Italian Antifa Solidarity – Sunday 26th April @ Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh

On the 25th of April 1945 Italy was liberated by nazifascism with the crucial support of working class, communists and anarchist partisans. 70 years later we want to celebrate Italian liberation day with a solidarity event with Italian Anfitascists and Autonomous attacked by the repression of the state and neofascists groups supported by the establishment. We believe that anti fascism today means fighting for housing and welfare for all against austerity and neoliberal reforms, against borders and discriminations. The event also is aimed at providing solidarity with specific struggles like the one of Dordoni Autonomous Centre (Cremona).

On Sunday 28 January, around 6pm, a group of about 50 fascists (mostly from CasaPound) attacked activists from Cremona’s Dordoni social centre. The attack on seven or eight activists was launched by around ten people, and very soon bolstered by 40 more.
Emilio, one of the activists and someone very well known in Cremona, was beaten with a bar and then kicked in the face and head as he was lying on the ground. He would remain in a coma for several days before starting to recover.
‘On 10 April 5 comrades from the CSA DORDONI, including Emilio, were placed under arrest for having defended the social centre from the fascist attack. 2 comrades (Are e Alberto) were put into prison explicitly because ‘socially dangerous’ in view of the 25 April, #NoExpo and May Day action coming up. On 18 April the CSA DORDONI organised a demo in solidarity with the 7 comrades. The same day, Gian, Roma, Jonny, Pippo and Emilio have been released, while Are and Alberto have been put under house arrest.’

Starting with a presentation about this episode we intend to plan and discuss a solidarity strategy with comrades in Italy and beyond facing repression like the SOAS student Federico Annibale arrested in Frankfurt and with ongoing struggles like NoTAV, NOEXPO and the upcoming event of Mayday in Milan, which national media are scaremongering as the “New Genova 2001”. We will distribute material for translation as well as translated material for those that can`t speak italian. There will be some food, music and drink.

During the event ACE info Shop and Scottish Radical Library will be open and you will be able to find out more publications and original material from italian autonomia and workersist stuggles from the 70`,80`,90` and beyond.

Everyone welcome + byob #acab11041441_926437140734343_1939778812386202182_o

Up Against the State: the battle for broughton st. unemployed workers centre

occupation3Join us for a photographic exhibition and an evening of music, history and poetry.
In 1992 the unemployed and claimant users took control of the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre to stop its closure. In 1994 they resisted the imminent eviction of the Broughton Street Centre by launching a 24 hours per day occupation, which lasted six months. 20 years after the violent eviction of the occupants, an exhibition of photographs to be held at the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh will remember this experience and discuss why this is still relevant today.
This event is supported by the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh & Edinburgh Coalition Against Povery. During the opening we’ll present the new stock of Books from ACE InfoShop and the new external mural project.

There will be drinks and food

18.00 Opening & Intro
18.15 Live set – Geek Maggot Bingo
19.15 Talks & Dj Set (TBC)

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Radical film archive – OCT 04 @ ACE


If you ‘ve ever visited our archives at the SRL you might have noticed that in the years we’ve accumulated quite an amount of radical video and multimedia material on different formats that we try to store at our best. It is now time we start thinking what to do with it,  and discuss how we can develop the archive. What films should go in and which should come out? Should we go digital or keep some VHS memories? We are looking for some volunteers of the radical film archive so that there is some cover for an upcoming event and we can do more. anybody interested?

Radical film archive launch: 4th October 14:00–17:00

The radical film archive is a collection of radical films on a hard drive.

-come and collect films with a hard drive or USB.

“the more people know whats going on the better”

Resisting work: stories of striking, organising, thieving and skiving – With author and activist D.D. Johnston

print dd j  posterSaturday 16th August – 19.00

The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
17 West Montgomery Place, EH7 5HA Edimburgo
An evening of stories of everyday working class lives and strugglesD.D. Johnston in conversation with local activists will presents his most recent novel The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub and will read extracts from his first book Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs. He will also talk about his involvement in the legendary McDonalds Workers Resistance network, and its relevance for workplace organising today. From its initial organising in McDonalds store in Gorgie, MWR’s influence and connections spread world-wide, linking up with fast food workers from Italy to North America. The meeting will be also an occasion to discuss with other local activist and organizers stories from their working lives (with work defined much broader than paid labour – i.e. claimants, domestic and other unpaid forms of work, students, etc.). If you want to present your story just drop us an email at These stories might be funny, inspiring, informative, sad, infuriating – whatever. In particular we are interested on anecdotes and tales of specific incidents you’ve encountered working and resisting work, rather than general political positions.The meeting is co-hosted by Anarchist Federation, Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, Industrial Workers of the World, Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, Scottish Radical Library, Social Factory Collective.

D.D. Johnston is a novelist and short story writer. He lives in Cheltenham and works at the University of Gloucestershire, where he is a University Teaching Fellow and a senior lecturer in Creative Writing.

His first novel, Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs, featured in The Sunday Herald’s Books of the Year for 2011, as a choice of Helen Fitzgerald, who said “Peace Love & Petrol Bombs, the debut novel by DD Johnston (AK Press, £8.99), is a non-preachy coming-of-age story set amid the complex and chaotic backdrop of anti-capitalist politics. It’s also funny as all hell.” Popmatters wrote, “this genial, engaging, yet serious search for meaning in a commodified global culture deserves wide acclaim” (John L. Murphy). And the Morning Star wrote that “Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs has a very urgent relevance now and for the immediate future” (Paul Simon). Peace, love, &
Petrol Bombs has been recorded as an audio book for, and is published in Spanish as Paz, amor y cócteles molotov (Hoja de Lata, 2013; translated by Raquel Duato García).

His second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub (Barbican Press, 2013), made the judges’ longlist for the Goldsmith’s Prize and was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, where it was described as “determinedly extraordinary”. The Warwick Review called it “an ambitious, erudite work with a profound interest in the world as we find it,” while described it as “A historical epic, a story about love, revolution and the university, with echoes of Luther Blissett’s Q and a lot
of laughs.”

D.D. Johnston also writes short fiction, and you can read one of his stories, ‘The Invitation’, online in issue six of the Lampeter Review. An earlier version of the story was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.