Here’s a brief account of yesterday’s meeting to set up The ALARM. A fuller account of the meeting will be posted later by the new Secretary of the Alarm. I counted 78 people there rammed into the room at the Calthorpe Arms. The meeting was methodical and well chaired by Kev from WAG. First to report ALARM has been enthusiastically established by all present and we can now talk of it as a movement rather than an idea.The main purpose was to establish an organisational structure to give London Anarchism a chance to grow and meet the opportunities coming up. Andy Meinke was appointed secretary for the initial period of establishing the movement. Andy works at Freedom Bookshop so is ideally placed to fulfill this role. Ed ex – WAG is now treasurer.A series of local contacts was then set up to act as local hubs for anarchist activity in each area……….in addition college groups, workplace groups, campaigning groups are to be welcomed into the structure……so should groups like AF or SOFED wish to particpate they will be welcome. London wide metings are to be held weekly and local groups to organise as they wish. Contacts for these areas were set up and can be accesed through Andy at Freedom.
This was the most exciting part of the day to see groups set up beyond the usual anarchist heartlands. Members of Harringay solidarity group will report back to HSG’s next meeting. At last there is a structure for new peole to get invoved locally.
And that was it. A very hard working two hours and discussions on strategy and whether ALARM will have a manifesto or initiate it’s own actions were held over to the next meeting and punters fled to the bar to meet up with others from their own area. I wouldn’t say it was inspiring/ there was no rabble rousing but it was a very good humoured and necessary step to take some initial steps forward to creating a viable anarchist presence throughout London and not just in a couple of areas.WAG pulled it off and everyone was well positive . There’s still the critical second meeting to negotiate……..but this could be the start of something big. ( I’m the contact for Croydon if any of you lot live round here. We’ll be meeting up in a local boozer shortly)