AFTER THE ELECTION:
THE ANARCHIST ALTERNATIVE
After the election we analyse the state of play, the nature of Corbynism and how we relate to it, and how we need to help bring to birth a mass grassroots movement that goes beyond electoral politics and poses a real threat to capitalism and the State with a vision of a new society based on equality and freedom. We will also be discussing the Grenfell fire and how the traditional left has responded and how our response should be diferent, based on encouraging self-organisation.We will be inviting guest speakers and there will be plenty of time for everyone to discuss.
Refreshments available, disabled access
Convened by London Anarchist Federation
7pm, Thursday June 29th at Common House, 5e Pundersons Gardens London E2 (nearest tube Bethnal Green
We are participating in the Anti University events from 10th-16th June –Teaching and Learning As Direct Action, a direct action programme of self-organised radical learning activities. On June 11th as part of these events we will be putting on a public meeting at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1 (nearest tube Holborn) at 4pm, An Introduction To Anarchist Communism.
Later the same day at the same venue at 7pm, London AF will be hosting the writer-activist Pieter Gelderloos, who will be speaking about his new book Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation’.This book provides a history of state formation in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe, from Mesopotamia to the 20th century. Identifying different models or paths of state formation, Worshiping Power lays the groundwork for an anarchist theory of the origin of states, and in the process disputes common misconceptions stemming from liberal, Marxist, primitivist, and environmental determinist theories of state formation. Rather than treating state formation as a singular event, a Pandora’s Box, Worshiping Power analyzes state formation as a constant process, with religious, militaristic, economic, and kinship-based motors. It is also a work in grassroots scholarship, taking the study of the State out of academic institutions and into the streets, showing how a historically grounded understanding of the nature of the State is relevant to today’s struggles against patriarchy, environmental devastation, racism, war, and capitalism. There will be a talk by the author and Q&A session. Peter Gelderloos is also the author of ‘Anarchy works’ and ‘The failure of non-violence’. At White Building, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lan,e Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
Members of London AF attended and supported the joint actions by Independent Workers Union of Great Britain and United Voices of the World Union at the LSE and Senate House in support of cleaners and security staff on Wednedsay May 17th.
Later on the same day London AFers supported the picket by Cleaning and Allied Independent Workers Union outside HSBC at Canary Wharf in support of cleaners there.
In our continuing attempt to monitor the draconian and repressive laws afflicting our comrades in Spain, we are glad to recently have received this piece of news translated from this webpage.
“The National Court signed the release order after eighteen days decreeing his imprisonment in Soto del Real. Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez, after analysing the documentation prepared by the Mossos, ordered the release on bail to the tune of 8,000 euros Enrique Costoya, neighbor Santos, labour lawyer of the CNT and anarchist activist, jailed since October 30 .
He spent three weeks in the prison of Soto del Real, after the riot police and the General Information Office stormed his home the morning of October 28, as part of the second phase of Operation Pandora. They confiscated books, posters and supplies . It is expected he is to leave the prison early in the afternoon. Since Procés Embat Elissa Group and San Andres de Palomar have posted tweets where they gave a ‘welcome’.”
A short insight to how ludicrous and repressive the laws are in Spain facing protest can be gleamed from a New York Times piece in April of this year.
The terrible tragedy that befell the Turkish town of Suruc following an ISIS inspired suicide bomber on Monday 20 July has had undoubtedly massive repercussions. Social media is awash with accusations against the ruling party, there have been major disturbances in Turkey and already retaliations have begun.
The gathering at Suruc was called to look at the possible reconstruction of Kobane, which lies approximately 15 km south on the other side of the Syrian border. Kobane until recently had an ISIS presence. The meeting was called by the Marxist-Leninist Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) the youth wing of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP). Just prior to the bombings they had declared that “The children of Gezi [the park riots of a few years prior] are gathered in Suruc’s Amara Cultural Center to go to Kobani.” Little did they anticipate what was to follow.
What we also know is that of the 300 present there was an international contingent including a member from Black Rose/IWW who were there to offer solidarity and they have put together a well circulated statement. Of the 32 who have now been declared dead, two have also been connected to Turkeys – Anarchist Initiative (Anarşist Komünist Inisiyatif/AKI) who have thrown themselves into a spate of solidarity actions.
We should all be deeply moved by their loss. If ever ISIS wanted a fitting summary to its heartless carnage it was in attacking a youth mobilisation hoping to bring a little relief after such misery to region.
The Kurdish and Turkish community of London wasted no time in mobilising its grief against the tragedy. The response the next day resulted in an inspirational display of thousands amongst which we numbered amongst a small contingent of anarchists and anti-fascists offering our sombre reflection on the terrible recent events. Vigils were held and rumour had it the police had the audacity to pester people about burning an ISIS flag. Nothing better to do, eh?
There are further attempts to co-ordinate actions around the weekend. Saturday and possibly Sunday.
What follows is a translation from a Spanish site covering the recent repression against anarchists in Spain. Police had raided numerous squats and collectives in the earlier part of this year leading to nearly 30 arrests
The last comrade who was in prison has been released but awaiting trial, like the remainder of the group.
After official judicial mistakes, the last chapter of police operations against anarchists and anti-authoritarians in the Spanish State appears to be over.
We are still aware from the plot, that activists still have the threat of arrest over them and this is a continuing fact; Mónica and Francisco are still in a preventive prison without awaiting trial at all.
At the same time, prisons are still full of people locked behind walls under lock and key. Anarchist comrades and prisoners fighting institutionalisation are still fighting against the state, the mechanism of power, and the establishment. Kidnapped, as prisoners because they do not want to accept the fallacy of ‘democratic’ laws which classify and alienate you as a passive citizen.
People can see that their hopes and future comes to an end in prison, for no other reason than attempting to make a living. Solidarity, actions and struggle shall continue.
FREEDOM ANARCHIST PRISONERS!!
DOWN THE WALLS OF PRISONS!!
This is an extended translation from Spanish on the founding of the FACC (Federación Anarquista de Centroamérica y el Caribe;Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation)
-Communication committee FACC-
The F.A.C.C. is born!
After several months of preparation, pre-congress debates, and after the call for a first conference for the formation of the Anarchist Federation of Central America and Caribbean (FACC), comrades from different countries and situations in the Central and Caribbean regions (with international observers) met in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic) on 21 and 22 March this year, to test ideas, to meet and to establish differences and similarities.
We express our satisfaction for the founding of FACC, which is a channel for solidarity and cooperation of anarchists in the area, transcending the border constraints that capitalism and states impose on us, a federation of trends that seeks to fan the relationships between the various groups in the region and its diaspora.
Founding members of the Federation are: Taller Libertario Alfredo López (Tlal) of Cuba, Kiskeya Libertaria of Dominican, Comrades of Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Bonaire and Miami (There are other groups that wanted to participate in the FACC congress and even to be members, but for different situations could not yet become a part of the Federation).
The federation is based on the principles of consensus, solidarity and acceptance of diversity of individuals and groups in their trends and practices, focusing on review of activity and study within the two regions, and is characterized as a federation with a horizontal organization.
According to decisions by consensus, it was agreed that the membership criteria are:
– Individuals and/or collectives that call themselves anarchist.
– Individuals or groups acting horizontally.
– One of the active member federations vouches for individuals or collective applicants.
– Unanimous consensus is required for entry of individuals or groups to the federation.
– New entrants into the federation wait a maximum of two months time to achieve unanimity in consensus.
The Federation has already formed one committee; Communications Committee, and three committees have been created by voluntary individuals who; “Anti-repressive” committee, “Anti-nationalist” committee and “Self-organising” committee.
The formation of the Federation marks a milestone in the history of the anarchist movements in the regions, since never before has a space existed to share experiences and work together critically.
We have chosen the path of freedom and horizontality and ask that our allied comrades elsewhere join us in this new journey towards this ancient ideal, one that is constantly renewed, to result in anarchy!
Committee of communications F.A.C.C.-
This is a translation into English from the original document in Spanish. The translation has been made for mates of the Anarchist Federation (Afed) regarding the birth of the FACC (Federación Anarquista de Centroamérica y el Caribe;Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation). The translator declares no conflict of interests.Translated by Diogenes Libertario who declares solidarity and support with the FACC. ¡Viva la FACC!