International antifascist prisoner solidarity. Bristol 24th July

Greetings comrades!

Bristol antifascists invite you to come and show your solidarity with antifascist prisoners worldwide. We are organising letter writing and card signing at this gig, from 7.30pm on Monday July 24th:

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If you can’t make the gig, how about getting together with your friends / comrades / group and letting our imprisoned comrades know that they are not alone? An up to date list of prisoners can be found here:

global-antifa-prisoner-list

The International Antifascist Defence Fund provides solid support for arrested and imprisoned antifascists worldwide and so is also well worth supporting:

As the third annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners approaches, we find ourselves fighting the hydra of fascism and far-right ideology. While its many heads have distinct looks in different parts of the world, this beast spews the same venomous poison of nationalism and bigotry everywhere. It demonizes refugees and immigrants, stokes hatred for Muslims, and attacks LGBTQ and other oppressed groups who are fighting for liberation and their very lives.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as the Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men being attacked by fascist football hooligans. Whether acting as individuals or as part of larger organized demonstrations, this is the kind of bravery and solidarity which defines antifascist actions against the forces of hate. Since the day of solidarity last year, we have seen this spirit all over the world—in Indonesia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Poland, England, Greece, the United States, France, Syria, Australia, Japan and all points in between.

While antifascism is global, unfortunately so is state repression. In the U.S., hundreds of antifa have been arrested resisting both the Trump regime as well as Far Right street forces. In Belarus, the state continues to harshly repress the antifascist resistance. While many of these comrades are awaiting sentences, there are still many who languish in prison. We will not forget these comrades behind the prison walls!

We call on anti-fascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Consider having an event or dedicating an action to them. They are in there for us, and we are out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

Bristol Antifascists “Trouble” film showing: “No justice, just us!” 11th July.

We will be showing the next short film in the ‘Trouble’ series on Tuesday 11th July. Snacks and drinks from 7pm. Film starts promptly at 7.30pm.

Kebele social centre 14 Robertson Road BS5 6JY

NO Justice Just us!

This episode of Trouble includes interviews with a number of individuals engaged in legal defence and prisoner solidarity, and looks at some of the ways we can begin to build movements that are more resilient in the face of state repression.

See you all there

BAF

bristolantifascists@riseup.net

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Saturday September 16th 2017

It’s 2017 and the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective has new collective members, a new venue, a new date and some new ideas.

As well as all the usual exciting features of the bookfair such as the amazing range of radical literature and the networking opportunities, this year there is going to be a particular emphasis on workshops and discussions. For this reason we have had to change venue. We needed somewhere with good workshop spaces and while our previous venue has been almost perfect on other ways it doesn’t have this.

Our new venue is smaller and so stalls will be limited. Priority will be given to activist groups that organise using anarchist principles and we would ask that groups campaigning on similar issues consider sharing a stall. The number of book stalls will also be reduced although there will still be a huge range of books. As well as more suitable spaces for workshops and discussions, this year we will be allowing extra time for some of the key discussions.

To whet your appetites we will be having a Zinefair on May 13th at Kebele in Easton, hopefully this is already in your diary! The bookfair collective is going to have our own zine distro so if you have a zine you would like included let us know. If you have it printed already that’s great, if not we may be able to print it. We are keen to hear you recommendations. Watch this space for other events in the run up to the bookfair…

For bookfair stall bookings please use our shiny new online booking form . The deadline for stall bookings is August 16th.

If you have an idea for a workshop let us know, we are particularly looking for interactive workshops that will either inspire discussions or share practical skills useful for strengthening and progressing our movements.

It will be at:
St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road St Werburghs
Bristol
BS2 9TJ

For General inquiries message us on

bristolanarchistbookfair@riseup.net

Bristol antifascists film night 15th June

Bristol Antifascists are showing the excellent film “Bash the fash”, by U.S. anarchist DIY media collective, “Trouble”. Thursday 15th June, Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol. BS5 6JY.

“Reactionary right-wing politics are on the rise in the west, and events are moving at a dangerous pace. In the wake of Trump’s ascendency to the US presidency, a toxic mix of white nationalism, Islamophobia, transphobia, violent misogyny, and anti-migrant hysteria is rapidly coalescing into a growing movement that has in turn sparked a surge of interest in anti-fascist organizing. Battle lines are being drawn, and street clashes are escalating. In this month’s episode of Trouble, anarchist media collective subMedia interviews a number of individuals from the US, Canada and the UK in order to get a better understanding of just what it is that we’re up against, what a viable strategy for confronting this threat might look like, what steps we can take in order to mount an effective response, and how this all fits into our efforts to build a revolutionary movement against capitalism and the state.”

Snacks and drinks from 7pm. Film showing from 7.30pm, followed by discussion.

Donations for food and film welcome to help fund continuing antifascist organising in Bristol and beyond.

Pompey Punx Collective Presents: Spanner & Guests Friday 24th March.

Bristol Defendant Solidarity fundraiser DJ night: Friday 16th December 2016.

bds

We have recently been supporting a number of people in trouble for doing the right thing. We’ve had to pay fines and legal fees for anti arms fair, no borders and antifascist activists so funds are now tight. BDS exists to support any one of us who may end up facing the legal attacks from the state. Please support this benefit night and the ongoing practical solidarity work of BDS. Share with all your contacts and on facebook

Class Struggle Anarchist Conference 2017.

In response to an invitation from Wales AFed / FfA Cymru, we attended a preliminary planning meeting for this event, which is expected to take place in the South West U.K. next year. It will be open to delegates of Class Struggle organisations, and individuals who identify as anarchists. Some groups have already pledged funds and we are open to volunteers to help with logistics

Our Class is under siege on all sides, yet the response has been haphazard. Large sections of it are pursuing narrow and contradictory agendas, many have returned to archaic ideas: state socialism, corporatism, nationalism and worse. Others cling forlornly to political structures that are inherently anti-Working Class. Those at the sharp end who understand the situation best are struggling just to survive.

Yet there are opportunities too. For the first time in living memory the bourgeoisie is also divided on how to pursue its common class interest. Only a few years ago when the Soviet bloc disintegrated they claimed to have won the Class War, and trumpeted “the end of history”; since then their free market has failed, their globalisation project has stalled and they too are trying to wind back the clock – but to what? They offer us “clash of civilisations”: military Keynesianism and primitive accumulation to float their money economy. Representative politics presents an ever-more ridiculous parade of thick, rich clowns.

But we’re still here, and always will be. We all know we must resist everything the bosses try to achieve, there have been some successes and anarchists have been at the forefront of these actions. Let’s define what we do well and sharpen it.

We plan for a weekend of meetings and workshops, out of which we hope will come agreed realistic positions and strategies, with goals we can work towards (and measure). We aim for it to be accessible and comfortable for all abilities, ethnicities and genders so there will be separate caucuses to this end.

A second preliminary planning meeting is scheduled for the 27th November in Bristol, if you would like to attend, please get in touch with us or Bristol Anarchist Federation. State and journalists are not welcome, so it would be good if comrades could vouch for each other.