Upcoming online events and new base union support groups: Russian anarchists, the poll tax and more

A few online events that you can sort-of-join-in-with while you’re self-isolating/social distancing/recovering from another day at work if you work at a really vital institution that can’t be closed down, like the NHS or Wetherspoons:

On Saturday 21st March, Russian anarchist political prisoner Azat Miftakhov will be celebrating his birthday in prison after being convicted of breaking a window at an office of Putin’s United Russia party, so to mark the occasion his friends and supporters are asking that people take photos of themselves with signs demanding his release and post them with the hashtag #freeazat. For more prison-related news closer to home, see this update from London ABC, who are setting up a hotline for people to report virus outbreaks and any other serious incidents in prisons.

On March 26th, to commemorate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the great Poll Tax riot, there’s going to be a livestreamed talk that you can listen to here. (Thinking about it, that’ll also be the 9th anniversary of the one relatively decent anti-cuts protest from the early 2010s.) The Angry Workers book tour for their upcoming book obviously won’t be happening as planned, but they’ll be doing a livestreamed presentation on the 27th, and then a Zoom online meeting on the 31st.

Other than that, hopefully everyone’s involved in their local neighbourhood groups by now, but for anyone involved with the UVW union, they’ve created a group so that members and supporters of UVW can ask questions to one another, offer advice and solidarity where possible, and discuss ways in which we can get organised to protect our health, jobs, homes and incomes in the months ahead. The IWGB have also set up an online form for people who can volunteer to help their members through the crisis.

That’s all for now, more updates about how you can not leave your house to follow soon.

About nothingiseverlost

"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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