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Full Stop Affinity’s Final Statement

Our friends in Full Stop Affinity, a youth liberation anarchist environmentalist affinity group of trans people that organises under the Green Anti-capitalist Front and the Youth Liberation Front, have sent us their final statement previous to their disbandment as a group. This will be followed in the next few days with a post compiling reports from all their actions during their time of activity. It’s sad to see this group come to an end, but we know that wherever they go next, they’ll continue to be a pain in the ass for the state, capitalism, transphobes and the established left.

From all of us involved in Full Stop Affinity we would like to thank groups that have continuously supported us. We’re sad to disband but recognise it is the best thing to do. This project has outlived it’s usefulness. All our actions will be up on the Green Anti-Capitalist Front website. All our social medias will be taken down in a week. In this final statement we would like to note some thing this project has made us notice.

“The Left” in London is disastrous.

The London leftist scene has repeatedly treated us like shit. We were not welcomed, only attacked. We called out many groups in the U.K. leftist scene for their shitty behaviour only for us to be attacked and ignored because of it. The left has made it clear that they do not care for us.

We quickly recognised that our politics are quite different from the other groups in the U.K. left. We have stated many times throughout this project that we are not a revolutionary group. We do not care about the revolution. The world around us will be dead before we reach our thirties. Revolution will never happen and we will never win. We fight because we know it is the right thing to do. Our politics may not be every anarchists cup of tea and we respected that. We did not expect for people we’d consider to be comrades, mostly anarcho-communists, to side with red fascists simply because they disagree with an action.

In the last year we have been one of the most active groups in the U.K. anarchist scene but we have received no support from our own. Our local Anarchist Federation has hardly acknowledged our existence. While we are critical of federations anyway we still hoped to have a relationship with our local anarcho-communists.

We made it very clear we were neither anarcho-communists or anarcho-syndicalist and we have wondered if maybe this was the reason our local ancoms chose to ignore us. We would like to thank Anarchist Federation Bristol for the support they have given us. Your insurrectionary element shined through. Your support and kindness has been very much appreciated.

A group of young trans people, mostly still in school, have managed to do more in the last year than our local AFed, yet has received almost no support from anarcho-communists in the scene. Ancoms have repeatedly ignored us and our achievements just because we do not do it in the name of communism. We would like to remind our ancom comrades that they have more in common with us, green anarchists, then they will ever have with a tankie.

Unsurprisingly we have also had lots of issues with tankie groups. After we posted an action where windows of a bus stop had been smashed we received a fuck tonne of abuse online. Several members of the Young Communist League attacked us online labelling us as “counter revolutionary”. We aren’t surprised they care more about a broken window then multiple reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault from within the group.

As a group composed entirely of trans people, being attacked by red fascists isn’t new to us and attacking trans people isn’t new from YCL – in fact they have multiple transphobes within their ranks and have previously denied trans people from joining. When informing the trans person as to why they couldn’t join Young Communist League said “This is due to implicit threats of violence you have made against against ‘TERF’s on social media, and articles you have written denouncing Women’s Place UK as a hate group”. This statement from them not only denies a trans persons right to self defence against a group of people that want them dead but also defends a transphobic hate group.

The action we previously mentioned caused quite a split in the left – with some people becoming distraught at the idea of property damage happening to privately owned anti-homeless architecture and others minding their business and not policing others. Many of our comrades defended us, like PNW YFL and GAM, but many stayed silent or joined in with the onslaught of hate we received. 

We noticed Kirklees Antifascists had liked some angry tweets aimed at us in relation to the action previously mentioned, labelling us as middle class. We were fairly surprised by this, unsure of why an antifascist group would support the hate being aimed at us, until we realised this group is closely associated with the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) – a group that split from Anarchist Federation so they could continue to defend a TERF, Helen Steel. We have very openly criticised the ACG – any active account that follows us is well aware they’re transphobic, so why do Kirklees Antifascists continue to work with them? 

We directly told Kirklees Antifacists over twitter that ACG split from AFed to defend a TERF. They asked for evidence so we linked them ACGs own statement about the event – in which they stand by their decision to defend Helen, who supported handing out transphobic leaflets about the Gender Recognition Act. In Response to us Kirklees linked us an ACG statement about trans rights. We dismissed the ACG statement as their words are meaningless and their actions say otherwise. Kirklees Antifascists said they would discuss their relationship  with the ACG as a group as soon as possible. This was over a month ago. We hope your ties with the ACG are cut.

 Kirklees Antifascists also quite openly have a relationship with many Football Lads & Lasses Against Fascism (FLAF) groups. We have called out FLAF multiple times, along with other groups, for transphobia. Their graphic designer, Proletarian Memetics Laboratories, is an open TERF and retweets known hate groups like Womens Place U.K. and Fairplay For Women. When we quote tweeted that we could beat everyone in LGB Alliance in a fight, Proletarian Memetics Laboratories replied to us “What next for you incel edgelords? Knock down ginger at the local womens institute meeting”. Firstly, it’s a little weird to be calling a group of children incels. Why are you thinking about our sex lives? Attacking a group of young trans people for making a joke about a group of people that want them dead is not surprising behaviour from a tankie. Some FLAF groups are also still closely associated with London Antifascists (LAF), more specifically Tottenham Football Lads & Lasses Against Fascism. Openly working with transphobes and being friendly with abusers isn’t a good look. It’s not surprising that many groups that pride themselves on working for “working class liberation” don’t actually actually care when it comes down to working class trans people.

 It was very clear from the response to the bus stop action that our local scene was not a safe space for us. We’ve accepted this and moved on. 

As an entirely trans group we tried to find safety in queer spaces. We were invited into a queer social with other groups. We went in expecting to meet new comrades but instead experienced transphobia. Our comrades’ pronouns were ignored and disregarded simply because people did not want to educate themselves. Since this happened we have spoken to the groups involved and have worked through this problem but the harm it caused to our comrade cannot be undone. Spaces in the U.K. left, whether that’s the political mainstream or even identified queer spaces, are still not spaces where radical trans people can exist. 

We received a lot of attention for our day of action from anarchist scenes around the the world. Due to this, fascists heard we had called a DOA and attacked us online. We received hundreds of tweets from fascists. We had our twitter account temporarily banned and had multiple tweets and instagram posts taken down. After fascist Andy Ngo called us out, we were constantly attacked for weeks. As a relatively small group, and with this being our biggest action, we had no idea of how to deal with these attacks. We received no support from our network.

As well as being attacked by fascists online, we were also attacked by American anarchists. We were copjacketed for calling our action on March 6th. We found this slightly entertaining, although mostly frustrating, but we ignored it. The bus stop action also caused for us to be further copjacketed, this time by mostly British Marxist-Leninists and anarcho-communists. While again entertaining this really irritated us as people we would consider to be comrades had once again abandoned us and sided with the enemy. Copjacketing is a very harmful thing in leftist scenes. We encourage people to be more cautious about it.

Project Full Stop Affinity taught us very quickly that the left hate us, and we hate the left. 

Thanking our comrades

We would like to thank all our comrades for the help and support they have given us throughout this project.

All our actions will be published on the Green Anti-Capitalist Front website. We will also include more information about how we organised.

There’s always more to come.
– Full Stop Affinity

Further advice on how to participate in the Mayday Bingo

We listened to the objections and worries in relation to our original Mayday Bingo callout and in response we have amended it and added clarifications and advice. Please let us know if you have ant further misgivings or comments, as we are all in the process of learning from each other and working to improve.

To clarify the #MayDayBingo, you choose your own actions, big or small; the bingo card is just to encourage actions against more varied targets. Keep the state on its toes!

We also recognise that it’s a terrible idea to send evidence of a crime to a group you don’t know much about. We clearly misjudged that. So, to keep it safe and simple, we’re scrapping the competition, but you can still play! And we’ll post a sexy meme on 15th May, when the game officially ends. Everybody wins!

If you’d like to play, you could use our bingo card to run a game in your city or just with your affinity group or a couple of friends! Feel free to cross out boxes on the card, share it amongst comrades, or post it online if that’s safe.

If you’re keen to share a particularly fun action with the world but don’t want to put it on your own account, we’d be happy to share it on ours! Below is some advice for safely sending us your report or photo. Remember to never send us (or anyone) evidence of a crime unless you’re confident it can’t get you in trouble! And let us know if/how you’d like to be credited!

Your actions can be completely legal

Remember, not all actions are illegal!

  • Organising a freeshop is an action against waste.
  • Handing out anti-fascist literature is an action against fascism.
  • Offering childcare so comrades with kids can go to a demo or organising meeting is a great action against any of our targets.
  • Persuading your neighbours to switch to a more ethical energy supplier could be an action against nuclear energy.
  • Publishing an article in your student newspaper can be an action.

How to report actions without incriminating yourself 101

If you want to share any of your actions with us, especially if it’s anything illegal, here’s some advice to make that safer:

  1. If you’re going to take photos, wait until you’re confident you’ve gotten away with it.
  2. Preferably, don’t be in the photo. If you must be, make sure you’re heavily disguised.
  3. Don’t report until you’re safe and far away from the site of the action.
  4. Remove metadata from photos and blur out any faces, identifiable clothes, tattoos, etc.
  5. Use a secure email, a VPN, and TOR browser.
  6. Use a pseudonym.

Stay safe, have fun

Mayday Bingo

General

This Mayday, to get us all back into the habit of going out into the great outdoors and doing cool shit again, – but also to remind us all how we can achieve more if we all work together – we are issuing an open challenge to participate in our Mayday Bingo. What better way is there to anticipate the easing of lockdown than by participating in a bit of friendly competitive activism while having fun?

The main aim of the game is for us all to win collectively. We do that by everyone contributing towards crossing out all the targets on the bingo card. Also the higher the sum total of all the points awarded to all the participants is at the end, the bigger our collective success.

Because everyone likes a good competition, individual groups will also be awarded points and we will also announce a final score board so everyone can gloat or lick their wounds in a comradely way.

In order to give everyone a nice big heads up and plenty of time to plot and carry out your actions, the competition will run from the 1st to the 15th of May.

Participating

Participating is very easy. All you need to do is perform an action that targets any one of the targets on our bingo board and either post photo proof on your social media while tagging GAM, or else email your photographic proof to greenanticapitalistfront@riseup.net [Feel free to give us a fake name or team name]. Don’t forget to explicitly state what your target was! And let us know if you are happy with us sharing the photo on social media. The more actions you do, the more points you get. Your actions can be easy or hard, small or big. Bonus points will be awarded accordingly.

For example putting up stickers against one of the targets is an acceptable easy action. Doing an adhack against a target is a harder action. Picketing a target company for a day is an even harder action. While we are not encouraging anyone to choose the illegal actions from the list, this is a good resource to inspire you.

Scoring

At the end all the participants with their points and awards will be compiled into a leader[less] board that will be shared.

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • For every action, participants will be awarded as a minimum the points in the target’s bingo box.
  • Extra points (1 to 5) will be added to each action according to how challenging, original or amusing it was.
  • The first to complete an action against a target on the board will be given an appropriate special title.
  • Participants who manage to complete a line of targets on the board will be given 5 points.
  • Participants who manage to do an action for all 16 targets will probably get a special visit by the MI5 and go down in the annals as heroes of the revolution.

Prizes

1st prize 

First place digital award banner with their name and a sexy collage of the winner’s favourite revolutionary figure

2nd prize 

Second place digital award banner with their name and a custom meme based on a prompt provided by the winner

3rd prize 

Third place digital award banner with their name 

Targets

1 Police  – 1 point

2 Fascism  – 1 point

3 Capitalism  – 1 point

4 The State – 2 points

5 Aviation – 2 points

6 Nuclear Energy – 2 points

7 Fossil Fuels – 2 points

8 Waste – 2 points

9 Mining – 2 points

10 Fishing – 2 points

11 The Hostile Environment – 3 points

12 Racism – 3 points

13 The Patriarchy – 3 points

14 LGBTQ+phobia – 3 points

15 (Neo)Colonialism – 4 points

16 Free target of your choice – 4 points (we specially encourage this space to be used to target animal exploitation, which deserves great attention too. We apologise for not including it explicitly in the board)

Anti-Colonial Squat in Amsterdam Brutally Evicted. Activist Almost Murdered by Riot Police

We’ve received another action report from our friends of the Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam. This time they squatted a building to raise awareness and directly challenge the colonial and racist past and present of Netherlands. In response the riot police not only brutally evicted them but attempted to murder one of them. We present bellow their own account of the events followed by the original statement they released after occupying the building.

Solidarity with the Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam! Death to the racist colonialist capitalist patriarchal state and the enforcers of its violence! ACAB all around the world!

What happened at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 136

This is going to be personal, this is going to be emotional.

We are people with feelings, with political convictions, with longing for freedom. Our struggle and our wounds are written and felt in our bodies. We are angry and we are sad, we are tired and we are determined. Evictions are public spectacles, collective traumas. Certain people are to blame. So we will name them and we will shame them.

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Action Report: Anarcha-feminists in Amsterdam say #KillTheBill

We’ve received an action report from our friends of the Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam in solidarity with the Resist Anti-Trespass Day of Action. You can see the photos and read their statement bellow.


Today , on the 23rd of March, Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam, takes action in solidarity with those resisting the new police, crime, sentencing and courts bill in the UK.

The repressive and authoritarian Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill, criminalises the act of protests, as well as any attempt to trespass with the intention to reside. On top of destroying basic rights to resist the racist sexist police state, this bill criminalises the lives of already vulnerable and discriminated groups of people: especially no fixed abode communities. We stand in solidarity with Roma people and travellers, with squatters, boaters, the homeless and anyone fighting back against this racist bill.

Private property is theft!
Everything for everyone!
Trespass the British Embassy!

Squatters Occupy Clapham Common Police Station

A group of squatters have occupied the former Clapham Common Police Station in London to demand the withdrawal of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the end of the femicide. Here’s their statement in full:


Squatters and autonomous activists have occupied the former Clapham Common Police Station to demand the withdrawal of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the end of the femicide recently highlighted by the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met police officer.

As the closest cop shop to where Sarah was last seen, the occupation of this building holds particular importance and meaning at this time. Although the bill has been postponed, we have to keep fighting it to ensure it does not pass. And in the meantime, violence against women continues. We must seize this moment where we find ourselves UNITED in rage, unified in our fight against the ongoing global femicide and to remember people like Sarah, Blessing Olusegun and countless others and to build our fight to end violence against women.

We also seek to bring attention to Section 4 of the Bill which criminalises trespass, a racist move by this Tory government which will affect predominantly travellers and van dwellers but also squatters, protest camps and the homeless. We hope that all those who resist the expansion of police powers in the Tories Bill will also join us in resisting any amended versions of that Bill which retain this racist attack which will make a travelling way of life almost impossible.

Last night, police attempted to intimidate us into leaving the building, stating that they did not care that this was a legally occupied building and that they would turn up in the morning full force to get us out. We called their bluff and continue to enforce our rights as squatters to occupy this empty building in political protest.

We invite all to come and help occupy the space, to discuss and share ideas and create networks of solidarity which will help us to resist this racist, authoritarian Bill, and just to use the space for whatever you need it for as we work to stop this Bill and end femicide!

In love, rage and solidarity,

The occupiers xx

Action Report: In Solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas. London Sends its Regards to the New Democracy Party

During the last few weeks, Greek prisoner and hitman of the famous revolutionary organisation 17 November Dimitris Koufontinas went on a hunger strike to protest against the conditions the Greek state had him under. This inspired a series of solidarity protests all over the Greek state. These linked up with the increasing number of large protests that were being help to express the Greek people’s anger against the disastrous handling of the pandemic by the government, the increased authoritarianism of the police forces and the state, and the disillusionment with the entire conceit of capitalist democratic rule.

This is currently embodied by the New Democracy Party, which has been making use of the democratic structures and the state of exception during the pandemic to impose the kind of authoritarian measures most people associate with dictatorships. Seeing that the New Democracy party came to power on an extreme right platform and that, despite the Greek junta falling in 1974, many of its members and proponents are still alive and active within the state institutions (especially the police), this association is particularly real in Greece.

We shouldn’t see this as a break with the previous administrations, but rather a continuation and maybe a culmination of processes initiated long before the current government took power. They are the result of dynamics taking place in many other countries as the current world system approaches its end amid economical, social and ecological collapse and the ruling classes try to reconfigure its future. Including the UK under the Tories, who have escalated the level of police repression since the start of the Pandemic to the point where even peaceful protests have been forbidden. Furthermore, they are now seeking to enshrine these powers and authoritarian measures into law in the form of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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Don’t nuke the climate

Remembering Fukushima

We all remember the Fukushima Daiichi disaster that took place in Northern Japan on the 11th of March 2011, the aftereffects of which are still being felt as the Japanese government continues to grapple to deal with the tons of radioactive soil, water and waste they need to store or dispose of. The surrounding communities are still suffering from their radiation exposure and displacement as 36,000 people have not returned to their homes (according to Fukushima prefecture) despite government announcements allowing return, and compensation claims are still being processed.

The Fukushima accident was the second worst nuclear accident in the history of nuclear power generation. It was the result of tsunami waves generated by the powerful earthquake that shook Japan on the same day damaging the backup generators of the plant. Japan is an earthquake prone country and tsunami waves of this size have historical precedents in the country. Despite the reactors shutting down, the power loss caused the cooling systems to fail and the reactors’ cores to melt down, release radiation and create holes in their containment vessels exposing the nuclear materials and resulting in explosions in the following days that released further radioactive materials.

At least 600 square km of land was initially evacuated with 47,000 people leaving their homes surrounded by a wider zone where residents were asked to remain indoors. In the following months radiation was found in the local food and drinking water, and ocean water near the plant was discovered to have been contaminated with high levels of iodine-131. An additional corridor of land covering roughly 207 square km was also designated for evacuation in the months following the disaster raising the number of evacuated people to 150,000.

Apart from the contamination of the soil, plants, animals and groundwater in the surrounding areas, the Fukushima disaster is the single largest accidental (in other words excluding bomb testing) release of radioactivity into the ocean the results of which it is too early to tell.

Why are we still talking about nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy, an ominous spectre to those who grew up in the shadow of Chernobyl, is still around. Why? Even worse, several countries are either considering or in the progress of building new nuclear power plants, one of them the UK. Even worse than that, the temptation seems to be strong for liberal environmentalists to be seduced by its lure and start touting it as the solution to climate change. Case in point last year’s defection of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) newspaper “Hour Glass” editor to a pro-nuclear power propagandist lobbying “environmental NGO”.

Trapped in the panicked rhetoric of an “urgent climate emergency”, people and states are grasping for quick fixes. And what is better than promising an easy, painless “techno-fix” in the form of a technology that already exists? That being nuclear energy, in case you were wondering. Nuclear energy looms in the imagination as the perfect solution to our climate change problems. Perfect as in needing no change or sacrifices on our part so we can continue to live our lives of comfort in the Global North, as nuclear energy promises to provide us all with unlimited clean energy. Plus living in the atomic era is sexy, is it not?

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Action Report: Anarcha-feminist Squatting during 8th of March in Amsterdam

We’ve received the following action report from some anarcha-feminist friends in Amsterdam who took action during the 8th of March International Women’s day by squatting a building, something that is illegal in the Netherlands. Read their statement bellow.

Today, in honor of 8th of March, we organized a squatting action with demonstration. Due to security concerns, it was organized silently, sharing call-out in private channels. Despite this, more that 60 comrades came to support our action! Three banners (“Woman life freedom”, “Sex work is work”, “destroy patriarchy, fight capitalism, smash the state”) were dropped with flares from the windows of the squatted building. Police were present, but no one was arrested.

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Action Report: Redecoration of Scottish Power HQ

We’ve received the following anonymous action report taken on the March 6th Day of Action against the Scottish Power HQ.

Happy March 6th!
To celebrate the autonomous day of action called for by the insurrectionary collective Full Stop Affinity, we paid a visit to the HQ of Scottish Power in Glasgow. In an attempt to stop their greenwashing, we added black to the facade of their HQ: anarchist and ecological symbols and slogans.

Why Scottish Power? Scottish Power, and their parent company Iberdrola, are trying to greenwash their role in global and local environmental destruction by sponsoring COP26, the summit of fools that will take place in our city in November.

We do not forgive the irreversible environmental damage you have caused, and are still causing. There is no such thing as ‘Green Energy’, no matter how many pledges you sign, nor how much you pay for ‘ecological’ summits. We also do not forget your constant, and still ongoing, attempts to scam common people by creating debt out of thin air, nor your catastrophic ‘service’, leaving people freezing and hungry. In a worldwide pandemic, Scottish Power somehow manages to keep being one of the most predatory capitalist organisations around.

We hope you enjoyed our little redecoration. Our actions (and our graffiti skills) can only get better.

WE ARE NATURE DEFENDING ITSELF – TOTAL LIBERATION NOW