General notes: the Anarchist Communist Group have a report from yesterday’s heroic resistance in Glasgow which is worth a read, and waste and recycling workers at Thurrock Council who’ve been out on strike against pay cuts since April 13 have announced their intention to stay out until at least June 18. You can watch a video about that dispute here. Meanwhile, the Manchester bus strike continues but seems like it might be nearing a resolution, as a solidarity protest planned for Thursday evening was called off. Rank-and-file sparks continue to hold regular protests against Balfour and Bailey’s de-skilling attempts across the country.
Upcoming events, mostly Palestine or anti-raids related:
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May, there’ll be a lot of Palestine solidarity events happening:
SATURDAY 15th MAY 2021: List of Physical Protests
Abergavenny, Outside Waterstones, 1.30pm
Barnstaple, Guildhall, 11am
Bedford, Faces, Silver Street, 11am-1pm
Birmingham, Victoria Square, 2pm
Brighton, Clocktower, 12pm
Bristol, Castle Park, 2pm https://www.facebook.com/events/210502050657881/
Canterbury, HSBC Bank, Whitefriars, 9 Rose Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JP, 1pm
Cambridge, Market Square, 11.15am
Cardiff, Aneurin Bevan Statue, 12pm
Coventry, Broadgate, 12pm
Edinburgh, Princes Street (Corner of Castle St), 11am https://www.facebook.com/events/468782884198276
Exeter, Bedford Square, 12pm
Guildford, Debenhams, 2.30pm
Hastings, Near Debenhams, 12pm
Hebden Bridge, Corner of New Road (A646) with Holme Street, 2.30pm
Hereford, Cathedral, 11am
Hitchin, Windmill Hill, 11am
Huddersfield, St George’s Square, 3pm
Hull, Victoria Square, 11am-1pm
Inverness, Town House, 12-1pm https://www.facebook.com/HighlandPalestine
Jersey, Royal Square, 11am
Leeds, Leeds Trinity Briggate (Area outside Zara/Debenhams), 2pm
Liverpool, Bombed-Out Church, 3pm https://www.facebook.com/events/2803407376636389/
London, March to the Israeli Embassy, Assemble Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch Tube, 12pm
Machynlleth, The Clock Tower, 11am-12pm
Manchester, Platt’s Field Park, Rusholme, 12pm-4pm
Newcastle, Grey’s Monument, 11.30am
Northampton, BBC Radio Northampton, Abington Street, 2pm
Nottingham Old Market Square, 12pm
Orkney, Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral, 12pm-1pm
Plymouth, New George Street, 11am-1pm
Sheffield, Sheffield Town Hall, 12pm
Southampton, Bargate, 11am-12.30pm
Woverhampton, Queen Square, 11am
Sunday 16th May
Oxford, Manzil Way to Bonn Square, 2-5pm
Eastbourne, Bankers’ Corner, Terminus Road, 12pm
This weekend will also see Edinburgh IWW running an online introduction to organiser training.
On Monday 17th, five people will be appearing at Stafford Crown Court over charges related to direct action against Elbit, an arms company that supplies brutal regimes including Israel and Burma/Myanmar.
On Thursday 20th, Haringey Anti-Raids are running an online workshop about how to resist immigration raids.
On Saturday 22nd, there’s the Close the Camps day of solidarity at Napier Barracks, where asylum seekers are being housed. Glasgow IWW will be running an in-person outdoors organiser training starting on Sunday 23rd.
On Wednesday 26th, another group of people accused of taking direct action against Elbit have a court date at Highbury Magistrates, and then on Friday 28th there’s a call for mass action against Elbit’s London headquarters.
Further ahead, Saturday 29th is the next Kill the Bill day of action, and will also see the online Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair, which will also be running events on the Sunday. Strike Map UK are starting up a virtual book club, and will be holding their first event on June 7th, a discussion of Robert Ovetz’s book on Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle.