SWIFT

Swift a new protest zine is launching September 2020

I’m working on creating & launching the inaugural edition of a protest ‘zine’. This will be an arts & politics based magazine created to help voice opinions and opposition to the rise of fascism in the UK. The magazine does not represent any political party, though it is pro-EU and takes a stance that it is strongly opposed to the current populist Government & Brexit.

The protest zine will be available FREE electronically every four to six months & we are looking at how to fund/distribute a printed version too.

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There is a mood of hopelessness and despair among pro-EU supporters on Twitter. I collated thousands of views from my pro-EU Twitter community asking how people feel about a looming no deal Brexit – I asked them to summarise their feelings in one word. The word cloud art above represents those voices, the larger the word appears, the more frequently that word was used.

Despite petitions and peaceful protests, EU supporters and anti-fascists feel ignored, overlooked and conned. Many people in this community are concerned that this populist Gov & Brexit will be devastating for the UK, and are worried when seeing a surge in right wing behaviour, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance. Worryingly there are many parallels between the UK in 2020 and the rise of fascism from throughout history.

The first edition of the magazine touches on:

  • The Climate Change emergency
  • Death by no deal Brexit
  • England’s nostalgic obsession with the world wars
  • An experience of Covid 19 during lock-down
  • Historian Dr Louise Raw Discusses the links between misogyny & fascism and a woman’s place in fighting Fascism
  • Comic: Solidarity by Edinburgh workers boycotting the Chilean fascist coup & the parallels with Brexit & Fascism – Written by Historian Paddy Doherty
  • Some mental health coping strategies to handle the craziness of 2020
  • The obliteration of the arts in schools under the Tories
  • Why we need to Abolish the House of Lords
  • PPE & Corruption
  • One man’s experiences of racism growing up in the UK
  • Coverage of the Black Lives Matter Protests
  • Ideas of how to peacefully protest
  • Original photography, poetry and art

The aim is a good balance between images and articles, a beautiful celebration of all anti-fascist / pro-EU voices but also an informative, proactive read that brings hope.

The second issue is in the planning and will cover:

  • Propaganda & the power of the British press
  • Parallels between Orwell’s 1984 and populist gas-lighting in 2020
  • Comic Part 1: The Cambridge Analytica scandal, big data & the continued threat to our democracy
  • Comic Part 2: From Russia with Love – Foreign interference in our democracy
  • Looking the other way – a personal perspective from Nazi Germany & why the UK should take notice
  • The Forgotten Times – A recap of troubling Tory stories you might have missed since the appointment of Boris Johnson as PM
  • The Tufton Street agenda – who, what, why?
  • 3.5% – what does it mean and how can you get involved?
  • How to prepare if you’re taking part in peaceful civil disobedience.

CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE ZINE?

We welcome submissions of your art, photography, poetry, cartoons, short stories, opinion pieces, academic papers & research etc. they are all considered for inclusion. If you have a petition or organised protest then feel free to drop me a line with details for inclusion in the zine. Please feel free to contact co-editor Leanne Warren at protestzineuk@gmail.com if you would like to discuss further or submit something for consideration. Although the zine will not contain paid advertisements, published contributors are welcome to promote their work & social media in the zine.

You can follow my Twitter account @leapup1 to stay updated as this project progresses.

You can support the next edition of Swift by contributing to the Swift GoFundMe page or by purchasing a paper copy here: