Never Mind The Ballots…It’s The 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair!

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Coming at you live and direct from east-central Bristol, just 13 days before the 2015 British General Election & local elections, we are pleased to invite you to the 7th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – and there wont be a single lying, corrupt, austerity-enforcing, media-spinning politician in sight.

Saturday 25th April 2015,
11.00am – 6pm,
at
Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd,
Bristol BS2 0NW
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Forms for booking stalls & proposing meetings/workshops are available online now. Full Bookfair Info. Continue reading

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Full steam ahead through the electoral swamp

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stick_GovtafraidFBJust 5 weeks to go now until the Bristol anarchist bookfair at The Trinity Centre in Bristol, and it’s all shaping up well. Even the political parties & politicians are doing their bit for us – by acting like the complete bunch of liars, cheats & weirdos that they are.

The election campaign is shaping up to be one of the most petty name-calling & posturing campaigns ever, with barely a policy debate in sight, and with yet more cuts being promised by just about all the parties. We make no apology for having nothing but hatred & contempt for the political parties and their ruling class masters – their time will come, the sooner the better!

Whilst they waste our time and yours, we have a few deadlines coming up:
– we still have a few Stall tables left, so if you want to book one in time to get listed in our printed programme you need to do it this week. Any Stall spaces booked after that willl only be listed online. For forms & info see the Stalls page.

– noon on Wednesday 25 March is the final deadline to submit a Workshop proposal. The Bookfair collective meets that evening to decide which 12 proposals go ahead at the Bookfair. For forms & info see the Workshops page.

– all our publicity has been printed and is being passed around. We could do with help sharing it online – you can copy images of posters etc from our Publicity page and share them online. You can also share our social media links with friends, networks & contacts:
On Crackbook (FB page) here – Bristolanarchistbookfair
On Crackbook (FB event) here – 7th Bristol Bookfair
Radical History ZoneFB event and BRHG website
On Twitter – @bristolbookfair using this as our main hashtag #BABF2015 and also #AngrynotApathetic.

The printed programme for the Bookfair should be printed by about 10 April, and it’ll appear online by then too, so keep checking back. Other info will be made available as and when its confirmed, such as the After-Party! We’ll see you all on the 25 April, it’ll be great!

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Kebele Open Day as it Celebrates 20 years of Creative Resistance

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Kebele social centre is holding a community Open Day on Saturday 8 March (details on images), and welcomes anyone from the local neighbourhood to pop in, look around, and have a chat. This is the 20th year since the Kebele project started, and whilst it is open to the local community whenever it is actually open, it has made a specific effort to invite people along on Saturday. So come!

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Kebele started in the autumn of 1995, when a bunch of activists in need of housing occupied the empty building. When Kebele was 18yrs old, we wrote this article about its history & purpose. Kebele is an overtly anarchist space, and is now guided by a clear set of principles. The Open Day is an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of its aims and activities, and clarify any questions they may have. It’s also a chance to socialise, enjoy the vegan food from Kebele’s cafe, and find out about some of the many & varied anarchist activities in and around Bristol. So come! Continue reading

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Bookfairs in early 2015

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The first anarchist bookfair in 2015 was the Cardiff Bookfair on 21 February, and a very worthwhile effort it was – well done to the South Wales Anarchists!

Coming up over the next couple of months are a number of other Bookfairs. These act as a sort of shop window to the world of anarchism, as well as a place for anarchists & radicals to gather, debate, network, and plot ahead…
25 April - Dublin anarchist bookfair
25 April - Bristol anarchist bookfair
9 May - ARB Radical London Bookfair
16 May - Sheffield anarchist bookfair
Our great big older sister, the London anarchist bookfair, will be around the 18 or 25 October (if they can sort a venue!). There will of course be more around Britain and the World - see here for updates. Enjoy & Revolt!
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2015 Bristol Bookfair Banners

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Here’s a couple of ‘Bookfair Banners’ our artiste has come up with to help publicise the 7th Bristol anarchist bookfair. Feel free to share them! We’ll also be making some ‘real’ Bookfair Banners to decorate the venue on the day, and maybe drop around town in the days before. If anyone wants to do likewise, then go for it – send us a pic and we’ll share it too. Thanx.
You can stay in touch & informed via these links. Please share them widely…
Full Bookfair website info – Bristolanarchistbookfair2015
On Crackbook (FB page) here – Bristolanarchistbookfair
On Crackbook (FB event) here – 7th Bristol Bookfair
On Twitter – @bristolbookfair using this as our main hashtag #BABF2015 and also #AngrynotApathetic
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Angry NOT Apathetic – anarchists & elections

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Two discussion nights at Kebele social centre for local anarchists who’d like to discuss an anarchist response to the upcoming elections on 7th May 2015. Come along to sharpen your analysis & consider some options collectively…
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All Publicity for the 2015 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

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Here it is all in one place – all the posters, flyers & stickers produced so far for the 2015 Bristol anarchist bookfair (all bookfair info is here).  Why not share this page or one of the images with your friends, contacts & networks -in real life or on social media? Or download, print off, and put up a poster/flyer at work or in a local shop/cafe/pub/community space…or even in your front window?! Alternatively you an pick up some publicity at one of our meetings (next ones 18 February & 4 March & 25 March) at Kebele social centre, or from Hydra Bookshop or Kebele whenever they are open.
Posters:
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Stickers:
All_stickers_medYou can also find us…
On Crackbook (FB page) here – Bristolanarchistbookfair
On Crackbook (FB event) here – 7th Bristol Bookfair
Radical History ZoneFB event and BRHG website
On Twitter – @bristolbookfair using this as our main hashtag #BABF2015
And you can contact us by email at bristolanarchistbookfair[at]riseup[dot]net
See you soon!

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Want To Propose A Workshop At The Bookfair?

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The Proposal Form for Bookfair Workshops & Meetings is available now. Deadline for submissions is 25 March 2015.

Here’s the form – make sure you fully read the Info Sheet attached to the form first:
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Meets_form&info (word doc); Meets_form&info (pdf).

All Bookfair workshops/meetings/activities take place at Trinity Centre EXCEPT for the Radical History Zone, which is 5 minutes down the road at Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EZ (you can buy books at Hydra too!).

Please see our Workshops/Meetings page for more info about the meeting spaces.

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Book Your Stall for the 2015 Bookfair Now!

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Booking Form for Stallholders – our Stalls Team have sent out a revised Booking Form by email a few days ago. This includes an ‘Early Bird’ discount if you book & pay for your stall by 14 February 2015 – details on the form.

Here’s the form:
2015_Stalls form (pdf)
2015_Stalls form (open office.odt)
2015_Stalls form (word.doc)

For Stalls queries please email BristolBF-stalls[at]riseup.net only. Our Stalls page will contain any further stalls info, as well as a list of all booked stalls once confirmed at a Bookfair Collective meeting. Get booking…

Remember please – this is an Anarchist Bookfair. Members of hierarchical political parties are welcome to attend and engage in debates/discussions, but don’t embarrass yourselves by trying to sneak in a stall or election propaganda!

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Spanish State – Operation Pandora: Democracy imprisons 7 more anarchists

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[Update 17/1/15 – in response to an international solidarity callout for anarchist prisoners in Spain, some Bristol anarchists held a protest on Friday 16 January. See this Bristol AFed report & pics]
Recent years have seen growing, militant and popular anarchist movements across Spain. Unsurprisingly these have been met with state repression – attacks on protests & assemblies, arrests, beatings, imprisonment – but movements have continued to flourish. Mired in corruption and economic chaos, the Spanish state has recently moved to introduce a new law, the ‘Gag Law’, or Ley Mordaza, to clampdown further on opposition. It was no surprise then when on 16 December mass raids on homes and anarchist spaces were carried out, leading to at least 4 anarchists on bail and 7 on remand. The response of anarchists, other radicals and indeed non-radicals was immediate, as a series of protests & actions have occured daily ever since. The twitter hashtag #YoTambienSoyAnarquista (I too am an anarchist) has achieved mass circulation. The article below is one of many such statements of solidarity & struggle, and comes from the Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth (Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias – FIJL), a Spanish anarchist organisation that pre-dates the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. You can read here the Spanish original, and here the original English translation. Details of a Spanish solidarity fund/bank account are here.

Spanish State – Operation Pandora: Democracy imprisons 7 more anarchists

On December 16, Operation Pandora was unleashed. The State’s security forces burst into different houses and squats in Barcelona and Madrid, and eleven anarchist comrades were kidnapped.

NiInocentesThis kidnapping—and it couldn’t have been done any other way—was coordinated with the media, who helped justify and legitimate it with heart and soul, spreading the news that the police had carried out an operation against international anarchist terrorism. This kidnapping of eleven comrades set off a multitude of rallies and demonstrations that same day in different cities—Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Zaragoza, for example—thousands of people coming out in solidarity with the kidnapped comrades and showing rage and hatred towards the State’s new repressive operation against the libertarian movement. Continue reading

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