Regular organising meet for this years Bristol anarchist bookfair, on 7 May at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft.
We meet Thursday 10 March, from 7 to 9pm, at The Smiling Chair, 40 Stokes Croft, BS1,which is opposite Classics freeshop.
On the agenda this week
1. Updates on stalls booked so far; workshops proposals; venue issues; kids space, bookfair cafe, equipment hire.
2. Plus publicity distro, fundraisers & finances, after-party, banner drops, other events, and much more!
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→
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.
Around the world, social movements of people are rising up in anger against their corrupt and dictatorial leaders, and against an economic system that demands that they pay the costs of the present worldwide crisis of capitalism – whilst the rich just get richer. In some countries, such as Egypt and Tunisia, years of brave small scale difficult struggles repressed by their brutal states have erupted in recent months into fullscale
uprisings, toppling individual dictators & leaderships, and threatening whole regimes. In others, such as Yemen and Iran, these brave struggles have yet to reach a critical mass. Across Europe late 2010 saw an increase in struggles led, as is often the case to begin with, by youth and students. The ongoing conflicts across Greece since 2008 have threatened to become generalised across Europe. The UK has not been immune to this, as Continue reading Cairo, Tunis, Athens, Algiers, Belarus, London, Sana’a, Manama, Tehran…Bristol?→
So 2011 is upon us, and nothing much has changed… The politicians continue breaking promises (VAT, EMA, control orders, bankers bonuses), benefit cuts and job losses are starting to kick in, and the state’s clampdown on those who dissent escalates. But Bristol seems to be warming up nicely! The new year was greeted by a noise protest outside Bristol prison, whilst others attacked a couple of state agencies, and thousands attended free parties. Protests in Bristol are beginning to line up – 11 January against the loss of EMA; 22 January against the arms trade; 24 January protests against benefit cuts; 27 January at 6pm & 22 February at 2pm against Bristol council’s austerity budget and cuts (at the Council House); 29 January day of action linking student protests with cuts; and on the same day a big anti-cuts festival down in Taunton; and much more besides. And Bristol being Bristol, there’s DIY fundraisers aplenty too, with one every weekend so far uptil mid-February. 2011 – bring it on! For calendar info check out Bristol Indymedia, and The Cutz.
1. The Bristol Indymedia room and the Radical History Zone at the Bookfair are now confirmed, details to follow.
2. The Bookfair after-party is a goer, thanks to Kebele Sound for taking that on.
3. A joint Bookfair/Indymedia event on 2 May at The Cube is confirmed, details to follow. We would love to hear from any other groups/networks/projects of any other ideas/proposals for events of an anarchist nature in the week before the bookfair. And dont forget May Day – lets make a week of anarchy! Continue reading Bristol anarchist bookfair latest news→
In The Tradition Of May Day…Resistance and Alternatives To Cuts
The 2011 Bristol bookfair is coming at you 4 months earlier this year. It will happen at the end of a week that includes an outrageously expensive royal wedding, local elections and a referendum on the latest parliamentary elections voting scam. It will happen shortly after the budget cuts of the national LibDemCon government, and local councils, will be known; whilst the job losses and cuts inherent in the austerity drive to bail out capitalism will be kicking in. The anarchist bookfair will be the perfect antidote to all this misery and displays of wealth inequality. Continue reading Bristol Anarchist Bookfair taking bookings now for 7 May 2011→
Saturday May 12th 2018 Taking place at the Black Swan and BASE