We came across this written article (communique) a while back, and lob it here into the mix of debate as we think the issues it addresses are of concern to some anarchists and radicals in the Bristol area. So read on if the mood takes you….
[Note – we found the original English translation here, whilst the original in Spanish on Barcelona Indymedia is linked to here.We decided not to add any images, as there were none with the original.]
Communiqué for Anarchist Actions in Barcelona and Response to the Nihilist Comrades
With this communiqué, we wish to claim the following actions, as part of a struggle for the destruction of the State, Capital, patriarchy, and any system of domination, a struggle for the free creation of voluntary and solidaristic relations at the global and local level; in other words, a struggle for anarchy. Continue reading A Communiqué for Anarchist Actions and Response to the Nihilist Comrades→
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.
This year’s bookfair will be at The Trinity Centre for the first time. In general the response to this change has been positively received. There have however been a very few comments made online that are critical of the fact that Trinity is close to a police station and cctv, and that it rents its carparking spaces to the police. For the avoidance of doubt we state here our view on Trinity.
The Trinity Centre rents out carparking space to a number of organisations, including as far as we know civilian employees of the local police force (maybe officers too?). As a community association and registered charity, they like many similar projects are strapped for cash in the current climate, and need to get as much income as they can to survive. Their large carpark is an obvious source of revenue to keep them up and running.
Of course it would be great if places like Trinity were completely independent and self-sufficient, and were not reliant on either state grants or having to rent space out, but currently if they didnt they’d almost certainly close, as they have nearly done on numerous occassions in the past. No doubt they’d love it if loads of people with time on their hands got involved in the place and helped keep it alive and active without having to resort to such revenues. Why not check through their website to see what you can offer to this community-based initiative? Continue reading A comment on The Trinity Centre this years venue→
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.
However 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.
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→
…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?
Those 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→
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→
The UK Solidarity Federation have launched an excellent new online information portal dedicated to exposing Universal Jobmatch, a sneaky new online job search (dis)service designed to monitor benefit claimants and ultimately remove them from the jobless figures. The advice website is cunningly called Universal Jobmatch, and is available in English & Polish, with more translations coming soon. Do note that signing up to the job search (dis)service is NOT mandatory, see the website for info and your rights!
Much attention is focused on Athens in Greece this weekend, the location of a mass mobilisation for ‘Anti-fascist Athens‘, and against the Greek fascist party Golden Dawn. A call for international solidarity has resulted in numerous actions around Europe and beyond – in London a protest outside the Greek embassy; in Bristol there is a gathering opposite the Hippodrome from 2pm, along with calls for Greek run bars, cafes & churches to make an explicit anti-fascist statement.
All good, it will be massive! But this is an ongoing campaign in Greece, with anti-fascists and others upping the pace of the campaign in recent months to combat the growth of Golden Dawn, and both the open and shadowy support they receive from the Greek cops and state. The growth of Golden Dawn is based on a simple premise – they oppose the austerity measures forced upon Greek workers by the Greek government at the bidding of the IMF & EU….and blame it all on immigrants. Its a classic fascist tactic of divide and rule in the interests of the ruling elite – as well documented recently by Schnews (do read it!). Street conflicts with Golden Dawn thugs are almost daily occurences (example in Crete), as are murders of non-whites by Golden Dawn and their supporters. Continue reading In Greece they still fightback→