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Bristolians protest for a free Hong Kong

From the #KillTheBill protests to yesterday’s Free Hong Kong protests show that the city is home to overlapping movements that same common values; of anti-authoritarianism. The #KillTheBill protests that rocked the city existed to stop the ‘authoritarianism-curious’ Johnson government from ena…

Statue Wars documentary shows what happens when the Far-Right consumes the Center-Right

So last night on BBC2 there was an hour-long documentary – Statue Wars – covering events of Bristol around the time of the toppling of Colston’s statue. It’s a good documentary, we’d strongly suggest watching it. Most of the story comes from the point-of-view of Mayor Marvin Rees, who, as…

Is Mayor Marvin Rees the hero of this story? Yes he’s part of it, but he’s not the hero of it. The people are.

Over on the Facebook page of Mayor Marvin Rees, there’s a post about an upcoming BBC2 documentary stating; #Bristol hit the headlines around the world last year With the #Colston statue now in M Shed, this week a behind-the-scenes documentary from David Olusoga shows how we worked to hold our city…

Statement of Support for the Toppling of the Colston Statue, and for the Four Colston Defendants

This Statement has been released by GladColstonsGone (FB page + on Instagram @gladcolstonsgone). They are “a coalition united by our belief that the toppling of the Colston Statue has benefitted the City of Bristol. We want to continue conversations it has galvanised around race, racism and justic…

Colston in Context – Statue in MShed is latest in 100 years of protest against it

So Colston’s statue, erected by the Victorians 174 years after this death, now enters a new phase of history – in a museum and with (some) context; The statue of slave trader Edward Colston is to go on public display for the first time since it was toppled from its plinth a year ago and thrown i…

Resist the G7 in Cornwall – on the streets, the beaches and online!

The G7 is coming to Cornwall. . . and so is resistance! Join the Resist G7 Coalition – RG7 – and get involved Join the protests by the sea – the weather is looking lovely. Help ruin the G7 Leaders carve up of the planet…and watch the riot cops running around, in the heat, on the sand, in ful…

Mayor Marvin Rees blocked us on Twitter for reasons

So having won re-election, but with a reduced vote share, you might expect that Mayor Marvin Rees would be all about building dialogue and bridges. So we went and asked (on Twitter) an important question as the Colston 4 trial approaches; is he still supporting the prosecution of the four people cau…

#KillTheBill Defendants – Contact Bristol Defendant Solidarity For Advice And Support

Solidarity is our best defence! Get in touch with Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS). We will support you regardless! This article was written and contributed by Bristol Defendant Solidarity On 28th May, 8 defendants facing serious charges from the #KillTheBill demo on 21st March this year had their…

Please Support! #GladColstonsGone! Bristol Topplers’ Defence Fund!

#GladColstonsGone! Support the Bristol Topplers’ Defence Fund! @GladColstonsGone is organising this fundraiser Please Donate Here What You Can – [] On 7th June 2020, ten thousand people in Bristol succeeded where countless petitions, articles and other public objections had fallen short, removin…

Edward Colston – Why Was he Toppled?

A more pertinent question is – why was a statue venerating a mass-murdering slave-trader, and former Tory MP, Edward Colston, allowed to stand in the centre of Bristol for 125 years? Even whilst objections, criticisms, and requests for some real context about that man have been raised consistently…

Lantern Vigil of Remembrance – One Year On – 25 May

May 25th is the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, USA which sparked off a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement across the world. In Bristol, less than two weeks after Floyd’s murder, in the midst of a Black Lives Matter march of at…

One Year On – Remembrance, Reflection, Respect and more Resistance

From 25th May to 7th June, Move on over: From Countering Colston to Black Lives Matter is a series of events put together by BRHG and a number of other participating groups & organisations, including @GladColstonsGone on FB (Coalition for Solidarity with the Colston Defendants – CSCD), Countering…

There is another Bristol march in support of Palestine today

Assuming you read this article on the 22nd May, then there’s probably time to get down to the march and show your support for the people of Palestine. This is the info doing the rounds on social media; SATURDAY 22nd MAY Assemble 2pm Shah Jalal Mosque 468-70 Stapleton Road Under M32 underpass to IK…

There is a new album out to support #KillTheBill defendants in Bristol

There’s a new album out to support #KillTheBill defendants in Bristol, as Bristol Defendant Solidarity reported; “Our thanks to the #BristolPunx at the #BristolSkumCollective and #WrongWayPromo for putting together this benefit fundraiser for #KillTheBill protesters & arrestees in #Bristol. If a…

Major eviction now underway at Glenfrome Rd in Bristol BS5

Reports are that there’s around 100 cops massed at Glenfrome Rd in Bristol to evict a group of travellers; “Glenfrome Rd is currently closed as around 100 police officers are evicting travellers from derelict land in a dawn raid. Where are they going to go? How do this deal with the housing cris…

Bristol 2021 election guide to making your vote count! #LocalElections2021

There’s a pretty big set of local elections coming up on 6th May here in Bristol – up for grabs are: Bristol Mayor All local councillors Mayor for West of England Combined Authority(for the region, not just Bristol) Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner Get key info on your ward and how to…

For most people, politics starts local; Bishopston and St Andrews residents battle traffic issues

As we approach the local elections, this is a good article from The Bristol Acitivst on a local story, but one that will resonate with many; To experience vibrant Gloucester Road, verdant St Andrews Park, or vistas of Bristol from Ashley Down on foot is to experience oneself scurrying between cars p…

MayDay! MayDay! 1st of May! Defend What We’ve Won and Fight For More!

Mayday, the 1st of May, is International Workers Day. Historically, and for some today, it was known as the Beltane Festival. It’s a day that unites the Red and the Green. But for many it’s origins have become blurred, now it’s just the Spring Bank Holiday, a welcome extra day from work. That…

Updated: Stokes Croft Disorder April 2011 – The Cry Of The Unheard Echoes Down The Years

March 2010 – heavy handed eviction of protest squat in premises that will become the Tesco store a year later. (image via PRSC) Updated 30/4/2021: Ten years ago a second clean-up was still underway on Stokes Croft after a second night of disorder on the 28/29 April 2011. A peaceful protest escalat…

People are saying there’s more #KillTheBill protests on the way; next being 1st May in Bristol

So this have been doing the rounds online and on social media; Food & Stalls at College Green from 5pm – Rally & March through the city starting at 6pm We invite our fellow workers to join us at College Green from this May Day to protest against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. This…

Stokes Croft Disorder April 2011 – The Cry Of The Unheard Echoes Down The Years

March 2010 – heavy handed eviction of protest squat in premises that will become Tesco (image – PRSC) The evening of Thursday 21 April 2011 was unusually warm, like a summer’s evening, with dress code to match. That plus the start of the Bank Holiday weekend meant that the pubs, clubs & venues…

The SpyCops Inquiry is back, but it’s still a farce, and still a whitewash!

The Undercover Policing Inquiry returns today, after a nice long 4 month break! Better known as the #SpyCopsInquiry – because these Undercover Cops are indeed Spies, spying on campaigners across many issues, as well as the labour movement and others – this is just the second series of Hearings i…

Inside the terrifying plan for permanent one party Tory rule

All political parties want power; that’s kind of the point. But the myth we’re sold here in the UK is that there’s a democratic vote and the party that wins the most votes, takes power, fair-and-square. It’s democratic, it’s transparent and it’s fair. Except it’s not at all. The balanc…

Does the mayoral system concentrate power and reduce oversight?

Really interesting article on bristolcommentary.uk about how to mayoral system has concentrated power and reduced scrituny in Bristol; If the mayor’s visibility is the aim, the system has been successful in Bristol: our mayor is all over the world, attending conferences and receiving awards. If de…

Bristol Defendant Solidarity says over 60 people have been arrested in Bristol #KillTheBill protest crackdown

The group, Bristol Defendant Solidarity, who have been supporting those hurt and/or arrested in the protests says that more than 60 people have been arrested in Bristol and they expect more arrests and/or raids. The group have put out a statement; UPDATE: There have now been more than 60 arrestees f…


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