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(en) NZ, AWSM: Anarchist Communist Group [UK] Bulletin for Supporters and Sympathisers Number 30 (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:21:59 +0300

Hello everyone, It's June and we certainly are seeing interesting times. A perfect storm is forming in British society, as a result of a number of factors-the Covid pandemic, the war in the Ukraine and Brexit. Twinned with this is the ongoing deep and serious crisis in the ruling Tory Party, the lack of appeal of the Labour Party, the oncoming crisis in the British monarchy with the end of Elizabeth's reign looming and the unpopularity of both Charles and William, rising workplace militancy, and continuing concern about the environment. Now should be a time to agitate even more determinedly for anarchist communism, to develop and strengthen our organisations, the movements in the workplace and the communities.
Public Meeting on Cost of Living Crisis

7pm , Tuesday 14th June

Enough is Enough: Confronting the Cost of Living Crisis

How capitalism and the state got us into this mess and what we can to do to get us out

About this event
Whilst many of us are suffering badly because of hikes in energy and food bills and dwindling incomes, members of the House of Commons each had their wages boosted by £2,212-a-year, with their salaries rising to £84,144 from £81,932 on April 1st. In the Scottish Parliament, MSP salaries rose to £64,470.
The Royal Family, too, were well insulated from the energy price hike. For them, the Sovereign Grant has increased by over 55% since 2012. And that is aside from the costs of Buckingham Palace renovations.

The energy companies are laughing too, with British Gas profits doubling to £948m. The UK's Big Six energy companies between them raked in more than a billion pounds of profit ahead of April's record hike in bills. Despite this, many people will effectively be forced to give the energy companies interest-free loans, month-by-month building up credit with the bloated energy giants just to help their cash flow.

The poorest among us were hit the hardest. Those on lowest incomes are more likely to be on prepayment meters. For the 4.5 million people on prepayment meters, the price of energy has now risen by an average £708 - to £2,017 a year, the biggest average jump in prices.

This is on top of other bills climbing too, with food prices already up sharply and warnings to expect staple foods to increase even further in price in the months ahead. And that's not the end of it. We already know the energy price cap will be up again in October, just in time for the colder months.

We can't expect politicians to help us. They're alright on their big salaries. The Labour Party isn't the answer. Sir Keir Starmer, talking about the energy bills, said "People don't want a revolution". Are you sure about that, Keir? Because it's not looking like anything else is going to help us. And people aren't just afraid. We're angry. The only people who will help us is ourselves. Only direct action will get the goods. We need to organise in our communities and stand together against the energy companies and the greedy, complacent politicians. This public meeting discusses the cost of living crisis and possible ways of fighting back.

This meeting is online and takes place at 7pm (BST) on Tuesday 14th June

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ACG Reading Group

Kropotkin's Conquest of Bread: Anarchist Communist Group Reading and Discussion Event, 7pm Junel 27th

The Anarchist Communist Group invites you to join us in our third national reading group event.

We have selected the fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of Petr Kropotkin's Conquest of Bread for the reading group because it tries to envisage what an anarchist communist society would look like. We hope to have a lively discussion about this!



Click here to get your free Eventbrite tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/read-think-discuss-with-the-anarchist-communist-group-tickets-360580123857

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The ACG ran successful literature stalls at the Red and Black Bookfair in Glasgow and the Bristol Radical History event, both in May. We aim to have bookstalls at the forthcoming Peterborough Radical Bookfair on October 29th, and the Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 5th November. In addition, ACG comrades have been out on the streets, distributing our free newssheet Jacjdaw and running literature stalls in Glasgow, Leicester, Canterbury and Norwich .

The Glasgow Red and Black Bookfair, which was in part organised by the ACG, proved to be highly successful and we will be looking forward to future Bookfairs in Glasgow.

The Idea-New Book on the History of Anarchist Communism

June will see the publication of The Idea: Anarchist Communism, Past Present and Future. This book written by a member of the ACG, Nick Heath, seeks to offer a comprehensive history of anarchist communism around the world from its roots to the present day and beyond. It will be available from Belfast's Just Books:


New Stormy Petrel

Number 4 of our theoretical magazine Stormy Petrel is now out. As usual, packed with stimulating and provoking articles, including on the war in Ukraine, populism, transhumanism, fascism, Brewdog, green landowners, the refugee crisis, Kropotkin's vision of an anarchist communist society, music and revolution, as well as letters and reviews. Available via the website or in bookshops.

New Jackdaw Special

A special issue of Jackdaw, our free newssheet, will be ready for the TUC demo on June 18th

Forthcoming ACG Pamphlets

Look out for ACG pamphlets on the Third Revolution in Russia, on Nationalism and a revised edition of our now sold-out pamphlet on the NHS.

International Work

We continue to work within the Anarkismo international network of anarchist organisations. Very recently we took part in an online meeting with anarchist communists in South Korea, with the aim of welcoming them to the network.

On the Website

Our website continues to attract traffic from all over the world. Here's a recent selection, so you can see what the fuss is about:

The wildcat prowls - increase in unofficial strikes: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2022/05/25/the-wildcat-prowls-increase-in-unofficial-strikes/

Interesting times: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2022/06/01/interesting-times/

Delivery riders protest against immigration raid: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2022/05/31/delivery-riders-protest-against-immigration-raid/

No War! No Peace!: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2022/06/08/no-war-no-peace/

Quote of the Week:

"A sincere person owes it to themselves to expose the frightful barbarity which still prevails in the hidden depths of a society so outwardly well-ordered. Take, for instance, our great cities, the leaders of civilization, especially the most populous, and, in many respects, the first of all - the immense London, which gathers to herself the riches of the world, whose every warehouse is worth a king's ransom; where are to be found enough, and more than enough, of food and clothing for the needs of the teeming millions that throng her streets in greater numbers than the ants which swarm in the never-ending labyrinth of their subterranean galleries. And yet...beside these untold splendours, want is consuming the vitals of entire populations, and it is only sporadically that the fortunate for whom these hoards are amassed hear, as barely a muffled wailing, the bitter cry which rises eternally from those unseen depths."
Élisée Reclus, French anarchist communist and geographer

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ACG Education Workers

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Education Workers website: Zero for Conduct educationworker.wordpress.com

No Safety No Work

A working class movement to protect worker safety during Covid-19


In solidarity,

The Anarchist Communist Group

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