Bristol

Solidarity doubles fundraising target for burned Bristol Tent City

Following a successful weekend for the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair and Radical History Festival more good news has come through from the south-west — solidarity donations to help homeless people whose tent city was burned down on September 9th have more than doubled the campaign target in less than a week.

The £1,000 cash drive by Bristol Homeless Action Movement, which aims to help replace the possessions of seven homeless… Continue reading

Bristol: Radicals in print and film

An entire weekend of radical politics is taking place in Bristol this weekend — and with a film festival to follow in October the south-western city is setting a high bar for radical culture this year.

The Bristol Anarchist Bookfair starts at 11am tomorrow and with over 20 stalls and workshops, will cover issues from legal rights at demos, how to take direct action and staying stable amid the stress… Continue reading

Care Workers’ new campaign: Pay what’s owed for sleep-ins, or else

Over the weekend Bristol Care Workers Network (BWCN) celebrated its first year organising in the region, which has taught many lessons and allowed carers to collectively take on big issues such as the integration of anti-migrant policing into healthcare — and announced the launch of a major new wages campaign. The group said:

 

Recently the law on what is considered working time has changed. As a result, sleep-ins and… Continue reading

Case Study: Organising in a community mental health team

A member of the Bristol Care Workers Network reflects on their experiences organising in healthcare.

I work in a community mental health team in a large town north of Bristol. Morale in my team was low and this was being made worse by staff lacking access to training and supervision; supervision is important in mental health work because the emotional strain can be very high and because staff must sometimes… Continue reading

Sister Uncut: A look at Bristol

Sisters Uncut in Bristol have been carrying out protests against cuts and closures. The group occupied the Cheltenham Road library for 12 days this Spring protesting the closure of services and the housing crisis. The library site has been sold to developers and is going to become a development of private flats. Last December Bristol Sisters disrupted a council meeting calling for more rehousing to be made available for women… Continue reading

Bristol Council and Camelot on back foot as property guardians fight for rights

Bristol Council’s decision to dive into the property guardianship game seems to be coming a cropper as several “guardians” have launched legal and direct action challenges demanding something be done about rat-infested and dangerous tenancies in its buildings.

Having closed public services across the city, the council has found itself flush with empty commercial and office properties, which it decided to make a few pennies… Continue reading

Your guide to 2017 anarchist bookfairs in the British Isles

Every year the anarchist movement has its biggest get-together at the London Anarchist Bookfair at the end of October. But there’s a lot of similar events going on between now and then, and we’ve done a roundup below so you’re never short of a book or two.

April 29th: Cambridge Radical Bookfair Venue: Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, CB4 3BA 1pm-5pm

Stalls from the likes of East… Continue reading

Homeless fight back against criminalisaton

Bristol City Council recently attempted to criminalise rough sleeping, camping, and even parking in public areas, with a sloppily-worded injunction. We at the Resistance collective visited the people at the centre of the case to find out why, and discover how the Council’s injunction had been defeated.

The group that occupies a small encampment in central Bristol – known as Tent City, despite there only being ten such shelters –… Continue reading

Guest Post from Bristol IWW: VOYAGE TO THE 1970’S – OUR ENCOUNTER WITH A MACHO BOSS

This is a guest post from the Bristol branch of the IWW. Find the original article here. For more information on action you can take in this case see the bottom of this article.

What follows is an account of the astonishing events that unfolded when a member of Bristol IWW branch, accompanied by two fellow members, went to the head office of a “care” (lols!) company to demand… Continue reading