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Whatabout Wednesdays!

Note: From 2nd November – 21st December and then 4th January until further notice

Base social centre opens it’s doors every Wednesday from 11am to 5pm, offering a mini-cafe, drop-in & welcoming space.

In the Cafe – hot drinks (50p), soup/bread (£1), cake (£1).

Spend time in our free Library; check out Free Info; browse our Infoshop for books/pamphlets/music to buy; use the Wi-fi; or just hang out and chat.

#DontPayUK BS5 group will also have a drop-in from 11am-2pm in the Cafe, with campaign news, flyers & posters, and info on where to get support.

Plus…surprises! Speak to us if you have ideas for any ok.

Stay Grounded Gathering

19th and 20th November @ BASE

Stay Grounded Communications Training Weekend on Aviation & Climate Justice
Open to activists and campaigners across the UK and free to attend,
with overnight accommodation and support for travel costs available.

Please apply by 7th November via https://stay-grounded.org/training-uk

What is this about?

    * Free training weekend about aviation & climate justice,
greenwashing, just transition and changing travel policies

    * Reflection on _how we talk _about aviation and _how we counter the industry’s greenwashing with our own narratives for fair and grounded mobility
     * Creating a network of _multipliers _in Europe who support each
other with future workshops, campaigns and actions
     * Based on our latest guide ‘Common Destination: Reframing aviation to ensure a safe landing and lay the tracks towards a fair planet’

Who is it for?
     * Campaigners against airport expansions or for a fairer mobility
system
     * Climate justice activists interested to do more on aviation
     * Communicators seeking to reflect and expand on their framing
strategies
     * Anyone looking for a new way to join the movement and meet
like-minded people!

You can find more info and apply here

https://stay-grounded.org/training-uk

Stay Grounded is an international network of more than 180 groups campaigning for a reduction of aviation and its negative impacts, as well as against problematic strategies like offsetting and biofuels.

Bristol Airport Action Network is a coalition of groups and individuals working to oppose Bristol Airport’s expansion plans and are currently mobilising around a Brisotl High Court hearing on 8-9th November. Get in touch to find out what you can do:
BAANcc@protonmail.com.

Prisoner Letter Writing Solidarity

Tuesday 1st November, 7pm BASE

NOTE: this session will be in Library and Resources Room but see https://basebristol.org/event-list/ for future dates; all in cafe

Our monthly letter writing night takes place on Tuesday 1st this month (due to a clash with Halloween),
We’ll be back to the last Monday of the month for November (28th).

Monthly session where we write to prisoners, Come along and learn about anarchist, antifascist, and Kill the Bill Prisoners,.
Join campaigns, write some letters, make some art, sign some cards, or just offer moral support and some snacks. Solidarity in a chill way.

Donations for stamps and room hire appreciated, but not required.

contact bristol [at] afed [dot] org [dot] uk with any questions. 

Dead White Anarchists

17th October @ BASE, 7:30-10pm

DEAD WHITE ANARCHISTS (+spoken word open mic)

Paris, 1892. If you’re not rich, things look bleak. Political bombings
and police crackdowns tear the city apart. Out of this carnage steps
Emile Henry, a young anarchist preparing his war against the State. But when he hears strange mumblings from the future, madness beckons… Dead White Anarchists_ is a solo theatre show – a Molotov cocktail of radical history lesson, spoken word and sci-fi crime thriller. It’s a reflection on a bloody past and a chaotic present, but always holding hope for the future. Written and performed by Paul Case Directed by Emily Ingram

“A throwback to when political theatre meant the exploration of grand universal ideas… the piece doesn’t flinch. Four stars” – The Wee Review

PLUS spoken word open mic! Handful of slots available, five minutes each, sign up on the night.

FREE/DONATION http://www.paulcasespeaks.co.uk/

Support base social centre: crowd funder and sponsored run

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-base-social-centre

Base Social Centre

BASE social centre in Bristol has provided an important space for community and organising for a better world for over 25 years. Putting principles of mutual aid, solidarity, self organisation and co-operation into practice it has been an inspiration to many. This autonomous, not for profit space has contributed so much to Bristol’s good reputation as a city of radical and progressive politics. BASE has provided genuinely affordable / free space to a wide range of community, campaign and activist groups and hosted innumerable events of all sorts. It is a place where people can meet others, socialise, eat, work, learn and organise together as equals. We are very proud of all that it stands for and all that it has achieved over the years and long may it continue.


Like many grassroots community projects, BASE has been really badly affected by the pandemic. We took the decision to keep the cafe, our primary source of income, closed to prioritise community safety and to avoid contributing to the spread of covid 19. This has meant that while our principles of collective care, mutual aid and solidarity are in good shape, our finances are not! The project’s reserve funds are now at a critically low level. So, it’s about time for some sponsored stuff! We get that everyone is a bit tired of yet another crowdfunder, so we thought we’d give this one some legs!

A group of BASE volunteers and supporters are running a half marathon along the Devon coast on 5th February to raise some much needed funds. While there may be some nice views along the way, it’s undoubtedly going to be an arduous metaphor for the struggle! It is described by the run organisers, Endurance Life, as “punishing” and “severe terrain”. Because the tougher it is the more money we raise, right? We will get it done, in the spirit of the old revolutionary adage of “Run comrade, the old world is right behind you!”


If you value autonomous, free, not for profit, community spaces please contribute to the crowdfunder and share it as widely as you can. Your support for BASE social centre is really appreciated.

BASE open day

Come along to…

  • Share good food and drinks
  • Have a tour of the social centre and it’s various projects
  • Learn about BASE and autonomous spaces
  • Hear about anarchist ideas and organising
  • Meet good people, share your ideas and make plans
  • Find out ways you can get involved

1200: Doors open, drinks and snacks
1230-1400: Workshop: History of BASE
1400-1430: Guided tour
1430-1600: Workshop: Anarchist organising
1600-1630: Guided tour
1630-1800: Workshop: Autonomous spaces

1800: There will be an awesome vegan dinner for £3 donation.

1900-midnight: fundraiser gig with a mix of acoustic acts and DJs (£3 donation again).