Reading group #4 write up

London Anarchist Federation

Our 4th Reading group on Situationism and Crass was held on 21st August at Freedom bookshop where we discussed the following texts: Matthews: An Introduction to the Situationists, Debord: Decomposition: The Ultimate Stage of Bourgeois Thought, In: Report on the Construction of Situations, p.6, Guy Debord: Chapter 8 – Negation and Consumption Within Culture, In: Society of the Spectacle, p.68-77 and Cross: “There Is No Authority But Yourself ”: The Individual and the Collective in British Anarcho-Punk.

Situationism

Ok, so the Situationist texts are incredibly difficult and have to be re-read a few times to make complete sense to them. The Matthews text was very useful to provide a summary and to explain the historical context and numerous references to Marx. A number of attendees admit to trying and failing to read Society of the Spectacle or have had to come back to it…

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THE DURHAM COALFIELD

TYNESIDE ANARCHIST ARCHIVE

THE GREAT LABOUR UNREST. Rank-and-file movements and political change in the Durham coalfield. A canny good book from a canny good friend of the archive, although we would recommend you get your local library ( if there is any left ) to order it as it costs anything up to £75. We also include a review by David Douglas.

lewis mates

The period of the “great labour unrest” in the title of this book was between 1910 and 1914 – a period when conflicting ideologies and organisational forms of struggle compete and overlap. This particular work focuses on what was perhaps syndicalism’s finest hour – certainly its most influential period in its challenge to parliamentary reformism and constitutional socialism.

At this time there was an ideological scrum when liberalism – within which the working class in general and the northern miners in particular had roots – and the newly emergent forms of…

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Tasos #Theofilou: Supreme Court has put an end to the prosecution’s attempt to appeal an appellate court — Enough is Enough!

The verdict 1333/2018 of Greece’s Supreme Court has put an end to the prosecution’s attempt to appeal an appellate court ruling which found anarchist activist and writer Tasos Theofilou not guilty. 254 more words

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Thoughts on organisation – Take 3

Angry Workers of the World

imagesComrades from the US sent us some question about what we think about building wider class organisations beyond our small group. We responded briefly…

Thanks for the question, we will use them as an opportunity for self-reflection around the question of how our local activities relates to our aim to become part of a bigger political organisation.

Our aim is to help to create an organisation that consists of local collectives that are rooted in working class organising and discussions about fundamental social change. Through the organisation these local collectives should be able to debate their experiences centrally, to come to more general conclusions and strategies. We have formulated bluntly and in sketches how we see the connection between day to day organising and this fundamental change.

While emphasising the need for such a political organisation we’ve so far shied away from focusing on trying to build it by appealing…

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Ways to support the prison strike

Cautiously pessimistic

Current calls to action from the Incarcerated Workers’ Organizing Committee:

Phone zaps:

Below are active phone zaps to call. If you don’t have an account on the website, email us and let us know you called. You can also organize a phone cluster to get more people involved.

Know a prisoner who needs support? Suggest a phone zap for them.

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Why the STP protest is taking place this coming Thursday

#SaveSouthendNHS will be holding a peaceful demonstration on THURSDAY 30th AUGUST 18.30 outside Thurrock Civic Offices – JOIN US if you can but even if you can’t, READ THIS!!!! Full event details are on link at bottom of post.

1. The recent Mid and South Essex STP ‘public consultation’ process was ineffective, poorly handled, poorly advertised and reached only a tiny fraction of the area’s population (approx 0.3% of the 1.2 million residents).

2. The consultation document was vague with poor and hidden detail on the actually service relocation and was presented as a ‘sales pitch’ rather than as a factual document for objective consideration.

3. Residents weren’t made properly aware that six of the seven therapeutic areas consulted on would be ‘wound down’ at Southend hospital, meaning patients having to be transferred to either Basildon or Broomfield Hospital for treatment.

4. Proposals for patient transportation and transfer were, and…

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Action alert: Stop the harassment of Kevan Thakrar

Don’t forget our Kev

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

Kevan Thakrar is an IWW member and miscarriage of justice who has served over a decade in prison. He was moved to the Close Supervision Centre at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire in July and is now being subjected to an even more repressive regime, as well as targeted harassment from prison officers.

Kevan repeatedly challenges his conditions and captivity with complaints and legal challenges, many often against prisoner officers and members of the Prison Officers Association. In retaliation, the Prison Officers Association have been actively encouraging officers to try to get Kevan moved to a different prison. Staff have been trying provoke an incident after Kevan’s requests for them to wear body-worn cameras (for his own protection, following incidents of physical violence inflicted against Kevan in the past).

On Thursday 16th August, Kevan was put on an even more brutal regime. He is now locked up 23 hours a day…

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