There promises to be a hive of radical activity in London this weekend. Saturday the 18th will see the one and only London Anarchist Bookfair at Queen Mary College from 10am-7pm – the biggest anarcho get together anywhere with the usual mix of stalls, meetings, workshops, films, children’s activities, cabaret and most important of all thousands of people. There’ll also be Veggies supplying delicious vegan food outside the entrance from 10am-4pm.
Also happening that day is a big march in the centre of town pitifully called Britain Needs a Pay Rise. It’s organised by the reformist TUC – which is working with the bosses to extend unpaid labour workfare schemes – but promises to be shook up by a Class War black bloc with the more promising moniker Britain Needs a Revolution Not a Pay Rise and assembling at Trafalgar Square from 11am.
After the Bookfair, Class War have called another demo outside the ‘Poor Doors’ segregated yuppie block at 1 Commercial Street, E1, at 7pm. Lively pickets have been going on at this building every Wednesday evening for 12 weeks and with added numbers from the Bookfair, this looks like being very interesting indeed.
There will also be a number of after parties. Freedom Bookshop will be hosting a Post Bookfair Soiree from 7pm, while Class War are holding a Rave Against the Rich all nighter from 10am. Then there’s the official Anarchist Bookfair After Party which promises loads of DJs and bands and kicks off at 9pm.
Phew! What a day it’ll be and I’m glad I’ll be there.
And for a roundup of everything that’s happening: