April 16, 2019
Going back to theory! The next two reading groups (in April and May) will be about anarchist organising, namely about Synthesis, Platform & Syndicalism.
We’ll start on 16 April (7pm at Freedom bookshop) with Synthesis and Platform and the following texts:
Anarchist FAQ: What are ‘synthesis’ federations? p. 2604-2609
Voline, Synthesis (Anarchist) https://www.libertarian-labyrinth.org/anarchist-beginnings/voline-synthesis-anarchist/
Anarchist FAQ: What is the ‘Platform’? & Why do many anarchists oppose the ‘Platform’? p. 2610-2622
Malatesta/Makhno: About the platform
Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft)
After this, reading group no 12 (21 May) will be on Syndicalism with the reading list published closer to the time.
April 6, 2019
We’re having a meeting for people interested in getting involved in anarchist organising in London on 6th April 2019.
Things we do: run a monthly anarchist reading group, run a film night, help publish Organise magazine, help publish and distro Rebel City newspaper, have socials, have fundraisers (remember that awesome gig we did in Jan with Inner terrestrials?), publish pamphlets, launch environmental initiatives (Green anticapitalist front), go on demos as a group.
Things we could do: anything your little anarchist heart desires!
April 5, 2019
March 22, 2019
A talk by a member of Les Éditions de Monde Libertaire, the publishing group of the Fédération Anarchiste (France) of which some members are active in the Gilets Jaunes movement. She will discuss the pros and cons of the movement in France as well as the problem of the involvement of the far right.
Monica Jornet will present ‘Les Gilets Jaunes : Points de vue anarchistes’ and copies (in French) will be available on the night. Donations to help fund her travel costs are welcome.
This talk is part of a series of events in the run up to the mobilisation against the far right ‘Yellow Vest’ march in London, 30th March
March 19, 2019
This months reading group will be, as usual, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (19th March) at Freedom Bookshop, 7pm.
This reading group is part of a series of events examining how we respond to the far right, particualrly wihin broad social movements. Other events in this series will include a talk by a member of Les Éditions de Monde Libertaire, publishing group of the Fédération Anarchiste (France) who is active in the gillet jaune movement on the 22nd March (venue TBC). There is also a mobilisation against the far right ‘Yellow Vest’ movement in London on the 29th March.
We will be reading the following texts:
Alexander Reid Ross ‘The Multipolar Spin: How Fascists Operationalize Left-wing Resentment’ (https://hummusforthought.com/2018/03/16/the-multipolar-spin-how-fascists-operationalize-left-wing-resentment/)
Spencer Sunshine – The right hand of Occupy Wall Street: from libertarians to nazis, the fact and fiction of right-wing involvement (https://libcom.org/library/right-hand-occupy-wall-street-libertarians-nazis-fact-fiction-right-wing-involvement-spe)
Spencer Sunshine -Rebranding fascism: national anarchists (https://libcom.org/library/rebranding-fascism-national-anarchists-spencer-sunshine)
Questions we will be considering are: Why can ‘national anarchism’ not be anarchism? Under what circumstances was the far right able to attempt collaborations with the left? Do the far right and left share an enemy, i. e. do they occasionally think they do (is it capitalism)?
January 19, 2019
On 19 January 2019 anti-fascists and anarchists from across the UK will hold a demonstration in solidarity with our Russian comrades who are being arrested, framed and tortured in a brutal wave of repression which has put eleven Russian anti-fascists behind bars, facing obviously fabricated charges which could see them jailed for five to twenty years each. Two of the detained are currently on hunger strike against their inhumane treatment.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1954513344639049/
The repression began in autumn 2017 when six anti-fascists were arrested in Penza and had weapons and explosives planted on them. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) tortured the anti-fascists in the pre-trial detention facility by electrocuting them, beating them and hanging them upside down. While torturing them, security chiefs forced the activists to memorise the testimony the FSB wanted them to give: that they were part of a fictional terrorist group called ‘The Network’.
Two more anti-fascists were arrested in St. Petersburg at the end of January 2018 and were also beaten, electrocuted and forced to incriminate themselves by saying they were members of ‘The Network’. A third person was accused in St. Petersburg and two more from Penza have also been arrested for supposed involvement in this make-believe organisation. The FSB claims that the detainees planned to arrange explosions during the presidential elections and the World Cup to “further destabilise the political situation in the country”.
After knowledge of the fabricated court cases and horrific torture became widespread, solidarity actions started to take place, but this led to more repression. Some Russian activists who took part were detained, electrocuted and had criminal proceedings started against them – just for expressing solidarity.
This repression of anti-fascists comes at a time when the Russian state are working with gangs of far-right thugs to repress the whole of civil society. One poignant example of this happened ten years ago, two Russian anti-fascists, journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, were murdered by fascists in broad daylight on 19 January. Every year, Russian anarchists and anti-fascists gather to remember them.
On Saturday 19 January 2019 we are calling for everybody opposed to racism, xenophobia, fascism and the upsurge of far-right populism sweeping the world to join us on the streets to express our solidarity with Russian anti-fascists. The demonstration will start at the Cable Street mural near Shadwell station, east London and will feature speakers and a rally.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1954513344639049/
This demonstration is supported by:
Anarchist Communist Group
Plan C LDN
Please email london19jan(at)riseup.net to add your organisation to the list of supporters.
For more information on the ‘Network’ case, see:
December 29, 2018
An Alternative Gathering are chuffed to bring Punk/Goth/Day-Glo legends Rubella Ballet back to south London.
£7.50 ADV / £10 OTD
RUBELLA BALLET are an original Punk band formed in Autumn 1979. Considered part of the Anarcho & Goth scene, with their unique Ultra Violet show wearing home made day-glo punk clothes, created by Zillah Minx.
From the four corners of London Town Deviant Heart merge an eclectic collection of influences to create a mixture of rock\’n\’roll and punk tunes.
\”The music riffs are reminiscent of The Stooges and early Who with cutting guitar chords, pounding bass and drums keeping a brilliantly tight rhythm section.
NW London trio playing funky post punk material that captures the essence of Magazine, the groove of Killing Joke and a hint of Wire, alongside a magic of their own.
Think Pistols Stones Slade Duran Blondie. All in the melting pot. All played thunderously loud. Bexatron are five piece band based in London fronted by the idol-esque Rebecca Bex. We play hi-octane pop punk with a glam coat!