January 20, 2017
Categories: Anarchist, Antifa, Cardiff, Feminist, South Wales Anarchists . Tags: AFed, Anti fascist, Class War, Freedom, IWW, LGBTQ, music, No Borders, Solfed . Author: wessexsolidarity . Comments: 1 Comment
12 – 2 p.m. 43 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NT:
Organised by London Anarchist Federation. Feel free to add your group to sponsor:
Solidarity with Hüseyin Civan
The wave of repression unleashed by the Erdogan regime in Turkey has resulted in thousands losing their jobs and thousands imprisoned. Recently Hüseyin Civan, managing editor of Meydan, a paper that represented the views of the DAF (Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet / Anarchist Revolutionary Action), received a prison sentence of one year and three months.
This was the result of the action of the chief public prosecutor who pursued Meydan over articles published in issue 30, December 2015. The charge against our comrade was “making propaganda for the methods of a terrorist organization constituting coercion, violence or threats through legitimizing or praising or encouraging the use of these methods”.
Meydan was closed down after Erdogan began a campaign of repression after the recent failed coup. The imprisonment of Civan is another heavy blow against the anarchist movement operating within Turkey.
Advocating a system based on mutual aid and equality, defending workers’ struggles, arguing for gender equality and the freedom of the individual , against nationalism and fascism are seen as terrorist crimes by the Erdogan regime.
Representing Meydan and Civan, lawyer Davut Erkan stated that the decision was illegal and would be appealed, if necessary, all the way to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Anarchist Federation sends a message of solidarity to Hüseyin Civan, Meydan and the DAF.
Follow Meydan at: http://meydangazetesi.org
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POVERTY IS NOT A CRIME! SUPPORTING SWINDON HOMELESS PEOPLE, OPPOSING CRIMINALISATION.
Swindon TUC invite community groups and all people in the Swindon area to come together to protest the treatment of our town’s most vulnerable people and raise money / awareness of the criminalisation of the homeless in our town.
Join with us to march, add your name to our 3000+ strong petition, have a mass sit down protest (BRING A BLANKET OR SLEEPING BAG!) and raise money to support Swindon Homeless people. farcebook event
The government austerity cuts, the housing crisis and the brutal slashes in funding for all of our public services have led to vast increases in the number of homeless people all across the UK. More and more of the most vulnerable in Swindon are not only homeless but risk facing arrest for vagrancy, being fined £100 under the Council’s social cleansing initative (the Public Spaces Protection Order) and also risk getting an Anti-Social Behaviour Order instructing them to stay away from the town centre area (and the relative safety of other homeless people), and forcing them into greater isolation and even less physically safe sleeping places. Homeless people who attempt to make some kind of home in unused public space will regularly have their belongings trashed by the authorities with no care for their liberty or dignity.
Swindon Borough Council’s PSPO already means that vulnerable people can be fined £100 for ‘begging’ in the centre of town, but the Council are now looking to extend the boundaries of the Public Spaces Protection Order still further, making even more spaces ‘no-go’ areas for our most vulnerable residents.
1. We challenge Swindon Borough Council’s PSPO.
2. We challenge those who say poverty is a crime.
3. We challenge those who would rather arrest the homeless than support them.
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.