Lumpen Project newsletter Jan 2020

What We’re Up To

I don’t even remember the last time we wrote to you, I think it was November, anyway this will be the last Chav Solidarity newsletter from now on it’ll be called something different, might be called Lumpen Project, might be something else we’re having chats, trying to find something that works better.

So, what has been happening.

1) On the Chav Solidarity front, the book tour is pretty much over. Over 60 events in 50 towns and cities over the course of 12 months was enough. I did a couple in Norfolk in January to wrap it up. Whilst I’m still up for doing some I won’t be making much of an effort to sort it out. Some bookfairs here and there, but my energy is going to be getting the next book “Tracksuits, Trauma and Class Traitors” ready for September. “Chav Solidarity” is currently being translated into Italian ready for the Spring, Spanish for later in the year, and in the last week there’s been conversations about French and Arabic translations. Which is all fucking weird, but pretty exciting.

2) As you can see by the image at the top “Lumpen: A journal for poor and working class writing” has it’s 2nd issue out, been out for 3 days now. It’s pretty great. Funny, angry, unapologetic, circumspect, irritable, thoughtful, all the things you want in a journal, except for the references and pointless waffle. We sold out of issue 1, and are having to do another print run. But as we keep telling people, we need you to keep pushing this, you are our many marketing tools, if you like the journal, if you want the journal to continue, you gotta tell your friends, family, neighbours, strangers and colleagues all about it. Flood social media with pictures of you reading it with a bottle of White lightning between ya legs. Do what needs to be done. Thanks.

3) The Class workshops have been banging on. We’ve started the year with 2 day workshops in Brighton and Sheffield, in March we’ll be in Birmingham you can get your tickets and find out more here.

There’s going to be another in Leeds on the 18th and 19th of April so keep a look out for that. In the works are workshops in Oxford, London, Manchester and Amsterdam.

We know there’s some criticism of the workshop, mainly but not solely from class reductionist white men who believe that class is purely about the means of production and nothing else, we read those criticisms, smile, wave and move on. Class is embodied, it is reproduced, it’s an emotional and psychological experience, it’s plays out in our communities, with our social circles, our organisations and it’s gendered and racialised, as well as intersecting with a whole host of other oppressive structures. These workshops aim to delve into the dirty painful grey areas, the bits we’re not sure about it, the bits that cause is pain. And yeah we do talk about redistribution of wealth within our pockets of resistance and anti-capitalist communities, shoot us if ya dare.

4) That’s really all for now. It is as ever a pleasure being in contact with ya, and if you want to write for the journal then drop us a line at, if you want a Chav Solidarity reading/event in your neck of the woods drop us a line at, and if you wanna chat about workshops either of those emails will do.

All the best

The Lumpen Collective

Dave Smith’s Guide to Organising: Hazards Magazine.

Hazards Magazine
1. Using flower power at work
2. A walk in the park
3. If you want to win, you better listen
4. Blocking roads and turning a corner
5. Getting bugged by hot desking
6. Something for the weekend

7. Find a friend
8. Just ask what workers want
9. You gotta fight for your right to safety
10. Imagine you’re a tree
11. How to stress test your workplace
12. Unreasonable behaviour
13. Check your make up
14. Pilot study
Hazards webpages
Organising Union effect

Anathema Volume 5 Issue 7

Anathema A Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical

Volume 5 Issue 7 (PDF for reading 8.5×11)

Volume 5 Issue 7 (PDF for printing 11×17)

In this issue:

Global Insurrection
Pink Wave
What Went Down
Ring And The New Policing
During The Quiet
Sean Bonney Poem (Confessions 2)
Interview: 10 Years After The UC Occupations
Response to “Property Destruction Is Not Enough”
Bomb Scares
End The Abatement?

Santiago’s Anarchist Assembly Publishes First Edition of Newspaper “Guerra de Clases”

Voices in Movement

In early November, in the midst of historic days of protest, Santiago’s Anarchist Assembly presented the first issue of its “Class War” newspaper. You can download it here.

“We are pleased to announce the release of our newspaper during these turbulent times, with the free circulation of 500 copies. “Guerra de Clases” (Class War), is the name of the paper by Santiago’s Anarchist Assembly edited by the group Acracia y Libertad.

“For us, there are only two classes, the oppressed class, which is where we position ourselves, and the oppressor class, who make decisions managing capital, parliamentary politics, and even our own lives. Some say that the class war is old and no longer exists but we do not know in what reality these people live, because for us, in both the past and present, the class war is something that has never ceased. It might not be possible to see a tangible material war since the majority of the world’s oppressed class have not the capacity for a material response against those exercising power. Those in power, they replicate a relentless war against those of us building a new world, far from the logic of the capitalist system, both through individual and collective practice. We can see the war reflected in the repression of resistance movements, we see the war reflected in social inequality, we see the war reflected in the rejection of repression that has been given free rein in the recent times of revolt in different parts of the world.

For the consolidation of the anarchist movement, for the dignity of the people, for the spreading of the idea, for anarchy!

Original in Spanish:

Wildcat and the Egghead: The life of Donald Rooum

Freedom News

It shouldn’t really be me writing this obituary of Donald Rooum the anarchist and his time with Freedom Press, as I knew him for a mere 17 years, a relative drop in the ocean of his experiences. But the truth is that those of his friends and comrades who would have known him best, the likes of Phillip Sansom, Colin Ward and of course Vernon Richards, all passed away before him.

With Donald passes the only remaining direct link to the anarchist movement of the 1940s, when he began to involve himself just weeks before Sansom, John Hewetson, Richards and Marie Louise Berneri were arrested for their anti-war writing in War Commentary, as Tom Brown and the syndicalists planned a takeover of the stricken publication, where splits that would rock the movement for decades to come began

Born on April 20th, 1928, he was among the last to remember a Britain at war with fascism, although too young to be called up a principled horror of war and bombs would infuse his work ever after.

Though he was known first as a Bradfordian and then for 65 years as a Londoner, Donald Rooum’s first steps as an anarchist were actually taken via a Kent hop-picking project in the autumn of 1944. The son of a left-leaning mother and trade unionist father in a red city which had produced the very first splash headline of the Communist Daily Worker, the 16-year-old already had links to the Communist Party, briefly held, when he was sent to the fields as part of a Ministry of Food placement scheme.

But he was starting to become disillusioned with the Party’s positions, and on his day off he took a trip to Hyde Park, where he came across an anarchist speaker and was immediately impressed, taking out a subscription to their paper War Commentary (which would revert to the name Freedom from August 1945) in short order. Speaking on a long interview with The Final Straw shortly before his death, he recalled:

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