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(en) UK, Bradford, May Day 2004 at 1 in 12 Club

From FreedomCopy@aol.com
Date Thu, 22 Apr 2004 15:01:24 +0200 (CEST)

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Since 1997, the 1in12 Club in Bradford has been reclaiming May
Day in solidarity with and in celebration of International Workers
Day on May 1st. In solidarity with celebrations & protests around
the world & inspired by a visit to Barcelona, the 1in12 Club has
brought the spirit of May Day to Bradford through theatre, film,
football, debate, dancing, music, marches and more.

This year with May 1st falling on a Saturday, a weekend of events
is in the planning stretching from Thursday 29th April to Monday
3rd May. The May Day Collective hope the focal point of the
weekend will be events on May Day itself, with a DIY picnic &
party for workers solidarity on Infirmary Fields. There'll be more
than just humous sarnies on the menu - bring your own
entertainment, games, noise, flags, kids.......etc. Once you've had
your fill of butties, there'll be cabaret, cocktails & dancing at the
club from about 8pm till very late.

Other May Day events are:
Thursday 29th April: 1in12 Club Library launch party - drink wine
and feast on nibbles in the clubs renovated and expanded
Anarchist Library.
Friday 30th April: Hardcore crust/punk/metal TRAGEDY & more
Saturday 1st May: MAY DAY MAY DAY MAYHEM
-infirmary fields from 1pm
-1in12 club from 8pm, cabaret featuring comedy from Rob
Newman, Duncan Millard, Steve Bobcat &more tbc.
Sunday 2nd May: Eclectic music & Film Screenings
Monday 3rd May: Peasants Collective wind down & dig in @ the
allotment - BBQ & Bonfire(more details tbc nearer time)

Any other ideas & comments for events would be welcome and
much appreciated. We still need more people, entertainment &
action ideas for the picnic & cabaret, performers & ideas for
Sunday (any workshop ideas anyone?) & general support for the
whole weekend. The next May Day Collective meetings at the
1in12 Club are on 7th April & 23rd April at 8.30pm, everyone
welcome. Email library@1in12.com or Tel: 01274 734160 for
[Ed. note: The 1in12 is a local anarchist social centre,
at Bradford in Yorkshire, Northern England.]

From their web site - http://www.1in12.go-legend.net :

What is the 1 in 12 Club?
The 1 in 12 Club was formed in 1981 by members of Bradford's
anarchist orientated Claimants Union in 1981. The immediate
objectives of the 'Club' were to generate and sustain a social
scene, accessible and affordable to both the low waged and
unemployed. The expectation and hope was that this would in
turn encourage the anarchist values of self-management,
co-operation and mutual aid.

Where did the name come from?
The late 1970s and early 1980s saw massive job losses across
Britain and Bradford was no exception with GEC and
International Harvesters shutting plants in the City. Against this
backdrop a particularly strong and active Claimants Union
emerged which campaigned vigorously to improve the situation
for unemployed and low waged people in Bradford When, in 1981
a government investigation into benefit fraud (the 'Raynor
Report') found that '1 in 12' claimants were actively "defrauding
the state", the union lost no time in adopting this statistic for

Why use the Red & Black Flag?
From the outset the 1 in 12 Club has identified itself with the
anarchist principles of selfmanagement, mutual aid and
co-operation. As such the 1 in 12 logo has always been placed
upon a red and black flag the historic colours of the international
anarchist movement.

Do I have to be an anarchist to be a member?
No, but agreement to abide by the guiding principles, aims and
objectives of the club is a pre-requisite for membership.

How did the club get a building?
The 1 in 12 Club is two separate things; firstly and most
importantly it is a group of people who work together to promote
certain political ideals and social change; secondly it is a building
housing a members social club. This ditference is vital, with or
without the building the 1 in 12 Club lives. For the first seven
years the club led a nomadic life in pubs around the city, and it
was during this period that the club's reputation for political and
social action was established. The decision to apply for a grant to
buy premises was just one more dimension, albeit a major one, to
the already well established Club's existence. The Club is not the
building - the building is not the Club, it is just our most recent
home, the present location of our activity and focus to our social

Where did the money for the building come from?
In 1985 the 1 in 12 Club applied to the Department of the
Environment and received a one off capital grant of ?92,400 for
the purchase and refurbishment of premises. In spring 1986,
following a long and difficult search for a suitable building, the
Club bought 21-23 Albion Street, a derelict mill in inner city

How was a slum transformed into a Club?
Over a three year period hundreds of Club members worked
voluntarily to reconvert the four storey mill into a social club
complete with all the recognised fixtures and fittings you would
expect. The building was completely stripped, floors removed, and
walls demolished, then with painstaking effort rebuilt to our own
specifications. For the first six-months the Club employed a
skilled builder to oversee the work, but when money became short
the Club was forced to go it alone. Two young Club members,
Glenn and Gemma, became 'Project Managers' and successfully
saw the project through to completion.

What about the licensing laws and other legal requirements?
Our initial ignorance of such matters was overcome by
information gleaned from books, solicitors and the experience of
Workingmen's Clubs. After exploring the various models of
licensed premises legally permitted the Club decided to apply for a
Registration Certificate and establish the 1 in 12 Club as a "private
members club owned and run by its members."
This required the adoption of a written constitution and the
establishment of certain formal structures i.e. the election of
officers to a General Committee to run the Club and a Bar
Committee to run the bars. This is the law under which
Workingmen's Clubs traditionally operate and was the option
most consistent with the 1 in 12 Club's democratic structure.

How is the Club managed?
The sovereign decision making body of the 1 in 12 Club is the
weekly Sunday Meeting open to all members. All other
committees and collectives within the Club are answerable to it.
However this created an apparent conflict of responsibilities with
the General Committee required by law. This has been avoided by
the elected officers of the General Committee meeting on a
Sunday with the legally established proviso that all Club members
can attend and contribute fully to any decisions made.
In this way the Sunday Meeting effectively functions as the
General Committee of the Club.
Each April the 1 in 12 Club holds its Annual General Meeting at
which the membership must elect officers to the various posts in
the Club.
The AGM is also an important opportunity for the membership to
review the financial and general progress ofthe Club and the
various collectives active within it. In addition an Extraordinary
General Meeting which has the same powers as an AGM can be
called by any ten members at any time during the year. Since
control of the Club legally rests with the elected officers, an EGM
is a good way to review their activities and safeguard against any
attempts by power crazed individuals to take over the Club.

Is it expensive to run?
The Club needs to take approximately ?1000 per week in income
to survive and the majority of this money must come from bar
sales. However there is usually a substantial shortfall and about
25% of Club income must be made up by other means, donations,
fund-raising activities etc. Minimising expenditure is clearly
imperative and has been achieved by tight financial management
and a reliance upon the unpaid efforts of members. Indeed a total
of only 36 hours per week, shared between three part-time staff, is
paid in wages by the Club.

Is it primarily a punk venue?

No. Members book the bands that they like and want to see, and
those involved in the punk scene have always tended to be among
the more dedicated and enthusiastic at organising events.
Fashions and tastes change however and the kinds of bands
booked over the years has reflected this. What has always been
consistent is that gigs at the 1 in 12 Club are organised, publicised
and run by members voluntarily, free from bouncer intimidation
and the usual promoter rip-offs.

What are the collectives?
The different interests and concerns ofthe membership are
reflected in various collectives within the Club; booking, record,
publications, cafe, library, peasants etc. With separate meetings
and finances each collective functions autonomously but must
report regularly and is ultimately answerable to the l in 12 Sunday

Who organises events?
Historically the Booking Collective has been responsible for
booking bands and events but in recent years gigs have tended to
be organised by interested parties.

How do you become a member?
As a private members club who can and cannot join is in the
hands of the membership and is decided by the Sunday Meeting.
Anyone wishing to join the Club must first fill out an application
form agreeing to abide by the guiding principles of the Club and
then find an existing member willing to propose them. The
application is then displayed on the notice board during the week
prior to the Sunday Meeting and so long as no objections are
received is then passed.

What are the Club's long-term aims?
The original objectives of the 1 in 12 Club were to develop and
spread the anarchist values of self-management, co-operation and
mutual aid. Through gigs, books, records and direct action, the
Club has sought to extend the influence of these ideas throughout
Bradford and beyond.
Who can tell what the future will bring, a Housing Association,
Credit Union, and a Farm have all been discussed by members.
Whether these ideas are realised or not the 1 in 12 Club remains a
living example of practical anarchism in action. Participative,
democratic and dynamic, the 1 in 12 Club is proof that given the
opportunity people have the creativity, intelligence and above all
desire to begin taking back control over their own lives.

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