The Solidarity Federation will be at the London Anarchist Bookfair again this year. It will be the first place you can get your hands on our new pamphlet 'Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle'. Our other publications will also be available alongside books, posters and tshirts.
This year the Solidarity Federation will be presenting the following talks:
Nobody Expects The Solidarity Federation! - Room 318, 11-12
"Direct Action Gets The Goods" - in the past 12 months the Solidarity Federation has launched various direct action campaigns against business owners and landlords in order to retrieve stolen wages or rent and we have achieved some success, as well as pressuring a national high street chain into withdrawing from the workfare programme in a high profile case. This session aims to review and discuss these methods and potentially use the opportunity as a skillshare.
Stuff Your Sexist Boss - Room 326, 2-3
A workshop exploring our experiences of sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, and looking at ways to deal with it. Self-identified women only.
Introduction to Anarcho-Syndicalism - Room 323, 4-5
An introduction to anarcho-syndicalism and the launch of the new Solidarity Federation pamphlet, 'Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle'.
Don’t Just Moan, Organise! An introduction to the Solidarity Federation Workplace Organiser Training Programme - Room 321, 5-6
As many of us are isolated militants, how do we organise with our co-workers, many of whom do not hold radical beliefs? How do we connect with them, collectively, as individuals with whom we share a material interest? More importantly, how do we begin getting them to take action that builds power in the workplace? How do we make sure we stay true to principles of solidarity, direct action, and direct democracy?
Come and find out about the Solidarity Federation Workplace Organiser Training. Today’s session will give you a brief taste of what you can expect on the one-day course, and tell you how to get in touch with us to join one of our training sessions or hold one in your own workplace.
Members will also be speaking at the Boycott Workfare meeting (Room 326, 2-3), What is Class Struggle? (Room 320, 3-4), and Anarchist Economics (Mason Lecture Theatre, 4:30-6:30). The latter is part of a panel discussion also featuring Iain McKay, Michael Albert and David Graeber.
The Sparrows Nest archivists will also be presenting Strikes, Nukes & Overdue Subscription Fees (Room 322, 2-3), showcasing 'some of the recent work of the Sparrows' Nest anarchist library, using unique documents relating to Anarcho-Syndicalism in Britain and around the world. Focusing on the overlooked period in the history of radical politics between the end of the Spanish Civil War and the iconic events of the late 1960s we hope to give an insight into some of the political and organisational issues faced by the movement, and suggest further opportunities for research into anarchist history and practice.'
This presentation is informed by archives from the Solidarity Federation's predecessors, the Anarchist Federation of Britain (AFB), the Syndicalist Workers Federation (SWF) and the Direct Action Movement (DAM).
The bookfair is held at Queen Mary's University on Mile End Road, and is on Saturday 27th October. It is open from 10 - 7. Afterwards the Solidarity Federation and the Anarchist Federation will be hosting a joint social upstairs at the New Globe, 359 Mile End Road.