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The Big Freedom Rebuild

Freedom needs your help! Or at least the Freedom Building in Whitechapel does.

One of East London’s last radical bastions, since we moved into 84b in 1968 the Freedom building has weathered firebombs, arrests, police infiltration, stalkers, threats of all kinds and more movement shenanigans than you can shake a very large stick at. And now we’re facing a major rebuilding project, costing up to £50,000, including vital works to fix the roof, walls and even stairs.

A survey carried out last year highlighted that emergency repairs are needed to the roof and walls that will total around £13,000. Our aim is to raise this amount by August 2017 so that the building works can take place in the Summer. As of February 2017 we have raised £5,000 to get us started.

But the fun doesn’t stop there – over the coming three years we will need a lot more money to treat dampness in the walls, insulate the building, install a boiler and look into making the whole place more accessible. In the long term costs could be between £40-50,000 to bring the building back to its best, including things like fixing up the lovely (but old-style) sash windows.
The building is an important resource providing space for; an anarchist bookshop that is open 7 days of the week; Freedom news and publishing group that has been producing anarchist propaganda since 1886; office space for Haven Distribution, Soldiarity Federation, Anarchist Federation, Corporate Watch, IWW UK, the National Bargee Travellers Association – London branch and the Advisory Service for Squatters ; Decentre , a social room for meetings, events and organising; and for supporting groups such as London ABC , Legal Defence and Monitoring and the Green and Black Cross who regularly use the building.

Help us bring 84 back to its best so we can continue to work as a vital hub for the anarchist movement!

All of the rewards on offer are for collection from Freedom Bookshop in Whitechapel. If you would like to organise for postage of your item(s) please contact shop(at)freedompress.org.uk

Rewards up for grabs include

Freedom Tote Bag

Save the Freedom Building t-shirt

 

 

The All Important Link:

https://www.gofundme.com/thebigfreedomrebuild

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Welcome new ARB member Just Books of Belfast

Just Books has a history in Belfast that stretches back to the opening of the original Smithfield shop in June 1978 by the Belfast Anarchist Collective. While the shop closed its doors in June 1994 the Just Books Collective has continued to provide stalls at events such as grassroots gatherings, at Belfasts annual May Day celebrations and Belfast and Dublin Anarchist Bookfairs.

Like the original Just Books we are aiming towards something which is much more than just a bookshop. The original premises included a cafe and print workshop and provided a focal point for the collectives many activities until it closed sixteen years later in June 1994. Set up without any form of state subsidy or grant money was raised through running benefits, from interest free loans and donations from supporters. Just Books has always been run on a self managed basis with collective decision making at its core.

Since May 2016 we’ve been running a bricks-and-mortar shop, housed at the Belfast Solidarity Centre, 22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ.  Our website is www.belfastsolidarity.org (and there’s a facebook page linked from there too).  Our phone number is 028 954 30203, and our new webshop will be up-and-running soon.

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Radical Bookfairs 2017

Derry Radical Bookfair – 28th January – derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair – 18th February 2017 – www.southwalesanarchists.wordpress.com

Liverpool’s First Anarchist Bookfair – 1st April 2017 – https://liverpoolanarchistbookfair.wordpress.com

Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – April – www.wsm.ie/bookfair

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – April/May – www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org

Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair –20th May 2017– www.sheffieldbookfair.org.uk

London Radical Bookfair –24th June 2017 – www.londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

Liverpool Writing on the Wall – no dates available – www.writingonthewall.org.uk

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – 14th – 16th July 2017 – www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk

Swindon Anarchist Bookfair – 2017 dates tba, but was in September in 2016

Belfast Anarchist Bookfair – 2017 dates tba, but was in October in 2016 www.facebook.com/belfastanarchistbookfair

Sunderland Working Class Bookfair – 2017 dates tba

London Anarchist Bookfair – 2017 dates tba, but was in October 2016 – www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk

Nottingham – Bread & Roses – 2017 dates tba, but was in October 2016 – www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/breadandroses

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair – 2017 dates tba, but in October in 2016

Manchester and Salford – 2017 dates tba, but in December in 2016

Open letter to Simon & Schuster

Britain’s radical booksellers have been discussing Simon & Schuster publishing the work of Milo Yiannopoulos in the USA and the worldwide impact of the firm publishing someone known for views that have led 160 children’s writers in the USA, many published by the same firm, to say that his is “a voice of hate that stirs its followers to emotional, verbal and physical violence directed at anyone who disagrees or speaks to the contrary.” We are pleased that Simon & Schuster UK is not publishing the book.

We value Simon & Schuster’s publishing writers whose work has argued for a less violent society, in particular those children’s books which help their readers understand the situation of, for example, LGBT teenagers. Indeed, looking through our collective shelves, we find books in Simon & Schuster’s past and future programme taking a positive attitude towards women and towards minority groups, in this country and in the USA. Publishing Yiannopoulos risks damaging this work, tarnishes their reputation and raises the possibility of existing and future authors seeking alternative publishers.

Simon & Schuster is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint. We fear that the views of Yiannopoulos will lead to more such casualties.

Ross Bradshaw
On behalf of the ARB

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Radical Bookfairs in 2016

Radical Bookfairs in 2016

Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair – 20th February 2016 – www.southwalesanarchists.wordpress.com
Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – 16th April 2016 – www.wsm.ie/bookfair
Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair – 23rd April 2016 – www.sheffieldbookfair.org.uk
Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – 30th April 2016 – www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org
London Radical Bookfair – 7th May – www.londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com
Liverpool Writing on the Wall – Throughout May – www.writingonthewall.org.uk
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – Sunday 17th July 2016 – www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk
Swindon Anarchsit Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but in September in 2015
Belfast Anarchist Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but was in October in 2015 www.facebook.com/belfastanarchistbookfair
Sunderland Working Class Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but was in October in 2015
London Anarchist Bookfair – Late October – www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk
Nottingham – Bread & Roses – 2016 dates tba, but was in late October in 2015 – www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/breadandroses
Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair – 2016 dates tba, but in November in 2015
Manchester and Salford (sadly didn’t happen in 2015 due to venue problems, but they’re trying for 2016)

Do let us know if there is anything missing from the list.

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The 2015 London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 24th October from 10am to 7pm
at a new venue:
Central Saint Martin’s, Kings Cross, N1
All the details here: http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk

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Veggies joins the ARB

We’re very happy to welcome Veggies to the ARB family.


Veggies Catering Campaign provides food at almost any event
– from campaign rallies to community festivals, from family celebrations to green gatherings, offering tasty, wholesome snacks, as well as information exploring the links between diet, animal suffering and the environment.

Amongst their many catering gigs, they help feed hungry bookreaders at many a radical bookfair up and down the country.

Many consider Veggies to be one of the most ethical caterers on the circuit, with policies developed from 30 years experience in pure vegetarian catering. They are 3-times winners of the ‘Best Vegan Caterer’ Awards.

But as well as spreading the values of ethical eating, they also sell books wherever they are pitched up, as well as from their base at the Sumac Centre in Nottingham.

For more info please visit: http://www.veggies.org.uk

The London Radical Bookfair 2015 is on! After taking over Bishopsgate Institute last year the LRB, along with our partners at Alternative Press, are taking over 3 floors of a beautifully renovated Victorian warehouse at 47/49 Tanner Street near Tower Bridge.

For full details please check the website: https://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com.
Speaking at the Takeover will be shortlisted authors from the ARB’s book prizes, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

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Black & Red Friday

In recent years some of the larger corporate UK businesses have started to emulate the US spending-spree that is Black Friday. Taking place on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), the date marks the beginning of the commercialised Christmas shopping season, and has even on occasion lead to violence as shoppers fight over discounted goods.

Amazon has made particularly good mileage out of Black Friday, and the media are more than happy to give Amazon free publicity each year, running articles about Black Friday and Amazon’s role within it.

But the public is waking up to the bad business practices of Amazon, and a new boycott Amazon campaign this year has been gaining real momentum. UK campaigns to boycott Amazon are not new though – Ethical Consumer officially called for a boycott last year, and ARB member bookshop Housmans has been calling for a boycott and documenting the reasons not shop with them for several years: check out the reasons not shop with them by clicking here: housmans.com/boycottamazon.php

This year the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is asking you to help spread the world about the alternatives to Amazon and support the alternative by way of your local radical bookshops. Please help by:

  • Sharing the Black & Red Friday Image
  • Sharing this post
  • Subvert the #BlackFriday hashtag with anti-Amazon and pro-ARB messages
  • Show support by using the #BlackAndRedFriday hashtag
  • Please buy your books from your local ARB bookshop

Let’s put the red into Black Friday!

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New member: Dreadnought Books of Bristol

The ARB is delighted to welcome into the family Dreadnought Books, an independent second-hand bookshop based in Bristol. Specialising in history, with a particular focus on radical, social and labour history and also carrying a broad general stock catering to most interests.For more info please visit: http://dreadnoughtbooks.co.uk, and blogging here http://dreadnoughtbooks.blogspot.co.uk

DREADNOUGHT BOOKS
125 St. George’s Road
Hotwells
Bristol
BS1 5UW

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