Anarchy in the Sticks!

PRESS RELEASE from Brighton Against Arms Trade 12pm Friday 15th January 2021. (pdf)

In light of the information contained herein, campaigners are asking people to ring EDO on 01273 810500, ask for Public Relations and ask about use of EDO-produced weapons component in Nagorno Karabakh. Or just ask receptionist to forward the message.

ANDAIR Ltd announced this week it has ceased supplies of fuel components to the Turkish company Baykar Makina after discovering these had been used on armed drones sent to Azerbaijan.

Andair’s components were found in the wreckage of armed UAVs shot down in the war in Nagorno Karabakh by Armenian forces and documented in a report distributed on Twitter by the Armenian National Council of America(ANCA)

Brighton Against The Arms Trade (BAAT) welcomes Andair’s public statement and calls on the other UK company named in the ANCA report EDO MBM Technology Ltd…

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Talking Shop: Strike Map UK

New Syndicalist

Lockdowns have prompted union organisers to look anew at technologies that help connect workers together in communication, solidarity and struggle. We have previously published, for example, reflections on how messenger and video conferencing tools can be adapted to make organising more inclusive and that these lessons should be taken forward into a post-Covid world.

In this episode of Talking Shop we are joined by Henry from the exciting new initiative Strike Map UK – a digital platform that aims to publicise and amplify the activity of the trade union movement in the UK. Strike Map was set up as a tool for rank-and-file trade unionists and aspires to be a worker-controlled resource to make organising and action for workers more accessible. Henry explains what motivated him and his colleagues to set up the project, how it is adapting and changing to the challenges created by Covid and what are…

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Strikes not more Talks!

No Safety No Work

With the pandemic out of control it has never been more important for workers to take action over unsafe working conditions, low wages and lack of proper sick pay. Throughout the pandemic, the mainstream unions have offered advice and talked with employers but strikes have been few and very localised. There have been no calls for national co-ordinated industrial action. (See post on teachers: Instead, the base unions have led the way in supporting workers in workplaces largely ignored by other unions.

Care workers, cleaners and maintenance workers at Sage Nursing Home organised in the United Voices of the World grassroots union went out on a three day strike from 15th January. This comes after months of negotiations with the trustees of Sage over the demand for a £12 per hour pay rise and the sick pay and annual leave equivalent to what NHS workers receive.


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Limping into the new year: class struggle round-up for mid-January

Always Against Prison — From Hamilton to Minneapolis by Northshore Counter Info

It’s Going Down

Report back on banner drop in solidarity with five people facing serious charges following a New Year’s Eve noise demonstration in so-called Minneapolis.

This evening, we dropped a banner over highway 403 going towards Toronto in solidarity with the five people in Minneapolis facing serious felony charges in connection to a New Year’s eve noise demo in that city. Although we’re glad all five are out on bail, the arrests and charges mark a significant escalation of repression against an international anarchist tradition.

In our region, New Year’s noise demos started in 2009 in response to a hunger strike campaign by anarchist prisoners, and we have kept doing them every year since. These demos let us a share a moment of celebration with prisoners, breaking the alienation through direct action. As an international tradition, they are also a thread that connects us to anarchists elsewhere, allowing us to exchange ideas and tactics with people whose contexts are quite different than ours.

We can only imagine how the context in Minneapolis has shifted following the uprising. Struggle can seem so slow sometimes, building little by little, year by year. But then you get periods like this summer. It seems calmer now, but the same kind of state violence and impunity continues: we read about how there was another police murder in south Minneapolis this past week, and how the cop who murdered Jacob Blake in Kenosha was not charged.

As anarchists, our hostility towards police and prisons doesn’t wait for the streets to fill. Conflict with those institutions is permanent and we engage on our own terms. Going out on a freezing winter night to set off fire works for prisoners is unlikely to ever be very popular, but we all do it because it’s a meaningful expression of our values. Even if it means that repression often falls heaviest on those who don’t wait for movements to act and who don’t stop acting when they fade.

Massive movements like this summer’s are incredibly powerful though, and struggling alongside others is the best way to learn and grow. This is why international exchanges are so important, because for us here in Hamilton, if we were waiting for the streets to fill, we would be waiting a long time. And relationships of solidarity also mean you’re not alone in the hard times.

Reading reflections from like-minded people in the Twin Cities about the George Floyd rebellion has given us incredible inspiration. Although dropping a banner isn’t much, we hope to send a bit of that strength and courage back your way.

Always Against Prison!
From Hami to Mpls:
For a Fiery 2021!


Leeds SolFed

We post below a statement from the Chilean Friends of the International Workers’ Association, Grupo Germinal, explaining the Neoliberal Government’s harsh repression of protests and asking that pressure be applied to relevant diplomatic institutions, businesses, and organisations with protests and letters of solidarity.

In addition, the French Section (CNT-AIT) has proposed “a boycott of Chilean products as long as all the prisoners have not been released” – something we support as the Leeds local of the Solidarity Federation. Because of Chile’s export oriented economy, in practice this means refusing to buy food products originating there, such as salmon, avocado, wine, grapes, or kiwis. Christmas is one of the most important times of the year for this market, and so a well-organised boycott still has the potential to be highly effective.

Statement from Grupo Germinal:

“Since the uprising of the people of Chile against the rise in Metro tickets…

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“We Keep Us Safe”: Talking guns with America’s Socialist Rifle Association

Anti-Fascist Network

Trump appears to be on the way out, but none of us can have failed to notice all his numerous heavily-armed gangs of supporters out on the streets across the USA. And even if the man may be finished, Trumpism isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. These militias, “boogaloo bois”, ‘three percenters’ etc are constantly readying themselves for the apocalyptic civil war they believe is imminently coming. Meanwhile, mainstream liberals in America are very keen on gun control for the masses but fully support the police, who are themselves the main armed danger to large sections of America’s population.

How are the left responding to these threats? How do leftists, antifascists and minorities operate when the opposition are all armed to the teeth? Where is this all heading? One of the left responses to this situation is the Socialist Rifle Association – a national network of left wing gun clubs…

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The Red Joan of Arc — Elizabeth Gurley Flynn ( 1890- 1964)


By Geoff Cobb

(Reading time: 3 mins.)

Few Irish American women have led a more controversial life than Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. A fiery orator with a passionate dedication to social justice, Flynn dedicated her life to the working class. A militant’s militant, Flynn was arrested dozens of times fighting for the causes she espoused and served a prison term for her political beliefs. Flynn became one of the most influential labor organizers of the early 20th century, while also becoming the first female leader of the American Communist Party. Famed international journalist Eugene Lyons praised her intelligence saying she was “the most brilliant woman I had ever met.”

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the daughter of Irish immigrants, was born inConcord, New Hampshireon August 7th, 1890. The family moved to New York’s impoverished South Bronx in 1900,where Flynn attended the local public school. She later recalled, “I hated poverty. I was…

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‘Rewards for fat cats, the sack for you’: the Tower Hamlets Council workers’ strikes

Let's Get Rooted

On July 3rd, Tower Hamlets broke a COVID pandemic ceasefire with its workers by firing most of them – around 4,000 people – and rehiring on worse contracts. The attack, branded ‘Tower Rewards’ by the council and ‘Tower Robbery’ by everyone else, affected workers in administration, schools, housing, social care, drug and alcohol services, youth services, street cleaning and libraries (or ‘Ideas Stores’ as Tower Hamlets calls them).

Effects of the new contracts included cutting travel and other work allowances, rejigging pay grades, streamlining disciplinary procedures, cutting flexible working, and drastically reducing redundancy terms. The council argued Tower Rewards was a ‘workforce investment’ exercise, making much of enhanced holidays, special leave provisions and the fact that certain categories, like newly-trained social workers, would get higher starting wages.

Workers inUNISON, one of the four main council unions, voted for unlimited strike action in February. Strikes planned for April were called off because of…

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