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(en) UK, resistance issue 61 of the Anarchist Federation

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Date Thu, 29 Apr 2004 16:41:51 +0200 (CEST)


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CAPITALISM Vs. HUMANITY
PREDATORY CAPITALISM continues to rampage throughout the world. At home
and abroad attacks continue on working people. Hours are longer,
“rights” are denied, strikes are made illegal and still the crushing
machine advances, accumulating vast profits in the process. Living
standards in the UK are supposedly rising, yet millions of children live
in poverty and millions more adults are finding that job security is a
joke and wages are pathetic. The struggle for survival consumes most of our lives.
Not content with screwing the life blood out of workers here, workers in
the less industrially developed parts of the world face crushing
exploitation, famine, war and imperial domination. All in the name of
increasing profits, Africa, South America and Asia are witnessing the
pauperisation of literally billions of workers and their families. The
improvishment of the Third World means that workers there work for
peanuts, often doing work that was formerly done in the West. So, all
workers of the world in different ways are being driven to the wall.
And of course, with international capitalism, we get international wars.
The history of the previous century and this new one illustrate this
clearly. So we know what the problem is, but what is the solution?
Socialism used to be considered the answer but what have the various
forms of socialism actually produced? Marxism has either produced brutal
dictatorships over the working class or degenerated into pro-capitalist
reformism. Of the former, China and North Korea are good examples of the
“workers’ paradise”. If possible, exploitation in “socialist” China is
even worse than in free market economies. And North Korea must be the
most regimented society in the whole world.
And what of reformist “socialism”? Well, Tony Blair and co. are a good
example of what that sort of socialism means. It is not just that the
Labour Party has had to adapt to survive, Blairism and its old Labour
predecessors have actually embraced capitalism. New Labour, though,
makes no pretence of being anything other than an instrument of
capitalist oppression, exploitation and domination. Tory anti-union laws
remain on the statute books, identity cards are imminent and the worst
kind of free market capitalism is actively encouraged.
So if socialism is part of the problem of capitalism, what is the way
forward? Only anarchist communism provides any real hope of ending
capitalist exploitation and state oppression. Being opposed to both, it
avoids the nightmare of state terror and the chaos and poverty created
by the free market.
Anarchist communism is socialism without government, based on workers’
control and direct democracy, arrived at by workers and oppressed acting
for themselves, together, freely and as equals.
Only anarchist communism is built around the self-activity and autonomy
of actual living people rather than ideol ogical stereotypes. Through
self-directed revolution and the creation of organisations after the
revolution based upon free association, federation and equality, a free
and better world can be made. Find out about it now!

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ON THE FRONTLINE

Like clockwork the British working class flexes it muscles – never mind
the first cuckoo – the first mass Wildcat of the year now seems to
herald the coming of the spring!
Bosses at the Royal Mail centre in Cowley and two local sorting offices
are licking their wounds after being on the receiving end of a 17 day
wildcat by 400 workers after the by now usual intimidation and bullying
from RM management eventually went too far and ended up costing
themselves a cool £1 million in lost business. Well done to all involved
and let’s hope other people soon follow the example and refuse to let
the bosses walk all over them.
The nursery nurses strike in Scotland has now reached its eighth week
and there are clear signs that the city councils have lost their nerve –
they’ve offered of a 19% wage increase after refusing to come anywhere
near this over the previous few weeks. Solidarity gets the goods again!
The prospect of a nationwide rail sto ppage (the first for ten years)
has moved closer this month with the balloting of 7000 signal control
staff, with a second ballot of technical staff – a vote for strike
action would effectively shut down two thirds of the rail system. The
dispute is over a pathetic offer of 3% and plans to gut the pension scheme.
On top of this the Civil Service dispute gets even more bitter, with
over 100 000 walking out for a second two day stoppage on April 13 over
pay and plans to cut jobs – around 10 000 workers with the Department
for Work and Pensions also walked out putting even more pressure on the
government on this front. Like the rail strike, these two have the
potential to get extremely acrimonious and kick up some real dust over
the coming months so keep your eyes on this one.
There are strong rumblings of discontent coming from the fire-fighters
again. They’re angry at management’s refusal to introduce the increases
they were promised in return f or settling last year’s strike, and also
at plans to increase their workload by forcing them to train as
surrogate ambulance crews as a cost-cutting measure.
And finally, just to keep the fires of the old class-war burning bright,
we feel we should mention the report by the Independent Remuneration
Solutions which found that pay packages for bosses jumped 24% last year
from their already disgustingly high and undeserved level - this brought
the average payout for each company chief was £5.4m!

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ELECTRICIAN LOCK OUT

Last May, electricians working on 1 Piccadilly Gardens, a prestigious
office block in Central Manchester, were locked out by their employers.
Their crime was to organise a TGWU shop on the site to challenge
employer, DAF Electrical. DAF Electrical have ignored Holiday Pay
entitlements, Health and Safety Laws and the National Agreement.
Instead the men were replaced with agency sub-contractors.
The electricians have picketed DAF contracts since then. They have now
moved on to the Crown Court. They are fighting their case through to
the Industrial tribunal. Initially supported by the TGWU, the men have
found first hardship pay and now their legal support withdrawn.
Determined to carry on, they are fighting their own case. They have
received support from Manchester Social Forum who have held meetings and
raised funds.
DAF Electrical are typical of many builders in Manchester. The city
resembles a construction site, with ne w buildings, usually high priced
apartments and office blocks. Instead of paying the rate for the job,
they prefer to hire contract labour and ignore safety regulations. As
wages go down, their profits rise and the death rate among building
workers escalates.
Manchester is a Labour council. The electricians contacted all the
councillors to ask for support. They have been snubbed and ignored. As
much of the new building is council sponsored, they are supporting the
employers in their attacks on workers on building sites.
Fighting Fund Contact 07813 456 831
Manchester Social Forum:
www.manchestersocialforum.org.uk <http://www.manchestersocialforum.org.uk>

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EUROPE 2004: POLICE STATE

The familiar response of authoritarians to any threats is to increase
repression in the name of "defence". From the "USA Patriot Act" to the
UK Anti-Terror laws, we are all familiar with the dual-purpose nature of
these state responses. The measures ostensibly brought into UK law to
deal with football hooliganism have predominantly been used to crack
down on political dissent, as have the anti-terror measures that allow
"preventative arrest".
At the latest EU Summit, the EU released a set of 57 measures as a
response to the Madrid bombings. True to form, they are being used as a
method of augmenting the power of the state by stealth. A Statewatch
analysis finds that nearly half of the measures- 27- have "little or
nothing to do with tackling terrorism" and mainly focus on general
surveillance of the population.
When Blunkett tested the water by suggesting the UK-wide implementation
of ID cards, he was firmly rebuffed. The state then started the usual
incremental ap proach of sector-by-sector implementation with their
"benefits entitlement card", to get ID cards in by the back door. The
fact that the proposals mean "the fingerprinting of nearly everyone in
the EU by the introduction of biometric passports and ID cards for
citizens and the same for resident aliens" should worry us all.

Link: www.statewatch.org <http://www.statewatch.org>

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IRAQ NEWS

Casualties
At least 450 Iraqis have been killed and more than 1000 others wounded
in fighting in the city of Falluja this week, says Dr Rafi Hayad who
runs the city's main hospital. Iraqi dead, across the country may be as
high as 900 during this episode of fighting..

Mercenaries
At least 80 foreign mercenaries - security guards recruited from the
United States, Europe and South Africa and working for American
companies - have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq.
Lieutenant-General Mark Kimmitt admitted on Tuesday that "about 70"
American and other Western troops had died during the Iraqi insurgency
since April 1 but he made no mention of the mercenaries, apparently
fearful that the full total of Western dead would have serious political
fallout.
At least 18 000 mercenaries, many of them tasked to protect US troops
and personnel, are now believed to be in Iraq, some of them earning
$1000 a day. But their companies rarely acknowledge their losses unless
- like the four American murdered and mutilated in Fallujah three weeks
ago - their deaths are already public knowledge.
Good luck to the Iraqis in ridding their country of all these mercenaries.

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WORLD ANARCHIST CONGRESS

The 7th congress of the International of Anarchist Federations was held
over the Easter weekend in Proudhon's birthplace, Besancon (Pierre
Joseph Proudhon was one of the first French anarchists). It was attended
by well over 100 delegates from the federations (including the Iberian
peninsula, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Argentina, Russia and Britain) and other organisations interested in the
work of the IFA, including the British anarchist paper Freedom and other
anarchist organisations in Belarus, Uruguay and Venezuela. The congress
was an opportunity to gather together a wide variety of experiences in
struggle in order to analyse the current international situation as well
as to plan and coordinate resistance to capitalism, the state, religion
and the militarisation of the world.
Meeting anarchists from many different parts of the world, representing
several generations, is an indication that anarchism is a growing and
vibrant movement. Capitalism may be global, but so is anarchism. The
success of the congress in bringing together significant sections of
this global movement is an important step in the building of effective
international resistance.
The congress was a living example of anarchist organisation, showing
that the principles of federation and direct democracy are not utopian
dreams but the best way to organise as equals, without leaders.
The federations reaffirmed their desires to cooperate and act on a
global level. The congress took concrete steps towards the IFA becoming
an International that is not only reactive, but goes on the offensive
against Capital and State.
For more info on the IFA visit the AF website at www.afed.org.uk
<http://www.afed.org.uk>

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AMBUSH & DISSENT: NETWORKS OF RESISTANCE

Ambush2004 – Ireland:
The latest EU-US summit is to take place in Dromoland castle in Clare,
in the west of Ireland, on the 26th of June. George Bush will land in
Shannon airport on Friday the 25th, and to be ferried from there to the
summit place before going on to a NATO meeting in Turkey. Also present
will be representatives of those EU states involved in the war, seeking
to iron over their differences with the supposedly anti-war bloc of
France and Germany.
The choice of Shannon airport is particularly apt, for it is this
formerly civilian airport which of late is being turned into America’s
garrison in Ireland. A re-fuelling stop over for soldiers and weaponry
on their way to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. AMBUSH 2004! is for making
a stand against any alternative their system offers: Against the US/UK
war machine, and most particularly it’s use of Shannon airport as a
military transit point on the way to Iraq and Afghanistan. Against the
Unite d Nations, architects of the sanctions on Iraq which murdered so
many. Against the Franco-German bloc’s plans for the militarisation of
the E.U. as a counter-balance to the United States.
The summit offers us a chance to demonstrate our rejection of murder for
profit in front of the world’s press and T.V. cameras. But most
importantly it offers us a chance to gather at the place where the Irish
state plays it’s role in the flow of blood, oil and profit: Shannon
airport. Where it happens. Where the war is in Ireland. For more info email
ambush2004_international@yahoo.com
<mailto:ambush2004_international@yahoo.com>
Dissent Against the G8 – Britain
The G8 (Group of Eight most industrialised nations) Summit is coming to
Britain in the summer of 2005. In past years, everywhere they have tried
to meet they have been met with a massive response from the world’s
social movements. Now, in Britain, a network of groups and individ uals
is emerging that hopes to resist the Summit, and build a lasting
movement against capitalism. ‘Dissent! A Network of Resistance Against
the G8’ was formed in late 2003. Local groups are now forming to build a
response to the G8, firmly rooted in local networking, which it is hoped
will exist well beyond the summer of 2005. Work has already started on
producing publicity and information materials and putting together
road-shows to mobilise people for action. The ‘Dissent!’ network, is
committed to taking a confrontational stance, calling for direct action.
Nobody owns the network and it has no leaders. It is open to anyone who
wants to work under the hallmarks laid down by Peoples’ Global Action (PGA)
See www.dissent.org.uk <http://www.dissent.org.uk>

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TIME BOMB

The Saint-Imier Congress of 1872
Due to bureaucratic manoeuvres (that will be familiar to many anarchists
today!) control of the most important worldwide revolutionary union of
its time – the First International – was centralised in the hands of
Karl Marx and his cronies early in 1872. Refusing to submit to
centralised control and adopt reformist Marxist policies the anarchists
who had been involved in the First International convened a congress in
the town of Saint-Imier in the Swiss Jura in September 1872.
Delegates came from the Spanish Federation, the Italian Federation, the
Jura Federation, France and the United States.
The resolutions of the congress were adopted unanimously. The main
principle voiced was that “the autonomy and independence of the
working-class sections and federations constitute the essential
condition of the emancipation of the workers.” The congress
“categorically denied the legislative right of all congresse s, whether
general or regional, and recognised that such congresses had no other
mission than to show forth the aspirations, the needs, and the ideas of
the proletariat in the various localities or countries, so that such
ideas may he harmonised and unified . . . in no case can the majority
of a congress . . . impose its resolutions upon the minority.”
In order to combat the authoritarian tendency which had appeared within
the old International, the delegates at Saint-Imier concluded a
“friendly pact for solidarity and mutual defence among the free
federations.”
The third resolution dealt with the question of political action, a key
problem of the old International. It rejected centralisation and
reaffirmed the freedom of autonomous federations. It also rejected
compromise with the ruling class and taking political power, instead
calling for social revolution and the self organisation of workers.
The promoters of the new International journey ed home filled with the
determination to attract to the anarchist banner all the active spirits
of the socialist movement. Within a year, even Marx’s follower Engels
had to admit that the anarchist International was much stronger than the
remains of the old, Marxist controlled, International.
Today many anarchists see the Saint-Imier congress as the moment when
anarchism first came into being as a specific, independent force. From
the start anarchists were revolutionary, internationalist and federally
organised - a tradition which continues to this day.

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INSIDE INFORMATION

Jerome White-Bey needs your help
Jerome White-Bey has asked for help from all comrades. There’s been a
new attack upon him. Jerome was informed by the unit manager Paul
McPheeters that he will remain in the hole (administrative segregation)
for as long as he’s confined in prison. The only way to get out of the
hole is by getting the approval of George A. Lombardi, the director of
the Division of Adult Institutions in Missouri. Jerome has nothing in
writing; all information has been given to him verbally.
Jerome is at this moment working on a campaign letter and is planning on
filing a law suit over this bullshit. He needs all the support he can get.
Call or write these persons: George A. Lombardi, Director Division of
Adult Insitutions, 573-751-2389, P.O. Box 236, Jefferson City, MO 65102, USA
Michael Bowersox, Superintendant South Central Correctional Center,
573-674-4470, South Central Correctional Center, 255 W Hwy 32, Licking,
MO 65542, USA.
Ask the following questions:
When will Jerome be released from Administrative Segregation?
Mr Paul Mc Pheeters is telling Jerome that Director Lombardi is the only
person who can release Jerome from Administrative Segregation. Is that true?
Why is Mr McPheeter refusing to move Jerome to the 2-House step up
program even though Jerome is exhibiting good behavior.
Send answers you recieve to cajungal@mutualaid.org
<mailto:cajungal@mutualaid.org>
Money is needed in order to file the law suit. Write to: Jerome
White-Bey Support, Perry Sanders, 4548 N Dover St #1, Chicago IL
60640-5529, USA.
The Missouri Prisoners Labor Union (MPLU) has a new website, email list
for action alerts and MPLU related news.
Website: www.mplu-support.tk <http://www.mplu-support.tk>
Petition http://users.belgacom.net/mplu/free_jerome_white_bey.html

German prisoner on hungerstrike
Since February 26th Ronald Haug has been on hungerstrike in Stammheim
Prison, Germany, against a decision by the German Supreme Court to
impose “closed conditions” on his visits.
This means that a plastic screen prevents all physical contact with his
wife, child, or other visitors during visiting periods. Rony has said
that he will stay on hungerstrike until there is an end to the closed
visiting conditions.
Letters of support: Ronald Haug, JVA Stammheim, Aspergerstr.: 60, 70439
Stuttgart-Stammheim, Germany.

International Solidarity
June marks the fourth year that activist Jeff “Free” Luers has been
imprisoned and held captive by the state. Sentenced to 22 years and 8
months for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at Romania
Chevrolet in Eugene, Jeff has continued to be active in prison and fight
back with his words and inspiration.
This June 12, his supporters aim to strengthen his efforts by promoting
a day of action and solidarity with Jeff throughout the world.

Take some time and read about it on the website: www.freefreenow.org
<http://www.freefreenow.org>

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Subvert and resist

Take precautions when going on demonstrations and don’t take cameras,
booze or drugs. If you’re nicked give your name and address then say ‘no
comment’ to any other questions.



MAY: 1 Mayday Join the Libertarian bloc for the TUC march on
International Workers Day. Provisional meet up 12noon, Clerkenwell
Green. See www.enrager.net <http://www.enrager.net> for updates
1 Mayday in Dublin. Join the anti-EU festivities on the the streets of
Dublin, Ireland. RTS parties, street blocades and forging links with
Ireland based activists. For info on getting to and staying in Dublin,
go to www.geocities.com/eufortress <http://www.geocities.com/eufortress>
or www.wombles.org.uk <http://www.wombles.org.uk>
15 International Conscientious Objectors’ Day
19 Lecture by Noam Chomsky. ‘Simple Truths, Hard Choices: Some Thoughts
on Terror, Justice and Self-defense’. 5.30 pm in Logan Hall, The
Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1. Free.
20: London AF/Freedom public discussion meeting - 7pm, Freedom Books,
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High St. London (Nearest tube Aldgate East).

JUNE: 5: Manchester Radical Bookfair, Bridge 5 Mill, Ancoats,
Manchester. See www.radicalbookfair.org.uk
<http://www.radicalbookfair.org.uk>

Every Thursday: Manchester Social Forum, 7.30, Friends Meeting House, Mancs.

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Join the resistance

The Anarchist Federation is an organisation of class struggle anarchists
aiming to
abolish capitalism and all oppression to
create a free and equal society. This is
Anarchist Communism.
We see today’s society as being divided into two main opposing classes:
the ruling class which controls all the power and wealth, and the
working class which the rulers exploit to maintain this. By racism,
sexism and other forms of oppression, as well as war and environmental
destruction the rulers weaken and divide us. Only the direct action of
working class people can defeat these attacks and ultimately overthrow
capitalism.
As the capitalist system rules the whole world, its destruction must be
complete and world wide. We reject attempts to reform it, such as
working through parliament and
national liberation movements, as they fail to challenge capitalism
itself. Unions also work as a part of the capitalist system, so although
workers struggle within them t hey will be unable to bring about
capitalism’s destruction unless they go beyond these limits.
Organisation is vital if we’re to beat
the bosses, so we work for a united
anarchist movement and are affiliated to the International of Anarchist
Federations.
The Anarchist Federation has members across Britain and Ireland fighting
for the kind of world outlined above. Contact us at:

Anarchist Federation,
84B, Whitechapel High Street,
London, E1 7QX. Tel: 07946 214 590
Visit: www.afed.org.uk <http://www.afed.org.uk>
Email: info@afed.org.uk <mailto:info@afed.org.uk>


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