Anna is with us, we fight on! Bristol Antifascists Demo 16.03.19

Bristol Antifascists are joining with other radical groups and comrades in Bristol for a demonstration on 16th March to remember our amazing and inspiring comrade Anna Campbell. We also want to show our shared commitment to all that she stood for and towards the better world she fought so hard for.

Here’s some of the struggles Anna gave so much to and which we carry on:

Anarchism, Anti capitalism, Feminism, Anti Patriarchy, Queer struggle, Antifascism, Animal liberation, Hunt sabotage, Prison abolition, Defendant solidarity, Ecological struggle, Eviction resistance, Direct action…

Join us! Meet 2pm near the International Brigades plaque in Castle Park, between the church and the river.

15th March 2019 marks the first anniversary of when we lost Anna Campbell. Anna went out to Rojava, the Kurdish region of Syria, to join the Kurdish struggle against fascism. She was inspired by the revolution because of the politics of direct democracy, feminism and environmentalism and fought with the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units), who have been at the forefront in the fight against ISIS. Anna was killed by a Turkish airstrike whilst defending the city of Afrin.

Anna lived in Bristol before she left for Rojava, and throughout her life was active in many groups and causes, including prison abolition, feminism, anti-fascism and animal liberation.

Join with us to remember Anna and all those who have fallen in the struggle, and to take a stand for all that she, and we, believe in. The demonstration will be followed by a gathering at Hydra Bookshop, where Anna volunteered, to launch a zine made by Anna’s friends and comrades and to (hopefully) link up with the Internationalist Commune in Rojava.. If you have ideas or contributions for the gathering on please get in touch by email.

Friends, comrades and all those who wish to remember Anna and others are welcome.

Bristol Antifascists

Bristol IWW

facebook event

https://alternativebristol.com/events/anna-is-with-us-we-fight-on/

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Anti-fascist callout, Swindon 9th February 2019

A fascist infestation is anticipated this saturday in Swindon.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17415220.swindon-yellow-vest-protesters-to-to-hold-demo-on-saturday

The event is being promoted by Martin Costello and Luke Nash Jones, who got chucked out of UKIP last year for abusing staff in a socialist bookshop while wearing Donald Trump masks.

The weirdoes will now put on yellow vests in imitation of French anarchists to express their disdain for foreigners and their enthusiasm for WTO rules.

Swindon Trade Union Council are inviting humans to gather at the cenotaph, regent circus, at 13:00 hrs to oppose them. facebook event

North East Fascists Exposed. A-Z Archive

A lot of work has gone into this. We see these mugs all over so please download the helpful spotter cards from the resources page.

Via: North East Fascists Exposed

Adam Coulthand Adam Walker Adrian Langton
Alan Bozwell Rain Alan Dent Alan Smith
Alan Spence Alan Waterhouse Alfie Harrison
Allen Townend Andrew Benton Andrew Doyle
Andrew Foster Andrew D Johnson Andrew Scottie
Antonio Brown Anthony Crawford Anthony Dodds
Ashleigh Lambert Ashley Smith Barrie Bell
Ben Mccabe Billy Barlett Billy Charlton
Billy Steele Bill William Brian Carr
Brian Morrow Brian Myers Brian Stamp
Bryan Ellison Carl Lintern Caroline Ashcroft
Cath Haley Charlie Rafferty Chris Caswell
Chris Johnson Christopher Knight Chris Smith
Chris Telford Claire Reah Colin Bell
Colin Dodds Colin Holmes Craig Bushby
Craig Owens Craig Wallace Connor McIntosh
Dane Old Danielle Richardson Daniel Spensley
Daniel Wright Darrell Copeland Darren Dolan
Darren Hurst Darren Jardine Darren Kelly
David Michael Davidson David Gibson David Hann
David McCubbin David Walker David Weatherson
David Williams Daz Taylor Deb Culver
Deborah Humphrey Deidre Dominic Howe
Donna Sykes Donna Watson Dorothy Brooke
Fergal Allonby Frankie Elise Ward Gaffa Galashan
Gail Knox Gary Doyle Gary Harbertson
Gary Nichol Gary Short Gary W Sulivan
Gav Bee Gavin Dunn Gavin Hobson
Gaz Ballan Geoff Drury Geoff Purdy
Gillian Boak Glen Skelton Harry Fisken
Heidi Sawicki Helen Barrass Henry Green
Hollie Smallwood Ian Johnson Ian Maines
Isaac Lye Callison Jack Campbell Jack Robinson
Jade Hancock Jak Peter Smith James Wade
Jay Vickers Jed Stoker Charlton John Boyes
John Brownson John Graeme Castle John Connolly
John Devere John Gilroy Jo Durkin
John Hawkes John W Hill John Kerr
John McCaffery John MaMacon John Morrow
Jonathan Forster Jonny Robb Julie Campbell
Julie Usher Karen Graham Karl Glease
Keith Ormston Kevin Bannon Kev Brindle
Kevin Robe Kevin Scott Kieron Wright
Laura Mason Lee Bowey Lee Dunn
Lee Dyson Lee ‘England’ Lee Forster
Lee Laverick Lee Mawer Lee Patrick
Leslie Robson Barker Levy Lester Liam Wade
Linzi Brown Lisa Jane Harrison Lynda Garrett
Mandy Ayre Marc Foster Marc Pescod
Marcus Briggs Watson Mark James Mark Richard Isadore
Mark Lowery Mark Pearson Mark Walls
Mark Anthony Wright Martin Hogarth Martin McKenzie
Melissa Williams Michael Badger Michael Burns
Michael Dack Michael James Grey Michael Humble
Michael Mcmurrough Michael Parker Michael Pocklington
Mick Mccusker Micky Hoppa Kirkley Moxey
Mush Neil Dagga Neil Hanson
Neil Mcdermott Neil Will Nick Bell
Nicky Bower Norman Emmerson Pamela Brannigan
Paul Barton Paul Davison Paul Grainger
Paul Hutchinson Paul McKenzie Paul Miller
Paul Mitchinson Paul Oxberry Paul Robson
Paul Rogers Paul Ross Paul Thompson
Penelope Ann Graham Pete Peter Barwick
Peter Brydon Peter Hunt Phillip Hackers
Rachel Kilpatrick Richie Raymond Robert Low
Rod Stone Ronald Wood Sam Birch
Sam Mcardie Sarah Sean Miller
Shaun Bunting Shaun Ramsay Shaun Williams
Shelly Rose Simon Biggs Simon Martin
Stanley Stanley Burn Stephen Anderson
Stephen Booth Stephen Pescod Stephen Reid
Stephen Walter Storey Stephen Williams Stephen Wilson
Steve Cape Steve Greener Steve Hewitt
Steven Barker Steven Rogers Steven Spence
Stu Campbell Stuart Spence Tasha Allan
Terry Allin Terry Oneil Terry Turnstall
Tina Pearson Thomas Donohoe Thomas Robson
Tommy Allan Tony Baker Tony Hamliton
Tony Hodson Tracy King Trevor Lee
Warren Faulkner Wayne McCurry Wayne Richards
Wendy Wendy Ellison William Hancock

Red And Black Telly: RATIFICATION VOTE POSTPONED + DEC 9TH ANTI-FASCIST DEMO.

Red And Black Telly: BREXIT BACKLASH – DEC 9th

“No platform” – what it means and what it doesn’t mean. By Mal Content.

A great deal of B.S. has emanated from the chattering classes in recent years around this term. You’d be forgiven for thinking it originated in academia, where vested interests compete for the right/privilege of influencing impressionable minds. We are told that debate is being shut down, that intellectual development will be stunted if student bodies decline to entertain purveyors of hackneyed reactionary views, which might provide a stimulating foil to contemporary orthodoxy. Trouble is, we’ve heard it all before.

Fascism never took off in Britain, in the sense that it never gained the executive and slaughtered or imprisoned a significant proportion of the population, as it did in many other countries. This despite it having a sizeable constituency, being well funded and having the sympathy of the establishment. The bitter experience of Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain taught that appealing to the bourgeois ‘authorities’ to uphold constitutional values was futile. It turned out they would only ban events that threatened good civic order and commerce.

Such appeals to decency and morality were taken as signs of weakness, and only emboldened the fascists. Physical superiority was central to fascist ideology, so the only way to halt their progress was to beat them at their own game. Time and again, their attempts to insert a respectable presence into a community through paper sales and public meetings were thwarted by Working Class people, not all politically affiliated, who would rather see a riot in their back yard than a fascist parade.

In 1945, after six years of war against Nazi Germany, a British labour government permitted the fascists detained under Regulation 18b to resume their activities, and gave them a police escort wherever they went. They were joined by Axis prisoners of war who were supposedly being rehabilitated. Apart from Spain and Portugal, which retained fascist governments, the only country in Europe where it was legal to glorify Hitler and the holocaust was Britain.

Mosely’s comeback was thwarted by the 43 Group, formed by Jewish ex-service personnel and their allies. Their game was to knock over the speakers’ platform, forcing the cops to shut the event on public order grounds. This task would be accomplished by selected ‘commandoes’, many of whom had actually performed that role during the war. They would quietly take their places in the hall, then at a pre-arranged signal charge in wedge formation at the line of stewards protecting the platform. A large and well-stewarded meeting could require several wedges, precisely timed and co-ordinated. Other supporters would heckle and pick fights in the audience.

Nor did they set out to stifle debate. In his eponymous history of the 43 Group (highly recommended) Morris Beckman recalls that often dialogue with fascist supporters commenced after they had received a good hiding, and there were defections at all levels. Politicians and other worthies wrung their hands in shame as the Working Class cleaned up its own mess.

Rough justice was similarly dished out by London’s Caribbean migrants in the 1950’s and by the regional Asian Youth Movements of the 1970’s. The phrase “no platform” was well established by the time I first experienced antifascism at the end of that decade. It isn’t about supplication; it’s a simple ultimatum to those in power: “Call your dogs off or we’ll tear the place up”.

Your original snowflakes weren’t students asking for safe space, they were Jewish commandoes, their wives, girlfriends and mates, Asian youths, rude boys, miners, dockers, Brighton rockers, and East End pugilists looking after their manor. There isn’t, and never has been, a right to free speech – liberals don’t go asking the state to grant it. For a detailed explanation of how and why the state grants rights, see here: It’s a useful social skill not to piss off those around you to the extent they want to hurt you. So if your career path relies on vilifying, excluding or slandering the poor, migrants, LGBT people etc, making others fear for their safety, and you fear for your safety as a result, that’s fine by me. If you’ve got a contentious opinion you aren’t prepared to physically stand up for, I won’t give it the time of day.

Brighton Kurdistan Solidarity Festival Friday, 26th October 2018

Save the date!

Kurdistan Solidarity Fest 2018 is coming up on Friday, 26 October at the Cowley Club.

Music lineup and further details to be announced soon, but will include a minimum of two musical acts and delicious feast.

Donations will benefit the Anna Campbell (Hêlîn Qereçox) memorial mural fund.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/253271658668160/

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