Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) was formed in the aftermath of the street resistance in Stokes Croft in late April 2011. That resistance occurred when the state acted to defend a newly opened Tesco shop on Cheltenham Rd which had been the focus of widespread community opposition.
A heavy-handed police raid on a squat virtually opposite the Tesco sparked street protests nearby by supporters, that escalated into rioting as the cops brought in back-up from several other forces in what looked like a pre-planned operation. Welsh cops didnt endear themselves to locals by blocking their streets and refusing them access to their own homes, and soon wider sections of the local community were on the streets giving the cops a runaround into the early hours. The Tesco shop was trashed and shut down for a week. Continue reading Celebrate 2years of active solidarity by Bristol Defendant Solidarity→
The Bookfair After-Party is a split fundraiser between the Bookfair and Bristol Defendant Solidarity. Come on down to socialise, wind down after the day, and dance yer socks off to the variety of live bands and DJ’s – more info.
9 November: An anarchist assembly – do we want a bookfair in 2012?
Wouldn’t you like to play a part in a successful anarchist collective that for the last 4 years has been organising an annual event that is both highly public and explicitly anarchist…and just keeps getting bigger? From 350 people in 2008 to around 1500 attendees in 2011, the Bristol Bookfair has rapidly become the UK’s second largest, and reflects the exciting anarchist movements in this city.
So that’s the 4th annual Bristol bookfair over. What did you think of it?
We put this short statement up on Bristol Indymedia on Monday 9 May – read it here.
Those of us in the bookfair collective are mulling over the bookfair and how it all went, and we’ll be having our own collective chat in a week or so time. But first, we would really like to know what you think? So come along and tell us…
Feedback Meeting – Sunday 15 May, 5 – 6.30pm, at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY
This is for anyone who was at the bookfair – visitors, participants, stallholders, meeting organisers. Come and tell us your views, constructive criticism welcome! Continue reading Bookfair feedback – you tell us→
Exclusive to the Bookfair!
Designed by the Bookfair’s very own top secret in-house artist, known to the world only as the deeply mysterious ‘s_t_u_f_f_i_t’.
A top quality black T-shirt, for men and women, image on front only. Strictly limited edition, 50 only, £8 a pop. Buy one on the day so we can pay for the venue hire. Available only on the day, and only from the AK Press stall, who have agreed a strict no-commission deal with us to sell it. Form an orderly queue please.
If we catch any of you trying to sell it on Ebay you’re for the chop.
We can’t wait to see what Sky ‘thick’ News, the Daily Mail Wail, Jankers wankers and Bonkers Burchill make of ‘gurt lush’!
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→
Well thats another fairly pointless election over, where quite frankly whoever you voted for would still implement the cuts.
Perhaps the only really interesting bit will be the AV referendum result – who got the bloodiest nose, was it the anti-AV Tories, or the pro-AV Yellow Tories the LibDems? Will the government fall…? Now that would be a result.
Looking for some real alternatives? Check out the amazing array of stalls at the Bookfair this Saturday providing anarchist and radical views and analysis on all the topics under the sun, and some above it too. Alongside history, theory, analysis and debate, there are also explorations of real alternative ways of living our lives and organising ourselves. Continue reading Election over. Now for some real politics – check out these stalls!→