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New link to AF magazine Organise!

This contains a new link to the PDF [17 MB] of the most recent Organise! in case you haven’t seen it yet:
http://www.afed.org.uk/…/orga…/429-issue-83-winter-2014.html

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New Organise! New Resistance! New AF pamphlets!

New Organise! #83 in print. New Resistance #157 and Basic Bakunin 4th edition online

We are pleased to announce a 12-page issue of our paper Resistance (#157, ANGRY WOMEN WIN) for October 2014 and we also have a brand new Organise! magazine – issue 83 Winter 2014, plus a new edition of our pamphlet Basic Bakunin. Visit http://www.afed.org.uk for details of these.

Resistance #157 and Basic Bakunin are free downloads (or to order in print) – follow above link.

Organise! is currently available as a single issue or annual subscription in print direct from AF and is also available, as usual, from the AK Press and Active Distribution online shops.
Get Organise! 83 now from Active Distribution:http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/magazines/3337-organise-83.html(you can also order the latest issue of Black Flag:http://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/magazines/3336-black-flag-236.html).

TUC March October 18th in London: AF leaflet

We need a lot more than a pay rise

 

“Hardworking workers who work hard at work.” That’s all we hear about from politicians – Labour, Tory or LibDem (remember them?). But the attack on our living standards goes way beyond the workplace. There’s the bedroom tax and benefit cuts for a start. We need a lot more than a pay rise. And focusing on wages ignores the attacks on those who can’t work, or whose work is unpaid.

 

The social wage – benefits, pensions, the NHS – is under attack like never before. Last year, food banks provided 20 million meals – 54% up on 2012. The situation is obviously desperate. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, sixty per cent of planned cuts have yet to be implemented and the situation will get a lot worse over the next few years.

 

A to B to where?

So here we are again, on another A to B march. It’s always good to remind yourself that you’re not alone in opposing cuts and attacks on living standards. But ask yourself, did any of the previous A to B marches change anything? The million strong demo in 2003, did it stop the illegal war on Iraq? Did the huge demonstrations in March 2011 and October 2012 stop the cuts? Did they hell! No, in all instances, government carried on as before.

What is needed is imaginative action at local and national level. Action like the mums from Focus E15, who have fought displacement and eviction, stood up to their Labour council, and shown what can be done by ordinary people if we stick together and fight to win.

This will mean blockades, occupations and other forms of direct action. It will mean building campaigns and movements where decisions are not made by leaders or celebrities but by the people affected. It means making links with other people fighting cuts in their areas. But more than anything else, it means getting stuck in and not relying on politicians and leaders to do it for us.

 

 

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Text from May Day leaflet produced by London AF

Text of leaflet London AF handed out on the May Day demo ( we shifted 500):
MAY DAY!

Anarchist origins of the 1st of May
The idea of turning the 1st of May into a day of action for workers was proposed for the first time at the 4th congress of the American union AFL (American Federation of Labor). It was then decided to launch, starting from the 1st of May 1886, a wide campaign of agitation and struggle focused on the limitation of the working week, for an eight hour day. The most radical actions took place in Chicago. At that time, Chicago was the city where the workers movement was the most developed in the USA and this mainly under the impulse of anarchists. Following the 1st of May in 1886, strikes were still going on as the fight with employers became tougher. The 4th of May, a giant meeting gathering around 15,000 people was attacked by the cops. By the end of the day, both sides suffered numerous dead and wounded. It was a perfect occasion to muzzle the protest. Eight of the main agitators, all anarchists, were arrested and sentenced to death. The sentence was reduced to life sentences for 3 of them. November 11th of 1887, Albert Parsons, Adolphe Fischer, Georges Engel and August Spies were hanged. Their comrade, Louis Lingg, committed suicide the day before to avoid the execution. A few years later, they were acquitted of all charged and the court admitted that the police and justice set up the case to criminalise and break down the workers movement. The 8 accused were declared innocent and the 3 survivors were set free. 
The 1st of May is definitely a page of workers history stained with anarchist blood.
State, police and capital
The First of May is an occasion to remind us that the fight against capitalism is still going on. Yet the difference between rich and poor keeps growing, the financial markets are back in the saddle and traders are still handling billions of dollars. Are we wrong to ask for more when half of the world wealth is owned by 1% of the population? Meanwhile, workers are asked for more and more effort to “save” the economy and put the State back on its feet with its batch of new taxes (such as the bedroom tax) and cuts in public services. We are heading toward a neo-liberal capitalism system in which the State has as a main purpose the maintenance of social control so capitalism can develop without constraint. 
Workers produce everything and they own little. This analysis is old and well known but despite it, workers in Europe slowly give up the fight for a fair redistribution and instead just hope that troubles will fall on someone else. In addition, work has been sanctified and the idea is widespread that if you don’t want to be a good worker who produces and obeys it makes you lazy, a parasite or an idealist (choose yours!). 
We as anarchists think that human beings shouldn’t be defined by the surplus value they bring to capitalism. Work should be the way to produce what is absolutely essential and not to create new needs. Work must be organized so everyone can work less, not for profit but for the good of all. No capitalist society will ever achieve full employment because it needs a pool of unemployed so the necessity to work can make us accept bad working conditions. In order to reorganise work, we need a society free from class and leaders, and which is managed in a self-organised way. This is what the Anarchist Federation is fighting for.
“We are neither for a majority nor for a minority government; neither for democracy nor for dictatorship. We are for the abolition of the gendarme. We are for the freedom of all and for free agreement, which will be there for all when no one has the means to force others, and all are involved in the good running of society. We are for anarchy.” Errico Malatesta

 
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London AF teachers leaflet

Text of London AF leaflet handed out in run up to teachers’ strike this Thursday:

Attacks on Education

-Cuts in funding to all sectors
– Increase in tuition fees for university students
– Axing of EMA for college students
– Attack on pensions and salaries for teachers
and support workers
– Larger classes and increased staff workload
– Attacks on many educational services
– Increase in student debt
An attack on one is an attack on all of us
United We Stand Divided We Fall

Strike: October 17th
Anarchist Federation (London)
London@afed.org.uk

The past few years have seen students and education workers take action; massive student protests and occupations, the trade union march and a series of strikes. There were many instances of people across education supporting each other’s struggles, with students not crossing staff picket lines and teachers and lecturers coming out on the student protests.

We are all fighting the same enemy, and for the same things, so we need to strengthen and develop this unity and the links we have made. This fight is about much more than salaries, pensions or tuition fees, it is about the attack on the entire education system and the working class as a whole.

This autumn will see another round of actions. On October 17th, teachers will be striking in London and some other parts of the country. There will be more strikes in other parts of the country over the coming year. It is important that these strikes have support, from the teachers themselves, but also other education workers, students and the general public.
What can we do to work together to fight these attacks?

Text of leaflet at People’s Assembly, June 22nd

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FOR THE GENUINE ARTICLE- REAL PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLIES! 

Over the last five years workers in the UK have experienced massive cuts in their wages and living standards. Many workers are experiencing pay freezes, many have seen both their hours and overtime cut. Many more have lost their job altogether, whilst relatively better paid jobs in the public sector have been replaced by “outsourcing”, privatised jobs with lower pay. At the same time inflation has outpaced average earnings. Overall wages are now less than they were in 2007 by £52 billion. 

At the same time the social wage- pensions, the health service, etc. – are under attack like never before. A recent report gave the figure of 500,000 people now using food banks in the UK. The situation is obviously desperate. Eighty per cent of planned cuts have yet to be implemented and the situation will get a lot worse over the next few years. 

A scenario for the future would see the Labour Party being elected in 2015, perhaps by a large majority. But what would this new Labour government do? The Labour Party has already said that it will continue with austerity packages and that they will not reverse cuts. It has questioned the whole idea of universal benefits. As Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, recently said: “We will have to govern in a very different way and in circumstances very different to what we have known for many years. We will inherit a substantial deficit. We will have to govern with much less money around. We will need to show an iron discipline.” Miliband has made a pledge that he will install a three year benefit cap if re-elected. He has checked into the vicious anti- welfare claimant campaign, where those claiming benefits are seen as scroungers. As he said “Labour – the party of work – the clue is in the name. Our party was founded on the principles of work. We have always been against the denial of opportunity through the denial of work. And against the denial of responsibility by those who could work and aren’t doing so…This country needs to be a nation where people who can work, do work. Not a country where people who can work are on benefits.” 

AN ALTERNATIVE 

And if the Labour Party are ALREADY saying all of this, think what they will be like if re-elected! By then the debt crisis will have worsened, and Labour will use this as an excuse to push through more austerity measures, more cuts. 

And yet here at Westminster Hall we have members of the Labour Party like Tony Benn and Owen Jones who will be pushing the illusion that somehow Labour can be pushed left, that workers should get involved in re-electing Labour, that it will somehow be better under a Labour government. This will undoubtedly be one of the key-notes at today’s Assembly. But Labour Party leadership has the same ideas as the Blair and Brown governments, nothing will change. 

Those people attending this Assembly today who are genuinely disgusted with the present state of affairs should have a long hard look at what is going on. Rather than be involved in a static event where a range of washed out Trotskyists, Left Labour celebrities, trade union bureaucrats and film makers yearning for a false “Golden Age” of Labour deliver a series of speeches at a set-piece event where there is little or no input from activists , they should consider another alternative. 

They should take inspiration from the movements now sweeping the world, whether it be some of the events associated with the Arab Spring, whether it be Taksim Square, whether it be the series of actions by rank and file electricians here in Britain (despite attempts by trade union bureaucrats to sabotage their actions), the fight against Workfare, the recent occupation at Sussex University and the library occupation in Barnet. 

This Assembly will be proposing another demonstration in October. But ask yourselves, did any of the previous A-B demos change anything? The million strong demo in 2003, did it stop the war? Did the huge demonstrations in March 2011 and October 2012 stop the cuts this Coalition government is continuing to push through? Did they hell! No, in all instances, government carried on as before. 

What is needed is imaginative action at local and national level. This will mean blockades, occupations and other forms of direct action. It will mean campaigns and movements where decisions are not made by bureaucrats or celebrities but by the mass of people affected by this crisis of capitalism. It means an effective link up between workplace and neighbourhood, between, for example, workers in one industry or workplace on strike and other workers, students whether in school, further and higher education, pensioners, the unemployed. The same goes for people fighting cuts nationally or in a locality, maximum support needs to be striven for. It means, as our friends at Thurrock Heckler say: 

“ More people getting stuck into action, more experimenting and risk taking to see what does and doesn’t work, more willingness for groups andindividuals to be flexible to join together for actions as and when the need arisesandabove all more militancyandcertainly more momentum. A continuous streamof adiverse rangeofpeopleandtaking actionin amyriadofwaysthatwill leavetheauthoritiesin astateof bewilderment is the key to building that momentum”. 

Come and hear what the anarchists have to say, in the open air meeting outside today. 

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www.afed.org.uk

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