Libertarian Communism 2019 Women Organising at Work

Anarchist Communist Group

The following is a summary of the talks and discussion on women organising in the workplace at the ACG dayschool in October.

Libertarian Communism 2019 Women Organising at Work

The session was led by two women, both very experienced in organising at work.

Meena from the Angry Workers

The Angry Workers is interested in promoting collective organization in west London. The strategy includes getting jobs in the bigger workplaces, building solidarity networks in local areas and producing a newspaper (2000 copies).

Meena works in a ready-meal factory, with up to 4000 workers across four sites in Park Royal, west London. She started three and a half years ago working on the assembly line but then managed to get a skilled job as a forklift driver, one that is normally done by men. She is now ‘permanent’ and a GMB rep. The workforce consists of 60% women with a wage grading system that sees women largely occupying the ‘unskilled’ grade. E.g. all the women work on the assembly line which is actually the hardest job.

Jenny from the ACG

Jenny has been a union activist since the early 1970s. She was in NUPE which then was the union for public sector employees, now Unison. One of their first jobs was as a school auxiliary worker. These jobs were all women. There was a dispute and all the women came out (Jeremy Corbyn was then the full-time official!). Then she worked in the parks department and got involved in the GMB which had no particular structures for women.

The session focused on three main questions. Each speaker addressed the questions.

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Should Revolutionaries Back Corbyn? The case against.

A well-argued case from an experienced activist comrade of ours.

Sham 2019

Anarchist Communist Group

Once again ‘election fever’ is upon us. Manifestos festoon the medias with ‘promises, promises and more promises’. The drudgery of politicians scoring points of view over each others ‘opponents’ is numbingly similar to watching a ‘soap opera’. Just a quick look at some of these ‘promises’ [manifestos] from previous elections reveals but lies, lies and more lies. Real change only truly shows itself in terms of how business conducts itself or how absolutely the country is doing within the world trading markets. For most of the citizenry are in total servitude to money and capitalist philosophy which has dominated politics the last two or three hundred years or so. The ‘sham’ of elections does not change the huge disconnect between the ‘X’ on a ballot paper and real struggles people face every day under the huge burden that is ‘Capitalism’.

Election Time Again

We imagine most of the general public are sick to the back teeth of politicians

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Violent Attacks Carried out Against Indigenous Communal Authorities in San Lorenzo Azqueltán, Jalisco

Voices in Movement

To the People of Mexico

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the Human Rights Organizations

To the Media

With pain and rage we denounce the events that took place today, November 3, 2019. At approximately 12:00 pm, the cacique (local political boss), Fabio Flores, together with armed men, kidnapped our compañero, Ricardo de la Cruz. Ricardo is the elected president of the council of security of the autonomous commission of communal lands, here in our community of San Lorenzo de Azqueltán, in the municipality of Villa Guerrero, Jaliso. He was beaten and left in serious condition. The compañero Ricardo was abandoned on the highway that goes from Villa Guerrero to Azqueltán, where he was rescued by members of the community and taken to the clinic. There, they refused to treat him. After several efforts, the compañero was taken to Zacatecas to receive medical attention.

Later on, three vehicles chased and caught up with the vehicle where Indigenous communal authorities from our community were traveling. There, our compañero, Rafael Reyes Márquez, was beaten and put in serious condition.`After being treated in the community, he was taken to the city of Zacatecas. The whereabouts of another compañero, Noé Aguilar Rojas, is unknown, after he was beaten unconscious and apparently kidnapped, and taken to an unknown destination.

At these moments, the harassment persists against the community members, many of them are in hiding.

We hold responsible Fabio Flores (alias La Polla) and the municipal government that allows complete impunity for Flores and those who accompany him, permitting them to sow violence against the community and to foment the dispossession of our ancestral lands. We hold them responsible for the life and well-being of our compañero, Noé Aguilar Rojas, and the compañeros that are hospitalized.

We demand the immediate return of the president of the autonomous commission of communal lands, Noé Aguilar Rojas. We furthermore demand the dismantlement and punishment of the criminal groups affiliated with the cacique, Fabio Flores.

Return of the Compañero Noé Aguilar Rojas!

Punishment for Fabio Flores and his accomplices in the government!

Sincerely,

November 3, 2019

Autonomous Wixárika and Tepehuana Community of San Lorenzo de Azqueltán

The Indigenous Mapuche community of Winka Railao declare their commitment to continue their process of territorial recuperation from the forestry company, Arauco.

Voices in Movement

The Mapuche community of Winka Railao, Lautaro, in the territory of Muko, direct the following to the Mapuche and Chilean people:

Kiñe: On sunday, October 27, different representatives of the Pu Lof of the Wenteche (valley) territory gathered on the land usurped from us by the company, Arauco.

In this Txawün (reunion), we reaffirmed our commitment to the process of territorial recuperation that we began a few weeks ago. The goal is to recuperate the space in order to care for it. There, we will be able to produce the sustenance that we need in order to live on the land and to produce a space that will also serve future generations.

Epu: Reinforcing the unity between communities, we will be able to advance and reconstruct ourselves as Mapuche people. We thus encourage other Pu Lof to advance along this line, to shed their fear and to take charge of their destiny. This is what we can be and what we can do as Mapuche. Defend a forest, a winkul (hill), a river and recuperate the land in order to heal it. That is what motivates us to move forward. There is our Feyentun, there we are Mapuche. That is why we exist.

Küla: We also want to speak to the process that the Chilean people have begun and we send them a fraternal salute. The enemy that we both face is greedy, very evil and hardly human. That enemy is capable of doing anything in order to maintain the system of oppression intact, as has already been seen with the deaths that both the Chilean and Mapuche people have experienced.

We urge you all not to be confused, to not allow yourselves to be manipulated in your understanding of our just struggle. We encourage you all to have dignity, to think about those who will come. We encourage that you include in your demands the necessity to protect the natural world today, which is under threat and only defended by few. It is the earth we share, the one from which we were born, and it is the only one we have.

Melo: We know that Ñuke Mapu (Mother Earth) and the Pue Ngen (spirits of Mother Earth) accompany us in this process. We will continue with confidence.

Petuy mogeleiñ Pu Mapuche. Nentuaiñ Taiñ Mapu, Weuwaiñ.

Pewü Küyen, Wenteche Ñi Mapu

October 2019

Original in Spanish: http://www.mapuexpress.org/?p=29016

Bristol , 25 October 2019. Shut down BAE and MBDA. Stop arming fascism!

Join us at the gates of BAE and MBDA to demand an end to the supply of arms to the fascist Turkish State.

Golf Course Lane, Filton, BS34 7QS

BE THERE FOR 7AM! Workers arrive early and we want them to hear what we have to say.

At 4pm on October 9th, the Turkish occupation army and its Islamist allies began their long-prepared war of aggression against the liberated areas of northern Syria. Turkish military forces have carried out serious violations and war crimes, including summary killings and unlawful attacks that have killed and injured civilians. BAE and MBDA, with offices in Bristol, supply arms to Turkey.

In 2017, BAE agreed a £100 million deal with the Turkish Air Force to develop a new fighter jet. Theresa May signed a special export license to ease the process of selling these weapons to Turkey. In January 2018, a deal was finalised between the Turkish government and EUROSAM for a new missile programme. EUROSAM is a joint venture between MBDA Missile Systems and Thales.

More information on arms companies supplying Turkey here:

Please share this widely to get maximum involvement! See:
https://alternativebristol.com/events/stop-arming-turkey-solidarity-with-rojava/

https://network23.org/kebele2/2019/10/22/rojava-solidarity-demo-at-bae/

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT UNIVERSAL CREDIT: 9th October, Bridport

Hi Autonomy film watchers,

We haven’t shown a film for a while because we’ve been doing other things, but we thought you might like to know about a meeting we’re organising this week.

So many people have been having trouble getting the benefits they are entitled to – or even getting any kind of response – from the new Universal Credit scheme. For some it is causing real hardship. So two members of the Citizens Advice Bureau are coming to explain it and try to help. Please let anybody know who might be interested! Hope to see you there.