RADICAL WORKERS’ BLOC AT TOLPUDDLE 2017

This year’s Martyrs Festival and rally is Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017, our well oiled machine will spring into action on Friday lunchtime, if you haven’t done this with us before it’s a lot of fun. If you have, you know what to expect … View map

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For a world without leaders, elections, jobs, money, nukes or fascists: Report from Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle 2016.

Bristol antifascists film night 15th June

Bristol Antifascists are showing the excellent film “Bash the fash”, by U.S. anarchist DIY media collective, “Trouble”. Thursday 15th June, Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol. BS5 6JY.

“Reactionary right-wing politics are on the rise in the west, and events are moving at a dangerous pace. In the wake of Trump’s ascendency to the US presidency, a toxic mix of white nationalism, Islamophobia, transphobia, violent misogyny, and anti-migrant hysteria is rapidly coalescing into a growing movement that has in turn sparked a surge of interest in anti-fascist organizing. Battle lines are being drawn, and street clashes are escalating. In this month’s episode of Trouble, anarchist media collective subMedia interviews a number of individuals from the US, Canada and the UK in order to get a better understanding of just what it is that we’re up against, what a viable strategy for confronting this threat might look like, what steps we can take in order to mount an effective response, and how this all fits into our efforts to build a revolutionary movement against capitalism and the state.”

Snacks and drinks from 7pm. Film showing from 7.30pm, followed by discussion.

Donations for food and film welcome to help fund continuing antifascist organising in Bristol and beyond.

Left Forum 2017: Rojava

Cooperative Economy: Jinwar: a village for women in Rojava

Who’s Beating Back ISIS in Syria? Talk by Rahila Gupta in Letchworth Garden City 12th July 2017 7:30pm.

Predominantly Kurdish defence forces, led equally by women and men commanders, are in the forefront of the fight against ISIS. Unnoticed by most of the world and its media, in the middle of a war zone in Rojava Northern Syria, a radical secular experiment in class and race equality and direct democracy with women in the driving seat is taking place. It could provide a model of governance for the rest of Syria but are its ideas too radical for both its allies and its enemies?

Wednesday 12th July, 7:30pm, at David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE. £3 entry. www.davids-bookshops.co.uk.
Organised by the North Herts Friends of Rojava. Contact: nhfor@outlook.com.

Thoughts on Manchester after the bombing – Mal Content.

Another day, another home-grown fanatic, another child of North-Western Europe and more casually chosen victims of freakish ultra-conservative ideologies and their cultures of violence. The killer’s parents fled a post–Stalinist dictatorship, they were born into the liberal-bourgeois culture that tolerates newcomers up to a point, but is founded on institutional racism, structural oppression and the legacy of empire. They will have watched their parents’ homeland smashed to bits on television, before or after becoming conservatised by the latest fascistic religious death-cult.

In the aftermath, the stars that shone out of the gloom were not the self-important politicians, the bungling secret service or swaggering armed cops but Manchester’s Working Class, many having Middle Eastern heritage themselves. The taxi drivers and hospitality workers offering mutual aid and practical solidarity. The NHS staff working flat out all night, the homeless first aiders, the residents who sheltered and fed strangers. Then as the dust settled, Mancunians at home and away rushed to identify with their city, to defend its diverse culture and celebrate its unique characteristics.

The difference between a city and a nation-state is not just one of scale. The latter, its boundaries arbitrarily drawn and extended by conquest, has always to construct an artificial identity that uneasily juggles the opposing interests of rulers and ruled, the conceit of parasites and the aspirations of paupers. Its values are those of the rich excused to the poor and imposed on them by force or deception. It’s best defined by whatever its bosses claim it isn’t and whoever it’s currently at war with. We have common enemies, but we’re not on the same side.

A city, on the other hand is a community in the sense that its people are genuinely interconnected and dependent upon each other. It grows organically over decades or centuries, it is the sum of whatever its citizens do for each other, what they offer to and receive from the wider world. It is visibly built and operated by the Working Class, who feed it, light it, keep it moving and clean. The rich may occupy bits of it, divide it, rob it, starve it, even ruin it but they cannot claim any credit for its identity.

By the way, if this doesn’t make you appreciate Fire and Ambulance Crews, A&E facilities, Junior Doctors and hospital beds, nothing will.

Anarchists storm the Greek parliament during the 2nd day of anti-austerity riots (Greece, 18/5 riot)