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Singalong to ‘Bugger the bankers and politicians too’

bankersA new modern day classic to add to our heritage of angry protest songs! The Austerity Allstars bring you ‘Bugger the bankers’, an easy singalong ditty, not unlike dear old Chumbawamba in their acoustic english rebel folk song phase, but with more knees-up & gusto. Ideal for picket, march, bank occupation, pub, footie match, wherever!

Turn up the volume – play it on YouTube here.
Turn up the volume – play it on The Austerity Allstars site, where you can also download it to mp3 etc for a mere quid. And here’s the lyrics too….. Continue reading Singalong to ‘Bugger the bankers and politicians too’

Exposing Universal Jobmatch

The UK Solidarity Federation have launched an excellent new online information portal dedicated to exposing Universal Jobmatch, a sneaky new online job search (dis)service designed to monitor benefit claimants and ultimately remove them from the jobless figures. The advice website is cunningly called Universal Jobmatch, and is available in English & Polish, with more translations coming soon. Do note that signing up to the job search (dis)service is NOT mandatory, see the website for info and your rights!

From the website: What is Universal Jobmatch? Continue reading Exposing Universal Jobmatch

Austerity is another word for war

In the run up to this years Bookfair we aim to post up a series of articles looking at the most important issues of our time: the ideological nature of the ruling elites attack on the working class (and those who will never work); the worsening economic recession; the inherent crisis of capital; resistance to these attacks; alternative economic ideas; and sources for further information. Our aim is to stimulate understanding of the issues, debate, and of course action.

We kick off with an article by Roy Ratcliffe from the critical-mass blog:

Austerity: Another Word For War
The article equates global austerity to a condition of large-scale ‘war’ by the upholders of the capitalist mode of production – against the rest of society. The article considers two possible lines of resistance and defence which could put ordinary people onto a self-reliant and defensive war footing.

1. The attack is already under way.
Globally, the troops have been prepared, the weapons sharpened, the strategic headquarters of capitalism have been readied, the national command centres have been briefed and the local field marshals are on the alert. In 2013 the previous heavy skirmishes conducted by the financial, economic and political agents of capital, will be intensified into a veritable war against the working classes and the poor.

As usual it’s the bondholders and banksters among the 1% plus who will order an increase in the intensity of the war against the rest of society. Their colleagues in the strategic, decentralised headquarters of IMF, World Bank, Central and national banks, along with their paid mercenaries in national governments and states are planning the tactics and strategy. Their field agents in local governments and law courts are on stand-by – ready to wield the life-threatening armaments – and do their bidding. (Read more…)
Continue reading Austerity is another word for war

New Bristol Mayor as bad as old Council Leaders shocker

New Bristol Mayor Georgie-boy Ferguson has taken less than 2 months in the job to cut Bristol Council’s 2013/14 budget by £35million, and delete over 300 jobs. He promises further cuts over the next 2 financial years totalling £65million minimum, and over 600 more jobs deleted.

What a way to thank your voters eh? At this rate it wont be long before he’s deleted more council jobs than he had votes, given the tiny percentage of Bristolians who actually voted for a mayor in the first place (about 14% of the electorate).

Georgie-boy’s plans have been ripped into by the Bristol Anti-Cuts Alliance (BADACA) in a scathing press release, promising resistance to every cut in jobs and services. They’ve published a full breakdown of his cuts, and are building a list of council events to lobby – so make sure you turn up and support their protests, and any & all actions by workers facing the chop, and organise your own! Tellingly, councillors, unions & workers have complained they only heard about the plans after they were leaked to the media. Morale amongst council workers is at an all-time low after years of cuts and pay freezes. Continue reading New Bristol Mayor as bad as old Council Leaders shocker

Discussion workshop on community direct action casework

An introduction and discussion on community direct-action casework with Seattle Solidarity Network

Wednesday 17th August from 7-9pm
The Factory, 2-8 Cave Street, St Pauls, BS2 8RU
ALL WELCOME

seasol_logoSeattle Solidarity Network (SeaSol) is a workers’ and tenants’ mutual aid group that you can join to fight back against bosses and landlords when they do something like steal your wages or your damage deposit. By supporting each other through collective direct action, and winning these small fights we build our strength, experience and confidence, we can take on bigger opponents and take back more from the bosses – and we start to realize that we can do far more than that – we can create a new world.

Join a member of SeaSol in a workshop and discussion about why we believe that building solidarity networks or doing similar small-scale organizing in every city is one initial step towards building a movement of resistance based around people’s daily experiences and fighting back against the rich and powerful.

Event poster pdf to distro: seasol_meet

Anarchists against cuts and the state – what next?

We’ve had our eyes out for a decent public article on this topic since March 26 (see our article). The following article was posted on UK Indymedia on 4 April by an anonymous author about whom we know nothing. Its pretty lucid and addresses a number of key points. We wouldn’t agree with all of it, but its a good start at discussion. Obviously many comrades are discussing this privately, and given some of the actions thats fair enough – activist security is important! However we hope to see more public discussion of these issues at the Bristol bookfair. We’ve added in a few comments, mainly factual, they will start ED and be in italics.

Anarchists Against the Cuts: discussion points after March 26

1. The big question behind this: how do we work as anarchists within a broader anti-cuts struggle? The anti-cuts “movement” is where we need to be, the main front of a class war which is becoming more open and directly confrontational. Rather than merely defending the old welfare state compromise, we can see the crisis as an opportunity to move forwards with radical solutions based on solidarity and mutual aid. But we have a lot of work to do on our analyses and methods if we’re going to be up to the task.

2. March 26 felt like a victory. We outran the police, the streets were ours. We proved that, as Bob Broadhurst said, there is no way the police can guard every building in London. Noise, rage, exhileration. The biggest black bloc London’s seen. And the smartest, with all those lessons learnt from the recent student protests.

3. On the other hand, it certainly wasn’t Trafalgar Square 1990. It wasn’t Greece or Italy or the French banlieues. Nor did it have the youthful wildness of last November when the EMA kids walked out of the schools to join the fighting. Did it seem at least possible that this could be the day that “direct action”, if that’s the term, spread beyond the old hands and new students to “workers and anyone who will stand and fight”? That thousands more from the main march would get infected with our energy and break off into the streets, leaving the TUC bosses looking as stupid as Aaron Porter? That didn’t happen.

On balance: the action on Saturday looks like a consolidation of our progress since Millbank, but not a big push into new territory. Continue reading Anarchists against cuts and the state – what next?

Diverse tactics stop NewLabour hijack of anti-cuts protest

Saturday 26 March saw a magnificent protest as at least half a million people marched, danced and took direct action in London against the ConDem Coalition’s austerity measures and cuts. Thousands of Bristolians attended, travelling down by coach, train and car, and some could be found in attendance at most of the range of protests that occurred across the capital from early in the morning until late at night.

diy on main march
diy on main march

Many thousands clearly put a lot of time and effort into their protest, with a stunning array of homemade placards, banners and imagery. Whilst there was virtually no pro-NewLabour propaganda, many made clear their rejection of not just the cuts, but the ConDem Coalition and indeed capitalism too.

NewLabour hijack thwarted
Despite the best efforts of the TUC and NewLabour leadership, NewLabour had a very bad day. The TUC had worked hard to keep even moderately radical voices off the Hyde Park rally platform, with the likes of RMT leader Bob Crow and Green MP Caroline Lucas not allowed to speak because of their non-support for NewLabour. Stupid NewLabour leader Ed Millibrand gave a poor and contradictory speech. Claiming to be a part of and proud of the anti-cuts campaigns, he proceeded to state clearly that NewLabour would in any case make cuts, just like the Coalition, and indeed just like the many NewLabour councils implementing cuts across the country. The idiot even claimed to be part of a history of protest that included the Suffragetes, Nelson Mandela/the ANC, and the black US civil rights campaign, but later condemend all and any forms of direct action that involved absolutely any sort of property damage or violence, thereby displaying his utter ignorance of the tactics used by the groups he mentioned – which included disrupting meetings, breaking windows, non-compliance, mass civil disobedience, occupations and of course the clandestine armed struggle of the ANC. He clearly forgot the Suffragettes window-smashing day of anger in Picadilly in 1913, and their physical attack on Winston Churchill at Bristol station! Continue reading Diverse tactics stop NewLabour hijack of anti-cuts protest

March 26. Here we go!

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!

Wapping great barbed wire lies

Today, 7 March, represents a bit of a quandry for angry campaigners, with a number of worthwhile events to go to this evening. An obvious one is the Bristol anti-cuts alliance open meeting at 7pm in the city centre. Another is the joint Indymedia/BRHG event at The Cube on the 25th anniversary of the 1986 printworkers year long strike in Wapping, east London, which starts at 8pm. Maybe you can manage a bit of both?

The anti-cuts meet is an obvious one, as its about building resistance now to the ConDem Coalition’s vicious austerity measures aimed at ordinary working people. But a bit of history can be useful too, as it helps us understand some of the reasons why things are the way they are now, and how the ConDem’s seem to be getting away with a lot of nasty shit so far. Continue reading Wapping great barbed wire lies