The social war in Greece intensifies weekly. As the austerity measures imposed by the ‘Troika’, and willingly implemented by the Greek ruling class, cut deeper every day; the Greek state & police increasingly and openly work hand in hand with the Greek fascist organisation Golden Dawn. This blog report gives just an indication of repression and resistance across Greece in the last week, whilst here and here are reports of so far unsuccessful attempts to shut down alternative media voices. Solidarity is needed – one struggle, one fight!
Sometime after 4am on Friday 1st February, the Freedom bookshop and social space in London was firebombed, after persons unknown had forced open a locked metal shutter – sounds like they came prepared!
Fire and water damage was considerable, but not terminal, and luckily nobody was hurt. Britain’s oldest, and probably largest, anarchist bookshop was up and running again within days thanks to an amazing response from supporters around London. The rest of the building is operating reasonably well, allowing the numerous groups who meet or have offices there to continue their work.
Here we come… after a year off we’re back for 2013! The Bookfair Collective has switched venues this year to somewhere with more outdoor space, and we’re a little earlier in anticipation of another hot April. Taking the outdoors theme a little further, expect a potential playfull mix of bookfair and fayre. But we remain deadly serious about the politics, we live in dramatic times. There is much to play for. Free up your day and join us for free.
For more bookfair info and stall booking forms see more details here.
Bookfairs are Go!
We are up and running for a Bristol Bookfair in 2013, target date early May, if the right venue in the right place is available. We have a new enlarged collective, a mix of old and new people, and plenty of energy. We may go for a Bookfair theme of something like ‘Radical Futures’, because presently things are shit and arent working at all for the majority of us – we all need a future and it wont happen without serious social change.
We ended up taking 2012 off, which is a shame, but you cant force these things if they aren’t meant to be. Looking around us we see society is bleak, with the majority being largely bullied into submission by the rich tiny minority. How can this be? Why is overt opposition and resistance in the UK apparently so low? By encouraging the exchange of ideas and debate about future alternatives, we at the Bookfair collective hope to do our bit to help warm things up in 2013.
If you’d like to get involved and make the 2013 Bookfair happen, then get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. There’ll be plenty to do! Continue reading In Anarchy We Trust→
This info is based on discussions on Wednesday afternoon between the venue (Hamilton House), Banksy’s associates, and the Bookfair collective.
In order to avoid any dangerously large queues forming within the venue, for example on the stairs, and to ensure that Bookfair participants and visitors are able to freely move around inside the Bookfair area, the Banksy print will be available from the ground floor (also know as level 2) of the venue. It will be sold from within the venue’s reception and shop area. If a queue does form then it will be possible for it stretch down the street, as opposed to on the stairs. Suitable numbers of Banksy’s associates and venue helpers will assist with this. This will allow free access for visitors to the Bookfair who do not wish to join any queue to buy the Banksy print, alternatively buy the print and then come on in to engage with the politics of anarchism – which is what the event is all about after all. If you wish to donate funds to help with legal support & defence work without buying Banksy’s print, you will easily be able to do so within the Bookfair as a number of groups/stalls will be collecting and providing legal info. Continue reading Bookfair Collective update on the Banksy fundraiser→
The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair was contacted on Tuesday by Banksy’s associates advising that he has produced a poster to be exclusively sold at the Bookfair – as a fundraiser for local groups in the Stokes Croft/Bristol area who support local art, squatting and those arrested & harassed as a result of the recent Stokes Croft disturbances.
The poster has been released online at Pictures On Walls, announcing it is available for £5, with the following statement: “After the recent Tesco riots in Bristol Banksy has produced this fine commemorative souvenir poster. It’s available exclusively from Bristol’s Anarchist Bookfair this coming Saturday. All proceeds go to the Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft and associates.”
We understand the ‘associates’ will be using any funds raised to support Stokes Croft defendants and those in housing need.
Wow so many good things to go to on the 4th of May! You obviously cant get to all three of them, so you’ll have to choose between 2 different film screenings. However you could just about squeeze in one of the film screenings, and the gig after, or you can just come along to the gig. The choice as ever is yours.