Saturday, 7 October 2017

How do anarchists engage with and influence wider movements and campaigns? Socialist Discussion Meeting

7.30pm Tuesday 17th October at
The Regent Club
102 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7DA

So how are libertarian socialists involved in struggles? How can anarchists engage with and influence wider movements and campaigns? Is it a matter of acting as individuals, quietly applying anarchist ideas and principles in whatever activities we're involved in? Or do we fly the flag, acting openly, publicly and organised as anarchists, libertarian socialists, the Anarchist Federation?

For info on the Regent Club, click HERE

New issue of Resistance - free AF bulletin out now

Resistance 162 cover - paper of the Anarchist Federation (UK)The Autumn 2017 issue of our FREE paper Resistance is out now!

Print copies are available from:
Tin Drum Books
68 Narborough Road
Leicester LE3 0BR 
...or you can grab a copy at the next Libertarian Socialist Discussion Meeting!

This issue is 16 pages and contains the following articles...
  • Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living! Grenville fire
  • Topple Trump
  • Anarchism in the Age of Trump
  • Latest Battle Against the Racist Vans
  • Organising at Work
  • From Bristol to Berlin, the Gig Economy Fight Back Continues
  • Struggle For The Soul of Pride
  • Because They Were Poor: The Grenfell Fire
  • Four Ways You Can Support the Survivors of Grenfell
  • Edinburgh Mothers Fight the Benefits Cap!
  • Rent Strike in Toronto
  • Say No to Prisoner Exploitation
  • Struggling for Our Families and Our Lives
  • Anti-Fracking Round Up 

The electronic version can also be downloaded HERE

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

What can we learn from the Spanish Revolution? Socialist Discussion Meeting

7.30pm Wednesday 30th August at
The Regent Club
102 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7DA

Just over 70 years ago, in May 1937, the Stalinist counter-revolution took place against the gains made by the revolutionary workers of Spain and their organisations such as the anarcho-syndicalist CNT-FAI and the leftist POUM. Ultimately, this led to the collapse of the revolution and the loss of the civil war, ushering in years of fascist dictatorship.What was the role of the anarchists in all this and what can be learnt from this important moment in revolutionary working class history?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

PUBLIC MEETING housing crisis... calling all tenants!

Whether you live in private rented, council, housing association... come to a meeting to help organise a local radical housing group in Leicester:

7.30pm on Tuesday 11th July
at Secular Hall
75 Humberstone Gate
Leiceseter LE1 1WB
(opposite Sainsbury's) 


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Housing crisis - a radical response don’t need to tell you how dire it is for most tenants, with social housing (whether council or housing association) being few and far between and private rentals often just a way for get-rich-quick buy-to-let landlords to keep tenants in increasingly overcrowded and poor accommodation paying extortionate rent with next to no security of tenure.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  But to change things for the better needs organisation by us as renters—whether private, council or housing association tenants.

Leicester AF sees a real need for genuine working class organisation against the worsening situation for those of us who have to rent their homes.  
In the short-term, we would like to work with others to help set up a radical housing group in the city.  In the longer term, we would like to see the establishment of tenant-led renters’ unions in the city.

Such organisations should offer vital support and solidarity to fellow renters and should encourage self-organisation and collective action. In other words, the kind of organisation that means ordinary people stick together to get things done to defend ourselves from unscrupulous landlords or anyone else who tries to divide working class people according to our race, sex, age, disability, employment status, sexuality or cultural background. 

If you’re interested in getting involved in such a project, then you can either keep an eye on our website for any upcoming meetings on this issue, or drop us a line at        leicesteraf[AT] with the words “Radical Housing” in the subject line. 
Some other useful contacts:
Radical Housing Network:
Shelter UK:
London Coalition Against Poverty
Advisory Service for Squatters

ORGANISE! issue 88 out now

Organise! is of the Anarchist Federation's magazine.

 Anarchist Federation Organise magazine issue 88 summer 2017

  • This latest issue is a chock-full 46 pages and includes articles on:
  • the prison industrial complex
  • Belarus Anarchist Black Cross
  • Cuban anarchism
  • campaign tactics
  • repression of anarchists in Turkey
  • anarchist women of Turkey
  • beer in a bad state
  • and much more!

The price is £2.50 and it's available from Tin Drum Books, 68 Narborough Road, Leicester LE3 0BR.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Because they were poor - the Grenfell fire

Related imageThis article was written by a member of London AF who is involved with housing activism in the City. Published in the London AF bulletin, Rebel City.  

Angry Londoner writes:

"The people who died and lost their homes - this happened to them because they are poor"
Akala, rapper and poet, local resident.

“Regeneration is a euphemism for ethnic and class cleansing”
Kensington resident and writer Ishmahil Blagrove.

GUILTY: Boris Johnson. When Mayor of London he put through cuts including the closure of 10 fire stations and the loss of 552 firefighters jobs despite pre-election promises not to do so. When questioned over this at the Greater London Assembly he said:” Get Stuffed”. The loss to the fire services meant a slower response time to the fire, with fire teams having to be called in from outside London.

GUILTY: Kensington and Chelsea Council. They repeatedly ignored warnings for years from residents about fire hazards. They attempted to close down a blogger, Francis O’Connor, member of the Grenfell Action Group (GAG) after he warned about fire hazards at Grenfell. They sent a lawyer to threaten him, which he ignored. Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the council, attended a private dinner to which he was invited by organizers of the MIPIM (property developers’ event) conference in 2015. The council has had plans to cleanse the residents and build luxury flats in the neighbourhood for the last three years. Now Paget-Brown is trying to put blame on the residents by falsely saying that they objected to water sprinklers.

GUILTY: Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation. The “arm’s length” body set up by Kensington and Chelsea Council to manage Grenfell block ignored tenants’ warnings. It was handed £11 million by the Council to manage the block and in 2015-2016 its bosses got a grand total of £650,794 in salaries! As GAG wrote: “We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98% in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes” and that “It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice! The Grenfell Action Group believe that the KCTMO narrowly averted a major fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in 2013 when residents experienced a period of terrifying power surges that were subsequently found to have been caused by faulty wiring. We believe that our attempts to highlight the seriousness of this event were covered up by the KCTMO with the help of the RBKC Scrutiny Committee who refused to investigate the legitimate concerns of tenants and leaseholders.” (this was written in November 2016!) KCTMO was given a “deficiency notice” last year by the London fire brigade after an audit at another of its properties.

GUILTY: Gavin Barwell. Now Theresa May’s chief of staff,  the then Housing Minister  in 2013 promised to review part B of the Building Regulations 2010,  relating to fire safety, but the review never happened. This was after the fire at another tower block, Lakanal House in Southwark in 2009 that killed six people. Instead housing ministers have sat on it for four years!

GUILTY: Brandon Lewis. Another Tory Housing Minister who sat on information about fire risks at blocks like Grenfell because it would “discourage building”. He waved away suggestions about installation of water sprinklers in 2014 saying it was “all red tape”.

GUILTY: The Conservative government itself and back bench Tory MPS who voted against a motion to make “homes fit or human habitation” in 2016 with a clause to undertake regular electrical checking. Among these were 72 MPs who are also landlords, including the present Police and Fire Minister Nick Hurd. The then local government minister Marcus Jones said: it "would result in unnecessary regulation and cost to landlords".

But GUILTY most of all is the whole class system, capitalism itself, that for decades now has unleashed  the policies of neoliberalism on the working class, policies of the unbridled market,  policies of austerity, policies of vicious attacks on social services and what is the robbing of the poor to make the wealthy even wealthier. This system should be sentenced to death.

Pilgrim Tucker from Grenfell Action Group on Newsnight

Grenfell support website