Against all deportations!

Calais Migrant Solidarity

When there are news about scheduled flights to Sudan or Eritrea, there are calls for mobilizations against these deportations. In the last two months, there have been these threats of  and deportationscarried out from France to these countries.

But these are not isolated incidents. Everyday, people are deported from France, from Europe, and from other countries either on the route there or where people seek refuge (e.g. Jordan deporting to Sudan, Sudan deporting to Eritrea). For example, the deportation planes and boats leaving France are filled with people from all former French colonies (Mali, Tunisia, Vietnam, etc.), Albania, Romania, and others- people who are not eligible for asylum, whose countries are considered “safe.”  Many of these people have put their lives at risk to come to Europe – their reasons should not be subject to the divisions of good refugees/bad migrants.

There are people who routinely are…

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Bristol IWW Workshop for Workers of Migrant & Refugee background 25TH FEBRUARY 2017

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset


Bristol IWW will be holding a


The workshop will consist of a short introduction to basic work rights in the UK with some practical tips on how to deal with issues in the workplace, either individually or with your colleagues. We will be talking about things like types of contracts, pay and national minimum wage, discrimination, how to submit a grievance. You will also have a chance to ask questions.

This workshop is open to anyone from a migrant/refugee background and will be in collaboration with the migrant initiative “One Day Without Us”, which will be taking place on Monday 20th February across the UK. For information on the Bristol event, check their Facebook event.


We have been asked on social media to clarify whether…

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Making a difference where it matters…


2017: Year of Resistance to Free IPPs

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

More than 3989 people are serving IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) sentences in British prisons [1]. Five years since the sentence was legally abolished, thousands still languish in jails with no release date. Parole board delays, prison overcrowding and sheer neglect is leading to unprecedented rates of prisoner suicides. IPPs have one of the highest rates of self harm in the prison system in its entirety [2].. 80% are over tariff and desperate to be free.

Only last year, a prisoner whom Smash IPP supported died in prison. We have worked with IPP families who have lost their kids and their partners. Children have grown up with having a parent stolen by this sentence. A Mother with a son who’s an IPP describes the IPP sentence as a “Death sentence”. One IPP wrote how “Our families are doing the sentence just us much as us, is it right…

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Second anniversary of the expulsion of Daesh from the city of Kobane by YPJ and YPG

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Today (26 January) is the second anniversary of the expulsion of Islamic State forces from the city of Kobane. Out numbered, out gunned and blockaded by Turkey the YPG, YPJ and their allies turned the city into a graveyard for the Islamic State.

It was at Kobane that the Islamic State was halted after sweeping across Iraq and Syria. Where the standing armies in Iraq and Syria fled, the militants of the YPG and YPJ stood firm.

Over 600 YPG fighters and their allies gave their lives in the battle. Let’s honour their sacrifices by making sure we redouble our efforts to support the heroic resistance in Rojava/Northern Syria and the revolution they are making.

Biji YPG! Biji YPJ! Biji Kobane!


YPJ fighter Jinda Welat, who had participated in the Kobanê resistance against ISIS gangs at the southwest front, spoke to ANF on the 2nd year…

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The Acorn – 31

winter oak


Number 31

In this issue:

  1. Capitalists threaten Stonehenge and Sherwood Forest
  2. Britain: open for pillage
  3. Roads to disaster
  4. Fighting fascist America
  5. Strike back at the capitalist beast!
  6. Acorninfo

1. Capitalists threaten Stonehenge and Sherwood Forest

The vampires of industrial capitalism are entirely ruthless about the living flesh off which they feed, whether the human beings they exploit or the nature they despoil.

They are particularly callous regarding anything to do with our culture, the people’s culture, which they regard as an irritating obstacle in the way of their never-quenched red-fanged thirst for profit and power.

These self-obsessed social parasites simply don’t care if their schemes destroy communities, displace whole populations from their homelands, trample all over sacred sites across the world.

And just because Britain was the country where the curse of the Industrial Revolution was first unleashed, don’t imagine these life-hating sociopaths have any more respect for our own…

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‘Şehîd Ronahî Youth Centre’ to open in London

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

The ‘Şehîd Ronahî Youth Centre’ will open on the 28th of January 2017 with a ceremony in the capital of England, London.

The ceremony is organised by Ciwanên Azad (Free Youth Movement), Jinên Ciwanên Azad UK (Young Free Women’s Movement), YXK UK (Kurdistan Students Union UK) and JXK UK (Women Students for Kurdistan).

Ciwanên Azad UK invited everyone to the opening of the ‘Şehîd Ronahî Youth Centre’ at the Kurdish Community Centre in Green Lanes, describing it as a historic step for the Free Youth Movement (Ciwanen Azad) in the UK as well as the Europe wide Free Youth Movement.

Related statement by Ciwanên Azad UK said the followings:

“We are experiencing a time in which capitalist modernity is fluttering for survival. In its centuries-old hegemony, capitalist modernity and its nation-state system have failed humanity. The youth have been one of the most enslaved sections of society by the patriarchy, strengthened…

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Universal Credit imposing punitive debt repayment

scottish unemployed workers' network


Report from Dundee

When we met John at our stall outside Dundee buroo yesterday he was brimming with frustration. He had recently started a six week job, and had not un-naturally expected his finances to get a bit easier. But John is on Universal Credit. This is reduced by 65p for every pound he earns – which is better than if he were on JSA, though still an absurd effective tax rate – however that was only the beginning of his problems. Over the years John had built up quite a number of debts, as people surviving on precarious employment often do: things like rent and council tax arrears. The expectation has been that people repay these debts in small manageable increments. But Universal Credit seems to be changing all that. The rules are – of course – complicated, and vary with the type of debt, but people with multiple…

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Social strike strategising and microwave moussaka militancy

Cautiously pessimistic

Two quick plugs: first off, registrations are now open for the Transnational Social Strike Assembly that’ll be happening in London in February. The organisers say:

“Following on from meetings in Poznan, Poland and Paris, France, we will be in London over the weekend February 10th-11th 2017 to further open up the debate and discussions. At its core, we seek to develop new forms of collective action, that go beyond national borders, making connections and linking struggles. The emphasis on new transnational forms of organisation and action is central to our practice. The weekend will focus on bringing together migrant, women and labour groups and individuals together.

We are putting together discussions will include:

The End of the Holding Pattern: Welcome to Brexit Europe
Right Populism, Left Nationalism: Migrants and Wages
March 8th Women’s Strike
Migrant Strikes, from US and Italy
How to fight the boss when your boss is…

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