Upcoming events in Bristol…
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
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.
Issue 157 of Resistance, the paper of the UK Anarchist Federation is now available to download as a PDF. This issue focuses on struggles against gender oppression; including sexual harassment at work, the fight for abortion in Ireland, a look back at the free women of Spain (mujeres libres), women in factory resistance in China, the voices of women & LGBTQIA in Ukraine, and the Angry Women of Liverpool!
We handed out about a hundred copies on the recent welcome return of the Reclaim The Night march in Bristol, which whilst we’re on the subject was fantastic. Great for us to march alongside so many enthusiastic people in the streets about such important issues as fighting against intimate partner violence and street harassment. Yet as several placards pointed out its sad to still have to protest this shit in 2014. All of the speakers from Bristol University and beyond were excellent, we look forward to fighting patriarchy with many of the people we met on the night. If you missed out on a physical copy then and would like to get your hands on one they are available from Kebele and Hydra Books.
Yesterday members of the spanish trade union, Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores, raided two supermarkets (english article).
200 people entered supermarkets in two towns filling up trollys with basic food stuffs and after a tussle with some supermarket security left without paying. The food was distributed to those who needed it via a food banks run by unnamed charitable organisations. There are even rumours that Ecija’s left-wing mayor had ordered the local police to not intervene in the action or that other trade unionists distracted and confronted the authorities outside. Either way the raiders made off with nearly all of the food.
This action follows in the foot steps of actions by Greek anarchists which have become increasingly frequent over the past five years. Currently the situation in Greece and Spain is worse than here in the UK ( in the latter country for example all benefits are stopped after two years of unemployment). However as the government here has only implemented around 7% of its planned decade of cuts and we enter another quarter of recession we can assume things are going to get worse.
Could this action be part of a genuinely radical and, more importantly, possibly successful strategy of fighting against government cuts/austerity? Forget telling the government not to cut a service or to please give us more jobs, lets just make sure our material needs are met. If their capitalist system can’t cope with that, well then, that’s their problem not ours. All we should care about is the fact that we need food, housing, health care and hell some entertainment once in a while, and we still live in a country of plenty. Despite (or because of) the recession, whilst we’ve all been tightening our belts the richest in our country have been hoarding even more wealth, soon the time will come when we have to start taking some of it back for ourselves.
All power to the spanish miners, if you haven’t been following the story yet read more about it here; Coal mines ignite in Asturias