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Support anti-cuts prisoners – appeal from Notts SOS


It is now a year since the inspiring action of a number of students at Millbank during last year’s student fees protest in London. As a result of that and other anti-austerity protests a number of people have been sent to prison. It is important that we as a movement support our imprisoned comrades. Remember: they are inside for us and we should be outside for them.

We list details of some of those imprisoned below. Please consider writing to some or all of them.

Information and advice on writing to prisoners can be found here: http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/writing.html

Joseph Binney is on remand for violent disorder from March 26th
Joseph Binney
A5569CH
HMP Wandsworth
PO Box 757
Heathfield Road
London
SW18 3HS

Charlie Gilmour pleaded guilty to 2 counts of violent disorder on student protests 2010 and is serving a 16 month custodial sentence. (Note: Charlie wishes to thank everyone who has written to him but that he is kind of snowed under and has suggested that people write to some of the other prisoners.)

c/o London ABC
Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84B Whitechapel High Street
London
E1 7QX

James Heslip was sentenced on October 5th to 12 months for alleged violent disorder during the Millbank protests. Please include his name on the letter inside and address all mail to him to:
London ABC
c/o Freedom Bookshop
84b Whitechapel High street
London, E1 7QX

Omar Ibrahim sentenced to 18 months for violent disorder for throwing a smoke bomb at Topshop on March 26th demo. Write to him at

Omar Ibrahim
c/o London ABC
Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London
E1 7QX

Michael Newton is serving a 12 month sentence for June 30 action and multiple other minor charges. Hopefully out on early release on 30th December. Michael welcomes letters, posters and pictures.
Michael Newton
A6611CE
HMP Preston
Wing C4 17
2 Ribbleton Lane
Preston
Lancs.
PR1 5AB

Benjamin Sunderland is serving a 12 month sentence for violent disorder from the student protests. Please write to him:

Benjamin Sunderland
A6968CH
HMP YOI Feltham
Bedfont Road
Feltham
TW13 4ND

Harry Webb is serving a 12 month sentence for alleged violent disorder during the March 26th demonstration despite having been violently attacked by the police. Write to him:

Harry Webb
A4895CG
HMP Wandsworth
Heathfield Road
Wandsworth
SW18 3HS

Edward Woollard was sentenced to 32 months for violent disorder following the Millbank protest last year. Write to him at

Email – writetoedwoollard[AT]gmail.com

or by post (please consider enclosing a stamped addressed envelope)

c/o Chris Rawlinson,
Student Union
Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7ZE

More info on Ed’s support campaign: http://support4edwoollard.wordpress.com

Notts Save Our Services
Web: http://www.nottssos.org.uk
Twitter: @nottssos

After March 26th – a good day out & a lot more to do back in Nottingham & Notts against the cuts! [with photos & videos] – add your experiences/comments/links


Notts SOS banner on the March 26th demonstration

Notts SOS banner on the March 26th demonstration in London (more photos & videos below)

The half a million who marched and took action in London on Saturday 26th March 2011 made our feelings known and we showed our strength. Those who are active in Notts SOS and from the many other anti-cuts groups around the country, together with all manner of service users and welfare and pension recipients, workers, students, families and children took to the streets to say no to the cuts.

The press and politicians seem to have made their minds up already. According to Lib Dem’s Vince Cable on the BBC Politics Show today “We’re not going to change the basic economic strategy” and, “No government – coalition, Labour or any other – would change its fundamental economic policy simply in response to a demonstration of that kind.”

Is this a challenge? It begs the question of what exactly would change the government’s mind? Certainly Notts SOS will stick to its call for “No Cuts” which means we will need to carry on the work of making the politicians aware of our demand. But we have already lost a lot and there will be more to be lost in the new tax year if we do not stand up and fight. So let’s all get involved.

Feel free to share your personal stories of the day, and links to your articles, blogs, photos and videos by adding a ‘comment’ to this article. You can also do the same on the Notts SOS facebook page.

A selection of images of the day:

Notts SOS banner on the march, with a few of the Nottingham contingent

Notts SOS banner on the march, with a few of the Nottingham contingent

Banner drop on a Bridge on March 26th

Banner drop on a Bridge on March 26th

Notts SOS and UCU East Midlands banners in London on March 26th

Notts SOS and UCU East Midlands banners in London on March 26th

support4edwoollard.wordpress.com family on demo

Ed Woollard's family who we spoke to on March 26th demo who confirmed he had received a greetings card sent by Notts SOS from our January conference

Link to Ed Woollard support site: http://support4edwoollard.wordpress.com

Videos by Notts SOS/Uncut contingent on Oxford Street:

Also watch: Video of the deception by police on UKUncut occupation of Fortnum and Mason, leading to their ‘record’ number of arrests on the day: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2011/mar/28/fortnum-mason-protesters-uk-uncut-video. Not surprising to hear they will be taking legal advice …