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ftony
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Oct 20 2006 12:54
@ bloc on 29th oct student fees trundle

just received this message:

some dude from sussex wrote:
Hello,

I'm writing on behalf of Autonomous Students, an anarchist/libertarian
communist
student group at the University of Sussex.

We were hoping to organise an anarchist/libertarian-communist block
for the national keep the cap demonstration on the 29th of october (see
below for
more details). The demo will be gathering at Malet street by university
of London Union.

The ideas for this block are the spreading of
anarchist/libertarian-communist
ideas through banners, leaflets and flags. We want to create a presence
of anarchist politics,
make them a viable choice. We did not want the usual black block crowd,
but instead
we wanted to show the non-violent/non-intimidating side to our politics,
based on mutual
aid, self organisation and community struggle.

If you are interested in participating, let us know, so we can meet up
somewhere beforehand.

In solidarity,
****

any takers?

red n black star

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Oct 20 2006 13:20

I wanna see what prop they will be handing out first...

Battlescarred
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Oct 20 2006 13:52

Yes, but their take on black blocs inclines me favourably towards them at first viewing

ftony
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Oct 20 2006 15:50

dunno, what prop they're handing out, but i think i'll go anyway so long as they're not all holding black/green flags and refusing to spell things correctly...

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Oct 22 2006 15:59

some of us in Reading had been discussing this for a while but didn't get round to getting in touch with people.

I'm for it....it seems fairly likely that there'll be some anarchists going along anyway and I find forming a bloc with like-minded people a lot less demoralising than feeling like just another footsoldier for the Trots and other careerists. and providing a visible alternative to NUS et al can only be a good thing.

see ya sunday smile

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Oct 23 2006 09:21

i think if a decent bit of prop were knocked together then this is a cracking idea.

WeTheYouth
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Oct 23 2006 10:57

Yeah i reckon between 5 to 10 of us anarchos from manc will be coming, people should bring me cake and balloons as its my birthday on that day.

ftony
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Oct 23 2006 14:53

i found an old iww balloon at the bookfair but somehow managed to burst it very quickly sad

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Oct 23 2006 14:59

Hang on - this demo is on a Sunday?!

ftony
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Oct 23 2006 15:45

yep. weird isn't it

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Oct 23 2006 15:46

So as to avoid missing lectures, presumably.

Although isn't Senate House open on a Sunday? :? Maybe that's why they're assembling where they are. Quick trip to the library, then off.

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Oct 23 2006 15:57

That area of town is dead on a sunday.

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Oct 23 2006 17:34

Malet street... yeah.

Oddness.

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Oct 23 2006 17:39

I know i wont bother going on a sunday. If it was on a weekday i bet the turnout would be much bigger cos of all the casuals who would turn up who would just be milling around and might be interested.

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Oct 23 2006 18:03
rkn wrote:
That area of town is dead on a sunday.

marching up euston road to camden would solve that, but its going to happen.

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Oct 25 2006 12:23

Hmm I might go actually.
If only so I can write a critique of it afterwards wink

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Oct 25 2006 13:57

anyone who was at the education workers network meeting at the bookfair - at the end of the session we had a brief meeting to discuss this a bit further and put some e-mail addresses together, however, I ain't received anything and nor has a mate who did the same.

any updates?

also - publicity before the demo (callout etc.) - don't remember if we discussed this beforehand or not but think we need some. can't volunteer as am gonna be busy for the next few days sad.

ftony
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Oct 25 2006 14:18

i haven't heard a peep from anyone either. bloody students roll eyes wink

and just like you, JT, i've got too much on my hands to worry about writing a spiel.

we'll see how things pan out. just aim for the red n black flags and all will be merry.

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Oct 25 2006 15:05
JonnyT wrote:
anyone who was at the education workers network meeting at the bookfair - at the end of the session we had a brief meeting to discuss this a bit further and put some e-mail addresses together, however, I ain't received anything and nor has a mate who did the same.

any updates?

if the list is lost or something, i already created an email list from the emails we collected at the meeting:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/education-workers/

trouble is, i had to "invite" all, rather than just add them to the list, so i am afraid that some people wont reply to the invite. I think i'll just chase everyone who hasn't next weekend.

Anyways, i bet all the people you had in your meeting would have added their email addresses to that list as well.

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Oct 25 2006 16:03

First I heard of this was posters up around bloomsbury yesterday. didn't realise it was a national thing and was fascinated to think there were enough anarcha-feminists/libertarian communists in bloomsbury that I didn't know to form a bloc. For obvious reasons less excited/fascinated by it now but will probably come along in any case, good to see familiar faces/meet a few new ones etc.

How are we doing for flags/banners? I can probably hunt down a bunch from of flags from the square (though sadly not all those we had for the mayday march). Are there any london-based meetings to prepare a banner?

Also - slogans? off the top of my head: 'free education at any cost', 'the ivory tower has been demolished - we have no illusions', 'the university: a factory like any other. Strike, occupy!', 'students, lecturers, cleaners, kitchen staff - solidarity or defeat!', 'students, lecturers - negate yourself'.

Hm. Critical thoughts please. Too pro-situ? Too pompous? reasoned critique and alternative proposals not flames, cheers. I have a day off on friday so I might dedicate some time to the production of placards & banners. If anyone in London wants a (more-or-less) central space to meet and work on their own stuff I can offer it - pm me.

si
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Oct 25 2006 16:07

If I know you more or less I can sort you out for accomodation saturday night too.

si
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Oct 25 2006 16:15

education will never be free until the last capitalist is hung with the guts of the last bureaucrat.

only kidding wink

si
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Oct 25 2006 16:20

No more liberal whinging. Do as the French do: strike, occupy, block the economy. Strike where it hurts.

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Oct 26 2006 08:42

I got this in my inbox for those interested, theres also an attached leaflet, so if somebody can tell me where to attach it I will do.
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hello everyone again,

It seems the final plan is to meet at Bedford square. We'll be meeting
there around 11am, in order to meet the main demo at 12am when they
start marching.

Autonomous Students will provide a banner and a flyer (see attachment).
The main contents of the flyer have been drawn up, although minor
changes may still be made. There is space for other organisations on
it,
so gimme' a name and I'll put it on.
Feel free to bring stuff yourself (of course).

--------------------
For those that signed up at the bookfair, this is not about having a
black block on the demo, but about having an anarchist/libertarian
communist block.

We were hoping to organise an anarchist/libertarian-communist block
for the national keep the cap demonstration on the 29th of october (see
below for more details). The demo will be gathering at Malet street by
university of London Union.

The ideas for this block are the spreading of
anarchist/libertarian-communist ideas through banners, leaflets and
flags. We want to create a presence of anarchist politics,
make them a viable choice. We did not want the usual black block crowd,
but instead we wanted to show the non-violent/non-intimidating side to
our politics, based on mutual aid, self organisation and community
struggle.

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Oct 26 2006 09:25

Bedford SQ. seems odd.

Someone today told me SOAS...

cant you paste the flier up here? What format is it? Email it through to us at libcom.org gmail.com and i will get it online smile

Btw i have changed my mind, may come on sunday.

si
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Oct 26 2006 09:28

http://sunas.objectis.net/images/flyernatdemo/view

from the autonomous student's website.

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Oct 26 2006 09:34

thanks si. Looks ok, should have libcom.org on it tho wink tongue

ftony
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Oct 26 2006 09:37

dang y'all beat me to it - i was poised to post the flyer and email onto here too...

sounds good though- fairly simple, clear, no DIY punk aesthetic, i'll be there. red n black star

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Oct 26 2006 09:38
ftony wrote:
sounds good though- fairly simple, clear, no DIY punk aesthetic, i'll be there. red n black star

Will you be aggressive?

ftony
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Oct 26 2006 10:07

erm... no :?

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Oct 26 2006 12:18
ftony wrote:
erm... no :?

not even tad bit angry or upset?