Sunday, 7 October 2018

London ACG meeing on the Dead End of Corbynism

20th October at 1pm – ACG meeting on The Dead End of Corbynism

Takes place at the May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH.
The Anarchist Communist Group notes the recent trend of many on the Left (including some who call themselves anarchists, libertarian socialists and anti-authoritarian communists) seeing a Corbyn led Labour Party as a great step forward in the class struggle. In this meeting, the ACG will be hosting a discussion on why the Labour Party can never offer hope for anti-capitalists in the UK and we will be looking at what we should do instead.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Libertarian Communism 2018: Advancing The Class Struggle, Dayschool


Libertarian Communism 2018: Advancing the Class Struggle
“There are periods in the life of human society when revolution becomes an imperative necessity, when it proclaims itself as inevitable. New ideas germinate everywhere, seeking to force their way into the light, to find an application in life.”
“We are profoundly convinced that no revolution is possible if the need for it is not felt among the people themselves. No handful of individuals, however energetic and talented, can arouse a popular insurrection if the people themselves through their best representatives do not come to the realization that they have no other way out of the situation they are dissatisfied with except insurrection.”
Kropotkin
Austerity and poverty, attacks on wages and working conditions, unaffordable housing, war and nationalism, the rise of right-wing populism and increase in racism, climate change- all things to make us feel that the situation is hopeless and that all we can do is make feeble efforts to resist. However, we believe, as Kropotkin says, that real change is possible and may come when it is most unexpected. So what can we do to bring this moment closer? We will discuss this question in the context of actual struggles going on in Britain today.
Defend the NHS?: An anarchist communist perspective on health
Organising to win?
There are thousands of people in Britain committed to social change. They are involved in a multitude of groups and campaigns. However, despite this we seem to be continually on the defensive and very far from creating the kind of society we would like to see. This workshop will discuss why this is the case. Why aren’t we more effective? It will begin with a presentation on the importance of organisation and a discussion of what we think are the key characteristics of effective organisation. We will then look at a number of examples of different sorts of strategies in order to highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. We will also hear from at least one example of effective organisation.

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Report back on First Coordination Meeting of the Anarchist Communist Group 30th June 2018


At the first coordination meeting of the Anarchist Communist Group since its founding congress in February, comrades from Leicester, London, Surrey and Scotland met together in London to coordinate activities and propaganda.
There was an in-depth discussion on the National Health Service. At the end of the discussion it was decided to produce a pamphlet on the NHS which should be out later in the year, as well as leaflets and detailed analysis on ACG social media.
There was further discussion on bringing out a third issue of our news sheet, The Jackdaw, which would be an 8 page issue. This will appear at the beginning of September.
It was also decided to bring out other pamphlets in addition to our NHS pamphlet. These would include The Italian Factory Councils, The Friends of Durruti and the Spanish Revolution, anarchist communist perspectives on revolution, class, religion and land, and anarchist communist perspectives on organisation, a total of four.
In addition a new leaflet on Universal Credit will be produced, as well as stickers on Universal Credit,migrants, and landlords. Banners and flags bearing the ACG logo would also be produced.
There was also discussion on the content and organisation of our forthcoming Day School, Libertarian Communism 2018, in November in London.
At the end of the meeting, an observer decided to join the ACG. There was an enthusiastic atmosphere throughout the meeting, as there had been at our foundation conference.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Fifty years of resistance

There will be a speaker fromm the ACG at this tomorrow:
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Rebel City Crowdfunder

Rebel City is an anarchist newspaper which aims to cover all issues of importance to working-class Londoners. We argue for a radical transformation of our city.

Originally published by London Anarchist Federation up to issue 5,
is now collectively produced by a range of groups and individuals. Besides the AF, contributors include the Anarchist Communist Group, Haringey Solidarity Group, members of Solidarity Federation, the Industrial Workers of the World and Feminist Fightback as well as unaffiliated individuals.
We print approximate 4,000 copies per edition and distribute for free at tube stations, social centres and demos. This crowdfunder will be used to cover printing costs for future issues. We are a non-profit group and all proceeds will go to fund our publishing efforts.
Get involved. Contribute articles and information. Take bundles and distribute them among yourneighbours and workmates.
https://www.gofundme.com/rebel-city-publishing-fund

Rebel City and the Threat To Public Space

Rebel City and the threat to public space
ACG members of the Rebel City Collective got first-hand confirmation of why we need to make London the ‘Rebel City’ whilst distributing the paper outside Shepherd’s Bush underground station. We met at 5 outside the station entrance and began to hand out papers. We had the usual competition of the Evening Standard. It wasn’t long before we were approached by a security guard from Westfield Shopping Mall. We were some distance from the entrance to the mall but for some reason the space outside the underground entrance is Westfield’s private property. We had not got permission from the owner to distribute our paper. The security guard was pleasant enough but nevertheless was concerned to ‘do his job’. By coincidence comrades from the Angry Workers were also there distributing leaflets for the anti-fascist mobilisation on the 14th.
We argued and then moved to the other side of the station which was public. However, we were missing quite a lot of people coming in from the other direction. Whilst 2 of us covered one exit, one of our group decided to move just into the entrance of the underground but was soon moved on by a very hostile London Underground manager. She decided to try once again onto the forecourt area owned by Westfield. Again the security guard tried to move her on but this time she decided not to. We have written often enough in the pages of Rebel Cityabout the privatisation of public space and how difficult it is to take any public political action, even something as unthreatening as distributing a political paper or leaflet.
Supported by a member of the Angry Workers she continued to hold her ground until four more security guards arrived as well as a ‘dog handler’ who we assumed was the police. They were surrounded and the ‘police’ aggressively ‘laid down the law’ about the sanctity of private property. All of this was being filmed by a small camera on the shoulder of the ‘dog handler’.
We moved on eventually but it seems that we shouldn’t be moved on from open places that are so clearly public but taken over by private companies. We need to reclaim these spaces!