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Bristol Anarchist Bookfair and May Day Weekender

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Come on in, the Anarchy’s lovely…The 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is on Saturday 30th April 2016, 11am to 6pm.

BABF2016_flyerfrontFBThe Bookfair and all Stalls will be at Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW, with the  Radical History Zone just 5 minutes down the road at Hydra Bookshop (where you can also get books, coffee & cake).
You are all invited! The Bookfair is Free to enter, but we welcome donations.

Trinity Centre is fully wheelchair accessible including a lift to 1st floor, accessible toilets on both floors, and designated parking in the car park. Hydra Bookshop is wheelchair accessible, but it’s toilet is not.

It’s time to Build An Anarchist Future – read the full callout.

For full details of what’s on when and where – see Full Programme or FB event
For just the Radical History Zone Programme – see BRHG website
For the Bookfair After-Party, presented by LaDIYfest Bristol – see here or FB event
For directions, public transport, parking and maps – read here.
We wish you all a day of total anarchy!

Protest – on the Saturday evening there is an angry march & protest: Homes For All! Protest Against Bristol Council & Mayor George Ferguson. Starting from the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster at 5.30pm, and marching to City Hall (aka Council House) for an overnight stay/squat on College Green. Full info on FB event.

MAY DAY
Sunday 1st of May is May Day – International Workers Day – celebrating all those who have struggled before us, and expressing solidarity with all those fighting capitalism, the bosses and the political pawns today. Find out more.

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Join us on the Radical Workers Bloc at Bristol’s May Day March & Rally!
Calling all Anarchists, rebels, radicals, and workers who are sick of taking shit! Let’s give the politicians & bosses the Class War they’ve started!

The 1st of May is International Workers Day, it’s a time to come together to commemorate the struggles of the past and push forward the struggles of today.

Join us on Bristols May Day march organised by the Bristol Trades Union Council (BTUC), just look for the red & black flags on the day. We’re looking for as many people as possible to join us in a surprise action on the day as well. Solidarity!
Radical Workers BlocFB event
BTUC march & rallywebsite and FB event

Also on May Day: 
maydaycarnivalOn May 1st we are going into the city centre to make a lot of noise and celebrate our humanity in demand for Equal Rights and Justice.  Meet 1pm by The Fountains!

All across Bristol and the world people are being forced from their homes. Some run from explosives, machetes and famines, whilst others are moved through rising rents and man made divides, but all the while destroying communities, families and the lives of young people. There is reason to be angry, but instead we invite Bristol to join us and express ourselves in whichever way you see fit. Make music, share food, dance and learn from other people. Info & FB event. Organised by Mayday Carnival & The Bristol Party.

30 April to 4 May: Reclaim The Power – End Coal Now Action Camp
End-Coal-NowJust an hour from Bristol in south Wales, this mass action could be one of the largest for years. Many people from Bristol will go on the Sunday/Monday in time for the largest action – so join them! Please read loads of important info first, on the Reclaim The Power website or FB event. Check also Frack Free Bristol (FB page) for any transport vacancies left on Sunday. Good luck to all!

We’ll see you at the Bookfair, and on the streets & in the fields!
Solidarity to all!
love, rage & struggle
Bristol anarchist bookfair collective

1st of May – Join the Radical Workers Bloc on Bristol May Day march!

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1stMay_radworkblocfrontwebVarious Bristol anarchists & radicals, including the groups Bristol AFed & SolFed, have issued a call to join a Radical Workers Bloc on this year’s Bristol May Day march & rally, on Sunday 1st of May – International Workers Day!

The Bristol May Day march/rally is organised by Bristol Trade Union Council (BTUC) this year, starts 11.30am at Castle Park – full details here.
(May Day follows the Bristol anarchist bookfair on Saturday 30th April at the Trinity Centre – but we are sure you’ll all be up in time!!!)

Callout: “Calling all Anarchists, rebels, radicals, and workers who are sick of taking shit! Let’s give the 1stMat_radworkblocbackweb2politicians & bosses the Class War they’ve started!

The 1st of May is International Workers Day (brief history + video), it’s a time to come together to commemorate the struggles of the past and push forward the struggles of today.

Join us on Bristol’s May Day march organised by BTUC, just look for the red & black flags on the day. We’re looking for as many people as possible to join us in a surprise action on the day as well.

The Bloc is backed by Bristol Anarchist Federation, and Bristol Solidarity Federation, get in touch if you’d like your group to get involved as well.” FB event.

What is May Day: “Originally a pagan holiday, the roots of the modern May Day bank holiday are in the fight for the eight-hour working day in Chicago in 1886, and the subsequent execution of innocent anarchist workers.” Continue reading 1st of May – Join the Radical Workers Bloc on Bristol May Day march!

Building An Anarchist Future – callout for the 2016 Bristol Bookfair

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BAB2016_poster1medThis is the main text Callout for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair. A shorter version will appear on the Bookfair Flyer shortly. Check the website for Stall bookings and Workshop Proposals. Please also read the Bookfair Collective’s Aims & Principles and share the FB event & Bookfair publicity. Then come along to the south west’s largest, explicitly radical, political gathering – All Welcome!

Building an Anarchist Future
Capitalism isn’t working…

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Callout for Stalls and Workshops at the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

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BABF2016_1medBuilding an anarchist future

Call-out for workshops and stalls for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, which will be on Saturday 30th April 2016, from 11am – 6pm, at Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW.

If capitalism collapsed tomorrow would we be ready?
It’s hard to plan for an uncertain future, as we have no idea how things will play out. Nor is it realistic to think there will ever be a point where we will have reached our destination or ideal utopia.

However, we can work on building our resilience & solidarity & co-operation, experimenting with different ways of organising, exchanging skills & resources, growing food & sustainability, dealing with conflict. and so on.

The aim of this year’s Bookfair is to focus on the futureas capital’s global crisis deepens and conflicts escalate, with disastrous consequences for humanity & the planet, the need for lasting social revolution has never been greaterthe future is bright IF the future is anarchism! Here’s the details & forms for Stall bookings & Workshop proposals….
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Organising for the 2016 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

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BABF2016_1medSince our Bookfair callout and first meeting on 4th October, the 2016 Bristol anarchist bookfair collective (BABC) has been getting on with the various tasks relevant to setting up the 2016 Bookfair.
Now that we are into 2016, BABC will be meeting more regularly to ensure the smooth running of the event…the next Bookfair collective meeting is:

Sunday 10, 24 January 7th, 21st 28th February, 13th 20th 20th March, Monday 28th March ,Sunday 3, 10 Sunday 17 April at 7pm, upstairs at Kebele social centre (14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5).

If you have the time & energy to commit to help with organising over the next 3/4 months then please come along, or to find out more / offer specific help, you can contact us at
                                                                               bristolanarchistbookfair[at]riseup.net
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Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2016

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BABF2016_2medThe date for the 8th Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is set to be Saturday 30 April 2016, and a venue has been provisionally booked.

This will be the day before May Day, and we hope to see a mass May Day event in Bristol to ram home the message that not only did the vast majority not vote for the Tories, but we actively oppose all and any austerity cuts too. If anyone is thinking of organising event(s) for May Day then please get in touch for a spot of mutual aid!

SheffieldThe week before the Bristol Bookfair, there will be an Anarchist Bookfair in Sheffield on 23rd Aprilsee website. The first UK Anarchist Bookfair of 2016 will be in Cardiff on 20th Februarysee FB event.

There’ll be a callout shortly for people who would like to get involved with, and form, the Collective to organise our 2016 Bookfair – so watch this space!

Anarchism sunny side up

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Six weeks on and the dust has settled on the 2013 Bristol anarchist bookfair. even the sun has finally returned again (for a while). Here’s a short review of the 2013 Bookfair written by one member of the 2013 Bookfair Collective.

2011tshirt_image_smallerTwo things seem to happen when we have an Anarchist Bookfair in Bristol. Firstly the sun shines,  it did again on 20 April for the first time in ages, justifying our gamble on a venue change, to The Trinity Centre, with a large outdoor garden & space, ideal for outside fun, and meetings focusing on land, food, the commons and permaculture. The kids enjoyed the bouncy castle too! Second up we again had a period of heightened political tension – Thatcher’s death this time, not more riots on Stokes Croft, but a mini riot at the end of the Easton Death Party on the day the bastard died.

A-wordsThose factors, along with extensive online publicity, posters & stickers, plus 65 stalls (sadly a few failed to show on the day), and 38 wide-ranging meetings (including the Radical History Zone down the road at Hydra Bookshop), ensured an excellent turnout of around 1000 people to the 5th Bristol Bookfair. Kebele’s vegan cafe was overrun, our donations buckets overflowed as we covered our costs, and we’re already trying to book in next year at Trinity Centre – although our preferred date of Saturday 17th May 2014 looks unavailable. Continue reading Anarchism sunny side up

May Day Solidarity Greetings and Event

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May Day greetings to one and all!
mayday_flagcropWe’ve been out and about at various things today, and its good to see a healthy number of May Day events going on around the country over the weekend, as people rememnber the origins of international workers day.

Below is a repost of an article we put up back in early March, still relevant today. Also a reminder of the joint Bookfair & Bristol Indymedia event at the Cube Cinema on Monday 2 May, at 7.30 for an 8pm start:
The Road to Haymarket, May Day, and its Relevance Today. Continue reading May Day Solidarity Greetings and Event

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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