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Kebele Open Day as it Celebrates 20 years of Creative Resistance

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 Kebele Open Day as it Celebrates 20 years of Creative Resistance

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

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.

Cops at the door – some Bristol anarchists respond

[UPDATE 7/12/2014 – In a highly unusual move, the local police & Crimestoppers announced a £10k reward for information about a named Bristol anarchist – read this half-decent article.
UPDATE 15/11/2014 – Anarchists start investigation into dangerous police extremists – full report here.]

In the midst of a period of intensified police harassment of some anarchists & other radicals in & around Bristol, the Bristol Defendant Solidarity project and numerous other groups have issued a statement of defiance, mixing support & solidarity for those who need it, with legal advice & rights info. Here’s an excerpt: “These home visits, arrests, searches and requests to snitch are not just about information and evidence gathering. They have as much to do with a concerted effort to intimidate and divide us all. A big part of their plan is to scare people into inaction and to create divisions between us. They hope to get us blaming each other for increased surveillance to the point where someone falls for their lies and starts talking to the bad guys. These are tactics that have been used against social movements in countless places and times.” Read the full statement here and the legal info here.

Since June 2014 police have escalated their efforts to find the persons unknown who have claimed online a series of targetted attacks against the infrastructure of capital and the state, most famously the burning down of a new police firearms training centre in Portishead just over a year ago. Whilst police have been hunting for the anarchist known as ‘Badger’ since late-summer 2011, when the Bristol (Evening) Post building was attacked – in response to the police murder of Mark Duggan in London, and for the Post’s complicity in the post-Tesco riots clampdown – their renewed efforts seem to have been triggered by an article in the Daily Mail on 1 June. This near-hysterical piece, including rent-an-MP quotes, was most likely planted in the media by Special Branch to prepare the ground, and has been followed up locally by regular articles in the Bristol Post (a part of the same right-wing media corporation). What facts their articles do contain, come not from any investigative journalism but appear to be largely from communiques posted regularly online by the aforementioned persons unknown claiming actions, which total way more than 50 over recent years. A 10 minute doc on BBC1 Inside Out West on 22 September followed the same story (Youtube video). Nobody it seems has so far been charged & prosecuted for these actions, and it appears the police have no more idea of who it is than the rest of Bristol does, beyond searching for the elusive ‘Badger’.

bdsleafletThe 3 year fruitless police search for ‘Badger’ has resulted in infrequent searches & raids (often of squats), a few pointless arrests, a couple of police visits to individuals’ workplaces, and the stopping of a few individuals at airports. Since June 2014 this activity was ramped up, leading to at least 6 arrests of individuals. However as far as is known, most have been released without charge, a couple have ‘police bail’, and some suffered extensive police searches of their homes. It seems very much that these individuals were literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. In addition, it has become known that more people have been stopped at an airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, but were not charged with anything. For a while the open-access news website Bristol Indymedia was the focus of police attention as a result of communiques posted to its newswire in recent years by persons unknown. Police visited various known activists in an attempt to find the people running B/Indymedia, and failing to do so they obtained a court order to seize its server in mid-August (details here), effectively shutting it down. This was the second seizure of the B/Indymeda server, the first was in June 2005, for a similar reason – the police hoped its server files would contain information about those posting up articles. But as in 2005, it doesnt, and you’d have thought the police would have remembered that?! Subsequent to the server seizure, the police seem to have re-focused on finding ‘Badger’, visiting numerous known public activists at their homes and asking for information, and/or encouraging them to snitch, but getting no information and as often as not finding peoples front doors firmly shut.

talking to police medIt must by now be abundantly clear to the police that nobody knows anymore than they do about ‘Badger’ and the persons unknown, and clearly the police have no useful evidence at all, so to an extent their harassment of activists can be laughed-off. Except that it is not funny. It is clearly an attempt to intimidate, probably an attempt to entrap, and possibly an attempt to fit someone (anyone) up so that they have something to show for all their wasted time – it would not be the first time British police have done that! Hence the statement above comes out now from activist groups offering defiance, and solidarity/support/advice for anyone feeling threatened.

At a time when the Tory/LibDem government, backed by most other parties, are suggesting removing protection of human rights and curtailing the freedom of anyone they deem to be an ‘extremist’ there seems to be an increasing momentum towards removing our traditional civil liberties and criminalising political dissent. The same laws introduced on the back of hysteria about Muslim terrorists can equally be turned against anyone the government wishes to target, just as the misuse of the Terrorism Act 2000 against political activists & protesters demonstrates. To do this they want to remove everyone’s right to privacy and snoop on your emails and phone calls. If this was Iran, China or Russia they would denounce it as undemocratic – but the citizens of the UK are all under suspicion by their own government.

The police are the most visible arm of our increasingly secretive surveillance state, sent out to do the dirty work of their political & corporate masters. We know from working class history and personal experience that the police everywhere are able to act with virtual impunity, unless we stop them. From the USA to Turkey, Hong Kong to the UK, police trample on political dissent, brutalise protesters, infiltrate campaigns, coerce female activists into relationships, and shoot to kill. It really doesnt matter if you are a ‘peaceful’ or ‘violent’ protester, to the state and the corporate bosses you are the enemy within. So we need to get our acts together, get back on the streets, get involved with campaigns or start new ones where they are needed, resist the increasing economic & political attacks on us, recognise we have more in common with each other than with the state & bosses, and above all demonstrate in whatever ways we are comfortable with some basic solidarity, support & mutual aid. Capitalism remains in crisis, expects us to pay for it, and in its desperation becomes ever more barbaric, but it only survives whilst we, the enormous majority, allow it to.

Workplace & Community Resistance

Two discussion meetings of interest to anarchists take place over the next 10 days, both happen to be at Kebele social centre.

On 16th October ‘Another Workplace Is Possible’ takes in recent examples of workers resisting (and taking over), and discusses ways to fightback against current UK exploitative work practices.On 20th October ‘Private space, Public space, Communal space – anarchist participation in the struggles for Barcelona’, with activist-author Peter Gelderloos, hears about recent struggles there against gentrification, and how they may apply here.

calendarBut that’s not all! October into November sees a plethora of meetings, events, and we hope action, across Bristol. Organised by a variety of groups/campaigns, and aiming to provide ‘information for action’, as well as historical perspectives and deeper theoretical understanding. You can find many of these events on the new Events Diary initiative from Bristol AFed, whilst also well worth checking are events at or by Cube Cinema, Hydra Bookshop, Kebele social centre, and Bristol Radical History Group. Do get along!

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Still The Enemy Within

Miners StrikedocA brilliant new documentary about the 1984/5 Miners Strike goes on general release at the start of October. Still The Enemy Within’ is an independent, crowd-funded film lasting 112minutes, that has no experts nor film stars in it, and is sadly only likely to be seen at smaller independent cinemas. Pre-release screenings have been taking place at various festivals these last few months such as Sheffield DocFest & Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival (where we saw it), to rave reviews, while a formal cinema licence was being obtained. You can catch it locally on 21 October, 7.30pm at the Cube Cinema in Bristol (ticket info), as well as nearby in Cardiff, Bath & Clevedon – full list of screenings.      Continue reading Still The Enemy Within

Ideas. Words. Books. Films.

It is once again that time of year when we are bombarded by a coercive, sentimentalist, quasi-religious media onslaught that exhorts us to buy into happiness…by buying products to indicate our thanks and/or to achieve some sort of misty-eyed traditional happy family xmas. Never mind that personal debt is at record levels, that austerity means cuts to incomes and services whilst the rich get richer, that for some its a choice between heating or eating. Just buy buy buy and every little thing will be ok. Continue reading Ideas. Words. Books. Films.

Black Power, Anti-Fascist Struggle & Anarchism in the USA – 3 Events In Bristol

Two former US Black Panthers visit Bristol this week. As part of a UK tour initiated by the London Anarchist Bookfair collective, numerous Bristol groups have banded together to arrange 3 discussion meetings in 2 days on 16th and 17th October. Continue reading Black Power, Anti-Fascist Struggle & Anarchism in the USA – 3 Events In Bristol

Kebele social centre is 18 years young

(UPDATE 8/10/13 – Kebele’s big birthday benefit bash on 5th October was a corker of a night and raised well over £2000 for the social centre. Massive thanx to all who put it on, played, and came & danced. See you all at Kebele!)

What started as a squatted empty building in the autumn of 1995, has turned into an 18 year (and counting) experimental project putting anarchist ideas and practices into action on a daily basis. Much to the disgust of Kebele’s many detractors over the years, who wont be coming to the 18th birthday bash!

kebele_headphonesNo doubt when a small group of young punks & idealists occupied what they hoped would be a temporary home back in ’95, they wouldnt have expected it to still be there 18 years later. Amazingly one of the original occupiers remains involved, and there are regular visits from old-timers harking back to the good old days of the late 90’s Reclaim The Streets parties. Continue reading Kebele social centre is 18 years young

Swindon Radical Bookfair this Saturday 21st September

A mighty fine attempt by a very few comrades to make radical ideas & history available in Swindon this Saturday, supported by the local TUC! And with a decent Bristol posse on hand to help out.
Includes 1 room of stalls, 1 room of meetings, and a space for refreshments and chatting.

Venue: Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP.
Map and Facebook Event.

Date: Saturday 21st September 2013 Continue reading Swindon Radical Bookfair this Saturday 21st September