Category: Community activism

Attachment, connection and a search for meaning

Away from our practical grassroots activity and production of propaganda, as discussed here - Our strategy 7.11.22 - we're striving to undertake some deeper thinking about what our anarchism means and ask some searching questions about what kind of world we're striving for. It's all too easy to get bogged down in day to day … Continue reading Attachment, connection and a search for meaning

A bit of a situation…

Dave - the editor Preamble Over the last few years, I've written posts covering a wide range of issues. Some were attempts at coming up with a vestige of an analysis of how we're being screwed over, others were exercises in thinking out loud. They cover the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how the Covid crisis … Continue reading A bit of a situation…

Thoughts on not falling for blatant wind ups

Image: PA Wire/PA Images via Bristol Live At the time of writing, the Tories are having their annual conference in Birmingham. Given how polarised and tense things are getting at the moment, it didn't come as any surprise that there was a protest called by The People's Assembly Against Austerity. It also didn't come as … Continue reading Thoughts on not falling for blatant wind ups

Some thoughts on stability and change

In this piece - Reacting to change… - we discussed how people deal with living in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. We concluded that people are absolutely fine with change if they are in control of the process. We also concluded that when people feel they have little or no control over the process … Continue reading Some thoughts on stability and change

Change comes from the base

Dave - the editor These are just some of the many posts we've written about grassroots activism in its various forms and how working for change at the base in our communities is the essential foundation for any meaningful, radical change: DIY community activism:) 30.6.22 A fluffy project? Nope, not us… 23.6.22 We CAN make … Continue reading Change comes from the base

DIY community activism:)

Image: B24/7 It's not often we cross post between Grassroots Alternatives and this blog but in this case, we feel it's worth it. One of the core components of what we do is supporting autonomous working class community based action. This post features two examples of this. With our community activist hats on, we've learnt … Continue reading DIY community activism:)

Looking back (in pictures)

Making our point on a lamp post in Bristol. Dave - the editor Our relocation down to near Bristol will be happening this summer. It will entail some re-thinking of how we operate politically. That means finding a niche which suits us and not treading on anyone's toes. It will also mean a bit of … Continue reading Looking back (in pictures)

Going on protests…

Dave - the editor Having been involved in various forms of activism since the late 1970s, I've been on more protests than I care to remember! Thinking back to the 1980s when I was younger and had more energy, I actually used to get pretty bloody excited about going on a demo. In the 1990s, … Continue reading Going on protests…

Alternative Estuary paper

It's not often we cross post between this blog and Grassroots Alternatives but, with the first issue of Alternative Estuary in a long while having just been sent to the printer, we want to give it the maximum amount of publicity we can:) It will be back with us and getting distributed in various locations … Continue reading Alternative Estuary paper

Building neighbourhood solidarity and resilience

This post was first published on our sister blog, Grassroots Alternatives. As it (briefly) addresses issues that are core to our way of seeing things, we thought it was worth re-posting it here. With all of the grassroots community projects we promote and do our level best to support, there's one key fundamental and that's … Continue reading Building neighbourhood solidarity and resilience

Finding each other and getting stuff done

The local elections have been and gone along with the post-mortems and analysis. Apart from a few notable exceptions, most of it glossed over the turnout which was unsurprisingly low. These were our thoughts (plus those of other comrades) on the aftermath of the elections: ‘None Of The Above’ sweep the board yet again 6.5.22. … Continue reading Finding each other and getting stuff done

Some brief thoughts on being relevant

Dave - the editor Recently, I received a few sarcastic reactions to a Stirrer post - What really matters to people… 22.4.22 - dealing with what really matters to most ordinary people. I wasn't personally offended - I've reached the point in my life where it's not worth the effort:) However, it did get me … Continue reading Some brief thoughts on being relevant

Change…

Dave - the editor This is not intended to be an exhaustive piece. It's merely some notes indicating areas I'd like to return to in greater depth at some point in the future. All I want to do with this brief piece is get people thinking about the impact and adverse consequences of unwanted, top … Continue reading Change…

What really matters to people…

While undertaking one of our regular trawls through the local news media, we came across this article: Fly-tipping and a council's apparent dereliction of duty angers residents, candidate and councillor as Tilbury's filthy places are condemned - Neil Speight | Thurrock Nub News | 20.4.22. It deals with Thurrock Council's neglect of Tilbury and their … Continue reading What really matters to people…

Breaking free

This piece was first published on our sister blog, Grassroots Alternatives. As it deals with a number of themes we want to address in greater depth in the future, we're re-posting it here to help it get a wider audience. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ As a 'compensation' for being in the slogging away all hours / paying over … Continue reading Breaking free

Clusterf**k time…

This piece is basically an exercise in trying to take a few steps back amidst the swirling clouds of doom, gloom, outright misinformation and propaganda to work out where we are and where we're going. Given that events are moving swiftly in not always easily discernable ways, an exercise like this is going to have … Continue reading Clusterf**k time…

February Bulletin

While we are bringing out printed papers to hand out on protests, we're still not in a position to bring one out on a regular basis. That's down to a combination of not having the money on the one hand and on the other, there simply not being enough distribution opportunities such as stalls at … Continue reading February Bulletin

Rebuilding solidarity at the grassroots…

This piece was written some while ago, well back into the 'before times' in fact, but still stands up, even if it's us thinking out loud about working at the grassroots in our neighbourhoods. Some editing has been done to bring it up to date. We like to think that this is part of an … Continue reading Rebuilding solidarity at the grassroots…

Alternative ways of subverting the system

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is going through it's final stages before being enacted into law and then, implemented on the streets. This will inevitably make street protests and actions considerably more fraught affairs. It will also make it tougher to occupy sites in order to protect them from the ravages of developers, … Continue reading Alternative ways of subverting the system

Not feeling safe in your neighbourhood? Why we need to build community solidarity

Dave (the editor) Way back in 2007 and 2008 when I stood as a local election candidate for the Independent Working Class Association (IWCA) in the Stanford East & Corringham Town ward, one of the issues that was frequently raised on the doorstep was community safety. With reports of knife crime and anti-social behaviour appearing … Continue reading Not feeling safe in your neighbourhood? Why we need to build community solidarity