Trust Doctors, Not Tories – Support the BMA!

'We need all concerned citizens, activists and trade unionists to stand alongside us in this fight.' - Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis BMA Executive. Read the full call out.

‘We need all concerned citizens, activists and trade unionists to stand alongside us in this fight’ – Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis BMA Executive. Read the full call out.

On Sunday the union representing Junior doctors, the British Medical Association, held its second march through Bristol ahead of strike action this Wednesday morning. Once again Bristol AFed and scores of other supporters marched with them, and the response from others in the streets was universally positive.

The BMA’s message is simple, the government is attempting to push through ideologically driven changes to their contracts that will negatively affect not only junior doctors but the level of care they are capable of providing.  Junior Doctors can already be called upon to work 70 hour weeks, often in extremely challenging and stressful roles and at nights and weekends. The Tories are seeking not only to cut their pay (whilst they continue to be burdened with an average £100,000 in university debt) but weaken their contracts, forcing unsafe working patterns on essential NHS staff.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt can repeat the words that this is in the best interests of the NHS all he wants – the actions of him and the rest of the government speak far louder that his lies. Him and his cronies want to undermine and break up the NHS, making it that much easier to accelerate privatisation and turn a profit for the rich. Left unchecked they would succeed in destroying the core of what makes the NHS, flaws and all, an institution to be proud of.

Red & Black flags along side (and in several instances gaffa taped to) the blue of the BMA

Red & Black flags fly along side the blue of the BMA, and in several cases they fly together with the cunning application of duct tape.

Luckily the members of the BMA are standing together and are up for a fight. However they’ll need all the support they can muster to face down the tories and win. A victory here could turn the tide of the damage being done to health care provision in the UK. So if you can spare any time tomorrow between 8am and 6pm get down to the picket lines if at all possible, or give them your support online – and help expose Jeremy Hunt’s lies.

  • Picket lines starting at 8am, outside the BRI and Southmead.
  • ‘Meet the Doctors’ event at Turbo Island on Stokes Croft from 12pm.
  • Picket/Protest will likely continue until at least 6pm outside the main entrance of the BRI.
  • Not in Bristol? Find your nearest picket line on the BMA website.
  • Can’t make it out? The BMA website also has a ‘get involved’ section including pictures formatted for Social Media, PDF versions of leaflets and posters and other information you can help to spread online.

Discussion: Where next for the anti cuts movement?

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Our discussion on anarchists and the future of the anti cuts movement will take place 7pm Tuesday 17th of November at Hydra books

 

 

 

We recommend reading the following two articles, although its not required! Anyone looking to fight the cuts or learn more is welcome, whether or not you consider yourself an Anarchist.

Poking a Future Monarch with a Stick
A critical analysis of the anti-cuts movements against the ConDem coalition written by a Bristol AFed member.

A Storm is Coming
An article from one of our friends in SolFed about why the anti-cuts movement is about to kick off again Continue reading

Reclaiming Bristol and fighting back against sexual violence

flyerA report from Octobers Reclaim the Path march from one of our members, and a reminder that Reclaim the Night will be taking place in central Bristol on Friday November the 27th. Contains reference to assault.

The cycle path between Bath and Bristol has seen a lot of sexual violence and harassment over its history. Including several friends of mine who have been attacked by men, with threats of rape. There has also been a lot of street harassment around Easton, including of a  friend who challenged her harassers and was then knocked to the floor and threatened at knife point. Continue reading

Prisoner Solidarity & International Tours

Upcoming events in Bristol…

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Showing Solidarity with prisoners during Bristol ⒶBookfair

Prisoner solidarity is an essential part of any activism or revolutionary action. Prisons rarely, if ever, act as a deterrent to the crimes that can threaten our communities and they are downright counterproductive when its comes to ‘rehabilitation’ further oppressing and alienating people. Meanwhile the rich folks who start wars, exploit workers, destroy the environment or profit from our misery? Highly unlikely they’ll ever see the inside of a cell.

What Prisons do well is help to control the poor, marginalised, desperate, and anyone trying to take a stand and change society. The rate of this repression can vary immensely over time and place. When the state is feeling particularly vicious – or the resistance to it is looking particularly effective – you get widespread arrests and detention, such as Operation Pandora in Spain, and more recently Operation Phoenix in the Czech Republic. Continue reading

It’s Time To Learn From History, Direct Action and Disobedience Is What Brings Governments Down

If we want to fight the Tories, we must be ungovernable.
We must *not* be united into one organisation.
We must be many organisations, everywhere, speaking and acting in solidarity with each other, trying different strategies, sharing ideas, and not condemning each others diversity of tactics.

the void

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In February 2003 over one million people marched in opposition to the invasion of Iraq.  The mass protest, one of the largest in the UK’s history, was peaceful but determined and organised in full co-operation with the authorities.  An army of stewards prevented sit down protests on the march and ensured that the huge crowd was ushered, efficiently and without incident, into a pre-arranged rally in Hyde Park.   Here trade union bureacrats, Labour MPs and z-list celebrity left-wingers made fiery speeches promising this was just the beginning of a militant peace movement that would stop the war.

A month later US and UK forces began a series of devastating air strikes on Iraq.  The war had begun, and it would kill hundreds of thousands of people.

Marches against the Iraq war continued, organised by the Stop the War Coalition (StWC), which was now little more than a front for the…

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The Tories Are Back in, Here Are Your Choices (Or: Ten Ways They Will Screw Us over and How We Can Fight Back)

Cameron remains in Downing Street, now with a majority (having successfully cannibalized his former LibDem partners). A lot of people are understandably depressed by this, and now to top it all off Farage hasn’t even resigned. FFS politics, give us a break.  We don’t have much say in what policies they try and force upon us – after all we had ‘Vote Tory for capitalism and austerity’ and ‘Vote Labour for the same, only a bit less and our heart isn’t really in it’. What we DO have a say in, is how we react to them.

Reaction One: Voter Apathy
11115600_691068424349519_1959285971672980873_nNon voters are often accused of apathy, but if after going to the ballot on the 7th you are planning to sit back and do nothing for five years than you are being truly apathetic. Of course the same is true if ‘not voting’ is the sum total of your protest against the system.  Maybe to kill time before the next general election you can try to change Labour from the inside, or help the Greens get half a dozen MPs early next decade. If you’re really inspired maybe you could put your energy into reforming how we vote for our ‘representatives’. Although many countries use other systems and they still aren’t socialist utopias yet either. Lets get one thing clear though, would Ed Milliband be screwing us over aswell? Hell yes.

Reaction Two: Fight for What We Have, Fight for What We Needreal change - 8 hour day
We are often presented a doctored version of history. One where the oppressed asked the government nicely for reforms, where they appealed to their ruler’s reason and conscience, or simply voted in nicer leaders.

A closer inspection reveals a very different narrative, where everything we have was fought for tooth and nail. Where workers faced down the army for the right to have the evening off rather than work 14 hour days, where women bombed pavilions and learnt martial arts before they were recognised as capable of decisions, where people faced down battalions of police who were trying to force a fascist march through the east end of London. It is the latter telling of history that should inform how we react today.

Everything we have we fought for, and everything we fought for they want back.  As soon as we stop fighting – in our work places, in our communities, in the streets and in the fields – we will lose everything. The good news? If you want to take action there are plenty ways to do it. Here are just a few based on some Tory policies.

1. The Tories will ruin the lives of disabled people ATOSNot without a fight from the likes of DPAC! Continue reading