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Monday, 26 September 2011 12:08
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A poem by one the six recently imprisoned anti-fascists who says — "It’s about how religious people (of certain faiths especially), always try to befriend people they perceive to be at a low, but they always have a hidden agenda."

A judgement from my so called peers, the sentence from an elevated seat.
A coward, a liar taken away, the chaff removed from the wheat.
Climbing down the stairs as if to Hell, it’s actually getting warmer as I talk.
As my new bling bracelets jangle, my white gleaming carriage awaits
No princess charming or a ball, as we leave the future I contemplate.
My journeys end I disembark, the man next to me wants to call me Mister.
Maybe this, my Cinderella’s Ball, and my new chaperone an ugly sister?
Surrounded by a creamy glow, four walls, a ceiling and a floor,
Excuse me I didn’t mean to lie, there’s also a window and a locked green door.
Cracks and bangs and endless sounds, is this the soundtrack to my new life?
The drummers serenade without reprieve, my sleep abused by this rusty knife.
When did it go silent no more sound?All peaceful then I see a light.
Within the flame I see a pretty face, she talks and smiles so bright.
No fear I feel just a deep sweet warmth, not one solitary tear my eye leaks.
My angel brings a new found peace, like water gods words flow as she speaks...

“Hold my hand and hold it tight
I’ll take you from this land of fright
Where the sweetest fruits grow from every tree,
And life has no cost , it’s happy and free.
You’ll wake in laughter and sleep with a smile,
Your dreams the sweetest you’ve had in a while.
Hold my hand and hold it tight
I’ll take you from this land of fright.”

"Take my hand and we’ll walk through,
To this land I have saved for you.
None are hungry none are poor
No child is forgotten, none beg for more
You’ll walk in pastures glowing green for the sun
See children play, laugh and having fun
Take my hand and we’ll walk through,
To this land I’ve saved for you.”

Why am I not scared of this vision? Feelings pure of love not lust.
The jury was stupid they were idiots you see, my angel’s the one who’s just.
With her I will go and we’’ll be so happy, in god’s world is where we live.
No prison will or could ever hold me, to her and to her god my life I will now give.
The drummers pounding away, as do the ceilings, the walls, the door.
Her honey words from god are gone forever, to control they’ll tell any lie.
Turn to one angel or a million and one, to snare you is all they will try.

Heaven and paradise promises abound, yet no proof will they ever show.
Accept your pain and suffering now, when you die you’ll see you’re not so low
Believe them blindly never question or ask, it’s better (you’ll see) when you die.

To protect the rich, powerful and few, that’s always been the most powerful lie.
If there’s one true god why so many fights, my religion is best one thinks
Why killing of innocents, woman and child? Think about it, surely you see the links
This may be the only life you ever get, think it through find real truth too.
Don’t get down trodden, rise up break the chains, the angel lied to me and she’ll lie to you too.

Please contact Rav with your messages of support and solidarity. Stamps and paper are always welcome, too.

Ravinder Gill
HMP Wayland
IP25 6RL
Sunday, 25 September 2011 10:38
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A massive November walkout of up to 2 million public sector workers is now on the cards as the UK's largest unions announce their intention to ballot for strike action over pension reform.

Unison, Unite and the GMB, the UK's largest biggest unions, have announced their intention to ballot for coordinated strike action against cuts to public sector workers pensions.

Other unions which have not taken action over pensions so far also indicated their intention to ballot, including the NASUWT (a teachers' union), NAHT (headteachers), FBU (firefighters), Prospect (civil servants).

Unions which took strike action over the same issue on June 30 will almost certainly join this action as well, including PCS (civil servants), NUT (teachers), ATL (teachers) and UCU (university and college workers).

Importantly, the three big unions have members in the NHS and its contractors, and have stated their intention to ballot them for industrial action as well. Unison has stated it will ballot 1.1 million members at 9000 different employers.

Despite agreeing to enter scheme-specific talks with the government without having achieved any concessions on the main planks of the overall changes, the union leaderships are now talking tough, calling this "the fight of our lives".

The three big unions have stated they will support a big one-day strike, followed by selective "smart" stoppages rolling on until next summer.

The first increase in workers' pension contribution payments, where workers will see their pay cheques shrink, is due to come in in April 2012.

Behind the scenes, it is rumoured that Dave Prentis, Unison's general secretary, may be prepared to make a deal if local government workers are exempted from our proposed 50% increase in pension contributions. We cannot accept this - we need to all stick together. Because if we let other groups of workers have their contributions be increased, then a couple of years down the line they will be back for ours, and those workers will think "why should we support them, when they didn't support us?".

The unions have a patchy record of defending public sector workers' pensions. In 2006 when a big wave of pension cuts were proposed, following a one-day strike, further strike action called off, and eventually a deal agreeing to significant cuts in pensions was recommended to now-demobilised union members.

If we want to have a serious chance at fighting these cuts, then we have to make this action as effective as possible, broaden it out as much as possible and take the struggle into our own control as much as possible. If we let ourselves be passively led by the unions then we will be defeated again.

Originally posted here:

Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:48
Attention: open in a new window. Print has collected some great articles written by anarchists/libetarians about the riots in England over the past few days:

In addition, Ian Bone's blog provides links to various sources of commentary including radio show and interviews:

Community orientated 'unity' activity is being organised though neighbourhood assemblies, co-organised and supported by anarchists such as 'Give Our Kids a Future! A North London Unity Demonstration': called for Saturday 13th August.

An account and info about other 'unity' action elsewhere in London can be found via this source:

which includes a report on the South London Solfed organised event in Deptford on Wednesday and refers to one announced in Lewisham on Saturday and also the one by North Londoners linked to above. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:33
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Bob Miller at AF summer camp Bob Miller 1953-2011 - obituary by Nick Heath, also published in Freedom

Over the last few years I have penned a number of biographies and obituaries of anarchist militants. One of the most poignant of these was a piece I had to write on the Spanish militant Luis Andres Edo whom I had known personally whilst living in Paris in the early 1970s. But nothing compares to the painful task of writing this remembrance of a comrade I have known for forty years.

I first met Bob Miller in 1973 or 1974. He participated in a libertarian communist group within the Socialist Party of Great Britain. This group contacted the London group of the Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists of which I was a member and we began to have discussions. They had wanted to orient the Party more to the workers’ and social struggles that were in full swing at this time. Just after the 1972 SPGB conference they began publishing a magazine called Libertarian Communism and ORA comrades gave some support in terms of resources, I seem to remember. People outside the Party contributed to the magazine. They and other SPGB members were expelled or left in support not long after. I remember Bob coming round to the North London flat I shared with 2 other ORA members for discussions, always lively and sometimes heated , and in retrospect I have to admit Bob was more accurate on some of the finer points of analysis than we were!

The expelled group linked up with other SPGB dissidents who had been expelled at the same time and eventually a group emerged called Social Revolution. We organised joint day schools with them and with Solidarity at the Centro Iberico in North London, and there were high expectations of a merger between ORA and Social Revolution. However this was not to be and Social Revolution then completed a merger with the libertarian socialist organisation Solidarity. I lost track of Bob and his comrades after that. He and they passed through Solidarity and then were involved in the founding of the Wildcat group and then of the Subversion group which produced a journal of the same name.

In February 1988 I was handing out a leaflet produced by the Anarchist Communist Federation aimed at the large demonstration in Manchester called to combat Section 28 ( a significant attack by the Thatcher government on gay people). Bob was at the demo with the Subversion comrades and they liked our leaflet. Contact was established and we got around to organising a series of joint day schools around the country. With the demise of Subversion Bob joined the ACF in 1998 with a couple of other ex-members of Subversion and we began to work closely over the next decade.

Bob was an enthusiast of cheap pamphlets and he was instrumental in developing a whole range of Anarchist Federation pamphlets . In addition he was a dynamic activist within the Manchester AF group and was involved in many local activities. The testimony of many who were influenced by Bob over the years can be found on internet boards like Urban 75 and libcom and they stand as a fine tribute to both his influence and importance.

Bob had many fine qualities, chief of which were his generosity and hospitality and his desire to make libertarian communist ideas accessible; he was always welcoming to new comrades, he was almost always reasonable and always attempted to act in a non-sectarian way to other libertarians, and he rarely lost his temper during political encounters. He and I sometimes had disagreements, but they were like the quarrels of brothers, and I always had great respect and admiration for his political longevity and his continuing optimism about social change.

He is a great loss to the Anarchist Federation and to the movement in general. I miss him very much.

Nick Heath

Bob passed away shortly before midnight the night of 17th June 2011.

See also: contains a link to recollections of Bob's life and a nice photo.

The previous issue of Freedom also contained letters submitted and collected following Bob's death:

Watch this video of Bob speaking at a Mayday event (2008) in Manchester "No Borders, No Nations, Free Communism!": Speech_by_Bob_Miller_at_Manchester_Mayday_2008.mp4

The photograph accompanying this article was taken at the The Communards' Wall (Mur des Fédérés) at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris and left there with a red rose (see shadow on poster) and a red & black flag. 2011 was the 140th anniversary of the Paris Commune.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 09:25
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In the light of recent events it's well worth a read of this contemporary spoof of The Sun newspaper containing a "Tintin" cartoon about the Wapping printers strike of 1986-7, that was supported by many class struggle anarchists including those who formed the Anarchist Communist Federation (our old name) and Class War at the time it was about to become Class War Federation. And this is even more contemporary, taken outside News International this week, and also featured on BBC News!

We will never forget the brave fight of the printers at Wapping.

Amongst the written material produced by strike supporters during the dispute and handed out on the picket lines was Picket and copies of Class War. Later publications covering the strike included the pamphlet Paper Boys. All are available in print at the Sparrows' Nest library and archive in Nottingham. More online at including a photo essay.

They said we were greedy printers but we showed them all.

Since the Winter of Discontent, when the Soft Cops were no longer able to control the workers their role for Capital has been on the decline and that of Hard Cop on the increase.

It would take their combined efforts to break up the strike. It would take over a year, 2000 arrests, beatings, the murder of a resident by a scab with a police escort and Sabotage to firmly mount the saddle, sign a Secret Agreement . [introduction to Paper Boys]

See also: the BBC's historical view ... Wyn Jones, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said, "We saw the classic example of honest well-intentioned union members supporting their cause being joined by diverse elements whose only interest was in causing as much trouble as possible. "   "They were intent on disrupting business and assaulting officers." 

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