Sunday, 21 April 2019

London ACG Film Show on July 2nd

Thursday July 2nd , 7pm at May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4

Rebellion in Patagonia- Film show followed by discussion
Workers in Patagonia, influenced by anarchist ideas, demand improvements in pay and conditions. After employers at first  agree to workers' demands, which are supported by workers in other sectors and areas, the regional governor, under pressure from local employers, orders  the paramilitary police to intervene to crush the movement. In response a general strike is declared, paralyzing the ports and wool production for export. The government backs w the landowners, and soldiers are  brought in to crush the strike.This dramatised account of the events directed in 1974 by Hector Olivera was banned by the Videla dictatorship in Argentina
 Convened by London Anarchist Communist group.
Free.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Extinction Rebellion, the police and "generation failure"

applauded the actions or danced with them will be sacked or "re-educated" whilst the rest carry on their jobs as enforcers of capitalism, which is what they have always been, despite the assertions by Extinction Rebellion leaders that they are capable of being won over. Already the bourgeois press is upping its attacks on people taking part in the action, whilst Labour scum like David Blunkett assist in this, The next move is much heavier action by the police , "the full force of the law" as authorised by Sajid Javid and by May herself, previously a strong arm Home Secretary. The task of social anarchists is to highlight this and assist in a process of radicalisation, speaking plainly, truthfully but without condescension to the new layers of people being drawn into struggle in numbers not seen since the CND/Committee of 100 mobilisations
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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Art As A Weapon meeting: Report Back

Art as a Weapon: Art and Anarchism
The London group of the ACG welcomed Martyn Everett to its regular series of public discussion meetings. He presented a very informative talk about how art is related to anarchism, including anarchist artists, art with anarchists as its subject and art used by anarchists to get their message across. He started with art used to stereotype anarchists as bomb throwers or people of suspicion. Since then, however, anarchist artists such as Courbet in France in the 19th century and more recently Clifford Harper in Britain have given us positive examples of the engaged artist.
Art has been used as a key way of getting the anarchist message across. Martyn showed us a range of examples from all over the world: book covers, posters, leaflets etc. In the discussion that followed we all felt that we need to use art more, bringing together people in struggle and artists who can support us. However, some argued that artists in Britain seem unwilling to get involved with struggles and more interested in furthering a career in the style of artists like Damien Hirst or by working in the ad industry. This industry is an example of art used for a purpose but to support capitalism. We need perhaps to learn some lessons from this in order to become more effective in getting our own message across without aiming to brainwash.
Art can be more than just a weapon in the class struggle. Martyn mentioned the views of Herbert Read who argued that teaching art to children is important in helping them to develop as free individuals. So often there is a hierarchy in art, keeping art in the hands of an elite and not something that everyone can do and appreciate. It was also stressed that it is not just visual art but music, poetry, literature and films that can inspire.
One conclusion came out of the meeting: we would like to gather together anyone who might be called an artist- people capable of doing work that we could use to get anarchist messages across. This could also include work on the internet, for example memes. It would be great to have a list of people who are willing to design posters, write music or poetry etc that would support our struggles.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

17 Robinson Road demo

Members of London ACG will be supporting this tomorrow:

Dear all,  

a couple of months ago, we held protests outside 17 Robinson Road,
Bethnal Green, a family home intended for social rent that Peabody
Housing Association was planning to sell-off.  Under pressure, they
withdrew the sale, but they're trying again, at an on-line auction on
16th April.   We have re-launched the campaign to stop this scandal. 
Please see leaflet attached, which is gaining a lot of interest from
local people, particularly those in housing need.   

ANOTHER PROTEST HAS BEEN ARRANGED OUTSIDE 17 ROBINSON ROAD THIS FRIDAY
MORNING, FROM 8AM.  Please try to get there if you can and share this
with your network.   

We are also, once again, encouraging people to express their anger
directly to Peabody by emailing Bob Kerslake (chair of Peabody) –
kerslakeb@parliament.uk and also Brendan Sarsfield (boss of Peabody) –
brendan.sarsfield@peabody.org.uk, with a copy to the Mayor of Tower
Hamlets - Mayor@towerhamlets.gov.uk