• We recommend: Introduction to Capitalist Crisis- A Reader to get your head around the next few years of recession, austerity and radical possibility!! (especially if you think that the bankers are anything other than just a small part of the whole horrible system) Updated PDF here!
|OUR BASIC POSITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: "When you consider that climate change is caused by the over-consumption of fossil fuels by the rich, often extracted at the expense of the poor; that the first people to feel the effects of climate change are the poor because only the rich can pay for expensive adaptation measures; that the process which is designed to prevent climate change is dominated by the rich, who come up with solutions that displace the poor but make money for the rich; then you stop seeing climate change as a problem of atmosphere and gases and start seeing it as a problem of class war."|
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' How weak and thin are our dreams and desires, how insubstantial the intrigues of politics and everyday life compared with the cold winds of Kars. It is because we failed to find happiness in poetry that we found ourselves hiding in the shadow of politics '
Orhan Pamuk, in 'Snow'
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2012! What the flippin' 'eck is going on!
We are going to re-organise the bookshop a little bit. Do some more ordering, set up new sections (art + politics, urbanism, history etc). We are also building a special section to house and show off the big YOU ARE HERE But Why? Map Archive. Here are some questions for you:
Do you want to run a reading group here?
OUT NOW !! 'Everyone To The Streets: Communiques and Texts from the Streets and Occupations' . A new book produced by some people in and around 56a Infoshop about the riots and struggles in Greece last year! 150 pages!! Contains Introduction by us, two chronologies from Athens and Thessaloniki, 15+ texts and communiques from the streets and occupations plus analysis from Greek group TPTG and afterword! OUT OF PRINT!!
•FULL UNEMPLOYMENT CINEMA, a bunch of no good commies and anarchists showing films about work and the struggles against it, are now showing FREE FILMS at 56a once a month. Go here for what has and what will be shown!•.
"In 2008 we published two new pamphlets in solidarity with the struggles and resistance in Oaxaca (Broken Barricades) and in Italy (The Anomalous Wave Rebellion In Italy). The Oaxaca pamphlet is still available (as well as being online). It's one of the best overviews of the Oaxaca Uprising of 2006. You can get a printed version (with a great comic drawn by someone who was active there) from Active Distribution (£1). The Italy pamphlet details some history and analysis of the ongoing Italian Anomalous Wave rebellion. The free 16 page pamphlet goes also into an analysis of the movement. We highly recommend people to read it, copy it, email it out to encourage solidarity with the Italian Wave but to also inspire people in the UK to act. Download here: L'Onda Anomala or here in Greek . You can also find all our pamphlets on line as PDFs at www.zinelibrary.net
• The 56a Zine Library is undergoing an overhaul right now. We are doing a major resort of all the hundreds of zines we have. We hope eventually (it's a slow process!) to have it all re-jigged and maybe catalogued too. Anyway, it's gonna be more user-friendy! Come on down and use the resource. We got tons of great zines going back to 1980!
• We've just put up a new LONDON ACTIVE GROUPS page where you can access info and resources about loads of active groups, events and resources for the London area. We thought it would be useful for people, old and new, wanting to connect with other people doing local stuff. Something for everyone.
in this spirit, we just created a very low volume email list so you
can receive our news, events and useful sundry other postings. We won't
flood your inbox with crap you've already got. To join, put your address
in the box above this News box
We had a few small cafes here - beans on toast and Zapatista coffee.
You probably missed them. Keep an eye here. We had a load of technical
problems with our site but some we like loads sorted out what was basically
our incompetence.So now we can actually change what is written here
again and keep you posted.
.• Practical Squatting nights are twice a month here. Check that link<<
• We drank a lot of coffee this month...again! And we keep going. We never sleep!
56a INFOSHOP EXHIBITION SPACE! What's on..
NEW EXHIBITION: 20 YEARS of 56a INFOSHOP
Yes, folkies, the 56a Infoshop has been teething itself in the glorious worldwide autonomous revolutionary spirit for over 20 years now. Still 100% collective, still 100% unfunded, still 100% volunteer run! Still living and breathing large! Forward to Revolution or damn us all to another 20 years of selling radical material and standing in the abyss of capitalist mayhem. One more push if we are to be free!
INTERVIEW WITH SOME MORE OF US...
Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat during opening hours.
you a STUDENT researching SQUATTING?
(1) SORRY! We
simply don't have time to help everyone! We have a huge archive that
you can come and look through and we can help you find info and material
and chat about your ideas etc. Some times someone here will give an
interview but you'll have to ask. It depends on how we feel about
the project and the person. If you want to interview someone involved
in squatting, you can place a message on our noticeboard looking for
people to interview but we won't put you in touch with squatters
BUT we certainly aren't against talking to people who want to do something investigative and interesting as a college project. The people we have helped have usually come to the space and got to know the place a little bit first and in some way are just getting into radical ideas or are already involved in some way in radical change. In that way we got to know each other a little bit and it was a much more satisfying relationship for all. So, don't let the above put you off - it may sound a little harsh - but we are open 4 times a week and we don't bite (much!)
not squatting anymore but you still can!!
They're in here for us, we are out here for them!
Updated Feb 7th 2012 - 12.45pm - by Ex-Dole Scum of the 'wanky punk Infoshop' (description courtesy of Libcom forum) now hiding out in Global South tropiques...