Book Launch. ‘Your Freedom and Mine: Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdoğan’s Turkey’. 11th July SOAS

“Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts… I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

—Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment, 10 February 1985

Join Black Rose Books, Peace in Kurdistan, Kurdistan National Congress UK, Kurdish People’s Assembly in Britain, Freedom for Ocalan Campaign – UK for a special event marking the release of Your Freedom and Mine: Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdoğan’s Turkey Edited by Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley and Dr Federico Venturini.

Wednesday, 11 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm at SOAS, Russell Square, College Main Building, Room DLT, WC1H 0XG Register for the free event here:

A solidarity donation of £2 is suggested to help cover our costs. Copies of the book will be available for half price! £12.50 Paper back

Speakers include: Dimitrios Roussopoulos political activist, ecologist, and publisher; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley lecturer of political sociology at the University of Cambridge; Dr Radha D’Souza Reader in law at Westminster University; Julie Ward MEP (TBC); Jonathan Steele veteran journalist and author; Simon Dubbins UNITE international director; Joe Ryan Chair, Westminster Justice and Peace Commission. In addition, Adem Uzun, member of the Executive Council of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), will send a video-message.

The event will be chaired by: Dr Federico Venturini independent activist-researcher

About the event

 “It is an objective, extremely well-documented analytical report of Turkish state terrorism against Kurds. Shocking revelations make this an emotionally powerful book.”

Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, researcher and author.

A revolutionary imprisoned on an island fortress may hold the key to peace in the Middle East. From the confines of his Turkish prison cell, Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdish Freedom Movement, has proposed a political solution to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, leading many to describe him as the ‘Kurdish Mandela’.

His ideas on direct democracy and women’s liberation are what inspired the Rojava Revolution in northern Syria.

As Syria exploded in civil war and Turkey descended into tyranny, an international peace delegation of European luminaries led by Mandela’s lawyer twice attempted to meet with Öcalan at his prison on İmralı Island. This book is the fruit of these momentous delegations.

Your Freedom and Mine offers crucial insight into the dramatic history, reality, and prospects of the Kurdish Question in Turkey by combining historical survey, human rights reports, interviews, personal accounts, geopolitical analysis, and political philosophy. The volume is the remarkable work of 25 contributors, including politicians, academics, journalists, Iceland’s former minister of justice, veteran war correspondent Jonathan Steele, and key leaders inside the movement.

For information in UK contact Peace in Kurdistan:

e-mail: estella24@tiscali.co.uk

Mobile 07846 666804

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Commander Arian film screening, in Lewes 14th June.

There will be a screening of Commander Arian at the Depot Cinema in Lewes on June 14th at 6.15 pm. After the screening, director Alba Sotorra Clua will take questions from the audience with Elif Sarican and Dirk Campbell.

On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in an empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria broke, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance assembled the YPJ – Women Protection Units. Arian, who witnessed at a young age the nefarious treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to battling ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to their target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unprecedented access to the commander and her troops, including delicate scenes of her recovering from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission.

Anna Campbell from Lewes chose to support the Rojava revolution by going out and fighting alongside the brave women of the YPJ. She met and was interviewed by Alba Sotorra Clua. After the YPG/YPJ defeat of Daesh in the autumn of 2017, Anna went to defend civilians from the Turkish incursion into Afrin in January 2018 and was killed by a Turkish air strike on 15 March.

Proceeds will be donated to the charity Kurdish Red Moon

Kurdistan Solidarity – Portsmouth fundraising gig, 10th May.

10th May at 3 Bar, 106 Palmerston Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PT

Hosted by Kurdistan Solidarity – Portsmouth, in support of the people of Kurdistan and in honour of the martyrs who gave their lives for the freedom of others, we are hosting a benefit night at Three bar in Southsea, featuring local and international acts.


Performing will be:

Roj – kurdish singer based in London
Kelly Kemp – indie tinged acoustic
El Morgan – soulful acoustic
Cyprian Sceptre – lively folk

Words by Bavil Ahmad: giving information about Kurdistan, in particular Rojava and the revolution their. We will speak about what the revolution means, what it stands for. It will be an informative night of learning and fun.

Tickets will be £5 with students getting a 2-4-1 deal. Option to donate more towards the cause if anyone wishes to support.

All proceeds to Hevi Foundation

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Rebel Tuesday: Defend Afrin Fundraiser, 7pm Tuesday 24th April Hackney

‘Those who eat together, fight together’ #DefendAfrin.

Three course vegan meal, talks, discussion and poetry, fundraising for women’s self-defence units in Rojava, Syrian Kurdistan.

With the Turkish state’s invasion and occupation of the canton of Afrin in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), we will be raising money to provide medical equipment to support women who are leading the resistance.

Talks on the Rojava revolution, the possibilities of solidarity and anti-capitalist food production will provoke debate and raise awareness between three delicious courses cooked up by Black Cat Cafe chefs.

With:
Elif Gun, Kurdish Students Union UK
Plan C Rojava Cluster
Farook Bhabha, Community Food Growers Network

Poetry from Sam Berkson.

BYOB.
£10 unwaged
£15 waged
£20 solidarity.

Limited tickets More details on where the money is going and how to donate even if you can’t make this event at this address

IMPORTANT ANOUNCEMENT ABOUT Bristol Anarchist BOOKFAIR 2018

From Bristol Anarchist Bookfair

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2018 has had to cancel the booking with our venue. As a result the full-scale bookfair has been postponed, and a smaller event will run on the same day at the Black Swan.

The primary reason for this is that it has been brought to our attention that the Academy Trust who manage City Academy have a sponsorship deal with arms-selling dickheads Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce do very big business with the Turkish military, who are currently blasting the Kurdish region of Afrin, in northern Syria, to pieces. They also blew up the convoy that resulted in the recent tragic death of the Kurdish womens army (YPJ) British volunteer Anna Campbell, along with many Kurdish revolutionaries. We had a chat, and decided there was no way we were comfortable going ahead with the Bookfair in that venue. We’re a small collective running at reduced capacity, at this difficult time for Bristol’s anarchist community, and the loss of our venue means our only realistic option has been to radically downsize the event. We did have a last minute search for alternative venues available on the day, but there were none free that would allow us to run the full bookfair extravaganza we had planned.

But don’t be too downhearted, as the committed and the anarcho-curious amongst you will be able to get a flavour of Bookfair on the 12th. Our afterparty venue the Black Swan (at 438 Stapleton Road in Easton) has stepped into the breach and during the day we’ll be cramming the venue with as many book, zine and campaign stalls as we can and hosting a tasty vegan bbq in the garden! Plus 30 seconds up the road at BASE (formerly Kebele social centre) we’ll be choosing some of our favourite workshops for you to get involved with and along with all this there’ll be a kids space. We have our party all set to be a banger long into the night in the same space and we hope to see you there.

In the evening the Black Swan will play host to a bookfair after party of epic proportions taking us all the way through till 6am,  and raising money for anti-arms trade campaigning.

Outside the bookfair, of course, the weekend before, the Bristol Radical History Festival takes place on Sunday 6th May. You may also be interested in attending  radical/anarchist bookfairs around the UK throughout 2018

Massive apologies to stallholders, workshop hosts and anyone else that has been inconvenienced by this – we could have spotted this earlier, but it passed us by. If you have contacted us regarding a stall or a workshop, we will be in touch separately.

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair will return in all its glory – and if you want to get involved in making sure that that happens, please contact bristolanarchistbookfair[at]riseup.net!

Useful links:
1. City Academy is managed by an Academy Trust known as Cabot Learning Federation, sponsored by Rolls Royce.
2. Rolls Royce and the Arms Trade, – see as mapped by the Campaign Against The Arms Trade.
3. Rolls Royce interview in Defence Turkey magazine.
4. Anna Campbell killed by the British armed Turkish military
5. Bristol anarchist bookfair 2018

Bristol remembers Anna Campbell.

From Brighton Antifascists’ Facebook page

Today [24th March] a small demonstration was held in Bristol in memory of Anna Campbell. Anna died fighting against ISIS and the Turkish state in Afrin last week.

Simultaneously in London people took to the streets. Today demonstrations were held all over the world in support of Afrin for world Afrin day, but the demonstration in London was dedicated to Anna’s honor and was headed by those closest to Anna.

Anna was an anarchist, antifascist, squatter, hunt sab, prison abolitionist and all round radical revolutionary who had travelled to Rojava to fight with the YPJ for the Kurdish revolution. In Bristol 200 + of Anna’s friends, family and other comrades who had not had the pleasure of meeting her marched in solidarity to honour Anna’s life. The march lasted for two hours taking the main roads and disrupting business as usual throughout the city.

Afrin has been besieged by the Turkish state for the past two months. And from today has been fully occupied by Turkish forces though resistance continues. The YPG and YPJ have been fighting ISIS in Iraqi, Syrian and Turkish Kurdistan. Yet the British state continues to arrest international fighters who return to England under terrorism laws and arming the Turkish state in its offensive against Kurdish-held areas.

We stand in solidarity with Anna’s fight and that of Kurdish revolution.

We send our deepest condolences to Anna’s friends and family.

Anna is with us!
We fight on!

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