Radical Workers Bloc at Cardiff Mayday

Am y Gymraeg cliciwch yma.

“THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY.”

(August Spies on the scaffold before his execution)

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South Wales Anarchists will be demonstating in Cardiff to celebrate this years May Day. Originally a pagan festival, the modern May Day bank holiday has its roots in the fight for the eight hour day and is celebrated across the globe as an International Workers’ Day to commemorate the anarchist trade union organisers who were executed in Chicago 1887. They were framed and wrongly accused of throwing a bomb at police breaking up a crowd in the Haymarket during a demonstration involving over 400,000 working in Chicago on May 4, 1886.

The anarchist idea did not die with these workers in 1887 and continues to be the inspiration for many fighting capitalism around the world. We call on all those struggling for a world of justice, dignity and freedom to come together and join us this May Day in Cardiff.

Bring your red and black flags and class struggle banners!

Meet at 12 noon at the southern end of St Mary St, under the railway bridge near the Great Western Wetherspoons. March starts at 12.30 through the streets of Cardiff City centre to…. somewhere with no bureaucrats’ speeches!!!

Cardiff Animal Rights – Join the Struggle!

Cardiff Animal Rights has been very buysy recently. To join them in the struggle against animal abuse, join one of their regular demonstartions.

Weekly Fur Demos at Cardiff St Mary Street Market

 

 

Freddy Fox explaining to some local bobbies why people shouldn't wear fur!

Freddy Fox explaining to some local bobbies why people shouldn’t wear fur!

Every Saturday afternoon Cardiff Animal Rights will be at the vintage market in St Mary Street. There there are several stallholders peddling fur there. Please do join us and let them know it’s time for a fur-free Cardiff.

Circus Monado

Circus Mondado, Sully

Circus Mondado, Sully

Circus Monado are one of a dying breed of circuses that still continue to abuse animals in their acts, including a zebra, camels, horses and goats… Cardiff Animal Rights will be protesting against them every day untill they leave at Sully Sports (Caboot Field). We meet at Sully Sports Club at 16:00, Showings on the weekend vary.

As there will be a gap of about 90 minutes between the two shows the option to enjoy time at the nearby beach is going to be there so bring vegan picnic food.

Cardiff Smash IPP Demo and March

I ddarllen yr erthygl yn y Gymraeg cliciwch yma.

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On Saturday the 4th of April 2015, the Smash IPP group held their first a demonstration in Cardiff. For those of you who do not know what IPP is, it is an indeterminate sentence for “public protection”. This allows the court to add time onto an existing prison sentence often for minor crimes and therefore pushing back the release date indefinitely. This means that IPP prisoners live under the constant mental torture of having no release date. It was abolished in 2012, however this was not done retrospectively leaving more then 5000 people in jail for a non existing law with no release date.

At 2pm the group gathered at the Aneirin Bevan statue on Queen Street. We were joined by friends and family members prisoners under the IPP sentence. We stayed at the statue for about an hour handing out leaflets and talking to the public about IPP sentences as it is not a very well known subject. We then marched down queen street with black flags and banners. Everyone, including children who were marching with us, took turns chanting “Smash IPP, Set them Free” and “Our Passion for Freedom, is Stronger then their Prisons”.

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We arrived at the prison entrance where we were joined by others who were visiting loved ones in prison. We continued to chant things like “Freedom for all, Tear Down the Walls”. We then we went to the top floor of the a nearby car park where there was good visibility. We could see the prison cell and the the prisoners could see us. We hung banners, chanted and communicated with people in the prison. The friends, families and demonstrators kept were still chanting, “Give them a Date, Set them Free, Smash IPP!”. The prisoners themselves sent us signals of their support and asked us to return.

There will be more events like this in future. This group Smash IPP is a collective of Anarchists and anti-authoritarians as well as the loved ones of IPP prisoners. We have chosen to stand against IPP because it is one of the most blatant abuses by the state of the “justice” system in order to punish those it deems criminals, while some of the worst crimes of all are begin committed by the cops, judges and screws.

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Solidarity to all persons in prison and those who’s lives are affected by the prison system, including all those in the racist detention centers of the UK. All in all, it was a successful demonstration, there was a good atmosphere and no police presence. More stuff coming up soon, to get involved e-mail smashipp@riseup.net

30 – nil: Antifascists on the streets of Merthyr

I ddarllen yr erthygl hon yn y Gymraeg cliciwch yma.

Anti-NF Welcoming Committee

Anti-NF Welcoming Committee

Anti-fascists in Merthyr stood with people from surrounding valleys communities on Monday in a show of force against fascism and racism.

Following recent threats, attacks and attempts to recruit by the boneheaded South Wales National Front, locals called on other antifa to join them to show that there is no welcome for fascist scum in working class areas.

The National Front have been gaining traction in South Wales since the collapse of the BNP and have seen both their membership and levels of activity increase recently. They remain a tiny group of confused men, but as their confidence grows, so does their use of violence.ant

Since 2013 there have been two known violent attacks on migrants by members of neo-Nazi groups in Wales. A few weeks ago the NF attempted to ‘disrupt’ and intimidate a Communist Party meeting in Merthyr which George Galloway was due to attend, returning that weekend to spread their poisonous message in town and distribute their hate-filled propaganda. On Monday Galloway returned to give his speech. We want to make it clear that as antifa we were not there to support him or the Communist Party (with some of us confronting him over his anti-working class views and political ego-boosting), but to defend our own communities which were built by migration.

30 of us met in town, splitting into groups which would watch the entrance to the meeting, the main public transport routes into town, the High Street and pubs. We covered the UntitledNF propaganda that hadn’t already been torn down with antifascist stickers, stopping off at the recently-imposed and seemingly always empty UKIP office on our way. The fascist failed to show.

Valleys Antifa

There was much discussion about the nature of fascism in the valleys and the extent to which force is necessary to combat it. As grassroots anti-fascists, we believe that racism needs to be confronted directly. Standing a mile away from their demonstrations with placards, signing petitions or relying on racist politicians and police achieves nothing.

However, confrontation doesn’t always mean violence. The economic problems in our area mean that a lot of people are looking for alternatives to mainstream politics and, unfortunately, neo-nazi groups like the NF sometimes pretend that they are that alternative. The reality is that they are just a more violent version of the status quo.

The ‘Valleys Frontline Firm’, set up by the National Front to recruit, has had some success in appealing to the disillusioned.

Luke Pippen: The face of British patriotism

Luke Pippen: The face of British patriotism

They were founded by NF Deputy Organiser and violent pulp Luke Pippen, after the leader of the ‘Welsh Alliance’ was outed as a paedophile. Pippen is well-known to antifa organisers in South Wales. He regularly goes to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, commemorating those who died fighting Nazism, and has tattoos of swastikas and Hitler on his torso. He is hate-filled human slime with a tendency to be violent towards people he sees as ‘different’. It is impossible to ‘talk fascism out of him’. Other means are needed to make sure his agenda is never fulfilled.

Whilst organised racists are active on our streets we must use whatever tactics we can to stop their violence, which means talking to people we think might be tempted by their poison and physically stopping those who try to spread it. We must all be antifa – keeping our eyes open to the potential these people have and preventing them from turning their violence on people with different views and backgrounds.

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All info on local fascists to valleysantifa@riseup.net

To the NF, we say that when you come back to Merthyr for your free buffet in a “local” pub, don’t think that you will be unopposed just because you haven’t told anyone you’re coming. Everyone who bins your leaflets, looks at you with disgust or wonders what such a group of ignorant zombie-clowns are doing in our home is your opposition. Antifa is everyone who confronts you for your backwards views and we are everywhere.

Help keep our streets clean – send any info on fascist activities to valleysantifa@riseup.net

No Borders meeting tonight

Meeting of No Borders South Wales tonight (plus people from the ShareDYDD destitution network).no borders march 157pm- 9pm at the Red and Black Umbrella, Clifton Street. Hope to see you there :)

Solidarity Against #Spycops

NCND1It has been over five years since we learned that Mark “Marco” Jacobs was not just another anarchist in the south Wales activist scene, but was actually an undercover police officer. We made all the relevant political points about the matter in our statement at the time: “They come at us because we are strong

Since then a number of activists are taking legal action against South Wales Police and the Metropolitan Police in an attempt to hold the system to account.

spycopsSince we first filed an application in court, both sets of Police lawyers have attempted to obstruct justice, giving a “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” defence of all aspects of Officer Jacobs (and all other undercover police) deployment.

On Wednesday 25th March we will be in the Royal Courts of Justice in London attempting to strike out this non-defence.

The night before we are in London we will be holding a protest outside Cardiff Central Police Station to draw attention to the case and the problem of undercover political policing in general.

Protest outside Cardiff Central Police Station, King Edward VIII Avenue, CF10
Tuesday 24th March, 6pm – 8pm (facebook event)

Then please join us if you can in a Solidarity picket of the court before the case starts.

Picket outside Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London, WC2 (Holborn or Temple tube)
Wednesday 25th March, 9am – 10am (facebook event)

It was recently announced that there will be a full public inquiry into political undercover policing. Though this is welcome, providing it is transparent, robust and independent, such exercises are unlikely to ever offer any path to justice. It is particularly unlikely that the truth about the role of undercover police in suppressing political activism in the UK will come to light whilst would-be whistleblowers have the threat of prosecution hanging over them.

March! continues at the Red and Black Umbrella, Cardiff…

It’s going to be a full weekend of gigs, radical info, great workshops and more at the Red and Black Umbrella…
Friday 6th March, from 7pm

Acoustic benefit gig for Smash IPP & Claimant Solidarity Cardiff

friday6thmarchacousticfinalPossibility of open mic afterwards.

£3 Suggested donation. All profit goes to local causes.
Then…

Saturday 7th March

Reclaim The Fields – A day of workshops, skill-shares and more!

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From 1pm:

A day of learning and network building on growing projects, access to land, food sovereignty and sustainability in an off-grid venue!
Workshops!
Vegan snax!
(Hopefully) bike-powered film showings!
Come and eat and learn and chill! …

7pm till late:

A night of foresty folk, jumpin’ punk and slammin’ beats!

NOT SINCE THE ACCIDENT
OUTLAW FOLK
BREACH OF THE PEACE

DJ BUNTYCHUNX
DJ PJ

Dance your little socks off / jam till your fingers break ;)

£5 suggested donation on the door, but give what you can. No-one turned away through lack of funds.

Drink tolerated / drunkeness not.

Info at: http://redandblackumbrella.squat.net

More info at:

http://smashipp.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/YorkleyCourtCF

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