Here’s a brief report about Hereford Solidarity League that features in the latest edition of the Class War paper:
Hereford Solidarity League is a community based action group. It was formed by a handful of like-minded individuals in 2007, and now consists of well over a dozen members, with activists from Anarchist Federation, Class War, non-aligned anarchists and a couple of communists.
In early 2008 it first published its paper – the Hereford Heckler. It was decided that this should be a bi-monthly newspaper that addresses local issues from a radical perspective, in a relevant, simple and accessible way. Since this time, the Heckler has been consistently produced every-other month, and its now about to hit its 16th issue. Each issue anywhere between 3,000-5,000 copies are printed and distributed (mainly door-to-door). The Heckler has now become a well-known name in the area and beyond.
As well as producing and distributing the Heckler, HSL have also been engaging ourselves in numerous campaigns. Over the years we have been involved in the ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign against council plans to shut dozens of county schools. We have done a lot of work against the BNP; exposing meeting places, protesting at events and most importantly distributing thousands of our own anti-BNP leaflets. Most recently we have been involved in a campaign against the number of people on the councils housing waiting list, and the number of empty houses in the area. By reporting on the number of empty houses in the county, we have been pressurising the council into do something about it. This seems to have had an almost immediate affect. With many issues on the horizon and the cuts about to kick in, it appears we have our work cut out for the foreseeable future.
We think that our growth in size of organisation, presence and impact show that consistent hard work, a bit of initiative and simplicity can go a long way. If Hereford can have a flourishing anarchist group with a high-quality paper and large base of support – then quite frankly anywhere can! Get out there and get active!