Radical workers’ bloc at Tolpuddle 2017.

Not a lot to report this year, except a fine weekend catching up with friends – and a big shout out to Les once again for the Wob kitchen.

On Saturday there was a short discussion to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, which Leninist-apologists continue to identify with the Bolshevik power-grab and its agonising consequences, rather than the bold experiments in workers’ self-management that flourished briefly between February and October 1917. These were part of a revolutionary current that developed spontaneously on every continent in the early years of the last century. It had no need of party games or secretive professional revolutionaries. Your first idea is usually the best one but people have an unfortunate tendency to identify with leaders, especially ones that seem to have come out of nowhere (but have actually been peddling the same ideas for years). Just as they grasp the need to take control of an intolerable situation, they hand it all over to someone else, who fucks it all up on their behalf.

That grim “oh Jeremy Corbyn” chant, just irritating at first, became quite uncomfortable as the weekend wore on. The dead flat intonation and utter mindlessness of it evokes zombie apocalypse more than Captain Swing, and the Maoist ‘revolutionary praxis’ group, with their ghastly pantheon of genocidal demagogues, served to remind us what happens when personality cults get out of hand.

On Sunday The Messiah beamed down and performed a Miracle. Just after 4 p.m. we were able to walk right up to the bar and get served straightaway. Cheers Jeremy!

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

Happy Birthday Red Emma!

RADICAL WORKERS’ BLOC AT TOLPUDDLE 2017

This year’s Martyrs Festival and rally is Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017, our well oiled machine will spring into action on Friday lunchtime, if you haven’t done this with us before it’s a lot of fun. If you have, you know what to expect … View map

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Photo by Wheelz.

For a world without leaders, elections, jobs, money, nukes or fascists: Report from Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle 2016.

Cowley club appeal

If you’ve ever visited the Cowley Club in Brighton it’s a great community resource and worth defending. It’s struggling financially due to the council imposing punitive business rates.

These places are a threat to those who seek the total commercialisation of our town centres and are coming under pressure everywhere. We’ll miss them when they’re gone. Please consider supporting this appeal:

If enough people set up a small standing order each month from their bank account we could thwart the bureaucrats and developers by keeping our radical social centre alive. A tiny amount you won’t miss, even one pound a month per person would be a massive help!

Name: The Cowley Club Ltd
Account no: 60362080
Sort Code: 09-01-55

Thanks! X

Red & Black Telly: ” SOUTH OF FORGIVENESS ” – AN ANARCHIST VIEW

Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair 18th February 2017.

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