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(en) UK, Class War Issue 85 - V. (5/5) Class War Contacts, mer-chan-dish and much more...

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Date Wed, 18 Feb 2004 10:44:53 +0100 (CET)


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Class War Contacts
Telephone: 07931 301901 E Mail: classwaruk@hotmail.com Website: www.classwaruk.org
Australia Class War c/o Suite 20, Princess Highway, Sydney 2224, Australia www.classwar4real.com
Bedfordshire Class War Tel: 01582 750601
Essex Class War BM Box 357, London WC1N 3XX
Class War Europe Email: bexy1972@lycos.de Postfach 160 127, 33721, Bielefeld, Germany
Glasgow Class War Email: glasgowcw@hotmail.com
Class War Hunt Sabs PO Box 135, Basildon, Essex SS15 5SA
London Class War - PO Box 467, London E8 3QX www.londonclasswar.org
Class War Prisoners PO Box 467, London E8 3QX

South Wales Class War
Email: southwales_cw@hotmail.com

Tyne & Wear Class War
Tel: 0774 839 4217

Yorkshire Class War
Email: yorksclasswar@hotmail.com
PO Box 6, Crigglestone, Wakefield WF4 3WX
Tel: 077 155 17094

Mer-chan-dise

All orders over £10 will receive a free Class War carrier bag.

Class War Mer-chan-dise

Books

All Power To The Imagination by Dave Douglass (£5)
Class struggle, trade unions, the miners' strike, and all for a fiver!

Anarchist by Ian Bone (£3)
Hard hitting debut novel from Class War founder member Ian Bone.

In The Hands Of The Enemy - Mark Barnsley's Struggle For Justice (£3)
Published by Mark's campaign group, this book covers a brief history of Mark
and the campaign for him, before various supporters write of their experiences
campaigning for Mark and against the state. Includes articles by members of
Cheshire and South Yorkshire Class War. Recommended.

The Rich at Play published by RPM (£4)
A serious look at The Countryside Alliance, fox hunting and land ownership
in the UK. Articles by activists from Class War, Corporate Watch and RPM.
Essential reading if you hate the people who "own" this green and pleasant
land!

Unfinished Business - The Politics of Class War (£4.50)
The Class War Federation's most complete statement of its politics to date.

Turning Up The Heat - MI5 After The Cold War - Larry O'Hara (£5)
Yet more superb work by the overweight researcher in a suit

Pamphlets and Magazines

21st Century Class War: Introduction To The Fed (£1)
Manifesto into the new millennium.

Animal (£0.50 each)
Issues 2, 3 and 4 are still available of the class struggle magazine with
the big heart and low quality production values! Issue 3 contains a core
article about the Countryside Alliance.

Bash The Fash: Anti-Fascist Recollections 1984-93 by K Bullstreet (£2)
The first in a series of recollections from active anti-fascists.

Beaten Up, Fitted Up, Locked Up: Mark Barnsley And The Pomona Incident (£2)
Essential reading for anybody looking to support the campaign to free Mark.

Class War back issues (£0.20 each or 3 for £0.50)
Are you missing copies of your favourite newspaper?

London Calling (free)
Please send an SAE to get the free monthly bulletin of London Class War

Notes From The Borderland issue 4 (£3)
Latest magazine from Larry O'Hara's camp looks at state manipulation of those
campaigning against the EU, strange goings on in the CPGB and an interesting
evaluation of May Day 2001. Add updates on BBC fraud Donal Macintyre, the
Soho bombing, the ITP and Nick Griffin this really is a must read.

Up Against The Odds by John McArthur (£1.50)
This pamphlet gives an account of the JJ Fast Food workers strike in Tottenham
from 1995-6.

Australia Class War Pamphlets

Their Worst Fucking Nightmare - 36-page pamphlet packed with action ahead of
theory. If you like reading dull theoretical texts written by men with food
in their beards, avoid this pamphlet like the plague! £1.

Interviews with the Class Warriors - Conversation with some of the young men
and women involved with Class War in Australia. £1.

War on the Streets - The third and final Aussie CW pamphlet. Details who we
are fighting, why, and how we intend to take the battle to the bastards. £1.

Videos

Insurrection - Incitement to Riot 3 (57 minutes) £8
New Class War video featuring the best of street protest and action from around
the world! Taking in Seattle, Prague, Genoa, Woodstock the second, London plus
the odd sighting of Homer Simpson and Harold Bishop(!). Remember everybody's
got to keep fucking everybody else until we are all the same colour!

Badges and Stickers

Small metal CW badge (£1.50)

Cuntryside Alliance, Tony Blair - Wanker! Anti-Rich League, Class War - Just
Do It!, CW logo and Harry Roberts. Buy all 6 for £2, or 40 pence each

50 Class War stickers - equally offensive designs for £1

Class War Clothing

T-shirts

Class War - Probably The Best War In The World
Bottle Green Carlsberg style shirts available in small, medium, large and fat
bastard sizes. £8.

Women's Stretch Tops are available with the following prints...

Crass - Wealth Is A Ghetto
Dead Kennedys - Logo
Conform - The Official Way of Life
Class War - CW design and slogan

£6 each.

Hooded Tops

Summer Hooded Tops
These are all smart, black tops with a picture/slogan on the front and the
Class War logo on the back. One size will fit all except very over weight
American tourists.

Rob More Banks
We Must Devastate The Avenues Where The Wealthy Live
Malcolm X - By Any Means Necessary
Car Jack The Rich
£10 each.

Winter Hooded Tops
Thick black tops that definitely keep out the chill. Extra large only. Class
War slogan and print.
£12 each.

Winter Hooded Tops
Thick black tops that definitely keep out the chill. Extra large only. Class
War slogan and print.
£12 each.

Blue hooded tops with Lonsdale style "Class War" print. XL or XXL only.
£12 each.

Shorts
Show your legs off this summer! All shorts come complete with Class War slogan
and are available in Large and Extra Large.
£5 each

Records (all CDs are £6 unless otherwise stated)

Anti-Royal Anthems (£4)
21-track CD featuring anti-monarchy songs from Manic Street Preachers, Sex
Pistols, Catatonia, Exploited and loads more.

Class War Spoken Word Series
We are pleased to launch 3 new CDs, courtesy of our group down under:

1. "Street Corner Rants - Class War Poets From The Housing Estates" (£4)
Something old, something new but definitely nothing blue!

2. "Bash The Rich"
Informed political opinion over a driving drum and bass soundtrack. Keep it
hardcore!

3. "Class War On The Streets"
More drum and bass, this time with a new commentary on the world we live in,
with a special emphasis on the rich and powerful.

No Border Jam 6
30 track CD, live from the 1998 No Border Festival in Maribor, Slovenia.

Stop The War Benefit CD (£12)
London CW has the new “Peace Not War” double CD available. Tracks are included
by Public Enemy, Ms Dynamite, Crass, Coldcut, Fundamental and Massive Attack,
amongst many others.

Class War Presents - Stand Up and Fightback
14 classic reggae tunes of resistance.

Fight The Shitstem - Stand up and Fightback Reggae Compilation Part 2
18 reggae greats.

Straight Outta The Ghetto - 100% Class War Hip Hop Volume 1
16 rap tracks to inspire you to action.

Straight Outta The Ghetto - 100% Class War Hip Hop Volume 2
20 urban classics.

Tribute To The Australian Bushrangers (£4)
Folk CD celebrating the rebellious lives of Australia's bushrangers and early
settlers. The sort of history the kids on Neighbours did not get taught!

Working Class Anthems (£4)
12 folk tunes for the night shift.

Class War Presents - Fuck the Government
21 tracks with all your punk rock favourites.

Street Punk from the Concrete Jungle Volume 1
The golden era of punk rock. Where have all the boot boys gone?

Street Punk From The Concrete Jungle Volume 2
More of the same!

Street Punk From The Concrete Jungle Volume 3
23 belters from the late 70s!

Class War Presents - Discharge Live
Discharge live from their 1981 "Apocalypse Now" tour.

Class War Presents - Fuck the Police
All your favourite rap and punk bands debate the boys in blue.

Class War presents Fuck the Police 2
More pig roasting as the conclusion is once again reached - ACAB!

We've Had Enuff ... Lets Fucken Riot
100% Class War Punk rock. They make the rules - we break them! Straight
Outta The Ghetto - 100% Class War Hip Hop Volume 2
20 urban classics.

Tribute To The Australian Bushrangers (£4)
Folk CD celebrating the rebellious lives of Australia's bushrangers and
early settlers. The sort of history the kids on Neighbours did not get
taught!

Working Class Anthems (£4)
12 folk tunes for the night shift.

Class War Presents - Fuck the Government
21 tracks with all your punk rock favourites.

Street Punk from the Concrete Jungle Volume 1
The golden era of punk rock. Where have all the boot boys gone?

Street Punk From The Concrete Jungle Volume 2
More of the same!

Street Punk From The Concrete Jungle Volume 3
23 belters from the late 70s!

Class War Presents - Discharge Live
Discharge live from their 1981 "Apocalypse Now" tour.

Class War Presents - Fuck the Police
All your favourite rap and punk bands debate the boys in blue.

Class War presents Fuck The Police 2
More pig roasting as the conclusion is once again reached - ACAB!

We've Had Enuff ... Lets Fucken Riot
100% Class War Punk rock. They make the rules - we break them!

Class War Presents - Let Loose The Pitbulls
Hard core punk rock from the mean streets of America.

Battle Cry of the Underclass - Class War Anthems From Behind the Barricades
Very fucking class war explicit lyrics over 23 cutting tracks.

We're Gonna Set The World on Fire
100% Class War Punk Rock From Around The Globe. Punk bands from Finland,
Brazil, Canada, Italy and the UK telling it like it is.

Class War - Incitement to Prison Riot (£5)
Fourteen tracks with a band bars theme. If you don't fight the law how do you
expect to win?

Insurrection - Incitement to Riot Part 3 (£4)
If you liked the video, why not get the soundtrack.

Sport

A Drop of Good Claret
We are happy to reprint this excellent leaflet from the Burnley fans group,
Clarets United.

WHY CLARETS UNITED AGAINST RACISM AND FACISM
Football, like it or not, is important to all of us for many reasons, but
primarily I believe it can help bring us together socially and re -enforce
our sense of community, a community that must incorporate all races, all
political persuasions, all sexual preferences, and all abilities. It is then,
for precisely this reason that football is the very antithesis of fascism,
racism and any other -ism that exists to divide and corrupt our precious game.
Many supporters have at some time been verbally abused, spat at, chased or
even kicked and punched because of their colour, this colour though, for
most at least, can be removed after a match. Trouble generally ends on a
Saturday and you don’t usually need to be involved if you don’t want to.
In other words, many of us have experienced what it’s like to be the 'wrong'
colour if only for a few hours at a time.

I'D RATHER BE A BASTARD ROVER THAN A CLARET FASCIST!
Ooooooh! Fighting talk! big deal, the bottom line is footy is a game , racism
and fascism are a frightening and intimidating threat to anyone who doesn’t
fit in to the far right ideals of racial purity, physical ability, and correct
sexual practices. In Burnley and more to the point, at Turf Moor the British
National Party (BNP) is active and attempting to recruit further support for
their racist activities. The BNP, represented in Burnley by Steven Smith,
would have us believe that their ideology exists to 'save our country',
nothing could be further from the truth, these are the same fascist scum that
committed genocide and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, the same
nazi menace that my grandfather and his comrades fought against in WW2. He
died believing he had finished the job for good, now is the time to remember
what our senior citizens were fighting for and to make sure it will never
happen again. In Scotland the BNPs close relationship with football hooligans
is clearly demonstrated by the fact that at least two of the parties eight
candidates were deported from France during the world cup for football
violence

OK, BUT WHAT CAN WE DO?
Current initiatives such as the premier league and government funded, - 'kick
it out' campaign and the general shift of clubs to condemn racism in football,
(which, in truth has probably got more to do with commercial interests) are
positive moves in the right direction, but it is up to us as individuals on a
local level to identify problems at our club and take action either by voicing
our disapproval of racist behaviour directly in school, pubs, terraces or
workplace or by informing match security , removing racist literature and
graffiti and writing to the club or the press, it is vitally important our
voice be heard over that of the nazi presence at Turf Moor. Footy is the
biggest sport in the world and belongs to us all, each individual has the
right to participate in football free of discrimination, regardless of ethnic
origin, nationality, colour religion, gender, sexuality or disability be it
as supporters or players. Clarets United Against Racism and Fascism is
wholly committed to fighting racism, xenophobia, nationalism, anti-Semitism
and any other form of discrimination in and around Turf Moor, Burnley or
anywhere.

Clarets United can be contacted c/o PO Box 469 Preston, PR1 8XF or on the
web at www.claretsunited.cjb.net

The Prawn Sandwich Express
New Labour has shown itself incapable of building, to time, large scale
developments like the proposed Picketts Lock Athletics stadium, or the new
Wembley. When Wembley is eventually built (current estimates are 2006) a
capacity of 90,000 seats is expected. With only 3000 car parking spaces
planned it looks as if the ride on the tube will be pretty packed ....
Not for some though. Wembley National Stadium Ltd is in talks with Chiltern
Trains to set up a new link between Marylebone Station and Wembley Stadium
Station. This line will service ONLY fans that can produce a ticket for one
of the premium seating areas of the stadium. Tickets for a train journey of
only a few miles will £10 per head.
Not surprisingly the big companies thing this is a great idea, Wembley
National Stadium Ltd commenting "It will be an exclusive service for our
premium clients". And everybody else of course can fuck off and queue to try
and get on the tube.
Football fans still show a great tendency to fight with each other if given
have the chance. Is it not time we stopped fighting each other and started
fighting the likes of Wembley National Stadium Ltd?

Wombling Free
The football story of the year so far has been the success of AFC Wimbledon,
formed by Wimbledon FC fans appalled at the prospect of their club moving 60
miles away to Milton Keynes.
Whilst Wimbledon FC have staggered on in the First Division - frequently
attracting crowds of well under 1000 - AFC Wimbledon, formed in May 2002, have
gone from strength to strength. Playing in the Combined Counties League, AFC
Wimbledon is getting the biggest attendances in non-league football. These
crowds are actually bigger than some professional clubs, and frequently three
or four times bigger than Wimbledon FC.
AFC Wimbledon has had magnificent support from several ex-Wimbledon players
(Vinny Jones being a noticeable exception!) and is solely owned by The Don's
Trust, made up of 2100 contributing Wimbledon fans.
Class War believes the working class can run this society without bosses,
corporate capital or grasping shareholders. The fans of AFC Wimbledon are
putting that theory into practice. They seem to be making a far bitter fist
of things than Wimbledon FC!

Save York Hall from Yuppies!
York Hall in Bethnal Green is regarded as the home of British boxing.
Virtually every great British boxer since the 1930s has fought there. As
well as hosting boxing York Hall has a steamroom and Turkish Baths. This is
not good enough however for its owner, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets,
who want to sell it off for..... you guessed it, a luxury apartment
development.
Tower Hamlets employed consultants Hillier Parker (who?) to carry out a
feasibility study into leisure in the area. Money that could of course have
been spent directly on improving leisure services. Following their report,
the council's argument is that the area's high birth rate and poor health
levels require "different facilities" than York Hall.
Much of what are portrayed, as "racial" issues in London are in fact class
issues. This was amply illustrated by Sky Sports boxing programme, Ringside,
in January, when it looked at this case. Rather than pointing out that the
council envisages building posh flats on the site, Ringside concentrated on
the fact that the area around York Hall is now largely Asian, and that most
boxing fights are white. This was illustrated by asking local Asians if they
knew anything about what happens at York Hall, and going to a pub owned by an
ex-boxer and asking white locals what York Hall meant to them. The inference
throughout the report was that a "new" East End is replacing the old.
Tower Hamlets Council are happy to parrot this, pointing out that many
visitors to York Hall live outside of Tower Hamlets. So what? Most council
would be pleased to have an internationally renowned venue on their books. Do
they not want people to visit the borough?
Needless to say both Ringside and the council did not ask how a block of posh
flats would improve local residents lives. Equally Ringside failed to point
out that many Kickboxing events (a very popular sport with young Asians in
east London) are held at York Hall.
With idiots like Tower Hamlets leaders on the case, and reporters like
Ringside, is it any wonder working class people in east London feel alienated
not just from politics but from each other?

Time Gentleman Please?
In the last Class War we reported on the threat by Greater Manchester Police
to enforce no drinking byelaws around Old Trafford on match days. At United’s
home match against Newcastle on police made there most serious attempt yet to
prevent fans around the ground drinking.
The large crowds drinking outside the parade of chip shops just before you
reach Sir Matt Busby Way were constantly harassed by cops who threatened them
with arrest for …. drinking beer in the street. Bare in mind this is
Manchester, not Saudi Arabia. Anyone not putting cans in the bin would be
arrested.
To reinforce their point cops positioned themselves outside the off-licence,
telling fans as they went in that whilst they could buy beer, they could not
open it! With many fans ignoring the cops, a kick off looked likely until the
heavens opened and a downpour sent most fans into the ground.
Since then the cops seem to have pot back in their box, and even during the
show of strength put on for the derby game against Manchester City fans were
free to sup in peace. As they should be.

Plenty of Balls
Full marks to Zimbabwean cricketer’s Henry Olonga and Andy Flower for having
the balls to wear black armbands during Zimbabwe’s first game in the cricket
World Cup.
Whilst African’s have been uniquely badly served by their leaders in the
post-independence area, there is little doubt that Robert Mugabe is up their
with the worst dictators the continent has produced.
Flower is likely to move to England to play county cricket. Olonga, however
has had no such offer and at 26, may have caused irreparable damage to his
career. Mugabe is the President of the Zimbabwean Cricket Union.
Olonga has put his principles before his own career, and quite possible put
his life at risk. He may not be as great a cricketer as the Australian drug
cheat Shane Warne, but he is twice the man the empty-headed Warne will ever
be.




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