A partial archive of Bread & Roses, a paper produced by the Anarchist Communist Association, a short-lived group formed as a result of a split in the 1970s Anarchist Workers Association. Taken from the excellent archive at the Sparrow's Nest. See Anarchist Communism in Britain, 1870-1991 for the history of these groups.
Bread & Roses - Paper of the Anarchist Communist Association (c1978-1980)
An archive of Libertarian Struggle/Anarchist Worker, the paper produced by the group before this split, can be found here. After the split in the AWA, the other side of the group, which took a more traditional anti-imperialist position on Ireland and a less "ultra-left" approach overall, began producing Libertarian Communist, which can be found here.
Bread & Roses #2 (September 1978)
An issue of Bread & Roses from September 1978 - unnumbered, but appears to be the second issue. With articles on the wage freeze and TUC collaboration, class and health, repression against dissidents in the USSR, school students' rebellions, the benefits system and claimants' unions, holidays in Cornwall, single mothers, childcare and "wages for housework" vs nursery provision, a strike by catering workers, an introduction to anarchist communism, the Persons Unknown case, landowners in the countryside, mental health and addiction, homelessness, the death of the Pope, and more.
It may well be lost in the mists of time, but if anyone can find it, I would be interested to see the first issue of B&R, since the letters page of this one suggests it had a pro-Teddy Boy/50s rock'n'roll article credited to a "Daddy Cool".
Dave Coull= Daddy Cool. Yes it did.
Bread & Roses #5 (Summer 1979)
Issue #5 of Bread & Roses, including "Hard Times", a supplement produced by Glasgow Anarchist Group. With articles on nuclear energy, democracy, confessions of a male housewife, reports from a Clydeside jobcentre, abortion rights, criminology and urine(!), Glasgow council housing, Scottish political prisoner Matt Lygate, the Persons Unknown trial, female print workers fighting back, school students' reports, the Moscow Olympic Games, a Spanish footballers' strike and more.
Bread & Roses #6 (February-March 1980)
Issue #6 of Bread & Roses, with articles on council cuts under Thatcher, a critical rank-and-file perspective on a national engineering dispute, the benefits system, Thatcher's policies, solidarity with Soviet workers, the Pope's visit to Glasgow, a Glasgow free school, Glasgow council housing, the limits of trade unionism, population control, the demolition of a mural in Battersea, a brutal attack by prison guards on US anarchist prisoner Carl Harp, and more.
I'd never heard of Carl Harp before this, so I looked him up, turns out he was murdered only a year or so after he was writing to Bread & Roses about why people should read Malatesta. Grim.
Cool. Have a few copies of
Cool. Have a few copies of this paper in very poor condition. Hope to see more on line.
The Sparrow's Nest have
The Sparrow's Nest have numbers 4 and 5, as well as what I think is number 2 above, if you have any others and there's any chance you can scan them (as long as you can do so while staying safe, maintaining social distancing etc) that would be great!
It turns out the
It turns out the "Introduction to the ACA" pamphlet is online at http://struggle.ws/disband/aca/aca_what.html - not sure if it's really worth adding to the archive, there's not much in there.
This is really great work,
This is really great work, thanks!