More info on Ledbury hunt’s thug Ross Loader.

Report on Loader’s assault of a hunt sab by Innocent Badger

Report from Bristol Hunt Saboteurs: LEDBURY HUNT STOPPED FROM HUNTING SO TURN TO VIOLENCE

If you’re a peaceful animal lover you’ll want to steer clear of this nasty little shit so here’s a handy spotter card to help you do so.

A marked man, Ross Loader of Malvern.

A marked man, Ross Loader of Malvern.

You might also want to give his business Broadleaf Tree Care at The Barn California Lane, Welland, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NQ a wide berth.

Email: broadleaftreecare@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 07971 200 960 or 01684 311 420 facebook

Some web directories still give Loader’s old address 34 Wyche Road Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 4EG. However he sold this address on 20th April 2016, it fetched the princely sum of £200,000, so he was able to buy this nice new truck in July.

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ISUZU TRUCKS GRAFTER N35.120 2016 Reg DF16 ZWY

When we identify his other vehicle/s we’ll put them up here so you can avoid them too – contact us in confidence.

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You might want to get rid of the coat, Ross

Loader is employed as a ‘terrierman’ by the Ledbury hunt, to dig out and drive foxes from cover, a practice that has been illegal for over a decade. The last frame above shows him legging it when told to “fuck off now” by one of his mounted masters.

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Anyone recognise the other prick?

What is the role of terriermen in ‘trail hunting’?

Terriermen arrive, loader bottom right.

Terriermen arrive, loader bottom right, prick two top right; all three were wearing identical jackets.

Loader has a long association with Little Malvern & Welland Parish Council.

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 20th May 2013 record: “The Clerk was also to contact Ross Loader to add more wood chippings to the base of the climbing frame and to trim the lower branches of the silver birches by the war memorial.” On Monday 19th August 2013: “The Clerk was to contact Ross Loader for advice on how to remove the two willows near the war memorial.” As of 21st October 2013 “The Clerk was [still] waiting to hear from Mr Ross Loader about the removal of the willows outside the village hall, but £150 was allocated to the project.” The Minutes however record that Broadleaf Tree Care was paid £600.00 for Grass Cutting.

As recently as 2015 the council paid Loader £345 for grass cutting. If you object to public money funding mr Loader’s animal abuse fetish you can contact the Parish Clerk David Sharp, 20 Farley Road Malvern Worcestershire WR14 1NF. Tel & Fax 01684 573213

Email info@wellandparishcouncil.org.uk or use their contact form to demand they sever their association with this wanker. Remind them there are plenty of other tree surgeons in Malvern

Another of Loader’s customers is Gloucester Rugby Club. In August 2015 he was employed to pollard some lime trees at their Kingsholm stadium.

Contact Mr Shaun Roberts, Operation Manager, Gloucester Rugby ltd, Kingsholm stadium, GL1 3AX. Tel: 0871 871 8781 shaunroberts@gloucesterrugby.co.uk Twitter: @sir1969 @gloucesterrugby

If you hear of anybody using this company please prevail upon them to take their business elsewhere.

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For a world without leaders, elections, jobs, money, nukes or fascists: Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle 2016.

naughty boyIt was a lovely sunny weekend, with a superb music line-up. We made some new comrades and enjoyed catching up with the Bognor contingent, Bristol Afed, Swindon A’s, North London, South Wales, West Midlands IWW and many musician friends. Big shout out to the Wob Kitchen for all the tasty vegan meals.

Tolpuddle festival is the Ascot of the left; the various historical re-enactment societies and activist groups rub shoulders in a more or less cordial way and Che Guevara shirts are worn without irony. The Radical Workers’ Bloc idea began in 2011, as a new generation discovered rioting, exasperated with the blatant futility of representative politics. Ever since, in the jolly festival atmosphere, we’ve had frank tactical discussions between Marxists and anarchists, antifascists, environmentalists, trade unionists and hunt sabs. There has been a tacit acceptance of the need for militant antifascism and mass direct action generally.

This was a weird one, the main topic of conversation being the tedious soap opera playing out in the Labour Party. The Westminster freak show is beyond parody, so we understand that the concept of any politician not being a crook or a sociopath is such a fucking novelty it could easily be mistaken for “a new kind of politics”. A good few of our comrades think so: “it isn’t really about Jeremy …” – well you could have fooled us. Each campaign group, union and Marxist party in turn pledged allegiance to the Leader. Even the bands made a point of endorsing Him from the stage. The SWP stall featured a large banner that commanded: “Join the Socialist Workers Party Today!” above a poster of J.C. proclaiming: “We’re the Labour Party and we’re here to stay!” Very confusing.

A more worthwhile discussion is the TUC’s failure to agree a coherent policy on the environment. Unite’s website insists Hinkley nuclear power station must go ahead without delay, plus the third runway at Heathrow– which 13 comrades narrowly avoided prison over recently. We understand there’s still a row going on in the GMB over fracking. If the workers’ organisations are not prepared to take responsibility for the fate of this lump of rock we’re all stood on, then who is? The bourgeoisie don’t give a shit.

Since the weekend three quarters of her majesty’s loyal opposition have voted for a new Trident doomsday machine, they must be stuck on the stench of burning flesh. The Corbyn movement now numbers at least half a million, maybe a million, fair play. So apart from keeping Corbyn what are their demands? They are split on the EU but then so were we. We’d guess they fancy a bit of social Keynesianism in place of the military variety, nationalisation and a progressive tax regime, but how and where are their different agendas going to be reconciled? If half a million people committed to direct action on one single issue – preventing deportation for example – there would be no more deportations. If they announced they would not permit anyone to be evicted from their homes, there would be no evictions. If that doesn’t grab anyone they could shut down fracking, blockade the factories that arm Israel and Saudi Arabia, or stop Trident dead in its tracks.

The only people feeling more left out were the Maoists, whose literature still fumes about the ‘counter-revolutionary renegade’ Leon Trotsky, apologises for the death toll of the Great Leap Forward and offers a defence of the Taliban against western imperialism – bless! I suppose if you actually want a boot on your neck, the left or the right one will do. The retrospective justification of mass murder, though unpleasant, is of little consequence when the perpetrators are a spent force. For sheer convoluted self-justifying, revisionist bullshit they’ve got nothing on Unite’s Executive Council statement on Trident which pre-emptively lays the blame for Armageddon at the door of anyone but the only people with the power to stop it.

Still our seditious anarchist literature flew off the stall, so someone must be reading it, follow leaders all you want, we’ll still be here when you get back. As for paying to vote for one, if anyone’s actually got 25 quid they don’t need it would be better spent supporting political prisoners such as Michelle Smith, a respected community activist, antifascist, and Unite the Union official from Merseyside. This comrade, who has our unreserved admiration, received a one-year sentence last Tuesday for helping the people of Dover defend themselves from neo-Nazis. It is entirely thanks to people like Michelle that the fascist threat is well contained. She is the single mother of two children, we send our solidarity and best wishes for an early release.MerseyAFN

A paypal account is being set up, in the meantime if you would like to donate, or write to Michelle, please send a message to Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network’s facebook page. There will be a fundraising event, Alerta! in Liverpool on sat 20th August 2016. Tickets are £5.

Class War Frontline: Eviction of Yorkley Court Community Farm, please share widely.

Video footage of the eviction and destruction of the farm in the Forest of Dean by a small-town villain Brian Bennett. It clearly shows the role of Gloucestershire police, who have acquired a reputation of being for hire to the highest bidder. As Bennet is trying to suppress this footage, we ask our comrades and WordPress followers to share it as widely as possible. The expropriation of land and the myth of property is the origin of the class antagonism under capitalism. It is our battlefield. Land and Freedom!

Bennets thugs destroy a community from animal welfare on Vimeo.

More info: Yorkley Court Community Farm blog

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JUSTICE FOR KEVAN THAKRAR: Blatant and despicable miscarriage of justice. Thursday 18 February 12.30pm – 2.30pm

JOIN THE PROTEST Thursday 18 February 12.30pm – 2.30pm HM Prison Service Headquarters Clive House, 70 Petty France LONDON SW1H 9EX

Nearest Station: St James’s Park underground station, a 5 minute walk. Buses: Any buses stopping at New Scotland Yard then continue along Victoria Street then turn left on to Caxton Street then turn right on to Palmer Street, continue until you will reach Petty France.

Kevan Thakrar Urgently Needs Your Support!

kevKevan Thakrar was found not guilty of attacking three prison officers and vindicated by evidence that showed he acted in self-defence after months of racial, physical and psychological abuse. Any court ruling that goes against prison officers is VERY unusual. Kevan continues to be held in isolation in the prison services ‘Close Supervision Centres’ more than six years later, no doubt as retribution for his court victory.

Organised by Justice for Kevan Thakrar. (Full details about Kevan’s wrongful conviction and fight for a new trial and letter from Kevan) facebook page

WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you can’t make it to London for the protest please try to find the time to write to your own MP or Kevan’s (Ian Stewart MP). When writing to one of those cunts the address to use is: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or you can contact them on-line www.writetothem.com

Sign the petition for Kev: We don’t believe in petitions either but this hapless comrade was deliberately framed and buried alive by the state and the best we can achieve at the moment is not allow him to be forgotten or allow them to hide their crimes against him. You can also write to him: Kevan Thakrar A4907AE HMP Wakefield Love Lane Wakefield WF2 9AG or e mail from here

Close Supervision Centres – Torture Units in the UK. New Pamphlet from Bristol ABC. April 2012

Close Supervision Centres in the UK #2 – A Brief Follow Up

The Iva Valley Colliers.

Monument to the miners at Enugu, Nigeria.

Monument to the miners at Enugu, Nigeria.

On the 18th November 1949, 21 striking miners and a bystander were shot dead at a British government-owned coal mine at Enugu, Nigeria; 51 were injured.

The miners were fighting for back-pay owed to them for a period of casualisation known as ‘rostering’, later declared illegal, and had been sacked following a work to rule. They occupied the mine to prevent a repeat of the lock-out they had suffered during the 1945 general strike. Because Enugu was home to the Zikist independence movement, which included Marxists and other radicals; police were sent to remove the mine’s explosives, accompanied by Hausa troops drafted in from the North of the country; whose language and even their uniforms were unfamiliar to the Igbo miners.

Local Igbo constables fraternised with the workers, they were sure the government would pay them what they were due; in return the miners assured them they did not want to fight. They would not obstruct the police from removing the explosives, but refused to help because it wasn’t their job. They had strict work demarcation imposed by the British, these were hewers and tubmen: “This job is for timbermen, some special labourers, he should call them.”

Nigerian Coal had been of strategic importance during the war, and continued to be vital in the re-building of infrastructure by the post-war Labour government, who sought to maximise output in the Sterling zone to pay off its debt to the U.S. Many of the men had served in the British armed forces, veterans of guerrilla warfare in Southeast Asia. In 1943 with inflation raging they had been called on to make up the shortfall in the British coalfields caused by the war. They were acutely aware they had saved Britain’s arse and been led to believe their sacrifices would create a better world, whilst their bosses were planning for a future that didn’t exist.

They used their regular income to develop their communities, establishing the self-help mechanisms once familiar to mining villages in Britain, which were the inspiration for the welfare state, with free hospitals and relief funds for injured workers and their dependants. The Enugu Colliers supported maternity clinics, road building and clean water supplies. Rejecting the British government’s mass literacy programme, designed to prepare their children for a life of menial labour, they created permanent, stone-built primary and secondary schools. These commitments were undermined by the economic uncertainty of rostering.

The aspirations of these workers collided with Labour’s reconstructive ambitions and its cold war paranoia, plus the racism of the colonial management, desperate to maintain their privileges. As they had done at home Labour wanted to integrate trade unions into the state, using them to contain and defuse class struggle. The Colonial Office recruited hundreds of T.U.C. bureaucrats and despatched them around the empire to institute modern industrial relations practices. In this they were thwarted by the colonial officials, who considered African workers unworthy of political representation. The Igbo themselves had no use for the concept, their culture of open assemblies and mass meetings lent itself to Syndicalism; judging union leaders simply on their ability to execute the will of the workforce. Their Zikist General Secretary, Okwudili (Isaiah) Ojiyi, used his detailed knowledge of colonial labour law and thorough understanding of its political context to run rings around the bosses. Because striking was illegal he imported the Durham miners’ ‘ca canny’ go-slow tactic, translated to ‘welu nwayo’ in Igbo and spent many days in the mines teaching it.

A T.U.C. advisor named Curry tried to insert a layer of bureaucracy between Ojiyi and the rank and file by splitting the union into five occupational branches, in violation of Igbo organisational principles. They therefore interpreted this as the creation of five autonomous unions, rendering the negotiating structure redundant. The hewers began a wildcat go-slow, were sacked and occupied the mine, followed by the tubmen.

The violence was initiated by a British policeman called Captain F.S. Phillip; terrified of Africans and fearful of communist subversion, he spoke neither Igbo nor Hausa. The miners had tied strips of red cloth to their helmets and clothing to show their solidarity; to Phillip these were paramilitary insignia. As was their custom, facing the mass of armed troops they began to dance and chant to keep up their spirits. Philip panicked and shot dead a young hewer named Sunday Anyasado who had recently married and moved to the area. He then killed a machine man, Livinus Okechukwuma. Hearing the noise, tubman Okafor Ageni ventured out of the mine asking “Anything wrong?” and was killed on the spot. The firing continued for several minutes, some miners were shot in the back. Dead and wounded alike were left where they lay; blacksmith Emmanuel Okafor told Philip: “I surrender, take me to hospital”. Philip answered: “I don’t care” and walked away.

Those eighty-seven rounds sounded the doom of the British Empire; Labour’s strategies of using intermediaries to buffer class anger, and separating industrial disputes from their political context had blown up in its face. The ethnic, regional and even class divisions in Nigerian society were temporarily set aside, replaced by a collective momentum to do away with British rule.

“The radicals and the moderates, the revolutionaries and the stooges, the bourgeoisie and the workers, sank their differences, remembered the word Nigeria and rose in revolt against evil and inhumanity.”

– Nduka Eze

We are indebted to Dr Carolyn Brown, for information and sources. Mal C x

Further reading:

Syndicalist Workers’ Federation: How Labour Governed 1945-51
OWEI LAKEMFA: “One hundred years of trade unionism in Nigeria”
The link is to the first of five parts, dealing with the background to the 1945 General Strike, for the next part you have to click ‘previous article’ on the web page, and so on.
Bristol Radical History Group: Hidden histories of the British state revealed 2013
Carolyn Brown Phd: ‘We Were All Slaves: African Miners, Culture, and Resistance at the Enugu Government Colliery, Nigeria.’ Heinemann / James Currey.
‘Africa and World War II’ edited by Carolyn Brown, Judith Byfield, Tim Parsons, Ahmad Sikainga Cambridge University Press.
‘POWER AND NATIONALISM IN MODERN AFRICA: Essays in Honor of Don Ohadike.’ Edited by Toyin Falola and Salah M. Hassan, Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2008.
Frederick Cooper: ‘Decolonization and African Society: the labour question in French and British Africa.’ (Cambridge 1996)
David Smock: Conflict and Control in an African Trade Union: A Study of the Nigerian Coal Miners’ Union.’ Stanford U: Hoover Institute Press, 1969
Agwu Akpala: ‘Background to the Enugu Colliery Shooting Incident in 1949’ – Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, 3,2 (1965) 335-64
Paul Kelemen: ‘Planning for Africa: The British Labour Party’s Colonial Development Policy, 1920-1964’, Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol 7, No. 1 (January 2007), pp. 76-98.
Jack Woodis: ‘The Mask is Off! An Examination of the Activities of Trade Union Advisers in the British Colonies.’ London: Thames Publications, 1954

Bournemouth fascists blamed for doughnut famine in Chandlers Ford.

Comrades in Chandlers Ford turned out earlier today to oppose a handful of heavily refreshed fascists who had come to shout at a Methodist church, apparently on the grounds that there might be some Muslims inside, prompting what must be the largest police operation the sleepy town has ever seen. The fascists mainly comprised Bournemouth EDL, inc Hazel and Whicher, a dope fiend from the island, and some teens in parkas who turned up right at the end perhaps wishing the trains ran on time. Poor showing from Hampshire; Rob Brammer (pictured) was conspicuous by his absence, he seems to have disappeared from both the streets and the internet. Perhaps he’s been locked up, or just pissed off with the coffee money – if anyone knows, give us a shout, we’re almost interested.

The eddles made total cocks of themselves, having been drinking since mid-day, so that by the time they reached the church they were too pissed to chant coherently. A half-hearted ‘je suis charlie’ was intoned in that studied mockney voice they all put on. The irony of English fascists spouting pidgin French in support of a left-wing magazine lost on them. Apart from “eee edl” the rest of it was unintelligible across the serried ranks of plod and we were a good deal closer than the folks in the church. They took to shouting “go home” to people in cars who probably were, a bit rude when you’re from the next county. The residents were bemused, antifascists requested to mind their language by filth, because this is “a nice middle class area” – in case we’d forgotten whose side they’re on. The fantasist facebook group ‘pie n mash squad’ posted this:weirdos

Whatever do they mean? maybe they had a barney amongst themselves in the pub beforehand. After about an hour the fascists’ charlie had worn off and they called a taxi. Our lot went for a drink leaving Costas and Waitrose swarming with Babylon, if you’re after a doughnut in Chandlers Ford tonight you’re out of luck.

South African farm workers need your help!

Visit CSAAWU siteThe CSAAWU is the only thing standing between these workers and ruthless exploitation, they need and deserve the support of every worker throughout the world, please contribute to their fund, share their appeal and publicise their situation. They are not so far away, you’ve probably eaten something they grew, picked or shipped. Our class, our future.

Facebook page.

Click here to contribute.

Click here to contribute.

In the coming months CSAAWU may be forced to close its doors.

CSAAWU made a decision to defend all farmworkers who were dismissed or victimized in the aftermath of the 2012/3 farmworker rebellion. Amongst CSAAWU members alone, there were close to 100 dismissal cases. CSAAWU went as far as to take dismissal cases to the Labour Court, representing farmworkers in the Court for the first time since since 1994.

The Labour Court issued devastating judgments against the dismissed workers and CSAAWU. The judgment rebuked individual union officials for supporting the strike, deeming this reckless and irresponsible behavior. Cost orders were awarded against the union with the loss of two cases. While CSAAWU paid a high price for its position to support the struggle of farmworkers, we believe that it can never be wrong for a union to support the strike action workers, especially the most vulnerable workers, when they stand up against their exploitative conditions.

It would be a devastating defeat for CSAAWU members and farmworkers in South Africa for many years to come if CSAAWU can’t be saved! However, once we pay off the cost orders, we will be stronger than ever! Please read more about the struggles of farmworkers in the Western Cape, and consider contributing to our cause.

AMANDLA! VIVA CSAAWU, VIVA!

Campaign Statement:

In 2012/2013, farm workers and dwellers undertook a historic rebellion. It was more than a labour dispute for higher wages – it was a spontaneous rural rebellion driven by workers and communities against the brutal conditions the rural working class are forced to suffer everyday, even 20 years after so-called democracy. The ANC government has failed to transform the rural landscape characterised by dependency master-slave relations, racism, sexism, starvation wages and violations of the limited freedoms won from decades of working class struggle. Farmworkers are forced to work under unsafe and unhealthy conditions, to drink dirty water, live without electricity, live without toilet facilities, on poverty wages, suffer threats of evictions, and violent physical and verbal abuse and intimidation for enacting limited freedoms such as joining a trade union.

“Why do the horses enjoy clean water and we must drink dirty water? Why do the pigs’ living quarters have electricity and we are without?”

ROBERTSON FARM WORKER

Visit CSAAWU Site.

You can still be evicted for reporting a leaking roof – and politicians are still taking the piss.

Taking the piss, Davies L and Chope R

Taking the piss, Davies L and Chope R

With another meaningless election looming, if anyone needs reminding what a pile of horseshit representative democracy is, consider the parliamentary proceedings of the 28th November when the Tenancies (Reform) Bill was subject to a filibuster* by Christopher Chope and Philip Davies to prevent it being voted on. Like a grotesque parody of BBC Radio’s ‘Just a minute’ game these two arseholes talked rubbish for hours deliberately running the bill out of time.

The Private members bill by Sarah Teather, the member for Brent, was intentionally narrow in scope, limited to preventing retaliatory evictions – Teather cited a tenant who was thrown out of her flat for reporting a collapsed ceiling and leaking drains.

Private members are M.P.s who are not ministers, and P.M.B.s are just about the only mechanism by which someone as far down the Westminster pecking order as the member for Brent could do anything their constituents might actually want. But not being on the government’s legislative agenda, these bills have no time allocated to them. 7 Fridays per year are dedicated to P.M.B.s chosen from a list by ballot, and the debate must be concluded by 2.30pm to reach a vote.

See how far removed the people are from the levers of power in a parliamentary system. Sarah Teather is a member of one of the governing parties, and had the tacit support of the minister for a proposal no one in their right mind could object to, yet the faceless bent landlords’ lobby can rent a couple of unscrupulous stooges to sink the whole thing. During her presentation Ms Teather gushed over how privileged she felt to have had her bill come up in the ballot at all. So even if an ‘honourable member’ appears on the face of it to mean well, they are on a hiding to nothing when the needs of real people conflict with the vested interests that run the show.

All 60 (out of 650) MPs present apart from Chope and Davies spoke in favour, expressing their disapproval of the filibuster by voting to close the debate and vote on the bill, however, with fewer than 100 members in the house this decision was not binding. The pair continued to shamelessly thumb their noses at their colleagues and constituents, the vast majority of whom will never own their homes outright, much less have a spare one to generate unearned income.

If you’re actually considering voting in the next election, it’s worth taking a look at the Hansard entry to see what these wankers get up to on our time, those of them that can be arsed to turn up that is. You need to skip to the second page to appreciate the level of childish waffle Chope and Davies resorted to, knowing full well that fewer than one in ten of your elected representatives could give a toss about your struggle to keep a habitable roof over your head.

Jim Fitzpatrick (for Poplar and Limehouse) had this to say:

I do not think it is fair to blame the hon. Gentleman who, with the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) and others, has been blocking one of my Bills for the past five Fridays. I respect their ability to do that.

– Really?

I was well up for doing a hatchet job on ‘Chopper’ Chope, but his Wikipedia entry is indictment enough, a thoroughly nasty piece of work.

Davies is a racist, misogynistic homophobe, paid advocate for the gambling and tobacco industries that proposed a reduction in the minimum wage for disabled people. His candidacy has the support of UKIP and his father Peter stood for the far-right English Democrats.

Soon these smug pricks are going to ask your consent to tell you what to do for the next five years. It beats me how anyone who considers themselves ‘left’ or ‘green’ or has any morals whatsoever could sit around playing these stupid games with them.

We believe in Direct Action, and it works, if you’ve been following this blog you’ll see we’ve notched up a few successes in recent weeks through people getting off their arses and onto the streets. But if your idea of D.A. involves a telephone or a keyboard, feel free to tell these despicable enemies of the people what you think of them; look we’ve done most of the work for you:

Chope: 18a Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QL

Tel: 01202 474949 Fax: 01202 475548

office@christchurchconservatives.com

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 5808 Fax: 020 7219 6938 chopec@parliament.uk

Davies: 76 Otley Road, Shipley, BD18 3SA

Tel: 01274 592248 philipdavies@shipleyconservatives.fsnet.co.uk

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 8264 Fax: 020 7219 8389 daviesp@parliament.uk @philipdaviesmp

*“a form of obstruction in a legislature or other decision-making body. The English term “filibuster” is derived from the Spanish filibustero, itself deriving originally from the Dutch vrijbuiter, “privateer, pirate, robber” (also the root of English “freebooter)”.

– Wikipedia

SEP 5-7 Weekend of Antifascist resistance/Weekend de résistance anti-fasciste à Calais

From Calais Migrant Solidarity

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(photo of Antifascists in Calais from La Horde)

On Sunday 7 September, local fascist group ‘Sauvons Calais’ will once again try to hold a demonstration ‘against immigration’ in Calais, bringing in hardcore neo-nazis from across France. A number of high-profile fascists have already confirmed their presence including Thomas Joly (secrétaire général du Parti de la France), Yvan Benedetti (conseiller municipal de Venissieux and former-member of the now banned organization L’Œuvre française), and Richard Roudier (of Réseau Identités). No doubt there will also be neonazi gangs that will arrive before and stay for more time after the demo to attack vulnerable people in the streets.

We have recently seen a huge spate of these attacks against activists, and charity volunteers, as well as their usual migrant targets. Comrades have been attacked in the night by gangs with knives, telescopic truncheons, and pepperspray. One well known volunteer narrowly escaped a kidnap attempt where a group of fascists tried to drag her into a car. Especially in Calais we cannot look to the police for protection. Last winter they stood by while Sauvon Calais and other fascists sustained an attack on a squat for a week, using missiles, molotov cocktails, and axes to try to break in.

There is no place for fascists in Calais. We will resist this neo-nazi rally. We will resist the recent wave of fascist street attacks. But with hundreds of neonazis arriving, we cannot do this alone. We call on antifascists from across France, and across Europe, to join us for a gathering of solidarity through the weekend of 5-7 September.

We need your support to shut down Sauvons Calais’ demo. We need your support to help defend homes and meeting places under attack. We also want to invite musicians, film-makers, and others to come and join us to make an international festival of resistance! From 1940 to 2014, French people and immigrants from all over the world have repeatedly united to smash nazi scum. We want to celebrate this tradition with action, and also with events such as concerts, film-showings, discussions and more. We welcome all proposals and expressions of solidarity in the coming days.

Le dimanche 7 septembre, le groupe local de fascistes “Sauvons Calais” fera à nouveau une manifestation “contre l’immigration” à Calais. La manifestation va attirer des néo-nazis de toute la France. Certains fascistes notoires ont déjà confirmé leur présence: Thomas Joly (general secretary of the Parti de la France), Yvan Benedetti (conseiller municipal de Venissieux et ancien membre de l’organisation interdite L’Œuvre française) et Richard Roudier (du Réseau Identités). Il est probable que des bandes néo-nazis arriveront avant la manifestation et resteront après pour attaquer des personnes vulnérables dans les rues.

Ces derniers temps nous avons connu une montée importante d’attaques contre activistes, bénévoles des associations et migrantes. Des camarades ont été attaquées durant la nuit par des bandes armées de couteaux, de matraques téléscopiques et de gaz lacrimogène. Une bénévole connue par toutes a échappé de justesse à une tentative d’enlèvement; un groupe de fascistes ont essayé de la traîner dans une voiture. Surtout à Calais nous ne pouvons pas faire confiance à la police pour une protection. Durant l’hiver passé la police est restée passive quand Sauvons Calais et d’autres fascistes ont attaqué un squat pendant une semaine, avec des projectiles, des cocktails molotov et des hâches pour essayer de rentrer dand la maison.

Il n’y a pas de place pour des fascistes à Calais. Nous allons resister contre ce rassemblement néo-nazi. Nous allons résister contre la vague actuelle d’attaques fascistes dans les rues. Mais vu le nombre inconnu de néo-nazis (des centaines?) qui vont arriver, nous ne pourrons pas le faire tout seul.e.s. Nous appelons les anti-fascistes de toute la France, de toute l’Europe, de nous rejoindre pour un rassemblement de solidarité pendant le weekend du 5-7 septembre.

Nous avons besoin de votre soutien pour arrêter la manifestation de Sauvons Calais. Nous avons besoin de votre soutien pour défendre les maisons et les lieux de rencontre sous attaque. Nous invitons aussi des musiciens, réalisateurs de films et autres pour se joindre à nous et pour créer un festival international de résistance! De 1940 à 2014 des français et des immigrantes de toute la planète se sont réuni.e.s à plusieures reprises pour vaincre le nazisme. Nous voulons célébrer cette tradition avec des actions, mais aussi avec des évenements comme des concerts, des projections de films, des discussions et plus. Toutes les propositions et expressions de solidarité dans les jours à venir sont bienvenues.

Frack Free Solent April Newsletter

The campaign against fracking continues – there are now 115 anti-fracking groups in the UK.

Frack Free Solent has had another busy month, with two successful fundraising music nights and a public meeting in Forestside plus daily monitoring of the Markwells Wood site. We also gave a short talk to Portsmouth Trades Council, who have very kindly donated £100 towards our campaigning activities. Don’t forget to check our website for up to date info, news & more.

Markwells Wood

We are still monitoring the site at Markwells Wood, Forestside – a few hundred yards north of the – T-junction here. Exploration work could start at any time, and we will be strongly opposing this as it is very likely to include testing for the feasibility of using fracking at this site. The operator of the site, Northern Petroleum, has recently said that they are looking to sell all their UK assets – however, two other companies already part own the PEDL licence, and there are plenty of other possible buyers who could take over operations. Markwells Wood is within the South Downs National Park and is completely unsuitable for the type of large scale industrial extraction involved in fracking.

Forestside Meeting

Markwells Wood is directly next to the small village of Forestside. Frack Free Solent helped organise a public meeting for Forestside residents in March with several speakers, including Marcus Adams from Frack Free Fernhurst. Over 30 local residents attended, many of whom are now setting up a local group to campaign against fracking. We are now looking to organise another public meeting in nearby Compton, while a few miles further north another group has recently been set up in South Harting following a – meeting there

Green Film Festival

Frack Free Solent is sponsoring the showing of Gasland at Portsmouth Film Society’s Green Film Festival. This will be at 6.00pm on Friday 23 May at the Eldon Building in Portsmouth University, and will be followed by a debate with a panel made up of Tim Dawes and Stuart Mills from Frack Free Solent and a local geologist. We have 25 tickets available to buy online at the reduced price of £4 829 . The usual price is £6, or you can also buy a festival pass from PFS for £10, to see all three films – more info

Donations needed

We need cash! To campaign effectively, we need your donations to pay for leaflet printing, web hosting, hall hire etc. We are fortunate to have had some grant funding from Lush Cosmetics, plus donations from Unison & Portsmouth Trades Council, but we need more.

Please consider making a donation to us – you can make a bank transfer to the Frack Free Solent bank account: Account No – 65698017 Sort code – 08 92 99 Or you can use the donate button on our website to donate via paypal.

Facebook

To keep up to date with fracking locally and nationally, join Frack Free Solent’s Facebook group

Next organising meeting

Frack Free Solent holds regular organising meetings, which are open to anyone who wants to help us plan activities to oppose fracking. The next meeting will be on Thursday 10 April at 7.30pm in the back room of the – White Hart, 1 East St, Havant PO9 1AA

Links to other groups

Frack Off – national network against fracking – lots of useful info & resources

Frack Free Fernhurst

Frack Free Sussex

Contact Frack Free Solent

N.U.T. Teachers’ Strike 26th March.

If you’re a teacher and you’re striking tomorrow, good luck and solidarity!

If you’re a teacher, not in a union or in a different one and you’re thinking of crossing a picket line:

  • A. Don’t
  • B. No one wants a scab, your pupils will lose all respect for you.

If you’re in the N.U.T. and you’re thinking of crossing a picket line:

  • A. Don’t.
  • B. What are you fucking thinking of? Don’t you know there’s a war on!
  • C. What sort of example are you setting the youth? Selfish, cowardly, treacherous…

If your children have a scab teacher, keep them home:

  • A. This is about more than just the future of their education but about resisting the ravages of this despicable neoliberal regime.
  • B. This is the most important lesson they will ever learn, don’t scab.
  • C. Forcing them to cross a picket line before they are old enough to understand the enormity of betraying their class is child abuse.

If you’re at school and you’re old enough to think for yourself (hint), join the picket line, show some support, one day others will do the same for you.

Join a march or rally

BOOK NOW for Breaking the Frame: a gathering on the politics of technology. May 2nd – 5th at Unstone Grange near Sheffield.

You can book via – our website here – either on the form there or you can download a booking form to email/print and post.

We are committed to making sure that no-one is excluded for financial reasons, so we are subsiding places to make sure the gathering is as cheap as possible. There will be childcare available during the daytime so parents can fully participate in the gathering.

About the gathering:

Together with Scientists for Global Responsibility and Corporate Watch, in May Luddites 200 is organising a gathering on the politics of technology. The Breaking the Frame Gathering will bring together campaigns on the technology politics of food, energy/climate/environment, the military, work/economics/austerity, the internet, civil liberties/privacy, health and gender etc, as well as trade unionists, radical scientists, artists and developers of alternative technologies.

The basic idea behind the gathering is to create a network that can support people’s work on issues connected to technology. Being linked with other organisations facing similar challenges will help strengthen your campaigns, and may give you a broader perspective on your issues. It will also help create a new critical mass to challenge the forces that many groups are trying to fight in isolation.

We want to overcome the fragmented single-issue, reactive approach that dominates the way we deal with technology. Technology is a major force shaping the whole development of our society, including the issues you work on, yet we never have a democratic debate about it until it’s nearly too late, e.g. when Monsanto starts putting GM soya in our food. We think it’s time for a much more systematic and joined-up approach to technology that overcomes the democratic deficit in this area.

We need to develop a new approach, based on bringing together the insights of different campaigns and movements, sharing skills, and learning from each other. The need for a systematic approach to technology is more urgent than ever as we face environmental crisis caused by 200 years of industrial capitalism, whilst new technologies threaten to massively re-shape our society.

For more information about the gathering, please take a look at – our website We are also on Facebook at ‘Breaking the Frame’ and on Twitter at @framebreaking. You can reply to this email or contact us at
luddites200@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions.

Eddles choose Dorset fascist as their new fuhrer.

Following the defection of Beavis and Butt-head to the Quilliam foundation, the teletubbies have selected a new ‘beer leader’ with unmistakeably fascist credentials. Tim Ablitt the EDL’s former SW regional organiser, was also Dorset organiser for the British Freedom Party, a BNP splinter group, of which Carroll was chairman and Yaxley-Lennon his deputy; they briefly ‘united’ the two groups.

Dorset fascist

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In July 2010 Ablitt along with 6 other fascists was travelling in a van driven by ‘Poole Knight’ when it was shot at by Babylon as a result of the group gobbing off in the pub about a plan to blow up Bournemouth mosque. The 7 were arrested for conspiracy to cause explosions but the cops evidently decided they were all wind and piss and they were never charged.

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‘Poole Knight’ is none other than bungling Swanage fascist John Broomfield who got locked up for making dirty pictures of children in a plot to fit up his girlfriend’s ex.

The new chairman owns a clothing business ‘NRNLS Ltd’ whose registered address is listed as: Flat 11, Willow View, 91 Fitzworth Ave, Poole BH16 5AZ and supplies EDL branded shirts and face masks. Their annual return is overdue and there is an active proposal to strike them off the companies register. A bit like the BFP who failed to return their registration fee on time.

This is what chairman Ablitt had to say about public sector workers:

Ablitt rantIf you disagree NRNLS’ telephone number is: 01202 679 022 assuming he’s paid the bill.

Getting all upset about having his facebook screen shots bandied about:

Tim Ablitt issues threat to EDL News

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon is not important enough to blog about and has no opinions worth mentioning. As for the Quilliam Foundation, giving cover to two pig-ignorant racists so they can pretend to be something else must be a new low even for this shower.

From their home page: “Challenging extremism is the duty of all responsible members of society. Not least because cultural insularity and extremism are products of the failures of wider society to foster a shared sense of belonging and to advance liberal democratic values.“

It’s hard to think of anything more extreme than liberal democracy, which brought you the atomic bomb, global warming and universal surveillance. For 40 odd years, it actively plotted the annihilation of half the human race in defence of its alleged moral superiority.

Meanwhile, in Bournemouth…

Message from BHSTOPEDL: Our Winton spotter group observed a few fascists drinking in the Hop and Kilderkin on Saturday; we’ve also been made aware of fascists hanging around school playgrounds in the vicinity…

Looking for muslamic ray guns no doubt, but given that the EDL has a higher nonce quotient than the national average this needs looking into. The message continues:

…We see someone (not us) has painted ‘F*** the EDL’ on the Pure Drop pub in Poole.

It wasn’t us either, if it was we’d have taken a picture, fair play though.       

More about the Pure Drop Inn!

Two blogs for the price of one!

After being offline for a week without explanation, the blog at www.wessexsolidarity.wordpress.com is back up. In the meantime we created a new one at https://network23.org/wsol just got it in shape and changed all the literature…

Today we received this message from wordpress.com:wordpressFor the time being we’ll keep both running and see how it goes, we can’t be reliant on something that can disappear for a week for no reason. We like network23 as it’s actually meant for activists, but it has limited storage space and some files are too large to upload, so we’ll host all the larger documents on the wordpress one, the library, pages and links menus will be kept identical but we probably won’t bother with wordpress re-blogs on the new site unless it’s something really important.

We will continue to bring you radical news and views from Southern Britain and around the world; we will continue to stir it up with a broad stick.

Sometimes antisocial, always antifascist!

Events this weekend

So we’re not going to Bournemouth on Saturday to kick fascist arse after all; don’t be downhearted, there’s other stuff going on! Anything else you want to share, just give us a shout.

Reading:

ANTIFA FUNDRAISING GIG:  WILL TUN & THE WASTERS, AWATE, ASH VICTIM, MC AMALGAM & DJ DUBIOUS – £3

Fundraising gig support of the Tower Hamlets 286,, all proceeds will go to organisations supporting the arrestees. Free entry for arrestees!

reading

Facebook event

Bath:

On Saturday 5th October, from 4 until 7pm in the Coffee Lounge of Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath (a minute’s walk from Bath Spa train station), the Black And Red Federation will be organising a discussion on anarchism, and invite members of the public to come along and take part.

The group feels that recent government policy and business lobbyists have made the UK a better place for millionaires and right wing politicians, but an increasingly uncertain and unhealthy place for everyone else.

Anarchism has received a bad press ever since its birth 173 years ago, with anarchists forced into stereotypes of either violent thugs or sandal-footed hippies – caricatures repeated by both the media and political establishment on one side, but also by self-proclaimed anarchists on the other. But many anarchists see it differently: the philosophy has come a long way since its roots amongst the Taoists of ancient China and the Christian Anabaptists of 16th Century Europe, promoting mutual respect, equality and rationality, and opposing oppression wherever it appears. Indeed, anarchism had become a mass movement of hundreds of thousands of everyday people fighting for and winning freedom from the 1920s to the 1930s in the Ukraine, Spain and Korea, however briefly. Far from embracing destruction and chaos, anarchists say that ‘Anarchism is Order’!

In Bath on Saturday, a handful of local speakers will make short presentations on the ideas and history of this important but controversial political philosophy, before breaking down into longer group sessions where all present are invited to discuss and offer their two cents. The group will ask whether, in this current climate of biting austerity and growing global unrest, anarchists and their ideas have any role to play?

Entry is free, food and hot drinks will be available, as will stalls of literature, and all are welcome to come along and join them on the day! This will be the first in a series of talks this year.

Bridgwater Trades Union Council 1913-2013 CENTENARY CELEBRATION SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER

Join us for a march, with your branch banner, to a rally at Bridgwater Baptist Church, to commemorate the founding of the town’s organised trade union movement by local rail-workers in 1913

12.30pm: Assemble: Cranleigh Gardens, Bridgwater, TA6 5JS
1pm: Banner parade and march
1.45-2.45: Rally, Baptist Church, St Mary Street, TA6 3EQ

Speakers:

  • Rosemary Eaton, Minister, Bridgwater Baptist Church
  • Nigel Costley, Secretary, South West TUC
  • Rosie McGregor, White Horse(Wiltshire) Trades Union Council
  • Bob Crow, General Secretary, RMT

3.15 – 4.15pm: Ships, Bricks & Cellophane: a radical view and discussion of Bridgwater’s political and industrial history, with Dave Chapple, postman and secretary of Bridgwater Trades Union Council

Further information: Dave Chapple: 0777 6304 276 E-mail:

“A red ship in a sea of blue!”

Bridgwater Trades Union Council was founded on June 22nd 1913 after a march of over 2,000 workers from Bridgwater and Highbridge proudly wound its way through Eastover, Fore St and High Street to a rally at the Town Hall.

This new West Country trades council was founded by the Bridgwater and Highbridge Branches of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR). The NUR itself had only just been established: a historic joining of several railway unions, including the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS)

In the militant years before World War One, the new NUR was hailed as a significant step towards achieving a single, strong, industrial union for the whole rail industry-then, as now, privately owned and run. Today’s RMT continues that militant NUR tradition!

In 1913, Bridgwater had NUR, ASLEF, RCA and AEU members working at both Bridgwater North Station (Somerset & Dorset) and the Great Western Railway (GWR): (a goods station at Bailey Street, the carriage works at Colley Lane, and the Bridgwater docks and wharves.)

Highbridge had double the number of Bridgwater’s rail workers: 900 at the huge Walrow carriage, repair and engine works: the engineering headquarters of the Somerset and Dorset Railway.

The Brick and Tile industry was still dominant in Bridgwater, and workers from Ben Tillett’s Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Labourer’s Union-a forerunner of Unite- were there on the day, with the bakers, printers, tailors, the various building trade unions, the Engineers (AEU), agricultural workers, Co-op workers, and, perhaps, the National Union of Seamen.

Our 2013 centenary celebration also commemorates 100 years of working-class political and industrial organisation: Bridgwater as “a red ship on a sea of blue”: defiance of hostile employers and a counterweight to Conservatism! Bridgwater Trades Council is still fighting the cause of the Bridgwater working-class, so come and join us on October 19th!

East End: Always Anti-Fascist

Reblogged from Anti-Fascist Network:

Click to visit the original postBrilliant to see thousands turn out yesterday to tell the EDL to fuck off once again from London. They had a shit turnout, no local support and didn’t go where they wanted. Many hundreds joined the AFN in a bold attempt to block the EDL’s route, despite massive police odds – and we came pretty close. Insane policing resulted in 286 anti-fascist arrests, mostly from the AFN bloc.

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Eddles implode, Beer Leader locked up.

EDL NEWS: EDL Leader Tommy Robinson Remanded until Jan 2013

 

 

Full police statement:

Stephen Lennon, (29 – 27/11/82), unemployed, of Bedford appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 22 October charged with possession of a false identity document with improper intention (contrary to Section Identity Documents Act 2010).
He was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on a date in January 2013
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