The next few weeks look to be busy ones in all sorts of ways. Over the next few days, a “festival of ideas and actions” called LSE Resist will be happening in London, which sounds like it’ll have all kinds of interesting things going on.
In workplace news, Bristol IWW recently won another dispute over wage theft. The IWGB have started organising among foster carers, staff at the Ritzy cinema have gone on strike for the living wage, and workers at the Hackney Picturehouse have also been balloting for a strike over the same issue. The United Voices of the World union have been continuing their organising efforts among cleaners at the LSE, and will be hosting an open meeting on September 29 to spread the word about what they’re up to. Further North, three cleaners at Kinsley Academy in Wakefield have gone on an all-out strike, and all over the country the doctors’ strike is currently meant to be going ahead on the 5, 6, 7, and 10-11 of October (EDIT: Scratch that, it’s been suspended).
In repression and legal news, the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign will be hosting a conference in Sheffield at the start of October bringing together a range of different groups who’ve had to fight against state brutality and dirty tricks. Early October in Sheffield will also see the Rotherham 12 go on trial for allegedly defending their community against Britain First, and there’s a call for people to get down in support on Monday October 3, which is the day the trial starts. Aiden Aslin’s next court date is also scheduled for October, as he’ll be turning up in Nottingham to find out whether the CPS have made up their minds about whether allegedly fighting against ISIS is worthy of a terror charge or not, although I’ve not seen any organised solidarity demonstrations called for that date so far.
In more general prison news, the Incarcerated Workers’ Organising Committee and Empty Cages Collective are meant to be co-hosting a Northern tour in late September about the government’s prison expansion plans, although I’ve not seen much specific info confirmed yet.
On a more international note, there’ll be an info night in London on September 28 raising awareness of the current repression against anarchists in Warsaw, and a solidarity gig and party to raise money for the cause on October 10th. Over in North America, It’s Going Down have published a new piece on how outside supporters can help the amazing prison strike going on there – it’s mostly aimed at a US audience, but some of the suggestions are things that those of us outside the US can also do.
On other social struggles, it’s great to see that the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark has been given a reprieve after the council’s application for a compulsory purchase order was turned down, and Acorn in Bristol recently did an amazing job preventing an eviction there. All kinds of struggles over housing and gentrification are still continuing, like Class War’s next planned action against Foxtons in Islington on October 5. And on the anti-fascist front, October 9 will see a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, while the next big mobilisation against today’s fascists looks set to be in Margate on October 22.