Season’s Greetings from all at Wessex Solidarity.

christmas-card

It’s that time of year again, the weather’s shit and everything’s closed.

The pigs are after your licence and your gear, your seasonal job has been replaced by workfare (ho ho fucking ho) and the landlord wants his dough. Drunks celebrate the birth of a popular Palestinian after-dinner speaker by glassing each other in the town centre. ‘Tis the season of commodity fetishism and the bourgeoisie glop all over us.

So crack open a brew, spark up the chalice, throw another fascist on the fire and put your feet up. Maybe even dip into our Reference Library while you’re at it – knowledge is power after all, the only kind worthy of respect.

We hope you like the card, we nicked it, so sue us.

Stay free, stay safe, solidarity forever! X

Westcountr​y Mutineer #3 (December 2012)

Westcountry Mutineer

Yes, yes, we know, it’s a couple of weeks late!

Anyway, here’s your free copy.

Where you’ll find a festive mix of –

* Gaza Palava!
* Healthcare Selloffs!
* Going Postal!
* Don’t Work Smart, Work Fare!
* Striking A Nerve!
* Prisons!
* Anarchy!
* Pirates!

and obviously much, much more!

Merry winterval, winter celebration, snow pagent, cold-weather commodity swapping event or whatever other PC words for Xmas will piss off Daily Mail readers! – WCM editorial collective

If you’d like hard copies to distribute or sell for noble causes, the merry mutineers can be contacted Here.

Anti workfare protestors blockade and occupy Superdrug and British Heart Foundation

from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty:

Protestors blockaded and occupied both British Heart Foundation and Superdrug in Edinburgh today Saturday 8 December, in opposition to their participation in the government’s workfare schemes.

A huge banner declaring IF YOU EXPLOIT US WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN blocked the entrance to the BHF furniture store in Leith’s Kirkgate centre as demonstrators occupied the shop. Impromptu speeches were given inside and out, explaining that although BHF had claimed to be “moving away” from workfare, they were still taking on new compulsory placements.

See full write up with pictures

Resistance bulletin issue 146 November 2012

Posted on Hastings Anarchists

cover of Resistance Bulletin 146 Nov 2012

NOVEMBER 2012 RESISTANCE is out. HIT THE DECK: IT’S CHECKY WATCH! (Newcastle Metro), EDL in Bristol, West Country newsletter, RMT police harassment, Dominos pizza. Teachers’ strike, Swindon housing,  Pirates ahoy in Dartmouth, Textile worker in Turkey, South African miners, Quebec students, Glasgow refugee centre, Prisoner support. and more.

Workfare Week of action kicks off tomorrow! Brighton Benefits Campaign picket Saturday 8th December.

Go on, click me, you know you want to...When you get bored with Starbucks, there’s a Brighton Benefits Campaign picket outside Superdrug on London Rd (there may also be one on Western Rd if there are numbers) this Saturday at 2pm.

Facebook Event

WORKFARE NOW FOR SICK AND DISABLED PEOPLE
Since Monday, sick and disabled people claiming ESA can now be forced to work without pay. As if this isn’t bad enough, many of their placements will be with the very charities which are meant to support disabled people. Charities such as Scope, Sense and British Heart Foundation are all profiting from workfare.
But what we do is having an impact: yesterday Age UK announced they were pulling out; Scope claims to be reviewing its involvement; British Heart Foundation has not pulled out completely, but has announced it is “stepping back”.

REPLACING CHRISTMAS STAFF

We’ve had reports that Argos and Superdrug are systematically replacing paid Christmas staff with workfare. They’re not the only ones. Asda was definitely at it this time last year. http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=306

We’ve heard from staff at Shoezone too: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=1778

If they exploit us, we will shut them down!

TAKE ACTION THIS WEEK

Challenge ‘Challenge Navitus’ on Swanage Sea Front.

save the fucking polar bears!On 13th January 2013 there is a demonstration on Swanage Sea Front by Challenge Navitus to protest against the siting of the Offshore wind farm that Navitus Bay Dev Ltd plan to develop off of the South Dorset Coast. This demonstration is a low key hand linking exercise to make their point, it is being co-ordinated by:

http://www.challengenavitus.co.uk/.

They are a very clever, well organised, and well-funded group that can quote all kinds of technical reasons why this wind farm shouldn’t go ahead but the whole objection boils down to NIMBYism in the end.

It would be nice if their was a carnival type response to this demonstration to try to make the case for renewables and for Dorset to play its part in the drive to sustainability. If you support this concept come and take part in a peaceful and happy rally to put the other side of the case; invite your friends and networks. If you’d like to get in touch use the contact form and we’ll forward to the organisers. This is no one organisation’s action but a federation of activist groups that support a more urgent drive to renewables.

https://www.facebook.com/events/111474079018411/

All attending parties please meet at the Mowlem Theatre at 10.45am.

UK Uncut call out 8 Dec. Refuge from the cuts – target Starbucks!

 

UK Uncut event page

From UK Uncut: “It’s time for the government to wake up and smell the coffee. Women have had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires. But there is a refuge from the cuts. Join us on Saturday 8th December to transform the tax dodger Starbucks into services women depend on, such as refuges and crèches. Check the actions page to find an action near you. If there isn’t one, we’ve got a step-by-step guide on how you can organise one yourself.”

Actions all over our area including Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Farewell to an old Class Warrior.

James May – A Political Obituary: by Paul Stott

“I worked politically with James for nearly twenty years – from 1992 until last year, when James was attempting to put together some form of autobiography. I want to cover some of the things James did in that time, the actions he was involved in and the beliefs he had. I do this not just to record James’ life, but because many of those issues remain important…” Read more

Autonomy film show in Bridport, Saturday 15th December 2012. – Note change of venue.

Click to enlarge Poster

The Town Hall (upstairs), East Street, Bridport.
7.00pm for 7.30pm £4 entry (less if you’re skint)

Our future events, Bridport
Saturday Jan,12th, 2013
Public meeting; speaker James Shorten:

‘Real Sustainability for Rural Communities (And Where Does Localism Fit In?).’

Other Events:
4th December
South Somerset Peace Group meeting.

Speaker; William Parry, Medical Aid for Palestinians. Minster rooms, Illminster. All welcome – entry £3, including tea/coffee and biscuits.

If you want us to announce an event please email autofilm1@gmail.com at least 6 weeks in advance.

EDL fail to sneak into Bournemouth unnoticed.

Portman hotel in Ashley Rd.Locals not having it.

The worst-kept secret in fascism was the eddles’ South West Region meeting at the Portman hotel in Boscombe; it’s been all over the net for weeks, but then who ever met a fascist who could keep his mouth shut? Comrades in Bournemouth report that last night you could hardly move in Ashley road for locals putting up antifa posters and graffiti, simultaneously some also appeared in the town centre.

The pub welcomed the half-dozen or so fascists who had to conduct their meeting under the watchful eye of their beloved Old Bill. Present was Mickey ‘English’ Bayliss, pictured below paying tribute to his mentor, that little Austrian chap who used to drop bombs on us – it’s amazing the lengths some people will go to annoy their parents.

Taxi for Bayliss!
The Portman, which  was recently offered for sale on Marston’s website as “a large local’s pub, … walking distance from Bournemouth Athletic football ground. This pub has a fantastic community atmosphere and boasts a sound proofed live music lounge.” Now it also boasts a sinister connection with the far right; antifascist fans of AFC Bournemouth please note. We await reports on whether the fash made it out of town in one piece.