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