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AntiUniversity Now x Anarchist Bookfair in London

Party like it's 2021!!!!

from https://festival.antiuniversity.org

The Antiuniversity is an ongoing programme of self-organised radical learning and mutual education events. It is a collaborative experiment to challenge academic and class hierarchy – in, outside and against existing institutional structures. Anyone can organise an Antiuni event in any format, anywhere! For 2021, we are joining forces with the Anarchist Bookfair in London to bring together a week-long Antiuniversity Festival from the 4th to the 10th of September and the Anarchist Bookfair in London on the 11th and 12th of September.

Bristol Unpacked on undercover police spying

 Bristol Unpacked on undercover police spying on activists with anarchist and investigator Chris Brian

From The Bristol Cable, UK, by Neil Maggs, Rosa Eaton and Adam Cantwell-Corn on 15th July, 2021

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on undercover police spying on activists with anarchist and investigator Chris Brian

Chris Brian was a anarchist activist in Bristol and south Wales in the 90s and early 2000s. Unknown to him and fellow activists, deep undercover in in their groups were police officers.

Direct (In)Action

from Bella Caledonia by Luke Campbell

State Suppression of Community Organising

More than twelve years on from the global economic crash, across nations the world over, the state continues to not only abdicate responsibility for the ongoing social ills and economic hardships so many ensure, but, as witnessed this week, a significant proportion of those in positions of power actively suppress community-driven efforts to support those around them.

Review: Anarchism in North East England 1882 – 1992

Review: Anarchism in North East England 1882 – 1992

From Freedom News UK

by Tyneside Anarchist Archive

This impressive and comprehensive contribution caps a canny few years of the careful development of the Tyneside Anarchist Archive. This phenomenon started life as bundles of leaflets and zines from the 1980s boxed in the founder’s bedroom, and subsequently – inspired by examples such as the Kate Sharpley Library in London as well as Newcastle’s Canny Little Library – has grown into an important and extensive collection of material not only from Tyneside and North East England but also books, journals and magazines representing much of the history and records of the activities of anarchists and fellow-travellers across the UK and further afield. But it is the local and regional texture which sparkles in this volume, written with the intention of providing a ‘history from below’ to match the corresponding libertarian principles of organisation.

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The 2021 Anarchist Bookfairs List

teaching birds to read = civ

From Freedom News UK

In 2020 real-life anarchist bookfairs were, sadly, largely out of the question and very little happened which wasn’t virtual, including in Dundee, Edinburgh and London which ran extensive showings. This trend continued into the first half of the year, with the recent Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair putting on an excellent event on May 29th-30th (viewable here, and recommendable for podcast-type listening if you’re into that sort of thing).

June 11th Manifestations in UK

Write an anarchist prisoner today!

London, UK: Two Manifestations – In the Context of June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

We decided to mark June 11 by calling our little ‘manif sauvage’, with two targets: HMP Pentonville and the forthcoming Google London HQ. The point of this is twofold. Firstly, to start again a trajectory which has ebbed during lockdown – that of constant antagonism at the houses of confinement. In a sense, this seems to us to be an affirmation of the sense of the day of June 11th: to clarify that any repressive installations are a part of the global self-sustaining matrix of social control and exploitation.

35 years of the Anarchist Federation

is this is what anarchy after 30 looks like?

From Organise Magazine

reflections on 1986 and now

It’s 35 years since the AF was first formed as the Anarchist Communist Federation in 1986. We’ve published retrospectives on several occasions before in the 10, 20, 25 and 30 year specials of Organise! This time we look back at what was happening in and around 1986 and its relationship to the emergence of the new anarchist organisations.

Traps smashed during a day for mass trespass

The banner reads: "BLATANT ANARCHISM" - Tim Bonner

from Unoffensive Animal

24th April, Norkolk UK.

received anonymosuly via email:

“24th April was a day for mass trespass. Countryside Alliance goon Tim Bonner described the call-out as “blatant anarchism” and he wasn’t wrong. We did away with two ladder traps, a larsen trap, nine tully traps and a stink pit. Seven crows were released from the cages.

An international May Day greeting for 2021

greeting comrades, now get back to the factory floor! we have stuff to build

From Anarchist Federation

AF note: The following is from the IFA Secretariat who are currently the FAI in Italy (this role rotates amongst the Federations making up the membership of IFA). We previously published a nice read about the anarchist origins of Mayday including the Haymarket Affair in Chicago mentioned below. Also, our 25th anniversary issue of Organise!  magazine 77 from a decade ago has articles we have previously published about the Paris Commune which was especially influential on the development of anarchist communism. Earlier in the year we also celebrated and remembered the bravery of the Kronstadt rebellion of 1921.

325 Communique on the Attack upon Counter-Information

"There must be a re-energization of the international counter-information network, to once again become a threat internationally, after the repressive reaction that seeks to isolate anarchists from each other, not just around the world but even locally."

From Act for Freedom Now, UK

On 29.03.21 the Dutch police raided the data center that holds the nostate.net server, seizing the server itself as part of a criminal investigation into ‘terrorism’. Nostate.net is a collective that provided a platform for international movement websites from prisoner solidarity groups, multiple campaign collectives, anti-summit pages and international counter-information. Significant sites that used nostate.net as a platform that have been targeted by this repressive attack by the Dutch police are Anarchist Black Cross Berlin, Montreal Counter-Info, Northshore Counter-Info, Act For Freedom Now! (now re-activated on noblogs.org https://actforfree.noblogs.org/) and 325.

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