What London AF have been up to lately
Below is a list of what London AF has been up to recently and what we are planning for the future
We have organised several mass distributions of the AF newssheet Resistance, including at Bethnal Green and Whitechapel
We attended the May Day event in London and had a successful literature stall at the beginning and the end of the march. We helped organise the libertarian bloc on the march and marched with our superb London AF banner with the slogan Make London the Rebel City.
Talking of which, the new issue of Rebel City is now out and was distributed widely on the May Day event. Up to this issue it was the newssheet of London AF but at a meeting with other class struggle anarchists we decided to throw it open to others, and the latest issue contains articles by members of Haringey Solidarity, the Industrial Workers of the World, Radical Assembly etc. We hope this has broadened the base of the readership. You can get a copy at Freedom Bookshop, 56a Infoshop, LARC, Housmans, the Common House etc or you can pick up a copy from us.
We are participating in the Anti University events from 10th-16th June –Teaching and Learning As Direct Action, a direct action programme of self-organised radical learning activities. On June 11th as part of these events we will be putting on a public meeting at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1 (nearest tube Holborn) at 4pm, An Introduction To Anarchist Communism.
Later the same day at The White Building, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, London E9 5EN at 7pm, London AF will be hosting the writer-activist Pieter Gelderloos, who will be speaking about his new book Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation’.This book provides a history of state formation in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe, from Mesopotamia to the 20th century. Identifying different models or paths of state formation, Worshiping Power lays the groundwork for an anarchist theory of the origin of states, and in the process disputes common misconceptions stemming from liberal, Marxist, primitivist, and environmental determinist theories of state formation. Rather than treating state formation as a singular event, a Pandora’s Box, Worshiping Power analyzes state formation as a constant process, with religious, militaristic, economic, and kinship-based motors. It is also a work in grassroots scholarship, taking the study of the State out of academic institutions and into the streets, showing how a historically grounded understanding of the nature of the State is relevant to today’s struggles against patriarchy, environmental devastation, racism, war, and capitalism. There will be a talk by the author and Q&A session. Peter Gelderloos is also the author of ‘Anarchy works’ and ‘The failure of non-violence’.
We are also organising a fund raiser on May 30th at 7pm at the Common House, 5e Pundersons Gardens, E2 (nearest tube Bethnal Green) for Cribs, helping pregnant and young mother refugees in Greece. CRIBS International was founded by an AF member who realised that the conditions refugee women were forced to return to after giving birth were untenable. Many women have caesarean sections and then return to live in tents with poor diet, no furniture, terrible hygiene and snakes, flied, mosquitoes and wild boar. The NGOs on the ground were ultra conservative in their response and CRIBS was formed in response. It provides accommodation and other necessities for perinatal women and their families, ensuring they have follow-up care and psychological support where needed. This is an expensive business and we ask for your support. Come and hear about the work we have done so far and what we would like to achieve.
These are just some of the things we have done, are doing, or plan to do.
Want to get more involved? Come along to our London group meeting on Thursday May 18th at 7pm (contact us or venue)
Edited for mb3-org.com