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!
November 20, 2018
This month we will be reading texts on anarcha-feminism ranging from some oldies with Goldman and de Cleyre to more modern texts analysing with hooks, Lorde and Dirik. As part of the reading we’ve suggested a few questions which we’ll cover in the discussion:
What is the difference between anarcha-feminism, radical feminism and liberal feminism?
To what extend are the issues discussed by Goldman still relevant today?
How can anarchist practice be more feminist (should it be)?
Although we’ve picked quite a few texts this month they’re short we promise!
Look forward to seeing you all 7pm 20th November at Freedom Bookshop.
Introduction- what is anarcha-feminism? https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Anarchist_FAQ/What_is_Anarchism%3F/3.5
Emma Goldman: Tragedy of Women’s emancipation
Emma Goldman: Marriage and Love:
Audre Lorde: The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house:
Voltairine de Cleyre: The economic relations of sex
bell hooks: Feminist class struggle:
Dilar Dirik: Women’s Internationalism against Global Patriarchy
November 17, 2018
Inerdzia in association with the South London Punk Collective + the #1 mandem are delighted to welcome:
Sk8-HxC or Hard skatecore. Bristol boiiiz ruining your night since 2012.
Check our the new-ish album ‘Young, Gifted & Fast’. 》》》》
Italian street punx. Music to drink beer and fall over to. Free choonz below! 》》》
Circle None (Landan)
An all new and improved recipie for disaster. London punk start-ups from the arseholes of DTA and SHOT!
Satanic, White Trash, Rock’n Roll.
Music to shoot guns on motorbikes to.
Live music from 8.30pm.
£5 OTD – all door money to be split 100% with the bands, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Sanction This, Anthrax, Mindframe, The Black Death, The Commited, The Fleas, Bug Central, Hagar The Womb, Virus, KissMe Killer, Zombie Met Girl, Calico……………….
November 10, 2018 – November 11, 2018
ESKORPUTAS (formerly KILL BITCHES TO DRESS FOXES)
November 1, 2018
First Thursdays @ Freedom Bookshop
An evening to raise funds for Decentre and the eco-anarchist project Feral Crust, a group based in the Phillipines.
The bookshop will stay open late, and there will be a vegetarian dinner and refreshments, as well as acoustic music and a selection of zines for sale.
Feral Crust are a group based in Davao in the Phillipines. They have started an autonomous land project that incorporates anarchist principles of mutual aid and non-hierarchical organising as well as awareness and care for the wildlife of the area. They aim to be self-sufficient, and we wish to attempt to help them in their goal.
There will also be a zine available to provide more information about the Feral Crust crew and their activities.
Check out more info about them at feralcrustproject.wordpress.com or get in touch with them at email@example.com
Big L. – Lead singer of The Dubrighters, playing acoustic tracks of his own, and some together alongside:
Anarchic Tendencies – Terrible raucous acoustic punk from one of the members of the Decentre collective.
Elajaff – Former London squatter returns for a visit just in time to entertain us with some bangers.
Noah Fabri – Fresh from performing the Freedom social at the “nottheanarchistbookfair”, Noah will bring their singer-songwriter multi-talented tracks to your attention.
George F. – Will rant at you about some stuff on the microphone.
If you are an artist or a group who is interested in participating in First Thursdays at Freedom get in touch with the bookshop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anarchy and art, every first Thursday of the month!
October 16, 2018
Our next reading group will meet 7pm at Freedom Bookshop on the 16th October. This month we will be discussing crime and justice with the following texts as reading material.
Chapter 5, Crime, from Peter Gelderloos’ Anarchy Works available online here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-anarchy-works.pdf p.89 Crime
Normalizing judgement p.177-183 in Foucault’s Discipline and Punishment, available online here: https://monoskop.org/images/4/43/Foucault_Michel_Discipline_and_Punish_The_Birth_of_the_Prison_1977_1995.pdf
The article on policing in edition 203 of the magazine Black Flag, available online here: http://libcom.org/library/black-flag-203-1993
At the beginning of the session someone will need to explain to me how to pronounce Foucault. See you all there!
October 13, 2018
Meinhof + Anarchistwood + Bug Central + Hanging Johnny