Tonight, Tuesday 9 February, sees our second organising meeting for the 2010 Bristol anarchist bookfair. We have been checking out various venues, which we’ll be discussing further. Plus we have a couple of pencilled in potential bookfair dates – the 11 or 18 September. We’ll also be looking further at possible themes for the bookfair, and its format. Plenty of items for keen anarchists to get their teeth into. We do need more people to get involved in the bookfair collective – the more people means we can organise better and more varied events. The bookfair is a very public anarchist event and a great opportunity for anarchists in Bristol to engage with a wide range of people. It is essentially your event, so dont just expect us to organise it for you.
Tonights meeting takes place at Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY, from 7.30 to 9pm. In the near future we hope to take the organising meetings to other venues, and we’d also be happy to scome and talk about the bookfair with your group, campaign, or network. get in touch.
Following on from our well attended event at The Cube on 1 February about the J18/Seattle protests, we have plenty of ideas for other events covering various topics. Again we’d like to hear from other anarchists what they think needs discussing? For example, some of us think Bristol’s anarchists would do well to hold some sort of weekend ‘politics and strategy’ gathering, which would mix political debate with some forward planning and co-ordination around agreed strategies. What do you think?
Of course many of Bristol’s healthy mix of campaigns, groups and networks continue to organise ongoing activities, many but not all of which appear on the Bristol Indymedia newswire and calendar. Here’s a few upcoming: Continue reading Bookfair organising and other upcoming events
The Cube cinema, 1 February 2010, 7.30pm:
J18 & Seattle 1999 – reflections & strategies 10 years on
The Bristol anarchist bookfair collective and Bristol Indymedia present an evening of films and discussion that look back to the global protests and counter-summit mobilisations of 1999, and consider where next for the movement of movements. This event is part of Bristol Indymedia’s monthly programme at The Cube, entry as usual costs £3/4 but nobody will be turned away for lack of money – just state what you can afford.
We’ll be showing 2 short dramatic films, one each from J18 and Seattle, which should get your adrenalin pumping. There will be no ‘big name’ speaker, so there will be plenty of time for discussion and contributions. Scroll down for background reading links. Continue reading Reflections and strategies 10 years on from J18 and Seattle 1999
Much sniggering here as the worldwide financial system creaks again. This time it’s Dubai World, essentially a holding company formed by the Dubai government, that is asking for a payment holiday on its debts. In particular its struggling to repay some £3.2billion due in a couple weks, although its total debts are in excess of £50billion. The rub is that if they dont pay up, then their creditors are themselves exposed, and as we now know, banks and financial institutions are constantly lending short term money to each other, so if one fails…you may well get a domino effect. Continue reading We won’t bail out Dubai
Subvert Festival – 23 to 25 October 2009!
The Bastard Squad Collective swing back into action with their annual Subvert Festival, roping in a number of other local groups to help them along the way. With 3 nights of politics, inspiration, and fun! Continue reading Subvert Festival
Update on benefits 1/9/09: many thanks to all who attended the 2 recent benefits on 22 and 31 August, which raised a total of £291 towards the bookfair costs (after the expenses of the gigs was paid). Special thanks too to the bands who played, those who helped on the night, and of course to the ever spikey Bastard Squad collective. Now…dont forget the bookfair…and the after-party that night at The Croft, featuring Gary Clail (of Tackhead & On-U Sound) with a 2 hour midnight set, plus live acts & DJ’s.
Round off your bank holiday weekend in style with the Bank Holiday Monday Bookfair Benefit Blow Out @ The Croft. A warm and inspiring night is guaranteed, whatever the weather outside, at the Bristol anarchist bookfair 2009 fundraiser – volume 3. Continue reading Not just the usual suspects…
Well it was surely only a matter of time…
Continue reading Poverty can be eradicated
Stalls and workshop spaces are filling up fast for this years Bristol anarchist bookfair, on 12 September at The Island, Bridewell St, Bristol BS1 2PY. Continue reading Reminder: Bristol bookfair stalls & workshops booking up fast
A presentation and discussion with a comrade from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For the exchange of ideas and experiences of anarchist thought and action, with a focus on resistance to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. [Note: the summer Olympics 2012 are coming to London, and the same process is happening here – massive budget overspend to be covered by us taxpayers, massive profits for private contractors, more gentrification & exploitation & social control. What can we learn?] Continue reading Social War is Everywhere – No 2010 Olympics on Stolen Land