Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoner Emma Sheppard

Bristol Anarchist Federation:

Anarchist and Bristol resident Emma was sentenced to 2 years prison today in court, for damaging 4 tyres on 3 separate police cars, which had been called out to assist the 2 cops chasing her (no cops were injured). Despite this being a stand-alone case with no known or proven connection to other recent attacks across Bristol, its clear the authorities had them in mind, especially with the involvement of operation GRhone (only after some marginally more competent officers had actually made the arrest of course).

A well known & liked activist, Emma had no previous convictions and had received numerous good character references.

Solidarity greetings to Emma!

Originally posted on Prisoner Support Bristol ABC:

Anarchist prisoner, Emma Sheppard was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at Bristol Crown Court for committing criminal damage recklessly endangering life.

The charge relates to criminal damage of police cars in the Bristol area.

Please write letters of solidarity to:

Emma Sheppard
A7372DJ
HMP Eastwood Park
Church Avenue
Falfield
Wotton-under-Edge
Gloucestershire
GL12 8DB

Emma can receive cards, stamps and stationary.

For donations, news & any other solidarity efforts email: bristol_abc@riseup.net

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Bristols Green Resistance: Details & how to get involved!

bannerInformation for anyone looking to attend, support, or learn more about the protest site protecting wildlife & agricultural land against the council’s Metrobus project. For background information and updates see our previous blog post.

We’d encourage everyone who wants to help protect Bristol’s green spaces, take a stand against the ridiculous expense of the metro bus scheme, or who is just curious about a protest site to come and visit or stay. The protesters are friendly and the site is open to families – there are quite a few kids running around.

Helping from afar
Spread the word – talk to your friends, and share this page. Check for updates on our blog,  the Bristol AFed Twitter, blue finger alliance twitter, and the blog posts from rising up.
Put the pressure on – you can sign the petition, or contact the council or your local councilor directly.
Donations – See below for useful items to send our way, you can also donate funds directly to the blue finger alliance via paypal.

Getting To The Site

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European Green Capital – They’re Doing it Wrong

The first groups of people arrive ready to resist the councils plans, come on down and lend your support!

The first groups of people arrive ready to resist the councils plans to wreck the area and build a metrobus lane. Come on down and help support!

Click here for info on getting involved and supporting the protest, See the end of the article for daily updates! Last update 05/02

Bristol City Council and Mayor George are set to kick off our city’s year as the green capital of Europe by cutting down trees and tearing up some of the areas best agricultural land. Feel free to read that again. The site in question is home to Feed Bristol, Stapleton Allotments, Sims Hill Shared Harvest and a not insubstantial amount of wildlife, and will have large sections destroyed to make room for the ‘ever popular’ metrobus scheme (formally BRT).

Apparently the £54Million being spent on metrobus will encourage more people out of their cars and on to busses. We probably would’ve tried something more radical like providing an affordable, reliable, frequent bus service. I guess that’s why we’re the domestic extremists.

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Solidarity with Anarchists Imprisoned by the Spanish State!

¡Solidaridad con los presos anarquistas! from members of Bristol Anarchist Federation (IFA), Bristol Solidarity Federation (IWA) and friends

¡Solidaridad con los presos anarquistas! from members of Bristol Anarchist Federation (IFA), Bristol Solidarity Federation (IWA) and friends

In December the claws of the Spanish state came out, dropping all pretence of presiding over a fair & free society they launched an attack on everyone resisting capitalism & fighting for the working class, specifically targeting organised anarchists as the biggest threat to the power of the elites.
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So, We Were On Channel 4 News Tonight

Loving this footage of someone trying to fight a police car by kicking it wither their trainers

Loving this footage of someone trying to fight a police car by kicking it with their trainers

Rather briefly! It’s the first TV news interview Bristol AFed has agreed to, perhaps we felt more optimistic about the chances of some good coverage after a relatively successful summer interview with BBC Radio Bristol.  You can watch the segment that was broadcast today here, and a longer version of the interview on Channel 4’s website. Sadly we didn’t get as much on air time as DCI Andy Bevan, who they emotively interviewed at the site of a recent incident of arson.

The footage was taken from a much longer interview (about three quarters of an hour – not that we expected it would get shown in full!).  We’re glad they kept in part of our definition of anarchism but perhaps the world would have been a better place if channel 4’s viewers weren’t subjected to our awful singing at a recent anti-workfare protest.

Predictably the rest of the segment, focuses on a series of acts of criminal damage carried out in the West Country over the past few years, including the destruction of a multi-million pound police fire arms training centre. Sadly there wasn’t much focus on the political policing and harassment of activists that followed, or local anarchists resistance to it. The cops still seem obsessed with tracking down Continue reading

Santa Bloc : Spreading Anti-Capitalist Seasonal Cheer

On Saturday 13th of December, a group of spirited anarchists and other rebellious pixies, donned Christmas hats and Santa beards. Armed with several hundred leaflets, several dozen mince pies, and a handful of song sheets we set out to inject a bit of anti capitalist rebellion into the heart of the consumer season!

We’d decided that companies exploiting people via the governments ‘workfare’ forced labour schemes were particularly worthy of our scorn at this time of year. We set about demonstrating and partying outside and, despite the protests of a tag along PCSO, inside a number of serial offenders.

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Anti-Workfare Street Party, Student Action, and more events in December

calendarHow to survive the cold nights, dark days, and endless parade of twee consumerism of December?  Well, this list of inspiring actions and events might help keep your spirits warm.

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