Saturday 25th January, 4pm, Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
As international creditors & bailiffs circle Greece, its government has responded with austerity policies. The results include deepened unemployment, cut pensions and social provision. A permanent state of crisis is the new post-democratic way of government: in the name of the economy, the facade of democracy is one more unaffordable luxury sold off to pay interest on a debt to the rich.
Behind the headlines, the fightback. Beyond massive general strikes demonstrations: hospitals, factories and offices occupied and run by their workers. Regardless of votes in parliament and international brinksmanship, the people of Greece are resisting the IMF by “collective[ly organizing] the struggle for a life that is characterized by solidarity, resistance and dignity.”
What happens next?
Dimitris Dalakoglou, editor of Revolt & Crisis in Greece (AK Press, 2011)
and contributor to the From the Greek Streets blog (www.occupiedlondon.org/blog
) will talk about the situation in Greece as seen from the streets and in daily lives. Following this will be time for discussion. How does the revolt in Greece affect other countries? How can we support the Greek people in struggle? What do we do next?
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Meeting organised by Edinburgh Anarchist Federation
With Occupied London
And Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
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Following on from the productive discussion last month, covering general thoughts and strategising about directions for anarchism in Edinburgh, we present a meeting focussing on the workplace. Speakers from the Anarchist Federation and the anarcho-syndicalist Solidarity Federation will be talking on their organisations’ approach to organising resistance in the workplace. The meeting is tonight at ACE, 6:30 for a 7:00pm start.
In the face of a recession and a supine trade union bureaucracy, what can be done to fight back on this terrain?
Both Afed and Solfed have recently looked deeply and freshly at this question (Read them: AF new workplace strategy – SF “Brighton Manifesto”), making this meeting a valuable opportunity to look forward at ways of sharing practice and knowledge.
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There’s going to be a meeting to discuss what we’re up to in Edinburgh. This Thursday, 6pm, Tollcross Community Centre. From an invitation:
A few people are meeting next week for an informal chat about organising and resistance in Edinburgh. The call for the upcoming Anarchist Movement Conference asks whether ‘we’ are relevant? whether ‘we’ are progressing? how and where should ‘we’ organise? Maybe we might benefit from asking questions like these locally.
So far there has been a fair amount of interest in having some kind of discussion along these lines. There is no set agenda, as it is an informal discussion to see what things crop-up and where individuals, groups, networks and federations might have common ground and to encourage co-operation where common ground can be found. So if there is ANY organising/actions that you”ve thought ‘hmmm, wouldn’t it be good if that happened’, then come along and throw the idea into the mix.
Like with the Anarchist Movement Conference, if we can come together to put our ideas on the table, perhaps something useful will come out of it.
The meeting will take place at Tollcross Community Centre (117 Fountainbridge) on Thursday 23rd April from 18:00 until 21:00. The venue has no tea making facility so maybe you might want to bring along a flask and a small bite to eat to share.
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