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
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.
Manchester Solidarity Federation’s dispute with Laibaz restaurant in Bolton continues and we would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the successful blockades on July 23 and August 6 & 20. After the last blockade, SF members covered the centre of Bolton, including Laibaz, with posters demanding the owner pay what he owes.
As a reminder, a number of former employees at Laibaz are owed wages for hours worked and holiday entitlement. The owner, Sunar Alom, has paid workers at an hourly rate below the minimum wage and has failed to provide pay slips. Sunar Alom has also failed to provide P45s when workers have left their jobs at Laibaz. He has yet to enter into dialogue with us to resolve this dispute, refusing to pay the monies owed, and insisting he has done nothing wrong.
Manchester Solidarity Federation’s campaign is aimed at recovering all the monies owed and ensuring that Sunar Alom acts within the law and treats his employees with more respect in the future. The campaign now includes postering / leafletting in the vicinity of Laibaz, as well as poor reviews of Laibaz on Trip Adviser (see below).
The campaign therefore continues with another phone blockade on Saturday September 3, aimed at preventing “take away” orders. We again request that you repeatedly phone Laibaz on (01204) 227 649 any time between the hours of 6pm and 10pm in order to block the line and prevent take away orders getting through.
Should you get through to the restaurant, we ask that you put the phone down and redial, or state “pay the workers what they are owed” and then redial. Remember that the person who answers is most likely another worker, not the owner, so please do not be abusive or hostile towards them.
We are now also asking supporters to leave poor reviews of Laibaz on Trip Adviser [click here]. Please do not directly mention the dispute in your review or it will probably be removed. Instead, make a generic complaint, for example about hygiene standards or the behaviour of the manager or disappointing food / service. Sunar is known to frequent Trip Advisor regularly to read reviews and seems to be paranoid about bad reviews.
Please support us. This kind of contempt for workers is growing in Britain and has to be challenged. We also ask that you spread the blockade to as many of your contacts as possible and to ask them to do likewise.
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL