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Interview: Adil Rahman of Newham Monitoring Project - Black Flag

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Newham Monitoring Project has been fighting racial harassment and police harassment in East London for 18 years - consistently running an emergency advice line, offering practical support to individuals and running campaigns. NMP has always been a grassroots community organisation and funding has come and gone. The withdrawal of funding and loss of its office more than a year ago had lead to rumours of its demise but Black Flag found NMP still going strong when we interviewed Adil Rahman.

From Black Flag #214 1998

Full Employment Funnies

Two versions of a double sided anti-work flyer published in 1980 and 1981.

The first version of the cartoon was by "Black Currant" who was also the cartoonist for Xtra! magazine. The text on the reverse was by a number of indviduals involved with Rising Free in Islington and the London Workers Group.

The second version of the cartoon was adapted by "Rosanne". The text was reworked for this version also.

Xtra! #9 1981

Issue 9 of Xtra! from 1981.

Contents include: Letters, Hampstead hit by waves of moderation (i.e. no riots), right to silence, Anarchist Youth Federation, Anarchists and Ireland, "Urban Collective Bargaining" - three and half pages of riot commentary, Xtra! banned from Collett's bookshop after a Sunday Express expose of a supposed "Street Guide To Terror" in a previous issue, Herstory/feminism, Prison Control Units, mental hospitals, Wapping Autonomy Centre opens, Basic First Aid for Injured Rioters, back page "Spot The Molotov" competition.

The Wolverine #2(?) (1984)

Probably the 2nd issue of The Wolverine from 1984.

From a scan by the comrades at Spirit of Revolt archive, Glasgow.

Contents include: Miners strike, riots, gay apologists (Keith Silvester piece from 1979), Conservative MP outed, A Letter To Dear Comrades (long piece on gay people in poltical groups, the activist scene generally etc), is it worth running away?, public schools.

The Wolverine - Gay Voices of Hostility

Online archive of The Wolverine, a class struggle anarcho-gay newsletter loosely connected to the London Autonomists/Monday Group - some members of whom were also involved in the early incarnation of Class War. Published in London in the early 1980s.

It is unclear how many issues were produced. Possibly three? If you know more - leave a comment...

Crowbar #45 1985

Issue 45 of Crowbar from late 1985. A "Riot Special".

Contents include: Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham (first person account), guide to police radio, Brixton riots (first person accounts), Tulse Hill, Stockwell and Peckham riots, Demos delay evictions, Rotherhithe squatters, Smash South African Business, more bile for Ted Knight, forensics - hints and tips, Greece - anarchist hunger striker + occupation of University building in protest against police brutality, south London squat updates, letters, magazine reviews, over the top back page riot collage.

Crowbar #44 1985

Issue 44 of Crowbar from mid 1985.

Compressed version of a scan by the comrades at the Sparrows Nest archive, Nottingham.

Contents include: free all prisoners, protest to save community squat creche at 24 Brailsford Road (and insert about its eviction), lots of bile for Ted Knight (leader of Lambeth Council), South Africa, sabotage tips, fiddling the electric, Police bunkers, Stop Business As Usual - international round up, account of Class War's Henley Regatta action, publications round up, puzzles, contacts, events, Governments Really Screw You Up (parody of anti-heroin poster),

Crowbar #38 Nov 1984

Issue 38 of Crowbar from late 1984.

Cropped and compressed from a scan by the comrades at the Spirit of Revolt archive, Glasgow.

Contents include: 120 Brixton squats to be evicted, resisting eviction tips, Crowbar benefit gig, Southwark squatters set up protest camp outside town hall for a week, smoke bomb recipe, news round up, Copenhagen squatters vs the police, September Stop The City report (470 arrests), "How to squat" refresher, Haringey anarcho-feminists anti-porn article, animal rights actions round up, letter from Clydeside anarchists, rent striker of the year, Brailsford Road evictions - report on meeting, Stockwell mass evictions, Effra Parade, Bradford Freemasons, more.

Crowbar magazine

Partial online archive of Crowbar, an anarchist squatter magazine published in Brixton, South London in the 1980s.

The Crowbar was originally the fortnightly newsletter of Brixton Squatters Aid: "initially a freesheet duplicated on waste paper, which became a rowdy class war type magazine that loved to wind up the police, council, lefties and pretty much everyone except the collective." - Past Tense Publications.

At least 49 issues were published (?) from 1983 to 1987(?). (If you know more - add a comment below).

Xtra! #6 1980

Issue 6 of Xtra!

Contents include: Resistance: Why The Struggle Has Already Started, Fire at Alexandra Palace (plus council corruption), fare dodging, gay pride, Boredom Weighting (satire of pay scales), tips on bewildering bank cashiers, Aberdeen anarchists disrupt official May Day celebrations, Oxford Anarchist Conference report, A Distribution set up, Women in Prison, small press reviews, contacts, back page poster/comic.