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(en) Britain, The Anarchist Federation - annual report

Date Sat, 21 Nov 2009 22:15:39 -0500



An abridged version of this report is published in Freedom to coincide with the London
Anarchist Bookfair. The report covers a year's activities up to October 2009. --- The
Anarchist Federation has experienced another good year of growth and now exceeds 150
members in England, Wales and Scotland. New groups formed in Brighton, West Kent and
Edinburgh. We can report a significant and active presence in Scotland, a highlight being
members' involvement in the Glasgow schools occupations. Numbers are smaller in Wales but
increasing and a Cardiff group is in the making. In England it's worth mentioning that
since the last London Bookfair, Nottingham AF co-launched The Sparrows' Nest library and
archive which is building its collection and is open to visitors.

Groups continue to involve themselves with social centres and helped open the most recent
Sheffield one. Members participated in the Anarchist Movement conference and got stuck
into most of the actions of national importance such as the Gaza demos, G20, Camp for
Climate Action and support for the Lindsey Oil Refinery, Ford Visteon and Vestas Blades
occupations. We wrote a well-received leaflet about Gaza and an intervention/perspective
paper for Climate Camp.

The AF meets four times a year. We had a very enjoyable summer camp in Derbyshire, which
as usual incorporated one of our national delegate meetings and featured daily cook-ins
plus optional hiking, drinking and singing of anarchist songs (usually in that order). At
our annual conference we discussed our involvement in education workplace networks and
groups, as workers and students, and consolidated our two new caucuses. The women's caucus
has met at all of the last national meetings and the Fed as a whole is having ongoing
stimulating internal education and discussions on feminism, gender and sexuality. The
Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer (LGBTQ) caucus is producing another newssheet building on from
What's Wrong with Angry? and members intervened at Manchester Pride.

New publications since the last bookfair have included pamphlets on workplace strategy and
nationalism. London AF have added to their Stormy Petrel series and Manchester AF have
launched their own publishing outfit Peterloo Press which has so far concentrated on
reproducing council communist classics. We increased Resistance bulletin to 8 pages, and
members wrote for Freedom and Black Flag as well as our own twice-yearly Organise!
magazine. Many groups also produce their own local anarchist free-sheets such as the
Fargate Speaker in Sheffield, or collaborate on others such as the Hereford Heckler. We
have supported the ongoing growth of local anarchist bookfairs, running stalls in Bristol,
Belfast and in Manchester which the local group co-organised. Not least we have a shiny
new website and an enhanced blog to encourage debate and comments.

The International of Anarchist Federations met in Prague earlier in 2009 following the
40th anniversary congress in Italy last summer. Since the IAF-IFA secretariat passed from
Britain to Spain last year, we have helped develop deeper links in the Balkans, Eastern
Europe and Holland, and our international secretaries continue their correspondence across
the world. With the repression of anarchists in Serbia, international solidarity is more
important than ever.

Near future activity at home includes opposing the likes of EDL and in 2010 we hope to
grow the number of local groups and so continue to spread anarchist communism far and
wide. As usual we welcome joint activities with other organisations.

The Anarchist Federation, October 2009
BM ANARFED, London, WC1N 3XX
http://www.afed.org.uk (see website for regional and local group contacts).
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