RED RAG

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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1984; the latest issue is dated January 8th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 22nd.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a print run by now of 1300. It printed pretty well everything it got sent ("unless the Collective judged it racist, sexist, right wing, or supportive of oppressive religions"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. And in four years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): thirty thousand women converge on Greenham, demolish the fence and invade the base; there are many arrests. The blockade of USAF High Wycombe ends with the tree-planters allowed inside the fence to do their bit; here too earlier in the day there have been many arrests. Participants reflect on the successes and failures of the two protests.

Whenever they grabbed us we did things like stroke their hands lovingly which so confused them that they let us go.