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(en) Britain, Freedom* #7215 - Radical activities update

Date Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:27:01 +0300


New social centre ---- A site for the grass roots social centre in Birmingham. The Whit Marley Building has been left empty for a number of years. Much has been stripped out and the building is slowly deteriorating. Buildings like this are part of Birmingham’s heritage, we want to take care of it while it is unused and put it to use as a community centre. ---- We are currently doing up the building and creating meeting spaces which we want to let groups use for free. Some of us are university students, some of us are teachers and we aim to provide free A level and GCSE tuition in most subjects once the building has been done up. We are aiming to run a “Free Shop” in which people will be able to drop off unused items for others to take for free.

We want to make a point about waste; Birmingham has the most abandoned buildings in the country and sadly the highest rates of homelessness. We live in a society that is intensely wasteful we are doing this because we want something that is visibly the opposite.

We all have strong political convictions; we live in times and a country where the whims of media barons are given more attention by governments than ordinary people. Viable and profitable pensions are being raided to give money to the rich, education is again being made a preserve of the few… we want change and if you think like us come join us.

Birmingham Social Centre, 10 Ivy Road, Birmingham, B30 2NX
Website: http://birminghamsocialcentre.wordpress.com/

Feminist Library

The ‘Writers Space’ at the Feminist Library is for feminist writers, poets, students and all others who would like to come and write in company of likeminded people and be inspired by the feminist books surrounding us. It will run the first Saturday of each month between 1.30-5pm.The feminist fiction and poetry reading group shall also be running between 4pm-5pm on the same day. If you have a favourite book or poem that you would like to share something about, and/or an idea for a novel or poetry for a group read, please bring it with you. For more info email: feminsitwritersspace@yahoo.co.uk.

An exciting new online resource has recently been launched: the Women’s Liberation Movement Music Archive. The project documents the bands, musicians and musical projects that were part of, or influenced by, the great burgeoning of cultural creativity generated by the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970s and 80s. This work-in-progress collection comprises testimonies and interviews, discographies, gigographies and memorabilia including photographs, videos, recordings, flyers and press clippings and poster, plus links to ongoing women’s music-making and feminist activism. The project is an independent, voluntary and (as yet) unfunded venture. Archive co-coordinators Dr Deborah Withers and Frankie Green believe the achievements of these music-makers should be mapped and celebrated.

All women who were involved in women’s music – as solo artists, in bands, as DJs, MCs, in distribution networks, recording studios, photographers, journalists, events organisers etc – are invited to contact and contribute to the project.
Contact: wlmmusicarchive@gmail.com.

Feminist Library, 5a Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7XW
Website: www.feministlibrary.co.uk

Francisco Maroto

Not such a well known name these days even in Granada, his birthplace, yet he was one of the most celebrated anarchists in his day, not locally or in Andalusia but in the whole of Spain. His name cropped up in the Granada newspapers virtually every day: he represented the Woodworkers Unions of Granada and Alicante at CNT conferences; and during the civil war he ended up leading a column called after himself. And his arrest by Stalinists during the civil war was one of the root causes of the clashes in Barcelona in May 1937, as minuted in a report from CNT National Committee.

Maroto was in Alicante when the coup d’état in July 1936 occurred. Together with other local social and political forces, the CNT decided to raise columns of militias to liberate the towns that had fallen to fascists. On 7 August 1936 270 militants (of both sexes) set off from Alicante, with trucks and other vehicles, under Maroto’s leadership. En route they were quickly joined by lots of refugees and fighters itching for action until soon their numbers had swollen to 600. They entered the province of Granada where the main city and plains had fallen to the fascists, even though the province had not, having been held by the populace, militians from the mines in Alquife and other anarchist and socialist activists and militants.

From the July issue of the Kate Sharpley Library bulletin #67 (50p or one dollar) available from Freedom bookshop, or directly from Kate Sharpley Library, BM Hurricane, London WC1N 3XX

Pork Scratchings

A pall of despair still hangs over the borough of Worthing with the news that Clive Roberts will not, after all, by mayor in 2012. The controversial Tory was due to become 2011 deputy mayor at the mayor-making meeting on May 20, but before the formalities could begin, Mr. Roberts stood up and announced that he was withdrawing from the election – and thus from the mayoral role next year.

We will have no truck with the scurrilous rumours that his decision was in some way related to our report in Porkbolter #101 or that he even alluded to this in his speech. Readers will recall that we looked back on the allegations levelled at him at west Sussex County Council and compared him to Silvio Berlusconi. We declared in our naive optimism “Clivio Robertsconi is going to provide the best entertainment have had from a mayor in many a long year…”

The Pokbolter #102 (free) out now. PO Box 4144, Worthing BN14 7NZ
Website: www.eco-action.org/porkbolter
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