What London AF have been up to

What London AF have been up to recently:
Several street distributions of Resistance and Rebel City. Yesterday 5 of us distributed Rebel City in Bethnal Green.
Attendanceon Tuesday at Haringey demo against local Labour council’s attack on social housing. The mighty London AF banner got another airing.
Successful public meeting on the Police , Prisons and State Violence. Well attended and with attendance from Brazilian, Greek and Polish comrades!
More distros planned and more public meetings too. Watch this space!

LONDON AF DISCUSSION MEETING: THE POLICE AND STATE VIOLENCE

We look at the role of the police and revolutionary alternatives to them in the context of police behaviour in Britain ( infiltration of political groups and social movements with accompanying sexual abuse)the USA (police murders and the response of Black Lives Matter) rance and elsewhere. We argue or alternatives to the police in the context of a developing grass roots movement.
7pm Wednesday February 16th, Common House 5e Pundersons Gardens, London E2 (nearest tube Bethnal Green)

Picket of Turkish Embassy January 13th

12-2 pm 43 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NT:
Organised by London Anarchist Federation. Feel free to add your group to sponsor:
Solidarity with Hüseyin Civan
The wave of repression unleashed by the Erdogan regime in Turkey has resulted in thousands losing their jobs and thousands imprisoned. Recently Hüseyin Civan, managing editor of Meydan, a paper that represented the views of the DAF (Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet / Anarchist Revolutionary Action), received a prison sentence of one year and three months.
This was the result of the action of the chief public prosecutor who pursued Meydan over articles published in issue 30, December 2015. The charge against our comrade was “making propaganda for the methods of aterrorist organization constituting coercion, violence or threats through legitimizing or praising or encouraging the use of these methods”.
Meydan was closed down after Erdogan began a campaign of repression after the recent failed coup. The imprisonment of Civan is another heavy blow against the anarchist movement operating within Turkey.
Advocating a system based on mutual aid and equality, defending workers’ struggles, arguing for gender equality and the freedom of the individual , against nationalism and fascism are seen as terrorist crimes by the Erdogan regime.
Representing Meydan and Civan, lawyer Davut Erkan stated that the decision was illegal and would be appealed, if necessary, all the way to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Anarchist Federation sends a message of solidarity to Hüseyin Civan, Meydan and the DAF.
Follow Meydan at :
http://meydangazetesi.org/

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1836156076632011/


@MeydanGazetesi
Messages of solidarity can be sent to:
https://www.facebook.com/meydangazetesi/
See also: https://www.reddit.com/

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Rebel City Number Five Just Out!

Just out! Issue Five of London AF’s Rebel City- London’s Anarchist Paper. With articles on Who Owns London?London’s top landowners. Reclaim Holloway, St Ann’s redevelopment Trust in Haringey, Walthamstow tenants, How To Get the Boss of Your Back, A Day in The Life of An Anti-Fascist, Against Borders For Children, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Health Tourists, etc etc. 12 pages of quality anarchist reporting and analysis. Get it at Housmans and Freedom Bookshops, your local social centres, or rom a friendly AF member in the street or contact us and we’ll mail you a copy!

Solidarity with Hüseyin Civan

The wave of repression unleashed by the Erdogan regime in Turkey has resulted in thousands losing their jobs and thousands imprisoned. Recently Hüseyin Civan, managing editor of Meydan, a paper that represented the views of the DAF (Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet / Anarchist Revolutionary Action), received a prison sentence of one year and three months.

This was the result of the action of the chief public prosecutor who pursued Meydan over articles published in issue 30, December 2015. The charge against our comrade was “making propaganda for the methods of a terrorist organization constituting coercion, violence or threats through legitimizing or praising or encouraging the use of these methods”.

Meydan was closed down after Erdogan began a campaign of repression after the recent failed coup. The imprisonment of Civan is another heavy blow against the anarchist movement operating within Turkey.

Advocating a system based on mutual aid and equality, defending workers’ struggles, arguing for gender equality and the freedom of the individual , against nationalism and fascism are seen as terrorist crimes by the Erdogan regime.

Representing Meydan and Civan, lawyer Davut Erkan stated that the decision was illegal and would be appealed, if necessary, all the way to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

The Anarchist Federation sends a message of solidarity to Hüseyin Civan, Meydan and the DAF.

Follow Meydan at :
http://meydangazetesi.org
@MeydanGazetesi

Messages of solidarity can be sent to:
https://www.facebook.com/meydangazetesi/

A message of hope for the New Year

Wonderful stuff from Neil Ascherson in latest London Review of Books. This should be spread on a wide level as a message of hope in these sad and dark times:
“….the Spanish War can be remembered for its epiphanies. What happened in and around Barcelona in the first years of the war did not last, did not happen in most of Spain, ended in tragedy and a viciously disputed memory and made little difference to the war’s outcome. Adam Hochschild, in Spain in Our Hearts, suggests that the foreign journalists covering the war were so obsessed with the military struggle and the Republican leadership in Madrid that they hardly noticed the revolution going on outside their hotels. And yet Barcelona in those years, rather than what was done on the battlefields, was a brief revelation of something latent but dazzling in humanity: the hope to fly like angels.
It was one of those moments only Europe seems to do. The granite mountains of government and wealth, the ravines of class and the dark forests of the law, suddenly turn out to be cardboard stage scenery. Ordinary people kick them down and fall into one another’s arms. Everything is to be held and done in common; nobody is to be unwillingly obeyed; in the sunlight of what Robert Burns called ‘social love’, human beings return to their true nature of unselfish sharing. It’s a transfiguration first seen in the French Revolution; most recently (in flashes) during the 1968 ‘events’ of Berlin and the Paris May. We, or our children, will see it again.
In Barcelona and Catalonia, this epiphany was released (they wouldn’t have liked the word ‘led’) by anarchists and anarcho-syndicalists. Orwell arrived there in December 1936 to ‘fight fascism’ and walked about the streets in a daze, trying to adjust to a place where waiters and shop assistants spoke to him as an equal and where he was denounced for trying to give a lift-boy a tip. He wrote, with touching Englishness: ‘All this was queer and moving. There was much in it that I did not understand, in some way I did not even like it, but I recognised it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.’”

Unity, Theresa?

A Reply to Theresa May’s Statement

There is no one single humanity
There is a humanity of classes
Slaves and Masters

Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists

Theresa May has issued a statement calling for unity within the United Kingdom.

What unity? What do we have in common with her, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Tony Blair, Philip Green, Mike Ashley and the other billionaires and millionaires and self-seeking politicians? What do we have in common with the property developers and with those councils who enable them, including many Labour councils. What do we have in common with the arms manufacturers, the generals, the secret service bosses, the police chiefs?

What unity do we have in a country where the number of rough sleepers is on the increase, as are the food banks, where many working class communities have been devastated throughout Britain, from the Welsh valleys, to northern England and the inner cities? What unity do we have in cities where the working class is being socially cleansed, where people like Patrik Schumacher can know openly talk about  wiping out social housing and privatising all public space.

There can be no unity with those who exploit and oppress us, the working class, and who openly despise us.

We talk about a different unity. We talk about unity and solidarity with the striking railworkers, postal workers, cleaners, airline workers who have shown that the working class is still there.

We grow their food, we mine their minerals, we serve them in restaurants and hotels, we provide their health care we run their transport systems. When they are ill, infirm, or old we provide for their health. We produce everything, yet we allow a small group of parasites to live off our labour.

The answer to this is not the false unity of May and her chums in high places, but a class unity where we recognise our practical strength; where we can stop the wheels of industry and sabotage their attempts at increasing oppression and at the drive to war, where we can swarm out into the streets in vast numbers and paralyse their system, where we can look to a future not based on continuing inequality, oppression and exploitation but to one based on freedom, peace and equality, where there will be no more poverty, no more war, where we collectively run society and share equally in all products and the fruits of the earth.