Invitation to Dorset Radical Bookfair 2018.

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Our e-mail address is dorsetbookfair@riseup.net

Dorset’s second Radical Bookfair will take place on Saturday 4th August 2018 at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Rd, Bournemouth BH6 5LB (Nearest railway station is Pokesdown). All rooms have access for disabled people.

Stalls

We invite applications for stalls from individuals, non-hierarchical groups and campaigns, grassroots unions, independent and non-commercial booksellers, artists, publishers and distributors. Priority will be given to those active in class struggle, antifascism, anti-oppression, environmentalism and mutual aid. No political parties please.

Stalls are £15 each in the main hall, we had to raise the price because this venue is significantly more expensive than last year but it has more space. In the unlikely event that we have any spare tables we’ll do our best to share them out on the basis of need. Setup from 9:30, open to public at 11:00.  There is a large car park at the venue.

Meetings

We’d appreciate suggestions for talks, discussions, presentations, workshops and films. Please send us a brief description of what you’d like to do, anything you would need, and a summary for the programme.

Other facilities

We aim to provide vegan food, snacks and drinks throughout the day. There will be a kids’ area – supervised play not crèche, guardians to remain in sight of their charges. Gender-neutral toilets, disabled and baby changing. The fire assembly point is at the front of the building.

Afterparty

Live music and Reggae D.J. at the Riviera Bar in Boscombe until 2 a.m. £5 suggested donation to Bookfair and to cover artists’ expenses. 560 Christchurch Rd Boscombe BH1 4BH – at the top end of the pedestrian bit, it’s about 15 minutes walk from the Beaufort Centre.

We ask participants to endorse our statement of common principles

We want everyone attending this event to feel safe, comfortable and included. We reject hierarchy and coercion, we do not use or tolerate oppressive language: ableism, homophobia, racism, transphobia, sexism, snobbery or otherwise. We do not make excuses for sexual abuse or authoritarian regimes. We respect each other’s boundaries. We may ask people to modify their behaviour or take it elsewhere.

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On A Proposed Communist Settlement A New Colony for Tyneside or Wearside. Peter Kropotkin

TYNESIDE ANARCHIST ARCHIVE

From The Newcastle Daily Chronicle: February 20, 1895.

More on the Clousden Hill colony later, but for now…..

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The PDF file here…..  Kropotkin-Proposed_communist_settlement-read

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Anarchy at the AU

London Anarchist Federation

The antiuniversity now festival has some amazing events this year. The full programme is available at http://www.antiuniversity.org/ but here is our rundown of anarchist events at the AU!

Radical Ecology

The Anarchist Federation will present ideas from their new pamphlet on an anti-capitalist view of environmental issues, including both the root causes (spoiler alert: it’s capitalism) and the false solutions offered up as ways out of the crisis. We will have an introductory talk followed by a participatory discussion. http://programme.antiuniversity.org/id/radical-ecology

Decoding Chomsky: Making Sense of the Politics and Science of the World’s Best-Known Intellectual

http://programme.antiuniversity.org/id/decoding-chomsky:-making-sense-of-the-politics-and-science-of-the-world’s-best-known-intellectual

No Gods, No Masters

Religious belief is still very strong in the world today, despite predictions that it would disappear with science and the development of a secular society. For many people, this is not a problem- we should be tolerant of the beliefs of others. After all, these beliefs are about things that we…

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ASH Films: News Reports, Presentations, Counter Propaganda, Documentaries

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Cotton Gardens Estate, Lambeth

News Reports

Housing Hell (January 2016). RT UK News, 4:25.

Sink Estates(January 2016). Channel 4 News, 3:21.

Heygate Estate Redevelopment (October 2016). ABC News, 7:28.

‘This is a complete scandal, like many other such local authority projects. What an appalling deal Southwark cut for residents, for public funding and assets, and for London.’ – S. Keene

Roofless Times (December 2016). RT UK News, 6:04.

London Tower Fire (June 2017). RT UK News, 3:46.

Presentations

An Opportunity for a More Ethical Architectural Practice (October 2015). Architectural Association, 1:54:13.

UK Housing Crisis and Regeneration (April 2016). Windows on the World, 1:19:36.

‘Great guests, excellent discussion. It’s shocking what’s happening to this country. I wish people wouldn’t just see it in party political terms. Waiting for the next den of thieves to get in won’t get us anywhere.’ – Natalie Minnis

Tower, Slab, Superblock: London (December 2016), Architectural League of New York…

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100 years of Antifascism: Bristol 19-20th May

Wessex Solidarity

A weekend of talks and short films to celebrate 100 years of fighting fascism at BASE Social Centre (formerly Kebele) 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY. All welcome.facebook event

In conjunction with the International Brigades Memorial Trust, Bristol Antifascists presents a weekend of talks and films celebrating our rich collective history of fighting fascism in the UK and beyond. Come along, learn, discuss, share, network and plan for the future.

Events will run from 10-5.30 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday and a healthy, vegan lunch will be offered for a suggested donation on both days. In the cafe room, we are excited to be hosting the ANTIFASCISTAS exhibition by the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

If you would like to recommend a speaker or a film please contact us

“Workers Power: Unions against Fascists”

“Beating the Fascists: Physical Resistance to Fascism”

“Fighting Fascism in the Middle East, a…

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The IBRG archive at the WCML; Part Three;Publicising IBRG to the Irish diaspora.

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In 1987 IBRG was six years old and growing as new branches were being started across the country. Communicating with the Irish communty  was not as easy then as it is today. In the 1980s  some  Irish people were visible in traditional organisations such as Counties Associations and at Irish Centres, in political organisations such as the political parties and left groups such as the Connolly Association.  But for many, and particularly radical women, they were unlikely to join anything with Irish as a prefix. During the 1980s over 40,000 Irish people were coming to Britain to look for work and reaching out to them was not going to be easy.

an pobal eirithe” ( The Risen People) the new magazine of the IBRG was produced to “promote the objectives of the IBRG”. This included to communicate with the Irish community in Britain, to promote the rights…

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Stirrer No.6 has arrived:)

The spring/summer print edition of the Stirrer has just arrived from our friends at Oxford GreenPrint. Distribution will start next week – read the front cover from the downloadable PDF (see link below) and you’ll see why…

As ever, if any of our supporters want to take a small bundle to hand out to friends and neighbours, feel free to get in touch and we’ll work out a way of getting them to you. We’re going to be out and about at various events during the course of the summer – as and when we get close to them, we’ll post up details on this blog so you know where to get hold of a paper and meet us. If you run or know of a venue that you think would be sympathetic to our politics and would be willing to take a small bundle for their patrons, please let…

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My review of “Poster Workshop 1968-1971” by Sam Lord with Peter Dukes, Jo Robinson and Sarah Wilson.

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It is the May elections this week and the title of this book will resonate with many people: they are that disillusioned with the political process and politicians.  But this book is not about politicians; it is about how people at a grassroots level, 50 years ago, really did believe that they could change society and not just here but over the water in the North of Ireland,  in South Africa and in  Vietnam.

This book tells the story of the Poster Workshop in London and how they  used the new technology of screen printing, which allowed people to produce cheap and accessible posters  to convey important messages for all kinds of political movements.

The Poster Workshop was part of a bigger worldwide  movement which began in France in May/June 1968 when students alongside workers went on strike,  challenging the right wing government and demanding seismic change in society. It…

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