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

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Forthcoming events from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

A Celebration of May Day – 7th May

Palmerston Park 11am – 4pm. March around 2pm.

Music and food, including the Red Stars Choir. PSC will have a stall at this event. Help would be welcome, get in touch if you can help for an hour or just come along and say Hello.

Tell HSBC to Stop Arming Israel – 20th April

HSBC City Centre 11am

HSBC owns £180m shares in BAE and £69m shares in Raytheon. Both of these companies trade arms to Israel. HSBC claims to be committed to Human Rights, if this is true it should end its business relationship with companies that arm Israel’s military Repression of Palestine. We will be leafleting and demonstrating outside HSBC in Above Bar, in the city centre on 20th April at 11am. This is to coincide with the company AGM in London where a larger demonstration is also being held. Come and wave a flag or hold a placard . We will be giving out action cards which members of the public can fill in and deliver to HSBC. We plan a peaceful presence outside HSBC. We plan to raise awareness and to engage with members of the public. I would be grateful if you would let me know by e-mail if you plan to join us.

Remember Nakba 70 years. – Sunday 13th May

Cultural Square 11am – 1pm

Come and join us for a Nakba Vigil. Palestinian Music . Information about all PSC Campaigns .Please come and join us. Let’s Stand with Palestinians in the injustice they face each day. 70 Years of Occupation and the injustice continues.

Palestine Solidarity Southampton is an organisation campaigning for justice for Palestine. We welcome people of all races and  faiths and people who hold diverse beliefs. We believe in non-violence and value diversity. We recognise the courage of many Jews who stand up for the political rights and freedoms of Palestinians. We are opposed to the repressive actions of the state of Israel in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

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