Organising

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

The story of Glasgow’s Tent Town and the battle against homelessness and the City Council

Photo from Glasgow Anarchist Collective facebook page

This is the story of Tent Town, a camp of protest against the problem of homelessness in Glasgow and the people neglected by Glasgow City Council.

Tent Town had two purposes from the outset: to shelter homeless people who had lost out on the closure of the Hamish Allan Centre and the closure of the winter shelter on the 31st of March and… Continue reading

The direction of radical movements – on Nuit Debout and the potential for radical change

By Olivier Ortelpa – https://www.flickr.com/photos/copivolta/26308885541/, CC BY 2.0

Within radical politics, there are many opportunities for political action. There are, from all corners, suggestions on how to get involved, what to do, and where to go. These outlooks tend to be rooted in historical circumstances. It seems that today the converse is happening: we are forgetting that our actions today will make history, and thus we will influence the … Continue reading

The smell of ruling class fear

In 2015 let’s smell the fear of the ruling class

The struggle for radical change can leave us feeling burnt out, isolated and on the run. It’s an uphill struggle most of the time in which the agencies of the state and the hierarchies that it supports, including a grossly unjust economic system, appear to be forever in the ascendency. In 2015 we need to put the struggle we face in perspective and see some of the actions we take as the progress they surely are. We might not be victorious but we have won some battles and each win should spur us on.

Photo: Jon Bigger

When we think of some of the actions taken against us it can be bewildering. In recent times the state has helped arm the police to new levels. They have the power to infiltrate movements and gather intelligence like never before. We’ve recently learned of their tendency to steal the identities of dead babies in order to infiltrate groups and disrupt campaigning. Meanwhile the state continues to legislate away communal existence and spaces. Bands of workers have been undermined by successive pieces of legislation whilst trade union bureaucracies now personalise struggle with the rise of individual casework. Neoliberalism is now a feature of the left and it affects the weaponry in its arsenal. Continue reading

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