Reading group #11 anarchist organising part 1

Going back to theory! The next two reading groups (in April and May) will be about anarchist organising, namely about Synthesis, Platform & Syndicalism.

We’ll start on 16 April (7pm at Freedom bookshop) with Synthesis and Platform and the following texts:

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Open meeting: Green Anti-capitalist Front – 23 March

The Green Anti-Capitalist Front is a new movement supported by radical groups and individuals across London and the UK which aims to support the surge of actions being carried out by Extinction Rebellion while also offering a radical alternative for those who see the abolition of capitalism as the only real means of avoiding complete ecological catastrophe. We also recognise that many of us would like to be involved in actions which do not include asking to be arrested or collaborating with the police. We are calling for an open assembly where we can decide how we wish to interact with Extinction Rebellion and what alternative actions we can pursue.

We will be holding this meeting at The Common House, Unit E, 5 Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green London, E2 9QG from 3 – 6pm on the 23rd March 2019.
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London Anti-fascist Assembly 2

Location: Halkevi, 31-33 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF London
Time: 17 March – 12.OO-17.00

You are invited to the second London Antifascist Assembly, where we will share skills and coordinate a mass action for 30th March.

We are expecting to see a lot of far-right activity in central London on 30th March, whether or not Brexit goes ahead. Whatever your views on Brexit, fascists on our streets make us all unsafe. We urgently need to mobilise a mass-movement to stop the far-right from claiming victory on the Brexit battleground and strengthening their foothold in communities. Join us to plan, learn and work to stop the far right in their tracks.

Anarchist Film Night – 15 March

This time we’ll show a documentary called “ROZA – THE COUNTRY OF TWO RİVERS”, telling the Rojava Revolution, with stories of Assyrian, Kurdish, Arabic people. These people are subjected to the ISIS attacks, and on the other hand are trying to build a communal system like democratic autonomy.
A discussion will follow the screening. Popcorns provided.

At LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES London – 7.30pm.

New group Green Anticapitalist Front

This is something members have been working on as a response to Extinction Rebellion’s positive, if flawed, impact on the environmental movement.

As we all know capitalism is killing the Earth. We have been observing the rise of the Extinction Rebellion movement and, while we are glad to see a growing interest in fighting climate change, we do not think their critique goes far enough and believe a specifically anti-capitalist critique is needed.

As such we are calling for the formation of an anti-capitalist block to tap into this rising interest in radical politics and to fill the vacuum of a green and anti-capitalist movement in London. We plan to loosely work alongside Extinction Rebellion’s actions, especially their week of actions planned from April 15th, while also developing our own unique approach.

The Green Anti-Capitalist Front is intended as a broad coalition of groups with varying ideologies, but with a common interest in tackling environmental problems at their social roots. While we have already drawn up a manifesto, this is not set in stone and we plan to hold a meeting within the next two weeks.

You can read our manifesto and our open letter to Extinction Rebellion below.

Follow us on Twitter (@FrontGreen) and Facebook.

Manifesto: https://greenanticapitalist.org/
Open Letter: https://greenanticapitalist.org/…/open-letter-to-extinctio…/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GAfront/

Event: Gilets Jaunes – an anarchist perspective

On 22nd March at 7pm (venue TBC) we will be hosting a talk by a member of Les Éditions de Monde Libertaire, the publishing group of the Fédération Anarchiste (France), members of which have been active in the Gilets Jaunes movement. She will discuss the pros and cons of the movement in France as well as the problem of the involvement of the far right.

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Reading group #10 Far right

This months reading group will be, as usual, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (19th March) at Freedom Bookshop, 7pm.

This reading group is part of a series of events examining how we respond to the far right, particualrly wihin broad social movements. Other events in this series will include a talk by a member of Les Éditions de Monde Libertaire, publishing group of the Fédération Anarchiste (France) who is active in the Gilet jaunes movement on the 22nd March (venue TBC). There is also a mobilisation against the far right ‘Yellow Vest’ movement in London on the 30th March.

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