Making Change Collective in collaboration with Plan C.
Base, 14 Robertson Road, Easton BS5 6JZ
Sunday 29th September, 4 – 6pm
Across the world, neoliberalism has been the dominant way of organizing economically, socially and politically for the past three decades. Even if we are unfamiliar with the word, it shapes all our lives and even our ways of thinking. Of course, we may be highly critical of a growth-based economy in which capital and corporations are freer than ever to do as they will. At the same time, we can’t help but internalize this overpowering ideology, shaping the way that we feel we can or can’t take action. We receive the message from neoliberalism that, ‘you can achieve anything if you try hard enough,’ and then internalize feelings of inadequacy when we find we hit invisible barriers. We know that things are getting worse, but we feel there’s nothing we can do to really change anything, because we’ve come to understand that ‘there is no alternative’.
This workshop seeks to deconstruct the beliefs that are holding us back and to begin to build a new framework together for going forth in the world. It will include collective reflection of how the workshop could be best used in the future.
fb event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2417998854951309/
A member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation will be giving a talk on the state of the states, the recent growth of Anarchism in the US, and where things might be headed next.
Members of Bristol Anarchist Federation will be cooking up vegan burgers, to fuel your start to the weekend!
The event takes place at BASE (fka Kebele), which can be reached by a bus to the Robertson Road stop on Stapleton Road (numbers 24, 48, 48a, 49), and is a few minutes walk from Stapleton Road Train Station.
You are welcome to BYO drinks, but please respect each other and the space by not getting wasted !
The Black Rose Anarchist Federation. Black Rose is a nationwide anarchist organization with locals in over a dozen cities across the U.S. You can read more about the federation online at blackrosefed.org
From the book of faces – please repost anywhere appropriate and let your mates know. As you may have guessed this has been put together very last minute… basically by me convincing a friend in London to convince a travelling american to make a 24hr detour to visit Bristol!
BASE is still entirely run by volunteers and operates on a shoestring. We now need to pay £18,000 for essential repairs to the roof. Could you donate some money to help us with this? View the fundraiser here. Tell your friends! https://www.gofundme.com/raise-base039s-roof
A speaker from the Internationalist Commune of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, will be joining us in the UK to present the campaign “Make Rojava Green Again”. We will learn about the ecological situation in the region, what we can do in practical solidarity, and the ecological pillar of the revolution. We will also have a video link with one of the Kurdish comrades in London, who will be on day 55 of their hunger strike to protest prison torture and the isolation of Ocalan.
Monday 22nd April marks the third anniversary of the occupation of City Plaza, a formerly abandoned hotel in central Athens. This seven-storey building has since served as home to over 2,500 refugees from all over the Middle East and Africa, joined by countless activist volunteers that “live together and struggle together”, as Plaza’s motto proudly declares.
In 2016, Greece experienced an staggering influx of people fleeing conflict and persecution in their home countries, after the EU’s authoritarian border regime left them stranded in transit, often in horrific coastline camps or on the streets of the capital city. What began as an emergency housing solution has evolved into something so much more – a safe alternative to corrupt state provision; a testament to the possibilities of grassroots self-organisation; an international symbol of hope and solidarity. See more at https://en-gb.facebook.com/sol2refugeesen/
Like any squat, City Plaza’s are numbered, and it’s now entering a new era of uncertainty as the national elections draw closer and the owner intensifies her hateful campaign. Donations have dwindled and financially, Plaza may not be able to sustain itself much longer. So please join us at BASE (formerly Kebele Social Centre) on Friday 26th to celebrate Plaza’s birthday and raise some much-needed funds.
What to expect…
– FOOD a vegan Persian-Greek mashup – Films, photographs, art and music from 3 years of the project – Open Q&A/knowledge sharing about Plaza, similar spaces and the current situation of refugees in Greece
Suggested donation just £5, enough to feed a resident for one week!
Every 2 weeks, starting this week (Thu 11th) with The Big Flame by KenLoach.. see below.
Also, we bring you a one-off *Sunday* screening, with a re-run of ‘United In Anger’ On Sunday 21st April. If you missed this emotionally intense documentary last time,we strongly recommend checking it out.
Here’s the full listing: ———————————————————- Thu 11th April – The Big Flame
The story of a wildcat strike which becomes an occupation of Liverpool docks by 10’000 workers. Shot in documentary style and set in a fictional ‘near future’, the film’s 1969 broadcast provoked outrage from Mary Whitehouse and the Daily Mail. ———————————————————- Sun 21st April – United In Anger
An inspiring and powerful film following AIDS campaign group ACT UP as it battles corporate greed and government indifference, making links with other struggles.
One-off Sunday screening; includes meal (suggested donation £3) at 6:30pm. ———————————————————- Thu 25th April – Queen of the Desert
A trans youth worker works with a group of curious and cheeky young indigenous people in a community in Central Australia, training them in the art of hairdressing. ———————————————————- Thu 9th May – Mayhem
A virus spreads through an skyscraper complex, causing office workers to act out their worst impulses. ———————————————————- BASE for Anarchy and Solidarity in Easton, 14 Robertson Rd, BS5 6JY
Doors 7:15pm, films start 7:30pm Donations welcome to help fix our roof, but no-one turned away for lack of funds.
BASE’s regular Sunday vegan anarchist cafe is open again this Sunday with a delicious meal!
Menu this week: Armenian soup, veg lasagna, Chocolate ginger cake cake. Also selling Ginger beer to raise money for IAF (international of anarchist federations)
After the main course, our cooks from the Anarchist Federation will be giving a talk based on their pamphlet Capitalism is Killing the Earth.
We are entering uncharted territory as capitalism exerts ever-increasing pressure on the earth’s ecosystems. Left unchecked, the current fossil fuel economy will continue to wreck the climate and the burden of the resulting problems will fall disproportionately on the working class and those living in less economically developed countries.
Can capitalism reform its way into environmental sustainability? Can aware consumers buy their way out of global warming? Will the governments of the world save us from Climate Change? Learn our surprising answers (spoiler warning: no) and discuss the reasons why, and what we can do instead!
Also, on the same evening there will be a chance as usual to browse the anarchist info shop and radical library.
In New York City, in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than any man – and many women – ever imagined in their lifetimes.
The time is the near future. The place in New York City, a decade after a peaceful revolution has ensured that all men are equal. That’s all MEN, leaving the women to voice their discontent and forge their own liberation. When Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women – across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference – emerges to blow the System apart.