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.

Surprise picket at United World language school in support of disabled worker.

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

Mike is a language teacher with 20 years service at United World school of English in Bournemouth. Language schools are notorious for exploitation and poor employment practices, hence the need for a TEFL union within the IWW. Mike is now suing them for constructive dismissal on grounds of disability discrimination under the equalities act 2010.

Thanks to those Fellow Workers who turned out at short notice to support him, it was great fun. Arriving at 9:30 we made a placard on the spot and gave out many leaflets. Reception from the public was entirely positive and it’s good to chat with people about their own work problems.

The bosses’ pathetic blithering fell on deaf ears, had we heard their side? Save it for the tribunal, mush, it’s an adversarial process. You can complain to these types till you’re blue in the face but when you take action they act all…

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Course launch! Learn online with Corporate Watch

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Corporate Watch has just launched its first online course! The Know Your Enemy Online Course is a self-paced, online training, that teaches people practical research skills through a series of video tutorials and examples. Interested? Enrol here for free.

About the Course

Do you have a problem with a company or industry and want to know more about it? Do you feel frustrated not knowing how to find the info you need? Do you want to fight back more effectively but get overwhelmed trying to find things online? Do you wish you could get a step ahead and finally find contracts and government plans before they hit the headlines?

The Know Your Enemy online course is designed for you. Whether you are a single mum fighting a landlord, a worker challenging your boss, part of a grassroots movement or campaign,  a student campaigner or a freelance writer – this course is designed to give you the practical skills you need to ‘Know Your Enemy’.

What will I learn?

This self-paced, online training, through a series of video tutorials, gives you practical skills to be able to:

  • Get clear and organised – know what you need to research and how
  • Research securely – learn simple tactics for online security
  • Use search engines effectively – prevent overwhelm and find the info you need faster
  • Build a company profile – mapping its ownership to the highest level
  • Find directors, board members and other key players – find out who pulls the strings
  • Find shareholders
  • Read company accounts – learn simple strategies for cutting through the jargon and finding the information you need quickly
  • Find government contracts
  • Connect the dots between lobbyists, companies and politicians – know how to find donations to political parties and more
  • Write and submit a Freedom of Information request
  • Map out company supply chains and get industry insight about risks and vulnerabilities
  • Undertake offline research – from speaking to workers to physical surveillance of factories
  • Write up and share your research with the world

Interested? Enrol here for free.

Rebecca Hall is uncovering the hidden history of women-led slave revolts – and she’s doing it via graphic novel

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Historian Rebecca Hall speaks to Leyla Reynolds about hidden histories, women-led slave revolts and why she’s doing academia differently.

You don’t often see historians presenting their work via illustration. But thinking about it, why not? What better way to bring the past to vivid life?

That’s exactly the approach taken by Dr Rebecca Hall, a historian who’s seeking to uncover the hidden legacies of transatlantic slavery via graphic novel.

Her new book, WAKE, is a collaboration with artist Hugo Martinez and explores the under-researched history of women-led slave revolts in the Americas.

The book explores both the revolts that took place on slave ships during the so-called ‘Middle Passage’ stage of the Triangular Trade and uprisings that happened in colonial New York, pieced together from historical evidence ranging from slave ship logs to forensic matter taken from enslaved African burial grounds in the city.

Dr Hall – who has descended from Black enslaved Africans herself – spoke to gal-dem about the project, histories that shouldn’t be hidden and how slavery has shaped our modern conceptions of self.

gal-dem: What do you want the impact of this book to be?

Dr Rebecca Hall: I hope that it gets adopted, and is used in teaching, in high school and on the curriculum. I’ve taught everything from law school, to graduate school to college and I’ve seen all of the horrible ways the history of slavery and race is taught. This should be an intervention into that. I want African American people to take pride in their ancestry and to see their ancestry is a form of power. I want these women’s stories to be told and I don’t want to see such violent erasure.

It’s unusual to publish a piece of historical research like WAKE as a graphic novel – what led to the decision?

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Fury Over Spain

A documentary film produced by the international branch of CNT-FAI in Barcelona in 1936. today in Public Domain. I strongly believed the film was put together by Emma Goldman in the role of executive producer when acting as a liaison between the CNT and the Anarchist Movement in the United States the UK.

Fury Over Spain was released in the United States in 1937, first in New York, and reviewed by The New York Times, later in fundraising events around the country, also in Canada and Australia. The New York Times exalted the role of Peter Weinschenk as one of the camera operators, and photographers.

Pablo Weinschenk would later change his name to Pablo Tabernero in Argentina where he lived between 1937 and 1967. The film “Searching 4-Tabernero” by Eduardo Montes-Bradley, approaches the life of Pablo Weinschenk in detail. The use of Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” in Fury Over Spain is an interesting element.

Eduardo Montes-Bradley

EN: Yesssss RUMOER #4 Summer 2021

RUMOER

BOOOOOOOM!!! RUMOER number four on your screen (or preferably, on paper). Loaded edition with thoughts and reflections. About the curfew riots in the Netherlands, corona-stress of anti-authoritarian people but also on accountability-processes. Also there is lots of news from very far and pretty nearby…

Like the last issues, this RUMOER will be spread on the streets, in spots that are not 100% hygienic. You may also find it in your better bookstore or (anti)social-center.

Yer tiz!

If you cant find it there you can also just print it, or send us an email with your order. You could order a couple more, so your friends and family profit from it as well. Quite nice is that you can send us some money, if you have any, otherwise we will just send you one for free. Send your request to RUMOER at RISEUP dot NET.

 

We send hugs and strength to all our anarchist fighters, lovers, and rascals around the globe, see you soon on the streets.
XXX RUMOER

Summary and thoughts: The Magneti Marelli Workers Committee – The ‘Red Guard’ tells its story (Milan, 1975-78), by Emilio Mentasti

Angry Workers

The book [1] portrays in detailed fashion the background and activity of the Workers’ Committee at Magneti Marelli in Crescenzago in Italy, a manufacturing plant of around 4,000 workers during the mid to late 1970s. In many ways the Workers’ Committee was the most developed expression of ‘workers’ political autonomy’ during this period.

For us the committees are still a crucial political reference-point and compass and we invite comrades to debate how this historical experience can help us to re-orient our political practice in the here and now. If you want to take part in this debate, please get in touch.

We think the experiences detailed in the book can help us to sharpen our debate around various contemporary issues:

* The phase of ‘workers’ autonomy’ is usually associated with the offensive wage struggles at the end of the boom years of the 1960s. In contrast, the Workers’ Committee emerged after the crisis blow of 1973, which means that the main question at the time was how to turn a defensive struggle against restructuring into an offensive one. One of the main targets of these struggles was the attempt of the bosses to send parts of the workforce into Cassa Integrazione, a state-sponsored furlough system that was used to undermine workers’ collectivity.

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Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic – by Nina Burleigh.

Seven Stories Press

New York Times bestselling author Nina Burleigh weaves together the key narrative strands to create an uncompromising and highly informed expose about our shared global pandemic experience and what it means for our future

The only close analysis of our pandemic year revealing how the confluence of key government missteps, behind-the-scenes deal brokering, staggering dismissal of decades of scientific progress, conspiracy theories, and further malfeasance were behind hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.

“A fast-paced narrative that captures the spirit of our dystopian times.” —Craig Unger, author of American Kompromat

A few months before the virus slammed the world, global public health experts declared the United States the most prepared for a possible pandemic. Instead, we watched as the disease killed half a million Americans. A stunned nation has been too busy grieving and doing damage control to ask why, or to even start to comprehend just how much of the blundering and chaos of the pandemic response was actually either deliberate or entirely predictable. Nina Burleigh provides some shocking answers. Here readers will learn:

  • How the Trump administration packed public health agencies with right wing Christians and their political allies who cared more about gender norms and policing morality than a possible pandemic.
  • How another branch of the Trump administration, the anti-government ideologues, were so enamored of extreme free market principles that they treated the pandemic as a business opportunity.
  • How America’s anti-expertise culture, long nurtured by right wing media and conservative politicians, and now at its apogee, has left countless millions of Americans doubting the efficacy and safety of vaccines.
  • How the phenomenal success of childhood vaccines on extending average lifespan since the early 20th Century has left many Americans so ignorant about how much vaccines have already improved their lives that they’re willing to reject them.
  • How our metastasizing national security state and the “bad science” of the Cold War from the A-bomb to bioweapons and beyond explains the credulity of vast numbers of Americans who subscribe to wild conspiracy theories about Covid.
  • How a growing number of mainstream scientists now actually accept the “lab leak hypothesis” about the origins of the virus.

Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic is not a book for those who think they already know how the story ends, but one that asks the tough questions in terse, hard-hitting paragraphs and chapters. Virus walks a tightrope wire, in the same way that nearly all Americans are already doing, and does not presume our lives will be saved by any one approach or answer, or that any side has ownership of the truth, but puts us on a path towards a better understanding of what just happened to us and where we’re likely to be headed when, not if, the next virus appears.

Press Release: Independent Medical Experts called at today’s Pre-Inquest Review

Justice For Gaia

  • Pre-Inquest Review Hearing on the disappearance and death of Dorset teenager Gaia Pope was held today at Bournemouth Town Hall.
  • Gaia’s family believe she died due to failings by police and mental health services following an incident of rape.
  • The Coroner has confirmed that she will now instruct two independent medical experts to provide opinions on Gaia’s care ahead of the full inquest in April 2022.

Wednesday 19 May: inquest proceedings into the death of 19-year-old Gaia Pope from Swanage resumed today with a Pre-Inquest Review hearing at Bournemouth Town Hall. Senior coroner for Dorset Rachael Griffin has confirmed that she will now be instructing two independent medical experts to provide opinions regarding the adequacy of the epilepsy care Gaia received as well as another expert to comment on the sufficiency of this care in light of Gaia’s mental health difficulties.

It was also confirmed that the family will be…

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