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(en) Britain, News from the anarchist federation Class War http://classwaruk.org/

Date Thu, 08 Nov 2007 14:41:26 +0200


07/11: Bonnie & Clyde Night - This Friday 9th November 2007 --- There's now less
than a week to go until Bonnie & Clyde Night at the Common Place, Leeds, on
Friday 9th November. This is definitely going to be a night to remember, as well
as a fund-raiser for a very good cause, so make sure you get there early and put
your glad-rags on. --- We have an incredibly talented line-up, some special
guests, and the promise of some very special numbers. The Monkeywrenchers will
be kicking off with a well-crafted set-list of rebel and outlaw songs, and one
or two surprises up their sleeves. Local folk and country star David Broad will
be digging deep into the dustbowl to bring us Woodie Guthrie's finest and plenty
more besides. And 'Awesome' Pete Wright has now recruited a full backing band,
playing as Johnny Cashless and The Tipton Trio - We've heard Pete is so far in
character he's even going to bed wearing black! It promises to be Awesome!

Fancy dress is optional, but we have some great prizes for the 3 winners of
our fancy dress competition. You don't even have to formally enter, our secret
panel of judges will be mingling in there, and the results will be announced
towards the end of the night.

You'll be hard pushed not to win a prize on the tombola stall. There's are
some top-notch stuff to be won, and tickets come at only 5 for £1 (or 20p each
for the hard up.)

Besides our feast of a line-up, there are visual treats in the form of the
Bonnie & Clyde movie and various other themed projections, and we'll have music
from Elvis, Serge & Brigitte, Mick Harvey, Georgie Fame, and many more who sadly
can't be with us on the night.

There'll be cheap drinks on offer throughout the night, including our
fantastic Molotov Cocktails, guaranteed to put a twist in your two-step.

And for those wanting a little intellectual stimulation (or possibly just a
badge or T-shirt), the extensive Leeds ABC bookstall will be on hand until 10.00pm.

Come and join us for a great night and support your local Anarchist Black
Cross group.

Friday 9th November 7.00pm 'til Midnight at The Common Place, Wharf Street
(opposite The Duck & Drake pub), Leeds.

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07/11: Anarchy In The UK?
Category: Events

Posted by: Admin

Apparently people with less money than sense don't want to pay £35 to see the
Sex Pistols tommorow night.

So on Thursday 8th November at spitting distance down the road from the
Brixton Academy there's a Sex Pistols tribute band and a supporting cast of
scruffbags.

Thursday 8 November 2007 - LONDON (BRIXTON) The Jamm
261 Brixton Road, SW9
Sex Pistols Experience, Lost Cherrees, Liberty, Eastfield, Active Slaughter
and Bug Central
Doors 7.30pm. £5
07/11: Billy Bragg - Royal Lickspittle
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

This is the response in Viz to the news that Billy Bragg had shaken the hand
of the Queen at a ceremony to reopen the Royal Festival Hall. The reason cited
for this, he proclaimed, was that he was merely shaking the hand that presented
Bobby Moore with the World Cup.....

"...I was very disapointed to see Bragg shaking hands with this parasitic
representative of the establishment. When introduced to her, he should have
taken the opportunity to seize the means of production from the capitalist
hegemony, dismantle the entire oligarchical edifice of the state and set up an
anarcho-syndicalist commune in its place. Either that or kick her up the arse."
Foxy Smith, Tooting

"...It may have been the hand that presented Bobby Moore with the World Cup,
but it is also the hand that has almost certainly wanked off the Duke of
Edinburgh on a number of occasions. I hope Billy washed his hands afterwards."
Mrs. Dorothy Maguire, Leeds
05/11: A Short But 'Sweet' Chat With Bone After Bash The Rich.
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

A brief look at the days events.

http://www.londonclasswar.org/BoneBashTheRich.WMA

and a short video of the march posted on Indymedia.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/media/2007/11//385160.mov
04/11: Demonstration Reports - November 3rd
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

Hello to everyone Class War met at the NHS demo in central London yesterday, and
on the Bash The Rich march yesterday afternoon in Portobello Road.

The NHS event saw some 3-4000 marchers demonstrating in support of the health
service, with union coaches from across the UK. How sad then that the first
speaker in Trafalagar Square was a taped recording of London mayor Ken
Livingstone. If Livingstone was that bothered, why was he not there in person?
And given Livingstone's comments in support of scabbing, why would any trade
union touch him with a bargepole?

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On to Notting Hill and the Bash the Rich event. Bemused shoppers were treated
to the strange site of scores of police officers wandering up and down
Portobello Market following specific activists as if a national emergency had
broken out. Some 300 people had gathered, and after a brief impasse, the march
set off towards Cameron's house, under heavy police escort. At this point some
demonstrators opted to stay outside of the march, fearing the event would be
blocked off. In the event, demonstrators continued reached to within a stone's
throw of Cameron's London home, bringing our message to the Tory leader and his
neighbours "We Can't Afford The Rich".

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By now occasional arrests were occuring, as the Territorial Support Group
looked to emphasise their control. The efforts of Fitwatch, who look to
frustrate the police camera teams was getting on the cops' nerves - all the more
reason to support their actions! Marchers then headed back east, greeting the
gastropub The Fat Badger with cries of "Burn It Down, Burn It Down". There was
then time for speeches in Meanwhile Gardens, before a safe dispersal.

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If class politics is to progress in the UK, we need to get away from our
computer keyboards and the artificial "communities" on-line activism creates,
and get back - visible - in working class communities. The Bash the Rich march
was an important first step in doing just that. More will follow.

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02/11: New Pamphlets Available
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

Two new items available this week:

"Prison Was Created For The Poor" by Pastora and Xose Tarrio Gonzalez and
Julia and Gabriel Pombo Da Silva. A 32 page pamhlet published by Leeds Anarchist
Black Cross, telling the story of two determined Spanish militants and their
struggle against the state. £1

Second up comes an English language pamphlet published by Anarchist Group
Amsterdam and FAU's Bremen branch "Notes From The Class Struggle". This looks
in particular at what small political groups and unions can achieve in the
workplace, in the erra of 'flexible' labour. £1
01/11: 2007 Anarchist Bookfair - The Best Yet?
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

Last Saturday saw the 27th London Anarchist Bookfair.

Hello to everyone Class War met on the day - we hope you enjoyed it as much as
we did. We thought it was one of the best bookfairs yet - congratulations to the
organisers, and to everyone who helped out on the day.

Here's to 2008 - unless of course capitalism has been overthrown and the state
smashed in the meantime!
01/11: New CDs Available
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

Many of you will have seen the great Drowning Dog video "Class War" - or even
saw them live at Ramparts after the Anarchist Bookfair.

We have copies of the Drowning Dog CD "Got No Time" for £6. It comes complete
with 12 tracks, and includes the "Class War" video. Grab a copy whilst you can,
ths is class conscious hip-hop at its best. Find out more about Drowning Dog here.

Next up come Bristol's Spanner with their ska CD "Intruder Alert". You can
order the CD from us for £4, and check out their Spanner in The Works website as
well.
31/10: Remembering and Reflecting on racism and resistance
Category: Events

Posted by: Admin

On 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front attempted to march from New
Cross to Lewisham in South East London. Local people and anti racists from all
over London and beyond mobilised to oppose them, and the NF were humiliated as
their march was disrupted and banners seized.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the 'Battle of Lewisham' we are holding a half
day event in New Cross on Saturday 10th November with speakers and films (1 pm
start at Goldsmiths College, New Cross).

It will provide an opportunity to both remember the events of 1977 and reflect
on their significance for today.

The event will include an exhibition, films, and a panel of speakers,
including participants in the 1977 events.

Lewisham '77 - November 10th conference
SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMEBR 2007
1-5 pm at Goldsmiths College (Great Hall), New Cross, London SE14.

The conference will provide an opportunity both to remember the events of 1977
and to reflect on their significance for today. It will include a photographic
exhibition, videos, and a panel of speakers. Confirmed to take part so are:

Professor Paul Gilroy - sociologist, ex-Goldsmiths lecturer and author of
Ain't No Black In The Union Jack and The Black Atlantic;
Balwinder Rana and Ted Parker - veterans of Lewisham '77 and the Anti-Nazi League;
Martin Lux, author of Anti-Fascist: A Foot-Soldier's Story;
Dr William (Lez) Henry - former Goldsmiths lecturer and South London reggae
DJ, author of What the Deejay Said: A Critique from the Street.
Les Back, author of Race. Politics and Social Change? : Colour Politics and
Culture.
Dave Landau, No One is Illegal.
speakers from Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group (LARAG)

The event starts at 1 pm, admission is free. To be added to the mailing list
with details of the event, please email lewisham77[at]gmail[dot]com

http://lewisham77.blogspot.com

Download PDF Flyer http://www.londonclasswar.org/seventyseven.pdf
29/10: Saturday November 3rd - We Can't Afford The Rich!
Category: General

Posted by: Admin

There has been a huge response to the planned demonstrations on Saturday
November 3rd. Here’s how the day is shaping up so far!

From Noon - 2pm we are inviting people to tour Notting Hill, using Tom Vague's
radical walking tour book as a guide. This is an area with a long (though now
largely hidden) history of conflict and rebellion.

So - if you remember the 'front line' as it was, want to re-trace the steps of
the Charitists or the Angry Brigade, or even just photograph the Spanish Civil
War Memorial - now is your chance. All that walking will of course work up a
thirst. Refreshments can then be taken in the following hostelries from rougly 2pm:

The Lonsdale - 48 Lonsdale Road, W11.
Portobello Star - 171 Portobello Road.
Duke of Wellington (Usually known as Finches). 179-181 Portobello Road
The Castle (Usually known as the Warwick Castle) 225 Portobello Road.
Market Bar - 240A Portobello Road.
Inn on the Green - 3-5 Thorpe Close, Portobello Green.
Fat Badger - 310 Portobello Road.

Please note that everyone presenting their Radical History tour programme in
The Fat Badger will receive 50% off the total costs of their drinks on Saturday
November 3rd only!

From 2.30 - 3pm assemble under the westway at junction of Acklam Road and
Cambridge Gardens. As well as "Toffs Out" those making their own banners are
encouraged to consider "We Can't Afford The Rich" as a theme.

3pm - March off to David Cameron's house

3.15pm - Any late comers can join us via Ladbroke Grove tube station

3.30pm - A minutes applause will be held outside the home of the Rt Hon David
Cameron, to celebrate his remarkable achievements in this meritocratic,
classless society.

The march will then head to Meanwhile Gardens, via Portobello Road, for a
rally at 4.30pm.

After the speakers, all present are invited to bring their own fireworks and
any suitable Guys for burning. Old Etonian Guys particularly welcome!

Radical walking guides are available locally for £1 from Rough Trade at 130
Talbot Road, W11. For those from other parts of London visit Housmans at 5
Caledonian Road, Kings Cross or Freedom Bookshop at 84b Whitechapel High Road.
From out of London - they can be ordered by post from London Class War.

In the meantime, keeping checking the Bash the Rich blog for more news and
updates!
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