Critical thoughts on an international anti-fascist training weekend

On February 10th-11th an autonomous gym in Ghent, Belgium hosted a training weekend bringing together participants from autonomous anti-fascist gyms all over Europe. In this feature article two two people who have been involved in their local London autonomous gym for four years talk about their experiences at the event, and about how future similar ones could be improved.

Roughly 100 people from autonomous anti-fascist gyms across Europe attended, including… Continue reading

Cressida Dick’s appointment as Met Commissioner is impunity at its worst

In this comment article the Network for Police Monitoring argues that the appointment of Cressida Dick, the officer who oversaw the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, to the top job in the Metropolitan Police shows the Met’s total disinterest in either justice or the hurt caused by its actions

The word “impunity” – exemption from any possibility of punishment or harm – comes up again and again when… Continue reading

Brazil: Bloco de Luta takes to streets as comrades put on trial

Solidarity actions and statements from the Block of Struggles for Public Transportation (Bloco de Luta) and its allies took place in Porto Alegre on Tuesday as the long-delayed trial of seven activists in the city began, including a protest at the city hall and an occupation of Avenida Loureiro da Silva.

Bloco de Luta, which organises to press for cheaper and more accessible public transport in… Continue reading

Book Review: Marge Piercy’s My Life, My Body

Author: Marge Piercy Publisher: PM Press/Outspoken Authors ISBN: 978-1-62963-105-9 Pages: 128

This is a highly enjoyable collection of very readable “essays, poems, memoirs, reviews, rants, and railleries.” Mostly non-fiction, it’s strong and political throughout many of the works. I found it refreshing and energising without tedious polemic or finger pointing — the way good politicised critique ought to be.

Powerful: “Gentrification and Its Discontents.” offers a grounded experience and… Continue reading

Belgravia squatters occupy THIRD mansion

Squatting collective the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians (ANAL) continue to underline exactly how much high-end housing is lying empty while homeless people sleep on the rain-soaked concrete, having spent last night moving into another mansion.

The group wrote: “Facing a police enforced eviction at 4 Grovesnor Gardens, ANAL have decided to relocate AS CLOSE TO THE QUEENS BEDROOM as possible…. Overlooking Wellington barracks, introducing our new squat,… Continue reading

Anonymous group claims acid sabotage on superjail’s foundations

An anonymous group claiming responsibility for a raid on controversial superjail HMP Berwyn in May 2015 which destroyed the engines of diggers and construction equipment has said in a letter to insurrectionist site 325.nostate that they also fatally undermined houseblocks with acid powder shortly afterwards. The letter states:

It is important to announce one week before the opening of HMP Berwyn that two of the houseblocks in… Continue reading

Students are suffering — rent strikes are the solution

If you thought that the student mental health “crisis” was something of an exaggeration, let us start off with some fun statistics. According to recent research by the National Union of Students, 78% of students have experienced mental health problems in the last year. Around half of those who have experienced problems with mental health said they have difficulty completing daily tasks.

Overall, the number of students in need of… Continue reading

Belgrade Six finally cleared of terrorism after eight-year court battle

Serbian anarchists were celebrating yesterday as the Belgrade High Court finally cleared six people of trumped-up “international terrorism” charges after an eight-year legal battle.

Belgrade’s Higher Court’s ruling means that members of Serbia’s Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative (ASI) and several other activists have been formally exonerated of guilt for an attack which took place against the Greek embassy in Belgrade in 2009.

Sanja Dojkić, Ivan Savic, Ratibor Trivunac, Nikola Mitrovic,… Continue reading

Riseup explains what was going on in last year’s server privacy panic

Following on from a privacy scare in November, popular activist email and list group service Riseup has explained what all the fuss was about — and announced that it is moving to an encrypted system.

After exhausting our legal options, Riseup recently chose to comply with two sealed warrants from the FBI, rather than facing contempt of court (which would have resulted in jail time for Riseup birds and/or termination… Continue reading

Case study: Dealing with dodgy property firms in Brighton

In summer of 2016, Brighton SolFed was organising with a Leaders tenant who was being evicted from their flat. Following a series of pickets, that dispute ended after an offer of compensation to the tenant. You can read more about that dispute here dispute at Brighton Solfed’s website.

Here, another Leaders tenant from a nearby town, who contacted Brighton SolFed during the summer dispute, tells her story about how… Continue reading