Save Bialowieza Forest! Info-night

Monday 11 December 2017
@ Kebele Social Centre
14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol
8pm for tea and snacks, 8.30 for talk
Ring the Alarm! Poland’s Bialowieza forest and climate activists
under threat from loggers and the state.
Activists from The Camp for the Forest, a coalition of groups, NGOs and individuals committed to stopping logging in the last primeval forest in lowland Europe, will be coming to the UK for a speaking tour about their actions, the conditions in Bialowieza and the political climate in Poland today.
Despite a European Commission ruling rendering logging unlawful in the forest and the European Court of Justice ordering fines of 100k Euro per day for violations, commercial logging continues according to evidence gathered by Camp for the Forest.
Documenting by satnav and cameras, drones, and human observation, activists have build up a body of evidence of infractions by the Polish government, logging companies and the armed Forest Guard who patrol the forest like an occupation force.
Over 60 blockades and lock-ons have taken place since May of this year, including 20 of heavy machinery such as Harvesters.
Approximately 180,000 cubic meters [180 000 trees] have been cut in the Forest this year – 400% of logging in 2016 and 30% was carried out in natural stands of trees over  a century old.
Protesters have been labelled eco-terrorists and extremists by logging supporters. Mass arrests, invasive and humiliating cavity searches by police, physical assaults by armed Forest Guards, home raids and constant surveillance have been used to try and intimidate what is a strong, broad and peaceful movement to protect Bialowieza and turn the entire forest into a national park.
Come and hear all about it and maybe you too can join the hundreds who have travelled from all over Europe to support Bialowieza.

“Welcome to Leith” film showing

http://www.welcometoleithfilm.com/

In relation to the current upsurge in fascism and far right movements we feel it’s important to raise awareness about where fascism can head if left unchecked.

Welcome to Leith is a feature documentary from 2015 that chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb.

“As his behaviour becomes more threatening tensions soar, with residents desperately looking for ways to expel their unwanted neighbour.”

The film features “incredible access” to both long time residents of Leith and white supremacists, and examines how a community fought back against an extremist vision.

The usual vegan dinner is on at Kebele from 6.30pm.

Anarchism and Nationalism

A talk and discussion with Uri Gordon, author of “Anarchy Alive” and “Dark Tidings”.

5pm, Saturday 25th November at Kebele.

https://libcom.org/files/anarchy_alive.pdf

http://autonomies.org/pt/2014/07/the-dark-tidings-of-uri-gordon/

Uri Gordon is an Israeli anarchist theorist and activist. He is a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, and formerly at Loughborough University in the UK and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Ketura, Israel. One of several anarchist theorists to come of age during the anti-globalization movement at the turn of the 21st century, he has worked with anarchist and radical movements including Indymedia, Peoples’ Global Action, and Anarchists Against the Wall. Active primarily in Britain and his native Israel, Gordon has participated in protests at international summits across Europe, and played a part in the 2011 Israeli social justice protests.

http://news.infoshop.org/opinion/anarchism-and-nationalism-uri-gordon

Antifa talk: The history and strategies of antifa in Germany

The rise of fascist movements and parties all over Europe has once again made it clear: organised antifascist resistance is necessary. In order to successfully intervene and stop fascism from spreading, it is useful to take a look at the different experiences built from movements in other countries, particularly the history of the Antifa movement which originally started in 1930’s Germany.

The speaker, who is a member of the “ums Ganze!” Bündnis and has been part of antifascist initiatives and organisations for more than ten years, tries to present the major strategies, struggles, defeats, victories, splits, and theories of the Antifaschistische Aktion from 1932 to the present. Afterwards, we will have a discussion about the lessons there are for the movement here, going forwards in 2017.

7.30pm start. Wednesday, 15th November.

Vegan Pie ‘n’ Mash Fundraiser for Antifascist Prisoners

No Gods, no masterchefs say, “Come on down to the Kebele Community Coop on Tuesday 24th October for a delicious plate of vegan Pie ‘n’ Mash. What to expect: Creamy “chicken” and veg pie, mustard mash, seasonal greens and lashings of delicious gravy, all for just £4 a pop! Doors open from 7 and food served from 7:30pm, get there early so not to be disappointed. All profits will go towards supporting current antifascist prisoners.”

facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/121301535211982/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Burmese punks at Kebele this Sunday!

My Buddha is Punk‘ (doc, 2015, approx 1hour) – follows Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese Punk, as he obsessively tries to develop the Punk scene in Myanmar. Although the former military dictatorship has experienced a number of democratic reforms, Kyaw Kyaw remains skeptical. In his view, his country has not changed yet. Together with his Punk band ‘The Rebel Riot‘, Kyaw Kyaw raises awareness for the continuing violation of human rights. Through his music and demonstrations, he criticizes the on-going civil war and the prosecution of ethnic minorities. He travels through the country to promote his own philosophy among the young generation: A symbiosis of Buddhism and Punk that rejects any religious rules and political doctrine. But while fighting for freedom and preaching for the importance of individual autonomy, he faces the difficulty to remain true to one’s own ideals.

This superb documentary gives an insight into the situation in Myanmar (ex-Burma), a country currently in the news due to their ethnic cleansing of over 500,000 Rohingya people, a country that for over 60 years was run as a military dictatorship closed off from the outside world. To this day large parts of Myanmar remain sealed military zones as the all-powerful military continue to repress numerous ethnic minority groups such as the Shan, Karen, Wa, Mon, Chin, Kayan, and of course the Rohingya (who are not even recognised as an ethnic group by the government). Amidst the ethnic & religious hatespeech directed by the dominant Buddhist nationalists at ethnic minorities, very few dare speak out for tolerance, peace & humanity – but The Rebel Riot dare to try. See a 3 minute trailer of the film here!

Following the 4.30pm screening at Kebele social centre, there will be a Q&A with Kyaw and other members of the band. Entry free/donations welcomed.

Kebele’s Sunday Social cafe takes place from around 6/6.30pm.
From 7pm The Rebel Riot will be playing a gig at The Red Lion, 206 Whitehall Rd, Bristol BS5, with The Migraines & Skinner (early start/early finish!). All events are included in this FB event – https://www.facebook.com/events/776313532555451

These Bristol events are part of a UK tour featuring The Rebel Riot, and organised by Punk Ethics – see full tour details.