Anti-fascism, workfare, bakers, bigots and parties – this week’s news

I don’t have anything in particular to write about today, this is just a round-up of a few different things that have happened recently and deserve a mention, plus upcoming events that seem worth plugging.
To start off with, anyone who’s a Unite member in the North East should get in touch with to discuss how you can help support Ray, an electrician who’s facing a disciplinary for being involved with the rank-and-file Sparks network that won so magnificently earlier this year. If you’re not a Unite member in the North East, but you know someone who is, please pass this appeal on. In other news, CrimethInc have a really good indepth report and analysis on the recent general strike in Barcelona, the situation leading up to it, and the riots that accompanied it. Back in the UK, last weekend saw the far-right humiliated at the March for England in Brighton – this libcom discussion collects various reports and pieces of footage, and some antifascists from Bristol also have a decent report on the topic. On an anti-fascist note, it’s worth remembering that comrades in America are still facing serious charges for this kind of activity, and could really use any spare cash you might have to help pay legal fees.
In pasty news, the Sun is still trying to encourage a populist fightback over the pasty tax, and reports that “a mile-long March of the Bakers in the capital was called off over fears anarchists might hijack it.” It’s a shame that there’s almost no chance that would actually have happened, but it’s nice to see we can still strike fear into the hearts of Sun hacks, or somebody. Also amusing is this excellent piece from the Workers Solidarity Alliance on their plans to use unicorns to kill work and create a new world of glitter and kisses from the bottom up.
On the workfare front, Wessex Solidarity report that delegates at the Communication Workers’ Union conference have voted down a motion aiming to end that union’s support for unpaid work. The fight against workfare needs to be continued, and that includes taking on the CWU now they’ve chosen to become a target. If you’re in London on Mayday, that’d be a good place to start; if you’re not, but you can make it down to Brighton for the anti-workfare conference there on Saturday 26th May, that also sounds worthwhile.
Finally, looking ahead, this weekend it’s important to confront the anti-abortion bigots who’ll be taking to the streets all over the country this Saturday. Beyond that, it’ll be really interesting seeing what comes out of the Mayday general strike that’s been called for by the American Occupy movement; slightly less dramatic, but much easier for any UK readers to participate in, is the call for mass street parties in late May that’s come out of UK Uncut. I have to admit that my ultra-left anarchist reflexes make me cringe a bit at the sight of anything that’s described as being a “Great British Street Party”, but the intentions seem good, and any attempt to express class struggle politics outside of either the dull traditional marches beloved of the left, or the off-putting black bloc fetish common among some anarchist activists, has to be worthwhile.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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