Anarchist-communist, antifascist and general layabout. Hobbies include video games, drinking heavily and cross dressing.
jolasmo has written 7 posts for Red and Black Leeds

Sex, Work and Sex Work

New pamphlet from the RABL: Sex, Work and Sex Work. Get in touch for a hard copy, or download the PDF below: sex work pamphlet

Slogan of the month – Feb ’17

“There are only two roads, victory for the working class, freedom, or victory for the fascists which means tyranny.” Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist and antifascist freedom fighter

This Is Not Our Victory

Today saw the election of North Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the UK Labour Party. His remarkable leadership campaign attracted a storm of near-hysterical criticism from both established Labour figures and the right-wing press, but gained considerable support from across the UK left. For most of the British left, this will doubtless be a cause for considerable celebration.

We’re not celebrating. Continue reading

This Is Not Our Defeat

The results are in, and once again, the British electorate have voted in the party the rich and their friends in the media told them to. Despite pre-election predictions of hung parliaments, “progressive” coalitions, or minority governments, the Conservatives walk away from this election with a slender majority, having increased their share of seats in … Continue reading

Notes: Give up activism

Our first Red and Black Reading Group of 2015 took a look at Give up activism. The article written in the aftermath of the worldwide “Carnival against Capital” on June 18th 1999, take these events as the starting point for a wide-ranging critique of the outlook, practices and political strategies of the activist milieu of its time – and, to a large extent, our own. Continue reading

Students are Revolting Part II: The Revenge

Four years ago, in the aftermath of the installation of the current coalition government, students took to the streets and occupied university property in protest against the rising cost of education, cuts to course budgets and student services, and the creeping privatisation of higher education across the country. The protest movement, though short lived, showed … Continue reading

Notes: The Revolution Starts at Home

Content note: the following post discusses intimate and sexual abuse in general terms. In the UK alone, almost a million women experience domestic violence every year, and over 400,000 are sexually assaulted. One in five women aged 16-59 have experienced sexual violence over the course of their adult lives. Given the prevalence of abusive behaviour, … Continue reading

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