Pre – strike solidarity meeting, Bristol 30th November 2015.


What a fucking shambles, the rise and demise of Community Work Placements

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Iain-Duncan-Smith-poutIn 2013 the government published an evaluation of the Community Action Programme.  This workfare pilot scheme involved sending long-term unemployed people to work without pay for six months for charities or so-called community organisations.  It was one of several workfare programmes introduced in a flurry of activity after the 2010 election as Labour’s forced work schemes were shut down at huge cost to be replaced by Tory forced work schemes.  As the evaluation later found, the Community Action Programme was a disaster.

Despite attending full time forced work for six months the programme had no impact on whether people were able to secure paid work.  Even unpaid workfare placements could not be found for half the participants, whilst there was some evidence of claimants transferring to sickness benefits as they were too unwell to carry out full time physical work.  So shit were the results from the evaluation that many…

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Criminalizing Our People: Social Impacts of the PKK Ban by Dilar Dirik

The terror-listing of the PKK by Western states criminalizes ordinary Kurds. However, its hypocrisy also created a conscious, mobilized, activist community.

Last year, when Western mainstream media was confused about “PKK terrorists” fighting “Islamic State group terrorists,” this evoked a tired smile in the faces of ordinary Kurds who, aside from oppression at home, are stigmatized and criminalized throughout Europe.

Terror designations often demonize one side of a conflict, while immunizing the other. This especially applies to the Turkey-PKK conflict, with the second largest NATO-army on one side, and an armed national liberation movement on the other. But in this case, a terrorist designation also criminalizes an entire community of ordinary people, denying them fundamental rights.

The on and off listings of groups and states, such as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, according to the day’s political situation, are examples of how blacklistings are political, not moral, regardless of their pretensions. In reality, listings strengthen state-sponsored violence by reinforcing the state’s monopoly on the use of force, ignoring the legitimacy of resistance and making no moral distinction between groups like ISIS and movements reacting to injustice.

Read full article on teleSUR English

Red And Black Telly: WAR! And the end of the Corbyn illusion

UK activists’ report on the struggle for autonomy in Silvan

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Children outside a ruined house in Farqîn. Picture taken by a friend in Farqîn.Children outside a ruined house in Farqîn. Picture taken by a friend in Farqîn.

“Autonomy means that
we will live in our own way, with our own rules,our own culture and our own identity. I support this from my heart.”
– Narin, resident of Farqîn

In August 2015, the city of Farqîn (Silvan in Turkish) declared autonomy from the state. Barricades were erected on the streets of three neighbourhoods of the city – Mescit, Tekel and Konak – defended by armed people’s protection teams. The Turkish state responded by using intense violence and  imposing a series of curfews, culminating in a 12 day siege of the neighbourhoods in November. An official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) threatened that “the security forces will erase the three Silvan neighbourhoods from the map”.

On the 20th and 21st November 2015, we travelled to Farqîn in solidarity with…

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Birdy Rose art exhibition in Southend: free launch party and live music! 6th December 2015.


CNT Lawyer Activist Released!

London Anarchist Federation

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In our continuing attempt to monitor the draconian and repressive laws afflicting our comrades in Spain, we are glad to recently have received this piece of news translated from this webpage.

“The National Court signed the release order after eighteen days decreeing his imprisonment in Soto del Real. Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez, after analysing the documentation prepared by the Mossos, ordered the release on bail to the tune of 8,000 euros Enrique Costoya, neighbor Santos, labour lawyer of the CNT and anarchist activist, jailed since October 30 .

He spent three weeks in the prison of Soto del Real, after the riot police and the General Information Office stormed his home the morning of October 28, as part of the second phase of Operation Pandora. They confiscated books, posters and supplies . It is expected he is to leave the prison early in the afternoon. Since Procés Embat Elissa…

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Workfare Abandoned! Mandatory Work Activity and Community Work Placements Both To Be Scrapped

We keep going until we destroy the DWP completely.

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workfare-partyIn a major victory for campaigners, two of the main workfare programmes are to be abandoned the DWP has quietly announced today.  Private sector contracts to run Community Work Placements and Mandatory Work Activity will not be renewed says the department in their response to George Osborne’s spending review.

Community Work Placements involve six month’s forced full time work for the long term unemployed, whilst Mandatory Work Activity is a four week short sharp shock of workfare used to punish claimants who were judged not to have the right attitude by Jobcentre busy-bodies.

Hundreds of charities have pulled out of both schemes or boycotted them completely after furious campaigning from Boycott Workfare, Keep Volunteering Voluntary and claimants across the UK.  Recent performance figures showed that only half of those referred to forced community work actually started a placement.  Eighteen months after Community Work Placements began the DWP is

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Red And Black Telly: The Paris Massacre, it’s aftermath, the future.

Autonomy Films and Bridport UNITE Community Group present “JOE HILL – HE NEVER DIED!”

Joe HillToday, 19th November 2015,  is the 100th anniversary of the death of Joe Hill.  He was an activist and union organizer whose songs have inspired the labour movement worldwide.  A thorn in the side of exploitative bosses and the US state, he was executed in Utah on 19th November 1915 on a trumped-up murder charge.  Come to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man, watch a short documentary film, mark his unjust death, and enjoy his songs – join in if you want!  Hear Paul Robeson sing about him.

Saturday 28th November 2015 WI Hall, North Street, Bridport 7 pm for 7.30 pm Entry £3, less if you can’t afford it! Vegetarian pies on sale from 6.45 pm


Tuesday 24th November
Naomi Klein’s new film ‘THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’ The climate change film of the moment The Beehive, Honiton 8 pm Entry:  £5

Wednesday 25th November
Meeting about HOUSING The Corn Exchange, Dorchester  7pm

Saturday 28th November DORSET PARADE FOR THE PLANET 12.00 p.m. – 3 p.m. Bournemouth Pier Approach

Wednesday 2nd December
BRIDFEM XMAS PARTY 7 p.m. The Snug at The George, South Street, Bridport, 6pm £8 including nibbles, followed by discussion about Women and Xmas (Self-defined women welcome).

Friday 11th December
SUFFRAGETTE    (film starring Carey Mulligan) The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport Doors 6 p.m. event starts 7pm. Members of Bridfem will give an introduction relating the story to Bridport, and there will be a discussion afterwards for anyone who wishes. All tickets £4 on the door – no need to book just turn up! (All genders welcome)

Saturday 12th December
Top o’Town Carpark, Dorchester  11 a.m. Assemble for march through town, ending at Borough Gardens

Monday 14th December
BRIDPORT LABOUR PARTY XMAS SOCIAL British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport 7pm Entry:  £12 including meal (curry) and entertainment (Cartoon Action Theatre) Guest speaker: Billy Bragg Licensed bar