Earth First Summer Gathering

Don’t miss this year’s Earth First Summer Gathering in the UK. Five days of skill sharing for grassroots ecological direct action – make links, share ideas and get involved in the struggles against fracking, new roads and more.

For full details visit: http://earthfirstgathering.org/

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New Zine – Repression & Solidarity in Bristol: A collection of writings from anarchist prisoner Emma Sheppard & others

em-zine-coverA new publication has been produced with writings from anarchist prisoner, Emma Sheppard. There are also articles from local groups such as Bristol Defendant Solidarity, communicating recent police attempts at repressing anarchist and other communities in Bristol.

To download a readable version click here: Emma Zine

To download a pages version to print click here: Emma Zine Pages

For paper copies please email: bristol_abc@riseup.net

Frack Free Festival benefit for the Mi’Kmaq Warriors

Frack Free Bristol presents a Frack Free Festival (that’s family friendly!) In solidarity with the Mi’Kmaq Indigenous Canadian people resisting Fracking on their lands. (See info at bottom of page)

Bristol ABC will be doing a stall & have cards for the current prisoners. Please promote!

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From 2:30-6pm there will be a family friendly day of free activities (all donations welcome) including: face-painting, 8 foot tall puppet dinosaurs, ‘Bat-a-Frack’ interactive drilling rig, environmental colouring in sheets, live films, Q&A talks. stalls & displays opening out onto Stokes Croft.

Free entry from 2:30-6pm. Music £5 entry afterwards:

DUB MAFIA: The seven-piece band – who blend drum and bass, dub, dubstep, bashment, breakbeat and world music into their own unique sound (with a strict policy of ‘no backing tracks’ – ever), Dub Mafia have become one of the most popular dance acts in the UK & Europe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txjrnlOuls4
http://dubmafia.bandcamp.com/album/sirens

SIAN EVANS & RON MCELROY: Sian Evans, singer of Kosheen, teams up with guitarist Ron McElroy for a unique and magic collaboration. Usually playing huge venues with her band, the two artists are going to be bringing the fire and passion of Kosheen’s music to a stripped down and beautiful acoustic performance. Not to be missed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1wKKXYQsrI

TROY ELLIS & HIS HAIL JAMAICA BAND: Troy is one of the sons of the legendary Alton Ellis OD, born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. Studio One, Treasure Isle, Coxsone & Channel One studios are places his dad took him where he learn’t to familiarise himself with artists and inspirational characters such as Bob Marley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW2ojjLs4WM

WILL TUN & THE WASTERS: Dancing forward on the ale swilling, table stomping feet of Folk, the piston pumping, train fare jumping legs of Ska, the dusty, husky, seductive hips of Balkan Gypsy, Will Tun And The Wasters are on a world-wide mission to get everyone involved!

http://willtunandthewasters1.bandcamp.com/

CRINKLE CUTS: Fresh with a capital PH, Crinkle Cuts deliver you a blasting of tantric funk, smooth reggae and new-wave latin ska woven together in a bombastic psychedelic tapestry of good vibes for an eccentric, exotic and eargasmic live performance.

http://crinklecutsmusic.bandcamp.com/

REGIME: Tackling issues such as drug abuse, arms dealing and government oppression, Regime speak directly to the hearts and minds of free thinking people. Social and political commentaries are blended seamlessly with hip hop, reggae and rock to make audiences jump, laugh and think.

http://www.regimesound.com/music/

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/21/new-brunswick-fracking-protests

Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoner Emma Sheppard

Anarchist prisoner, Emma Sheppard was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at Bristol Crown Court for committing “Criminal damage recklessly endangering life”.

The charge relates to criminal damage of police cars in the Bristol area.

Please write letters of solidarity to:

Emma Sheppard
A7372DJ
HMP Eastwood Park
Church Avenue
Falfield
Wotton-under-Edge
Gloucestershire
GL12 8DB

Emma can receive cards, stamps and stationary.

For donations, news & any other solidarity efforts email: bristol_abc@riseup.net

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Class struggle and mental health: Live to fight another day

Class struggle and mental health: Live to fight another day

Contributors from the Libcom.org and Edmonton Small Press Association have produced a pamphlet bringing together accounts from anarchists around the globe about what it means to suffer from mental illness and what we, as individuals and a movement, can do about it.

I haven’t had a chance to read it fully yet, however it looks pretty rich in real-life accounts and ideas about what we can do better to support each other. I’ve never gone through depression myself, however have supported several people that have. Especially as a young girl supporting a mother with clinical depression. I have longed for more information and awareness about how these issues connect to class and how we have a radical responsibility to look out for each other. It’s not just for the ‘professionals’ or for intimate partners. It affects us all. Hopefully this zine will contribute to learning how we do this better.

Read it or download it here: http://libcom.org/library/class-struggle-mental-health-live-fight-another-day

Field liberators Courtcase Update: GMO activists acquitted from charge of being a “criminal gang”

Press release

(Ghent, 23 December 2014) The judgement in the appeal trial of the 11 field Liberators from Wetteren was announced today – they were acquitted of their previous conviction of being a “criminal gang”.

The finding that all eleven activists were free of the charge of criminal association represents a victory for organizations, lawyers and activists who opposed the original conviction. This judgement also confirms that actions of civil disobedience cannot be criminalized, even if they involve damage to property. According to the Field Liberation Movement and all their supporters this action was necessary to denounce ecological and democratic abuses – civil disobedience strengthens democracy. In this context, the adoption of the GROEN bill that aims to make it impossible to sue protesters as criminal organizations would be a real breakthrough.

The patatistes should indeed pay compensation of about 18,000 euros to ILVO and the Hogeschool Gent: they propose that these institutions invest this money on research into agroecological agriculture, based on the needs of farmers and consumers, rather than those of multinational companies.

After this legal chapter that has lasted three and a half years, it is now time to look to the future.

Our agriculture and food production systems are facing significant challenges. The numerous demonstrations of farmers in recent weeks, the failed climate summit in Lima and ongoing actions against the current socially regressive government show that as a society we must urgently change direction in order to move away from the pollution of agribusiness and the law of the strongest.

The Field Liberation Movement now looks with energy and commitment to 2015 and the struggles against GMOs on our plates or on our fields; as well as struggles for fair prices for farmers and consumers, fair production chains, for independent research, and for new forms of democracy.

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