‘On The Verge’ Showing at ‘The Cafe’ on Jesus Lane

http://www.cafeproject.org/node/2226

Cafe Open 3pm-11pm, plus film ‘On the Verge’ showing 8pm

Start: 10/01/2010 – 15:00
End: 10/01/2010 – 23:00

Cafe Open for a long, chilled out Sunday afternoon.

From 8pm, film ‘On the Verge’: A documentary film about the Smash EDO campaign.

Using activist, police and CCTV footage plus interviews with those involved in the campaign, On The Verge tells the story of one of the most persistent and imaginative campaigns to emerge out of the UK’s anti-war movement and direct action scene.

This is ahead of the Remember Gaza – Smash EDO march in Brighton on Monday 18th January,

For more details see http://www.smashedo.org.uk/remember-gaza.htm, transport will be going from Cambridge – email gandhi_hands@riseup.net

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Smash EDO

For three weeks in January 2009, the bombs rained down on Gaza. At the end of Israel’s brutal bombing campaign and ground offensive over 1400 Palestinians had been murdered, including 314 children.

Here in Brighton EDO MBM/ITT manufacture some of the weapons components that devastated so many lives. All over the world thousands of people watched appalled at the carnage on the streets of Gaza. Thousands marched and raged at the destruction of peoples’ homes and lives. On January 18th 2010, the anniversary of the final day of Operation Cast Lead, we will come together to remember the people of Gaza.

We will not allow those who supported their pain and profited from their suffering to go unchallenged. We will not let this genocide be forgotten. On the first anniversary after their deaths, we will rise up. We will take to the streets. We will remember…

Assemble at 1pm, wear black…

More details, including the meeting place, will be published here closer to the date.

Accommodation and Transport
If you are organising regional transport to Brighton – or looking for it – likewise if you can offer accommodation or are needing it for the demo, call 07538093930 or email smashedo@riseup.net

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All Quiet On The National Front

Antifascist call out in response to National Front Day of Action

“King’s Lynn National Front will be holding its second “Day of Action” on Saturday 19th December 2009. If you are from the Norfolk area, please make your best effort to support this activity as the NF continues, at log last, to expand throughout Norfolk.”

 

Militant anti-fascists from across East Anglia responded in less than 48 hours to a call out to welcome the National Front back onto the streets after their self declared new found popularity.

A previous article on the NF website declared

“King’s Lynn National Front held its first “Day of Action” on Saturday 21st November 2009. Eight activists all recently recruited members came together in King’s Lynn centre and distributed over 1000 leaflets in around an hour. Thanks to a Press Release from the National Press Officer, the police were in attendance to stop any possible clash between the NF and the UAF, but despite threats, the UAF rabble never materialised.

Led by Gary and Sean, the NF received a very positive reception from the people of King’s Lynn who were happily surprised to see the NF back on the streets of their town again.

This activity reflects a growing of the strength of the NF in Norfolk – moribund for too long – with a new unit forming in Norwich as well. More and intensive activity is planned in the coming months throughout Norfolk.”

Today, militant anti-fascists combed the streets of Kings Lynn looking for these ‘new recruits’ but found no evidence of a growing strength of anything other than National Front bullshit.

We can’t be too hard on them however, Nazis never did get along too well in the snow so we aren’t too suprised in their lack of attendance.

Well done to all who came out at such short notice. See you all again for Norfolk NF’s next big ‘Day Of Action’ or wherever else in the region NF fantasies will take them.

East Anglian Anti-Fascists.

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National Front in Kings Lynn: Saturday 19th December!

The local fash have decided to have a ‘Day Of Action’…..

“King’s Lynn National Front will be holding its second “Day of Action” on Saturday 19th December 2009. If you are from the Norfolk area, please make your best effort to support this activity as the NF continues, at long last, to expand throughout Norfolk. nfkingslynn@yahoo.co.uk
Contact line: 07757 818851

Bring your friends, bring a bottle. City centre.”

Fen Tiger Class War will be there to give them a warm reception. Come join us and lets give the NF a Christmas present they won’t forget.

11am Kings Lynn town centre. To find out more follow us on twitter @FTClassWar

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Local History: the Littleport riots 1816

Since the creation of private property there has always been contradictions in the interests of the owners and the workers, here I present a interesting piece of local history that we can use to inspire and learn from in our own struggle against the owners.
Alike now, the economy was in recession. Workers were returning home, after defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, to find very few jobs, and extremely low paid for the people lucky enough to get one. Here’s a few facts and figures: “farm labourers were paid 8 or 9 shillings a week (40 – 45 pence in today’s money) and some war veterans found work building roads for 2 shillings and sixpence a week (12p approx.) however this was barely enough to survive on. At the start of 1816 wheat, a basic food commodity, was 52 shillings a quarter (£2.60). This rose during the year to 103 shillings a quarter (£5.15) by December.” Very grim. However, like always, this economic crisis largely effected the workers, as the owners of the workplaces kept their luxury at the expense of jobs and a sufficient living wage for their employees.
So what to do when such injustice is more visible than ever?
At the time most of the workers in the county where members of the ‘Benefit Club’, a organisation that provided help for the poor and needy. The meeting of this club, prior to what is known as the Littleport riots, took place in a pub named the Globe, in Littleport. Here they came to see that the vast majority of themselves and fellow workers were in need , and thus didn’t have the abilities to provide sufficient goods to support everyone. Tensions run high as the group were informed of three more workers had been fired, by a local magistrate, who was known to regularly spend more on one shirt than the weeks pay of the three workers combined.
Action was needed. A crowd of several hundred came together to discuss what was to be done, the conclusion being, take back what you need from the fuckers! After all, the owners such things only have what they possess by force.
Armed with an array of weapons, clubs, pitchforks, cleavers and a few guns, the desperate workers took to the street. In a proper mob fashion, shops where broken into and goods shared out, as well as demands of money. A local vicar, also a local magistrate, read to them the ‘Riot Act’, the mob, acknowledging that such laws are only there to protect the property owners right to starve fellow humans, ignored it. The homes of the rich were ransacked as the mob gained confidence and momentum, in a truly Robin Hood fashion, after all it was these people whom merely brushed aside the suffering of the starving workers.
Next on the list was the vicarage, where they were confronted by the local vicar again, this time with a pistol as he threatened to “ blow the brains out” of the first person to cross the threshold (what about turning the other cheek, mate?). Needless to say he was taken down and the vicarage pillaged.
By now word had got to Ely and a messenger had been dispatched to Bury St. to get support from the First Royal Dragoon Guards who were stationed there.
The next day agitation was taking place in Ely as the Littleport mob descended into town to join with the forming Ely section and other workers from around the local area. Again they were confronted, by another Vicar with the Riot Act! When asked to disclose their demands the mob proclaimed “the price of a stone of flour per day” and ” our children are starving, give us a living wage” . The Vicar agreed that the demands were reasonable and said he would raise the subject with the magistrates, why did the magistrates not discuss this before the mob was formed? After all the riot was a reaction to the worsening conditions that they were living in. However, things again kicked off after the mob was given free ale after the agreement was made as emotions still ran high for a lot of the workers. Needless to say the Dragoons were descending on Ely. The next day the Dragoon contingent turned their eyes on Littleport to dish out some ‘justice’. A stand off between both sides lasted one afternoon with many rioters wounded and one dead. In the end 24 rioters where to be hung, while many others were sentenced to imprisonment and deportation. This is the justice of the ruling class, to conditions that they create.

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