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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 15th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 29th.

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):The Management of the Centre for the Unemployed underestimates the intelligence of the Centre's users and takes a red pencil to the first issue of "The Scrounger". In a period of only ten weeks, 120 homeless people stayed at Reading's Emergency Accommodation Project; Anti-Porn week has become a fortnight due to the Cup Final; the Conservation Society considers alternative energy sources; details of the neo-Kropotkinist kabouters are available from Box 10, Acorn in exchange for an s.a.e.; and, in confidence, would research group @ please contact Red Rag.

Free food - of course, what the Centre for the Unemployed should be doing is running courses on shoplifting. We need to learn about the law, how to deal with the police, how to spot the store detectives, lessons in sprinting and how to eat the evidence. Perhaps we could get an MSC grant for building a mock-up of a supermarket?