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Anarchism is promoted in the Metro

“The current way of doing politics and our economic life on this Earth is coming to an end.”

“A peaceful, harmonious society requires that people are fairly treated.

For now, there is no justice, no peace. The breakdown of consensus is painfully visible in the poisonous cloud of abuse and polarisation on mis-named ‘social’ media.

This is not working. So what comes next?

The Far Right, because it trades in bogus certainties and machismo, has the clearest plan.

It is rising in America, Europe and in the UK with its takeover of the Tory party.

It appeals because it pretends to return control to those who feel shut out of the existing political system, though in fact its only strategy is more authoritarianism, justified by whipped-up racism and fear of The Other.

The Left and Greens offer a more sympathetic proposition but no political party can honestly claim to represent ‘the people’ or even ‘the many’.

No single party can claim support from more than about a third of the adult population. One-party government is therefore a recipe for endless political confrontation, with its own polarising dialectic.

When people take to the streets, the political system isn’t working.”

“A kind of direct, participatory democracy, inspired by anarchist thinking, is now thriving in Syria, of all places. Outside of regime control, in the predominantly Kurdish north-east, local councils make the decisions.”

“Technology can help share information (though we need better ways to verify it) but the Internet, clearly, is not a good place to take complicated decisions. Study evidence shows that people are much more likely to agree when they meet in person – and often.

It makes sense: You may detest that shouty man who attacks teachers on Twitter if you only know him online.

In person, you may feel differently when his eyes fill up over the treatment of his special needs child in the under-funded local school or when the teacher gets to explain her reality. Real-life democracy requires give-and-take, that my concession today may invite yours tomorrow.

We respect and listen to each other more when we see each other as messy, lovable humans rather than reductive political labels.

This is the beating heart of anarchist self-government: the struggle to understand, make decisions and live with one another. But this is the beating heart of a civilised, fair and tolerant – indeed loving – society too.”

“Building a new democracy and society requires us not only to demand it but to do it ourselves.”

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Arms Manufacturers out of Brighton – Break the Kill Chain

The EDO MBM weapons factory in Brighton is owned by Harris (a massive multinational arms corporation). It has produced parts for weaponry sold to countries including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey and the United States, allowing them to commit grave human rights abuses, in violation of international law.

The Brighton factory is expanding for the first time in 15 years, increasing it’s ability to produce deadly weapons.

We want factories that manufacture goods to sustain life and our planet, not destroy them.

Join the demo.
Bring banners, placards and anything to make noise with.

WHEN: 3.30pm till 5.00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
WHERE: EDO MBM, Home Farm Road, Brighton

WHY NOW?

On 4th September 2018 Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) granted planning permission to US arms company Harris Corporation subsidiary EDO MBM Technology Ltd to expand its production of aircraft weapons release systems at its site on Home Farm Road in Brighton (Reference BH2018/01868). This most recent decision to allow EDO MBM to expand comes less than 15 months after planning permission was granted for a two storey side extension (Reference BH2016/05939).

EDO components are being produced for UK-supplied Saudi Tornado and Typhoon warplanes. These warplanes are assisting war crimes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen. The war in Yemen has caused over 60,000 civilian deaths and a widespread famine, with UN OCHA estimating that 8.4 million people are at imminent risk of starvation.

EDO also own the patent for an ‘umbilicus’ – a small cable that feeds geolocation information to a smart bomb in F35 fighter jets sold to Turkey and used to invade Northern Syria / Rojava.

Further, EDO owns the VER-2 (Veritical Ejection Rack), the main bomb rack used on the Israel F-16, which have been used to bomb Gaza. EDO bomb release components are supplied to Israel, Saudi Arabia and US air forces certified for use with cluster bombs, contrary to the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010.

In 2014, Israel’s aerial bombardment and ground invasion of beseiged Gaza killed over 2,200 Palestinians, nearly a quarter of them children. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports that the Israeli F-16 is the most likely military aircraft delivery system for its nuclear weapons.

https://www.facebook.com/events/378729742905244/

Stop Turkey, Defend Kurds

Planning meeting for Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair – 1st Dec

@ Birmingham Friends of the Earth,
Alison St, Birmingham B5 5TH

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 1st December

This is a meeting for people who want to get involved in planning a strategy to stop the Birmingham arms fair (DPRTE) in March. Bring along your ideas and experience. The meeting will be open and non hierarchical. To register your interest call 07817986570 or email palaction1@gmail.com.

Also see: https://www.facebook.com/brumstaf/

The DPRTE was previously held in Cardiff and Bristol. It faced opposition by many groups and networks each time the event was held.

Solidarity with DSEI defendants – court hearing

A group of people who took action to stop DSEI 2017 were arrested, charged and then found Not Guilty in court.

Their acquittal is now being challenged in the High Court, so people will gather there to show solidarity with the group.

Thursday 29 November 2018
9:15 – 10am

Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
London
WC2R

 

Bring banners, placards and your support!

 

Burghfield bomb factory blockaded by anti-Trident protesters

Early on the morning of October 24, a group of Trident Ploughshares activists from across the U.K. converged on Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment near Burghfield. They blocked approach roads, preventing workers from entering.

Hidden in the leafy lanes of Berkshire, Burghfield A.W.E. and it’s partner facility Aldermaston are where the U.K.’’s nuclear warheads are planned and produced before being loaded onto lorries for trucking up public roads to the Trident submarine fleet in Scotland. The Mearings, a private road with access to the Main gate of AWE Burghfield, was blocked at both ends by a car with two people locked to it. The construction gate has a line of five people locked across it with their arms in “lock-on” tubes.

Trident Ploughshares photo

Some of the blockaders were still locked across the road at the end of the day. The police continued to work to remove them from the car they were attached to, having earlier cleared people from the other two entrances. Eventually, all nine activists were arrested and charged with obstruction of the highway.

Chris from Southampton, who blocked the South Mearings entrance to the main gate of the warhead assembly facility, said:

“Although it’s been very uncomfortable sitting in the same position with my arm in a drainpipe all day, it’’s a small sacrifice when we hear that the entire planet is being put at risk by the abandoning of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Instead the nuclear weapons states should be signing up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. If we have disrupted business as usual on the U.K.’’s nuclear warhead refurbishment programme in even the smallest way, it’’s been worth it.””
Julia, a life-long peace campaigner and grandmother of seven who lives in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, said:“”There is very little public awareness that the U.K. continues to spend obscene amounts of money (over £200 billion) on upgrading it’s weapons of mass destruction. These weapons are illegal and deeply immoral in their indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. I’’m ashamed that the U.K. continues in this folly. I hope our actions will raise awareness of what is going on here.””This day, the 24th of October, is special in marking 73 years since the birth of the United Nations. The U.K. government has totally failed to have anything to do with the ground-breaking U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Jane, a 38-year-old case worker from Scotland, said:

““I hope our actions today might bring more attention to the damning safety report on this bomb factory, produced by the Office for Nuclear Regulation last August. The ONR warned then that the Burghfield facility “can only be allowed to continue for a limited period”.”1

Trident Ploughshares photo

Jim, a 70-year-old retired civil servant, said “with the current United Nations treaty on the total banning of nuclear weapons gaining support, it is only a matter of time before the U.K. and other nuclear-armed nations will feel international pressure to join the rational global majority. “I’’ve never been involved in an action like this before, and it’s heartening and empowering to feel that something can be done!””

The nine Trident Ploughshares arrested have to return to Reading Court at the end of November.

Agitate, Educate, Organise! – Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 2018

http://www.bookfair.org.uk

@abookfair

Welcome to #nottheanarchistbookfair 2018

The London Anarchist Bookfair has been a crucial fixture in the anarchist calendar since 1983. This year the bookfair is on what -we hope- is a very brief hiatus. It is vital that the tradition of the bookfair remains and the work of spreading anarchist ideas continues. To go some small way to filling the gap, the organisers of the London Radical Bookfair have proposed having a decentralised festival of anarchist ideas and action, involving as many of London’s anarchist leaning bookshops, social centres and campaign groups as are willing to take part.

We’re calling it #nottheanarchistbookfair.

The idea is simple: anarchist groups put on their own programme of events, concentrating on the dates of the weekend of 20-21st October 2018, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media.
www.anarchistfestival.wordpress.com
www.facebook.com/anarchistfestival
www.twitter.com/anarchistfest

If you are in London and have an event that you would like included in the programme please let us know about it by emailing us at anarchistfestival@riseup.net. In future years we hope to expand the programme across the UK.

UK and Ireland Social Centre Network Gathering

Glasgow Autonomous Space hosts the UK & Ireland Social Centre Network Gathering.

This event is for all those involved in social centres (or aiming to set one up soon) around the UK. Activists form across the UK will come together to discuss, debate, skill-share & plan in relation to our social centres.

September 22nd & 23rd – 53 Kilbirnie Street, Glasgow G5 8JD

Link to farcebook event

NAE NUKES ANYWHERE! – International Rally at Faslane

Gather at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walk from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for the rally, a distance of around a mile and a half. The rally should end between 3 and 4 p.m.

The aim of the rally is to to highlight the strength of support from many UN member states for Scotland, a country hosting nuclear weapons against its wishes. Scotland is a significant and relatively autonomous part of a nuclear-armed state which opposes its possession of weapons of mass destruction. As things stand we cannot become a party to the new UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons but there are lots of ways in which we can align ourselves to the Treaty. The September rally will be a fine opportunity to mark our determination to do so.

As well as the rally itself there will be other events over that weekend to take advantage of the presence of campaigners from far and wide.

For more info email hello@nuclearban.scot

Download additional programme here naenukesprogramme-1