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Established 1979
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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 1983; the latest issue is dated May 1st (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 15th.

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 1240. 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 it was free.

In this issue (scan / txt): non-violent direct action isn't always that easy: lessons are learned from the blockade of Burghfield earlier this year. May l4th-21st will be a week for women all over the country to show how they feel about porn: local events will include a picket of sex shops, workshops and a Reclaim the Night march. Reading Health Watch blows the whistle on cuts in local services; New Games are played; the Anarcho-Christians have a point; why jokes about shoplifting may have to be funded by the Kremlin; and the Legalise Cannabis Campaign gives a lesson in repotting and general plant care.

Should you run off with the pencil? Does every vote cast for the Ecology Party rather than Labour diminish the chances of Reading joining the 192 local authorities which already have declared themselves nuclear free? Tune in next time to see who won.