he Red and Black Umbrella
We are the Red and Black Umbrella Collective, a group of anarchists based in Cardiff, Wales, squatting an old pub on Clifton Street. Since the end of October we’ve worked hard to restore the derelict building and have opened our doors for gigs, film nights, people’s kitchen, prisoner support letter writing and language lessons. The social centre includes an info shop, free shop, radical library and bike workshop. This is just the beginnning and there is much more to come in 2012.
We’ve had the police and landlord break in illegally, as well as visits from the fire fighters, arson police and South Wales Echo, who we told to fuck off because they’re a reactionary right wing newspaper. Despite all this, somehow we’re still here, and we intend to be here as long as possible.
The reaction to our presence on Clifton Street has been almost all positive. There is a strong sense of community on this street, and people seem to understand what we’re about. Nobody wants yuppie flats, and this pub closed down because of violence and drugs, these things offer nothing to the community and we are seen as a positive alternative.
This Tuesday 21st May from 6:30pm, the social centre will be open for the return of People’s Kitchen.
Everyone is welcome come and to share a hot vegan meal with us, served free from around 7pm.
Donations welcomed to cover costs. (gas, dry food etc.)
We will also open the free shop, the library, info shop and bike workshop space and there will be an open mic afterwards for anyone who wants to bring an instrument etc!
This Tuesday we will also be discussing the setting up of a new local Catering Collective, and we’re looking for people to get involved!
Under capitalism food is distributed according to privilege and sold for ever increasing prices. Those with enough privilege to access it have what they desire, whilst even in supposedly wealthy places many people suffer hunger and malnutrition. Our starting point is that food should be communal. We want to promote this in our work by catering for events, meetings, actions, demos etc. around the causes that we believe in. There is a plan to head to Calais, France, for a week in July already, but nothing is fixed just yet.
If you haven’t been to the RBU yet this year, this would be a great night to come. We hope to see you there next week! Squeebz and co x
… although she was truly one of the most despicable, Thatcher’s death should not distract us from the fact that there’s still plenty more slimy parasites left alive (see left,) or the wave of oppression that the current Tory government is employing on many of societies most vulnerable.
-FUCK PIP- -FUCK ATOS-
Thanks to everyone who came round to our party on Monday, it was good to see everyone enjoying the good news. Perhaps we could do it again some time?
Most will be aware of the proposed party in trafalgar square on Saturday but for those unable to attend, fear not. 325 has published a list of proposed “party” locations happening across the country (and world) on that day.
The Red and Black Umbrella have joined forces with The Wells Hotel (77 Craddock street, Riverside) to present to you a twoday two part ‘History of the Road Protest UK.’
The first part of the two day event will be on April 12th when we will show an hour long documentary about the Reclaim the Streets movement that hit Britain and the rest of the world in the 90′s. The movement was anti-capitalist, anti-car and consisted of many different people from many different walks of life coming together to celebrate in the street and show the government that mass mobilization can be fun. We don’t need to spend extortionate amounts of money to have a good time!
Guest speakers T.B.A. Doors at 6.30pm, film will begin at 7pm.
Vegan snacks and beverages for donations will be provided. Money made will go to the Combe Haven defenders and other current road protest funds.
Stay tuned to find out about part two, coming soon!
A research program taking place at Cardiff University to tackle major human diseases by breeding and experimenting on genetically modified mice is causing nightmarish suffering to hundreds of thousands of animals every year. For every GM mouse used in an experiment, hundreds more will die or be killed as ‘surplus’ or ‘failures’. The scale of suffering involved is greater than in any other area of animal research.