Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 2021

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair will take place on Saturday 6th November 2021 from 10am until 4pm at People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Bridge Street, M3 3ER.

Please help spread the Word… but not the virus! We have postcards printed that we can send to you to help us get the word out there.

To keep others safe please take a lateral flow test before attending, don’t attend if feeling unwell and please wear a face mask. No dogs except guide dogs please.

As you can imagine things might change so please watch this space for latest updates. Or that space! Or that space! Or even this space! (Depending on which, if any, social media platforms you use!)

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair is run by a small team of volunteers. The only income we get is from charges for stalls and donations.

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Statement in support of Ryan Roberts

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross - Prisoner Support

On 25th October, Ryan Roberts is on trial in Bristol on charges of riot and arson relating to the Kill the Bill demo on 21st March 2021. Ryan has been held on remand since April and is the first defendant to face trial following the events of that night.

We stand in solidarity with Ryan and all KTB defendants. The police acted with impunity at the KTB demos. Protesters sitting in the road were violently attacked. People were pepper-sprayed, and hit with batons and shields. 62 people were injured in the KTB protests that took place in Bristol in March.

But they only call it violence when we fight back.

It is not a crime to fight back against police violence and state repression. We cannot stand to one side when people are beaten. And every one of us has a duty to stand in solidarity with those persecuted for…

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How to become f̶i̶n̶a̶n̶c̶i̶a̶l̶l̶y free

Leeds SolFed

In some online videos recently, I noticed how scam-artist buy-to-let landlords describe
“passive income” (money leeched off exploited tenants) as being a golden ticket to “financial freedom”. Ironically, these parasites are somewhat closer to the truth of what freedom is than those who naively believe we all already have it. Indeed, freedom is about having the things we need to exist as we like, rather than having a choice between different soap brands, or the ability to buy a house if your parents are rich enough.

Because these landlords have swindled their way into this position, they do in fact have what they need and can exist as they like. They can spend their money on all manner of nice things: buying overpriced watches or – as they like to do – enriching themselves forever, making pointless money out of pointless money. The rest of us, however, do not…

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Jordan: Dissolution of Jordanian Teachers’ Association, dismissal of teachers and obstruction of union work

Wessex Solidarity

If the following story sounds familiar, it’s because this is an ongoing struggle. And we need your help to win. 

The Education International, with the support of the International Trade Union Confederation, is calling on the Jordanian government to protest the dissolution of the Jordanian Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the massive dismissals of teachers including 14 JTA leaders.

In their statement, the union leaders say that “Criminalisation of legitimate trade union activities including marches and demonstrations is unacceptable.”

They are calling on Jordan’s government

• to unconditionally reinstate the dismissed leaders of the Jordanian Teachers’ Association and the 65 teachers who were forced to retire early;

• to lift the suspension of JTA union activities;

• to guarantee the fundamental rights and democratic freedoms of educators and all workers, including freedom of expression and of association and the right to assembly, which are essential to the functioning of independent trade…

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No Feminism without Trans People

Outside the Circle

Walking around on a gray day listening to a podcast about how potentially liberatory forms of having pride in one’s identity, especially when those identities are systematically under attack, can and have turned into the opposite—that is, nonliberatory forms of an essentialist “us” versus “them” in which the “them”(s) are hardened into enemies to be excluded, attacked, or harmed/killed—when I saw this phrase, wheat pasted on the repeatedly stolen lands of Tio’tia:ke/Montreal: “No feminism without trans people.”

It should go without saying, yes/oui? “Feminism” isn’t, or shouldn’t be, attached a particular body, a particular border, a narrowness that limits the horizon of what should and could be possible when we liberate ourselves patriarchy and heteronormativity. It should be, and at times has been or is, an ethic that stresses forms of liberatory social relations and social organization all at cross-purposes with, and seeking to abolish, how social constructions of gender…

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It’s Time for the Bosses to Pay Up

No Safety No Work

One of the constant refrains of the committee which runs the UK on behalf of the bosses, ie the government, is that “we are all in this (the pandemic) together!”. That is a demonstrable lie. Covid-19 has impacted the working class disproportionately. The boss class has increased its wealth and avoided death by Covid to a far greater extent than has the working class, which has seen its income reduced and high death rates from Covid-19. The failure to extend the £20 Universal Credit uplift and Fire & Rehire are the most glaring examples of the working class being forced to pay for the government’s abject failure to manage a foreseeable pandemic. That the UK has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in western Europe (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-worst-in-western-europe-for-covid-infections-and-deaths-fnf8vpgs6 ) shows that as far as the bosses are concerned, the working class is expendable.

The inequality in the UK is well…

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AngryWorkers Daily Dose of Class Hatred #3

Angry Workers

Unprofitable ships are disposable – so are the seafarers Let’s start with a confession. I don’t often dip into the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). When I do, it’s always after dodging their pay wall. Again, after glancing at the headline I often move on to other things – a cup of coffee or an Angrys…

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We are proud of those who fought back against the police

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross - Prisoner Support

A statement by Bristol Anarchist Black Cross and Bristol Defendant Solidarity

On Friday 30th July, five people were sentenced to over 14 years between them. Four people were given sentences of over three years for riot.

These five people are the first to receive custodial sentences for the confrontation with the police outside Bridewell Police Station at the Kill the Bill demonstration on 21st March. However, over 75 people have been arrested, 28 of them have now been charged. Two people are currently on remand in Horfield prison.

The sentences are:

  • BL 3 years 11 months
  • KA 3 years 6 months
  • SQ 3 years 3 months
  • KS 3 years 6 months
  • YS 5 months

Click here to donate to our crowdfunder to support those who are in prison

What happened on 21st March was an outpouring of rage against the violence of the police. The crowd fought back after police…

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NHS pay dispute from below – Online newsletter no.2

Health Workers United

3% pay insult?! Time to fuck shit up!

Welcome to the second newsletter for a workers-led NHS pay dispute! The various trade unions are slowly starting to inform their members about the consultation – if you are a member, please vote to reject the 3% government pay ‘increase’ decision. Inflation is expected to rise to up to 4% – we might be in for another real wage cut. Here are a few things that we should bear in mind over the coming weeks – until the union consultation closes.

* As health workers we are between a rock and a hard place. The government won’t budge and improve the 3% pay ‘increase’. It will need a lot of pressure to get a better wage. The unions will have to do something to build this pressure, but they are not used to it. They are used to petitioning, symbolic protests, perhaps…

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Fellow health workers – We have to take this struggle into our own hands – Leaflet

Health Workers United

(Picture: Recent rebellion of hospital workers in Argentina)

This is a longer version of a leaflet that we wrote for the current pay campaign in general and the day of action on the 3rd of July in concrete. If you want us to send you copies for your local protests, please contact us at: healthworkersunited@protonmail.com

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We don’t have to tell you anything new about the situation. We all lost 10% pay in real terms since 2010, the 1% or even 4% pay offer is a disgrace, inflation is rising. There is enough money floating about, but it ends up in the wrong pockets, of this or that CEO or investor or friend of No.10. Where the money ends up, whether in our or their pocket, is a question of power. How can we develop our power?

Power is different from appealing or lobbying. They won’t give us more money…

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