Burghfield bomb factory blockaded by anti-Trident protesters

Early on the morning of October 24, a group of Trident Ploughshares activists from across the U.K. converged on Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment near Burghfield. They blocked approach roads, preventing workers from entering.

Hidden in the leafy lanes of Berkshire, Burghfield A.W.E. and it’s partner facility Aldermaston are where the U.K.’’s nuclear warheads are planned and produced before being loaded onto lorries for trucking up public roads to the Trident submarine fleet in Scotland. The Mearings, a private road with access to the Main gate of AWE Burghfield, was blocked at both ends by a car with two people locked to it. The construction gate has a line of five people locked across it with their arms in “lock-on” tubes.

Trident Ploughshares photo

Some of the blockaders were still locked across the road at the end of the day. The police continued to work to remove them from the car they were attached to, having earlier cleared people from the other two entrances. Eventually, all nine activists were arrested and charged with obstruction of the highway.

Chris from Southampton, who blocked the South Mearings entrance to the main gate of the warhead assembly facility, said:

“Although it’s been very uncomfortable sitting in the same position with my arm in a drainpipe all day, it’’s a small sacrifice when we hear that the entire planet is being put at risk by the abandoning of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Instead the nuclear weapons states should be signing up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. If we have disrupted business as usual on the U.K.’’s nuclear warhead refurbishment programme in even the smallest way, it’’s been worth it.””
Julia, a life-long peace campaigner and grandmother of seven who lives in Leintwardine, Herefordshire, said:“”There is very little public awareness that the U.K. continues to spend obscene amounts of money (over £200 billion) on upgrading it’s weapons of mass destruction. These weapons are illegal and deeply immoral in their indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. I’’m ashamed that the U.K. continues in this folly. I hope our actions will raise awareness of what is going on here.””This day, the 24th of October, is special in marking 73 years since the birth of the United Nations. The U.K. government has totally failed to have anything to do with the ground-breaking U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Jane, a 38-year-old case worker from Scotland, said:

““I hope our actions today might bring more attention to the damning safety report on this bomb factory, produced by the Office for Nuclear Regulation last August. The ONR warned then that the Burghfield facility “can only be allowed to continue for a limited period”.”1

Trident Ploughshares photo

Jim, a 70-year-old retired civil servant, said “with the current United Nations treaty on the total banning of nuclear weapons gaining support, it is only a matter of time before the U.K. and other nuclear-armed nations will feel international pressure to join the rational global majority. “I’’ve never been involved in an action like this before, and it’s heartening and empowering to feel that something can be done!””

The nine Trident Ploughshares arrested have to return to Reading Court at the end of November.

Agitate, Educate, Organise! – Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 2018



Welcome to #nottheanarchistbookfair 2018

The London Anarchist Bookfair has been a crucial fixture in the anarchist calendar since 1983. This year the bookfair is on what -we hope- is a very brief hiatus. It is vital that the tradition of the bookfair remains and the work of spreading anarchist ideas continues. To go some small way to filling the gap, the organisers of the London Radical Bookfair have proposed having a decentralised festival of anarchist ideas and action, involving as many of London’s anarchist leaning bookshops, social centres and campaign groups as are willing to take part.

We’re calling it #nottheanarchistbookfair.

The idea is simple: anarchist groups put on their own programme of events, concentrating on the dates of the weekend of 20-21st October 2018, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media.

If you are in London and have an event that you would like included in the programme please let us know about it by emailing us at anarchistfestival@riseup.net. In future years we hope to expand the programme across the UK.

UK and Ireland Social Centre Network Gathering

Glasgow Autonomous Space hosts the UK & Ireland Social Centre Network Gathering.

This event is for all those involved in social centres (or aiming to set one up soon) around the UK. Activists form across the UK will come together to discuss, debate, skill-share & plan in relation to our social centres.

September 22nd & 23rd – 53 Kilbirnie Street, Glasgow G5 8JD

Link to farcebook event

NAE NUKES ANYWHERE! – International Rally at Faslane

Gather at Faslane Peace Camp at 12 noon and walk from the Peace Camp to the North Gate of the base for the rally, a distance of around a mile and a half. The rally should end between 3 and 4 p.m.

The aim of the rally is to to highlight the strength of support from many UN member states for Scotland, a country hosting nuclear weapons against its wishes. Scotland is a significant and relatively autonomous part of a nuclear-armed state which opposes its possession of weapons of mass destruction. As things stand we cannot become a party to the new UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons but there are lots of ways in which we can align ourselves to the Treaty. The September rally will be a fine opportunity to mark our determination to do so.

As well as the rally itself there will be other events over that weekend to take advantage of the presence of campaigners from far and wide.

For more info email hello@nuclearban.scot

Download additional programme here naenukesprogramme-1

4th Annual – Swindon Radical Bookfair – this Saturday

A day of stalls, talks, workshops and films from all your favourite unions, activist groups, rebels and rabble rousers!

1-5pm, Saturday 15th Sept, Central Community Centre.

Free entry + afterparty/food @ the Gluepot from 6pm

Earth First! Summer Gathering – August 15th-20th

Five days of skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action – make links, share ideas, and get involved in the struggles against fracking, new roads and more – and one day-of-action against fracking in Sussex.

The EF! Summer Gathering is a chance for people and groups from across the country and beyond to get together to network, share practical skills, ideas and inspiration to help our actions and campaigns be as strategic and effective as possible. This is an annual gathering for grassroots ecological direct action, this year focusing on welcoming people from impacted communities.

This year the Summer Gathering will be held at a rural site (accessible by public transport). Last couple of years gatherings have been the largest and most dynamic for many years, with over 100 workshops and more than 400 people attending over the five days of skill-sharing, networking and planning. Contact for any specific accessibility needs etc: .

3 day strike by UVW cleaners at Ministry of Justice / Kensington and Chelsea Town Halls

In an almost unprecedented move cleaners at the Ministry of Justice, Kensington and Chelsea Town halls and 6 privately owned hospital departments and outpatient clinics run by Health Care America, will strike simultaneously for 3 days from 7-9 August demanding the London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour.

That’s 3 days of stirke action at 3 companies and 11 sites!

Please donate to their strike funds here if you can. Any amount will help.

Upcoming Dates

**Tuesday 7th**
7.30am – 10am – picket Ministry of Justice HQ, 102 Petty France
12pm – 2pm – picket Kensington town hall
6pm – protest RBKC council meeting – Kensington town hall

**Wednesday 8th**
8am – 11am – picket Kensington town hall
12pm – 2pm – picket Ministry of Justice HQ, 102 Petty France

**Thursday 9th**
8am – 11am – picket Kensington town hall
12pm – 2pm – picket Ministry of Justice HQ, 102 Petty France
5pm – 6pm – Protest and closing rally at Ministry of Justice HQ, 102 Petty France

Dorset Radical Bookfair 2018.

e-mail address is dorsetbookfair@riseup.net

Dorset’s second Radical Bookfair will take place on Saturday 4th August 2018 at Beaufort Community Centre, Beaufort Rd, Bournemouth BH6 5LB (Nearest railway station is Pokesdown). All rooms have access for disabled people.

…a full programme of talks, discussions and workshops, starting at 11:30 plus alternative ‘Working Class Question time’ at 15:30.

…AfterParty: Live music and Reggae D.J. at the Riviera Bar in Boscombe until 2 a.m. £5 suggested donation to Bookfair and to cover artists’ expenses. 560 Christchurch Rd Boscombe BH1 4BH – at the top end of the pedestrian bit, it’s about 15 minutes walk from the Beaufort Centre.

Breakfast at Chequers TRUMP Demo

When Donald Trump calls in on Teresa May we will be there to make our presence felt.

The pair are scheduled to meet on Friday 13th July at Chequers, the PM’s grace and favour country residence in Aylesbury.

Breakfast at Chequers is the ONLY anti Trump protest in the UK where you get to shout at Trump and May simultaneously. So it’s worth the effort to get here.

Converge at the crossroads at Butlers Cross, from 10.00am onwards. Butlers Cross is where the road to Chequers crosses the road to Little Kimble. Postcode HP17 0TS

Bring breakfast food to share, weather relevant clothing, sturdy shoes, WATER, a suitably pithy placard and something to make a noise.

This demo is child friendly and inclusive. If there’s anything we can do to help you access this event get in touch.


Nearest railway stations Little Kimble and Wendover, served by regular trains out of London.

Butlers Cross is served by buses from Aylesbury, Oxford and High Wycombe

Parking is limited but available. If coming by car please fill it with fellow protesters. And cake please.

It is perfectly possible to attend this demo and get back to London to join the main march and rally in Trafalgar Square.

Farcebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/879469852240000/