Bangladesh Anarcho Syndicalist Federation

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We re-read Marxism over and over, its fundamentals. But none of this helped us to better understand the failure of “socialism”. We did, however, take an interest in the revolutionaries who criticized Marxism-Leninism. This led us to read the works of many anarchists, such as Mikhail Bakunin, William Godwin, PJ Proudhon, Peter Kropotkin, Emma Goldman, Errico Malatesta, Alexander Berkman, Max Stirner, Élisée Reclus, and Noam Chomsky.

The Growth of Anarcho-Syndicalism in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh anarchist workers’ movement is less than five years old, born out of the ashes of failed Marxism-Leninism. The author of this article recalls the antecedent period in Bangladesh history where Marxism-Leninism held hegemony. This was a time of deep faith and affection for the thought of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tsetung, and Trotsky. As far as the author understands, none in the movement knew of anarchism as a political ideology…

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Talk on Ecology (and some Vegan Lasagne)

This Sunday 24th Feb

Bristol Anarchist Federation

We are entering uncharted territory as capitalism exerts ever-increasing pressure on the earth’s ecosystems. left unchecked, the current fossil fuel economy will continue to wreck the climate and the burden of the resulting problems will fall disproportionately on the working class and those living in less economically developed countries.

Can capitalism reform its way into environmental sustainability? Can aware consumers buy their way out of global warming? Will the governments of the world save us from Climate Change? Learn out surprising answers (spoiler warning: no) and discuss the reasons why, and what we can do instead!

We’ll have copies of the pamphlet that we’re basing the talk on available. If you can’t wait to get hold of it, you can download it in PDF form here.

The location is; BASE Community Co-operative, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JY (website)

The talk will start at 7.30, but…

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Where the Mid & South Essex Sustainability & Transformation Partnership patient transfer plans fail

On aspect of the yet to be fully defeated Mid & South Essex Sustainability & Transformation Partnership (STP) plans for ‘re-organising’ NHS hospital services in the region involves more reliance on transporting patients between hospitals. More transportation of patients will be needed because of the ‘rationalisation’ of services that are currently available at all the hospitals eventually only being available at one. These plans are a theoretical exercise that will fail on the first contact with harsh reality. One harsh reality being that traffic does not always flow smoothly. In fact, as you can see from the above image of the serious accident that occurred on the A130 today (15.2), the traffic wasn’t moving at all. It’s time for the Mid & South Essex STP to be honest and admit their plans are seriously flawed and will potentially cost lives.

#MidSouthEssexSTP #A130 #PostcodeLifeLottery #LivesOnTheLine

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I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff: a morning with Maximus

scottish unemployed workers' network

Wolf demon DWP

Mike has mobility issues. He’s not in a wheelchair, but he cannot walk far. He also cannot sit still for long periods. He is unable to get out of the house much and consequently suffers from depression and anxiety issues. He had an ESA assessment coming up, so one of our volunteers agreed to go with him.

The appointment was an early one. Despite this he still was forced to wait nearly an hour beyond his appointment time. When a complaint was made, it was explained that previous appointments had ‘obviously been difficult cases’ and ‘run on’. Mike’s disability means he cannot stand or sit in a chair for long periods, and he had to get up and down. The long wait actually meant that he was in danger of losing his seat, as the ‘customers’ for the next set of appointments were coming in.

The solitary toilet was out…

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Wherever we stand, we stand against fascism: March 16 call to action from the Outlive Them Jewish antifascist network

Cautiously pessimistic

Outlive Them, the Jewish antifascist network, have put out a new international call to action for March 16th.

As with their previous call, I want to add a quick note on the UK context:

Here in the UK, Jewish antifascists are still trapped in the middle of a bruising fight between the cynicism of Jewish establishment/centrist figures trying to use the spectre of antisemitism as a way to delegitimise anyone to the left of Frank Field, and leftists responding to this by denying or defending obvious instances of antisemitism on the other. Much has happened over the last year that won’t be forgotten or forgiven easily, from the smearing of Jewish socialists and anti-racists as “a source of virulent antisemitism”, the clowns who tried to claim that attending a “seber” was proof of antisemitism, trying to set themselves up as experts on the subject while not even…

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Mother Jones continues to draw huge interest in the USA

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival

Some news in from our friends at the Mother Jones Heritage Project in Illinois with thanks to Prof. Rosemary Feurer.

Firstly there’s an update on two exciting musical events

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 4th February for what promises to be a highly impressive performance of the 2019 Siamsa na nGael – a Celtic Celebration of the Arts, Song, Dance and Stories.

Tickets are on sale beginning February 4. Post performance and sponsorship packages are available by calling 312-798-2348. The event takes place at the Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago.

Next there’s the equally exciting performance of the musical Mother Jones in Heaven by the inimitable Si Kahn who performed at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Cork in 2014.   The musical will be performed on Wednesday, March  27th 2019 at 7.00pm at the Irish American Center in Chicago.

There’s also the Mother Jones May Day Birthday Party

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Universal Credit staff ballot for strike — Anarchist Communist Group

Wessex Solidarity

DWP workers at two service centres in the West Midlands are being balloted for strike action to take place on two days in March. Faced with the overwhelming burden placed on them by Universal Credit, the 700 PCS members in Walsall and Wolverhampton are demanding 5,000 new staff, permanent contracts, controls over work volume, and…

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