This was first posted on our sister blog, The Estuary Alternative but, as this one gets more traffic, we’re posting it here because we want to see as many of you as possible when we’re distributing the paper:)
If you want to get hold of a copy of The Estuary Alternative paper and talk to us about what we want to achieve with this project, you’ll have your chance this coming weekend. On Saturday 16th, we’re going to outside the Southend Christmas Vegan Fair (Bellvue Baptist Church, 484 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2QA) – https://www.facebook.com/southendveganfair/ – from 1pm onwards for a couple of hours. On Sunday 17th, we’re going to be at the Stop the Cliff Development Demonstration (Prittlewell Square, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1DW) – https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/protest-against-the-development-desecration-of-the-cliffs/ – from noon onwards. If we have any papers left over from the Saturday, we’ll be handing those out at the protest – if not, we’ve got flyers to hand out instead. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this coming weekend and to work out a way of taking this project forward in 2018…
+++ IMPORTANT UPDATE +++
We have been notified that our application will be decided at a public enquiry at Romford Town Hall on the 11th of January 2018.
This is great news as it means the evidence will be considered by an independent Inspector.
It does mean that some people will be asked to give verbal evidence to the Inspector on the day.
We will be holding a meeting on the 17th of December which we would urge anyone who wants to help out before or at the enquiry to attend.
We can’t stress enough how important this is, this is the final stage of the application.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their work, support, and attendance over the last few years, lets not ease up on them now!
We’ve shared posts from other groups in Southend opposed to the hubris of Southend Borough Council in persisting with their ill considered proposal for a museum on the clifftop near Prittlewell Square Gardens: Wasting millions again – https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/wasting-millions-again/ The campaign against this desecration is being stepped up a gear with a protest called by the South East Essex Green Party on Sunday 17th December.
Details of how building for the protest is going can be found on this Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/320393881772491/
Although, this has been called by the Green Party, the event is obviously open to all who are fed up with the arrogance of Southend Borough Council in continuing to push this proposal through in the face of increasing public opposition. We’ll be along to support it… Hopefully, people power will eventually prevail and this proposal will be consigned to the dustbin of history where it belongs.
Vegan Army Surplus Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/anarchistvegan/
Along with a mate from Basildon & Southend Housing Action, I’m going to be at the Colchester Vegan Christmas Fair tomorrow helping out on the Vegan Army Surplus stall. The aim of the stall is to offer hard wearing vegan clothing options for the kind of activists who like to get ‘out and about’ – there will be some more fashion orientated items on sale as well. Aside from the clothing, there will be a range of propaganda items, some vegan orientated, others more generally orientated such as The Estuary Alternative paper. Tomorrow will also be a good networking opportunity that will hopefully help us in our aim of building up an alliance of groups and activists throughout Essex and further up into East Anglia.
Dave (the editor)
Colchester Vegan Christmas Fair (Hosted by Lotus Stray Rescue)
Sunday 25th November: 1pm – 6pm
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1954657451456473/
This is organised by and for a dedicated group of local campaigners who have been tirelessly working to draw people’s attention to the threats posed to NHS services in the region. Also, it’s taking place in our favourite pub in Southend:)
We’ve just started a Bookfair diary – https://onuncertainground.wordpress.com/bookfairdiary/ – on the On Uncertain Ground blog. The aim of this diary is to promote the growing number of regional anarchist / radical bookfairs that are taking place across the British Isles. With the London Anarchist Bookfair collective saying they won’t be organising one in 2018, the focus will be shifting to what’s going on in the regions. No two bookfairs are the same and we’re pretty sure that once the diary starts to fill up, there will be an interesting variety of events to attend, support, help to build and participate in. We recognise that the London Anarchist Bookfair had grown to an international event and it will be missed. However, there’s plenty of life outside of London and we want to do our level best to help promote that…
If you’re involved in organising an anarchist / radical bookfair anywhere across the British Isles in 2018, get in touch with us here – firstname.lastname@example.org – with the relevant details and we’ll put them up on diary page with a booster post on the On Uncertain Ground blog as well.
With our friends from Basildon & Southend Housing Action (BASHA), we’ll be jointly running a stall at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair. The venue is Park View School, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR and the bookfair runs from 10am – 7pm.
Why are we going? Firstly to talk to people about our community focused politics and actions, and the need to work from the grassroots upwards in our neighbourhoods if we’re serious about fundamental change. Secondly to boost the audience for all of the South Essex Radical Media blogs and publications, and hopefully get some donations to help with the cost of running and producing them:) Thirdly, to build alliances with any like-minded groups who share our approach and tactics in the project of building a movement for change. Finally, we also hope to be able to meet up with our supporters at the bookfair to plan and plot for the future…
We’re attending the bookfair because we try as much as we can to operate on anarchist principles. However, we can’t really say with our hands on our hearts that we really feel we’re part of the broader anarchist movement. That is partially down to our geographical isolation out on the Essex shore of the Thames estuary which means we can operate in a more flexible way if it means we get results and can build useful alliances.
Also, when we have been out on the streets during the course of this year, apart from a few outings with our friends from Class War, we’ve been out and about with a range of groups who don’t really see themselves as anarchists. United Voices of the World: Unions take note…this is how you take action! – https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/unions-take-note-this-is-how-you-take-action/ and Focus E15: Marching from tower to tower – https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/marching-from-tower-to-tower/ are two of the groups we’ve been out with.
Basically, it’s showing solidarity with people who really are at the sharp end of what a dysfunctional society has to throw at them but who’ve no intention of taking it and fight back instead. In these circumstances, as far as we’re concerned, solidarity is considerably more important than ideological purity…
To conclude, the whole point of an anarchist bookfair is to have a space for constructive debate so we can all move forwards. We feel that a point has been reached where some serious soul searching is needed as to how we can make anarchism relevant to working class people…
From the New Town Utopia events Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1950310835291043/
We’re please to announce that NEW TOWN UTOPIA is now finished. After 4 years, we’re now ready to share this film about Basildon, the power of art and the state of the nation.
It’s got brutalism, poetry, puppets and Jim Broadbent – what more could you want?
Our first public screening is going to be a special Local Premiere in Basildon (of course), taking place in partnership with the East End Film Festival. It’s happening on Saturday 21st October at The Towngate Theatre in Basildon Town Centre @ 7.45pm.
It would be great to see you there, we’ll also have some live poetry from Basildon artists. You can book tickets here: http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5493
We’ll be going along to this to show our solidarity with housing struggles in East London: March of the towers! https://www.facebook.com/events/1951128301839783/
Date: Saturday August 12th
Join us for a march and speak out to demand safe homes, not social cleansing in East London.
The flats of Ferrier Point and Tanner Point are both tower blocks with the same cladding as Grenfell Tower. Carpenters Estate in Stratford is marked for demolition by Newham Labour council.
Let us meet to raise the issues of secure housing in our local community and demand that the council provides suitable housing for residents.
Meet 12 midday: Ferrier Point, Forty Acre Lane, Canning Town E16 and/or 1pm: Tanner Point, Pelly Road, Plaistow E13.
From there we will be marching to the Carpenters Estate, Stratford E15.
And from 2.30pm we will be having a ‘hands around the Carpenters Estate’ solidarity event and speak out with residents to organise resistance to decanting, demolition and social cleansing.
Take action to defend people’s right to homes and safety.
Join us at Midday, bring your banners and your voices and your hearts!
As we’ve written and said more times than we care to remember, what happens in London with social cleansing as a consequence of ‘regeneration’ in the service of making the capital a welcome home for the global super rich and their money has a direct impact on us out here along the estuary. This is why we show solidarity with housing activists in London fighting this tide of social cleansing from the capital – as far as we’re concerned, the housing struggle, regardless of where it takes place, is one struggle.
With our friends from Basildon & Southend Housing Action (BASHA), we’ll be jointly running a stall at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair which is taking place on Saturday 28th October running from 10am – 7pm. The venue is Park View School, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR. This is what the London Anarchist Bookfair collective have to say about the event:
Bookfairs provide a space where like-minded people can come together to re-affirm old friendships, make new ones, discuss all things anarchist and anti-capitalist and start planning the future revolution. They’re also one of the public faces of anarchism. Anyone unfamiliar with the ideas or wanting to know more about the politics can come along, look through books, sit in or get involved in meetings, workshops and discussions or just chat to the groups and organisations having stalls there.
It is also a space where we counter the rubbish talked about anarchism by sections of the media and our opponents. Bookfairs are one small element of making anarchism a threat to the present political system.
There’s more information about the bookfair here: http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/
Why are we going? Firstly to talk to people about our community focused politics and actions, and the need to work from the grassroots upwards in our neighbourhoods if we’re serious about fundamental change. Secondly to boost the audience for all of the South Essex Radical Media blogs and publications, and hopefully get some donations to help with the cost of running and producing them:) Thirdly, to build alliances with any like-minded groups who share our approach and tactics in building a movement for change.