[Sat 28th Oct 2017] London Anarchist Bookfair (London)

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Kate Sharpley, May 30, 2017.

London Anarchist Bookfair
Start Date: Sat 28th Oct 2017 10:00 AM
End Date: Sat 28th Oct 2017 07:00 PM
Time Zone: Europe/London +01:00 BST

Park View School
West Green Road,
London N15 3QR

Posted By: Kate Sharpley

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  1. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    No. Have you considered that perhaps you already know the answer as to why, you're just not willing to follow it through to its logical conclusions with regard to transphobes?
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  2. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    It is not.
    I do know the basis on which LDMG decided to provide support.
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  3. andysays

    andysays Defiantly non-premium member

    I would suggest that the best place to find the basis on which LDMG decide(d) to provide support would be the statement from LDMG themselves.

    And luckily for all concerned it was linked to recently on this very thread...
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  4. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    I guess it rather depends on on your view of "something better", but one example could be:

    "We are a group of anarchist feminists who have come together to organise an anarchist feminist bookfair in Edinburgh in the summer of 2018."
    Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair/Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair 2018
  5. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Of course. But you're moving the goal posts. Now, support is predicated on people's politics, which is different to what you seemed to be saying earlier. And it makes the question quite different: whether or not someone whose politics justifies sex-based violent is someone anarchists should support.
  6. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    I think you're wrong about that; their stated principles include:

    'To give unconditional support to anyone arrested or injured.'
  7. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    Indeed. And yet not "a neo-nazi, say, who was arrested for beating up a black person at fascist demo"

    And as I said earlier: "LDMG didn't defend anybody on the basis of their affiliations, with most defendants this would be impossible to ascertain."
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  8. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    "sex-based violence"

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  9. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    That's not really apposite to this discussion.
  10. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    You are inconsistent.
  11. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

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  12. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat


    However, as at the dissolution I had been involved for fourteen of its twenty-four years, I think it's fair to claim some knowledge of the context of both recent statements, and discussions which led to them.
  13. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    It is entirely apposite.
    Really not.

    Most defendants who benefited from LDMG's support were not affiliated to any organisation/philosophy/ideology, and seldom were they arrested or injured on that basis alone where they did have those affiliations. It was conflict with law enforcement which either brought them to our attention or had them contact us.

    Fascists have their own legal support structures (e.g. Shieldwall). Transphobes can apply to Soros if they wish to start their own.
  14. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry but I don't buy the idea that the support for this person did not take their politics into account. I think it was a bad decision.
  15. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    It matters not a bit that you don't buy it, it remains entirely true. We supported Tara in other cases in earlier years when we had no knowledge of her politics.

    We're supporting people on trial this week for organising Scumoween in 2015, despite not even asking them if they actually like techno, for all we know about them so far they may prove to be neither hardcore nor even know the score.

    We also, perhaps more directly contradicting your proposition, ironically supported one of the gender-critical 'credible identifying witnesses'* (who leafleted the bookfair, and not entirely coincidentally assisted the police with their inquiries leading to Tara's arrest at a Jack the Ripper Museum protest organised by Class War Women's caucus) with their case in 2017 after they were arrested at a Jack the Ripper Museum protest organised by Class War Women's caucus in 2016.

    I highly doubt LDMG's successors/descendants would support that person in the future, but that wouldn't be because of their politics, it would be because of their actions.

    * Because 'grass' is probably a slur these days.
  16. You don’t think women who are violently attacked should contact the police?
    There’s times and places where ‘grass’ should carry weight, but not every situation, surely?
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  17. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    I don't accept either of the premises of your first question are applicable to the relevant incident, which to restate what should really by now be trite words, was a scuffle over a camera.
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  18. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    I have lost count of the number of times I have seen women who have been "violently attacked" by the police. Would you consider it right and proper to advise those women to contact the police?
  19. So if you propose a line should be drawn, where do you draw it?

    (I’m playing devil’s advocate here so you don’t have to play if you don’t want to; I have enormous respect for your work)
  20. Is that what we’re discussing?
  21. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    Right. So some women you might not suggest contact the police.
  22. The bourgeois courts are a load of shit but I’m not convinced the left’s efforts are any better.
    You’d be the first to point out eg Comrade Delta.
  23. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    So you're flexible on the take matters to cops thing.
  24. It’s not for me to decide, is it?
  25. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    at last
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  26. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    I propose you draw a line under playing devil's advocate.
  27. If it’s difficult to discuss then I’m fine with that.
  28. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    It finally started this week, will end just in time for No Book Fair 2018.

    Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004
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  29. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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