Sunday, 21 April 2019

London ACG Film Show on July 11th

Thursday July 11th, 7pm at May day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4

Rebellion in Patagonia- Film show followed by discussion
Workers in Patagonia, influenced by anarchist ideas, demand improvements in pay and conditions. After employers at first  agree to workers' demands, which are supported by workers in other sectors and areas, the regional governor, under pressure from local employers, orders  the paramilitary police to intervene to crush the movement. In response a general strike is declared, paralyzing the ports and wool production for export. The government backs w the landowners, and soldiers are  brought in to crush the strike.This dramatised account of the events directed in 1974 by Hector Olivera was banned by the Videla dictatorship in Argentina
 Convened by London Anarchist Communist group.
Free.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Extinction Rebellion, the police and "generation failure"

applauded the actions or danced with them will be sacked or "re-educated" whilst the rest carry on their jobs as enforcers of capitalism, which is what they have always been, despite the assertions by Extinction Rebellion leaders that they are capable of being won over. Already the bourgeois press is upping its attacks on people taking part in the action, whilst Labour scum like David Blunkett assist in this, The next move is much heavier action by the police , "the full force of the law" as authorised by Sajid Javid and by May herself, previously a strong arm Home Secretary. The task of social anarchists is to highlight this and assist in a process of radicalisation, speaking plainly, truthfully but without condescension to the new layers of people being drawn into struggle in numbers not seen since the CND/Committee of 100 mobilisations
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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Art As A Weapon meeting: Report Back

Art as a Weapon: Art and Anarchism
The London group of the ACG welcomed Martyn Everett to its regular series of public discussion meetings. He presented a very informative talk about how art is related to anarchism, including anarchist artists, art with anarchists as its subject and art used by anarchists to get their message across. He started with art used to stereotype anarchists as bomb throwers or people of suspicion. Since then, however, anarchist artists such as Courbet in France in the 19th century and more recently Clifford Harper in Britain have given us positive examples of the engaged artist.
Art has been used as a key way of getting the anarchist message across. Martyn showed us a range of examples from all over the world: book covers, posters, leaflets etc. In the discussion that followed we all felt that we need to use art more, bringing together people in struggle and artists who can support us. However, some argued that artists in Britain seem unwilling to get involved with struggles and more interested in furthering a career in the style of artists like Damien Hirst or by working in the ad industry. This industry is an example of art used for a purpose but to support capitalism. We need perhaps to learn some lessons from this in order to become more effective in getting our own message across without aiming to brainwash.
Art can be more than just a weapon in the class struggle. Martyn mentioned the views of Herbert Read who argued that teaching art to children is important in helping them to develop as free individuals. So often there is a hierarchy in art, keeping art in the hands of an elite and not something that everyone can do and appreciate. It was also stressed that it is not just visual art but music, poetry, literature and films that can inspire.
One conclusion came out of the meeting: we would like to gather together anyone who might be called an artist- people capable of doing work that we could use to get anarchist messages across. This could also include work on the internet, for example memes. It would be great to have a list of people who are willing to design posters, write music or poetry etc that would support our struggles.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

17 Robinson Road demo

Members of London ACG will be supporting this tomorrow:

Dear all,  

a couple of months ago, we held protests outside 17 Robinson Road,
Bethnal Green, a family home intended for social rent that Peabody
Housing Association was planning to sell-off.  Under pressure, they
withdrew the sale, but they're trying again, at an on-line auction on
16th April.   We have re-launched the campaign to stop this scandal. 
Please see leaflet attached, which is gaining a lot of interest from
local people, particularly those in housing need.   

ANOTHER PROTEST HAS BEEN ARRANGED OUTSIDE 17 ROBINSON ROAD THIS FRIDAY
MORNING, FROM 8AM.  Please try to get there if you can and share this
with your network.   

We are also, once again, encouraging people to express their anger
directly to Peabody by emailing Bob Kerslake (chair of Peabody) –
kerslakeb@parliament.uk and also Brendan Sarsfield (boss of Peabody) –
brendan.sarsfield@peabody.org.uk, with a copy to the Mayor of Tower
Hamlets - Mayor@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Anarchist Communist Group Fundraiser

https://www.gofundme.com/anarchist-communist-group-fundraiser?member=1929656

Art As A Weapon: London ACG Public Meeting



Art As A Weapon: Art and Anarchism

Public Meeting convened by London Anarchist Communist Group
Sunday April 7th at 2pm at May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4  (nearest tube Blackfriars and St Paul’s)
Art as a Weapon What is the relationship between Art and Anarchism? Who are the anarchist artists? Why have many artists declared themselves anarchists? What are anarchist themes and anarchist aesthetics in art? Should art be just a weapon in the social struggle, or should the ideals of “everyone an artist” and “education through art” be among the defining principles of a new society? An illustrated talk followed by discussion.
 Martyn Everett is a member of the New Anarchist Research Group and the Unite Community. He is an occasional contributor to a variety of anarchist magazines and the author of 'War and Revolution: the Hungarian anarchist movement in WW1 and the Budapest Commune, 1919', and also 'Art as a Weapon: Franz Siewert and the Cologne Progressives'.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Earls Court Protest 27th February


London ACG supports this action:

EARLS COURT PROTEST 27TH FEB, AND BANNER MAKING 23RD FEB:

EARLS COURT PROTEST: SOCIAL HOMES NOT LUXURY FLATS 

WEDNESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY – 6.30PM. KENSINGTON TOWN HALL, HORTON STREET,
W8 7NX

called by Save Earl's Court Campaign and Earl's Court Supporters Club
with support from RHN 

Join us to lobby Kensington councillors and planners to insist that the
22 acre Earls Court site provides genuinely affordable social rent
homes, community facilities for local people, and a replacement green,
multi-purpose venue. This is a huge site of previously public land which
has thousands of luxury flats planned, with not one social rent home
planned for the site. After Grenfell fire RBKC said they would listen to
local residents

Facebook event here: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2265241993757566/

BANNER MAKING WORKSHOP - SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY – FROM 1.30PM

Come and help make our new RHN banner, or make one for your own group.
Open to housing campaigns and community groups/campaigns. Materials
provided 

ACKLAM VILLAGE, ACKLAM ROAD (OFF PORTOBELLO ROAD), W10, 5TY

Facebook event here: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1256242997857821/

The Save Earl’s Court campaign is non-aligned and is not affiliated to any political party or movement. Our supporters include local residents, business owners, the Association of Event Organisers, the RMT Union and the wider London community.
Our campaign has had three aims;
To stop the demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centres; to stop the demolition of the Lillie Bridge Depot and to stop the demolition of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.
The demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centres for luxury flats was approved by Boris Johnson and Eric Pickles. We lost an asset that was of vital importance to the capital's and our national economy. The Earls Court Exhibition Centres represented 30% of London’s and 16% of the UK’s vital exhibition space bringing in over £1.25bn per year. Their demolition has been an act of economic, social, environmental and cultural vandalism. Reduced footfall, steep increases in business rates and rents as well as uncertainty over the Earls Court Masterplan’s future has led to an economic downturn in the Earl’s Court area.
The site of the former exhibition centres is currently owned by a joint venture between Transport for London and Capital and Counties Properties Plc. Mayor Khan is chair of Transport for London.
We now campaign for “the world’s greenest venue” to be built so we have the replacement venue promised to local residents, showcasing green technologies such as solar panels, living walls and anaerobic digestion. This multi-purpose venue “green from the pips up™,” would be constructed where the excellent public transport links which serve the Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area are easily accessible. Unlike the current Earls Court Masterplan, we envisage step free access to the site from Earl’s Court tube station.
We also campaign for low-rise, high-density, exemplary, green housing to be built on the site which straddles the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Hammersmith and Fulham. During a housing crisis, it is unacceptable that this huge site is currently empty with no temporary housing available. It is shameful that not one council home is planned to be built on the empty 22-acres on the Kensington and Chelsea part of the site. We envisage green housing for all with a range of housing options – including council housing, homes for key workers, family-sized homes to homes for the elderly and the disabled - alongside provision of community space, social infrastructure and green space. Mayor Khan must call in the current Earls Court Masterplan to review it against the climate change emergency he declared in December 2018. Earl’s Court hosted two Olympic Games and there is no sign of the promised Olympic Legacy. Our venue would redress this. London can benefit from our world-class event organisers to ensure that a range of “meanwhile use” economic activity can continue on the site while the future of the Earls Court Masterplan is in doubt. We continue to campaign to save the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates and the Lillie Bridge Depot from demolition.

Save Earl’s Court Supporters Club