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Nottingham Pride: more than a walk in the park?

On Sunday 31st of July we went to Pride. The event, which has run since 1997, moved to the Forest this year for the first time, having grown too big for the Arbo. A sign of success perhaps? Certainly, if you measure success by the number of corporate sponsors Pride is happy to attract, and the success of the pink pound at the expense of making any political point or protest about discrimination and homophobia, which are still experienced by LGBTQ people.* Continue reading

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We’re already sick of “Tory cuts”

Since the election a “Tory cuts” rhetoric has been gushing from some of the Left ‘socialist’ parties and it’s already becoming wearing – not least since it neglects to mention that so much ‘reform’ was already implemented by The Labour Party, or that we are going through a fundamental crisis of capitalism, not a debate of party political different approaches to the economy. Lest we forget Labour, who bailed out the banks with billions of pounds of public money, was only suggesting to delay the cuts after all. Who knows how quickly the axe would have come down if they’d won another term? Continue reading

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Never mind the World Cup – Anarchism in 1930s Spain – Sunday 18th July

Now the World Cup is over and done with we can get on with one of the more important aspects of Spanish history! Continue reading

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Report on Workfare event in St Ann’s

On Tuesday 17th June 2010, the Anarchist Federation, the Industrial Workers of the World and other activists and people on benefits put on an event entitled ‘Defend Welfare’ at the Chase community centre in St. Ann’s. We showed a film made about a ‘workfare’ scheme in New York City. ‘Workfare’ means when claimants are forced to work for their benefits. The film showed how people forced on to it fought for the same terms and conditions of service as other workers, meaning wages, health and safety agreements and a grievance procedure to protect them from the many ‘employers’ who were taking advantage of this underclass of workers, who their government considered that employment laws should not apply to. Continue reading

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Nottingham’s fight against the arms trade

Well done to Kirk Jackson of Shut Down Heckler & Koch who, on 18th February 2010,  climbed the roof of NSAF Ltd. and others who on the same day successfully blockaded the premises of Nottingham’s notorious small arms dealer in Lenton. The name NSAF Ltd. who are H&K’s dealer operating in UK, is no doubt taken in name from ‘Nottingham Small Arms Facility’ which has seen a few changes since it emerged out of Royal Ordnance Factory Nottingham, including ownership by the UK’s more well-known arms-dealing company BAe Systems. Small arms (which are not that small and include machine guns) are responsible for a vast numbers of deaths and injuries in conflicts across the world and are responsible for 9 out of 10 of all civilian deaths in conflict zones. H&K are in the business of arming regimes that are well known to commit gross violations of human rights. Continue reading

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