Manchester homeless call out council ‘one way ticket’ scandal

Following revelations that Manchester Council has spent £10,000 on one-way tickets to push rough sleepers out of the city, activists have been expressing their disdain for executives’ excuses that the measure is aimed at “reconnecting” people with relatives who can help.

In a statement, Manchester Activist Network (MAN), which has been heavily involved in homeless self-organising in the city explained the real way in which the system works:

Person becomes… Continue reading

Greece: Why strikes are hitting Lufthansa

Over the past few years, under the pretext of the so-called crisis, airlines operating in Greece have carried out a series of wage cuts and layoffs. These are the people who pay the price of the antagonism between multinational companies which have almost absolute control of the sector. The working conditions of wage slaves who continue to work in these enterprises are getting worse: longer hours, salary cuts,… Continue reading

Protests as austerity rises in Dundee

Dundee Against Austerity joined a protest picket line at Kings Cross Hospital yesterday against a wide range of austerity cuts which have been announced by both the local council and Tayside Health Board, which recently announced it had accrued a major budget deficit. The group reported:

DAA introduced itself by handing out our leaflets and letting folks know that our Unite the Community branch was now up and running. It… Continue reading

Freedom Press cartoons on exhibition in Bradford

The Peace Museum in Bradford is currently hosting an exhibition ‘Cartoons For Peace’ including at least two Freedom Press books.

The March to Death, a book of anti-war cartoons was first published by Freedom Press in defiance of war-time censorship in 1943. The drawings are by John Olday illustrating quotations chosen anonymous by Marie-Louise Berneri. The edition on display, with an introduction and notes, was published in… Continue reading

Book extract: Deep Ecology and Anarchism

Marking the run-up to the launch of deep ecology and anarchism at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair on October 28th, below is the latter part of an essay by Robert Hart, a founding mover of the forest gardening and permaculture movements.

The main cause of the ecological crisis is not the “population explosion,” as many Northern analysts claim, but gross under-use of the world’s land resources.

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Italy: Base unions set for general strike

Anarcho-syndicalist union USI and other base unions in Italy are organising for a general strike on October 27th over a host of issues around working rights, wages, pensions, privatisation, racism and military spending.

Groups including CUB, SGB and COBAS have joined the walkout, which has made the following demands for change across both public and private-sector companies:

  • Abolish wage, social, economic, gender and migrant inequalities
  • Strong wage increases, reduced… Continue reading

Manchester anarchists announce December bookfair

One last anarchist bookfair has been announced for 2017 with the Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday December 2nd.

The event, which is being sponsored by well-loved absurdist libertarian publication The Cunningham Amendment, is taking advantage of new digs available at radical social centre Partisan, located at 19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY not far from Victoria Station and Manchester Arena.

It’s early doors for bookings,… Continue reading

Louis Further: Notes from the US

Our US correspondent Looks at lesser-known stories of the month, including the Trump administration’s latest climate messes, racist policymaking and gun law easing …

  • In a press interview in the aftermath of the two hurricanes in September, Harvey and Irma, Trump adviser Tom Bossert yet again implicitly wrongly asserted that the human cause of climate change is either “unknown,” or not relevant. He said: “Causality is something outside… Continue reading

Interview: Gabriel Kuhn on fascism, Mao and anti-imperialism

Anarchist writer and activist Gabriel Kuhn has translated and edited a number of books, most recently Antifascism, Sport, Sobriety. This interview is the second part of a longer conversation held with Freedom reviewer Luther Blissett. Part One can be found here.

Luther Blissett: When looking at liberation movements and struggles for social justice, especially non-pacifist, there seems to be an emphasis on the folks who clash physically, and… Continue reading

Manchester Council gears up for eviction of the Addy

Andy Burnham’s Labour administration found itself in yet another mess over homelessness today as it made its first abortive attempt to scare a self-organised homeless group off an occupied site in Hulme — just days after pledging to “end homelessness” in Manchester.

The spectacle has been particularly humiliating for City bosses because the squatted empty property was once better known as North Hulme Adventure Playground — a community space which… Continue reading