Thursday, 13 December 2018

Lpndon ACG Public Meeting on Class Struggle In The Care System- January 13th 2019

Struggling to Care: Class Struggle in the Care System.
The meeting will include discussions on topics of mental health, Universal Credit and social work with a speaker from Mental Health Resistance Network invited. Takes place on Sunday January 13th at 2pm at:
May Day Rooms
88 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1DH
(nearest tube Blackfriars and St, Paul’s, bus 15)
https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2018/12/13/london-meeting-class-struggle-in-the-care-system-13th-jan/

Two new pamphlets from the ACG!

The Anarchist Communist Group has just produced two new pamphlets – Is Class Still Relevant: An Anarchist Communist Perspective and What Happened To The Revolution?
Class is available for £1.75 (includes postage), Revolution is available for £2.75 (includes postage)

Russian antifascists fundraiser


** Russian anti-fascists under attack: Urgent fundraiser launched **
Russian anti-fascists are struggling against a brutal wave of repression which has featured kidnappings, savage beatings, torture and fabricated court cases. Eleven anti-fascists are facing lengthy jail sentences. We are calling for everybody opposed to racism, xenophobia, fascism and the upsurge of far-right populism sweeping the world to help raise funds. We aim to raise £2,000 from the UK. Please donate now at the link below. Solidarity is a weapon. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

London ACG support actions

London ACG members attended the following pickets recently:
Mental Health Resistance Picket  to Protest Cuts and Coercion at Westminster Heath Keynote Seminar protesting this event which brought  together some of the people who have had a hand in preventing people receiving appropriate care and a secure income.
International Workers of Great Britain picket at Senate House -solidarity with outsourced  workers at University of London-  very noisy picket outside Senate House during University of London Chancellor Princess Anne's Foundation Day visit, calling for all workers to be directly employed by the university. The IWGB say using outside contractors to employ staff is discriminatory as outsourced workers including security, cleaning and catering staff are predominantly migrant and BME workers and are on far worse terms and conditions than other staff and subjected to harassment and bullying.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Rebel City No 9

The new issue of Rebel City is out. Rebel City is London's free anarchist paper. London Anarchist Communist Group are involved in the Rebel City collective, along with members of the Anarchist Federation, Haringey Solidarity Group and others. Latest issue has articles on  Sadiq Khan, Friend of the Property Developers,Haringey Labour Council, John Roan Resists, Don't Choke on the Coffee Mate! and much more. Free copies available from Freedom Bookshop, Housmans Bookshop, 56a Info Centre, LARC etc or on the street!

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.

Facebook Event Page:ww
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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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/577675025937471/

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!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Libertarian Communism 2018: Dayschool in London

Anarchist Communist Group Dayschool 3rd November
at May Day Rooms, London
Libertarian Communism 2018: Advancing the Class Struggle
Workshops on the NHS, What is effective organisation? Effective organisation: Neither Party nor Network
All those interested in the ideas of libertarian communism are welcome

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Is Class Still Relevant? An Anarchist Communist Perspective

The following was a talk given by an ACG member at a Rebel City Collective meeting at the recent AntiUniversity in London


It has become increasingly popular amongst academics and others that the working class is either tiny or no longer a key player in the struggle for a new society. They base this on the fact that in many western countries, eg the US, the industrial working class has declined as a result of deindustrialisation and the movement of factory production overseas. The implication is that ‘class struggle’ is less important and the focus should be on ‘people’ or other oppressed groups. In fact some would go so far as to argue that the white, male working class is reactionary and more of an enemy than a key component of revolutionary struggle.
Definitions
Before we proceed to argue that class is indeed still very relevant, we first need to define what we mean by the working class. It is a structural relationship between two classes: those that own the means of production and distribution (the ruling class) and those that do not own the means of making their own livelihood and therefore have to sell their labour power (the working class). It does not just include those who do paid labour. It also includes the unemployed and retired workers as well as those who do unpaid labour in the home. These people do not own the means of production and have to depend on others – therefore still working class. It is not:
  • An identity: even if you do not identify as part of the working class, you still are.
  • By being part of the working class you are not asserting your identity with any particular characteristics or lifestyle. In fact, the struggle is to abolish the working class as much as it is to abolish the ruling class; no classes, only humanity.
  • Not a moral category. Being working class does not guarantee that you will be a good person or have the right politics. And, being born into the ruling class does not mean you are automatically a bastard.
There are several groups who do not fit neatly into either the working or ruling class. Within the working class there will be those who are much better off than others and/or hold positions of power over others, eg managers and foreman, doctors, lawyers. Within those who own the means of production, there will be some who own small amounts of property, eg shopkeepers, small farmers etc. These groups potentially could either support the aspirations of the working class or could side with the ruling class. Though they could be referred to as middle class, it seems more useful to keep the basic two class model, recognising that there are layers within those classes.
Evidence for the existence of class
It is obvious from wealth (land, houses, stocks and shares etc) statistics – the best indicator of owning the means of production – that there is great inequality in ownership, supporting the view that some are able to make a living by owning and controlling this wealth and others are not. 68.7% of the world’s population own 3% of the world’s wealth. The richest 10% of households own 45% of wealth. The poorest 50% own 8.7% (www.equalitytrust.org.uk/scale-economic-inequality-uk). Ownership of land is another key indicator. 69% of land in the UK is owned by 0.6% of the population. 70% of land is agricultural land and 150,000 people own all of it. UK housing is concentrated on 5% of the country’s land mass so people owning their own home represents a small amount of total land ownership. 1/3 of British land is still owned by aristocrats. 432 people own half the land in Scotland. Even these statistics do not give the full picture as much information about who owns what is shrouded in secrecy. And, wealth is not the means of production. Many people may own their own home or a few stocks and shares but this does not give them access to the means of production. In any case, we only have to look around us to see that the vast majority of people have to sell their labour to survive.
Class struggle is central
If we are going to create a new society based on equality, co-operation and justice then we will have to collectivise the means of production and distribution, thus abolishing the ruling class in any form. As Malatesta said:
Let there be as much class struggle as one wishes, if by class struggle one means the struggle of the exploited against the exploiters for the abolition of exploitation. That struggle is a way of moral and material elevation, and it is the main revolutionary force that can be relied on.” 
The struggle against the ruling class is a struggle against capitalism which permeates all aspects of life: it is an economic and social relationship maintained by the power of the State and supporting ideologies. Work is not just exploitation. It is alienating and mentally debilitating, affecting life outside of work. Capitalism affects our lives at home and in our ‘spare’ time. The working class is exploited through consumerism, encouraged to spend and get in debt to keep capitalism going. The State is the means by which the ruling class retains and enhances its power. It is not something that can be ‘captured’. Climate change is caused by capitalism and it is the working class that suffers the most. War is central to capitalism – for resources, markets, to maintain dominance. It is the working class that suffers from war. Capitalism uses other systems of oppression to maintain itself and to enhance exploitation and profits, eg patriarchy and racial oppression. For example, the slave trade was essential to the development of capitalism in Britain. Religion must also be challenged. It props up the ruling class as well as patriarchy and racial oppression by promoting reactionary ideas. It encourages people to submit to authority and to have illusions that they will be rewarded for their suffering in heaven. Therefore, class struggle is:
  • Fighting low wages, poor conditions and alienation at work.
  • Fighting for a decent home at fair rents – more public housing.
  • Fighting for a good quality of life: health care, healthy and cheap food, green spaces and clean air.
  • Fighting against homelessness, universal credit and other attacks on those who are most vulnerable.
  • Fighting against all States.
  • Fighting patriarchy and racial oppression.
  • Resisting the domination of consumer culture and creating our own culture of resistance.
  • Challenging reactionary ideologies such as religion.
  • Fighting against wars and climate change.
Distinction between class and oppressions: not class reductionist
The vast majority of people are working class. It is in their interest to overthrow capitalism for a number of different reasons, not just because of exploitation at work. There are other oppressions that exist in society, linked to capitalism but with their own dynamic and impacts. There are many ways that class struggle is linked to the struggle against oppressions; patriarchy and racial oppression are embedded within capitalism. Capitalism benefits from unpaid labour in the home and was based on the slave trade. Oppressed groups are often the worst affected by capitalism and State violence. The culture and ideology of capitalist society, supported by religion, encourages bigotry and conservatism towards non-conforming sexualities and genders. And, even if the oppression does not seem to directly relate to the class struggle, it is wrong and must be fought. We cannot create an anarchist communist society as long as there are any oppressions.
However, there are some distinctions. The class struggle aims to abolish all classes. The fight against patriarchy and racial oppression does not seek to abolish men or whites but to completely transform the relationships. Though the fight against oppressions may take priority for those oppressed at different times, ultimately they will only achieve full liberation as working class women or people of colour when classes are abolished. In addition, being part of an oppressed group does not mean that you are working class. Therefore, women, people of colour, LGBT+ could also be part of the ruling class and therefore the enemy.
Conclusion: Building an effective revolutionary movement based on class struggle
The working class, as the vast majority of people, is diverse and often divided. We need to unite together, show solidarity for all struggles even if they do not affect us directly, and tackle the divisions that exist within the working class. Only then will we be successful in our struggle against capitalism and for anarchist communism.

Save Our NHS?


Save Our NHS?


Healthcare in the UK is by no means ‘socialised’, as critics in the US claim. Though healthcare in the UK is undoubtedly better than healthcare in the US – just as other countries have better healthcare than the UK – it is still subject to the pressures and dynamics of capitalism, existing as it does in a capitalist society. It has also been increasingly marketised over recent decades, with attacks on both social provision and NHS workers coming under the cover of ‘privatisation’. The introduction of payment by results has introduced a market in health services. Many non-frontline services have been privatised or contracted to companies like DHL. The introduction of wholly privately owned and operated ‘NHS treatment centres’, the rollout of Private Finance Initiatives etc all represent part of the same project of ‘rationalising’ social provisions to the benefit of the overall capitalist system. Even the NHS in its classic form, as the centrepiece of the post-war welfare state, came as part of the attempt to stave off prewar-style class conflict and integrate the working class more closely into the state following the end of the war.  Its aim was to provide a healthy working class that could fight and die for the bosses in their wars (our masters struggled to find enough fit cannon fodder for their First World War) and healthy enough to slave for their profits in paid jobs and in unpaid childcare and housework. In addition, capitalism needed to stabilise itself after the turbulence of the 1920s, in a change of tactic well-known as the ‘post-war settlement’.
We need to defend health services, but critically. The NHS was never ‘ours’ and it is far from perfect.

Since the inception of the NHS, consultants were allowed to use NHS time and resources for their private gain, freeloading that the Daily Mail and their mates are happy to ignore. Drugs and equipment were left in the hands of private corporations, burdening the NHS with enormous costs as companies sought to make maximum profits from their monopoly. The Health Service treats our illnesses as individual cases, but most of our illness is due to economic and social conditions that we face collectively: unhealthy and dangerous workplaces, overlong hours and night time working, pollution from factories and cars, poor food, unhealthy housing, lack of trees and greenspaces, all exacerbated by racism and sexism for large sectors of the population. In the 1960s and 1970s women highlighted how unequally they were treated, particularly around childbirth. They won some improvements through struggle, but we are still miles from a genuine community health service.

We know that the current Tory government is making massive cuts to health services with closures of hospitals, casualty departments, rationing of services by age, cuts to services for the elderly and people with disabilities, near frozen wages of overworked staff etc. The whole idea of running healthcare as a business is contradictory (treatment based on ability to pay rather than need), and only benefits the well-off who can always pay for treatment, and the drug companies and other corporate vultures who are taking over more and more of the health service. The whole idea of ‘choice’ in this context is similarly a nonsense. We don’t want to choose which doctors or hospital service to use (the one round the corner or the one 20 miles away?). We need local services, all of which are accessible and good.

Who is to blame?

What is causing the ongoing and deepening crisis in the NHS (and) the ‘lack of money’? Is it:
·       All those old people selfishly ‘bed blocking’ hospital beds rather than going home unwell and dying quickly so that they are no longer ‘a burden’.
·       The obese smokers and drinkers: no not the rich ones, and as always, blame the consumer, not the producer (the alcohol and tobacco industries have no responsibilities).
·       Migrant workers and ‘health tourists’ (the first pay taxes too, and the second cost less than the NHS pencil budget).

None of the above!

Back in 2005 the now Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, co-wrote a pamphlet calling for the replacement of the NHS with a market insurance system, with the heavy involvement of private enterprise. A fox in charge of the hen coop! The policies pursued are obviously part of a death by a thousand cuts and a ‘privatisation by stealth’ strategy. The idea that the slow death of the NHS is just down to the Tories is delusional however. The PFI (Private Finance Initiative) was a Conservative idea they left on the shelf, with little of it being implemented.  It was Labour’s Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who activated it when in government: schools and hospitals were built with finance from the private sector (banks etc) who then leased them to back to the government, who paid for them over the long term on a mortgage basis at a much higher cost (40% more). Old hospitals were closed, so overall there were fewer beds. Labour also introduced ‘the market’ into the health service, the equivalent of putting leeches into a blood bank, and introduced Foundation Trusts. These Labour policies left the NHS with debts of £81.6 billion, and they together with massive ongoing cuts are the cause of the crisis.

What Do We Want, And How Do We Get There?

We need to stop hospitals, casualty departments etc being closed, attacks on GPs, staff cuts, freezing of the wages of health service staff (which are cuts as rents, food etc go up). We need to stop the increasing marketisation of the NHS. We need to stop the NHS being run as a business concern, with vastly overpaid administrators at the top, with at least 800 of these on six figure salaries.
We need to end the rigid hierarchies in hospitals, where decisions cannot be questioned, as witness the recent revelations about Gosport War Memorial Hospital where over 450 patients died after being prescribed dangerous painkillers and with according to a recent report: “patients and relatives powerless in their relationship with professional staff”.
We need to end the grip of drug companies on the NHS. In 2016 alone, the NHS payed these companies £1 billion for drugs for arthritis, cancer, MS, etc. The research for these drugs was funded by public money. “Big pharmaceutical companies are ripping us off by taking over drugs developed primarily with public money and selling the drugs back to the NHS at extortionate prices”.
Heidi Chow, Global Justice Now.

How we do this is crucial however. If we use the same old tired methods of petitions, relying on union bureaucrats, trusting in political parties (whoever they are) not only will we probably lose, but we will remain powerless, divided, and with an illness service that doesn’t meet our needs or tackle the causes of our ill health. We need to methods and organisation that empowers us: to organise ourselves, control our own struggles, without leaders, and to use direct action methods: occupations, work-ins, strikes, work to rule etc. We need to break down the barriers between staff and patients, carers and service-users, workers and unemployed to link our struggles.

What do we want? - A free health service controlled and run by the staff and users. An emphasis on empowering people through helping them to educating themselves in groups about their bodies and health (e.g. books and pamphlets such as ‘Our Bodies Ourselves’ and the collective work in the last wave of feminism). Communities working together to tackle the causes of ill health: dangerous and unhealthy workplaces, an unhealthy, car-based transport system, poor food, widespread pollution, lack of green spaces for relaxation, and exercise etc. Move away from processed and unhealthy food, and from the current over-reliance on drugs. Again, self-organisation and direct action are key. But surely this is pie-in-the-sky? No, we are drawing on what people have done, and are doing, both here and abroad. In Greece, massive health cuts have resulted in health workers running hospitals and clinics etc for free, with the support of their local communities.
        

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Crowdfunder For Rebel City

London Anarchist Communist Group is one of the anarchist groups and organisations editing, writing for, and distributing the London-wide free anarchist paper Rebel City. Please think about contributing to this crowdfunder:
https://www.gofundme.com/rebel-city-publishing-fund

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

No War But The Class War


No War But the Class War
London section

Following a proposal by the Anarchist Communist Group which was supported by the Communist Workers Organisation and the Guildford Solidarity Group an inaugural meeting of this grouping was held on 2/6/18.

Presentations were given by speakers from the ACG and the CWO. Speakers pointed to the fact that the current international situation was one in which the drive to war was visibly increasing. The most obvious example of this was the present conflict in the Middle East where major powers were directly involved and the prospect of a wider war in which more local powers became directly involved and the major powers confronted each other was increasing. The conflict in the Ukraine and the standoff in the South China Sea were further examples. The drive to war was an outcome of the capitalist crisis which was driving the capitalist class to more open imperialist interventions together with trade wars and, of course, more vicious attacks on the working class. War was a direct consequence of the capitalist system and in the longer term the only way in which war could be avoided was the overthrow of the capitalist system and the establishment of socialised production. The only force able to do this was the working class acting on an international basis opposing all factions of the capitalist class. However the working class was weakened by divisions, divisions which the capitalist class was attempting to widen. The foremost of these was nationalism which was clearly used in the Brexit referendum, the US election and the small nation nationalism of the likes of Scotland, Catalonia, and Kurdistan. Nationalism would be used to justify future wars and recruit workers as cannon fodder. The only route to preventing war was the class struggle, and this means a struggle against the national ruling class in all nations. The slogan under which this struggle should be conducted was, “No war but the class war!”

Following the presentation there was an hour of discussion after which the meeting agreed to set up a group of facilitators. One was nominated from each of the organisations supporting this iniative. An email list of those supporting the London No War But the Class War was compiled and facilitators were tasked with keeping supporters informed of further meetings or actions. Further publicity would be agreed by the group of facilitators.

London NWBCW

Introducing the Anarchist Communist Group


Introducing the Anarchist Communist Group
The Anarchist Communist Group was set up in February 2018.  Since then we have published two issues of our paper The Jackdaw, published two pamphlets and set up a comprehensive website (www.anarchistcommunism.org)
The London group is involved in a number of activities:
·        organises discussion meetings
·        works with the Rebel City Collective to produce Rebel City
·        Does street distributions of both Rebel City and the ACG newssheet The Jackdaw
·        Runs a blog and a Facebook page
·        organised five antiuniversity events to introduce key class struggle anarchist ideas to a wider public, together with the Rebel City Collective
·        held a stall and presented two meetings at the Radical Bookfair (Land and Liberty and No War but the Class War with the Communist Workers Organisation)
·        supported workplace and solidarity pickets
·        have plans with the Rebel City Collective to introduce a wider range of people to anarchism by speaking to students in FE colleges and sixth forms
·        individuals participate in different campaigns including Land Justice and the Industrial Workers of the World/Angry Workers organising campaign in West London
Though we have much in common with other revolutionary anarchists, we believe that we have a distinct contribution to make to the building of a libertarian revolutionary working class movement. If you are interested in finding out more about the ACG, as well as the work of the Rebel City Collective, come to an informal meeting on June 21st at the May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street EC4 1DN at 7-9 pm. Refreshments provided.




Wednesday, 6 June 2018

ACG Events At AntiUniversity 2018 in London

Whatever Happened to the Revolution?
Convened by Anarchist Communist Group
Sunday 10th June 2018
3pm-4.30pm
Conway Hall, Brockway Room, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
Most of our time is spent having to resist attacks on all fronts - bosses, the government, and all the general injustices of society. But many of us hold in our hearts a hope for a completely different society. Isn't it time we put Revolution back at the top of the agenda? What do we need to do to make it a reality rather than just a vague hope at the back of our minds? Anarchist communists believe firmly in the possibility of working class revolution. This talk/discussion will first present anarchist communist ideas on revolution before opening up to general discussion about revolution today. Some of the questions to discuss are: What do we mean by revolution? What steps can we take now? What are the obstacles?

Anarchist Fitzrovia: a walking tour
Convened by Anarchist Communist Group
See where Frank Kitz, a leading light in the Socialist League, met with others and downed a pint or two in the process. Visit the sites of Louise Michel's Free School, the German anarchist Autonomie Club, Lilyan Evelyn's anarchist Ferrer School, the haunts of the celebrated Italian anarchist Errico Malatesta, the soup kitchen set up by refugees from the Paris Commune.
Goggle at the building that housed the (in)famous Malatesta Club of the 1950s. See where anarchist sympathiser and artist Augustus John drank. Stand outside The grocer shop of Albert Richard, hero of the Paris Commune, who sold only red beans and rejected reactionary white beans.
Linger at the newsagents run by Armand Lapie, scene of doctrinal disputes. Pause at the spot where the colourful anarchist Xo d'Axa played his barrel organ. All this and much more.
Sat 9 June 2018 15:00 – 17:00
Meeting at Great Portland Street Tube entrance

Friday, 1 June 2018

No War BUT THE CLASS WAR : PUBLIC MEETING JUNE 2nd

    1. NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR
      PUBLIC MEETING/DISCUSSION
      As capitalism’s economic crisis deepens our rulers are determined to make the working class pay for it by increasing exploitation and reducing wages and living conditions.
      All across the world, the capitalists and their political puppets are also trying to prevent any united working class fightback by widening divisions in the working class, such as nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual preference. The xenophobia whipped up before and after the Brexit campaign, the Trump election campaign and the election campaigns of nationalist governments in Hungary and Poland are a few recent examples of what is happening and what is to come.
      At the same time national states are trying to push the crisis onto capitalists of other states or blocs of states by trade wars. And history tells us that trade wars are the prelude to shooting wars. While imperialist proxy wars continue to rage in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, and while a new conflict with Iran is being stoked up, increasingly intense global conflicts are being prepared.
      Nationalism is the main tool being used to recruit workers to support their rulers in these wars. No faction of the capitalist class is worth supporting and none is “a lesser evil”! The alternative is not to do nothing. There are already voices being raised under the banner of “No war but the class war!” to challenge the fate that the capitalists are preparing for us.
      Join them in a public meeting to find out more and make your own contribution:
      When: 2 June 2018 at 1400hrs
      Where: London Radical book fair, Goldsmiths University, 8 Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW
      Hosted by: Communist Workers Organisation & Anarchist Communist Group
      Also supported by Guildford Solidarity-IWW

    Tuesday, 29 May 2018

    Fight For the City, new London ACG pamphlet

    a new pamphlet by London Anarchist Communist Group, Fight For The City, covering all issues related to the city as a site of class struggle, housing, gentrification , social cleansing privatisation of space, general takeover of the city by corporate interests,crackdown on social movements/demonstrations,and fightbacks against this, 44 pages A5 £3.00. 

    Sunday, 13 May 2018

    ACG statement on Windrush


    Tories, Labour, LibDems ALL Guilty!
    Thanks to Windrush, Amber Rudd has fallen. She became the necessary sacrifice to save the Theresa May government. She has been replaced as Home Secretary by Sajid Javid, the first Black, Asian Minority Ethnic member to sit in one of the three most important positions within the State.
    Rudd was forced to resign because she was caught lying about targets for deportation and to save Theresa May herself, the previous Home Secretary.
    In 2016 almost 40,000 people were removed from the United Kingdom or left “voluntarily” after receiving threatening letters. Many others have been detained at ferry terminals and airports and sent to another country under the “deport first, appeal later” process. In addition, at least 10,000 others have waited for more than six months for decisions on claiming asylum and because they cannot work, live on an allowance of £37.75 a week, which reduces them to extreme circumstances.
    This hostile environment, this intimidating atmosphere did not originate under Rudd and neither did it under Theresa May. We have to go back to the Labour Party under Blair for that. In fact “hostile environment” was first used as a term in February 2010 in a Home Office report which said: “This strategy sets out how we will continue our efforts to cut crime and make the UK a hostile environment for those that seek to break our laws or abuse our hospitality.” This was the Home Office presided over by Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson. He gloated over the destruction and clearance of the “Jungle camps” by the French authorities in 2009. When asked in Parliament “Would you deport a family whose children know no home other than the United Kingdom?” Johnson replied: “It is not my personal job to do the deportation. If that was the judgement, having gone through due process, then yes”.
    It ended up with the Labour election campaign of the same year with the slogan “Controls on immigration. I’m voting Labour” on mugs and badges. And only 18 Labour MPS (including Corbyn and Diane Abbott) voted against the Immigration Act in 2014.
    The hostile attitude to immigrants continued under the coalition government with the nodding complicity of the Liberal Democrats and then under the Conservatives ruling alone. Rudd escalated the policy as she had promised to the previous Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May. This was all done knowingly, with an awareness of the terrible consequences for so many working class families.
    The destruction of thousands of documents related to Windrush incomers also points to a hostile environment, making it more difficult for people to prove their status.
    Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry backed the checks on people looking for jobs, homes and healthcare, which were brought in by the 2014 Immigration Act. She defended Alan Johnson by saying that “The words were used but the culture was not!!
    We should also recall that after the referendum on the EU in 2016, Corbyn stated on several occasions that immigration controls would remain in place under Labour. Diane Abbott went on to state that Labour did not condone an amnesty, and when questioned, remained silent on what Labour would do about illegal immigrants.
    So far, the controversy has centred on Windrush migrants but already tens of EU citizens have been refused permanent residence. We should resist the attempt to divide people into “good migrants”, those who emigrated to Britain from the Commonwealth from the 1940s onwards and “bad” migrants, those from the EU. In particular Boris Johnson is pushing this line with his hard Brexit politics which envisages the re-establishment of better relations, both economic and trading with the Commonwealth countries.
    So will the appointment of Javid make a blind bit of difference? The answer is a categoric NO! Many residents of the UK are under the illusion that they have the right to live in Britain. They are kept in the dark about the need to apply for “settled status” whilst others under threat include all those family dependents like children and the elderly who believe that other family members are UK citizens just because they live here!
    Javid will change the language from emphasis on targets and deportations but in fact it will be business as usual. He has already been caught out after denying that any members of the Windrush generation had been illegally deported. In fact, this went beyond them and included someone originally from Somalia who was a legal British citizen. The head of Home Office Immigration, Hugh Ind, admitted that such illegal deportations had taken place and said he did not know why Javid and the immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, claimed to be unaware of this.
    It should be remembered that in the past Sajid Javid has supported every aspect of the “hostile environment” policy including voting to extend powers to deport before appeal on human rights grounds.
    Meanwhile members of the Windrush generation are excluded from Britain after having gone away on holiday, are interned in camps like Yarl’s Wood, are illegally deported and are harassed with threatening notices and denied work and access to health services after checks. Some have lost earnings because their employers sacked them after immigration checks.
    At the same time we heard of the women who went on a hunger and work strike at Yarl’s Wood after being detained there indefinitely. In response to the strike they were issued with letters threatening them with accelerated deportation if they continued with their protest. This was all condoned and enacted by Caroline Nokes.
    Capitalism and the State use racism and xenophobia to divide and weaken us. We should resist the increasing levels of racism and xenophobia that both the May regime and the mass media are peddling. We should argue against the false divide between “deserving” and “undeserving” migrants. We should mobilise against the “immigration removal centres” like Yarl’s Wood run by companies like Serco, where conditions are appalling and detainees are treated abysmally, and we should fight for the closing down of these centres.
    The treatment of the Windrush generation is appalling but we can’t just say that and forget about those who have not been here for as long who are suffering the same treatment. We should not draw any difference between which refugees and immigrants we show solidarity with.
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