The Brief Origins of Mayday

May 1st is International Worker’s Day and is celebrated around the world with marches and actions. There have been many attempts to rewrite the history of May Day. In 2011 the Tories proposed moving the May Day Bank Holiday to October and replace it with “UK Day” and in America May 1st is has been “Loyalty Day” since 1921 (not that many people celebrate it mind!).

Because of this we thought it was important to repost this article, explaining as briefly as possible, the true origins of May Day or International Worker’s Day. Also check out this talk by Bristol Radical History Group from 2012 on the history of May Day:

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New AF publications – Resistance #156, Organise! magazine #82 & pamphlets

Organise! 82 cover imageWe are pleased to announce a special 16-page issue of our paper Resistance (156) for April 2014 in place of monthly issues from Dec 2013-March 2014 and out for Mayday we also have a new Organise! magazine – issue 82 Summer 2014, plus a brand new edition of our short pamphlet The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation.

Resistance and RORO are free downloads (or to order in print) and Organise! is currently available in print direct from us and soon to be available from the AK Press and Active Distribution online shops. Bulk orders are available – email distribution [at] for details.

Visit for full details. Look out for a new edition of one of our other pamphlets, Basic Bakunin, coming soon.

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New AF publications: Organise #81 and Resistance #155

The latest Organise! magazine (issue 81, Winter 2103) is out since the London Anarchist Bookfair last weekend. Details and full contents list here: (Organise! is twice a year).
Order Organise! in print direct from the AF, or (shortly) via online distributors AK Press and Active Distribution.
Back issues free online.
This month’s theme is ASPECTS OF THE FUTURE SOCIETY. Read editorial and sample article…
Editorial –
Beyond Perfection: What we can learn from science fiction anarchist Utopias –

Also the November issue of resistance is out (free online):
Resistance is around 10 issues a year and print subscription are available.You can subscribe to receive Resistance free by email each month either as text or PDF:

Visit this page for details of subscriptions online and print:

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Anarchist Bookfair in London – 19th October 2013 – information and notice of AF meetings

As usual members of Nottingham AF will be present at the annual Anarchist Bookfair in London where the AF will run a stall and host several meetings. There will be a new issue of Organise! magazine too. Do come and meet us!! The London Bookfair is considered to be one of if not the biggest regular anarchist event in the world. In recent years there have also been very good local & regional bookfairs.

This year’s London bookfair will be on Saturday 19th October 10am-7pm and at the usual venue Queen Mary’s university on Mile End Road in the East End.


Meetings at London Anarchist Bookfair 19/10/2013 organised by Anarchist Federation (or related)

The International of Anarchist Federations is hosting ‘Spreading Organised Anarchism’. Much of the focuss will be on the Mediterranean and one of the speakers will be an Egyptian anarchist delegate. Room 320 at 11.00 am.

Anarchist federation meeting on The Idea of The Commune, the Idea of Organisation. Why we need to resurrect the idea of the Commune as an inclusive model for the WHOLE working class. Room 241 at 1.00 pm.

Anarchist Federation meeting on Solidarity Networks- How and Why. Room 326 at 3.00 pm.

Meeting hosted by the Anarchist Federation to discuss launching an Annual Anarcha-Feminist Conference. We urge anyone serious about feminism within the anarchist movement to attend. Room 326 at 4.00pm.

Anarchist federation meeting. Sexual Consent Workshop. Room G07 at 5.00 pm.

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Black Autonomy members to speak in Nottingham on 8-10 October 2013

Speaking Tour by ex-Black Panthers JoNina Abron Ervin and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin from the USA. Nottingham meetings are on 8th, 9th and 10th of October.

This is to let you know more about the Nottingham leg of the tour by ex-Black Panthers JoNina Abron Ervin and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin. They are both active in the Memphis Black Autonomy Federation, and on the national board of the Black Autonomy Federation of North America, and Lorenzo is an anarchist of long-standing.

JoNina Abron Ervin & Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin will hold three meetings in Nottingham. Please come! Please pass the message on!

Tuesday 8th October. 7pm until 9:30pm Hyson Green Youth Centre, Terrace Street, NG7 6ER. Meeting with Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin. Lorenzo is the author of “Anarchism and the Black Revolution”, “The Progressive Plantation”, and “Black Power, Black Autonomy” is an ex-civil rights and Black Panther Party member. Lorenzo has been an anarchist for over 40 years. He will speak on Anti-Racist resistance to the rise in the far right.Open to all.

Wednesday 9th October Nottingham anarchists have asked them to run a closed workshop about internal racism, for activists working against racism, hierarchy and political authority. Come if you would like to take steps towards addressing this issue within the anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement, with practical outcomes for our engagement in wider community struggles. It will be a challenging workshop, but an important one. Venue: Sumac Centre, 7.30 pm.

Thursday 10th October. JoNina Ervin, author of “Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era”, will speak about her interviews with some 20 Black Power activists as well as about her activity in the Black Panther Party in the 1970’s. Venue: 5.00pm-7.00pm. Room A 41 The Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD. Open to all.
For more information contact 07860785970 and

You can find some texts by Lorenzo in the Sparrows’ Nest library, scanned in to complement the event and available to read in full at the Nest (St Anns, Nottingham).

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Resistance #154: latest issue of the AF bulletin is out for Sept/Oct 2013

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 issue of the Anarchist Federation paper RESISTANCE is out. Contents: MASS ARREST at EDL London counter-demo, Anti-fracking action at Balcombe, SeaSol solidarity group success, No borders in Greece, Russian anti-fascist prisoner appeal.

Read latest issue issue online or download PDF (all free):

Follow same link for back issues, info about subscriptions etc.

See also the AF’s magazine Organise!:

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Food for thought … Stitched up: The Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation.

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