Wednesday, 24 July 2019
The Anarchist Black Cross is an international network of anarchist groups and individuals engaged in practical solidarity with prisoners and broader anti-repression struggles that started over 100 years ago.
This zine is a resource for anyone wanting to start an Anarchist Black Cross group. It was a collective effort of people from various ABC groups across Europe. We hope you find it inspiring and useful.
Inside you can find articles and resources on:
- What is the Anarchist Black Cross and why does it exist?
- How do ABC groups organise
- What do ABC groups do
- An overview of international days of solidarity
- Top tips for fundraising
- How to keep an ABC group going
- Taking care of each other while doing ABC work
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This zine is dedicated to Anna Campbell. Anna was killed by Turkish forces while fighting alongside Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in the defence of Afrin in March 2018. Anna was a dedicated member of Bristol Anarchist Black Cross and took her commitment to solidarity and mutual aid to her grave.
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Sunday, 7 October 2018
Saturday, 6 October 2018
This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Derry on October 5th 1968. Those historical black and white television images of unarmed peaceful civil rights protesters being baton-charged off the streets of their city for attempting to challenge the Unionist masters in Storming created shock-waves.
Amongst the clambering, infighting and drama as to who did what and when on the day, the various political parties lambasted one another over who exactly are the rightful inheritors of that day, anyone would be forgiven that there was some type of election in the offing next year.
Little do they know that after all their self-righteous ceremonies, speeches and honours that it was actually the people of the city who had taken to the streets and brought the events that faithful day to a head. It is the people themselves who truly deserve credit for their dignity and strength of courage against the state and its forces.
But whilst the great and the good gathered in the Guildhall, several hundred people rallied outside to remember the struggle of 1968 and the struggle that continues to this day which is why anarchists in the city took part. If there are lessons which can be learned from the events of '68 be in Paris, Chicago, Rome, Washington or here in Derry it has to be that is real change can only come about from below, by the people and in the streets and in our workplaces alone, not from within their chambers and halls of power.
For our class the division of sectarianism, housing, jobs, health and education have reached depths not witnessed since the sixties however many communities are already mobilising in the streets in an effort to fight the power, drawing on the lessons of the past. Together, without the politicians we can win!
The Spirit of 1968 - Lessons from the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement:
Monday, 1 October 2018
The third annual Radical Book Fair at Pilots Row Community Centre will return to the city once again in January. A spokesperson on behalf of the book fair organising committee said that over the past several years the book fair has been in existence it has grown in size which has encouraged us to make the event an annual affair. “We are delighted to announce what will be the 3rd annual Derry Radical Bookfair which will take place in January 2109. We have had regular requests and encouragement to continue the event which is now firmly part of the political calendar of the city.
“During the past couple of years the Radical Bookfair has played host to many participants from all across the island of Ireland as well as from England, Scotland and Wales which has been part of the Bloody Sunday week of events leading up to the annual Bloody Sunday March.
“We would like to extend a warm Derry welcome to all participants again to the Radical Bookfair who have different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions. it is our view that this annual book fair will be used to present our support of small press publishers and independent booksellers and producers, circulating radical reading materials and information from independent distributors, non-party political campaigns and groups to share their publications and merchandise, which normally would be hard or impossible to find at mainstream bookshops.
“Books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history as well as themes covering radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, Marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.
“From the outset it is our view that Derry has a long and proud tradition of working-class radicalism which has influenced many historical events, standing out beyond most other cities that has both challenged and changed society around us for the better.
“At present, we are allocating stall space and as seen during past radical bookfairs, space is limited.
“If your bookstore, distribution or publishing collective would like to book a place at the radical bookfair then now is the time to confirm.
“We are currently getting ready to present what looks to be another amazing day of stalls, books, records, zines from independent booksellers, political and historical groups, local radical projects, small press and more.”
Find out more at https://derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/