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The Dressing Room full programme at the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair

These are the meetings in The Dressing Room, one of the smaller spaces at this years Bookfair. These meetings have been organised by campaign groups and/or individuals, and are intended to generate discussion. Thanks to the meeting organisers for their efforts. You can download this meeting info as pdf The Dressing Room full programme   

The Dressing Room is located behind the stage on the ground floor of the Trinity Centre, and will hold approx 25 people seated. Meetings start at 12noon, and end at 6pm. Please enter & leave the room promptly so the next meeting gets its maximum time. Continue reading The Dressing Room full programme at the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair

Bookfair Assembly Room programme at the 2013 Bookfair

The Bookfair Collective has co-ordinated this programme of meetings in the Bookfair Assembly Room. We believe that the topics under discussion encapsulate some (but obviously not all) of the key issues facing ordinary people today, be they political activists or not. It is intended that upto an hour of each meeting will be given over to questions and discussion. Download the programme for the Bookfair Assembly Room as a pdf Assembly room full programme or read on below.

The Assembly Room is on the 1st floor of the Trinity Centre, and will be accessed via the main Stalls room on that floor. It is a large room holding 80+ people, so your assistance is welcomed in starting & ending meetings promptly – please enter/leave quietly! Because of the size of the Room we will be using a small PA.

Our thanks go to all those who agreed to speak, and to the volunteer facilitators.

Bookfair Assembly Room Programme
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Permanent Culture Now Marquee programme at Bristol anarchist bookfair 2013

As a reflection of the fact that many in Bristol have an interest in permaculture, land, food, the commons and related issues, this year we asked the Permanent Culture Now resource & project to co-ordinate a programme in one of the marquees we’re setting up in the Trinity garden. We know that many anarchists, radicals and other progressives are involved in these types of projects, along with many other people, yet it intrigues us at to why many such projects maintain an apolitical stance? If these issues are not political, then what are they? That matter will be debated below, along with much more.

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Below is the list of meetings PCN have organised. Note that in each workshop there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions, so don’t be shy…join in and enjoy!
You can download the programme here (pdf) PCN full programme and here the Bookfair meetings timetable. Continue reading Permanent Culture Now Marquee programme at Bristol anarchist bookfair 2013

Update on meetings and workshops at the Bookfair

stickers_morethanbooksThe deadline for proposals for meetings, workshops etc for this years Bookfair has now passed – our email account and postbox was checked just after the 12noon deadline! We are not accepting any more proposals, and we are already oversubscribed.

Many thanks to those who sent in proposals. The bookfair collective meets on 20 March to finalise the programme, and we will be in touch with proposers as soon as we can.

The full Bookfair Programme will be available online in about 1 week. Printed copies will be available on the day of the bookfair, and for about 2 weeks in advance from Kebele social centre and Hydra bookshop.

Here’s a reminder of meeting/events spaces at the Bookfair: Continue reading Update on meetings and workshops at the Bookfair

Resist Corporations’ attempts to muzzle dissent

Breaking news 13 March – seems EDF have F’D OFF and bottled the court action for damages. See ‘EDF in dramatic climbdown’.

Ever since the labour movement of the 1970’s posed the question of ‘power’ to the political elite & boss class, successive Thatcherite governments have sort to crush union power, or at least tie the unions up in legal knots and with financial threats. They have largely succeeded, and must be emboldened by the relatively weak response to the Coalition government’s politically motivated austerity measures resulting in job threats & losses, and pay freezes.

EDF poster_smallHowever whilst the potential power of organised labour has lain fairly dormant and unused, opposition to austerity and corporate domination has tended to come from community and activist campaigns, with some success. Whilst numerous laws, and the reality of arrest & prison, have been used to intimidate campaigns, they remain an ongoing thorn in the side of power of capital and the state, with the potential to go further. So no doubt with one eye on potential struggles ahead, we can expect new or not often used measures to be tried on by corporations and the state.

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In Defence Of Lifestyle Politics

Everybody has a lifestyle of some sort or other. Some lifestyles are quite common, those of working people with kids for example. Others are less common, not many have lifestyles like the royal family, or the Tory/LibDem cabinet, or the Pope. But in anarchist & radical circles, ‘lifestylism’ or ‘lifestyle politics’, are often terms used in a derogatory way – people think dismissively perhaps of wealthy drop outs who dont need to work and can afford all the expensive ‘green’ foods & goods, or at the other end of the scale there’s the scruffy cider punks with a dog on a string living in a shitty squat – however incorrect such assumptions may actually be.

The article below appeared in issue 14 of the now defunct Shift magazine, in response to an earlier article ‘Give up Lifestylism‘ in issue 13. We reprint it here, with Matt’s permission, as its well written and we think relevant to many in Bristol. It’s a topic that may well come up at the Bristol bookfair in April.(note – images have been added by us.)

In Defence of Lifestyle Politics
by Matt Wilson

In the last edition of Shift Magazine, Josie Hooker and Lauren Wroe wrote an article suggesting we ought to abandon the idea of lifestyle politics. Here, I respond to their concerns and go on to argue that lifestyle is a fundamental part of social change. Continue reading In Defence Of Lifestyle Politics

Bristol Anarchist Book FAYRE Needs You

Bookfairflyer front1We want to put the Fayre back into Bookfair.

Want to make that coconut shy with David Camerons face on, how about a pin the black mask on an anarchist, anarchist tug of war, use your imagination to help us make the Fayre a fun day to remember.

This years bookfair is at the Trinity centre for the first time and we have a great outdoor lawn space to use for anarchist fayre fun. Are you a performer, artist, juggler, hooper, or people who just have a good idea for the Fayre. Think of it as a village fete with a anarchist edge, it’s DIY – we are open to any ideas. We do have zero budget so you would have to be self sufficient, but when did money ever stop an anarchist from doing anything 🙂 Also if anyone can run some good kids activities, that would be great as we want to make it a good ‘un for the next generation of rabble rousers. We don’t expect people to do stuff all day, it could just be a half hour activity, or a short performance, or whatever takes your fancy – obviously all this will be weather permitting! So to get involved we have a meeting this Wednesday 6th March at Kebele, 7pm start, focusing on the fayre in particular – so come along and have a chat! If you cant make it then email mike@permanentculturenow.com with your ideas/offers. Continue reading Bristol Anarchist Book FAYRE Needs You

Horsemeat and bullshit for the masses

…tax cuts and maximised profits for the corporate chains
…and along the supply chain crap wages & working conditions for the workforce

You don’t have to be an anarchist to note that the ‘contaminated’ products are all based at the cheaper end of the market, mass produced products of dubious quality anyway, for the impoverished masses. Not much sign of products in posh shops and restaurantes requiring examination, wonder why?

deathcoThose supply chains, as exposed in the media, are long and complex – so many sub-contractors and middlemen, so much transportation, it’s amazing anyone makes any money at all. No doubt the workforce down that chain makes very little pay for very long hours. Supermarkets and the larger food producers use their economic power to force down supply prices, and therefore quality, as they attempt to dominate the markets and maximise their profits. Continue reading Horsemeat and bullshit for the masses

A 7 step guide to capitalism and beyond

For a while we’ve been looking for a relatively straightforwards guide to capitalist economics, and the present ongoing global crisis. As we’re not exactly professors of economics ourselves, we wanted something written in relatively plain language that we could dip into (or log onto) at our leisure. Well luckily we’ve come across exactly that, and we share it here for everyone else out there who is confused by the deliberately mystifying (and political) language of most economics books, articles and news reporting. What follows in the links below may not be ‘perfect’, but its more than a useful start – enjoy, pass it on, act.

Kaput – an anti-capitalist & anarchist project (and therefore free to share)

A seven step guide to capitalist economics, money & finance, the market state, the crisis, and what may come next. These articles (as links) are the written up notes of a series of workshops. At the end of each you will find a useful list of further reading, much online. Continue reading A 7 step guide to capitalism and beyond

Singalong to ‘Bugger the bankers and politicians too’

bankersA new modern day classic to add to our heritage of angry protest songs! The Austerity Allstars bring you ‘Bugger the bankers’, an easy singalong ditty, not unlike dear old Chumbawamba in their acoustic english rebel folk song phase, but with more knees-up & gusto. Ideal for picket, march, bank occupation, pub, footie match, wherever!

Turn up the volume – play it on YouTube here.
Turn up the volume – play it on The Austerity Allstars site, where you can also download it to mp3 etc for a mere quid. And here’s the lyrics too….. Continue reading Singalong to ‘Bugger the bankers and politicians too’