A message from the collective – venue required!

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Dear Comrades,

It looks like the Corn Exchange are planning to do away with the kitchen in their renovations, which would make it an unsuitable venue for our bookfair.

We are therefore looking for another site  for next year’s event. We’ve held bookfairs in Christchurch, Boscombe and Dorchester so will consider anywhere in the county if:

  • We can hire it for 600 quid or less.
  • It’s got space for 20 plus 6′ tables.
  • At least one separate meeting room, ideally two.
  • Cooking facilities.
  • Disabled access.
  • Car parking.
  • We can hold the afterparty there (outside perhaps) or very close by.

A pretty tall order but let us know if anything comes to mind.

Solid

The DRB Collective.

Oscar Wilde: Anarchism, Anticolonialism & Art

Please visit the Derry Radical Bookfair website for other online events on the day.

DERRY RADICAL BOOKFAIR

Deaglán Ó Donghaile (author, Oscar Wilde and the Radical Politics of the Fin de Siècle)Drawing on his new book, Oscar Wilde and the Radical Politics of the Fin de Siècle and his forthcoming study, Revolutionary Wilde, Dr Deaglán Ó Donghaile will discuss how the themes of anarchism, anticolonialism, and art are key to Oscar Wilde’s literary writings.

While Wilde has traditionally been viewed as an apolitical and even conservative author, Deaglán will explain how his works are key anarchist texts that engage very directly with class struggles and anticolonial themes.

Wilde’s plays, fiction and essays publicly criticised the coercion laws that were imposed on Ireland throughout the nineteenth century – laws that provided the legal and ideological bases for various forms of repressive neoliberal legislation today.In particular, Deaglán will discuss the enduring relevance of Wilde’s famous essay, “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”, which drew on anarchist and anticolonial critiques…

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Stormy Petrel – ACG magazine

Anarchist Communist Group

Stormy Petrel is the Anarchist Communist Group’s theoretical journal. The latest issue is a bumper 60 pages of revolutionary anarchist communist thought and ideas. It contains the following:

  • Building Resilient Communities: The Challenges of Organising Locally
  • Community Activism in South Essex
  • Mutual Aid during the Pandemic
  • Charity or Solidarity?
  • Covid Mutual Aid: A Revolutionary Critique
  • ACORN – no mighty oak!
  • Anarchist Communists, anti-fascism and Anti-Fascism
  • Women: Working and Organising
  • What is Anarchist Communism? (excerpt from Brian Morris’s forthcoming book)
  • Poll Tax Rebellion – Danny Burns
  • Book Reviews – Putting the poll tax rebellion in perspective
  • We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post-War Britain
  • Class Power on Zero Hours
  • McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality

£4 + £1.40 p&p
Order your copy via PayPal to londonacg@gmail.com

Book Launch: Ben Fletcher, The Life & Times of a Black Wobbly

DERRY RADICAL BOOKFAIR

Your are welcome to join this years Derry Radical Bookfair as we introduce the virtual book launch of Peter Cole’s Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly on Saturday, January 30th at 4pm (Ireland Standard Time) hosted by the DerryRadical Bookfair.

Peter will present a background to his amazing new book on Ben Fletcher, an African American who helped lead the IWW’s most militant and effective interracial branch, epitomized the union’s brand of anti-capitalism and anti-racism.

Fletcher (1890−1949) was a tremendously important and well-loved member of the IWW during its heyday, the first quarter of the 20th century. A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union. When founded in 1913, this union was a third African American, a third Irish and Irish American, and a third other European immigrants. Despite being hated…

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Book Review. Imperial Intimacies: a Tale of Two Islands by Hazel V. Carby

Bristol Radical History Group

This is an eloquent and angry account of Professor Hazel Carby’s family history linked to the shameful history of the British Empire. She is painfully honest about the relationship of her own parents – her mother born in Wales, her father from Jamaica, their marriage soured by “the climate of virulent and violent British racism.”

It was in Bristol where her mother had grown up and where “ambition took root and flourished, the city that nurtured and nourished her dreaming…the city’s architecture appeared to confirm her ambition.” But the author is also well aware of the grim side of life in the city, for her grandmother lived in Bedminster next to “the smelting works, the killing pens, the processing and dyeing of the skins of dead animals for luxurious leathers, and the reduction of their bones and other waste for glue. There was no fresh air to breathe, just the putrid stench of the glue factory and the strong fumes from the tannery…”

Hazel Carby acknowledges that “members of the Bristol Radical History Group helped me to discover the history of the city’s workhouse” – her forbears had ended up in Stapleton Workhouse where conditions were deliberately harsh to discourage any but the utterly destitute from applying for entry. Another of her ancestors was a victim of the Bristol Emigration Society that became notorious for sending young children from Britain to Canada to become a cheap source of farm labour and domestic help.

The “fierce determination” of her mother and of herself enabled them to overcome massive obstacles. Throughout Hazel Carby links her family story to the “everyday ties, relations and intricate interdependencies of empire and colonialism.” Inevitably then it is a sad story, especially when she is describing the way her father, who had voluntarily joined the RAF during the Second World War, is treated during an interview by the British immigration service. His papers had been contemptuously swept off a table on to the floor.

“When my father described how he had been treated in this interview I shared his humiliation. As I sat by his side, he held fast to my hand, his grasp as tight as that of a man who was drowning. He seemed to be forcing hair into his lungs through a throat constricted with the effort not to cry, not to scream with frustration.”

Colin Thomas

Derry Radical Bookfair Goes Online for 2021

DERRY RADICAL BOOKFAIR

In 2021 Derry will once again play host to our 5th annual Derry Radical Bookfair, however this year due to ongoing restrictions and social distancing brought on by the current Covid 19 pandemic organisers will hold an online event instead.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said that “Due to health and safety concerns it was decided to hold our 5th Radical Bookfair online.

“It simply won’t be the same as previous years however we are determined to create a number of online events such as book launches or discussions on the day itself. At the minute we are looking at hosting these events online on the day in which we have scheduled the book fair itself. Over the next few weeks we intend to make public the different events planned and help publicise them as best we can through social media, on our webpage and through the radical…

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Anathema Volume 7 Issue 1

A Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical

Volume 7 Issue 1 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)

Volume 7 Issue 1 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)

In this issue:

  • Year In Review
  • What Went Down
  • Words Mean Things: Mutual Aid
  • Autonomous Delivery Robots
  • The Group Chat: Our New Social Hub
  • Comic
  • Philly Encampments: What We Lost When “We Won”
  • The Only News I Need Is On The Weather Report
  • Repression Updates
  • Poem

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty, 2000

lipstick socialist

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th.

Bloody Sunday campaign postcard.

Last Bloody Sunday March

On 22nd January IBRG branches attended the annual Bloody Sunday March in London with their banners and the rally afterwards at London University. It was announced that it was the last Bloody Sunday march in Britain.

The IBRG made it clear it wanted the march to continue. Since 1982 the IBRG had marched with their banner on this march, and had been part of the organising committee each year making a large donation to the march, plus getting other sponsorships for it. The last photo of the start of the march was with people carrying crosses with the name of the…

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THE STATE IS TERROR, WE DON’T SCARE. Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet (DAF).

Wessex Solidarity

Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet (DAF).

This morning, the Governor of Istanbul announced that all demonstrations in Beşiktaş and Sarıyer were prohibited. Announcing the statement on his twitter account, the Governor said, “Considering that it may adversely affect the efforts to protect the society from the epidemic and prevent the spread of the epidemic, all kinds of meetings, demonstrations and marches are prohibited in these districts.” said.

Let’s express the sentences that they could not. Fear prohibits. The fear of the AKP’s collapse is increasing day by day. As his fear grows, his prohibitions also increase. This fear didn’t start today. Those resisting in Gezi, in Kobani; Those who went out on the streets after the bombs exploded in Amed, Suruç and Ankara became the fear of the state. In all the previous years, the state has attacked and banned them due to it’s fear. The courage of those who resisted…

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After Landlords

Liverpool Anarchist

Featured in Issue X – December 2020

Resisting evictions, rent strikes and squatting are all means of improving our lives in the present, building solidarity and exposing the injustice of the class divide. But these struggles can only bring partial and temporary victories until they escalate to the point of overturning the root cause: capitalism. Problems we face around housing are not simply due to callous landlords but are a product of an economic system based on private property and competition.

Currently houses are not resources distributed according to need, but property owned by people with the wealth to buy them. Those who cannot afford to buy a house must give much of their wage to a landlord. As well as being inherently exploitative, this hierarchy gives the landlord the power to impose arbitrary rules, increase rent, apply charges, get away with bullying and neglect, and ultimately evict the tenant…

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History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part nineteen 1999

lipstick socialist

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th.

IBRG Manchester leaflet 1990s.

On 18th January IBRG members attended a public meeting at the Camden Irish Centre with   The Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition to welcome their delegation to London. The delegation  had earlier in the day met Tony Blair at Downing Street.

The Robert Hamill murder was also discussed at the meeting.

Dogs more important than lives of Irish

In January the IBRG noted that two police officers,  who were found guilty of cruelty to the dogs, were sacked from the Essex Police force. Meanwhile two Scots Guards found guilty of murdering 18-year-old Peter McBride in North Belfast were allowed back into the British army. The decision was…

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