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

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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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Reminder: We’ve Had Enough! Bristol Demo on March 24th

From Bristol Antifascists:

Calling all South West radicals, please circulate to your members and help spread the word! We’ve had enough! of…

  • The rise of the far right and fascists on our streets
  • Power hungry politicians and the rich that they serve
  • Profiteering landlords and no affordable housing
  • Greedy bosses and the rule of capitalism
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Racist borders and militarised states
  • Attacks on immigrants and refugees
  • The police
  • Everyday bigotry and oppression
  • The abuse of all species and the planet
  • A culture of patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia
  • Right wing mass media and governments
  • Religious fundamentalism

… The list goes on!

None of this is the fault of refugees or migrants. It has everything to do with capitalism, it’s interconnected forms of oppression and the system of profit over all life on earth. We cannot rely on politicians or leaders to sort our problems out. We’ve had enough of their world. It’s all got to go and it’s up to us.

For a strong working class movement capable of being a real threat to the system. For a new world based on freedom, co-operation and solidarity.

They want us to feel isolated and powerless. But we are not alone. We refuse to be divided and set against each other by the media, politicians or fascists. We share common dreams as well as common enemies and we are stronger together.

Join the march to show we are on the move towards a better world. Meet at King’s Square Bristol BS2 8JW, on Jamaica Street behind Stoke’s Croft, 1pm on March 24th. Spread the words, bring your friends and bring sruff to make noise with!

SYLVIA PANKHURST – Autonomy Film Show in Bridport Sunday 4th March

For several years Autonomy showed alternative films in Bridport on a monthly basis. We have come back together now because one of our group has been seriously ill triggering loss of earnings and expensive adaptations to his home for a wheelchair. This event is to raise funds to help with these costs.

STOP TURKEY’S WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

#DefendAfrin #NoFlyZone4Afrin

Download 2-sided pdf A5 Leaflet

On 20 January, the Turkish state together with Salafist groups (Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, FSA, Heyet Tahrir El Şam and former IS terrorists) launched a military assault against the Kurdish region of Afrin/North-Syria.

This invasion of another country is a blunt violation of international law.

  • Crimes against humanity; Serious violations of international law; Aggression
  • It is an action of genocide – the attacks are aimed at an ethnic group as such

Erdogan’s current attack on Afrin is to be put into the context of Turkey’s longstanding racist hostility towards any prospect of Kurdish self-determination, including democratic rights within existing states.

The US, the EU and their allies tacitly approved the operation by claiming that it is Turkey’s right to defend its borders. Russia, meanwhile, consented to the assault by allowing Turkey to use the Syrian airspace. They are the same powers whom have not managed to organize peace talks for Syria over the last seven years. Since the war in Syria started in 2011, Afrin has been among the safest areas of the devastated country. Afrin has been a shelter for Yezidis, Christians, Alevis, as well as Muslims from all ethnic backgrounds.

And now; Turkey is killing civilians, committing a war crime and genocide in Afrin

  • Until now tens of civilians have been killed, most of which are women and children, and hundreds have been injured.
  • Turkey, not satisfied with only killing civilians, has now started erasing what is left of the history in Northern Syria. Turkish war-jets destroyed a 3.000-year-old temple – the Ain Dara Hittite temple complex.
  • Turkey is using weapons such as NAPALM and cluster bombs on civilians which were

banned internationally by the United Nations’ Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Stop Turkey`s war against Kurds

  • The people of Afrin are facing genocide. The situation is sensitive and urgent. We call upon all people with a conscience to support Afrin and to stand in solidarity.
  • We call upon the US, EU, UN to understand the reality on the ground and take a clear stand against the Turkish state’s attacks.

DEFEND THE PEOPLE OF AFRIN PLATFORM
defendafrinplatform@gmail.com