Call for international solidarity with the inmates of Sofia prison, Bulgaria

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A call from the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association:

Immediate call for international solidarity!

In a similar statement circulated amongst prisoners in Sofia Prison, we outline the problems we have faced in the last year with the appointment of the Director Peter Krestev in April 2017. Prisoners in Bulgaria call for actions of solidarity in the early months of 2018 in solidarity with our symbolic protest actions. Bulgaria will have the European Presidency and so we call on supporters of human right to organise protests and other agitations at Bulgarian Embassies and also at the offices of the European Commission wherever they find them across Europe and Embassies internationally. The state of Bulgaria must know that the world will not tolerate its fake civilization while it tortures it’s prisoners with corrupt prison Directors.

There has never been such a protest in Bulgarian prisons (albeit symbolic) in memorable history, many of us…

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Focus E15 campaign meetings: finding ways to educate and organise

Focus E15 Campaign

Every month Focus E15 campaign holds a public meeting at Sylvia’s Corner in Stratford. Public meetings are where Focus E15 campaigners network with other groups, share information and meet local residents engaged in fighting for secure housing. The campaign is always trying to find ways to bring  housing issues out into the public domain and challenge the local power structures in Newham by exposing the council’s appalling record of social cleansing and finding opportunities to take direct action.

It is always such a pleasure to welcome outside guests to these meetings. At the last meeting of the year in December 2017 the campaign was fortunate to have a presentation from Taisa Sanches who gave a talk about the housing situation in Brazil  and the large squatters movement in Rio de Janeiro as she shared her PhD research. We thought followers of this blog would appreciate reading about what we learnt…

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Support independent revolutionary media: keep the Bay View in print!

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The San Francisco Bay View is a newspaper that’s played a uniquely important role in the recent waves of prison struggle in the US, helping to provide a platform where prison rebels can share their perspectives with both the outside world and inmates in other institutions. Like many paper publications, it’s struggling to keep going, and is currently going through a financial crisis that threatens its ability to stay in print, and so to stay accessible to people who don’t have internet access. If you can, please donate to their fundraiser here.

In their words:

“All of us who have internet access can read the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper ( online, but for tens of thousands of our readers, the monthly print edition is essential. The core of the Bay View’s readership lives in the hood or in prison.

Just today a prisoner…

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The Occupy sanctuary in Bournemouth. 04.00, Saturday 30th December 2017.

All is calm, all is bright. More than 30 people have a place to put their home tonight thanks to all the love & hard graft freely given to those people without a flat or a house to put their homes in.

This fire has been burning continuously now for more than a week come rain or shine, we shall defend this land.

The Occupy sanctuary in Bournemouth. 04.00, Saturday 30th December 2017.

From Facebook.

New Year honours scrapes bottom of barrel.

‘Chopper’ Chope

If you’ve got a knighthood you’re probably a cunt anyway, but Ringo Starr might be embarrassed to know he’s about to keep company with this despicable piece of shit. I was well up for doing a hatchet job on ‘Chopper’ Chope, but his Wikipedia entry is indictment enough, Chope has whiled away his career as a paid advocate for every conceivable form of venality and exploitation.

I’d tell her maj to shove it if I were you.

From our archives:
You can still be evicted for reporting a leaking roof – and politicians are still taking the piss.

– Jo Gonmush

Getting rich on other people’s sweated labour

Surely you’re not still using amazon! Shut ’em down!

Leaflet for Amazon workers – December 2017

Angry Workers of the World

original-4501-1402615262-11Amazon workers in Hemel Hempstead and Amazon Flex workers in West London: Let‘s learn from the struggles of our colleagues in Italy, Germany and Poland!

Click here for PDF version: AmazonBW

It‘s peak season and work sucks the life out of us. The media presents us as victims, losing the competition with Amazon‘s robots. That sucks too. We can show them that we are no victims.

In Hemel Hempstead we have many problems:

* The picking target of 120 is too high, and it‘s raining verbal and written warnings. Management makes temp workers hit higher targets for the season, and then makes the regulars reach those targets throughout the whole year. ‘Power Hour’?! – No, thanks!

* PMP and Adecco pay low. They advertise £10 an hour, but you have to kill yourself with overtime to get it. Some guys work 60 hours plus. The more hours we work per…

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Updated: First direct action of 2018! 2nd Jan, 8 a.m. start, save Bournemouth’s autonomous homeless sanctuary and get the year off to a flying start …

We’re putting the start time back to 08:00, so the punx can have a lie in!

Come to Bournemouth on 2nd Jan 2018, Exeter rd, opposite the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), and help stop the eviction of our town’s homeless and their supporters, you will be assured of a warm welcome and a hot drink.

Bailiffs like to take us unawares so we’re asking people to be on site by 08:00 – yeah, we know, but one day your grandchildren will ask: “what did you do in the Class War?” The greater the numbers, the more relaxed the day will be.

If you like, come on new year’s day and camp overnight, there’s plenty to eat, and supporters on call to fetch supplies.

Homeless are doing it for themselves in Bournemouth.

If you really can’t make it that early, come anyway, but bear in mind we want to get as many as possible safely inside before the entertainment starts.

This fancy vehicle, reg. LD06 SRV belongs to the firm of property speculators that are threatening our community. If you see them, have a word.

Conference: Visions of a Future Kurdistan(s): Gender, Politics, and Society, London, 13th Jan

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Join us for a 1-day conference: 
Visions of a Future Kurdistan(s): Gender, Politics, and Society

The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, in collaboration with the Kurdistan Peace and Justice Foundation, invites you to a seminar addressing the topics of nation building, transitional politics, gender mainstreaming and governance, conflict and reconciliation.

Date: Saturday, 13 January 2018
Time: 9.30-18.00
Film screening: 16.30
Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
Entrance: Free, please register via the Eventbrite link below

The fight against the Islamic State is slowly beginning to wind down, and the shift of power dynamics in the Middle East is gaining speed. As minority groups develop new systems of governance and self-determination amidst fluctuating regional and international powers, the Kurdistan region is at the forefront of changing geopolitical structures. The role of women in Kurdistan and the Middle East has been given international attention following the central…

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Justice for All the J20 Defendants: Why the Police, Prosecutor, Judge, and State Are Guilty


Today, after nearly a year of suspense, the first six J20 defendants to go to trial were declared innocent of all charges. They are only six of over 200 people mass-arrested at Donald Trump’s Inauguration, nearly 200 of whom still face the same identical charges of six felonies and two misdemeanors—a combined threat of decades in prison. The fight is far from over. Indeed, in response to the verdict, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced that “they look forward to the same rigorous review for each defendant.” We must redouble our support for all the other defendants and show that it is the state itself that is guilty.

The fact that the defendants have stuck together up to this point represents a tremendous feat of courage, solidarity, and mutual aid. To be subjected to the whims of the criminal justice system is already to be punished…

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