Well, it’s been a while! We’ve been doing a bit of anticapitalist shopping over the last year so come check out our expanded range of books, pamphlets, music, badges etc. We think there is something for everyone! And there will be cake and good people to meet and catch up with.
Please bring a mask to wear while moving around in BASE and keep distancing as much as you can. We will be limiting numbers in the building to be as covid safe as possible as well as ensuring other covid safety measures are understood and followed.
Defend resistance to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The people arrested following recent demonstrations in Bristol against the much opposed Police Bill need our support.
We know the state will want to make examples of them.
As a grassroots voluntary group that has been supporting arrestees for over a decade, we have seen up close the damage a trial can do, regardless of the outcome. Particularly to people who have less privilege than those judging them.
Aspects of the protest on Sunday 21st March received immediate local, national, and international media coverage and political responses. The Mayor of Bristol has proclaimed everyone was “intent” on confrontation from the start. The police have branded demonstrators “a mob of animals”. Meanwhile some people have rushed to express “complete confidence in the approach taken by Avon & Somerset Police” – while the work of groups such as Bristol Copwatch shows that the approach taken by Avon & Somerset Police is racist and disproportionate year-round.
The heavy bias of reporting, depicting protesters as the initiators of violence, rather than the victims of violence, makes it unlikely that anyone accused of attending the protest on Sunday 21st March will get a fair trial. While even the most blatant sex-offenders are named “allegedly” until proven guilty, those arrested have had no such treatment. It is unrealistic to expect a jury will have missed these very public comments. It will influence the judgement in any trial.
History shows us that fundamental social change requires a diversity of tactics. We believe that no one taking part in moments of resistance should face the system alone. If you do too, please donate.
With cuts to legal aid, those in full time work will need support with lawyers’ fees. For those without that security, the trial risks limiting their capacity to find work.
We are aiming to raise £15,000 for people arrested following Bristol demonstrations against the government’s new legislation. Depending on need, and in this priority order, we will use this fund to support those arrested in connection with the Kill the Bill protests by:
Supplying money for legal fees not covered by legal aid. Paying any travel costs to court. Covering loss of earnings sustained as a result of attending court. Supporting legal cases made against the police. Helping pay rent to ensure defendants can return to their homes after any custodial sentences.
It feels like every day a new story about police violence comes to light. Over the past week, we’ve seen a police officer walk free after being caught on camera assaulting a woman, using tactics that he had learned on the job to force her to the ground, screaming that she was a ‘fucking slag’ when she managed to escape. In the 6 years between 2012 and 2018 there were 594 complaints of sexual violence against Met police employees, of which only 119 were upheld. We know that only a fraction of incidents of sexual violence are ever reported to the police, so it’s safe to assume that the true number is far, far higher. With the passing of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act earlier this month, the state authorised police officers to deceive women into sexual relationships, and even into pregnancy. The police are the perpetrators.
The police already have a monopoly on violence and the Police Crackdown Bill will only entrench this further. Protests in Bristol over the weekend were described in national newspapers as having ‘turned violent’, yet we know that it was protesters, not police, who bore the brunt of that violence. Police tactics, including kettling, the use of batons, and dispersal techniques such as horse charges, are violent in both intent and effect. Whether they are manhandling protesters at Saturday’s vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, aggressively pursuing young Black women for their details, or forcefully arresting protestors for shaking their heads at officers, as we saw last weekend at Bristol, it is clear that it is the police who turn protest into violence.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will enable the police to decide where, when and how citizens are allowed to travel, congregate, protest, and work. Sentences of up to 10 years are laid down for anything from a protest to a house party or even just a lone individual causing ‘serious annoyance’. This bill attacks all communities, and it is all of us that must resist.
31 years ago, a mass movement formed in opposition to Thatcher’s poll tax, a flat tax that would have punished the poorest in society, and took to the streets to defeat a bill that could not be defeated in parliament. During the protests, mounted police and police vans charged through crowds of people, who were beaten with batons, but politicians and the media drew a contrast between a moral majority and a small number of violent protesters. The stigmatisation of protesters is a tactic of division that we won’t stand for. It is a fearful response by a state that thrives on division and scarcity. While the police can use violence against people with impunity, protesters are condemned for ‘violent’ damage to property.
We applaud all those who went out this weekend, and took to the streets to defend the right to a life free of state violence. The police use violence to divide us, but we will not be divided. The conservative media attempts to paint a moral hierarchy, but we will not be forced apart. We know that this bill can be defeated, and we are coming together in a coalition of solidarity to do just that. We will not be silenced. We will kill the bill!
March 15th, 2018 is the day we lost a truly awesome and amazing friend and comrade, Anna Campbell. Today we send love and strength to all who knew Anna and all comrades everywhere fighting for the better world that Anna worked so hard towards. We will always remember her and will carry on the struggle she and so many others have lived. For total liberation!
Our friend and comrade Anna was killed during the defense of the city of Afrin from the Turkish invasion. She was killed alongside two other members of the YPJ; Sara Merdin and Serhildan. We remember them too for their bravery. Anna was known to many for her compassion and dedication to making change. Her time at BASE was spent being involved in many different collectives. Prison abolition was her main passion while in Bristol but she was also an anarchist, feminist, anti-speciesist and anti-fascist. She recognised that all oppressions are interlinked and the importance of fighting all of them. Anna also recognised the importance of caring for ourselves and the people we love and she often found time to feed herself and her friends banana bread! She brought creativity and energy to all the events and actions she was involved in and was positive and full of hope. The positive effect of her actions are spread across the world and the list of people that she empowered into action seemingly limitless.
Anna will be missed so much but we will be inspired by her courage, strength and kindness. Her dedication to fighting what she called ‘the forces of evil’ will never be forgotten and we should allow her death to encourage us all to continue in the struggles she fought for and strengthen our movements.
Roll up! Roll up! It’s the awe inspiring, dazzling and immense BASE and Roses online raffle! Help this mutual aid and solidarity project to continue providing free food for as many people as possible in Bristol. Get your raffle tickets here: hdfst.uk/E63763
Since the start of April 2019 BASE and Roses has been distributing thousands of cooked meals and food boxes to 100s of people across Bristol to people who really need it.The project, self funded and run by volunteers, really needs funds to carry on. So tell all your friends and get those tickets in!Tickets are £5 each, 3 for £10 or 8 for £20! Prize draw: February 26th live on Facebook!!!
Here are some of the prizes donated by legendary people and local businesses in our community!
* Weekend break in yurt on /Scottish border, summer 2021 * £50 Bar Tab at The Plough * Unwedding Festival 2021 ticket in Abergavenny * 2 x tickets to Outcider festival * G Bros pizza meal for two * Rowdy (graff artist) scarves and stickers * Booja Booja box of chocolates * BASE anarchist bookshop prize bundle * Spanner record, CD and T shirt * 45RPM print + art box containing stickers, patch, bin badge and customised playing cards * 3dom original framed print * 2 x three course meals out Pitchfork Cafe * Cooking Masterclass session at Square Food Foundation * We Creatures headdress – handmade red spiral devil horns * Herbs & Roots handmade bath salts + womb doom balm (could be one prize or two) * Dog Section Press book bundle (Abolishing the Police, Great Anarchists, Make Rojava Green Again, NO! Against Adult Supremacy) * Subscription to DOPE magazine for a year * Punk Aerobics session for one winner and anyone in their household * ‘Eat The Rich’ necklace made by Fuck The Tories * Sam Knox art prints and zines * Bokeh Versions t shirt and record bundle * Efa Supertramp and Killdren band merch * Princess Di Love Dollars T Shirt from Scumdance Collective * NoCorner, LavaLava and Rwdfwd record bundle * Base n Roses T Shirts and patches * 2 x Electric guitars * Idle Hands record bundle * 2 x Noods Radio t shirts * Autonomads band merch * Clayton Blizzard CDs * Grand Collapse band merch * Menstrual Cramps band merch * Blackstar Printing Tshirts * Chelsea Inn back patch * Migraines records from Carnival Punks * Patches from Suniti * A working bike! * Champagne and sloe gin from Emma * Alex Mack art print * Mind Your Peas art print * Viva La May art print * Sepr graffiti piece * Stay Rotten art print * Mollusca t shirt * Handmade real silver crowbar earrings by Captain Grimace * Bar tab and pizza from the Red Lion * 2 x bottles of super fancy delish cider from Barleywood Orchard * 1 x vegan cake – designed and made to order * Bristol Fungarium: 3x bags of dried mushroom mix and 1x 2kg crate of fresh mushrooms * Specialist Subject Records Merch & £30 Voucher * Exchange Tshirt * Active Distro – 2 x certain days prisoner support calendar + £20 voucher * Deadspace Chamber Music CD and tote bag * Abi Hubbard print and handmade patch * Pull up bar * 4 x Alice Jennings handmade ceramic mugs * Empty Brains handmade t shirt and mask (+stickers) * Falafel time meal for two * Scoopaway food hamper * St Paul’s Cidery gift pack * Jeevans box of samosas * Bundle of cooking, gardening and DIY books * Bundle of board games * Essential food hamper +much much more – prizes coming in all the time!
About the prize draw: as much as possible we will avoid posting items, instead we’ll do local delivery and collection to keep environmental and financial costs down. Please bear this in mind if you’re from outside of the Bristol area.
BASE and Roses is a food distribution collective formed to tackle issues around food security in Bristol. We are delivering weekly, free food parcels to people in Bristol and distributing cooked meals to homeless people.Our initiative is based on principles of solidarity and mutual aid. We are not a charitable organisation. Anybody can self refer and request a food parcel if they need one; our distribution is not means tested.Our food distribution is run by volunteers with a small budget and is predominantly reliant on donations from food suppliers. We are aiming to get as many food donations as possible for the distribution, however to ensure our food parcels contain a substantial amount of food and a balanced selection, we are buying in extra food.We urgently need funds to pay fuel costs for drivers and to buy additional food for the parcels.
All strength to Brighton’s anarchist social centre, the Cowley Club! They’re currently raising money to get through the tough times. Please show your solidarity and give what you can to make sure this important autonomous space, part of the UK social centres network, continues to fly the flag and continue their awesome work. Keep at it Cowley crew!
Here is their callout for help and see links below.
“We’ve made it this far thanks to our tireless volunteers and the support of our community, but we need your help to make it through the next few months and keep The Cowley Club going until we can open up again! We’re crowdfunding just short of £5,000 to ensure we’re still here once we make it through lockdown and the pandemic, so we can get back to doing what we’ve been doing since 2003, and keep on getting better!
No matter how small a donation you make, everything helps keep us going to get through this. Please support The Cowley Club by donating at https://crowdfunder.cowley.club“
Four people charged with criminal damage for removal of the Colston Statue have their first court hearing on 25th January at Bristol Magistrates Court. If you are glad that Colston is no longer on a pedestal in our city, join us online to show them your support. We’ll be putting on a teach in and holding an 8 minute silence at 9.45am to remember the 84,500 people whose kidnap and enslavement Colston helped to fund and organise during his time with the Royal Africa Company. As well as taking time to celebrate the enslaved whose many rebellions brought about abolition. Given the ongoing risks from the new variant of Covid-19, we are asking people not to attend a protest at the magistrates court in person but to do so virtually instead. Between 9.30am and 10pm on Monday 25th please share solidarity photos and post to the event or to your social media using #GladColstonsGone, saying why you’re glad Colston’s statue is no longer on our streets. And keep checking back for updates, there will be more details and exciting associated events coming soon.
Here’s links to organisations and events this month promoting a deeper understanding of Black history and struggles as well as providing opportunities for learning how we can all play a part in unlearning racism and dismantling White supremacy. It’s all of our responsibility. There are awesome, hard working organisations putting these events on and they need our support and involvement.