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American Speaking Tour, Vegan Burgers & Environmental Action!

Events coming up soon that you might want to get yourself to!

This Friday, the 21st of June, we’ll be hosting a speaker from the Black Rose Anarchist Federation. They’ll be telling us about life in Trump’s America, and the growing anarchist resistance to it!
Get down to BASE (14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JZ) from 6.30pm for Vegan Burgers, with the talk starting around 7.30!

On Sunday 30th June, we’re calling on all environmental anti-capitalists (and anti-capitalist environmentalists) to start a Bristol/West Country Green Anti-Capitalist Front.  The plan is to bring together the various anti-capitalist campaigns already running, in order to better support each other, and to make interventions in the wider ecological movement so it doesn’t get stuck in the usual dead ends of broken government promises, individualised responses or ‘green capitalism’.
We’ll be meeting at BASE (14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JZ) from 5pm, and sticking around for the regular vegan cafe that kicks off at 6.30pm.
Facebook Event

On the subject of supporting existing ecological campaigns, there is plenty to get involved in:
Swindon XR Demo – and the Solidarity Network Block on it  (Saturday 29th June)
The first weekly ‘rolling picket’ organised by Bristol Earth Strike (Monday 1st July)
The Power Beyond Borders action camp, with transport from Bristol (26th – 31st July)
The Earth First Summer Gathering (14th – 20th August)
The Earth Strike! General strike (27th September, with build up actions in the preceding week).

…and that’s just for starters. Keep your eyes open for more Critical Mass Bike Rides, Pickets, Protests against airport expansion, public workshops and clandestine actions!

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Capitalism, Anarchism & Mental Health

mental health cutA couple of weeks ago we hosted our most popular discussion to date, on the above subject. Somewhere between 150 and 200 people showed up barely squeezing into our emergency ‘bigger than the bookshop’ meeting space. It seems the subject really struck a chord with people.

Our own experiences, and the media, tell us we are in the middle of an ‘epidemic’ of mental health issues. Yet the standard response is to treat and talk about them as if they are solely individual issues (or failings) rather than looking at the situations we find ourselves in and the material conditions and wider culture of day to day society.

Many people present were keen to continue to meet on the subject, to that end we have set up a mailing list (click here to subscribe). What form this new group will take will be decided by its participants – information sharing, mutual support, campaigning and skill sharing were all ideas on the night.

There were some great contributions from AFed folks and from many folks who came, who covered a wide spectrum of society including many people who have issues with their own mental health, study it, work in the field, or have extensive experience supporting others or using services themselves.

For those who are interested the full minutes are online. We hope to compile them into a more easily readable form and into a  video in the near future.

While we’ve got your attention there are a few more events coming up in the near future:

Saturday 5th March: March for the NHS!
Linking the struggles of the Junior Doctors against their unsafe working conditions being forced on them, the removal or bursaries for student nurses, and the moves by the local clinical commisioning group to open up the running of NHS services to tax avoiding corporations!  Meet 1pm at the Fountains. Facebook Event.

Wednesday 9th March: Support the Junior Doctors Strike!
Junior doctors will be holding a 48 hour strike beginning at 8am. Get down to the picket lines for 8 if you can, or join later in the day! Picketlines will once again be at the BRI and Southmead. We all need to support them in their stand against further destruction of the NHS. More info from the British Medical Association.

Tuesday 15th March: Is JC Really our Savior?
The next of our discussion evenings. This time the topic is Jeremy Corbyn and the campaign building around him. How do we, as grass roots activists engage with this? Critical support? Utter indifference? Active involvement? Hydra Books 7pm Facebook Event.

Tuesday 19th of April A world Without Money?
A talk and discussion looking at why our world could and should work without money. It’s often one of the hardest ideas of Anarchist Communist to first get our heads around, as it is so opposed to the way our current society works. The idea that money is essential to a functioning society is constantly re-enforced, but who’s doing the re-enforcing..? Hydra Books 7pm

Saturday 30th April: Bristol Anarchist Bookfair!
Our cities largest radical event is back again at Trinity from 10-6 Website

Sunday 1st May: May Day
International workers day has come around again, this year the local trade unions are organising a march in the centre, and we’ve some fun ideas of our own!