Monday, 17 February 2020

Second anniversary of founding of Anarchist Communist Group

February 17th marks the second anniversary of the founding of the Anarchist Communist Group. In a preamble to our founding statement we wrote:
“We are a revolutionary anarchist communist organisation made up of local groups and individuals who seek a complete transformation of society, and the creation of anarchist communism. This will mean the working class overthrowing capitalism, abolishing the State, getting rid of exploitation, hierarchies and oppressions, and halting the destruction of the environment.
To contribute to the building of a revolutionary anarchist movement we believe it is important to be organised. We are committed to building an effective national and international organisation that has a collective identity and works towards the common goal of anarchist communism, whilst at the same time working together with other working class organisations and in grass roots campaigns.
We do not see ourselves as the leaders of a revolutionary movement but part of a wider movement for revolutionary change. In addition, we strive to base all our current actions on the principles that will be the basis of the future society: mutual aid, solidarity, collective responsibility, individual freedom and autonomy, free association and federalism.”
When we founded the organisation we were a dozen anarchist communist militants, organised around three groups, in Leicester, London and Surrey. In the period between then and now we have more than trebled our membership and have created further groups in Devon, Glasgow, Kent, West Yorkshire, and West London with potential for another group in Norwich. Apart from these groups we have members in Bristol, Edinburgh, Invergordon, Orkney, Peterborough, and Winchester. We have organised two annual Day Schools and our groups have put on a large number of public meetings and discussion meetings.
We have produced nine pamphlets, a number of both local and territorial leaflets, and a whole range of stickers. We have published seven issues of our agitational newssheet Jackdaw and the first issue of our theoretical magazine Virus. In addition, the West Yorkshire group has produced 4 issues of its paper Rebel Rose, whilst London comrades have a big input into the London anarchist paper Rebel City.
We have consolidated and have begun to put on flesh on our frame. Of course, we would be the first to admit that we are a tiny group but we feel that we are punching above our weight.
We advocate the development of a mass revolutionary movement organised at the grass roots, with a dynamic libertarian communist organisation acting within it to coordinate, radicalise and draw lessons. We realise what we are up against in this task but we know that it can only happen through persistent and dogged hard work.
As we said on the first anniversary of the founding of our organisation:
“The level of class consciousness and any sense of class unity is low, while racism and xenophobia are sadly on the rise. Ongoing austerity, poverty, the housing crisis and homelessness barely register a blip in the media (and consequently in many people’s minds) compared to the insecurity of Brexit. Meanwhile, the global tendency towards right wing populism is almost as strong in this country as it is in others where populist leaders have come to the fore. And the supposed ‘antidote’ of a Corbyn led Labour Party is just more placebo, a palliative and ultimately a dead end for the working class and for any hope of moving in a revolutionary direction.”
Now Corbynism is reeling in shock from its electoral defeat. We live in hope that radicalised elements within the Labour Party will break with it and move in a revolutionary direction. That would be positive and we would do what we could to assist this. We can but live in hope. But what really counts is the development of revolutionary theory linked to a practice in grass roots movements, to organisation around the everyday problems of the working class. That is what will put libertarian communism on the map.
In order to do this, we need to strengthen and solidify the Anarchist Communist Group. If you are a serious libertarian revolutionary, disturbed by the lack of clarity and organisational malaise that rules in what passes for British anarchism, you should think seriously of joining the ACG.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Never Mind The Ballots, Create the Resistance: Public Meeting on January 19th


Never Mind The Ballots, Create the Resistance

The coming to power of a radical right Tory administration will mean direct assaults on the NHS, further austerity measures, increasing moves to a police state, and a widening gap between the super-rich and the mass of the population. They will wage class war against us and we must respond with the strengthening of our networks of mutual aid and solidarity, with the growing of social movements independent from political parties, based on mass assemblies and mandating of delegates. We must develop activity in the workplace, among tenants and renters, with anti-eviction actions, with migrant solidarity with mobilisations against deportations, to protect our services, whether the NHS or local services under threat from councils. Remember, in France a vast strike movement has developed under the Macron regime. Like Johnson, Macron has launched ferocious austerity measures against the working class and anger against his rule is on the rise. Alongside and intimately connected to these social movements, must be the development of a culture of resistance, of inclusive social centres and food networks. We have seen the power of the billionaire press in the last month or so, as well as the blatant bias of the BBC. We must develop our own media, that means not just our social media, which can often operate in a bubble, but the development of street agitation with the production of widely distributed newssheets and other printed propaganda.

 

The new Johnson administration seems powerful and now deeply entrenched. But remember, the British ruling class is divided like never before. On one hand we have social democratic nationalists like Plaid Cymru and the SNP looking towards exit from the United Kingdom, increasing problems in Northern Ireland, and a Conservative Party seriously damaged by Brexit. As well as this there are continuing problems for the monarchy, a cornerstone of the system. Not only has Labourite social democracy been hit below the waterline, but the project by factions within the ruling class to construct a new centrist party made up of the LibDems, One Nation Tories, and the Labour right and centre, has ended up wrecked on the reefs. In this scenario, we should look towards developing a response in the spheres mentioned above. This will not be an easy fix, but will require determined action and propaganda over the coming months and years.


Convened by the London Anarchist Communist Group. Speakers from the ACG, Angry Workers of the World and South Essex Radical Media (other speakers to be confirmed.
2pm, Sunday January 19th at May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH, Nearest tubes St Paul’s, Blackfriars.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

London ACG Public Meeting on Public Transport

Discussion Meeting: Free Public Transport for All
December 1st: 2 pm – 4:30 May Day Rooms
The current transport system is based on the car and road-building culture. This is one of the key causes of climate change and pollution, both air and noise. Meanwhile, the public transport system is overcrowded and expensive in cities and non-existent in rural areas. With housing increasing in price in the centre of urban areas, people are forced to move further and further out and end up paying a large portion of their wages and time just to get to work. And, there is continual pressure to undermine the working conditions and safety concerns of transport workers.
Join us for a discussion of these issues and help develop a campaign for free public transport for all, building a united movement of workers and users.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Climate Strike Demo

London ACG turned out for the Climate Strike demo on Millbank on Friday and distributed hundreds of Jackdaws and Rebel Cities. Similar ACG distros took place at the same time in Exeter, Glasgow. Leeds and Norwich.

West London ACG stall

West London ACG will be running a stall this coming Saturday 28th September at the West London Peace Market, St Michael & All Angels Church Hall,Priory Avenue - London W4 1TX from 10.30 am-4pm. Come along for copies of Jackdaw and our range of pamphlets, stickers, leaflets, etc.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Libertarian Communism 2019

2nd ACG Dayschool:

Libertarian Communism 2019
Sunday: October 5th 12:30- 5:30 May Day Rooms- 88 Fleet Street, London (https://maydayrooms.org/)
In its second year, Libertarian Communism 2019 gives those interested in libertarian/anarchist communism an opportunity to come together to develop our ideas on important current issues. This year there will be two sessions.
Women organising in the workplace

The women’s movement and working women have used a number of different organising models and methods since the late 60s and early 70s in their fight against patriarchy and exploitation at work. These struggles have taken place at work itself as well as within the trade union movement, revolutionary politics, political parties and the legal system, with varying degrees of success. Often we have felt as attacked and beleaguered by our ‘comrades’ as by our exploiters. We have tackled discrimination, fear, sexual harassment and humiliation and tried to build solidarity, strength, power and confidence through consciousness raising, practical and theoretical debate and self-organisation and direct action. What are the issues facing working class women today and what can we learn from past experiences in order to make our struggles more effective?



Climate change and capitalism

There will be three speakers including a student involved in the strike movement. We will focus on the following issues:
· review of current climate change movement
· how we implement in practice an anti-capitalist strategy that links the workers movement with the environmental movement?
· how far can technology be relied upon to combat climate change?

https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/

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Forthcoming London ACG Meetings


London Anarchist Communist Group Public Meetings
London ACG Film Show: Joe Hill September 22nd 2 pm-4:30 pm May Day Rooms, 188 Fleet St. https://maydayrooms.org/
Joe Hill was one of the most effective and inspirational union organisers in the USA in the 20th century. Following the film we will discuss what we can learn from the experience of Joe Hill and others in the IWW about workers organising today.
Discussion Meeting This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice September 26th: 7 pm Housmans Bookshop https://housmans.com
Land is the source of all wealth and our very existence. However, what should belong to all of us has been taken from us and concentrated in the hands of a small minority so that they own the land, decide its use (usually to profit themselves) and control access to the benefits. All our struggles, whether for housing, community centres, and good, cheap food or against climate change are struggles over how land is used and who makes the decisions.
There has been a tradition of fighting for land justice in Britain, most recently in the Scottish movement for land reform. People are beginning to question the idea of private property and moving to more radical ideas such as the land being a Commons- owned and controlled by us all. This talk will first look at the question of who owns and controls the land in Britain, consider what is being done in Scotland and elsewhere, and then open the discussion on what changes we would like to see.
Discussion Meeting: Free Public Transport for All
December 1st: 2 pm – 4:30 May Day Rooms
The current transport system is based on the car and road-building culture. This is one of the key causes of climate change and pollution, both air and noise. Meanwhile, the public transport system is overcrowded and expensive in cities and non-existent in rural areas. With housing increasing in price in the centre of urban areas, people are forced to move further and further out and end up paying a large portion of their wages and time just to get to work. And, there is continual pressure to undermine the working conditions and safety concerns of transport workers.
Join us for a discussion of these issues and help develop a campaign for free public transport for all, building a united movement of workers and users.