Mayday 2021


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France: Everyone in solidarity with the Black Feather

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

La Plume Noire, a UCL bookstore in Lyon, was attacked on Saturday March 20 by a fascist commando. It is an attack against the entire UCL, but, beyond that, against all the forces of progress and against our social camp. An attack that takes place in a nauseating climate where racist controversies are linked in the media, driven by the highest summit of the State.

The UCL took the initiative of a national appeal for support, broad and united, which received numerous signatures from unions, political organizations and parties, associations and collectives. A national event is planned in Lyon on Saturday April 3.

On Saturday March 20 at 2 p.m., the La Plume Noire bookstore located at 8 rue Diderot on the slopes of Croix-Rousse, was attacked by around fifty

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[Chilean State] Communiqué from relatives and friends of subversive and anarchist prisoners

Contra info Translated by Riot Turtle.

Our friends and family members, together with other comrades, began a new mobilization last Monday, March 22, 2021, maintaining their main demand; the repeal of the latest amendments to Decree Law 321, which extends the serving of sentences, particularly in the case of comrade Marcelo Villarroel. The call is always to multiply solidarity, both with existing initiatives and those that can be created autonomously from different spaces, individuals, groups and collectives. All of them are needed at this moment. Today the potential impact of this struggle is found in the power in the streets, both in the ability to overcome the repressive quarantines, and to increase the support in an unstoppable way..

We highlight the participation of those who, even without being convicted, show solidarity with the action inside the prison to sweep away all the obstacles that the powers that be have put in the way of “parole”, in this sense we highlight the prisoners of the revolt in Santiago 1, and their struggle for the abolition of pretrial detention as punishment.

We want to take this opportunity to point out the absolute isolation that our comrades are facing in prison. Once the total quarantine of the communes where the prisons are located was declared again, our comrades have been completely denied any type of visit.

In the same spirit, gendarmerie has taken a nationwide decision on the use of institutional cell phones or calls through prison computers used as a substitute for the absence of regular visits. This time and evidently after the interview of the political prisoner Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena, the dreadful institution decided to cancel any use of internet and video calls to communicate with the prisoners, even though such contact is still stipulated in the same protocol that governs the development of the dreadful system of temporary visits that has been installed since the regime of isolation-terror that developed during the pandemic.

The impoverishment of communication and connection with imprisoned people counts from now on only with the limited possibility of a couple of phone calls per week. In practice this means the impossibility to see our friends and relatives, to see their faces, laugh and share expressions. We categorically reject these new bans and new lack of communication, deepening the isolation in prison even more.

We are absolutely opposed to these measures of punishment and disciplining of our comrades, which affect us as families and social environments so directly and which demonstrate the conditions of captivity under which they are being held.

We take on the challenge with constant anti-prison struggle as an inevitable extension of a path of resistance in prison and in the streets. We call to break distances and differences as a necessary step in this struggle that we seek to extend, so that our comrades and family members return to the streets.

With all our will to break the punishment and isolation in which today our prisoners live, fight and resist.

Let’s multiply the solidarity networks with the hunger strike!

For the repeal of the latest amendments to Law 321!

For the end of pre-trial detention as a punishment!

Isolation is torture!

As long as there is misery, there will be rebellion!!

Death to the state and long live Anarchy!!

Relatives and friends of Subversive and Anarchist Prisoners; CAS, Máxima and San Miguel Prison. Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Barricades for Anarchist and Subversive Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Chile

Abolition Media Worldwide

Aware of the hunger strike that started today, Monday, March 22 by different subversive and anarchist comrades in the C.A.S, Máxima, San Miguel and Santiago 1, for the repeal of the amendment to the Decree Law 321, we set up coordinated barricades in the Maipú commune and Lo Prado, making us part of the calls to action.

DAY 1 OF HUNGER STRIKE!!

THAT THE ACTIONS MULTIPLY!!

SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS OF LONG SENTENCES!!

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TOP TEN BRISTOL RIOTS: THE OFFICIAL LIST

The Bristolian

THE LIST THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO READ!!!

To celebrate last night’s small riot, here’s one list the local media will not print. Lovingly compiled by our Violent Disorder Correspondent, we give you Bristol’s Top Ten RiotsRiot - skater
Now, next time you hear some poncey local liberal politician pronouncing on a local riot and claiming that “This isn’t Bristol” or “We don’t don’t do this” you can tell ’em, “Oh yes this is us. This is exactly what we do. The problem is that you are not us”.

10. 1090 Slave Riots

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Newsletter from PSC Soton

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Dear PSC Soton Subscriber

I hope you are keeping safe and well.   I am just emailing you, on behalf of the local group, as a very valued member of PSC Soton mailing list.  I am attempting to follow in Cathryn’s heroic footsteps as the new secretary of the Soton branch so she can concentrate more on activities which she does so well.

This new mailing list format is one that is also used and approved by the National PSC Campaign.  And we also have a brand new twitter account you can follow us at called, unsurprisingly enough, @PscSouthampton

Anyway, here is some info about some forthcoming online events, etc, you might find of interest.  We very much look forward to meeting people in person again once it is safe to do so.

Best wishes

Andy

The Burning of a Police Van is the Lighting Up of a Beacon of Hope

The Bristolian

In a country that every month lurches ever further into Right-wing authoritarianism with nary a whisper being raised, where queues at foodbanks become ever longer, where homelessness is accepted as being normal, where huge swathes of workers are one pay day from destitution, where nurses are clapped then slapped, where foreign aid is slashed and spending on nuclear defense multiplied, where police attack and kill women, where protest is criminalised, and where its government presides over 127,000 Covid-19 deaths – with nary a whisper being raised and all with the tacit support of Labour – for people then to express shock and outrage at the “horrendous and disgusting” scenes in Bristol is fucking lamentable.

The burning of a police van is the lighting up of a beacon of hope that’s going to be seen all over the world. Welcome back, Bristol, it’s been a long time.

Obituary: Ken Weller (1935-2021)

Anarchist Communist Group

Ken Weller, a former leading light in the libertarian socialist organisation Solidarity, which dissolved in 1992, has died at the age of 85 on January 25th 2021. Born in Islington on June 30th, 1935, to a working class family, Ken joined the youth wing of the Communist Party, the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1951. He was an active member in its Islington branch, the second-largest in the YCL. He was at the large demonstration in Whitehall in 1956, protesting British involvement with Israel and the USA in Egypt, the so-called Suez Crisis. He witnessed mounted police exiting Downing Street to attack the crowd without provocation.

“I saw one knocking over a middle-aged couple who clasped each other in their arms for fear, knocking them flying; and I looked in the gutter and there was a banner pole, like a broom-handle, about five feet long, and I picked it up and the same policeman on a horse came charging at me and I hit him as hard as I could with it, broke the pole, and he turned round and went back into Downing Street. I don’t know what happened to him; and then there was a battle in Whitehall which was quite nasty; the police would grab hold of someone and there would be a battle over their body; in one scuffle I ended up at the back of the crowd with a policeman’s epaulette in my hand, minus the policeman; and then there were marches through the streets with linked arms. It was an emotional event, caused by a combination of factors. At the beginning of that demonstration, some CPers turned up with banners, just a few, you almost had to respect them, and they were booed! This was the party which had dominated left-wing politics, effectively the only people who ever had demonstrations apart from the Labour Party; they turned up for the Suez demonstration and they were booed into the square. A massive change in people’s attitudes and perceptions had taken place over those few months.”

He himself was affected by the emergent rebellious atmosphere, and was involved in a dissident group in the YCL, which produced its own paper with a circulation of 800. Around 1957-58 he moved in the direction of the Club, a Trotskyist formation led by the toad-like Gerry Healy, which became the Socialist Labour League in March 1959.

“A group of us in the YCL all left together, mainly working-class kids, well, we weren’t kids, young men and women, I suppose, and we came in contact with Healy’s people. My own path was through Peter Fryer, who I’d known in the Daily Worker; I’d met him and we’d discussed, and he sort of convinced me that this was the path of the future”. He was to comment later that “the first conference of Healy’s outfit all us dissident CPers went to, I remember how shocked we all were when we saw that many of the organisational and conference methods, you know, like the panel election of conferences, were practised in that organisation as well, to a more extreme extent, because a smaller organisation is much tighter.”

As Ken was to say later, “I began to become more and more of a dissident because I felt that most of the criticisms I’d had of the Communist Party were true, in spades, with Healy.” Healy started to turn the SLL away from industrial work, towards work within the Labour Party. This resulted in an opposition emerging around the building worker Brian Behan.

Ken himself, an engineering worker and shop steward in the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW), was part of this opposition. Behan and his circle were expelled in May 1960, followed by seventy others who walked out in disgust. Ken was among those expelled.

He then took part in an attempt to set up a new group, the Workers’ Party, along with other ex-members of the SLL who had left with Behan. During the seamen’s strike of 1960, this group helped the militant seaman George Foulser produce a strike bulletin called Seaman’s Voice, two issues of which were produced. Elements of the group, including Ken, then became interested in the ideas of the French group Socialisme ou Barbarie and its founder Cornelius Castoriadis (alias Paul Cardan). The neurologist Chris Pallis and Bob Pennington, a working class militant, who had both been involved with expelling Ken, had themselves become interested in the ideas of Socialisme ou Barbarie, and when this came out in the SLL, they were both physically assaulted, Pennington in particular receiving some severe injuries. They were then both expelled. As a result, Ken united with Pallis and Pennington in a group at first called Socialism Reaffirmed, which published a journal, Agitator. After six issues both the journal and the grouping were renamed Solidarity. Pennington was soon to drift off in the direction of Pabloist Trotskyism.

Ken and other members of Solidarity became involved in the peace movement around CND and the Committee of 100 (C100). Ken and other Solidarists were on the industrial sub-committee of C100. As such he and Solidarity were involved in preparing for a demonstration of C100 in Red Square in Moscow in July 1962 and the distribution of a text, Against All Bombs, written by Ken, which called for the abolition of all nuclear weapons and denounced the Soviet regime. The Guardian described this as “the most direct challenge to official Soviet policies and ideas to have been presented to the Soviet man in the street since freedom of speech died under Stalin.”

Ken was also one of the Spies for Peace. On 16th February 1963 five members of C100 broke into a Regional Seat of Government (RSG) outside Reading. This was one of a network of nuclear bunkers reserved for the ruling elite in the event of a nuclear war. The documents discovered there were then used in a document, Danger! Official Secret, signed by the Spies for Peace. Three thousand copies of this document were handed out on the Aldermaston March organised by CND at Easter on 10th April, which were subsequently widely copied and spread further. As the demonstration passed the RSG, a section of it broke away and surrounded the RSG. All of this caused severe embarrassment to the government. None of the Spies for Peace were ever apprehended.

Ken was also involved in organising the incident at the Methodist Church in Brighton on 2nd October 1966, where Harold Wilson and George Brown spoke from the pulpit, hypocritically referring to swords being turned into ploughshares. As leading lights of a Labour Government supporting American war efforts in Vietnam, they were immediately confronted by political activists who had gained access thanks to forged admission tickets handed out by Ken. Nine demonstrators were to be arrested, among them the anarchists Nicolas Walter and Bernard Miles, and the Solidarists Heather Russell and Andy Anderson.

Ken wrote many of the pamphlets that Solidarity produced during its existence, in particular those around the theme of a particular strike, and these had an influence far beyond the limited membership of Solidarity. Among them were The BLSP Dispute – the Story of the Strike, What Next for Engineers?, Truth about Vauxhall, The Lordstown struggle and the real crisis in production , as well as a pamphlet written with Ernie Stanton, What Happened at Fords, partly based on his own experiences at Ford Dagenham in the 60s. He also wrote the important pamphlet GMWU-Scab Union, under the pseudonym Mark Fore, and contributed a historical section to the Solidarity pamphlet produced by bus workers , including the late Bob Potter, and helped distribute this around London bus garages.

As the ACG wrote in its text In the Tradition “Whatever Solidarity’s weaknesses (not least their fairly lax attitude to maintaining an international organisation and their lack of political direction after they effectively split around 1980). Solidarity was involved in important revolutionary activity and publishing for at least 20 of its 30 years, producing a wealth of literature defending a coherent vision of libertarian socialism that was unavailable elsewhere. Compared to many of the ‘class struggle’ anarchists in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s, they developed a consistent body of politics that recognised the need for working class self-organisation outside social democratic and Leninist models.” Ken Weller contributed importantly to this work.

Later on, as Solidarity staggered on to 1992, Ken wrote Don’t be a Soldier! The radical anti-war movement in north London 1914-1918, published in 1985, an important contribution to working class history in Britain. He was always open to sharing his vast knowledge of British working class history with other radical historians. Ken used to phone me regularly for chats about working class history and provided me with much information that helped me write some of my biographies of revolutionaries active in Britain, including Leonard Motler, Gertrud Guillaume-Schack, Johanna Lahr, etc. For example, I remember him sending me photocopies of correspondence by Motler, which proved most helpful. Sometimes I visited him in Lathom Road, where he drank large mugs of tea whilst talking about history and about the iniquities of Gerry Healy and the Socialist Labour League.

As an industrial militant, as a defender of libertarian socialism and as a chronicler of working class history, Ken’s life was inspiring and exemplary.

Nick Heath.

 

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

It has been a difficult year for campaigning and we have not been out on the streets as often as we would have liked. But on 12th December Southampton PSC will be out in Southampton in Solidarity with Palestine.  Please come and join us outside West Quay from 11am until 1pm. Tell the UK Government to Sanction Israel and to end trade with illegal settlements.

Stop Annexation. End Apartheid. Sanctions Now.

We will have placards, flags and a petition for people to sign. We will not be handing out leaflets. It would be helpful if you could email me if you plan to join us.

I hope you are staying safe and well.
Warm regards
Cathryn Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC.)

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