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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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7th May on Stokes Croft, Bristol: Anarchism – Big ideas for the new society

Anarchism – Big ideas For A New Society

Hot on the heels of the recent Stokes Croft disturbances, and coming at the end of a week of benefit gigs, meetings and film shows, communal meals and who knows what else…welcome to the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2011 – Resistance and Alternatives to Cuts. Continue reading 7th May on Stokes Croft, Bristol: Anarchism – Big ideas for the new society

Bookfair Collective update on the Banksy fundraiser

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

Full programme for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

The full programme for this years Bookfair has been layed out and 1500 copies printed. A few copies are being distributed around town. You can read the programme online as a pdf, and print your own copy:
Full programme (1.6MB pdf) – 2011_programme

The programme lists the huge array of stalls, and the details of the 34 debates, discussions and workshops covering most of the current hot topics. There are also events discussing anarchist ideas and practices, alongside talks and films about radical history over the last 100 years. You can find more details of the events, and other pdfs to download, on this page.

capitalism only works for a tiny minority
capitalism only works for a tiny minority

We’d like to thank the local police force, and Bristol city council, for demonstrating so clearly to us all their cosy relationship with big business over the Tescos affair. The state plays a key role in a capitalist society, and has a mutually beneficial relationship with the desire of global capital to maximise its profits. It will never willingingly stand in the way of large corporations doing whatever they want to do. The ongoing Tescos affair in Stokes Croft clearly demonstrates this historic relationship, and helps explain why anarchists oppose both capital and the state. Get along on 7 May and find out more.

Stokes Croft, Tescos, and resistance to police provocation

As the Bristol Bookfair collective's organising meeting last Thursday, 21 April, was drawing to a close after nearly 3 hours, messages started coming in - cops evicting a squat on Stokes Croft, riot cops on the streets blocking off the road, small crowd gathering. It was about 10pm, and being an organised bunch, we completed our admin meeting before drifting off to get much needed food and drink. One collective member eventually cycled the 10 minutes to Stokes Croft, and subsequently wrote up this piece. What with all thats been going on, and the hot holiday weather, we've only just got around to posting it up now:

Stokes Croft is home to numerous clubs, bars and cafes as well as a number of independent and co-operative businesses including Co-exist, who are hosting this year’s Bristol Anarchist Bookfair at Hamilton House. This long run down inner city area sits on the edge of the Cabot Circus & Broadmead shopping palaces. It also forms a boundary on one edge of the St Pauls neighbourhood, a historically poor and neglected area with a large Afro-Caribbean community, and scene of many previous flashpoints with the cops and authorities. Stokes Croft, and St Pauls, have in recent times seen a degree of ‘regeneration and gentrification’, assisted partly by local street artists and those such as the Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) who have tried to ‘clean up’ the area by painting boarded up buildings and taking over empty premises. The area has been named by PRSC as ‘Bristol’s cultural quarter’. Also in recent years anarchist groups have squatted several derelict premises on Stokes Croft setting up a Free Shop, bookshop, art gallery, and non-commercial club/gig space, with other squats and a social centre nearby.

The trouble started at Telepathic Heights, a long-running residential squat that is diagonally opposite a new Tesco Express. Over the last year there has been a strong community campaign against the store opening which has lobbied councillors and made objections to the planning process. A group of squatters had taken over the proposed Tesco site last year for several weeks and used it as a home and community centre. When this was evicted last summer there was a demo of four hundred outside and minor skirmishes with the seventy police and bailiffs. Continue reading Stokes Croft, Tescos, and resistance to police provocation

Anarchist Bookfair meetings timetable available now

resist_alternativesThe timetable of metings/workshops/events at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, on May 7th, is almost complete. There are still one or two matters to sort out…but people have been asking for a sneak preview – so here we go with info that is 100% correct. Read the most up to date timetable we can give you – download a copy here:
in open office format – 2011_meetings_timetable (updated 20/4/11)
as a PDF –  2011_meetings_timetable (updated 20/4/11) Continue reading Anarchist Bookfair meetings timetable available now

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair taking bookings now for 7 May 2011

early poster
early poster

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair
7 May 2011

At Hamilton House
80 Stokes Croft
Bristol BS1 3QY

10.30am to 6.30pm

In The Tradition Of May Day…Resistance and Alternatives To Cuts

The 2011 Bristol bookfair is coming at you 4 months earlier this year. It will happen at the end of a week that includes an outrageously expensive royal wedding, local elections and a referendum on the latest parliamentary elections voting scam. It will happen shortly after the budget cuts of the national LibDemCon government, and local councils, will be known; whilst the job losses and cuts inherent in the austerity drive to bail out capitalism will be kicking in. The anarchist bookfair will be the perfect antidote to all this misery and displays of wealth inequality. Continue reading Bristol Anarchist Bookfair taking bookings now for 7 May 2011

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2010 – Callout

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2010 – Callout

Saturday 11th September, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY,

10.30am-5.30pm

This is a callout to potential stallholders, and workshop/meeting organisers. Please apply now! Everyone else keep the day free, come down, take part in the discussions, browse the stalls and join in the fun.

Full details about the Bookfair can be found at:

http://www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

including booking forms, venue and travel info, publicity, other bookfair events and more.

Graffitti on an empty office block near the city centre
Graffitti on an empty office block near the city centre

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