I appreciate that not many people have much cash spare at this time of the year, but in case anyone does, here’s a listing of a few worthy causes that’ve been asking for donations recently:
A fundraiser’s been started for the Russian antifascists and anarchists caught up in the “rupression/network” case. Freedom Press are still selling fundraising t-shirts for the Indonesian anarchists who’ve been facing increased state harassment since May Day. Partisan in Manchester are asking for donations to cover the cost of a free dinner event for asylum seekers and refugees on Saturday 23rd. The Stansted 15 are still asking for help with the legal costs of their appeal. Books Beyond Bars are asking for donations to help with their work sending reading material to queer prisoners. They’ll also be hosting a fundraising filmshowing in Salford on Sunday 16th December. The IWW Couriers Network are trying to raise money to cover the legal costs of a member who was injured in an accident at work, and subsequently sued by another driver. The Anarchist Communist Group are asking for donations to help fund their newsletter, Jackdaw, which one of the only printed anarchist freesheets still going in the UK at the moment, so worth kicking in a few quid if you want to make anarchist ideas accessible outside the world of algorithms and social media echo chambers. Similarly, over in the US, revolutionary printing project True Leap Press is currently running a fundraiser, and South Chicago Anarchist Black Cross, who’ve been printing and sending radical material to prisoners for 20 years now, could use a little help staying on the road for the next few decades.
A few other miscellanous notes: in a testament to what real staying power and commitment looks like, the (surviving members of) the Shrewsbury 24, jailed for picketing in 1972, have been given permission for a hearing on their appeal, which is an important step forward in their long, long quest to overturn their convictions. The Anti-Fascist Network have a full write-up of this weekend’s goings-on in London. And it turns out that there are actually two xmas dos organised by grassroots/base-type unions in London this Saturday, so you can take your pick between partying with the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union at the May Day Rooms in Fleet Street or the United Voices of the World in Kentish Town.