The gut reaction for many of us when thinking of Cameron’s ConDem proposals for a ‘Big Society’ is that it is just one very big con.
Whilst they utter media soundbites around rolling back the state, individual freedom and real community control & choice, we see it as just a cover for cutting and trashing all forms of welfare spending and services and replacing them with privately run ones that we will have to pay a lot more for. Very much a case of freedom if you can afford it. Most of us can’t of course.
It is of course not quite as simple as that, and it is worth reading further on the matter. The following article, published in Freedom newspaper on 26 February 2011, was written by long term anarchist & part of the Black Flag collective, Iain McKay. We reprint the first few paras of the article, and give a link to the full article online which includes further reading. Read on: Continue reading Anarchism and the Big Society→
This is a reminder and final call to all groups, networks and individuals considering proposing a workshop/meeting/talk/debate etc at the 2011 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair.The deadline for receipt of any proposals is Wednesday 6 April at 12noon.
Proposals should be submitted by email using the workshops booking form. Please complete it fully. You can download here the forms. The Bookfair Collective will be meeting shortly after the deadline to consider all the proposals. In the event there are more proposals than spaces, we may well ask any similar proposals to join together if possible. If there are still too many: we will take into consideration topics being covered elsewhere in the Indymedia & RHZ zones at the bookfair; as well as deciding which proposals are of most relevance to the present situation generally, and to anarchists specifically. Last year we had 29 proposals, but ultimately only 15 spaces. Continue reading Call for Bookfair workshops and meetings→
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.
The 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!→
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!
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.
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→
Bloody hell it’s nearly 2011, and there’s rioting in the streets…
Better get on it then. Here’s a brief financial report on the 2010 Bristol anarchist bookfair, just so you know the score:
Finance breakdown Starting balance £825.00 Income £1946.00 (includes £925.00 from 2 benefit gigs, the room hire donations from BRHG & BIM, bucket shaking, stall fees, cafe donation and a few odds n sods). Expenses £1205.00 (printing, venue hire, tables/chairs hire, admin and other bits and pieces) Donations to groups after bookfair: £666.00 (to Classics, Kebele sound, BIM & BRHG, Anti-cuts, Women speak out event, Kebele social centre, DA bust fund) Closing balance £900.00 (mostly in the bank, perhaps foolishly). Continue reading Bookfair 2010 finance report and news→
Well mum and her partner got themselves along to the Bristol bookfair 2010, met loads of radical historians, workers, artists, fighters and dreamers. They discovered ideas old and new, brought a shitload of books, and argued, laughed and listened at a bunch of workshops. They were last seen helping out at the community food co-op distro centre in Kingswood in 2024, some 5 years after the council was overrun and the south west autonomous federation set up. We reckon they lived happily ever after….