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An archive of the fantastic blog, The Void, by anarchist unemployed activist Johnny Void.

1996-7: Philadelphians campaign against welfare cuts

In 1996 state and federal welfare reforms threatened to leave hundreds of thousands of poor and unemployed under threat. A coalition of Philadelphian activists and homeless attempted to fight both state and federal welfare reform programs.

What is wrong with free money?

Cristicuffs and Gruppen discuss Universal Basic Income(also known as Citizens income, Citizens Wage etc) and critique the idea from an anti-authoritarian left position as fundamentally inadequate and mistaken.

“No Humans Involved”: An Open Letter to my Colleagues

Sylvia Wynter

A letter by Sylvia Wynter written in response to the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

Up Against the State: The Battle for Broughton St Unemployed Workers Centre

The Broughton Unemployed Workers Centre existed from 1981 to 1994. it was the predecessor to ACE. This book produced by the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh(ACE) in 2015 by participants involved in the Unemployed Centre tells its story.

Defend the Right to be Accompanied at Job Centre Interviews.

On Monday 3rd October (2016) demonstrators will be descending on High Riggs jobcentre at Tollcross in Edinburgh. From noon till 2pm protestors will be insisting that “Advocacy is not a crime” and that the DWP must recognise the right of all claimants to be accompanied at all benefits interviews. What’s this all about?

The Cultural Hegemony of “Mental Health”

In this guest article Dr Bruce Scott challenges the way the “mental health” system and its institutions have been co-opted and actively promote capitalism. This system, driven by a profit motive, rather than a desire to benefit patients, has produced “fear and submission to an ideology which controls and mystifies the masses”.

Scottish Govt – Act Now to Stop “Catastrophic Impact” of Cuts on Disabled Community

Disability campaigners and their allies are urging the Scottish Government to act NOW to stop the horrendous benefits cuts being inflicted on disabled people. Following a demonstration at the Scottish Parliament activists from Black Triangle and Disability History Scotland presented a petition with this demand to be considered by the First Minister.

Resisting DWP Pyschocoercion 15TH JULY 2016

Benefit sanctions, workfare, cuts to disability benefits, cuts to benefits for migrants, cuts to benefits for young people…… To the long list of vicious government attacks on benefits claimants, we must now add ….pyschocoercion. The Tribe of Moles thanks Dr Bruce Scott for his illuminating article on this sinister DWP strategy. Encouragingly he concludes by highlighting the resistance which is underway.