24th March #WorldAfrinDay Brighton → London

Brighton Comrades:

Friends, comrades and others inspired by the struggle of Anna Campbell (Shehîd Hêlîn Qereçox) and her commitment to the Kurdish Freedom Movement will be going together to the demonstration in London for #WorldAfrinDay.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/205096633582492/

Meet Brighton station by the piano at 10:30am to travel together.
After the demonstration there will be a memorial for Anna at the Kurdish Community Centre in London.

If people would like to stay overnight in London to attend the Newroz (Kurdish New Year) celebration the following day, sleeping space can be organised.

Newroz has long been a symbol of struggle and resistance for the Kurdish people and its celebration has long been illegal in Turkey.

“Hêlîn, you are going to be my way. Now I should not feel lost anymore. Every time the forces of the state, patriarchy and capitalism try to influence me I will think of you, and you will be my light to continue always looking forward. Like you always did. Hêlîn, your murder just gives me more strength and generates in me more anger. The pain is not going to blind me, it will only make me stronger. I know that while following your steps I am on the right path, the road to freedom, which was always your way.” (Internationalist Commune)



The arrogance of planners and councillors

We noted with interest yet another example of the arrogance shown by planners and councillors across the region we cover – this one comes courtesy of the Romford Civic Society.


You recall how, about this time last year, councillors wanted to put a “restaurant” in front of 500 year old Church House in the Market, completely blocking the view of the historic building and breaking the Council’s own planning policies? Fortunately the plan was stopped following unprecedented opposition from residents. Well, it turns out that councillors still managed to spend nearly A QUARTER OF A MILLION POUNDS (£228,314, to be precise) on this UN-BUILT BUILDING. Romford Civic Society pointed out that the plan broke the Council’s own policies. Perhaps if councillors had listened they wouldn’t have wasted so much money. These are the same councillors who tell us they’re just the people to build…

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Campaigners call for a ‘People’s Newham’ as Robin Wales is voted out.

It’s a rotten system that allows one person to remain in charge of anything for two decades

Focus E15 Campaign

On Saturday 17 March, Focus E15 campaigners celebrated the news of Robin Wales’ deselection by riding through the streets of  Newham in a open-topped bus. The bus was draped with placards, banners and flags displaying clear political messages about the lack of social housing in the borough. Campaigners sang out the good news that the Mayor had been deselected, chanting in unison ‘Robin Wales has gone -so long so long’ and received many thumbs up and happy waves from Newham residents amazed at the sight of a bus load of campaigners. There were many joyful beeps and hoots from supportive motorists.  Back on board the bus, exhilarating live drumming kept the freezing temperatures at bay as did the constant chanting of ‘Robin Wales is Out’ all set to the sound of popping champagne corks and loud cheering.

This celebratory mood is understandable as the Labour Mayor Robin Wales has been…

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Making a stand

Strikes in the private sector are pretty rare these days so it’s good to see workers at the Linford site of Tarmac Building Products Ltd. taking a stand – Industrial action to be stepped up at Linford site. The strike is over Tarmac wanting to impose an employment contract on new starters with worse conditions than for those already employed at the site. There have already been one day stoppages – the Unite union have now announced a 48 hour strike starting from Wednesday 28th March running through to Friday 30th.

Unite regional officer Guy Langston said: “Unite is escalating the dispute as a direct result of Tarmac’s imposed contracts. We told the company that unless we can negotiate on a level playing field our members would retaliate. We have an imposed contract of employment for new starters that is simply unacceptable to our members. We have advised Tarmac to…

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Know your enemy: Andrew Griffiths.

Andrew Griffiths M.P.

The futility of parliamentary democracy as a remedy for even the most blatant injustice was demonstrated once again last Friday, when your elected representatives were prevented from voting on an issue that had cross-party support .

Instead of employing enough Workers and paying them for their time, shite companies such as cut-price crap merchants B&M have been covering staff shortages by dishonestly offering unpaid trial shifts to vulnerable people, such as those with learning disabilities. The jobs don’t actually exist and when the rush is over these folk are simply discarded without a penny to show for their efforts.

A private member’s bill to ban this practice was talked out of time by this wanker, the government’s business minister Andrew Griffiths M.P. Even the sainted Jeremy can do nothing to prevent the use of the filibuster technique, regularly used by bent politicians to stave off any threat to their corporate sponsors.

B&M recently conned a 25 year-old man with Asperger’s into working three days for nothing, then ditched him an hour before his shift was due to start.

How long does it take to assess a person’s suitability to work in a shop? Cafes are asking for a 40 hour week for free before they will take you on and frequently slip in a busy unpaid shift even after they’ve decided to hire you.

According to 38 degrees:

  • Over 144,000 of us signed the petition to stop businesses forcing people to work for free
  • Almost 30,000 of us emailed our MP to explain why unpaid trial shifts were unfair
  • Over 2,000 of us tweeted our MP the day before the vote

And it did fuck all. We need to shut these bastards down by direct action, politicians aren’t going to do it for us.

– Jo Gonmush

From our archives:

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

A special edition of the Stirrer is coming:)

In the absence of the London Anarchist Bookfair, we’re planning to attend a few bookfairs around the country. If we’re attending a bookfair, it’s always a good idea to have something to hand out that explains our approach to community activism and class struggle politics. We’ve produced a special, more generic edition of our paper which will hopefully achieve that aim without ruffling feathers. It will be getting printed on two sides of a sheet of A4 and should be seen as an introduction rather than a comprehensive overview. All things being equal, we’ll have these printed by April. The first event we’ll most likely be attending with this paper will be the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 12th May. We may even be booking a stall for this one:) We’ll be coming to a decision about this one way or the other in the next few days.

As ever…

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Saturday April 7th 2018 — Liverpool Anarchist Book Fair

Black-e, Liverpool 7.4.18 11am-6pm

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