Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 1st December 2018

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Interested in finding out more about anarchism and anarchist ideas?

Come along to the Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 2018 which will be taking place at Partisan, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY on Saturday 1st December from 11am until 6pm.

This is a free event.

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The G20 in Buenos Aires: Logbook November 20-22–Security Zones and Shantytowns


On November 30 and December 1, the 2018 G20 summit will bring together the rulers of the 20 most powerful nations for a meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the third installment of our coverage of the 2018 G20 summit, our international correspondents describe the unprecedentedly massive security operation that is accompanying this summit, the international protest mobilization, and police violence against the poor population in the periphery.

Tuesday, November 20

Border Controls, Security Zones, and a City Blockade

The government announced on Monday, November 19 that it will be tightening border controls, focusing on the border triangle with Uruguay and Brazil as well as the international airport. They claimed to have “extensive international lists” and that they “will strictly prevent the entry of radical G20 protesters.” In case friends and activists are detained at the airport, the Protest Alliance has set up a round-the-clock legal emergency service.


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National day of action against Universal Credit, Saturday 1st December

Cautiously pessimistic

Unite Community have finally started confirming some of the details for their upcoming day of action against Universal Credit. Obviously, this is all pretty inadequate, especially the late notice, since these events would be a lot more powerful if they were properly promoted at jobcentres and managed to attract claimants from outside the usual activist circles, which is unlikely at this kind of timescale; but any kind of resistance around social issues like Universal Credit is better than just passively watching the latest developments in the Brexit soap opera. If you’re interested in helping plan serious resistance around welfare reform, it might be worth going along and seeing if anyone there might be up for organising something more concerted than just a badly-promoted day of action once or twice a year.

And as a quick reminder, other stuff coming up this week includes:

Thursday 29th: Electricians’ meeting in London

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Support Dorset Eye – Independent Citizen Media


Dorset Eye is a vital resource for communities and activists, providing local, regional and international voices on a wide range of topics determined by the public. Since 2012 thousands of people have contributed news and analysis to a website that is unique in the UK, supporting local democracy, defending public services and keeping a close “Eye” on those with authority and influence.We aim provide an empowering democratic experience, so the website is run entirely by volunteers operating on a not-for-profit basis. The site is clean of corporate advertising: content is at the centre of the media experience. With growing costs and ambitious plans to become a model that can compete with the corporate media we need a significant increase in resources, especially through financial support.

What they say about Dorset Eye:

Debbie Monkhouse, Defend Dorset NHS:

“Dorset Eye covers the news that really matters to us here and is not afraid to state the facts. Dorset Eye has really helped get the message out about what is happening to our Dorset NHS – the huge losses at Poole Hospital A&E and Maternity, 245 acute beds across the county, and community hospitals in Portland, Wareham, Ferndown, Westhaven and Alderney. Crucially, Dorset Eye has not shied away from sharing clear evidence of the risk to life inherent in the CCG plans.”

Dr David McQueen, Journalism & Media, Bournemouth University:

“Dorset Eye provides a quite unique example of citizen journalism in action – giving local people a venue to write about and debate topics that range from parking, crime, traffic issues, the impact of austerity on local NHS provision, to Brexit, climate change and the mainstream media’s failure in its reporting around Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen. No other local media in the UK is so open to citizens’ voices across such a wide range of topics and stories.

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Red And Black Telly: BREXIT BACKLASH – DEC 9th

London Kurdistan Solidarity Launch Meeting: 30th November 2018, Whitechapel

Êvarbaş Hevalno!

We’re enormously happy to say that the launch meeting for London Kurdistan Solidarity (of which this is the email address) will be next Friday, the 30th of November, at LARC in Whitechapel. The meeting will have a discussion of the Kurdish Freedom Movement’s past and present, and the new group’s basic aims and principles, before a social where we can get to know each other better. The Facebook event is below, and send us any emails here if you’ve further questions.

Hope to see you there!

facebook event

So…who’s really running Thurrock Council?

A few days ago, we wrote this piece about proposals from Thurrock Council to refurbish their civic centre in New Road, Grays: Never mind us plebs, just build yourselves some shiny new offices! Since then, the proposals were subjected to questioning on Tuesday 20.11 by the council’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Officers defend plans for £200,000 plus ‘grand entrance’ to council offices. The plans will now go to the council’s cabinet who will decide if the project can move to the next stage which will be a public consultation.

Take a really close, careful look at the report in the Thurrock Independent because it’s actually quite revealing. It really does sound like the council officers had to put in a lot of work to convince the scrutiny committee that this scheme was needed. You could be forgiven for thinking that they may have their work cut out convincing the…

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