Kurdish Solidarity Cymru. Decentralised Day of Action in Solidarity with the Kurdish Hunger strikers

Kurdish Solidarity Cymru call on you to support a boycott of Turkish holidays in solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers. Please join us for a decentralised day of action on the 4th of May. We encourage creative actions on the day, and for groups and individuals to immediately start  writing to travel agents asking them to stop selling Turkish holidays until Abdullah Ocalan’s isolation is broken.

In the UK Imam Sis, a 32 year old Kurdish resident of Newport, has been on an indefinite hunger strike since the 17th November 2018. His condition is rapidly deteriorating. He is part of an international movement of hunger strikers; almost 10 000 Kurdish activists and political prisoners are on hunger strike worldwide. They are calling for an end to the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, whose been held in a Turkish prison for 20 years and denied access to family and lawyers since 2011. Imam explains why the demands of the hunger strikers are so important here: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abdullah-calan-erdogan-imam-sis-welsh-parliament-a8846926.html

We will concentrate our efforts on the travel agent Tui, formerly known as Thompson. There are branches in most towns and cities in the UK – an opportunity for a mass decentralised action in solidarity with the hunger strikers. Find your local branch here: https://www.tui.co.uk/shop-finder People can also register complaints to: https://www.tuigroup.com/en-en/meta/contact or via the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TUIUnitedKingdom/

We have the potential to raise awareness of the hunger strike, and the fact that Turkey as a state tortures Kurds and supports ISIS. A place totally unsuitable to go on holiday and support economically. Tourism accounts for 11.6% of Turkey’s economy, contributing $26 billion to their economy in 2017. This income helps fuel Turkey’s war on the Kurds. There are also direct links between Turkish holiday and arms companies. Over 2 million people from the UK visited Turkey in 2018, making the UK one of the top 5 countries supporting Turkey’s tourist income. We cannot rely on governments alone to pressure Turkey, attacking their economy through boycotts is an important part of the campaign.

A picket, a stall, an occupation, or creative forms of direct action –  your solidarity can be as limitless as your imagination. Why not use your local May day march as a convergence point for taking action?  By the 27th of April we will have produced leaflets, posters and other resources for all to use at actions that will be available to download on the Kurdish Solidarity Cymru website.

Please send reports of any actions, we can then pass it on to the hunger strikers themselves. E-mail a report to kurdishsolicymru@riseup.net or Tweet with the hashtag #Fast4Apo.

​Together we will break the isolation and stand with the Kurds who have already sacrificed so much in their fight against the fascism.

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Anti-Fascism in Italy: Arditi del Popolo

Arditi del Popolo– the first anti-fascist organization (1921-22) from Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

Founded in Rome at the end of June 1921 from a split in the Associazione Nazionale Arditi d’Italia by the anarchist Argo Secondari. The AdP were a physical response to the action of the fascist squads and were welcomed by all those areas which had been under the hammer of the fascist squads for months. They gained much support from the non-politicised among the working class who saw their actions as a sort of revenge and essential for their survival.

Sections of the AdP were set up in various towns throughout the country, either as new creations or often on the basis of pre- existing groups such as the Lega Proletaria [Proletarian League] (linked to the Partito Socialista Italiana [Italian Socialist Party] and the Partito Comunista d’Italia [Communist Party of Italy]), the paramilitary Arditi Rossi in Trieste, the Figli di Nessuno [Children of No-one] in Genova and Vercelli.

The government of Bonomi was worried about the rise in this phenomenon as a treaty was about to be drawn up between the socialists and the fascists (the so-called “Pacification Pact”). […]

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Bristol Antifascists Fundraiser and Spanner Album Launch 30th March 2019

Anna is with us, we fight on! Bristol Antifascists Demo 16.03.19

Bristol Antifascists are joining with other radical groups and comrades in Bristol for a demonstration on 16th March to remember our amazing and inspiring comrade Anna Campbell. We also want to show our shared commitment to all that she stood for and towards the better world she fought so hard for.

Here’s some of the struggles Anna gave so much to and which we carry on:

Anarchism, Anti capitalism, Feminism, Anti Patriarchy, Queer struggle, Antifascism, Animal liberation, Hunt sabotage, Prison abolition, Defendant solidarity, Ecological struggle, Eviction resistance, Direct action…

Join us! Meet 2pm near the International Brigades plaque in Castle Park, between the church and the river.

15th March 2019 marks the first anniversary of when we lost Anna Campbell. Anna went out to Rojava, the Kurdish region of Syria, to join the Kurdish struggle against fascism. She was inspired by the revolution because of the politics of direct democracy, feminism and environmentalism and fought with the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units), who have been at the forefront in the fight against ISIS. Anna was killed by a Turkish airstrike whilst defending the city of Afrin.

Anna lived in Bristol before she left for Rojava, and throughout her life was active in many groups and causes, including prison abolition, feminism, anti-fascism and animal liberation.

Join with us to remember Anna and all those who have fallen in the struggle, and to take a stand for all that she, and we, believe in. The demonstration will be followed by a gathering at Hydra Bookshop, where Anna volunteered, to launch a zine made by Anna’s friends and comrades and to (hopefully) link up with the Internationalist Commune in Rojava.. If you have ideas or contributions for the gathering on please get in touch by email.

Friends, comrades and all those who wish to remember Anna and others are welcome.

Bristol Antifascists

Bristol IWW

facebook event

https://alternativebristol.com/events/anna-is-with-us-we-fight-on/

Anti-fascist callout, Swindon 9th February 2019

A fascist infestation is anticipated this saturday in Swindon.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17415220.swindon-yellow-vest-protesters-to-to-hold-demo-on-saturday

The event is being promoted by Martin Costello and Luke Nash Jones, who got chucked out of UKIP last year for abusing staff in a socialist bookshop while wearing Donald Trump masks.

The weirdoes will now put on yellow vests in imitation of French anarchists to express their disdain for foreigners and their enthusiasm for WTO rules.

Swindon Trade Union Council are inviting humans to gather at the cenotaph, regent circus, at 13:00 hrs to oppose them. facebook event

Solidarity with the Social Protests in France: Resistance to Capitalism, Exploitation! and the State!

From the International Workers Association

The IWA would like to show its solidarity with the social protests occuring in France which are yet another example of resistance to the overbearing exploitation that working people around the world are facing.

Below we would like to publish parts of a text sent by the CNT-AIT and an appeal for solidarity.

Call for solidarity with the popular movement in France of the “Yellow Vests”.

For more than 2 months, a social movement of a new type has been shaking France.

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly working classes (poor or middle-class workers, unemployed, temporary workers, pensioners, …), have been gathering to spontaneously occupy public spaces (and especially the “roundabouts ” ones may find at the entrance of any city or village in France), to express their anger and to seek how to overcome the current political system. These thousands of people have been using the method of struggle which are familiar to anarchosyndicalists: decisions in assemblies, refusal to have leaders or representatives, direct action (that is, action taken directly by the people in struggle, and therefore without political parties, without unions or any other organizations outside of the assembly which would be intermediate between the assembly and the Power / State / Government / Boss). An autonomous movement with diversity of tactics and mobility. (“Auto” means self and “nomous” means norm, so an autonomous movement that defines its own rules for action, outside the regulatory and legal framework.) To identify themselves, people in struggle have adopted the “yellow vest”, a universal symbol that makes everyone equal, and gives visibility to those whom those in Power do not want to see: the poor, those excluded from the economic system by capitalism and globalization. The Bosses and Capitalists are worried about the impact of this movement on the economy. The cost for the French economy is already estimated to be in the billions of euros. In the 2 months of this autonomous agitation, the “Yellow vest” movement has already obtained more social progress than all trade-union representatives and political elections in the last 20 past years.

You’ve probably seen the movies and the pictures of the clashes between the yellow vests and the anti-riot police every week-end since November. These images are certainly spectacular; we can even speak of insurrection in Paris on December 1st or in the city of Toulouse (where our main group in France is located) each weekend. However, we have to look further and avoid the hypnosis of images. In our point of view, what is really important in this movement is not so much these images of battles that are looping over the internet or on the TVs, but rather the fact that thousands of people have got used to meeting regularly in assemblies to decide by themselves, without political party or outside organization, developing their own policies and criticizing Capitalism and the State.

The Power (Capitalism, Class and State) is even more afraid of this momentum of mass awareness of the workers self-capacity for autonomous action, than they are afraid of spectacular violence. As the weeks go by, the revolt, which initially focused solely on a fuel tax issue, has spread and could lead to a complete challenge of the system. To break this movement, the Power tries all the weapons at its disposal: it first tried to say that it was a movement of the far right. In this ridiculous attempt to slander it, The State has been helped by the majority of libertarian or leftist organizations which are so cut-off from the working class that they are incapable of recognizing the class nature of this movement. It is true that – in some cities – racists tried to manipulate the movement at first, but for the moment they have been put in the minority and even sometimes violently expelled from the demonstrations. Then the government tried to calm the spirits by announcing some subsidies for those with the lowest wages. But this measure was so out of step with the social reality that it felt more like humiliation. So the State and Capitalists had to take off their masks and show their true face: that of violence. They remind us that “State has the legitimate monopoly of violence” and that Capitalism operates on a system of domination of the strongest over the weakest. Thus, since the beginning of the movement, several thousand rebels have been arrested and several hundred have been sentenced to very heavy prison sentences, often for the sole crime of having been present in the street to protest. Hundreds of people have been wounded, some have had their hands or feet torn off by explosive grenades, others have their eyes or cheeks pierced by rubber bullets.

CNT-AIT activists have been involved in the movement of yellow vests since the beginning. Initially we came to see and understand what was happening. Quickly it became clear that we were together with people who shared our organisational practice of Assemblies, without representatives, refusing political parties and elections, asking for more social justice. So it seemed natural for us to participate fully but always in the respect of our anarchosyndicalist principles. Our intervention also aims to eject the fascists and other harmful political parasites who seek to use this movement.

In the immediate future, there have been many people arrested and sentenced to prison, who are mostly workers, with or without work, and most often without money and isolated. The duty of anarchosyndicalists is to express solidarity with these prisoners of the social struggle, to demand their release. That is why today we are launching an appeal for solidarity. Any solidarity action, even symbolic, is welcome.

On February 5th, a call to strike was launched by the Yellow Vests. The CNT-AIT calls to join the general strike.

Violence is the State and Capitalism!
Freedom for prisoners of social revolt!
CNT AIT France

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Southampton fundraiser 27th February 2019

Dear All

Southampton PSC in conjunction with the Art House, are hosting a fundraising evening to raise funds for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Please come and enjoy a great evening and support Palestine at the same time. Sidelines are an eclectic local band, find out more on their Facebook page and follow the link below to sample their sound.
https://sidelinesuk.bandcamp.com

The event starts at 7pm and takes place at The Art House, Above Bar Street Southampton, on 27th February. There is no entry charge but we will request donations which will be split between PSC and The Art House.

I hope you can make it.
Warm Regards
Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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