les discuter et les diffuser.

      Nous savons encore que cela ne suffira pas : nous avons conscience que la puissance du capital ne laissera jamais s’organiser paisiblement une force collective qui lui est contraire. Nous connaissons la nécessité de l’affrontement. Il est d’autant plus impérieux de nous organiser, de tisser des liens et des solidarités tout aussi bien locales qu’internationales, et de faire de l’auto-organisation comme de l’autonomie de nos actions un principe actif, une patiente et tenace collecte de forces. Cela suppose de populariser toutes les formes de démocratie vraie : brigades de solidarité telles qu’elles se sont multipliées dans les quartiers populaires, assemblées, coopératives intégrales, comités d’action et de décision sur nos lieux de travail et de vie, zones à défendre, communes libres et communaux, communautés critiques, socialisation des moyens de production, des services et des biens… Aujourd’hui les personnels soignants appellent à un mouvement populaire. La perspective est aussi puissante qu’élémentaire : celles et ceux qui travaillent quotidiennement à soigner sont les mieux à même d’établir, avec les collectifs d’usagers et les malades, les besoins quant à la santé publique, sans les managers et experts autoproclamés. L’idée est généralisable. Nous avons légitimité et capacité à décider de nos vies – à décider de ce dont nous avons besoin : l’auto-organisation comme manière de prendre nos affaires en mains. Et la fédération comme contre-pouvoir.

      Nous n’avons pas le fétichisme du passé. Mais nous nous souvenons de ce qu’étaient les Fédérés, celles et ceux qui ont voulu, vraiment, changer la vie, lui donner sens et force sous la Commune de Paris. Leurs mouvements, leurs cultures, leurs convictions étaient divers, républicains, marxistes, libertaires et parfois tout cela à la fois. Mais leur courage était le même – et leur « salut commun ». Comme elles et comme eux, nous avons des divergences. Mais comme elles et comme eux, face à l’urgence et à sa gravité, nous pouvons les dépasser, ne pas reconduire d’éternels clivages et faire commune. Une coopérative d’élaborations, d’initiatives et d’actions donnerait plus de puissance à nos pratiques mises en partage. Coordination informelle ou force structurée ? Ce sera à nous d’en décider. Face au discours dominant, aussi insidieux que tentaculaire, nous avons besoin de nous allier, sinon pour le faire taire, du moins pour le contrer. Besoin de nous fédérer pour mettre en pratique une alternative concrète et qui donne à espérer.

      Dès que nous aurons rassemblé de premières forces, nous organiserons une rencontre dont nous déciderons évidemment ensemble les modalités.

      #le_monde_d'après #convergence #résistance #convergence_des_luttes #se_fédérer #détresse #impuissance #diffraction #guerre_sociale #inégalités #capitalisme #capitalocène #néolibéralisme #égoïsme #autorité #profit #productivisme #collectif #alternative #alternatives #bien_commun #commun #commons #partage #solidarité #marché #concurrence #compétition #rapports_marchands #affrontement #auto-organisation #autonomie #démocratie #brigades_de_solidarité #mouvement_populaire #fédération #contre-pouvoir #alternative

  • Call for probe after man found dead in Covid-19 asylum seeker hotel

    Refugee activists have called for an independent inquiry into the decision to move asylum seekers from their flats in Glasgow into hotels, after a man died suddenly at a guest house.

    Adnan, a 30-year-old Syrian, who had been in the city for about six months and was claiming asylum, was found dead in his room at #McLay’s_Guest_House on Tuesday 5 May.

    He had been living in the hotel for about a month, after accommodation provider, #Mears_Group, moved him from the flat where he had been living alone as part of its Covid-19 response.

    It is understood he may have died after a drug overdose. A postmortem will be carried out to confirm the cause of death.

    Hundreds of asylum seekers across the city have been moved to hotels by #Mears since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak. Their asylum support of £35 per week has stopped and instead they are provided with three meals per day in communal dining rooms, where it is claimed social distancing is difficult.

    They have no money for essentials such as toiletries, phone top-ups or snacks. After The Ferret reported that shared coffee and tea facilities put people at risk of being infected by Covid-19, they were taken away in at least one dining room. No in-room alternatives have been offered.

    Those supporting asylum seekers in hotels have said the situation is having a toll on their emotional well-being and are concerned about the risks that the situation poses to their physical health during the pandemic.

    The Ferret spoke to a friend of Adnan, who is also staying at McLay’s Guest House. He said his friend had addiction issues, was taking street Valium, and had become increasingly distressed during his time at the hotel.

    It is claimed that he had experienced past #trauma including abuse in jail and his friend said he had been expressing suicidal thoughts in the weeks leading up to his death.

    The day before he died, his friend said he was having flashbacks and had asked to see a GP.

    Pinar Aksu, an activist who also works for Maryhill Integration Network, said: “There needs to be an independent inquiry into this death. If people don’t get the help they need then we risk more people dying.

    “We also need to stop moving people into hotels. It seems very clear to me that this is being done so that Mears and the Home Office can protect profit. If they care about people’s welfare then why are they moving people out of their flats in the midst of a pandemic to places where they have to eat meals in shared areas and share bathrooms?

    “This tragedy is evidence of the damage caused by the asylum system. Moving people to hotels like this is only causing more stress and isolation. It has to stop.”

    A spokesperson from the No Evictions Network said: “We are deeply saddened and utterly outraged by the lack of humanity, dignity, or consideration shown to asylum seekers by Mears, the Home Office, and the UK government. They have failed to comply with basic duties and to treat human life with respect.

    “Individuals, racist policies and systems are directly to blame for this man’s death. This situation was entirely avoidable. Despite this, pleas for change made by both individuals and organisations have been ignored and a young life has now been lost.”

    At oral evidence given to the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into Home Office work on Covid-19, Mears Group said it had taken the decision “on balance” to move people in flats into hotels with meals provided because it meant staff would not need to deliver cash to them. It was also claimed they would have better access to health services.

    Mears, along with Clearsprings Real Homes and Serco who have accommodation contracts elsewhere in the UK, said it was “concerning” that asylum seekers had had their support stopped.

    A spokesman for Mears Group said: “We are deeply sad to confirm the death of an asylum-seeker who had been in Mears supported accommodation. The cause of death has not been determined.”

    A Police Scotland spokesperson said the death is being treated as “unexplained” and that a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

    The Ferret tried to contact McLay’s Guest House for comment but was not able to speak to management. The Home Office has also been contacted.

    https://theferret.scot/covid-19-syrian-man-dies-asylum-seeker-hotel
    #décès #mort #mourir_dans_un_hôtel #Glasgow #Ecosse #UK #asile #migrations #réfugiés #hôtel #covid-19 #coronavirus #hébergement #logement #santé_mentale #suicide (?) #traumatisme #privatisation

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    • Fury after Syrian asylum seeker found dead in Scottish hotel

      CAMPAIGNERS have slammed the UK Government after a Syrian man was found dead in a Scottish hotel.

      Initially named by friends as Adnan Olpi, that can today be confirmed as Adnan Olbeh.

      The 30-year-old was amongst scores of asylum seekers placed in a private guest house by Home Office housing contractor Mears Group.

      Emergency services were called to the 81-bedroom McLays Hotel in Glasgow on Tuesday afternoon but were unable to save him.

      Police Scotland said his death is being treated as unexplained, and friends told The National that he had sought support for mental health struggles and had developed drug problems while in the UK asylum system.

      However, despite some reports on social media that he had taken his own life, it is not known whether or not his death was intentional.

      Friends living alongside Mr Olbeh at the city site were afraid to speak out on the record, for fear of harming their claims for sanctuary in the UK.

      However, speaking on condition of anonymity, one fellow Syrian told how he had accompanied Mr Olbeh to appointments in which he had asked for mental health support. The friend said: “He had suicidal thoughts and told the Home Office that. I went to the hospital with him, he was seeking help. He tried many times. They would ask, ‘can you wait a few days?’”

      However, it is claimed that the move into the hotel exacerbated Mr Olbeh’s distress due to the inability to carry out basic independent tasks, like cooking his own meals. The friend went on: “I’m in shock. It’s really tough for me because I was so close with him.

      “He was under more pressure. I wonder if there was any small thing I could have done to save him.

      “He had a dream, he wanted his life to become better. He wanted to work and send money back to his family. He wanted to improve himself and he was learning the language. He wanted to get married and start a family.”

      The No Evictions Network held an online vigil yesterday evening. A spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened by the situation, and utterly outraged by the lack of humanity, dignity or consideration shown to asylum seekers by Mears, the Home Office, and the UK Government.

      “They have failed to comply with basic duties and to treat human life with respect. This situation was entirely avoidable. Despite this, pleas for change made by both individuals and organisations have been ignored. We have lost a young life.”

      It is understood that around 500 asylum seekers in total are now being housed in Glasgow hotels, including some brought in from elsewhere in the UK. Mears Group claims it had to move people out of the short-term let accommodation used for new applicants but has been unable to find new provision due to coronavirus restrictions on the property market.

      Advocacy groups have raised fears about welfare, safety and social distancing but Mears Group insists all movement is being undertaken in accordance with health authority guidance on social distancing.

      Last night, a Mears Group spokesperson said: “We are deeply sad to confirm the death of an asylum seeker who had been in Mears supported accommodation. Mears are working with the Home Office to contact the asylum seeker’s family before disclosing more information.”

      The Home Office said: "We are aware of an incident resulting in an individual sadly losing his life.

      “It would be inappropriate to comment before all of the facts have been established and his family have been notified.”

      https://www.thenational.scot/news/18439256.fury-syrian-asylum-seeker-found-dead-scottish-hotel

    • Syrian man dies in Glasgow amid fears over refugees’ mental health

      Concerns raised over hundreds of asylum seekers moved en masse into hotels for lockdown.

      A Syrian man has been found dead in a Glasgow guesthouse after outreach workers raised significant concerns about the spiralling mental distress of hundreds of asylum seekers who were moved en masse into hotels at the beginning of lockdown.

      The man, who was 30 and had been living in Glasgow for the past six months while he completed his asylum application, was found dead in his room at McLay’s Guest House in the city centre on 5 May. A postmortem will take place to establish the cause of death, but a friend said the man had been experiencing suicidal thoughts for several weeks.

      Last month the Guardian reported that more than 300 asylum seekers housed in the city – the UK’s largest dispersal area – had been given less than an hour’s notice to pack up their flats before being moved into city centre hotels, where they claimed physical distancing was “impossible”. In a move condemned by campaigners, they also had all financial support withdrawn.

      The private housing provider Mears, which is subcontracted by the Home Office, moved them from mainly self-contained apartments into hotels where residents and campaigners describe continuing difficulties with maintaining physical distancing.

      Mears said people were being “safely and appropriately” housed in accordance with health authority guidance, while a Home Office spokesperson said it was “totally incorrect” to suggest that there were problems with physical distancing.
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      Since then, outreach workers have identified increasing fear, stress and anxiety among this vulnerable population, who have no information about future housing arrangements and no money to top up their phones to continue communication with lawyers, or buy extra food, hand sanitiser or period products for women.

      A friend of the dead man said that since the move into the guesthouse, he had spoken of worsening flashbacks to torture he had experienced on his journey through Libya to the UK.

      Ako Zada, the director of Community InfoSource, an asylum housing charity, has been visiting hotel residents regularly. He said: “I’ve been shocked to see people so mentally unwell. They are worried about cleaning of shared areas, and they don’t know when they will be moving again because they keep getting told different stories.”

      Hotel residents have complained about the quality of food provided, the fact that windows cannot be opened, as well as the psychological isolation. A number of hotel workers have also contacted the Guardian to raise concerns about large numbers of asylum seekers congregating in enclosed areas.

      Robina Qureshi of Positive Action in Housing said the “hotel asylum seekers” were being treated as “less than human”. “Many people, men and women are suffering from severe mental health conditions. The fact that Mears and the Home Office see fit to dump hundreds of people in hotels where there is no social distancing, people cannot keep their personal environment aired or hygienic, and have had their meagre card payment of £35 a week cut to £0 deserves further investigation.”

      Sabir Zazai, the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “This tragic death must be a chilling reminder of the chronic vulnerabilities of those going through the complexities of the asylum system.”

      A Mears spokesperson said: “We are deeply sad to confirm the death of an asylum – seeker who had been in Mears-supported accommodation. Mears are working with the Home Office to contact the asylum seeker’s family before disclosing more information.”

      A home office spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident resulting in an individual sadly losing his life. It would be inappropriate to comment before all of the facts have been established and his family have been notified.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/11/syrian-man-dies-glasgow-fears-refugees-mental-health

    • Mears Group 2020 update: scandal-ridden landlord under fire from Glasgow to Gloucester

      At the start of 2019 we published a profile on Mears Group. The #Gloucester based housing repairs outsourcer had just won a £1.15 billion contract to run the refugee accommodation system in Scotland, Northern Ireland and much of the north of England.

      In the last year, refugee and housing campaigners have been keeping a close eye on Mears, with local resistance to its slum landlord practices emerging across the UK. This report just gives a quick update on some recent news on the company.

      Unless you live in one of the properties it manages, you may well not have heard of Mears. But it has quietly built up a small empire across the UK, primarily by taking over privatised housing services from local councils. Along the way it’s already clocked up a list of scandals from Glasgow down to Brighton, involving accusations of local government corruption and numerous alleged overcharging scams.

      The death of Adnan Olbeh

      Adnan Olbeh was found dead on 5 May 2020 in a Glasgow hotel where he had been placed by Mears Group under its management of the UK’s “asylum dispersal” scheme. He was 30 years old, from Syria. The cause of death is unclear, with any postmortem examination delayed by the corona crisis.

      What is known is that Adnan was one of hundreds of refugees recently evicted from their flats by Mears and other asylum landlords.

      The mass evictions were part of the Home Office’s coronavirus strategy. Often with just an hour’s notice, people were told to pack and leave their flats and moved into hotels. The logic behind this is not entirely clear, but it seems in line with other aspects of the government’s shambolic covid-19 response. “Social distancing” measures included people being transported four or five to a small van, stripped of cash support and facilities to cook for themselves, and instead being made to eat close together in hotel canteens — with food including the likes of undercooked chicken and mouldy bread.

      According to Smina Akhtar, interviewed by John Grayson for the Institute for Race Relations:

      “We have had lots of reports from people in the hotels about really awful food and poor conditions there. Adnan’s friend told me that his mental health really deteriorated in the hotel. A week before he died his friend asked the hotel to call an emergency ambulance because Adnan was in a terrible state. His friend went with him to the hospital but said that the staff there did nothing, they offered him no medication, and sent him back to his hotel.”

      According to Mears, in evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs select committee, it was acting on a directive from the Home Office.

      Mears’ Home Office contracts so far

      Adnan Olbeh’s death is one visible tragedy linked to the misery of the UK asylum system. Thousands more people live with the everyday effects of a housing system which “disperses” people into run-down slum housing in the country’s most impoverished communities.

      For Mears, this means a ten year profit stream. For Mears’ new tenants – rat infestations, broken boilers, collapsed ceilings, piles of rubbish, and environmental hazards of all kinds seem the norm.

      John Grayson of South Yorkshire Asylum Action Group (Symaag) has been documenting the “chaotic” and “failed” Mears contract in Yorkshire. In the past he reported on similar conditions under the last contract holder, G4S.

      So have Mears even managed to underperform the shambles of G4S’ housing management? It’s maybe too early to make a full comparison. But it doesn’t look like things have got off to a good start.

      G4S and others had complained bitterly about making losses on the former round of asylum housing contracts. To drive profits up, Mears started their own tenure by trying to slash the amounts they pay to the smaller landlords they rent from. In South Yorkshire, Mears offered landlords new contracts paying up to 20% less than G4S had done. Many refused to sign up in what John Grayson calls a “virtual landlords strike” which left Mears struggling to place the asylum seekers it was contracted to house.

      In the North East, Mears had similar problems negotiating with G4S’ main sub-contractor Jomast – development company headed by Teesside multi-millionaire Stuart Monk. According to Grayson, this left over 1000 people stuck in hotels across West Yorkshire and Humberside in Wakefield’s “Urban House” temporary asylum accommodation over the winter. And, as he explained to us, the problem is by no means solved.

      “When Covid-19 arrived the whole asylum housing system was frozen in the Mears contract areas with around 400 people still in hotels and 270 in Urban House. Many people have now spent four months in Urban House, when they are only meant to stay there a few weeks. Urban House has appalling conditions which have been extensively documented in pictures and videos sent out from people resisting inside.”

      One thing Mears has achieved in Yorkshire is provoking a major local authority to come out against the contract. In January, as well as launching inspections of 240 Mears properties, Sheffield Council called on the Home Office to terminate the Mears contract and transfer asylum housing in the city directly to the council. This is only really a token gesture – the council has no say in national asylum policy. But it could be one move in a shift against the outsourced asylum housing system, if followed up elsewhere in the country.

      In Scotland, there is a strong solidarity network in support of refugee housing rights – including the Glasgow No Evictions campaign and groups such as the Unity Centre, Living Rent tenants union, and charity Positive Action in Housing. The main rallying point in 2019 was previous contractor Serco’s threatened “lock change evictions” of 300 of its tenants. Well aware of the opposition, Mears has so far tried to tread more carefully. It has promised not to carry out similar evictions, and set up a so-called “independent scrutiny board” to deflect criticism.

      In the North of Ireland, the PPR Project is one association monitoring and exposing conditions in Mears’ housing there.

      Milton Keynes mystery

      Before it turned asylum landlord, Mears’ big profit hope was getting more involved in the very lucrative business of housing development. One of its potential jackpots was a 50/50 joint venture with Milton Keynes council to redevelop seven major estates. The deal was valued at £1 billion, and branded as “YourMK”.

      But as of last year, the scheme was dead in the water. In July 2018, the council said it was putting the regeneration deal “on hold”. In October 2018, whistleblower allegations emerged that Mears had been overcharging Milton Keynes for repairs by up to £80,000 a month, with overall some £15 million “unaccounted for”. When we looked at Mears last February, the YourMK website had gone dead, with a page announcing that further information would be coming soon.

      The MK scandal still seems to be quietly brewing. In July 2019, the MK Citizen reported first of all that the regeneration scheme was definitively “scrapped”. But a couple of weeks later a second Citizen report corrected that YourMK was “not dead but dormant”, with the council and Mears “in discussions about whether it will remain the right partnership structure in future”.

      In May 2020, we haven’t seen any new announcements. The YourMK website is still down, and there is no official word on that supposedly missing 15 million. Where are the budding investigative journalists of Milton Keynes to get to the bottom of this?

      Booted out of Brighton

      Mears’ ten year housing maintenance contract with Brighton and Hove council finally came to an end on 31 May. Again, customer complaints came together with whistleblower revelations – and, yet again, the apparent disappearance of large sums of money.

      A council investigation found it had been overcharged by £500,000 by a plastering subcontractor hired by Mears. A second investigation was later opened into overcharging for electrical work.

      Mears will not be missed in #Brighton. And just before they left, in February 2020 their workers were balloting for strike action over pay and Mears’ plan to combine holiday and sick pay.

      Newham: Mears Cats

      In East London, Mears run 250 homes which are set for demolition as part of Newham Council’s “Regeneration Zone” in Canning Town and Custom House, E16.

      Like Milton Keynes, this is another overlong saga of a failing regeneration project leaving people stuck in poor housing. Back in 2011, Newham handed the properties to a private management company called Omega to let out on short term commercial tenancies. This was supposed to be a “temporary” arrangement before the bulldozers came in. Mears bought out the contract in 2014, and six years later are still in place. While the buildings are still owned by the council, Mears collect the rent and do the repairs – in theory.

      In reality, Custom House tenants speak of conditions that would be very familiar to anyone in Mears’ asylum accommodation in Sheffield or Glasgow. Months overdue repairs, water leaks, exposed asbestos, rat infestations and a “war” to get anything done – all whilst paying average rents twice as high as in directly run Newham council properties.

      Tenants have set up a vocal campaign group called Mears Cats, part of the Peoples Empowerment Alliance of Custom House, pushing to get their repairs done and for Newham Council to take direct responsibility. Boglarka Filler, one of the Mears Cats, told Corporate Watch:

      “Schemes such as the partnership between Mears and Newham Council have brought further misery to people already on the receiving end of austerity and insecure employment. Mears Cats are campaigning for better quality, cheaper housing for Mears tenants struggling to cope with disrepair and debts caused by high rents. We will take action to ensure that the Mears contract will not be renewed in Newham when it runs out in 2021, and that we get a fair deal next time.”

      Steady profits, feisty shareholders

      On a business front, Mears continues to turn a decent profit and pay out to its shareholders. Its last year (2018) annual results clocked operating profits up 4.7% (though revenue was 3% down), and shareholders pocketed a dividend up 3% on the year before.

      Mears has kept up its strategy of honing in on its “core” housing maintenance business. After buying up Mitie’s property division last year, it sold off its own home care wing.

      Most recently, Mears has said that it only expects a modest impact from the covid crisis. Housing is what is called “non-discretionary” spending – unlike foreign holidays or consumer fads, there is still demand for essential repairs in a downturn. The bulk of Mears’ income is locked in from long term contracts, largely with the public sector. As the company explained, 90% of its order book comes from public bodies and “the government has made a clear commitment that invoices will be settled quickly”.

      Through the lockdown, Mears has said it is only carrying out only emergency repairs. Although workers complain they are still being sent on unnecessary jobs without “social distancing” in place, or called in just to sit in company offices.

      Less positive for management, there are new rumbles from rebellious shareholders. Back in 2018 one of the two biggest shareholders, a German investment manager called Shareholder Value Management (SVM) successfully pushed out the company’s long-term chairman. At the latest AGM in June 2019, the other big investor also threw its weight around.

      PrimeStone Capital, a Mayfair based investor which owns over 13% of Mears’ shares, tried to get two new nominees on the board of directors against management’s wishes. The shareholder rebellion was narrowly defeated. In a statement, PrimeStone explained it was unhappy that “the company’s revenues and profit have remained flat despite its strong market position and growth prospects [while] average net debt has doubled”.

      It argued that:

      “Mears’ underperformance is predominantly due to a lack of strategic, commercial and financial experience on the board. The current board has a strong concentration of directors with a background in social housing, health & safety and charities.”

      Mears’ profit-hungry management guarantee shareholder payoffs by squeezing their repair costs to the bone. The outcome is the lived experience of their tenants across the UK. But, for some shareholders, they’re still not doing enough.

      Students and shirts

      Despite its well documented failings, Mears continues to win new contracts – for example, a new housing development project in North Lanarkshire, and a housing maintenance and repairs contract with Crawley council.

      Another sideline is its student housing offshoot Mears Student Life, so far with just two complexes in Dundee and Salford.

      Mears also likes a bit of football. In May 2019 the League One side Rotherham United confirmed it had extended its contract to emblazon the company’s classy red and black logo on its away kits for the 2019/20 season.

      Flowers left for Adnan Olbeh

      https://corporatewatch.org/mears-group-2020-update-scandal-ridden-landlord-under-fire-from-glas

  • Comment vont fonctionner les « brigades sanitaires » anti-coronavirus ?
    https://www.zinfos974.com/Comment-vont-fonctionner-les-brigades-sanitaires-anti-coronavirus_a154023
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rXPqWW3cD4&feature=share

    Pourquoi ces brigades ?

    Les « brigades sanitaires », dont la création a été annoncée mardi par le Premier ministre, seront chargées d’enquêter sur l’entourage des malades pour repérer les personnes potentiellement contaminées et les inviter à se faire tester.

    Il s’agira de « brigades d’anges gardiens, parce qu’elles vont venir au contact des malades et des personnes potentiellement malades, pour assurer leur propre protection », a expliqué samedi le ministre de la Santé Olivier Véran.

    Le dispositif, déjà testé par certains hôpitaux de l’AP-HP, vise à identifier le plus grand nombre possible de personnes infectées, qu’elles soient symptomatiques ou asymptomatiques. L’objectif final est de « casser » les chaînes de contamination.

    Qui va y participer ?

    Les brigades seront composées principalement de salariés de l’Assurance maladie. Des employés de Centres communaux d’action sociale (CCAS), de conseils départementaux ou d’organismes comme la Croix-Rouge pourraient également les intégrer.

    Au total, 3 à 4.000 personnes seront mobilisées. « Nous aurons 2.500 collaborateurs supplémentaires prêts à venir immédiatement en renfort si nécessaire », a toutefois assuré le directeur de l’Assurance maladie, Nicolas Revel, au journal Les Échos.

    Les « brigades sanitaires » seront par ailleurs intégrées dans un dispositif plus large, impliquant notamment le personnel de santé et les services municipaux. Selon Jean-François Delfraissy, président du conseil scientifique, 30.000 personnes au total pourraient être mobilisées.

  • " Notre action "caritative" est "revendicative" " - Fraternité de la Mission populaire évangélique « La Maison Ouverte »
    https://framaforms.org/signature-notre-action-caritative-est-revendicative-1588504088

     

    Vendredi 1er mai vers 13h30 à Montreuil, des membres de la Brigade de la solidarité populaire (BSP) ont été nassés par la police alors qu’ils avaient pendant une heure trente distribué gratuitement des fruits et légumes récupérés à Rungis à une centaine de personnes. Ils ont été verbalisés ainsi que des personnes venues récupérées des fruits et légumes. Les BSP, c’est plus de 650 volontaires répartis sur 19 sections localisées en Île de France, à Genève et Liège distribuant chaque jour, des repas, des colis de matériel sanitaire, des masques, des gants, des blouses, du gel hydroalcoolique à des structures hospitalières et à des travailleurs non protégés. Des centaines de maraudes, de colis alimentaires pour les personnes isolées et précarisées.

    Si nous ne sommes pas en accord avec toutes les actions ou modes d’action de la mouvance libertaire, autonome et antifa dont Les BSP sont en partie issue, nous savons qu’à Montreuil, la Fraternité de la Mission populaire évangélique « La Maison Ouvert » et d’autres associations travaillent avec certain.e.s de ses membres, partage avec eux les valeurs de solidarité, d’auto-organisation et d’autogestion.

    Nous sommes scandalisé.e.s par cette verbalisation et encore davantage par son motif : « action revendicative ». Une telle verbalisation, a fortiori un 1er mai, sous couvert de l’application des dispositions sanitaires nécessaires (que respectaient les distributeurs des BSP), dans une ville de Montreuil ce jour-là quadrillée par la police de manière disproportionnée, est bien une violation des libertés fondamentales : c’est un signe inquiétant quant à l’usage liberticide de l’état d’urgence sanitaire.

    Nous tenons à affirmer qu’il n’y a pas de sens à séparer d’un côté la « gentille » action caritative et de l’autre la « méchante » action revendicative. Notre action concrète – ou celles des associations que nous soutenons – avec et pour les migrant.e.s, les milieux populaires, les personnes à la rue, les plus âgé.e.s, les enfants et les adolescent.e.s etc. a pour objectif que la justice remplace l’oppression, l’équité remplace l’exploitation, le partage remplace le pillage, la dignité remplace le mépris. Elle est sociale, spirituelle. Et aussi politique et revendicative.

    Dans de nombreux quartiers et villes populaires - a fortiori dans les bidonvilles roms, les foyers de travailleurs étrangers, les lieux d’hébergements des demandeurs d’asile - nous ne pouvons que constater avec tristesse voir colère que l’État s’est surtout manifesté pendant cette crise du covid-19 par sa présence policière et très insuffisamment pour apporter la solidarité nationale qui aurait été nécessaire. Les associations et les citoyen.ne.s auto-organisés ont bien souvent été obligés de suppléer à cette absence.

    Nous demandons au Ministre de l’intérieur d’apporter des garanties quant au respect de ces actions de solidarité – le 10 avril, c’est le collectif El Mamba de soutien aux sans-papiers qui à Marseille avait été victime de verbalisations pour une distribution de nourriture - et au respect des libertés publique, demandons l’annulation de toutes les amendes données lors de la distribution du 1er mai et affirmons notre solidarité avec les BSP. Le monde d’après ne doit pas être un retour à l’anormal du monde d’avant et certainement pas en pire. Nous aspirons à ce qu’il soit un autre monde, de justice, de paix et d’amour. Et invitons à l’action de toutes et tous en ce sens.

    #Montreuil #Brigade_de_solidarité_populaire #action_revendicative #solidarité #répression #police #libertés_fondamentales

  • Le gouvernement veut créer un #fichier pour les malades du coronavirus

    Le projet de loi du gouvernement prévoit la création d’un fichier spécifique rassemblant les noms des #malades du #Covid-19 ainsi que de leurs contacts. Et ce « sans le consentement » des personnes concernées.

    Comment assurer le #suivi des malades du Covid-19 et des personnes qu’ils ont croisées ? C’est pour répondre à cette question que le gouvernement entend créer un nouveau fichier, prévu par le projet de loi prorogeant l’#état_d’urgence_sanitaire, qui devrait être examiné par les parlementaires les 4 et 5 mai.

    L’article 6 du texte prévoit en effet que soient rassemblées dans un même fichier toutes les informations susceptibles d’aider à la reconstitution, par des « #brigades » d’#enquêteurs_épidémiologiques, des #relations de chacun. Le fichier, non anonyme, devrait ainsi contenir l’#identité des malades et les résultats de leurs #examens_biologiques, mais aussi plus largement la liste des personnes croisées au cours des derniers jours – car « présentant un #risque_d’infection » -, leur #adresse et leurs #déplacements. Et ce afin d’opérer, peut-on lire dans le texte du gouvernement une « #surveillance_épidémiologique aux niveaux national et local ».

    Plusieurs administrations auront accès aux données

    Le nouveau fichier, qui n’a aucun lien avec l’application de #traçage #StopCovid, dont Olivier #Véran a annoncé qu’elle ne serait pas prête le 11 mai, abritera ces #informations, d’abord collectées par le #médecin_traitant puis par les « brigades » de l’#Assurance_maladie. Des #données_personnelles extrêmement sensibles qui seront ensuite mises à la disposition non seulement des professionnels de santé en charge du suivi des personnes malades, mais aussi de plusieurs administrations comme le #ministère_de_la_santé, le service de santé des #armées, l’Assurance maladie et les #Agences_régionales_de_santé.

    Le dossier est d’autant plus sensible que les données dont il est question sont en partie couvertes par le #secret_médical. « Comme lorsque nous consultons un confrère à propos d’un patient ou lorsque nous envoyons à l’Assurance maladie les motifs médicaux d’arrêt de travail, nous serons dans le cadre d’un #secret_médical_partagé », assure le docteur Jacques Battistoni, président du premier syndicat de médecins généralistes, #MGFrance. Les #généralistes seront chargés de collecter les premières informations sur le « #premier_cercle » fréquenté par un malade dans le fichier. Ils ont d’ailleurs reçu un courrier en ce sens, jeudi 30 avril, signé par Nicolas Revel, le patron de l’Assurance maladie.

    « Je comprends que ce système puisse impressionner, car il contient des #informations_sensibles et personnelles, mais c’est un moindre mal. Il me semble vraiment indispensable si l’on ne veut pas que l’#épidémie reparte », souligne le docteur Battistoni.

    Une transmission de données « sans le #consentement des personnes »

    Autre question sensible, au cœur de ce nouveau fichier : la #transmission_des_informations qu’il contient sera opérée « sans le consentement des personnes intéressées », peut-on lire dans le projet de loi gouvernemental. Une précision qui inquiète plusieurs observateurs, comme le président de l’#Union_française_pour_une_médecine_libre (#UFML), le docteur Jérôme Marty. « Le consentement est l’un des socles de la médecine. Le fait de ne pas demander le consentement de son patient pour constituer un fichier est sans précédent. La situation d’#urgence ne peut pas tout justifier », alerte-t-il.

    « Imaginez le scandale si nous avions fait ce genre de fichiers pour le sida, poursuit-il. Cela pose un problème #éthique et déontologique important. » Ce praticien réclame l’avis Conseil de l’Ordre sur le sujet, mais aussi celui du Comité national d’éthique, de l’Académie de médecine, de la Cnil et du Conseil constitutionnel.

    « Garde-fous »

    « Que signifie cette absence de consentement ? », interroge quant à lui l’avocat Thierry Vallat. Ce spécialiste des données personnelles estime que des « #garde-fous » devront ainsi être nécessaires. « Il faut définir très précisément qui collectera les informations, la liste des informations précises, qui pourra y avoir accès et surtout pour combien de temps », insiste l’avocat. Sur ce dernier point, le gouvernement prévoit la disparition du fichier « au plus tard » un an après la promulgation de la loi.

    Mais surtout, l’avocat s’inquiète d’éventuelles #fuites de données. « Nous sommes dans un contexte exceptionnel où les services de l’État agissent très rapidement, et risquent de ne pas avoir le temps de sécuriser ce nouveau fichier. Or les données de santé font régulièrement l’objet de fuites, et elles sont extrêmement convoitées », estime-t-il.

    Dans l’ensemble, l’architecture de ce nouveau dispositif demeure assez floue. Et pour cause : il devrait ainsi être précisé, après coup, par un #décret d’application. Ce qui permettra de consulter la Cnil sur ce nouveau fichier. Jusqu’à maintenant, la Commission indépendante n’a en effet pas été sollicitée sur ce dossier sensible.

    https://www.la-croix.com/Sciences-et-ethique/Sante/Le-gouvernement-veut-creer-fichier-malades-coronavirus-2020-05-03-12010923
    #coronavirus #France #loi #déontologie
    ping @etraces @isskein

  • Contre l’humanitaire, solidarité populaire – ACTA
    https://acta.zone/contre-lhumanitaire-solidarite-populaire

    Nous relayons ce texte envoyé par un brigadiste du Nord de Paris.

    À chacune de ses occurrences, la crise s’impose comme le fond sur lequel, tous et toutes, nous sommes sommé.e.s d’organiser nos expériences. Le confinement, les rues désertes des arrondissements les plus riches, les queues interminables devant les supermarchés de nos quartiers, les patrouilles et les contrôles de police : tout cela rend tangible une condition commune et donne à la crise actuelle un paysage auquel chacun peut se rapporter. Chaque soir, l’annonce du nombre de morts à la télévision, sinistre thème d’un morceau joué pour nous, par d’autres, supplante par une angoisse abstraite et froide un deuil qui devrait être collectif, partagé. Le pouvoir d’État tente bien de canaliser cette émotion pour l’absorber sous le prisme d’une nation indivisible, faisant du corps des soignants une image de l’ensemble du corps social. Cette instrumentalisation n’a pas manqué de susciter des résistances de la part des soignants eux-mêmes qui hurlent chaque fois que les métaphores d’État transfigurent les soignants en héros pour mieux sacrifier leurs corps – abandonnés et nus – sur une ligne de front fantasmée par quelque cabinet de conseil en charge de la gestion de crise. Ils savent le mépris dans lequel ils sont tenus. Ils savent combien c’est la raison d’être de leur activité que cet ordre détruit jusqu’à la racine, combien c’est l’idée même de soin, de solidarité et de commun qu’il s’agit pour cet ordre d’abolir.

    Face à cette situation, nous étions nombreux à ressentir avec colère l’impuissance à laquelle nous étions condamnés. La généralisation du rituel des applaudissement de 20h constitue le symptôme le plus saillant de ce sentiment de dénuement général auquel nous devions faire face dans le silence de nos appartements confinés. Les mots d’ordre diffusés en boucle de la communication gouvernementale n’ont pas suffi à nous convaincre du plus grand des sophismes qui consistait à nous faire dire que « ne rien faire, c’est sauver des vies. » Si certains ont trouvé dans cette formule une justification pour leur indifférence chronique à l’égard du reste du corps social, d’autres ont vite compris que le virus, qui fait de tout contact avec l’autre, de toute forme d’empathie, une menace pour la survie de l’espèce, était la plus parfaite justification de l’individualisme néo-libéral. Cette « idéologie zombie » cent fois déclinée par les productions culturelles de masse, trouve aujourd’hui sa meilleure mise en scène dans la réalité : survivre en temps d’épidémie c’est renoncer à tous les liens affectifs, sociaux et politiques qui régissent la vie en communauté. Et soudain l’indifférence devint vertu…

    Pourtant quelque chose résiste. Un sentiment de rage se répand au moins aussi vite que le virus et cherche les moyens matériels d’affirmer au contraire l’urgence de reconstruire la possibilité d’une emprise sur le monde. [...]

    L’autonomie qu’elles revendiquent n’est pas une posture de principe mais la condition politique et matérielle de leur apparition en même temps que la garantie de leur survie dans l’espace antagonique des métropoles. [...]

    La séquence à venir devra être consacrée à construire une autonomie politique offensive, qui fasse de ce nouvel outil une béquille pour marcher autant qu’un bâton pour frapper.

    #Brigades_de_solidarité populaire #solidarité_populaire #crise_sanitaire #autonomie

  • The #Milky_Way

    Les Alpes occidentales entre l’Italie et la France ont été au fur et à mesure des siècles une frontière naturelle, ainsi qu’un lieu de passage et de rencontre. Ses cols constituent une terre de connexion, de médiation entre peuples et cultures différents. L’histoire plus récente nous raconte que ces deux cents dernières années, c’étaient les Italiens qui traversaient clandestinement la frontière pour aller chercher du travail en France alors qu’aujourd’hui c’est une route utilisée notamment par des migrants d’origine africaine.
    Les politiques récentes de fermeture des frontières internes européennes ont poussé les personnes migrantes à rechercher des sentiers moins battus pour quitter l’Italie et continuer leur voyage au-delà de la frontière française, des sentiers de haute montagne comme ceux qui longent le domaine skiable « La voie lactée », à la frontière entre Claviere (IT) et Montgenèvre (FR).
    De jour, les pistes de ski sont un lieu d’amusement, de sport et de détente ; de nuit, elles se transforment en un théâtre de la peur, du danger et des violations des droits humains : les migrants, peu préparés et mal équipés, s’aventurent sur les sentiers en défiant l’obscurité, le froid et les contrôles des autorités françaises et en risquant leur vie.
    The Milky Way est un film choral qui retrace des histoires d’activistes, habitants des montagnes tout en proposant la reconstruction historique de l’émigration italienne des années 50 dans une graphic novel animée. Il raconte aussi les histoires des migrants mis à l’abri par des personnes solidaires des deux côtés de la frontière et met en lumière l’humanité qui refait surface quand le danger imminent réactive la solidarité, se basant sur la conviction que personne ne doit être laissé seul. Personne ne se sauve tout seul.

    https://www.milkywaydoc.com/lle-film/?lang=fr

    Trailer :
    https://vimeo.com/387650575

    #film #documentaire #film_documentaire
    #migrations #réfugiés #asile #montagne #frontière #frontières #frontière_sud-alpine #France #Alpes #Italie #clandestins #décès #morts #secours #passeurs #migrants_italiens #Bardonecchia #Col_de_l'Echelle #solidarité #Moncenisio #Montcenis #Claviere #Clavière #quand_eux_c'était_nous #histoire #colle_della_rho #Briançon #Refuge_solidaire #Briançon #maraudeur #maraudes #Névache #traque #chasse_à_l'homme #Col_de_la_Roue

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    Citation :

    « La montagne partage les eaux et unit les gens »

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    Citation, #Davide_Rostan, à partir de la minute 26’20 :

    Siamo al Lago del Moncenisio, questo è un colle di passaggio sin dall’Antichità. E’ un luogo importante per la nostra storia perché in qualche modo simboleggia il fatto che le popolazioni hanno attraversato questi confini dai tempi antichissimi, che è lo stesso tragitto che oggi molti migranti vogliono fare. L’anno scorso riuscivano più spesso dal Monginevro a scendere con l’autobus o in macchina con delle persone che portavano aiuto per evitare che rimanessero al freddo. Il Monginevro è il colle più facile, passa la strada, è aperta tutto l’anno. Le persone che arrivano scendono con il treno a #Oulx, prendono l’autobus, arrivano a Claviere e lì si avviano a piedi. Quest’anno i controlli sono aumentati, quindi molto spesso chi arriva a Claviere poi si deve fare una quindicina di chilometri fino a Briançon e sicuramente questo mette a rischio la loro vita, perché in qualche modo per non farsi fermare attraversano il valico di notte, non possono stare sull’autobus, sono costretti a camminare in mezzo alla neve. Una persona è morta proprio tentando da Bardonecchia di andare a scavalcare il Colle della Rho, questo ragazzo è stato ritrovato l’anno scorso in fondo a un burrone dove probabilmente era finito a causa di una slavina. Altri invece sono morti dopo aver scavalcato il colle del Monginevro, alcune rincorse dalla polizia sono finite nel fiume, altre si sono perse nei boschi sono morti di sfinimento o per il freddo. E tutto questo purtroppo è dovuto semplicemente alle nostre leggi.

    ping @isskein

  • [Strange Fruits] #062 #Strange_Fruits 100% musique
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/strange-fruits/strange-fruits-062-strange-fruits-100-musique

    Playlist :

    #Marie_Kruttli Trio : I Hate To Be Taken As A Stupid Person ( The Kind Of Happy One - QFTF - 2019)

    #John_Coltrane & #Don_Cherry : The Blessing (The Avant Garde - Atlantic - 1966)

    #Wayne_Shorter Quartet Featuring #Danilo_Perez, #John_Patitucci And #Brian_Blade : Orbits (Without A Net - Blue Note - 2013)

    #Henry_Grimes Trio : The Call (The Call - ESP Disk - 1966)

    #Ted_Nash Big Band : Water (Chakra - Plastic Sax Records - 2013)

    #Tony_Allen Plays With Afrika 70 : Progress (Progress - Coconut - 1977)

    #Chris_Lightcap's Bigmouth : Platform (Deluxe - Clean Feed - 2010)

    #Aka_Moon : Beyond Lands (Opus 111 - Outhere - 2020)

    #Benoît_Delbecq : Circles and Calligrams (Circles and Calligram - Songlines Recordings - 2010)

    design (c) Sarah Yu (...)

    #jazz #Radio_Panik #jazz,Radio_Panik,Strange_Fruits,Aka_Moon,Wayne_Shorter,Henry_Grimes,John_Coltrane,Danilo_Perez,Tony_Allen,Ted_Nash,Don_Cherry,Benoît_Delbecq,John_Patitucci,Brian_Blade,Marie_Kruttli,Chris_Lightcap
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/strange-fruits/strange-fruits-062-strange-fruits-100-musique_08899__1.mp3

  • Corona Chroniques, #Jour47 - davduf.net
    http://www.davduf.net/corona-chroniques-jour47

    12h, une poignée de volontaires des #Brigades_de_Solidarité_Populaire gagne la place du marché Croix de Chavaux à #Montreuil. Dans leurs cageots, des invendus de Rungis, qu’ils sont allés chercher hier, des fruits qu’ils ont triés, et des légumes qu’ils distribuent à une centaine de pauvres parmi les pauvres, les confinés de TOUT ; geste simple et magnifique, geste barrière suprême, « élan solidaire et autogestionnaire », comme ils disent ; une solidarité pensée, qui doit plus à l’Après qu’à l’Avant, à l’autodéfense qu’à la charité. Depuis le #Corona, le camion des BSP (création italienne, depuis internationale) maraude dans les quartiers populaires, un camion fait des tournées en continu, deux cantines mitonnent des repas prêts pour ceux qui n’ont même pas de cuisine.

    Mais 13h20, les voitures de police qui pimponnent. Mais 13h20, les motos des voltigeurs qui débarquent. Mais 13h20, #Lallement qui fait sonner la troupe. C’est brigades contre brigades, braves contre #BRAV (Brigades de Répression de l’Action Violente Motorisées). La distribution gratuite de denrées est interrompue. On nasse, on verbalise, pour manifestation non déclarée. Aux Brigadistes de rue — gantés, masqués, gelés — qui se plaignent d’être contrôlés comme Avant, sans précautions sanitaires ni distance d’aucune sorte, les Brigadistes de #préfecture rétorquent comme dans un aveu de l’Ordre imbécile : « Vous n’avez rien à dire, vos masques ne sont pas aux normes. »

    • Outre le suivi de la journée par Paris luttes ci-dessus. Des aperçus (avec photos et vidéo) de ce qui s’est passé à #Montreuil où la journée a commencée vers 13H30 par l’intervention d’une quarantaine de « BRAV » (voltigeurs de la police) pour mettre fin à une distribution de nourriture à Croix de Chavaux.

      1/ La Halle du marché, c’est un peu comme la vie
      https://twitter.com/Paroleerrante/status/1256184386824921088

      Ce matin un marché rouge était organisé, avec distribution de nourriture et tracts des #Brigades_de_solidarité_populaire. Une cinquantaine de personnes ont été nassées par la police (les « BRAV » voltigeurs) ss la halle du marché Croix de Chavaux, solidarité !!

      #délit_de_solidarité : Distribution de légumes à +ou-100 personnes, chorale, banderoles. Puis la milice du capital arnachée comme pas 2 vient nasser et distribue une cinquantaine de PV, y compris à des personnes simplement venues récupérer de quoi manger

      Le poulet au légumes du #PremierMai, nature morte, 2020.

      2/ Haut Montreuil
      https://twitter.com/Paroleerrante/status/1256208489766105088

      Après la nasse de Croix de Chavaux, avec la pullulation policière qui continue à la mairie

      En ce moment : une petite manif qui descend de la Boissière vers Mairie en occupant la route !

      3/ dernier fil, à la lecture du Parisien libéré
      https://twitter.com/Paroleerrante/status/1256288161673740288

      ce vendredi, les signes avant coureur de l’agitation à venir se faisaient sentir dans le centre-ville de Montreuil : une vingtaine de cars de CRS Le Parichien empêtré

      Mairie

      Un des lieux de retrouvailles, repos et de débriefing :)
      Si pas de muguet de Mai, dansons la capucine.

    • Pour les oubliés du confinement - Son, chant, images, hier au marché à Croix de chavaux, avant l’arrivée des BRAV

      Montreuil, place du Marché. 1er mai. Autodéfense populaire. Distribution de fruits & légumes avec une #chorale. Là où l’État n’est présent que par sa police, nous nous organisons pour répondre à des besoins nécessaire et vitaux.

      https://twitter.com/carlier_anna/status/1256555127139377152

    • 1er mai à Montreuil : la Boissière deter et révolutionnaire !
      https://paris-luttes.info/1er-mai-a-montreuil-la-boissiere-13931

      Nous vous livrons un petit CR à chaud et euphorique de la manif de la Boissière à Montreuil (93). Pour résumer rapidement : nous avons pu mener une manif sauvage de 1h30 entre le carrefour bd de la Boissière / bd Aristide Briand jusqu‘à Paul Signac puis jusqu‘à la lisière de la mairie de Montreuil, et retour par la rue de Romainville aux Trois Communes pour finir devant l‘hôpital André Grégoire. On voulait rejoindre la mairie, mais on a préféré éviter la nasse géante.

      Plein de gens aux fenêtres nous ont salué·e·s, acclamé·e·s et quelques voisin·e·s sont carrément descendu·e·s pour manifester avec nous ! Big up aux automobilistes qui ont voulu aller se garer pour nous rejoindre, à celleux qui ont mis l‘Internationale à fond dans leur appart pour qu‘on l‘entende, celleux qui nous ont offert un miniconcert à leur fenêtre avec tambour et accordéon, aux deux qui ont brandi un drapeau rouge à faucille et marteau à notre passage, à cette maman qui est descendue nous faire un coucou avec ses deux enfants déguisées en princesses, à ce gars en voiture qui nous a demandé quelles étaient nos revendications et a levé le pouce quand on lui a dit : « LA RÉVOLUTION ! ».

      Nous avons pu nous lâcher sur les slogans et la bonne humeur en n‘étant presque pas dérangé·e·s par les keufs (ni par la pluie !) : on a compté un camion de flics qui a fait demi-tour en nous voyant arriver, et une voiture de la police municipale devant l‘hôpital, peu avant le point de dispersion. Les deux municipaleux étaient totalement démunis, ont essayé de nous suivre, de faire demi-tour, l‘un d‘eux a même contrôlé au pif un pauvre automobiliste qui passait par là pour se donner de la contenance, et avant que leurs renforts n‘arrivent, tout le monde était dispersé et en sécurité (a priori).

      On était armé·e·s d‘attestations en bonne et due forme, de masques, de gestes barrière et surtout de 2 banderoles de ouf (qui sont elles aussi en sécurité) : une « Fermez les CRA » et une « Contre le Macronavirus, la Boissière révolutionnaire » avec un serpent magnifiquement vénère.

      On est encore tout.es retourné·e·s de la réaction des voisin.es aux balcons, aux fenêtres et dans la rue, l‘ambiance était si chaleureuse et solidaire ! C‘était en soi une sauvage toute tranquille avec des enfants et des petits moments de danse, mais c‘est surtout une manif du 1er mai 2020 qui s‘est déroulée sans accroc, dans un quartier particulièrement touché par le harcèlement policier et les violences policières, et ça c‘est ouf et ça fait du bien.

      Stratégiquement, on peut en déduire qu‘effectivement, surprendre les keufs et compagnies en manifestant dans des endroits inattendus, de manière mobile, spontanée et décentralisée, ça marche bien. Nous n‘étions qu‘un petit groupe, une vingtaine qui est devenue une trentaine, et on n‘a pas pu inviter et mobiliser toutes les personnes avec qui on aurait aimé manifester. Depuis le début du confinement, on s’organise dans notre quartier, on en est fier·ère·s et on va pas s’arrêter là. Aujourd’hui, c‘était un modèle de manif de quartier, avec ses avantages et ses inconvénients, qui nous a fait grave plaisir et nous a permis de montrer aux compas et au quartier que le confinement ne signifie pas la fin de la rébellion et des luttes !

      Un dernier mot : toute notre solidarité à celleux qui ont pris des amendes aujourd‘hui ou les jours précédents, ailleurs à Montreuil ou Paris. À la Boissière, les flics nous alignent pour rien, du coup notre petite balade sonnait comme une minirevanche. On va essayer de s‘organiser pour que les amendes soient prises en charge collectivement et on vous invite à faire de même !

      La Boissière, déter, et révolutionnaire !

      [...]
      _Suit une liste de #slogans_

  • Les #Brigades_Solidaires sont nées en Italie, en voici une belle vidéo napolitaine :
    https://www.facebook.com/BrigadesSolidaritePopulaire/videos/1117337091964564

    Mais elles existent maintenant en France :

    Le boom des #Brigades_de_Solidarité_Populaire pour politiser l’aide aux plus précaires
    Stéphane Ortega, Rapports de Force, le 29 avril 2020
    https://rapportsdeforce.fr/pouvoir-et-contre-pouvoir/le-boom-des-brigades-de-solidarite-populaire-pour-rendre-politique-l

    L’activité des brigades ne souhaite pas se cantonner à une intervention humanitaire. Outre leur volonté de s’organiser avec des gens en lutte pour sortir du rapport aidant-aidés, ses membres désirent allier réponse immédiate, pour couvrir les besoins matériels, et réponses politiques. Par exemple, à travers les distributions des masques : « il y avait un enjeu sur les conditions de travail dans les entreprises. Cela a été l’occasion de discuter du droit de retrait et de la grève avec les travailleurs que l’on allait voir », se remémore Julia. Une forme d’intervention politique dans la continuité des trois mois de mobilisation contre la réforme des retraites, arrêtés par le coronavirus.

    #coronavirus #solidarité #France #Italie

    Voir compile des effets délétères indirects de la pandémie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/832147

  • ★ • Brigades Solidarité Populaire
    https://www.brigades.info/fr

    104203 masques
    Nous offrons des masques et des gants aux plus précarisé.e.s et aux plus exposé.e.s.
    1111 gels
    Du fait de la pénurie, nous produisons, empaquetons et distribuons notre gel hydroalcoolique.
    10827 repas
    Les Brigades distribuent quotidiennement des repas froids ou chauds aux personnes dans le besoin.
    12199 colis alimentaires
    Nous distribuons également des denrées alimentaires pour que les personnes préparent leurs propres repas.
    466 heures pédagogiques
    Notre mission inclut le soutien pédagogique des élèves en difficulté scolaire.

    47 brigades
    Les Brigades de Solidarité Populaire fédèrent des groupes d’action partout dans le monde.
    Rejoignez nous !

    Les Brigades de Solidarité sont un réseau de groupes d’aide mutuelle auto-organisés agissant pour une auto-défense pour le peuple par le peuple. Nous opérons partout dans le monde. Les Brigades se sont formées lors de la pandémie COVID-19 qui nous a tou.te.s frappé.e.s.
    Nous savons que les gouvernements ne sont pas une solution à la crise sanitaire. Ils sont au service d’un système basé sur le profit et l’intérêt privé qui est à l’origine du désastre que nous connaissons et de la situation dramatique dans laquelle se trouvent les services de soins publics.

    Nous savons qu’il nous faudra compter sur nos propres forces. Notre auto-organisation doit générer des solidarités concrètes, sur une base territoriale afin de venir en aide aux plus précaires : travailleur.euse.s, migrant.e.s, personnes sans domicile fixe, personnes âgées, isolées…

    Mais ce réseau de solidarité doit aussi s’attacher à une mise en accusation des politiques néo-libérales, dont la situation actuelle, partout dans le monde, démontre une fois de plus la nature criminelle et à l’élaboration de nouvelles formes d’organisation collective.

    Formons des Brigades de Solidarité Populaire !

    #Brigades_de_Solidarité_Populaire

    • Distribution de masques et de nourriture, aide aux devoirs : qui sont les brigades de solidarité populaire ?
      https://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2020/05/03/distribution-de-masques-et-de-nourriture-aide-aux-devoirs-qui-sont-les-briga

      S’inspirant de l’exemple milanais, militants d’extrême gauche et sans-papiers veulent créer en France « une solidarité immédiate et concrète » .

      Certains de leurs militants ont été verbalisés le 1er mai, pour non-respect des règles de confinement, alors qu’ils distribuaient de la nourriture à Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis). Réunissant des personnes engagées issues de l’antifascisme, de l’autonomie mais aussi les sans-papiers du collectif des « gilets noirs » , les brigades de solidarité populaire se définissent comme « un réseau de groupes d’aide mutuelle auto-organisés agissant pour une autodéfense pour le peuple par le peuple, formé lors de la pandémie » due au coronavirus. Sur le site Acta (proche de l’Action antifasciste Paris-banlieue), on peut ainsi lire : « Ce dont l’Etat est capable, c’est tout au plus de gérer le désastre. Il nous faut apprendre à compter sur nos propres forces. »

      [...] Les brigades se rendent également dans les foyers de travailleurs immigrés. « On travaille avec quarante-trois foyers, explique Bakary, membre de ce collectif [Gilets Noirs] rendu célèbre par son occupation du Panthéon, en juillet 2019. On distribue nourriture et médicaments. En ce moment, on réfléchit à la manière d’organiser l’iftar [rupture du jeûne lors du ramadan] dans les foyers. » Une gageure en temps de distanciation sociale.

      [...] Si les militants italiens se sont rapprochés d’une grosse ONG en lien avec la mairie de Milan, les Franciliens préfèrent l’auto-organisation. Ils revendiquent d’avoir créé un « comité sanitaire » avec des professionnels de santé [un des résultats des luttes de soignants, ndc] pour former aux gestes barrières, à la bonne utilisation des masques pour éviter d’être vecteurs de propagation du virus lors des distributions ou lors des maraudes. [...]

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    https://labrique.net/index.php/thematiques/brique-brother/1145-anticipations-l-avenir-est-sombre

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    « La nature imite l’art », disait Wilde (Oscar). Aujourd’hui c’est la réalité, et plus particulièrement les moyens mis en œuvre pour la sûreté publique, qui ressemble à un mauvais film de science-fiction. Vous aimez bien quand un flic commente ce que vous avez acheté au carrouf ? Vous avez vu le drône qui vous demande de rentrer chez vous immédiatement ? Non ? Ça fait un peu peur quand même hein ? Mais ne nous laissons pas dépasser par nos émotions : la froide supériorité de notre raison analytique nous permet d’examiner objectivement les conséquences probables du confinement. Tâchons donc d’imaginer de quoi demain (enfin, après-demain, dans un mois, le jour où on sortira de nouveau) sera fait : quelques scénarios, trouvés aux meilleures (...)

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