Urgent call for solidarity with Turkish Anarchists aiding Kurds at the border with Kobanê

Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (Revolutionary Anarchist Action) near Kobanê

Kurdish resistance fighters, including many who speak of their commitment to an anarchist inspired social revolution, continue to battle repressive Daesh (ISIS/IS) forces around Kobanê. The optimistic would imagine that the role of the neighbouring Turkish state (a member of the US led coalition against Daesh) would involve opening its nearby border to feeling civilians, aiding those refugees who have already crossed, providing humanitarian assistance to the besieged town, or even actively supporting the resistance.  The reality could not be more different.

Turkish state forces have attempted to seal off the border to both those fleeing out of Kobanê and those attempting to bring aid and supplies in to the town (suspiciously those arming Daesh forces have been slipping through relatively un-harrassed), The Turkish army have also attacked Kurdish refugees Continue reading

Report from Bristols Latest Act of Resistance to Workfare

Click here to read our 'workfare FAQ' leaflet from the day

Click here to read our ‘workfare FAQ’ leaflet from the day

On Saturday Bristol AFed members were joined by other local activists for  a picket of notorious workfare scheme users poundland.  This was one of many nationwide actions this week in response to a call from boycott workfare, including an awesome occupation of Urban Futures in London, and the shutting down of Learn Direct in Edinburgh.

Our action was a little less confrontational (this time!), as we took the oppurtunity that protests in our local communities give us to engage in longer and more meaningful conversations with people living, working and shopping in (in this case) Bedminster. Over two hours we handed out around 300 leaflets to almost universal support, and only one spotted dropped on the floor. Continue reading

Some Very Busy Anarchists : Upcoming Events in Bristol

calendarThere is loads going on in Bristol over the next couple of months of interest to anarchists and other radicals. So much infact that we were having trouble keeping track of it all, especially with the sad end of Bristol Indymedia.

Anti Workfare action, quiz nights, a season of WWI events from Bristol Radical History, Reclaim the Night, discussions from Men Against Patriarchy and the Dangerous Thoughts Collective, a talk from author Peter Gelderloos, Kebele cafes, Solidarity Network meetings and a weekend away in London for the Bookfair and Anarcha Feminist Conference.

It was getting so much that we’ve decided to create and update an online calendar to keep track of it all. Head on over to our new events tab to look through it, or subscribe via ICal or XML.

Get in touch if you would like an event added, we hope this can become a comprehensive list of protests, actions, talks, discussions and other anarchist evens.  See you on the streets, in this cafes, at the bookshops…

Solidarity from Bristol to Ferguson – Fight police repression everywhere

origional demoOn Saturday some Bristol AFed members and friends took the streets to express our Solidarity with the Ferguson, Mo.  Since their community rose up to protest the police murder of an unarmed teenager, Mike Brown and the racist harassment they have suffered for years,  they have face near total repression at the hands of a militarised police force.  We came out to add our voice in solidarity, and to amplify their views and their voice.  The strength shown in resisting both the crack down and the attempts at pacification from politicians and self declared leaders has been inspiring. Continue reading

Solidarity with Michael Brown – Demonstration This Saturday (23rd)

Against Police Repression, Against Institutional Racism, Solidarity with Ferguson Missouri!

10628157_10153035388281102_1757015198469058429_n On August 9th an unarmed teenager was shot six times and murderd by a police officer, once again bringing in to stark relief the danger police pose to the public and the indemic racism of police forces across the western world.

The respsonse of the authorities was swift and harsh. Hundreds of police have swarmed the majority black community, assualting residents, mass arresting peaceful demonstratos, forcing journalists and Amnesty International human rights observers out, Continue reading

WW1 Centenery – Some Anarchist Perspectives on War

The latest issue of our paper Resistance is a special edition focusing on war, its impacts, and the movements against it. Including Mutineers in the West Indian Regiment, the suffragettes who fought for and against war, remembrance as recruitment, and a look back at the Falklands.

We’ve already handed out hundreds of copies, but there are still some left (for free/donation) at both Hydra and Kebele. The whole paper is also available to download as a PDF here:

 

Download here

The Brief Origins of May Day

mayday_flagcropMay 1st is International Worker’s Day and is celebrated around the world with marches and actions. There have been many attempts to rewrite the history of May Day. In 2011 the Tories proposed moving the May Day Bank Holiday to October and replace it with “UK Day” and in America May 1st is has been “Loyalty Day” since 1921 (not that many people celebrate it mind!).

Because of this we thought it was important to repost this article, explaining as briefly as possible, the true origins of May Day or International Worker’s Day. If reading isn’t your thing then check out this talk by Bristol Radical History Group from 2012 on the history of May Day.

via The Industrial Workers of the World

by Eric Chase (1993)

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility. Continue reading