ANTIFASCIST BENEFIT GiG

Yesterday a solidarity benefit gig was held in north London to raise money for a recently imprisoned antifascist, arrested for fighting Nazis in Dover, and six anarchists in Turin, Italy on pre-trial detention (remand). It was a great success with over £800 being raised.

The night was a hip-hop night, with poets, freestyles, open-mic and live performances. The night started at a decent pace with small crowds turning-up to check out the space and hear the first performer, spoken-word artist Becky Fury. After her performance, political hip-hop artist Awate performed his latest single, Out Here, stirring up the crowd and getting them in the mood for some more hip-hop! People got up, started dancing and soon George F. ‘The Squat Poet’, Omeza, Apex Zero and others was spitting bars and free-styling as the DJ who provided some classic hip-hop – with locals, squatters, antifascists and all-night ravers dancing together.

The space was provided by Camden Homeless Solidarity, which is based in 156 Kentish Town Road, and is open on weekdays to the local neighbourhood and homeless alike and serves food and drinks, as well as a welcoming space to teach others how to squat and to hand out basic resources for anyone who might need it.

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Call-out to all antifascists for Dover – January 30th

As the anti-fascist mobilisation against the neo-Nazi National Front in Dover gets closer, we share the latest update on the counter-demo and travel to it from the Anti-Fascist Network – and earlier one from London Anti-Fascists on the importance of the day:

On Saturday 30 January neo-Nazis and violent racists from across the UK will head to the coastal town of Dover for an anti-refugee protest. Far-right groups are trying to exploit the “migrant crisis” to whip up racial hatred and bring about ever-harsher controls on those coming to the UK.

Across Europe the far-right have been organising against refugees and encouraging governments to increase their hostility to migrants. While governments close borders with fences and batons to keep those in need out, fascists fire bomb refugee housing. In the UK fascists have tried to organise their own patrols of trucks entering the country, looking for migrants.

This will be the fourth far-right protest to take place in Dover in the last two years. In September an anti-refugee protest in Dover saw more than 200 neo-Nazis rampage through the town calling for the border to be closed. They tried to attack anti-fascists, throwing bricks into crowds including pregnant women and elderly people. Anti-fascists were more than capable of defending ourselves, but the demo served as a reminder to take seriously the threat of fascist violence.

During this time, immediately across the channel, migrants living miserably in ‘the Jungle’ have to endure sadistic attacks from fascist and the police on a regular basis. As usual, the nationalist far-right took advantage of a series of extremely saddening events to spread its xenophobic venom among people and to scare an economically shaken French working class, viciously achieving historic gains in December’s regional elections.

We are calling on anti-fascists from across Europe to join us in organising mass opposition to the anti-refugee protest on Saturday 30 January, to show solidarity with migrants and prevent an escalation of racist violence.

This mobilisation is part of the global struggle between those who wish to see the murderous divisions of nations, borders, and class further entrenched and fortified with razor wire and racist rhetoric – and those who fight for freedom of movement and solidarity among the exploited, oppressed and excluded of the world.

We will be standing with Kent Anti-Racist Network and a growing list of trade union and community organisations to show working class resistance to the neo-Nazis. A victory in Dover on Saturday 30 January will be a victory for the range of movements involved in this fight back.

Organise, make plans, spread the word and see you on the streets!

“Dover Update!

Well, since we announced the demonstration in Dover on January 30th, a lot has happened. Lots of groups have organised transport, and the day is shaping up to be a good one.

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London

London Antifascists have announced they’re running coaches to Dover on the day. If you want a seat with them, email ldnantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net with the subject line “Coaches2Dover“. Facebook event here.

Brighton

Brighton Antifascists have also organised a coach for the day. If you live in the area and want to travel with them email brightonantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net with the subject line “BRIGHTON2DOVER“. Cost will be £10 waged or £5 unwaged. Facebook event here.

Manchester

Manchester Antifascists are organising transport and accomodation for anyone who wants to travel with them. They’ll be leaving Friday eve and getting back Sunday lunch time. Cost is approximatly £15-20. Email them atManchesterantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net before 16th Jan if you’re interested. Facbook event here.


The group “Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants” have also announced a bloc on the demo, and are also looking at transport options and meetup times/locations. For more info, keep an eye on their facebook event here.

More groups are planning travel, so if you’re interested in that or in meetup times and locations, keep an eye here, on our facebook page or our twitter.

See you on the streets


UPDATE // UPDATE // UPDATE

Berkshire & Oxfordshire

Berkshire Antifascists and Oxford Antifascists have teamed up and are now offering travel from Reading and Oxford. If you want to travel with them, emailberksantifa[at]riseup[dot]net for costs and meet up points. If you’re looking for more info and updates, they’ve set up a facebook event here.

Brighton (again!)

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Brighton Antifascists have announced that they’re holding a public meeting in the run-up to Dover. It’s gonna be on the 19th January in the Cowley Club at 12 London Road, and they’ve got speakers from the Kent Anti-Racism Network and the Hummingbird Project (a Brighton based refugee aid group). You’ll also be able to pick up tickets for their coach to Dover in person if email isn’t your thing. It’s shaping up to be a cracker of a night. There’s a facebook event here.”

 

Stop the Housing and Planning Bill

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Architects for Social Housing (ASH) have called a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday 5th January at midday to oppose the Housing and Planning Bill, which will have devastating consequences for social housing in the UK. They write:

“The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time, yet its true impact has been unreported in the mainstream press and is largely unknown to the general public.

If passed, the Bill will:

1) Replace the obligation to build homes for social rent with a duty to build starter homes capped at £450,000 in London and £250,000 in England;

2) Extend the Right to Buy to housing associations without the obligation to replace them, further depleting the number of hoems for social rent;

3) Compel local authorities to sell ‘high value’ housing, either transfering public housing into private hands or freeing up the land it sits on for property developers;

4) Force so-called ‘high income’ tenants with a total household income over £30,000 (£40,000 in London) to pay market rents;

5) Grant planning permission in principle for housing estates designated as such to be redeveloped as ‘brownfield land’;

6) Phase out secure tenancies and their succession to children and replace them with 2-5 year tenancies – with such tenancies also being applicable to tenants who have been ‘decanted’ for the purposes of redevelopment.

Below is the list of the more than 150 written submissions to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee in response to the Housing and Planning Bill, which shows just how widespread the concern is about its contents and legislation within the housing sector.

In response, Architects for Social Housing (ASH) are proposing holding a demonstration at the Houses of Parliament on the 5th of January, 2016, when the Bill will be read for the third and final time before being passed to the House of Lords.

Under the banner of ‘Kill the Housing Bill’, a number of housing groups and trades unions have already started a campaign against the Bill, and this demonstration is being proposed in conjunction with Defend Council Housing, whose details and petition can be found here: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/

Despite this widespread expression of opposition by both public and private bodies, none of the concerns expressed to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee altered, in any meaningful way, the contents of the Bill up to the report stage. Instead, the government has made plans to fast-track the Bill into law.

When the democratic process fails, as it has here, it’s our duty to take other measures to make ourselves heard. The press has largely ignored or misrepresented the true reach of the Bill and its consequences. It is for this reason that we have decided to hold a demonstration.

However, simply turning up on the day is not enough. In a very short space of time we need to build a campaign that has the support and backing of a popular opposition to the Bill whose focus is on stopping its passage into law.”

Facebook event here.

Screw Skrewdriver

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A few weeks ago members of NFAAF came across Skrewdriver records being sold at a shop in the Stables in Camden.

Skrewdriver took Oi punk, a genre of music which evolved from the mash up of cultures that was Ska, and used it to spread their white supremacist bullshit through the punk scene.

This was conveyed to the shop assistant who initially attempted to make excuses, declaring one of the records in question was ‘before they became racist’, but then agreed to get the manager to stop selling the records.

The shop was re-visited and on finding that the records remained it was made clear that if fascist propaganda was not removed then our crew would come down in number to ensure that it was.

Fascist tourists continue to visit Camden. We will confront both them in our streets and in shops such as this – that de-value this area’s punk and African-Caribbean history by catering to shit music taste. Making profits off racist propaganda will not be tolerated.

Today we confirmed that racist records are no longer on sale at the shop.

Fuck the greyzone!

Up the punks!

Call-out: Solidarity with Sweets Way eviction arrestees

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JOIN US TO STAND UP AGAINST SOCIAL CLEANSING AND THE CRIMINALISATION OF PEACEFUL PROTEST!

On 23 and 24 of September, the Sweets Way estate was evicted by dozens of High Court bailiffs and 7 vans of London Met police. Nearly a hundred occupiers of dozens of homes were turfed out, as was Mostafa, the last original resident of the estate. Supporters peacefully attempted to stop Mostafa’s eviction, many of whom were arrested. Fifteen now face criminal charges for obstructing High Court Enforcement Officers.

Their trial is scheduled to take place over three days, from 10am on Wednesday, December 16, through Friday, December 18. Supporters are encouraged to attend the hearings each day, but we are calling a solidarity rally outside Willesdon Magistrates Court for 1pm on Friday, December 18 to take a stand with those who were arrested for standing up to social cleansing.

Squats raided in Lille as repression increases

In the context of nationalism and fear engulfing the continent, on 17th November “RAID” paramilitary anti-terrorist units raided squats in the French town of Lille. With the Paris attacks has come a sharp spike in the rate of evictions and police raids on particularly political squats and those housing migrants.

Solidarity with all squatters feeling the brunt of French state power in these racialised and classist raids.

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From Nantes Revoltee:

“Des nouvelles de France

Comme on l’annonçait, l’État d’Urgence ne sert qu’à renforcer l’Etat policier

Alors que les services de renseignement ont brillé par leur incroyable nullité, qu’un djihadiste a pu prendre la fuite sans être arrêté, le gouvernement continue la surenchère sécuritaire.

– Des centaines de perquisitions ont lieu ces dernières nuits dans toute la France. 128 rien que pour cette nuit. A Nantes, 3 personnes sont donc en Garde à Vue pour … du deal de cannabis !

– Dans le même temps, le RAID – cette unité d’élite antiterroriste, avec des policiers cagoulés et armés – a donné l’assaut contre … un squat de militants lillois ! “Armés et cagoulés, les hommes sont montés sur une échelle et ont cassé la fenêtre du premier étage afin d’entrer dans l’habitation” raconte un témoin. La presse explique finalement que “l’objectif était d’assister un huissier afin d’évacuer des squats”.

– Un petit caprice de Président, une petite vengeance en dehors de tout cadre légal. Hollande est parti en vrille hier, en décidant de modifier la Constitution et d’aller lâcher quelques bombes au hasard sur Racca, en Syrie. Alors que les proches des victimes des attentats parisiens sont d’une dignité incroyable, ce sont les gouvernants qui ont perdu tout sang froid ! Des dizaines de civils auraient été tués par les missiles français.
Les socialistes ont définitivement perdu toute dignité, et essaient d’imiter Poutine et Bush quand ils vomissent à la télé qu’ils veulent “exterminer les ennemis de la République”.

– Amadou Koumé, père de famille, était mort en mars 2015 après avoir été tabassé par des policiers dans le 10e arrondissement. La police avait caché le décès, et le corps du défunt, pendant un mois ! La justice vient de profiter de l’élan national pour prononcer un “non-lieu” sur cette affaire très gênante. C’est toute une famille subit une nouvelle humiliation, et une terrible injustice.”