Red And Black Telly: ELECTION QUICKIE 9- WHY THE TORIES WILL WIN.

Cooperative Economy: Jinwar: a village for women in Rojava

My review of “A Manual for Cleaning Women” by Lucia Berlin

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I love this novel for lots of reasons,  but primarily because it is written about the people who rarely get any publicity but who  are the people who  make a bigger contribution to creating a good society than anyone else. It’s about cleaners, nursing auxillaries and clerks while its settings are the unglamorous parts  of the USA, Chile and Mexico. It’s  about laundromats and public buses, it’s about  drinking,  racism and  abortions. In short it’s  about real life.

The writer, Lucia Berlin, is worth a whole book written just about her life. She was  American, the daughter of a mining engineer, who spent her life as a child and adult travelling across the USA. She was married several times,  had four sons and existed on low paid jobs until near the end of her life  when she got work at a college teaching creative writing.

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Who’s Beating Back ISIS in Syria? Talk by Rahila Gupta in Letchworth Garden City 12th July 2017 7:30pm.

Predominantly Kurdish defence forces, led equally by women and men commanders, are in the forefront of the fight against ISIS. Unnoticed by most of the world and its media, in the middle of a war zone in Rojava Northern Syria, a radical secular experiment in class and race equality and direct democracy with women in the driving seat is taking place. It could provide a model of governance for the rest of Syria but are its ideas too radical for both its allies and its enemies?

Wednesday 12th July, 7:30pm, at David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE. £3 entry. www.davids-bookshops.co.uk.
Organised by the North Herts Friends of Rojava. Contact: nhfor@outlook.com.

The stalls

Dorset bookfair, we;ll be there!

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Will be in the main hall downstairs, disabled access.

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Cowley club appeal

If you’ve ever visited the Cowley Club in Brighton it’s a great community resource and worth defending. It’s struggling financially due to the council imposing punitive business rates.

These places are a threat to those who seek the total commercialisation of our town centres and are coming under pressure everywhere. We’ll miss them when they’re gone. Please consider supporting this appeal:

If enough people set up a small standing order each month from their bank account we could thwart the bureaucrats and developers by keeping our radical social centre alive. A tiny amount you won’t miss, even one pound a month per person would be a massive help!

Name: The Cowley Club Ltd
Account no: 60362080
Sort Code: 09-01-55

Thanks! X

The Acorn – 34

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Number 34


In this issue:

  1. Manchester: an explosion of hate and fear
  2. Extremists of the neoliberal “centre”
  3. The CIA and the war of ideas
  4. Enemy of the system – the US campaign against Julian Assange
  5. Money, power and mining
  6. Acorninfo

1. Manchester: an explosion of hate and fear

The vile bomb attack in Manchester on May 22 has left a noxious smell of racism and fascism in the British political atmosphere in the election run-up.

Prime Minister Theresa May was very quick to ramp up the terror alert status to “critical” and send the army onto the streets in a bid to show just how strong and stable she is.

The gesture has a hint of coup d’état about it. Even pro-establishment Guardian journo Jonathan Freedland had to admit that troops  being deployed in the middle of a general election campaign was “new and unsettling terrain for British democracy”.

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Thoughts on Manchester after the bombing – Mal Content.

Another day, another home-grown fanatic, another child of North-Western Europe and more casually chosen victims of freakish ultra-conservative ideologies and their cultures of violence. The killer’s parents fled a post–Stalinist dictatorship, they were born into the liberal-bourgeois culture that tolerates newcomers up to a point, but is founded on institutional racism, structural oppression and the legacy of empire. They will have watched their parents’ homeland smashed to bits on television, before or after becoming conservatised by the latest fascistic religious death-cult.

In the aftermath, the stars that shone out of the gloom were not the self-important politicians, the bungling secret service or swaggering armed cops but Manchester’s Working Class, many having Middle Eastern heritage themselves. The taxi drivers and hospitality workers offering mutual aid and practical solidarity. The NHS staff working flat out all night, the homeless first aiders, the residents who sheltered and fed strangers. Then as the dust settled, Mancunians at home and away rushed to identify with their city, to defend its diverse culture and celebrate its unique characteristics.

The difference between a city and a nation-state is not just one of scale. The latter, its boundaries arbitrarily drawn and extended by conquest, has always to construct an artificial identity that uneasily juggles the opposing interests of rulers and ruled, the conceit of parasites and the aspirations of paupers. Its values are those of the rich excused to the poor and imposed on them by force or deception. It’s best defined by whatever its bosses claim it isn’t and whoever it’s currently at war with. We have common enemies, but we’re not on the same side.

A city, on the other hand is a community in the sense that its people are genuinely interconnected and dependent upon each other. It grows organically over decades or centuries, it is the sum of whatever its citizens do for each other, what they offer to and receive from the wider world. It is visibly built and operated by the Working Class, who feed it, light it, keep it moving and clean. The rich may occupy bits of it, divide it, rob it, starve it, even ruin it but they cannot claim any credit for its identity.

By the way, if this doesn’t make you appreciate Fire and Ambulance Crews, A&E facilities, Junior Doctors and hospital beds, nothing will.

Dorset bookfair 2017 Meetings and films programme.

Newham nag is a hit with residents

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Read all about it. Real news hits the streets of Newham

Focus E15 campaign and Debt Resistance UK  joined forces to launch a one off  publication, the Newham Nag on Saturday 20 May outside Stratford station in London.  Both campaigns agree that Robin Wales and the Labour council in Newham continue to pull the wool over the eyes of residents and this needs to be exposed. The Newham Nag draws attention to the official publication for Newham council, the Newham Mag.  This latter publication paints a rosy version of Newham that is unrecognisable to those who are facing the effects of years of austerity and council cuts. Clearly an alternative voice is needed in Newham!

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Passersby flocked to get their free copy of the Newham Nag and stayed around to chat to campaigners. Speakers on the community sound system included Debt Resistance, Focus E15 campaign and Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! with…

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