Tony from the London Bookfair Collective just received the following message from JoNina Ervin about her and Lorenzo’s return to the US:
Lorenzo and I are back at home in Memphis. We’re exhausted, but the tour was the trip of lifetime for us. Thanks so much for all you did to make it successful.
As Lorenzo predicted, the U.S. Border patrol harassed us when we landed at Detroit International Airport. Four or five guards searched all our luggage. One questioned us about what we’d been doing in the UK, asked us do we work, did we do any speaking, what did we speak about, how much money we had, etc. Most of the questions were directed to Lorenzo, such as had he ever been in trouble with the law, did he ever write a book, etc.
This was clearly meant to intimidate us, and we want to blitz the U.S. Border Patrol office at the Detroit Airport with email complaints from folks in the UK who hosted us on the tour and others who heard us speak. We’ll draft a sample email in the next couple of days for people who’d like to participate in this campaign. We need solidarity to try to discourage the secret police from harassing us.
We’ll write more later.
Peace and love,
We’ll post up the email info they are talking about as soon as we have it.
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Tagged anarchism, anarchist communism, Anarchist Federation, Black Power, glasgow, Glasgow Anarchists, Harassment, JoNina Ervin, Lorenzo Ervin, Solidarity, US Border Patrol
Since my last post on the Grangemouth situation the news has been so fast and furious on the topic, while I has been travelling around and was unable to correct inaccuracies that had become apparent in light of the new material. I was in the middle of writing a post to address this when I was passed this fantastic article by Penny Cole over on A World To Win. Wile I may disagree with some parts, the views on what to do here and now are definitely something we share. In particular:
“The Unite members were ready to fight and their union could have organised an occupation to prevent the dismemberment of the plant, but they did not and will not. Independence will not change that.”
At the point at which I wrote the last article the bosses threat of lock-out had not been clear. In light of that the call for workers to take control of the site seems even more vital. Unite hasn’t been “conned and set-up” by Ineos as much as it has been by their own bureaucracy and it’s tired and predictable way of reacting to the bosses. This, along with the union’s willingness to cave in to keep the peace at their members expense, has been a huge disservice to everyone at Grangemouth.
Also the SNP have been only too willing to play into the hands of the bosses. The thought that a Scottish government will be any friendlier to workers, the unemployed or anyone else is an assertion without any backing. The state will always behave in the interests of the state. Holding hope that someone else can fix things for us is only going to lead to half-measures and the disappointment. It is only by building up our ability to take action together at the heart of the problem that will give us any real measure control of our lives.
The way in which the unions and the politicians have behaved is not the victory for common sense that is being billed; it is a stitch-up against all of us as a class. The people on the shop floor know their business better than any union bureaucrat, better than any politician, and better than any boss. We should learn the lessons from this fight and stand in solidarity with workers at Grangemouth and beyond, lending them support where we can and taking their lead on how to fight this struggle, and to hell with anyone that stands in their way.
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Tagged Acas, anarchism, anarchist communism, CLass Solidarity, class war, Grangemouth, Industrial Action, Ineos, Negotiations, News/Opinion/Discussion, Solidarity, Strike, Trade Union, unions, Unite, Unite the Union
Reports are showing that the Cuban state seems to be continuing repression against anarchists, this time for hosting open discussions over new labour laws that are being introduced. The irony of the situation? It was the public Communist Party the official labour union line that the Cuban public should discuss the proposed legislation!
An article by Isbel Diaz Torez on the subject can be read (in Spanish) over at the Havanna Times.
This Friday there are now two different solidarity actions going on in the central belt that folks should try head to. First up in Glasgow:
Glasgow Against Atos Monthly Picket
Cadogan Street, Glasgow, G2.
Monthly picket to show opposition to disability assessments and go out in solidarity with those subject to the profit-led schemes of Atos and the government. Later that afternoon over in Edinburgh:
Solidarity with Pussy Riot hunger strike
58 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HF.
No to death camps in Russia! Solidarity rally with Pussy Riot member Nadezhda, who began a hunger strike to denounce the inhuman conditions in Russian prisons. Come support Nadezhda and all the people who fight for a free Russia!
In an open letter published in the Guardian, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the two members of Pussy Riot sentenced in 2012 to two years of forced labour for hooliganism and blasphemy, described the conditions of detention in a labour camp for women in Mordovia:
“I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves.”
“I am going on hunger strike and refusing to participate in colony slave labor. I will do this until the administration starts obeying the law and stops treating incarcerated women like cattle ejected from the realm of justice for the purpose of stoking the production of the sewing industry; until they start treating us like humans.” (N. Tolokonnikova)