Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All
Greetings from Southampton PSC.
Christmas is a time when people think about Palestine, sometimes without realizing it. The story of the birth of Jesus, central to the Christian faith and to the celebration of Christmas traditions, even in a secular context, took place in Palestine. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, now a city besieged by occupation and surrounded by Israels security Wall.As a group we intend to encourage people to make the link and to show concern for the injustice taking place in Palestine today.

Alternative Carols 5.30pm at the Bargate Southampton 18th December. We are joining with the Red Stars Choir to sing some alternative Carols declaring our concern for Palestine. We will also be giving out information. Please join us if you can. Come in good voice, song sheets will be provided.

Three campaign Actions you can take in support of Palestine:

Attached to this email you will find  a letter concerning the possible intention of President Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a gross violation of International law and a flagrant betrayal of the Palestinian people. Please call on the UK Government to condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Please use the attached to send to your MP. Either fill in your address, the name of your MP and your name and then print it out and send it as a letter or copy it in to your email format and send it to your MP as an email. Whichever way you do this Please Please stand up for Palestine this Christmas and send this protest.

Secondly Along with PSC, Amnesty International is running a “Ban Settlement Goods” Campaign. There are 137 recognised settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank, plus a further 100 unrecognised settlement outposts. There are 547000 settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. All of these have the protection of the IDF and are often armed themselves.They have roots in the US or Eastern Europe, not in Palestine, and yet they live on stolen Palestinian land. Much of the agricultural produce sold in the UK as”from Israel” actually comes from illegal settlements. Despite the Governments official position that Settlements are illegal under international law and the UK Government does not support them, officially, nevertheless it has not taken action to ban settlement goods from being imported into this country and indeed goods “from Israel” enjoy special status under the EU and benefit from positive trade agreements with the EU. So please follow this link and join Amnesty International’s campaign to change this.. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/ban-trade-israels-illegal-settlements

Finally Waitrose are going all out to sell Israeli Dates this year. These are very likely to be the produce of illegal settlements. They are branded as Duchy of Cornwall. A brand heralded by the Prince of Wales and meant to live up to organic and ethical standards. So please complain to Waitose, to trading standards and to the Duchy label. Most of important of all do not buy them and tell Waitrose why. Also please spread the word and tell your friends as well. https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/waitrose-duchy-organic-medjool-dates/

Well I guess that is nearly all for now. Stalls have stopped for a short winter break but will resume again towards the end of January, when I will be in touch. Please join us on the 18th if you can. Please also continue to like our facebook page.

May I end by wishing you all, on behalf of Southampton PSC, a joyful and peaceful Christmas where you find some genuine goodwill to the world.
Regards
Cathryn M Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)

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We Shall Overcome Bournemouth homeless benefit.

Last night’s event went really well, a good time was had and we received £300 in donations, which will be used to provide necessities such as clothing and toiletries direct to homeless people in the Bournemouth area, mainly over the holiday period. If you are reading this and you are, or soon to be homeless, please get in touch.

Thanks are due to Iain, D.J. Geeza, W.D.A., the bands: Kickin’ Bambi, Gutter Rats, Trickster, The Meat Sweats, the folks at the Riviera Bar, Shaun, Pawel, Dorset Wobs, and everyone who showed up.

We’ve got only four copies left of the brand new 12 track vinyl album, by Discordance – crust punk/hardcore band from Patras, Greece, kindly donated by Food Waste Records, retails at 8 quid, if you would like one, send us a realistic* donation by paypal to forevertrevorknits [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and address – and choose ‘Send money to friends and family’. First come first served.

* Remember we’ve got to post the bloody thing!

We will itemise what we spend and put it up here, every penny will be accounted for, and we still need volunteers so if you would like to help out, please get in touch.

LOWKEY ft. MAI KHALIL – GHOSTS OF GRENFELL

Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network event: Talk and film night on the Revolution in Rojava 5th December

Dear Friends,

Please share details of the following event in Bristol on Tuesday 5th December 2017:

Venue: Brunswick Club, 15-16 Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8NX 19:00-21:30

Members of Plan C, who have just returned from volunteering on civil projects in Rojava (the Democratic Confederation of Northern Syria) will be reporting back on Rojava and the wider Kurdish movement. The revolution is based on direct democracy, gender equality and ecology, and seeks to create a solidarity economy.

How can we in the West learn from what is happening and offer our solidarity? Followed by question and answer session.

We will also be screening some short films in tribute to Mehmet Aksoy, the London-based Kurdish film maker who tragically lost his life in Raqqa in September.

Suggested donations £3-£10 to cover speakers’ and BKSN costs but no one turned away through lack of funds.

facebook event

Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network.

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Joint Statement by CGT, Solidaridad Obrera and CNT About the Situation in Catalonia

As signatory organizations, unions at state level, we share our concern about the situation in Catalonia, the repression that the state has unleashed, including the diminution of rights and freedoms and the rise of a stale nationalism which is appearing again in much of the state.

We defend the emancipation of all the working people of Catalonia and the rest of the world. Perhaps, in this context, it is necessary to remember that we do not understand the right to self-determination in a statist way, as nationalist parties and organizations proclaim, but as the right to self-organization of our class in a given territory. Thus understood, self-determination passes more by control of production and consumption by workers and by direct democracy from the bottom up, organized according to federalist principles, than by the establishment of a new frontier or the creation of a new state.

As internationalists, we understand that solidarity among working people should not be limited to state borders, so we are not really concerned where these are drawn. What we do find very disturbing is the reaction that is being experienced in many parts of the rest of the State, with the enthusiasm for a stale Spanish state, which is more reminiscent of past times, brewed by the media and in line with the authoritarian drift of the government, notable after the imprisonment of persons for summoning acts of disobedience or the application of article 155 of the Constitution. We do not forget that this nationalist outbreak lays the groundwork for further cuts in rights and freedoms which we must be prevent. The shameful unity of so-called “democratic forces” in justifying repression shows a gloomy picture for all future dissents. It seems that the post-Franco regime that governs us for 40 years, close its ranks to ensure its continuity.

This regime, which has existed and exists in Catalonia as well as in the rest of Spain, feels that its own survival is at stake. Questioned extensively and plunged into a deep crisis of legitimacy, it is alarmed because of the accumulation of open fronts. The threat to the territorial integrity of the state is compounded by corruption scandals, the monarchy’s stigmatization, the questioning of (bank) rescues and cuts that have been applied to the population, discontent with slavery in the workplace derived from the last labor reforms, the extension of retirement age and the economic reduction of pensions, etc. The constant calls to defend the constitution must be understood as foul to rebate and deal with this true existential crisis that besieges the state. The danger is that in the process, repressive behaviors such as those seen recently in many Catalan cities will be sanctioned and become standard. The worst …

Obviously, we do not know in what sense the events will decant. We will remain attentive to what happens, ready to defend the interests of working people throughout the State. We will oppose the repression and the normalization of right-of-way attitudes, which are already perceived, with all our forces. Of course, we will not allow ourselves to be used by the strategies of political parties whose objectives are extraneous to us. At the same time, we will not stop encouraging the mobilizations of the working class when they finally decide that the time has come to shake off the dictatorship of political and economic elites who have spent too long managing the territory to serve exclusively their own interests. As trade union organizations, libertarian and combative, we will be on the streets, in the mobilizations, as we have shown on many occasions, against repression, cuts in rights and freedoms and against corruption.

The Catalan crisis may be the brink of a dying state model. Whether this change is in one sense or another will depend on our ability, as a class, to take the process in the opposite direction of repression and the rise of nationalisms. Let us hope that the final result will be more freedoms and rights and not the other way around. We risk a lot.

FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS! AGAINST REPRESSION OF WORKING CLASSES!

CGT – Solidaridad Obrera – CNT, October 26, 2017.

Call for solidarity from KAF

Immediate call to all our comrades Anarchists and Libertarians wherever they are

A direct and special call to our comrades Anarchists and Libertarians Arabic-speaking

No to State, No to war. Yes for self-administration and the Social revolution

For years and years we, anarchists and libertarian in Iraqi “Kurdistan”, Europe and other countries all our publicities and our slogan have been about Yes for self-administration in everywhere and for all the communities , but No to State.

We raised our voice against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its very recent scenario of referendum on “independent Kurdish State”. We are very sure the other anarchists among Arab, Turkish, Assyrian and others had the same attitude. We also believe the same attitude from our anarchist comrades throughout the world to say no to State, authority, nationalism and to be against the nationalist and against pro-fascist war.

Iraqi “Kurdistan” has been going through a very difficult time since Oct 2015. The wages of public sector employees have been reduced to less than a half, the number of unemployment has increased sharply, the price of everything has gone up, business and the government services have dramatically been cut off. This all happened in addition to the war with Isis and disputes between (KRG) and the central government over the budget and the disputed lands and city like Kirkuk and the others.

So many strikes, demonstrations and boycotting work during this couple of years took place. Some of them lasted for few weeks even months. KRG instead of resolving all these problems tried to divert the attention of people from the real problems by announcing in July the referendum of independent Kurdistan, state of Kurdistan, on 25th of Sep.

Masoud Barzani the head of KRG set up the day of referendum without consulting Iraqi, neighbourhood countries, US and European countries. Once he called for referendum, all of them rejected it and told him that he will not get any support.

After the referendum of 25th of September Iraq, Iran and Turkey governments came together against it and threaten KRG with economic sanction. Iraqi government asked KRG to withdraw the decisions of the referendum and get back to the Iraqi constitution in taking any decision. Haider al-Abadi , the Prime Minster of Iraq gave Barzani warning that if he does not back down, the Iraqi government will take over control of Kirkuk province’s oil wells that are at the moment under the control of KRG.

Three days ago the Iraqi government sent a huge numbers of Police, military and Hishdi Shaibe [ the Siha paramilitary group] with various of heavy weapons to take positions on the city’s approaches.

The civil war now very imminent between Peshmarga, KRG forces, and the above forces of central government.

We are asking for support and solidarity from our comrades anarchists to protest, making a statement against this war, show their anger against the war and solidarity to Iraqi people.

We are anti State because we are against the current political system. We are anti-political party and anti-authoritarian ideology from left to the right, because we are anti class superiority, and anti-private ownership and exploitation of the labour. All the wars in history happened due to protecting class superiority, private ownership and labour exploitation.

We are against war, weapons and hatters between the different cultures and between different ethnic minorities. War in general produces death and slavery. The outcome of any war does not support starting the social revolution, in fact it damages and weakening the revolution climate. In the meantime, war opening a very big market for selling/ buying weapons and destroying the environment. War makes the poor people poorer and class superiority lasts longer.

While we are against war, we are very much in favour of people self-administration wherever they are living communally and working collectively. We are also aware wherever the state exist there is no freedom, wherever political party is, there is no self-thinking and individual independency. Wherever the businessmen and money are, there are slavery wages and exploited people.

In Iraqi “Kurdistan” there has been a strong authority for the last 26 years, there has been the bourgeois in power. For the last 26 years people deprived from the real freedom and from making the decision by themselves. For the long time the ruler has done very little for the people in “Kurdistan” in term of providing services. They encouraged people to move from the rural area to the towns and cities, making so many business contracts with the foreign oil company and corporations for their own profit, sold all the public lands and many more. In short “Kurdistan” became the home of many multinational companies, the financial institutions and the spies network of the neighbourhood countries and others. Since then they acted like a proper state in whatever they wanted to do. So why should we expect different when they set up their own “independent state” and think it will be better than what the people have it now?

We ask all our anarchist comrades to support and have solidarity with us to prevent this war. It is true that your opposition to the military and nationalist war in Iraq, if happens, may not as effective as our opposition, however, your solidarity will be crucial and greatly appreciated.

We again are calling our whole comrade anarchists especially Arab, Persian, Turkish and Assyrian speakers to raise their voices and act to stop this viscous war that is not in the interest of working class and poor people in Iraq and “Kurdistan”. Being silent and not be serious about it, is directly or indirectly serves the politicians, the big corporations and the capitalist system. We therefore have no choice but fighting back the system, its action and its war. We also expect the other anarchists wherever they are to stand with us, firm and to support the children, elderly and the disable people in Iraq.

  • No to war
  • No to State
  • No to nationalism and patriotism
  • No to capitalism system
  • Yes to solidarity and unite against the war
  • Yes to self-organise
  • Yes to the social struggle
  • Yes to social revolution
  • Yes to social uprising
  • Yes to self-administration

Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum (KAF)

15t Oct 2017

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