A look at a few upcoming events over the next week or so:
Two court dates: D, a young black man who was assaulted by the police and then charged with obstructing them, will be in court in London on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th, and would appreciate support from anyone who can make it. Meanwhile, in Cardiff, two people are facing charges of having damaged property at an arms fair, so anyone in the Cardiff area who’s free on Tuesday 6th might want to head down to that.
The Angry Workers of the World collective are holding a meeting on the 8th of January to discuss creating a new workers’ paper to spread information about struggles and working conditions in West London, as part of an ongoing effort to spread solidarity and mutual aid in the area. If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested in the project, then as ever, you’re welcome to contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org, especially if you can think of a good name for the proposed paper.
Next Saturday, there’s a radical history tour of the East End of London to raise funds for printing the next copy of the East End Howler, while further ahead, London Antifascists will be holding a folk benefit gig on the 24th, and there’s also the Ferguson solidarity tour coming up from the 24th-31st at various locations.
In other news, Vice have quite a good round-up of protest in 2014, Boycott Workfare have come out with their workfare-focused review of the year, and UKAktion have a round-up of antifascist highlights of 2014, along with upcoming events in 2015, all of which are worth a look, although I’m always wary of being too confident when celebrating anti-fascist successes, especially when the focus is primarily on the South – it’s definitely good that we can mobilise large numbers to consistently outperform the fascists in places like London and Brighton, but we should be open about discussing the other side of the coin, which is that the far-right can often bring decent numbers of people to small, relatively isolated towns in the Midlands and the North, where they can then outnumber local opposition. Getting better at mobilising on a national level to counteract this would be a good antifascist resolution for the new year.
Finally, as you may have seen, the Spanish state launched a new operation targeting anarchists near the end of last year, with raids and arrests leading to several people being held in pre-trial detention. If you want to send a message of solidarity to those targeted by Operation Pandora, here’s the addresses (correct as of 23/12/2014, keep an eye out for any transfers) of the seven anarchists being held in prison without having been convicted of anything:
Lisa Sandra Dorfer
Beatriz Isabel Velazquez Dávila
C. P. Madrid VII – Estremera
Alba Gracia Martínez
Noemí Cuadrado Carvajal
Anna Hernandez del Blanco
C. P. Madrid V – Soto del Real
Carretera M-609, Km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Enrique Balaguer Pérez
C. P. Madrid VI – Aranjuez
Ctra. Nacional 400, Km. 28
David Juan Fernández
C. P. Madrid III – Valdemoro
Ctra. Pinto-San Martín de la Vega, km. 4,5
A few notes on writing to them:
First off, don’t be put off by the fact that there’s seven of them. It can be daunting writing to a stranger, but it’s relatively easy to commit to writing to one person, writing to seven people is a lot more of a commitment. If you’d like to do something to help, but don’t have the time/energy/money to send seven sets of letters, that’s fine, it’s perfectly OK to just pick a name or two at the list from random to write to them, whoever you choose will still appreciate the letter. Or you could get together with six friends and write to one each.
I can’t say what their English is like, so probably best to keep any messages short and simple, and, as ever when writing to prisoners, bear in mind that your post will be passing through the hands of prison guards, so don’t say anything, either about yourself or about them, that you wouldn’t want the state knowing. If you’re any good at drawing, everyone appreciates a nice picture, and you don’t need to speak any particular language to enjoy an image. If you want more information, contact solidaridadylucha(at)riseup.net
Finally, have a happy new year, and look after each other.