First direct action of 2018! 2nd Jan, save Bournemouth’s autonomous homeless sanctuary and get the year off to a flying start …

Game on!

Wessex Solidarity

Come to Bournemouth on 2nd Jan 2018, Exeter rd, opposite the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), and help stop the eviction of our town’s homeless and their supporters, you will be assured of a warm welcome and a hot drink.

Bailiffs like to take us unawares so we’re asking people to be on site by 06:00 – yeah, we know, but one day your grandchildren will ask: “what did you do in the Class War?” The greater the numbers, the more relaxed the day will be.

If you like, come on new year’s day and camp overnight, there’s plenty to eat, and supporters on call to fetch supplies.

Homeless are doing it for themselves in Bournemouth.

This fancy vehicle, reg. LD06 SRV belongs to the firm of property speculators that are threatening our community. If you see them, have a word.

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Riseup Newsletter

Riseup have been showering us with newsletters just lately so we haven’t had time to publish them all, maybe if you send them some money, they’ll ease up!

Hey you!

Yeah you, over there with the big dreams and the sweet heart. Can you give some money to Riseup today? We could really, really use it. Give a little, give a lot! We are super grateful for any and all help to keep our tech collective going.

Why should you support Riseup? Well, we do all kinds of cool stuff, like make new ways to share files securely (, offer some of the safest VPN on the planet (, have cool communication tools (, and provide a ton of email and lists to all of our users.

And why do we do this? The deep reason is we believe in your projects and work, and your right to more secure and private communications. We support tens of thousands of people and groups working on community building, anti-racism, political art, indigenous rights, health care, the environment, and so much more. We support documentary film makers, organic farmers, pipeline resisters, tech activists, people learning more about politics, and people who’ve been part of justice movements for decades, to name a few.

As an Argentinian social activist who uses Riseup to help victims of domestic violence and human trafficking wrote, “The value of having secure means to speak to other people about topics that those in power don’t want to be talked about cannot be overstated.”

We agree! Please keep us existing and thriving.


The Riseup Birds

Also, we have The Super Deluxe Bread and Roses Riseup Raffle [1]

Two lucky people who donate to Riseup will receive a big box of fair trade chocolate, amazing print art, mounted protest photography, top shelf radical science fiction, the blackest coffee, bleeding edge political nonfiction, a 2018 organizer, and more!

If you already have a recurring donation, you will be in the raffle! If you donate through paypal or flattr there will be an email associated with your donation and we will use that to enter you into the raffle. If you are sending a donation by mail, please include an email address with your donation. If you send a wire transfer, please email and provide your donation details.

Huge thanks to the beautiful friends who made these donations possible: : AK Press, Aqueduct Press, Equal Exchange, Justseeds, PM Press, Riseup Coffee, the Slingshot Collective, Linda Wasson (, and our very own Black-collared Jay.

[1] Rose Schneiderman, a labor union activist, coined the phrase “Bread and Roses”, to indicate a worker’s right to something higher than subsistence living

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Homeless are doing it for themselves in Bournemouth.

Currently needed solar panels and leisure batteries (or traction batteries would do)

Wessex Solidarity

Occupy Bournemouth is back, with a homeless sanctuary encampment opposite the B.I.C. on Exeter Rd.

There is a kitchen with hot and cold food, tea and coffee, a campfire, medical tent, music, and room for lots more people in a safe enclosed space. This is a voluntary grassroots initiative, no cops, council, church or state involvement. As of today there are spare tents and an abundance of food and clothing kindly donated by locals. If you’re on the street tonight we urge you to come down, eat and get some rest, join in, help out as you can.

Right now we need volunteers more than things, but tarpaulins, tents and building materials would be welcome, firewood, straw for a compost toilet, and if anyone’s got a serviceable generator, or can fix the one on site, that would help.

The first eviction attempt is planned for the 2nd of January so…

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Surviving a Grand Jury: Three Narratives from Grand Jury Resisters

The only territories to retain a grand jury system to date are Liberia and U.S.A.


We’ve prepared a zine version of our guide to grand jury resistance, which originally appeared as episode #59 of the Ex-Worker podcast. This zine presents the voices of three people who successfully stood up to grand jury indictments: one who served jail time for resisting, one who went on the run rather than testify, and one who supported a grand jury resister from the beginning to the end of the process. You can also read their narratives below.

Please print out copies of this zine and share them with anyone who is curious about what it looks like to confront the full force of the so-called justice system and win. For a wide array of resources on resisting grand juries, consult this list. You can also watch this live video presentation.

Click the image for a zine version of this text.

A Few Words about Grand Juries

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J20 trial: first six defendants acquitted on all charges!

Cautiously pessimistic

The official statement from the defence campaign:

Washington, DC – After two days of deliberation, a DC jury today found all six Inauguration Day defendants not guilty on all eight counts—-misdemeanor rioting and conspiracy to riot, and five counts of felony property destruction. Defendants Jennifer Armento, Oliver Harris, Britt Lawson, Michelle “Miel” Macchio, Christina Simmons, and Alexei Wood left the courthouse today elated by the outcome.

The government still intends to try the remaining 188 Inauguration Day defendants on similar riot-related charges, but supporters are calling on the Trump administration to dismiss all of those charges. “This is a clear victory for the six defendants who were just tried and a rejection of the government’s attempt to criminalize dissent,” said Betty Rothstein of Defend J20 Resistance. “We’re continuing to call on the Trump administration to dismiss all charges against the remaining 188 Inauguration Day defendants awaiting trial.”

Supporters continue…

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Kingfisher Victory!

Well done all who worked for this

Wessex Solidarity

Congratulations are due to the Kingfisher Mums and their supporters today, the CCG have finally capitulated.

Confounding  the many faces set against this campaign, including both of Oliver Letwin’s, with his ugly henchman Richard Grosvenor-Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax M.P., full consultant-led maternity and Paediatric services will be retained at Dorset County Hospital.

Full respect to the Mums who for three years now have maintained a relentless struggle in the teeth of abject treachery and deceit from local politicians and NHS officials, whilst bringing up their families and caring for some profoundly unwell and disabled children. We especially salute the tireless Naomi Patterson.

As history shall recall, Working Class women are a force to be reckoned with.

We didn’t even need to smash anything up, this time.

The NHS was built by the Working Class for the Working Class. Drugs and medical equipment are made by workers not capitalists. Cleaners, doctors, nurses, midwives, porters…

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Historic marker to Mother Jones unveiled on Route 66 near her Illinois resting place

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival

The new road marker at I-55 south of Springfield, Illinois. Photo courtesy of Mike Matejka The new road marker at I-55 south of Springfield, Illinois. Photo courtesy of Mike Matejka

A commemorative road marker in honour of Cork-born Mother Jones was unveiled near Mount Olive, Illinois on Monday (11 December) in the presence of the Honorary Irish Consul in Chicago, Mr. Brian O’Brien. 

Brian O'Brien Irish Consul General Brian O’Brien (Photo courtesy of Mother Jones Heritage Project MJHP)

The marker itself will be seen by over a million people a year who come to take a break just off the world-famous Route 66.   After the ceremony, Mr O’Brien visited the indoor exhibition area at the location. They the group travelled to Mount Olive where Mr. O’Brien placed a wreath at the grave of Mother Jones in the Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive.

The wreath contained the words of her motto “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living” in both Irish and English. There…

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Anarchist Perspectives on Net Neutrality: The Digital Enclosure of the Commons


Yesterday, the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality. Without those protections, private corporations—and the class that controls them—can shape what information is available to people according to their own interests. Imagine a future in which the content widely available on the internet is comparable to what you could watch on network television in the 1980s! Today, the flows of information on the internet are almost identical with our collective thought processes: they determine what we can discuss, what we can imagine. But the fundamental problem is that the internet has always been controlled by the government and corporations.

It says a lot about the private sector that military development produced a comparatively horizontal framework that corporate control has rendered progressively less participatory and egalitarian. Unfortunately, there’s no anarchist alternative, no people’s internet to build up instead; this is the only one. State socialists have taken advantage of this opportunity to…

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Updates on the Picturehouse and Lee Hecht Harrison disputes – 14 December and beyond