Towards a timeline of anarchism in Britain

In his 1978 book Slow Burning Fuse, which Freedom republished in 2014 and will be reprinting at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair with full index, historian John Quail put together a unique timeline covering the period 1880-1930, picking out some of the key moments in the history of the British anarchist movement. A similar timeline covering the 87 years since then however hasn’t been produced — until now.… Continue reading

Call COBRA, that’ll sort it

The reaction to any terror bombing in any Western nation is as predictable as the tides and, with its own eccentricities, Britain is no exception.

First, a selection of political worthies mouth the Standardised Incident Phrase “my thoughts are with the victims” — whose names they will mostly not know or care to remember a week after the fact. The leader of the opposition scrambles to offer a pantomime of… Continue reading

Italy: A personal experience of enforced DNA sampling

For more than a year now forcibly collected DNA sampling has been used by Italian police in the ritual of identification for anybody they arrest or detain, and comrades imprisoned after the last repressive operation in Turin did not escape. If you want to resist the harvest then cops take your DNA by force, and succeeding in getting the upper hand against the guardians of… Continue reading

Tate’s tone deaf ‘long-service gift’ leaves workers gobsmacked

Having asked low-paid staff to buy outgoing director Nicholas Serota a new boat last month Tate is now showing its gratitude for long-suffering workers in less rarefied circles — a gift card for the company store which won’t be offered to the staff it recently outsourced.

People who have spent 28 years at Tate, the same as their nautically-minded £170,000-per-year boss, will be… Continue reading

Pre-charge bail: Reforms you need to know about

Anarchists are fabled for getting into direct action-related scrapes with the law, and although the reputation is often undeserved anarchist groups such as Green and Black Cross do keep a close eye on legal matters. In this article, Dennis Coles looks at major changes to pre-trial detention policy.

Recently we were presented with one of those rare occasions when a right-wing Conservative government comes into near open conflict with the… Continue reading

Gallery: Remembering the victims of disability assessment

This gallery contains 18 photos.

Ahead of the General Election on June 8th Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) has compiled a gallery of victims of the hated disability benefits assessment scheme, which has caused enormous suffering to disabled people across Britain since it was introduced in 2005 under the last Blair government.

Continued and extended by the Tories, most notably under Iain Duncan Smith, the assessments have proven so toxic that… Continue reading

Protests and occupation in Glasgow and Edinburgh attack Scottish housing troubles

Two protests in Scotland’s biggest cities today have highlighted the damaging impacts on homelessness of the Benefits Cap and Glasgow Council’s failure to deal with its rough sleeping problems.

In Edinburgh, an Our Welfare-called rally saw campaigners occupy Edinburgh Council’s city meeting chambers singing “we shall not be moved” in support of 11 families, including 42 children who are facing eviction from their private rented homes… Continue reading

Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective

In this opening editorial of the first issue of Abolition Journal, Peter Kletsan takes apart the concept of “restorative justice” from a libertarian perspective.

Restorative justice has been popularized in recent decades as a respectful and humane alternative to state sanctioned, retributive incarceration. Abolitionists and reformists alike have praised this model of retroactively addressing harm as a way of challenging the monopoly of the state on the concepts of… Continue reading

Manchester’s self-organised homeless challenge Andy Burnham to join them

 

Organisers at squatted former arts space Cornerhouse have called on new Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to go a step further than simple charity donations and engage directly with homeless people in finding solutions to the city’s rough sleeping crisis. Cornerhouse, owned by Network Rail, has been occupied by homeless people and Manchester Activist Network (MAN) since January and successfully saw off … Continue reading

Gallery: Yarl’s Wood protests

This gallery contains 14 photos.

Peter Marshall was at Yarl’s Wood this weekend and has kindly let us share his excellent photos of the day, which saw hundreds of people gathered as part of the campaign to shut the infamous migrant detention centre down.

Over 400 women are detained in the facility, some of whom shouted “freedom” through the windows and can be seen in the photos waving, holding signs out for … Continue reading