Tuesday, 22 September 2020

No Safety, No Return!

 

No safety, No return!

Many workers are being asked to work in unsafe environments. Many more will be asked to do so as they return to work over the coming days and weeks.

The No Safety, No Work campaign has been launched. This is a campaign to be led by workers trying to keep themselves and others safe at work in the time of Covid 19. We know that the working class cannot rely on employers or the government to keep us safe.

Tens of thousands of people have died in this pandemic, and even more are killed in the work place every year. None of these deaths were inevitable but were the results of the greed of the bosses and the rulers of our society. As more and more people are returning to work, the government has not passed a single law guaranteeing workers safety but has issued guidance to employers. This is not enough to keep us safe.

The campaign is supported by the following groups and organisations (in alphabetical order)

Anarchist Communist Group

Angry Workers of the World

Haringey Solidarity Group

Let’s Get Rooted

Organise!- Ireland

Punks Against Sweatshops

Revolutionary Anarchist Group-Birmingham

 If your group would like to be added to the list of supporting organisations please contact us at safereturn@riseup.net

See more here:


https://nosafetynowork.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/No-Safety-No-Return-105770057868876/?eid=ARDBeXhi4LOZUZBD6Unvs2S-OGJs9ovZiKNgsyvZtRBZkE7k8-BxlPirFmXK0ozPXykweQ55yzvvvPzw

 

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Compendium of Marx’s Capital – new ACG book




The ACG is pleased to be publishing the first English language print edition of Carlo Cafiero’s summary of Karl Marx’s Capital.
Capital, Marx’s epic work, describes in detail the capitalist system and how it functions. The anarchist Mikhail Bakunin saw the importance of Marx’s Capital, to the extent that he put any rivalries with Marx aside and immediately embarked on the first Russian translation. 
But Capital is a notoriously hard read…
The anarchist communist Carlo Cafiero, rather than translate it, wanted to popularise Marx’s work in order to make it easier to read and be better understood by those who didn’t have a university education or weren’t so well versed in economics. In other words, his Compendium was aimed at ordinary working people.
Cafiero’s Compendium is a gateway to understanding the contents of Marx’s Capital.
This edition, translated by Paul M. Perrone, contains an ACG introduction and a biography of Carlo Cafiero.
Compendium of Capital is available direct from from the ACG.

108 pages

Price £7 + £1.40 postage

Visit our publications page for details on how to order your copy.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Mutual Aid in North West London

We received the following article from a supporter of Granville Community Kitchen.

Support Granville Community Kitchen!

Granville Community Kitchen (GCK) is a small organisation with one part time grower and ten long term volunteers.  Before the crisis, one of our projects for the past five years, was running a free and halal community meal on Friday nights where people who come would have a hot meal, share the week’s news and receive surplus food. We had been serving up to 100 people a night with about 150 meals. People took food away to neighbours and friends and for themselves for the week. We distributed about 30 pallets of surplus food.  We are now (June 7) giving food aid, cooked food, toiletries, cleaning products and emergency white goods and bikes to over 500 people a week in Brent, Harrow, Westminster and Camden, with 10 delivery routes and over 20 regular volunteers. We get 60-80 pallets twice a week although the surplus food is dropping due to high demand from many organisations. We have had to ask for donations of food from mutual aid groups to make up the difference. It is important to us that we give food to whoever asks. It is not easy to ask for help and we feel it is no one’s place to judge who is in need and who is not.
Even now as restrictions are loosened we expect our numbers to continue to rise.  Many people are in service industry jobs or self-employed, for example, drivers or care workers, and these jobs are hard hit. This creates a new layer of people in financial difficulties who before the virus were self-reliant.  Now on top of those who were in difficulties due to ill health, age or low income we now have to add the newly unemployed.
GCK is playing a key role in responding to the coronavirus shut-in and the impacts it is having on people and communities in regards to access to food for vulnerable groups. We face extreme difficulties due to a lack of funding and volunteers, increased demand and a reduction in surplus food supply due to a disruption in the food supply chain and more demand.
At the same time we are looking to the future to reimagining a new food system. One of the main lessons of this period has to be our food system is rotten. We were dependent on heavily processed, high sugar and trans fat edible concoctions that travel many miles to get to us and whose price does not reflect the damage done to human health and the environment. This has to change. Through Granville Community Kitchen Good Food Project we hope to show an example of change. We will be starting to offer low cost veg boxes to low income families of culturally appropriate food bought direct from farmers or from ethical wholesalers. The project also has an education element with young people and long term unemployed able to train in food production from seed to plate. We will offer more and more seasonal and culturally appropriate food direct from farmers outside London, grow more food in a highly urbanised setting and train growers and food producers for the future. This is not about big business but about supporting human health, creativity and the earth – good food grown by us for us.
(For an in-depth look at food and capitalism see the new ACG pamphlet).

No Safety, No Work Public Zoom Meeting


No safety, No return!
Many workers are being asked to work in unsafe environments. Many more will be asked to do so as they return to work over the coming days and weeks.
The Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) is launching a No Safety, No Work campaign. This is a campaign to be led by workers trying to keep themselves and others safe at work in the time of Covid 19. We know that the working class cannot rely on employers or the government to keep us safe.
Tens of thousands of people have died in this pandemic, and even more are killed in the work place every year. None of these deaths were inevitable but were the results of the greed of the bosses and the rulers of our society. As more and more people are returning to work, the government has not passed a single law guaranteeing workers safety but has issued guidance to employers. This is not enough to keep us safe.



Public Zoom meeting to discuss the No Safety, No Work campaign by the ACG. Link to the meeting via the eventbrite.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 from 18:30-20:00

Thursday, 2 July 2020

No Safety, No Work

The Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) is launching a No Safety, No Work campaign. This is a campaign to be led by workers trying to keep themselves and others safe at work in the time of Covid 19. We know that the working class cannot rely on employers or the government to keep us safe.
There’ll also be mass firings and redundancy notices and many won’t be returning to work safely or unsafely. And if not threatened with job losses, other workers will be forced to accept worse conditions, pay or hours cut, there will be little help from the UK government.
So the No Safety, No Work campaign is an act of self defence against the abuses of our employers and the government. So it’s a campaign:
  • for Covid 19 Health & Safety at work
  • to resist and fight back against economic attacks on working people
  • to oppose any job losses and a return to the austerity that has been unleashed on our class

For more info, visit our campaign page at: anarchistcommunism.org/campaigns

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.