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Bristol Bookfair 2014

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A possible Bristol anarchist bookfair for 2014 has been provisionally booked in for Saturday 26 April. The venue would once again be the Trinity Centre, after the success we had there in 2013.

BABC_logo_smallSome individuals from the 2013 Bookfair Collective will send a call out to form a new collective at some point in the autumn of 2013. However it should be noted that some of the 2013 collective are in favour of holding bi-annual Bristol bookfairs. Therefore, to hold a bookfair in 2014 we will need new and additional people to get involved! Watch this space….

If the Bristol bookfair 2013 gave you a buzz, then check out these upcoming events:
Saturday 5 October – celebrate 18 years of anarchist resistance and creativity with Kebele social centre at their ‘big birthday bash’ – see poster below & details here.

Monday 7 October – Indymedia: Past, Present & Future. Important meeting to discuss the future of Bristol Indymedia. Details here.

Saturday 19 October – the London Anarchist Bookfair, the oldest & largest anarchist bookfair in the world, attracting comrades from around the UK and from abroad. See poster below or details here. Continue reading Bristol Bookfair 2014

From the squatter camps of South Africa

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On November 6th: From the squatter camps & shanty towns of South Africa – a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from a black South African grassroots activist, about their daily struggles to sustain a basic existence in the face of state oppression and corporate greed.

Lindela Figlan is a prominent member of Abhlali baseMjondolo (AbM), the Shack Dwellers Movement, that originated largely in the shanty towns and squatter camps on the outskirts of Durban in South Africa around 2005, but is spreading further afield. AbM were invited to send a speaker over for the London Anarchist Bookfair on 27 October. Via a loose network of anarchist bookfair collectives & social centres, a whirlwind 20 day tour was put together, taking Lindela around the UK, and to Bristol on Tuesday 6th November.
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7th May on Stokes Croft, Bristol: Anarchism – Big ideas for the new society

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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

A note on Respect, filming and recording at the bookfair

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Respect each other and the venue
Thanks to CoExist/Hamilton House and their liason person for hire of this venue in central Bristol. Please respect the venue and its many other users by – not smoking inside, clearing up your rubbish, and not entering those areas that are not part of the bookfair. More info about Hamilton House.

We want the bookfair to be accessible to all, whatever their age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or ability. All floors are wheelchair accessible. We ask people to respect each other’s opinions and allow the free flow of ideas, even when you disagree. We will not accept any racist, sexist or other abusive or oppressive behaviour – you will be asked to leave. Animals are not allowed in the building, except guide dogs. Continue reading A note on Respect, filming and recording at the bookfair

Full programme for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

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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

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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

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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

March 26. Here we go!

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So, excitement is building for 26 March and the big TUC demo in London against the ConDem Coalition austerity measures, and calling for alternatives such as a more equal distribution of wealth via the tax system. From Bristol it looks like upto 30 coaches are going down, plus many more people going independently.

march-26The TUC are officially shitting themselves. With a vicious budget due on 23 March from millionaire Tory scumbag Osborne that will make clear his intention to make us continue to pay for his class’s crisis, anger is mounting, and who knows what will happen on the 26th? Terrified of actually being seen to do anything that might actually challenge the government, the TUC have got into bed with the Met Police in a big way in an attempt to avoid any blame should they be unable to control the anger of ordinary working people. On the main demo expect a high degree of collaboration between 2-3000 TUC stewards/private security staff and the government’s thugs in uniform. The TUC should be ashamed of themselves, given the cops role in smashing strikes over the last 200 years. Continue reading March 26. Here we go!

Flyer for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2011

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Here is the colour flyer we have published for this years Bookfair. We have several thousand of them, and need your help to distro them widely around Bristol and further afield – into workplaces, centres, shops, pubs, cafes, colleges and so on. Get in touch if you want some, or pick some up from Kebele social centre. You can also download images of the colour poster, and pdf’s of some black and white posters, here. Thanks.

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Resistance against cuts – Bristol news

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A quick round-up of Bristol anti-cuts actions, news & resources, following on from latest protests.

Bristol IWW placard
Bristol IWW placard

Saturday 19 February saw between 200 (BBC figure) and 3000 (organisers figure) attend the Bristol Anti-Cuts Alliance (BADACA) march in Bristol. We’d say there were maybe 1500 there. This was a fairly unadventurous and tame event on a damp overcast morning, and was all over in 75 minutes. However it did attract a wide cross-section of Bristolians and was probably useful in purely outreach terms. But did it present a real threat to the local bosses and politicians, enough to make them abandon cuts? Sadly not.
Good Anti-Cuts Action report on the march, and the subsequent and effective UKUncut Bailout events in Bristol city centre afterwards.
Photos etc posted on Bristol Indymedia of the march. Continue reading Resistance against cuts – Bristol news