AF blogs

Historical

Friday, 05 July 2013 21:28
Attention: open in a new window. Print

Visit http://libcom.org/tags/biographies for a vast number of historical anarchist biographies and autobiographies including that of Séraphine Pajaud, French anarchist and champion of atheism, anti-militarism and women's liberation (born 1858, died after 1934), published for the first time on 3rd July 2013.

Looking for more? Check out Paul Avrich's book 'Anarchist Voices' - reviewed by Kate Sharpley Library): http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/41nsr4

Note that Kate Sharpley Library publish a good number of biographies and autobiographies in pamphlet format and some shorter pieces are online: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/

Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:20
Attention: open in a new window. Print

Anarchists Ian Bone and Nick Heath pay their respects on the anniversary of Peter Kropotkin's death, speaking to the camera outside his house in Bromley, London (8th February ).

Video Part 1: Ian Bone - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGzNV13tygI

Video Part 2: Ian Bone concludes, followed by Nick Heath - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acNTC6rtv3A

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:33
Attention: open in a new window. Print

Bob Miller at AF summer camp Bob Miller 1953-2011 - obituary by Nick Heath, also published in Freedom

Over the last few years I have penned a number of biographies and obituaries of anarchist militants. One of the most poignant of these was a piece I had to write on the Spanish militant Luis Andres Edo whom I had known personally whilst living in Paris in the early 1970s. But nothing compares to the painful task of writing this remembrance of a comrade I have known for forty years.

I first met Bob Miller in 1973 or 1974. He participated in a libertarian communist group within the Socialist Party of Great Britain. This group contacted the London group of the Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists of which I was a member and we began to have discussions. They had wanted to orient the Party more to the workers’ and social struggles that were in full swing at this time. Just after the 1972 SPGB conference they began publishing a magazine called Libertarian Communism and ORA comrades gave some support in terms of resources, I seem to remember. People outside the Party contributed to the magazine. They and other SPGB members were expelled or left in support not long after. I remember Bob coming round to the North London flat I shared with 2 other ORA members for discussions, always lively and sometimes heated , and in retrospect I have to admit Bob was more accurate on some of the finer points of analysis than we were!

The expelled group linked up with other SPGB dissidents who had been expelled at the same time and eventually a group emerged called Social Revolution. We organised joint day schools with them and with Solidarity at the Centro Iberico in North London, and there were high expectations of a merger between ORA and Social Revolution. However this was not to be and Social Revolution then completed a merger with the libertarian socialist organisation Solidarity. I lost track of Bob and his comrades after that. He and they passed through Solidarity and then were involved in the founding of the Wildcat group and then of the Subversion group which produced a journal of the same name.

In February 1988 I was handing out a leaflet produced by the Anarchist Communist Federation aimed at the large demonstration in Manchester called to combat Section 28 ( a significant attack by the Thatcher government on gay people). Bob was at the demo with the Subversion comrades and they liked our leaflet. Contact was established and we got around to organising a series of joint day schools around the country. With the demise of Subversion Bob joined the ACF in 1998 with a couple of other ex-members of Subversion and we began to work closely over the next decade.

Bob was an enthusiast of cheap pamphlets and he was instrumental in developing a whole range of Anarchist Federation pamphlets . In addition he was a dynamic activist within the Manchester AF group and was involved in many local activities. The testimony of many who were influenced by Bob over the years can be found on internet boards like Urban 75 and libcom and they stand as a fine tribute to both his influence and importance.

Bob had many fine qualities, chief of which were his generosity and hospitality and his desire to make libertarian communist ideas accessible; he was always welcoming to new comrades, he was almost always reasonable and always attempted to act in a non-sectarian way to other libertarians, and he rarely lost his temper during political encounters. He and I sometimes had disagreements, but they were like the quarrels of brothers, and I always had great respect and admiration for his political longevity and his continuing optimism about social change.

He is a great loss to the Anarchist Federation and to the movement in general. I miss him very much.

Nick Heath

Bob passed away shortly before midnight the night of 17th June 2011.

See also:

http://libcom.org/history/miller-bob-1953-2011 contains a link to recollections of Bob's life and a nice photo.

The previous issue of Freedom also contained letters submitted and collected following Bob's death: http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/2011/07/02/bob-miller-rip/

Watch this video of Bob speaking at a Mayday event (2008) in Manchester "No Borders, No Nations, Free Communism!": http://www.afed.org.uk/images/Anarchist_Federation_ Speech_by_Bob_Miller_at_Manchester_Mayday_2008.mp4

The photograph accompanying this article was taken at the The Communards' Wall (Mur des Fédérés) at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris and left there with a red rose (see shadow on poster) and a red & black flag. 2011 was the 140th anniversary of the Paris Commune.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 09:25
Attention: open in a new window. Print

In the light of recent events it's well worth a read of this contemporary spoof of The Sun newspaper containing a "Tintin" cartoon about the Wapping printers strike of 1986-7, that was supported by many class struggle anarchists including those who formed the Anarchist Communist Federation (our old name) and Class War at the time it was about to become Class War Federation. And this is even more contemporary, taken outside News International this week, and also featured on BBC News!

We will never forget the brave fight of the printers at Wapping.

Amongst the written material produced by strike supporters during the dispute and handed out on the picket lines was Picket and copies of Class War. Later publications covering the strike included the pamphlet Paper Boys. All are available in print at the Sparrows' Nest library and archive in Nottingham. More online at http://libcom.org/tags/wapping including a photo essay.

They said we were greedy printers but we showed them all.

Since the Winter of Discontent, when the Soft Cops were no longer able to control the workers their role for Capital has been on the decline and that of Hard Cop on the increase.

It would take their combined efforts to break up the strike. It would take over a year, 2000 arrests, beatings, the murder of a resident by a scab with a police escort and Sabotage to firmly mount the saddle, sign a Secret Agreement . [introduction to Paper Boys]

See also: the BBC's historical view ... Wyn Jones, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said, "We saw the classic example of honest well-intentioned union members supporting their cause being joined by diverse elements whose only interest was in causing as much trouble as possible. "   "They were intent on disrupting business and assaulting officers." 

Page 1 of 3

Share or Bookmark feed/post - you can click on a post first

FacebookMySpaceTwitterDiggDeliciousStumbleuponGoogle BookmarksRedditNewsvineTechnoratiLinkedinMixxPinterest