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(en) Britain, SolFed*, DA #30 - Letters to DA - Send letters to: DA-SF (letters), PO Box 1095, Sheffield S2 4YR.

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Date Mon, 29 Nov 2004 07:02:46 +0100 (CET)


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All letters are welcome, but space is always very short. Make
yours incisive, brief and questioning if you want it printed in full.
>>> Hello, I send this because we always receive your DA. I also used the
article in the last issue about the anarchists in Israel. We are now
organising a speakers tour for them in Holland, Belgium and Germany.
Your DA is quite a favourite in our small anarchist library.
Greetings,
M. Anarchist Group Amsterdam
>>>Dear DA,
I have just received a free copy of Direct Action (No 30, Spring 04).
For me it was a revelation, I had no realisation that such an
excellent magazine existed in Britain, worth much more than the
usual bland trash. Under separate cover I have posted a Postal
Order for a basic subscription.

Being a 75 year old pensioner I'm not able to go further
unfortunately.

Many thanks, my congratulations on the best most blunt coverage
and comments on the 'standards' of so called
'government' in Britain Today

Yours sincerely
AGB

Hi there,

As you may or may not know, Use Your Loaf is a squatted centre
in Deptford, South London, which has been in existence since
Summer 2002. It is run by a mainly locally based collective, on a
non-profit basis, free from council or commercial restrictions,
working together to make all our lives better.

Anyone interested in getting involved with ongoing projects, or
starting off their own, is welcome to come down and get in touch.
At the moment, regular events include:

\u2022 Friday night cafe - cheap food and a selection of decent
beers. Acoustic musicians welcome.
\u2022 Usually last Thursday of the month - South London
Radical History group - every month we discuss events, struggles,
social and political movements and personalities from
London's subversive past.
\u2022 Second Saturday of the month 12-3.30 - second hand
record and book sales, plus occasional cakes!
\u2022 Last Wednesday of the month - Author's night -
local and not-so-local writers reading from their work. bring yours
or just come and listen.
\u2022 Conspiracy Theory film club - ring for next event details.

We have wall space for displaying notices/posters and leaflet
racks, so anyone who produces stuff send them and we will put
them where people can see them.

Another development is the Use Your Loaf library/reading room,
available for people to come and peruse
anarchist/communist/radical books, magazines, etc. as well as
fiction. We are especially hoping to collect books and pamphlets
on working class history, so anyone who has spare books, give us
a call.

Apart from the above, Use Your Loaf is available for YOUR
projects. Whether you need space for a meeting, discussion, or for
small scale benefit events, the downstairs fits up to 50 people for
acoustic music, etc. For a small donation towards running costs
Use Your Loaf could be yours for the day/night. Our hope is that
the building will become a focus for independent local working
class action and culture.

Look forward to hearing from you,
The Use Your Loaf Collective,
Centre for Social Solidarity,
227 Deptford High St, London SE8
07984 588807
Email: useyourloaf@btinternet.com


Madam/Sir,

I seek to draw the Lefts' attention to the appalling sexism
meted out by the tabloids to Maxine Carr. It is similar sexism that
led to Ian Huntley murdering Holly Wells & Jessica Chapman
and the press having to be banned from identifying rape victims.

Before, during and since Maxine's trial, tabloids displayed
Contempt of Court by filthily lying about her. She was convicted
of conspiracy to pervert justice \u2013 exactly what the tabloids
did! But charges against her were not dropped, nor the tabloids
prosecuted. The tabloids lied not for love or folly, but to cash in on
child murder. Such hypocrisy, especially in light of the
prosecution of Maxine's mother for obstructing justice.

So Maxine may not have had a fair trial. She probably could not
prove that Huntley intimidated her into lying for him (he denied
this), which would have granted her a defence of duress and fully
acquitted her. The same male-dominated legal system operated
when a judge made sexist remarks to her and the state showed no
interest in sexual abuse claims re Huntley (the Bichard Report):
had they prosecuted him, instead of Maxine for merely lying on
CVs, the Soham tragedy would never have happened.
Maxine's trial by tabloids contrasts sharply with their
idolisation of Louise Woodward, convicted in the USA of child
manslaughter (orig. murder), unlike Maxine, but also unlike
Maxine, Louise had rich parents.

Well what is the Left doing about this hypocritical, sexist literal
witch-hunt meted out to Maxine Carr?
GH


Direct Action is published by Solidarity Federation, the British
section of the International Workers' Association
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* Solidarity Federation is of the anarcho-syndicalist spectrum


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