Stop NATO Cymru Week of Action in Cardiff & Newport

All week: action camp at Tredegar Park near Newport, with gigs, workshops, skillshares.

Graffiti Spotted in Cardiff City Centre ahead of the Summit

Graffiti Spotted in Cardiff City Centre ahead of the Summit

Sat 30th Aug, 1pm meet at Civic Centre Car Park, Newport – Radical bloc will join demo against NATO in Newport.

Sun 31st Aug, 3pm at the Security Gates nearest to the Nye Bevan statue (west end of Queen Street, opposite the Castle), Cardiff- Action against securitisation and policing.

Mon 1st Sep, 1pm at The Cenotaph, Newport – Sabcat day of action against austerity, benefit cuts and evictions. B.Y.O.Catmasks.

Tue 2nd Sep, 12pm At Home office and Border Force in Cardiff (31-33 Newport Road) – No Borders S. Wales and Stop NATO Cymru Day of Action Against Racism, Prisons and Borders.

Wed 3rd Sep – Day of skillshares and action training at the camp.

Thu 4th Sep – Stop NATO mass action to disrupt the summit. Further details near the time (via contacts below). Affinity group actions to help disrupt the summit also welcome!

Fri 5th Sep – Affinity group actions against capitalism, the state and

NATO; get together with your mates and organise your own action.

More details of all events will be available at the camp, and from:
network23.org/stopnatocymru anarchistaction.net
@anarchistaction 07440 192330 stopnatocymru@riseup.net

Callout – Sabcat Day of Action Against Austerity, Benefit Cuts and Evictions.

Meet at the Cenotaph, Newport at 1pm. Dressing up as Sabcats optional, but we recommend that you mask up. Cat masks will be available on the day. Wear ears, fluffy tails and cat face paint and masks!

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Between Oct 2012 and December 2013, 2,388 people were “sanctioned” by Newport’s Charles Street Jobcentre. Newport Council alone had 28 people on WP/SWP programs in 2011, and 51 in 2012, along with 33 Work Experience in 2012. How many more were forced into working for their benefits?

More people working for their benefits means less people with jobs. The government chooses this policy because they back the interests of bosses over workers. The bosses prefer to get their workers for nothing than pay them. They also profit from scaring those in employment with this humiliating alternative.

How many people have lost their homes, or are in huge debt, because of the Bedroom Tax? How many are forced to use food banks? How many rip-off loan sharks have opened up in the past few years? And how many of us are forced to use them?

It’s happening even to people in full-time paid work.
It’s obscene.
We can fight it!

Join us at the Cenotaph on Monday. We will be taking action against those who profit from this poverty and suffering. But remember, this isn’t a one day wonder! Join your local unemployed group and check out http://www.boycottworkfare.org

CALLOUT – Sunday 31st August – Stop NATO action against securitisation and policing

In preparation for the NATO summit, the authorities have put a giant fucking wall around parts of Cardiff and Newport. Local people do not want this wall – it prevents access to public grounds and services, disrupts essential travel and is an ugly visible reminder of the increasingly militarised zone that Cardiff and Newport have become in advance of this Summit.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/nato-summit-2014-cardiff-ring-7659971

Whilst they are in no way equivalent, we are mindful of the daily plight of the Palestinian people, hemmed in by giant walls that prevent them from accessing sufficient provisions, medical care or shelter from the prolific murderous Israeli attacks that have recently claimed thousands of lives. We stand against all those states and corporations which would seek to profit from human misery, division and securitisation.

Meet us at 3pm on Sunday 31st August at the security gates nearest to the Nye Bevan statue in Cardiff (west end of Queen Street, opposite the Castle) to make our feelings known.

Bring Palestinian flags and banners.

Solidarity with Action for Palestine

At 7.30 am on the 8th of August, supporters of the Palestinian people protested the BBC’s bias coverage of recent events by painting slogans on the corporation’s building in Roath Lock .

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On arrival of police one the graffiti artists got away, the other was arrested is now on bail, charged with criminal damage. The individual received harsh bail conditions including a ban form Cardiff, where she works.

A video of the action can be seen here:

The defendant is due to appear in Cardiff Magistrates Court on the 27th of August. This a call out for all to come and support her and this action against the BBC which has shown which side they are on when reporting on the Palestinian issue: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/amena-saleem/bbc-trying-shore-support-israels-assault-gaza

Come to Cardiff Magistrates court at 9.30 am with Palestinian and Anarchist banners, then at 10 am we will support the defendant in court.

Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Gasland part II film showing – tonight in O’Neils, Cardiff

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 New anti-fracking group, Cardiff Against Fracking Everywhere (CAFE), will be showing ‘Gasland part II’…*TONIGHT*

7pm, Thursday 14th August 2014

Upstairs in ‘O’Neill’s’
20-21 Trinity St
Cardiff CF10 1BH

Followed by a short discussion about what’s going on and what’s new in Wales fracking-wise.

Some local links:

FB – /cardiffagainstfrackingeverywhere

cardiffagainstfrackingeverywhere@riseup.net

http://frackfreewales.org

The Big Queer Picnic 2014

 

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Following the huge success of last year’s picnic, so many people have asked for a similar one this year; an inclusive, non-commercialised community based event celebrating our sexual and gender diversity: So here it is!
 
**Saturday 16th August**

**1pm at Sophia Gardens**

SCHEDULE

1:15 – 2:15 Yoga by Reiki Moon
Start the afternoon with an hour of beautiful physical, mental, and spiritual exercises to transform your body and mind.

2:15 – 2:30 Poetry by Jake Ord
Very powerful use of aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of the English language to highlight some severe topics and thoughts in our society.

2:30 – 3:00 Music by Aislinn Peters & Rhiannon Lord
Kick-ass refreshing music by Aisha and Rhi from the all female band Aisha and the Astronauts are coming to BLOW. YOU. AWAY! Why don’t you give them a listen? https://soundcloud.com/aishaandtheastronauts/rocket-ship-aisha-and-the-astronauts

3:00 – 3:30 Music by Emy Robbins
The brilliance of Emy’s music is a clever mix of subtle voice and seriously raging lyrics that you wouldn’t want to mess with. A performance that you wouldn’t want to risk missing.

3:30 – 4:00 Music by Georgia Paterson
Self pronounced lady-lovin acoustic singer/songwriterr, the refreshing sounds of Georgia Paterson was recently featured as ‘Welsh Artist of the Week’ on BBC Radio Wales. Her debut single was produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) with Catatonia’s Aled Richards on drums.
Have a listen at www.soundcloud.com/georgiapmusic

4:00 – 5:00 Speed dating & Friends making by Rufus Pearce
Session organised by the wonderful Rufus where you can come and meet people of different genders, sexuality, backgrounds, and life paths.

5:00 – 5:20 Belly dancing by Dancing Queer
What’s that? Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! The pierced and tattooed queer dancer will give you a very oriental performance with a twist.

5:20 – finish Drum Circle
To finish off, join us in a large drum circle to play some banging tunes till we drop! Don’t let the name fool you, all musical instruments are happily welcome.

Face painting by Suzy Youngman
Want to be a cat or a butterfly for the day? Don’t worry, Suzy’s here for the rescue! Whatever you fancy, Suzy’s got it covered.

Food by Food Not Bombs Cardiff / Bwyd Nid Bomiau Caerdydd
Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world every week to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend billions on war?

Henna by Shroukie
The art of temporary tattooing based on dyes developed by the Henna plant will leave your skin stained with delicate designs that may last up to two weeks.

**Starts at 1pm at Sophia Gardens**

Next film night – Wed 27th August – suggestions welcome!

South Wales Anarchists now also put a film night together once a month.

We plan to publicise it each month both online and with posters/flyers.

Last month we showed Grasp the Nettle and as lots of people showed up, and had a good time, we want to keep it going!

For any suggestions on the next film, or future films, email us via the link on the left, or come along to tonight’s meeting:

8pm at O’Neils by the market, where we will discuss what we might show.

Future film nights could be anywhere across South Wales, so let us know if you want us to hold a film night in a venue nearer to you!

 

South Wales Anarchist meeting – tonight 8pm

South Wales Anarchists are meeting tonight at 8pm at the Old Illts in Splott.

(Address: 1-3 Splott Road CF24 1HA)

Agenda will be likely to include:

  • Update from Stop NATO and No to NATO
  • Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair 2015!
  • New radical bookstall in Cardiff?
  • Squatters Network update
  • Any other business 🙂

‘No it doesn’t’. A reply to Paul Flynn MP.

Recently, the organisers of the NATO Counter Summit – opposed to this September’s NATO Summit in Newport – disinvited Paul Flynn MP after realising what his actual position on the existence of NATO is. Mr Flynn immediately took to his blog, riling against the ‘Marxists’ and ‘anarchists’ who put principles above publicity in a post titled ‘Does ‘No to NATO’ mean ‘Yes to Putin’?’. Below is a response to Mr Flynn, written by a supporter of Stop NATO Cymru, the posturing anarchists who have been organising against the Summit.

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That’s not happened before. A group of campaigners, organising against a huge international institution, in need of as much publicity as they can get, turning away a mildly well-known politician who was very keen to speak at their event. Why on earth would they do this? Isn’t being this intolerant bad for the ‘peace movement’ our politician suggests he supports? And just think of the bad publicity!

Thing is, the event is an explicitly anti-NATO event. NATO is the institution that’s been doing an awful lot of posturing recently, presenting itself as the opposite of Putin’s Russia and the separatist rebels who kill civilians (with weapons produced in NATO member countries, incidentally), defender of the poor souls in places like Crimea – who didn’t know any better than voting to re-amalgamate with Russia – and the civilians of Afghanistan, 20,000 of whom were bravely sacrificed to bring the glory of Representative Democracy to the region.

Now, in fairness, our politician did voice his opposition to the blood-letting exercises that were the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, but people change as they age, and by now he seems intent on stoking the flames of conflict in Ukraine, demanding that NATO “act strongly” with all its nuclear might against Putin and put the Soviets back in their place, full-on Cold War American Hawk style. Not quite the type to speak at an anti-NATO Counter Summit, I would’ve thought. So why’s he so peeved at not getting to speak? Maybe because our politician likes to be seen as bit of an outsider, a rebel on the back-benches, against the system whilst sitting comfortably in its lap.

But then again he doesn’t mind that much (despite having cared enough to blog about it). After all, as he reminds us, he doesn’t need our platform, he already has the best in the country – those comfy looking green benches – from which he is occasionally allowed to stand, ask a question, make a comment and get his five minutes on BBC Parliament. Yes, he may not be a policy-maker, a cabinet member or even a shadow cabinet member (despite having sat in the Commons since 1987…) but he can certainly make his voice heard, if not make any impact on actual policy. In fact, his voice was once heard so clearly, that he was suspended from the debating club for five days! While our politician was wringing his hands at the thought of getting to speak even more at the NATO Counter Summit, the anarchists he dislikes so much have been out on the streets, raising awareness of what NATO is, galvanising people to oppose imperialistic wars and organising to make our voice – the voice of the plebian non-MPs – heard this September.

The accusation that we are pro-Putin is stupidly ignorant at best and deeply offensive at worst. Putin is an oppressive, violent dictator who is guilty of war crimes; does that mean that we should be pro-Obama instead? Should we favour American expansionism over Russian expansionism? Be under no illusions that the US state acts on nothing more than self-interest when it uses its armed NATO puppet to expand its turf. When the Soviet-bloc fell and the Cold War ended NATO’s purpose became exclusively focused on expansion. In Libya, for example, when it saw its chance to take more of the Middle East, it continued to send military aid to the Egyptian dictatorship whist bombing the Libyan people for their own liberation. Stop NATO Cymru is an anti-imperialist movement, against all sates which stifle the self-determination of individuals and communities.

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When our politician is celebrating Obama coming to Newport this September, we will be doing just what he claims to have been doing for years – opposing unnecessary wars. Events like the Counter Summit and the Week of Action exist to demonstrate what a world without warmongering, imperialism and apology for blood-thirsty regimes might look like. Paul Flynn has made it clear that he wants no part in that world.