The Durruti Column 1936

Message from Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch

Dear All
One of our long standing Members/Group Officers, Jon Ellis, whom many of you will know, is entering the Big Ride for Palestine this year.Below is a message from him.
To sponsor Jon: Please make a payment to Acc:08269513 Sort:08/90/26

For Mr J D Ellis and Reference it Gaza. It will be sent to the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

Dear Friend of Palestine,

This year numerous small and local Rides for Palestine will be taking place around Britain during the week ending Sunday 2 August. The annual Big Ride covering 100 – 200 miles with hundreds of participants is not possible due to Covid 19 restrictions. Local rides will have a maximum of 6 riders in a group.

On Saturday 1 August I am leading a Hampshire / Dorset Ride from Lymington Quay to Poole Quay and back again, a round trip distance of about 44 miles.

44 miles is significant. It is the length of the militarized fence which imprisons the Palestinian people of Gaza, the site of hundreds of Palestinian deaths and thousands of wounded.

Please join me for the Ride on 1 August if you are free and if you can cycle the distance. If planning to ride please seek sponsorship. If unable to ride with me please consider sponsoring me to complete the ride.

The route is substantially flat, including the Bournemouth and Poole seafronts, with small hills in Bournemouth itself and between Highcliff and Lymington. The weather forecast is good. There will be a ONE HOUR stop for lunch on Poole Quay, with short stops in Christchurch and Bournemouth for publicity.

The Ride will depart from Lymington Quay outside the Ship Inn at 10am, reaching Bournemouth pier at about 11.30am and Poole Quay at about 12.30pm.  We aim to return to Lymington by 4pm. The ride moves at the speed of the slowest, and goes whatever the weather. We ride with the Flag of Palestine.

The Ride will be measured and recorded on the sports website STRAVA.

You can reach Lymington by train with a bike via Brockenhurst  – half hourly service, bikes free.

Contact to ride or sponsor : Jon Ellis,   Mob.07775982908

lymfriendsofpalestine@gmail.com

For info about the national Big Ride for Palestine event go to :

https://www.thebigride4palestine.com/

Southampton Palestine Solidarity will be in Southampton outside West Quay on 22nd August from 10.30am to 12.30. Tell HSBC and the UK Government to STOP ARMING ISRAEL. Come and join us. More details will follow in a further email in about 10 days time.

Best wishes
Cathryn M Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

From: PSCSouthampton. pscsoton@gmail.com

Dear All

The state of Israel under Prime Minister Netanyahu, is set to annex much of the West Bank from July 1st onwards. This is unlikely to happen all in one swoop because the state of Israel will want to minimize international reaction but Israel looks set to annex most of the small amount of land that is left to Palestine. This will mean that there will no longer be an effective State of Palestine. The little that will be left will be small unconnected territories heavily controlled by Israel and with no corridors connecting them. This is illegal under international law. Palestine is a state recognised by the UN. However Israel has the support of President Trump and with the world preoccupied by the Coronavirus they may not be much international opposition.

Israel has already announced that Palestinian citizens living in land to be annexed will not have citizen rights in Israel.

Please join us outside West Quay in Above Bar Southampton at 11am on July 4th to demonstrate against this illegal land grab.

Let’s remind people to call on Israel to End Apartheid. Stop the Annexation of Palestine and call on the UK and the EU to implement sanctions. Sanctions Now

We will provide flags and Placards, although please bring your own if you wish. We intend to respect social distancing rules on public gatherings therefore we will not be giving out leaflets and we will be dividing into small groups of six and staying apart . We would advise the wearing of a face mask.

Please also write to your MP. Call on the UK government to implement a ban on all trade with Israeli settlements and for a two way arms embargo on Israel. You can follow the link below to send an email to your MP.

Please also sign the online statement to stand in opposition to annexation.

Write to your MP
http://www.palestinecampaign.eaction.online/parliamentannexation

Sign the Statement
http://www.palestinecampaign.eaction.online/stopannexation

Please also see our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/southamptonpsc

Independent Sex Workers Fighting COVID-19 And Poverty

Voices in Movement

BRIGADA CALLEJERA has been fighting for sex workers in Mexico for more than 30years.The government of Mexico has repeatedly let down sex workers with unfulfilled promises during the COVID-19 crisis.Brigada Callejera is asking for your solidarity and support in their “BREAKING CHAINS” COLLECTION CAMPAIGN.

BRIGADA CALLEJERA DE APOYO A LA MUJER ELISA MARTÍNEZ AC.(STREET BRIGADE IN SUPPORT OF WOMAN ELISA MARTÍNEZ AC.)

We are continuing our collection campaign for Independent Sex Workers Fighting Covid-19 And Poverty.

It is urgent that all civil society organizations help vulnerable populations in the face of this worsening situation.

We are infinitely grateful to all the people who have joined forces with us. Your support has allowed us to continue collecting and delivering aid to a population that is still stigmatized and excluded due to religious moral codes that label their work.

Brigada Callejera has 30 years of experience in the defense of human rights, in particular sexual, reproductive and labor rights as well as a long history of fighting for access to health care for sex workers with the motto that for every sex worker, one health care worker.

It is important for Mexican society to continue to help independent sex workers.

Brigada Callejera has been fighting against human trafficking since the organization was created.

We are active members of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW).

We have created more than 35 comics to promote preventive care and to take care of our children and women from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

It is urgent that we continue to unite and stand up for the vulnerable people of this country.

We Will Continue!

In memory of Jaime Montejo who died on the streets fighting for full respect for a stigmatized population.

Help us to spread the word.

To donate to the “BREAKING CHAINS” COLLECTION CAMPAIGN

Name: Brigada Callejera de Apoyo a la mujer, E.M. AC.
BBVA Mexico
Account No. 0189280332
Inter-bank Clave: 0121 8000 1892 803322

Solidarity with the Struggle of North American People!

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front – ZACF

Solidarity with the Struggle of North American People by Sifuna Zonke

We repudiate the cowardly murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis’s police officers, another racist act in the heart of a world imperialist power. This event is added to the countless number of killings of people of colour and the Afro-descendent population in the United States which has been perpetuated since the days of slavery and hasn’t yet stopped.

Racism, a structural element in capitalist society, especially in North American capitalism, is unfortunately intact, but resistance and fighting spirit from people of color and poor people arises in response. Only solidarity and mutual aid will allow us to resist.

Solidarity with the Struggle of North American People!

All Support to Anarchist Organizations of USA

We repudiate the cowardly murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis’s police officers, another racist act in the heart of a world imperialist power. This event is added to the countless number of killings of people of colour and the Afro-descendent population in the United States which has been perpetuated since the days of slavery and hasn’t yet stopped. During Obama’s government there were dozens of murders of young blacks, which recalls similar racist times of the 1950s and 60s.

The answer was a fast and organized upsurge of the black movement far and wide across the country, similar to this moment in which a huge protest movement is developing, revealing that people are sick of police violence and impunity. A Minneapolis police station was burned by protestors and some police cars were attacked. Direct action is a weapon of resistance, something which multiplied across various cities with clashes between protestors and police officers, even Donald Trump ordered the Army to take the streets and curfews were decreed in 25 cities.

Racism, a structural element in capitalist society, especially in North American capitalism, is unfortunately intact, but resistance and fighting spirit from people of color and poor people arises in response. But Trump also accuses anarchists and antifascist activists of being the instigators of the riots. This movement is a popular revolt, the dozens of thousands of people who participate are not anarchists or do not claim to belong to any political current, but as always the spheres of power try to find those responsible to blame, so as not to question structural issues and conclude that the racist, patriarchal and capitalist State that oppresses and kills the popular classes is the actual instigator of the revolts.

RACISM HAS TO BE BURIED TOGETHER WITH CAPITALISM. ALL OUR SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY WITH NORTH AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING AGAINST POLICE AND STATE VIOLENCE AND ABUSES.

Only solidarity and mutual aid will allow us to resist.

ALL SUPPORT TO BLACK COMMUNITIES IN RESISTANCE!
ALL OUR SUPPORT TO OUR NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST PEERS!
LONG LIVE ANARCHISM, LONG LIVE FREEDOM!
VICTORY TO THOSE WHO FIGHT!

☆ Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira – CAB (Brazil)
☆ Federación Anarquista Uruguaya – FAU (Uruguay)
☆ Federación Anarquista Rosario – FAR (Argentina)
☆ Organización Anarquista de Córdoba – OAC (Argentina)
☆ Federación Anarquista Santiago – FAS (Chile)
☆ Vía Libre (Colombia)
☆ Union Communiste Libertaire (France)
☆ Embat – Organització Libertària de Catalunya (Catalonia)
☆ Alternativa Libertaria – AL/fdca (Italy)
☆ Die Plattform – Anarchakommunistische Organisation (Germany)
☆ Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet – DAF (Turkey)
☆ Organisation Socialiste Libertaire – OSL (Switzerland)
☆ Libertaere Aktion (Switzerland)
☆ Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group – MACG (Australia)
☆ Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement – AWSM (Aotearoa / New Zealand)
☆ Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front – ZACF (South Africa)
☆ Anarchist Unión of Afghanistan and Iran – AUAI
☆ Manifesto (Greece)

Red and Black Telly roundup








Anathema, a Philadelphia anarchist periodical: Volume 6 Issue 4, May 2020.


Volume 6 Issue 4 (PDF for reading 8.5×11)

Volume 6 Issue 4 (PDF for printing 11×17)

In this issue:

  • Lockdowns & Incarceration
  • What Went Down
  • Homelessness
  • Resource Extraction Updates
  • The State Of Surveillance
  • Interview With A West Philly Rent Striker
  • When Things Get Rough We Ride Together
  • A Short Timeline Of PA ELF Actions
  • Loving Anarchy (LA)
  • A Quick Rant On COVID
  • Expropriationist Anarchy In Crisis Times
  • Philly Bingo Card
  • Chapter Report Background

Scrubs: The Story from the Bottom Up, from Haringey Solidarity Group.

Scrubs: The Story from the Bottom Up

Much like the elderly forced to walk laps and climb stairs to raise money for the NHS, the scrubs movement has been popularised by mainstream media as part of a ‘national effort’ at a time of ‘war’ fighting an ‘enemy’ we allegedly cannot see. We are being encouraged to paint rainbows and clap for the bravery of the health workers, when in reality we are sending them to their deaths. As of today (19/4/2020), at least 86 health and social care workers have died of COVID-19. The enemy is not invisible, it has been sitting in the leathered seats of parliament, imposing years of austerity which have left the health system bare to the bone; it has criminalised and worn down benefit claimants with strategies of surveillance, sanctions and deterrence; it has exploited the labour of key workers living hand to mouth, whilst endowing inessential services with bonuses, tax rebates and bailouts.

The current PPE scandal is no different

At the end of January 2020 it was already clear that a country like the UK, which had been de-industrialised through decades of neoliberal economics, was not going to be able to cope with the demands for PPE. The Tories had a simple answer: “people are going to die” and their fellow eugenicists chimed about “herd immunity” and supposed facts based on “science”. And once again, the working class was put to slaughter. After years of vilification and abuse, they were placed at the knife edge of this crisis. COVID-19 is not the touted ‘great leveller’, it is disproportionately culling the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and BAME communities. 70% of NHS workers killed by COVID-19 are BAME. Workers who have been brought to the point of desperation and are starting to fight under the slogan “no kit, no care”, facing suspensions and potentially prosecutions for negligence if they fail to continue to work, in spite of a lack of protection.

We are now entering our fourth week of running one of the many autonomous scrub production units that have sprung up as forms of mutual aid across the country. We provide scrubs to all sorts of health workers who are lacking access to them in their workplaces. Staff who have had to perform C-sections on women wearing soiled clothes, scrub-less doctors bringing infections back to their family homes, workers on respiratory wards without protection, homeless nurses, social care providers looking after the elderly and disabled, trainee nurses sent to COVID wards wearing flimsy plastic aprons and bin bags. These are just to name a few.

Some of us are mothers, some of us lost our jobs, some of us just want to help or need something to take our minds off the crisis, and a large majority of us are professional seamstresses and tailors, providing an entirely unfunded service, save for public donations, across the entire country. A number of these local groups have up to 300 people, working from the safety of their homes. Delivery companies and independent workshops have offered their help in cutting and distributing fabric pieces to sewers, some of which are decentralised into smaller neighbourhood collectives, able to help each other out through the use of WhatsApp chats.

These local initiatives are sometimes receiving up to 1000 orders and are having to suspend taking more requests, as volunteers grapple with long hours, balancing paid and unpaid work. It doesn’t take much to realise that the network of these groups combined, exceed the workforce presently employed by large manufacturing companies, who have only recently received contracts to make changes to their production lines in order to deal with the demand for PPE.

There is no official scrub production in the UK. Scrubs are primarily made overseas, in countries such as China, India and Pakistan, often by informal labourers for extremely low wages. They are then entered into convoluted distribution systems and finally reach the hospitals which allocate the scrubs according to an equally tragic priority chain. Our particular scrub collective aims to remedy this by making them locally and delivering them directly to the health workers in need.

Many of these groups have managed to enter production with professional atomised systems within a week. You would think that we would be able to supply hospitals with stock, however we have been unable to contact procurement departments, who are often externalised from the main hospital sites and thereby have little connection to the health workers themselves. In fact I was told by unions reps, that if I ever did manage to contact them, it would be a miracle. General managers in hospitals are likewise fairly unresponsive, and those who have responded, told us there was plenty of PPE, when in fact nurses on their wards couldn’t even access basic items such as masks. Some hospital trusts are accepting donations only and are failing to pressure those further up the chain to release funding for their production.

The absurdity of this dilemma runs deep within the heart of the capitalist system. While the government is engaged in international profit-wars, back in the UK, Deloitte has been approaching friends and well known textile brands such as Barbour and Burberry, in effort to manage a temporary solution to the problem. Smaller scale manufacturers on the other hand, have heard nothing from the government after filing in their survey nearly two months ago, and instead are asking our scrub groups for material donations in order to start their production. Groups, who are at the forefront of providing immediate solutions to the problems, which more often than not, fall to women and their continuous underpaid and unpaid labour.

Burberry is expected only to start production in another week, other companies facing difficulties with the required certifications for water-resistant gowns are not to start in another two, at the very least. On the horizon is also a shortage of fabric, and the incessant greed of distributors who have hiked up even the cheaper cotton poplin to nearly half of its original price. Many are now resorting to use old duvet covers and bedsheets in order to make scrubs.

We also have to mention the struggles of our fellow workers internationally, such as in India, who are likewise fighting against the privatisation of hospitals; a lack of PPE; a lack of welfare provisions for informal factory workers, and a recent government decision to revoke the Factory Act of 1948, in order to standardise 12 hour working days, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to restart manufacturing in the middle of a raging pandemic. In Bangladesh the COVID infection rate is increasing faster than many hard hit countries.

We need to politicise the struggle with a clear internationalist response that unifies all of us, our work, our mutual aid and our care. For as long as profit rules, there can be no peace. We need to requisition all health, manufacturing and transport sectors and provide all workers, currently unpaid or paid with fair wages and safe working conditions. This is not a public relations crisis with seemingly unfortunate logistical difficulties, this is an emergency stoked by the greed of those for whom our deaths are only a motivation for the accumulation of their capital.

Philippines – the continuing crackdown on anarchists

Anarchist Communist Group.

We have been contacted by comrades in the Philippines to let us know the situation that is happening there as we speak.

CNN reported on April 24th 2020 that President Rodrigo Duterte warned anew that he may declare martial law due to the alleged lawlessness of communist rebels.

“I am warning everybody and putting notice sa [to the] armed forces and the police, I might declare martial law,” Duterte said in a taped address aired on Friday.

The President also vowed to ‘finish’ all of the communist group members before his terms ends in 2022.

According to comrades, who wish to remain anonymous for their own protection and safety, this has happened quietly, and that a “Second Martial is implemented silently” and that the independent media, what there was of it, has been clamped down on with only state-controlled media allowed to operate.

Our comrades go on to say, “There is no means to let this out what is happening in our community. No mainstream media that have documented what’s really going here. It’s an alarming fact!”

The “Community” is made up of anarchists, punks and other “non-mainstream left” and in the past few months they have been harassed, arrested, shot and had their homes and meetings raided with everything from literature to electrical items such as computers either confiscated or destroyed.

The DDS (DUTERTES DEATH SQUAD) a “secret” paramilitary group working “beneath the rule of law” has been “committing mass inhumane violence on the community” our comrade continues, “they go suspected house (identified) by their informer and conduct raids without warrant, they call it silent raids and it usually happens at dawn”.

“The DDS is made up of many ex-police, soldiers wear ski masks has teams in all of the police stations and have one personal calling the shots”. The “DDS will visit your place and say warning and second time you will be on their hit list”.

“Some of our crew and friends are in fear of them and we move a lot staying at different houses because staying in our info shop was not safe anymore and that is why we don’t sleep and widely awake at night here”.

As on 3rd of May our comrades reported that there were many police and soldiers patrolling the streets and a lot of checkpoints.

Using the coronavirus as an excuse to increase its control and carry out more attacks on anyone “who doesn’t support our president or who talks about the bad things he is doing; it is hard to live in this regime”.

“People here are scared to talk about these issues or won’t talk for fear of being picked up, and some people where jailed for trying to carry out activities on Labour Day (May Day)”.

On the evening of the 3rd May 2020 we received the following message from our comrades:

“One of our comrades was gun down yesterday May 2nd at 7:00 pm on the street. He and her wife and 6 years old son where going to their home and at the checkpoint he was shot in point blank. He was shot 5 times in the head and his wife was also shot dead with bullets to the head two times while his son was hit by a stray bullet.

“The question in our minds is what is really happening to our country, with more and more killings every day.

“And the question is what happened in on barangay (an inner-city area, slum or suburb) checkpoint because each barangay is total lockdown and the checkpoint was guarded by two police men and 4 barangay police.

“The crime scene investigators (SOCO) only questioned the two cops and 4 barangay police who said they only see two guys riding motorcycle which we called riding in tandem, wearing ski masks. Everyone here knows this refers to the “Death Squads” and that he was targeted.”

The comrade who was shot and killed has been described as a “real (good) father and good working-class comrade who worked in our computer shop”. His son is now an orphan and we are “trying to do what is right by him, we are his family.”

“We live in a time when there is no justice no human rights and everything is under the control of our killer president and his hired “gang boy” killers who ride motorcycles and wear ski masks.

“The media news only publish drug related issues they are also afraid of our president.

“Even though by telling you this we fear for our lives, our families and our comrades and friends we continue to educate our community about anarchism, giving them ideas on how to resist this kind of injustice and show that there is another way. Our so-called democracy is all fucking lies.

“We have been imprisoned many times because of anarchism spreading, time is all we have that is expensive and we don’t know when we will be hit (by the DDS or Police/Military), we can only hope that we are not on the list”.

Viva Anarkista (Anarchist comrades – Philippines)

5th May Update

We received the following message today: “Another comrade was gun down today at 5:00pm by Death Squad hit his head five bullets by the ski mask people riding a motorcycle. He was a good man, work as a taxi driver and our fellow skinhead and he play in our old band as Bass-Player.

“Maybe our name is on the list, but this won’t stop us educate about Anarchism to our community.”

The 1918 flu pandemic in the CNT media

Kate Sharpley Library

Miguel G.

The notorious flu epidemic of 1918 – known as the ‘Spanish’ flu epidemic – was first reported among US troops bound for the First World War trenches. Given the enormous mobility of troops at the time, the disease was largely free to spread to fresh population centres and so it claimed the lives of 50 million people worldwide. Spreading like wildfire. A powerful example of the destructive power of a pandemic.

In the kingdom of Spain, the disease arrived sometime between April and May 1918. We know that, as there was no press censorship in the country, the Spanish press reported the epidemic within days of its arrival. Which explains why it was initially thought of as having come from Spain and spread to the rest of Europe, when the opposite was true. And to complete the contextualization of the disease, there was a further surge in September and October 1918, when the mortality rate was at its highest. After that, there was another upsurge in February 1919, lasting a further two months. Finally, in 1920, there was a second wave of the epidemic. In all, around 150,000 lives were lost in Spain and 1918 was the only year (prior to the Civil War) when there was a fall in the overall population figures.

The fact is, though, that

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