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(en) UK, Bristol is Revolting! It's an Organising Overdrive!

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Date Wed, 31 Mar 2004 14:16:46 +0200 (CEST)

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As summer approaches, various groups within Bristol seem to be intent on
turning up the heat on the status-quo: Bristol’s ever-present Anarchists
are getting together as the newly formed Bristol Anarchist Network and are
kicking off their group founding by bringing together community organisers
from St.Pauls and the Haringay Solidarity Group in a "...meeting open to
all those interested in organising without leaders."
Community groups & issues - reformist or potentially reveolutionary?
The recently formed, and still embryonic, Bristol Anarchist Network
(BAN) is holding it first open discussion meeting. This will look at the
pros & cons of involvement in community groups/issues. There is no
pre-set party line or correct answers to the questions posed in the flyer
text below. So whether you want to improve your local community, or
whether you wanna change the world, come along and join the discussion:
‘Revolutionaries and Community Organisations’
A discussion meeting open to all those interested in organising without
leaders, with introductions from a Residents Group in St Pauls, and
Haringay Solidarity Group (London)

Thursday 8 April, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Rd, Easton, BS5 6AW

"With the downturn in workplace struggles over the last 20 years, some
revolutionaries have looked towards involvement in local community
issues & groups as an additional form of struggle – such as residents
groups, community centres and local single-issue campaigns
(defending nurseries, traffic calming etc). Others have focused on acting
with those within their own ‘activist scene’. Some of course
have tried to do both! This discussion will focus on breaking out of the
activist scene; the pros & cons of involvement in local community
organisations; and questions like these:
· Is dealing with dumped cars, litter, graffiti, crack houses &
prostitution revolutionary; an example of genuine community solidarity;
or just NIMBY (not in my back yard) campaigning?
· Are active & successful local campaigns powerful evidence of
organising amongst ourselves for ourselves, or do we just end up doing
the Council’s/Government’s job for them?
· Just because people take direct action on local issues, does this make
them revolutionaries?
· What is revolutionary about getting dragged into local processes like
working with the council & cops?
· What do local people think about revolutionaries getting involved in
their groups?
· How many people in residents/community groups would really
support a non-hierarchical, non-capitalist society? Will they once they
are more involved in their local community?
· Haringay Solidarity Group (London) have been active for 14 years,
involved in many local campaigns, supporting & setting up residents
groups, even helping to organise a council-funded but independently
run community festival, whilst maintaining their own revolutionary
beliefs. What can we learn from them? For more info on HSG see
By bristolanarchistnetwork-A-subsection.org.uk

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