Solidarity with the Stansted Defendants! – 19th March – Chelmsford

Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. On MONDAY 19TH March 2018, they are standing trial, charged with a terrorism-related offence that could result in life imprisonment!

JOIN US outside Chelmsford Crown Court to support the defendants, to demand the charges are dropped, and to demand an end to deportation charter flights.

There will be a line-up of speakers from 9-9:30am followed by performances.
<<Food not Bombs>> and <<Oxford Action Resource Centre>> will also kindly be providing hot food and refreshments on the day.

8:30am, MONDAY 19TH MARCH. Please arrive promptly.

Chelmsford Crown Court,
New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EL

There will be a coach leaving at 7am, from Liverpool Street Station. Please arrive by 6.45am as the coach can’t wait for late comers.
Book your seat in advance here:

**Please let us know in advance if you need wheelchair access, as some seats may need to be removed**

**Please wear a pink item of clothing at the rally to show your support**

There are also trains from Liverpool St station to Chelmsford.


Your solidarity is also welcome all day on Twitter @EDeportations and on FB.

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Secret deportation flights take thousands of people from our communities every year. Parents, friends and neighbours are targeted on the basis of their perceived nationality and snatched to fill a flight that the Home Office has chartered. Many critics have argued that like Trump’s ‘muslim ban,’ these deportations are unjust and racist. Violence and abuse from security contractors have been documented on these flights. Most people would be horrified if they were aware of the nature of this process.

The Stansted action was the first time a deportation flight has been grounded in the UK by people taking action against the immigration system. People who would have been forced onto the flight were able to stay in the UK because of the action, as it gave them time to have their applications heard. People across the UK are standing together to stop the Home Office breaking up families and tearing communities apart.

For more information on the campaign see:

Stop Cardiff Arms Fair / Na i Ffair Arfau Caerdydd

Where: Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff

When: 27th March 2018

The Cardiff Arms Fair (DPRTE – Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability Exhibition) described on their website as the “UK’s Premier Defence Procurement Event” is being hosted annually at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. One of their main exhibitors is BAE Systems, the world’s 3rd largest arms producer, whose weapons are currently being used by the Saudi led coalition to attack Yemen. An already impoverished country, Yemen is now in the throes of a humanitarian crisis as a result of these attacks using British made armaments, as shown in this video.

Local people will be protesting vociferously and creatively on the 27th of March. We need to protest against such an event being held in Wales and show our opposition to the arms trade. Come and join us.

Updates can be found at:

Upcoming Anarchist Bookfairs in the UK


Norwich Anarchist Bookfair – 6th May 2018


Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – 12th May 2018


A full list of upcoming UK bookfairs in 2018 can be found at:

Anarchist Bookfairs in 2018

Anti-Fascist Resistance conference, March 10th, London

Anti-Fascist Resistance 2018

speakers // discussion // self-defence training // workshops // and more!

Sat March 10th // London

We’ve all seen an international rise of the far-right, and we need to do something about it.

In the face of environmental problems, economic crisis and war, fascists and the far-right have benefited. Whether it’s Trump in America, Le Pen in France or Modi in India, it’s the same thing; pushing national identity, racism, misogyny and authoritarianism.

In the UK, grassroots anti-fascists have defeated the EDL and its offshoots, humiliated National Action, and chased fascists off the streets from London to Liverpool. But this isn’t an easy fight, and one which is becoming harder and more complicated.

Join us for talks and workshops from anti-fascists and anti-racist organisations, highlighting the work that we do, the problems that we face, and what we can do together to fight fascism. Expect everything from German anti-fascists giving a history of their movement, to talks on the growing red gym scene.

Save the date! – venue  and more details to be announced nearer the time.

Come along, meet like-minded people, and let’s smash fascism together in 2018.

Facebook event

Download flyer to print

Questions, enquiries, offers of help etc to:

Kurdish Solidarity Network meeting 10-11 February in Brighton.

KSN Networking Proposal pdf

A suggested outline for a weekend event of the Kurdish Solidarity Network is to have meetings (including breaks) from 12-6pm on Saturday 10th, followed by social time in the evening…e.g. a film, talk, or other activity, then optional time on the Sunday for workshops around themes… for example, “what is solidarity?”, or “History of the Kurdish Women’s Movement”… whatever people are interested in / would like to offer.

If you are able to come to this meeting, please send an email to with the name of your group (individuals are also welcome), number of people, whether you need crash space and for how many people and which night(s), any dietary requirements, and if you have something to offer or a suggestion about what you would like to see happen.

Stop UK Arms Sales to Turkey. Stop Genocide against the Kurds!

A day of action has been called to coincide with the DSEI arms fair at London Docklands. Turkey are big customers at this event, and arms bought and deals made in London next week will be used to kill civilians in Kurdistan, and continue Turkish expansionism into Syria.

Farcebook event

From 1pm at the East Entrance to the ExCel Centre, London Docklands.

OR meet at the Halkevi 12 noon to travel together to the arms fair.

Organised by Kurdish Solidarity Campaign and Kurdish Assembly London.

Stop UK Arms Sales to Turkey!


Week of Action against DSEI starts today!

A number of groups and networks are calling for actions to oppose the DSEI arms fair, setting up in the Excel Centre, Newham, London this week.

The Anarchist Action Network has once again been helping with the build up to action and will be at the Excel Centre after mobilising from leafleting around the UK and helping to organise discussions, meetings and other talks about the arms fair.

Actions are also being planned around the UK.

We’ve also been happy to share on our website, some great articles by the Shoal Collective, exposing the deadly links and disastrous consequences of arms dealing.

Here are two of the latest articles:

West Papua’s silent genocide

DSEI: A Supermarket for state surveillance and border wars

As borders are increasingly militarised and their operation privatised, migration, more than ever before, is also an anti-militarist struggle.

The following is an extract from an article by The Shoal Collective. The link to the original article can be found below.

Borders are becoming increasingly militarised and unsafe places particularly for people like Stephen*, who are trying to cross them undocumented. The security measures he describes are only the visible ones. As well as the X-ray machine, there’s a monitor that can detect heartbeats, and another to detect raised levels of carbon dioxide from people breathing inside the lorries.

“If you have a good luck you can pass; if you don’t, the security check will take you out,” he explains.

“First they use dogs, and if the dogs indicate there’s something, they will check it for themselves… If they can’t find anything easily they have to take the truck to the computer scanner… It’s quite scary.”

Stephen (*name changed to protect his identity.)

Private companies producing and developing the technology used at borders are making money from the perceived threat of an ‘invasion’ of refugees in Europe and the very real suffering of people. Many of the companies developing and promoting equipment, surveillance technologies and the IT infrastructure to track people on the move are often among the world’s biggest arms companies.

These defence giants not only profit from the wars and state oppression that cause people to flee their homes, but also from the high-tech surveillance equipment that tracks them, the violence that greets them, and the biometric systems that register them on arrival.

The biannual Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade fair is a chance for these companies to showcase their work and products. From 12-15 September 2017, DSEI will host over 1,600 companies, from across the defence and security sector industries, at the ExCeL centre in London Docklands. It’s set to attract over 34,000 visitors, including Defence Ministers, international military representatives and private sector companies. Many of the companies who profit from borders will be represented – part of a border security market estimated at €15 billion in 2015 and predicted to rise to €29 billion by 2022.

The British government has thrown millions at the Calais border, which seems on its way to full privatisation. The death toll is rising along with the amount of money thrown at the border, with a growing number of deaths each year. An October 2016 report from the Calais Research Network documented 40 companies benefiting from this situation, many of whom will be exhibiting at DSEI:

  • Thales Described as, “one of the top-earning companies in the border industry”, the French multinational was commissioned to supply a surveillance and access control system at Calais in 2010. In 2014 they were awarded a two year £3.8 million contract from the UK Home Office to provide a system to encrypt biometric and biographic data for Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cards for non-EU foreigners.
  • The Chemring Group supplied PMMWI (Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging) and vehicle scanning. Roke Manor Research, part of Chemring Group, developed the Pandora lorry scanning system, trialled in Calais.
  • FLIR Systems has supplied thermal imaging cameras for use in Calais during the night or in fog, rain or snow when CCTV cameras can’t provide a clear image.
  • L3 Technologies supplied x-ray scanning equipment at Calais.

Opposing DSEI is one way to act in solidarity with migrants. During the ‘Free Movement for People, Not Weapons’ day of action against DSEI 2015, a member of Black Dissidents said as part of a rousing speech.

Original article in full at:

Article by Amy Hall and Sara Woods of Shoal Collective, a newly-formed cooperative of independent writers and researchers, writing for social justice and a world beyond capitalism.

Join the week of action to Stop the Arms Fair at London’s Docklands from 4-11 September, 2017. The Stop the Arms Fair coalition is made up of diverse groups and individuals who oppose the fair. The coalition supports groups using a diversity of different tatics to oppose the fair. It is open for new people and new movements to get involved.

Thursday 7 September’s day of action has the theme ‘Solidarity Without Borders making the links between the arms and security industry. There are also events going on across the UK, in the lead up to DSEI and during the event.


Eighteen years of protest against DSEI – Don’t let it turn 20!

Once again, Docklands’ ExCeL Centre will host the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) arms fair next month. 1,600 exhibitors will showcase equipment including drones, tanks, guns, bombs, warships, crowd control weaponry and covert surveillance equipment.

They will be hoping to secure contracts and wine and dine with international governments and military personnel, aiming to profit from states’ unending wars of aggression around the world. The arms fair is subsidised by the UK taxpayer, and DSEI’s organisers work closely with the government, welcoming human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, the US, Israel and Turkey.

Quakers, Catholic Workers, anarchists, socialists, trade unionists and Buddhists are just some of those who have come together to protest DSEI, which takes place every two years. In recent years, British anti-militarists have been joined by activists from Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Kurdistan and other communities directly affected by war and state violence.

Activists have been resisting the arms fair since its inception in 1999.

Eliza Egret talks to activists involved in almost two decades of protest against London’s DSEI arms show.

Read more at:

By Eliza Egret of Shoal Collective, a newly-formed cooperative of
independent writers and researchers, writing for social justice and a
world beyond capitalism. Follow @ShoalCollective

Disarm DSEI Critical Mass – Saturday 9th September 2017

And more is planned from 4th to 11th September and beyond…