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Back Issues

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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 1987; the latest issue is dated March 10th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 24th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a readership in its heyday of 4000. It printed practically everything it got sent ("except poetry and party political broadcasts, provided it isn't racist, sexist, militarist or otherwise supportive of oppression"). 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. An indispensible source of local information? a forum for the self-indulgent and self-important? a continuous experiment in collective, de-centralised organisation? Who knew? In its first seven years it never sold a single copy; but now after much soul-searching a price had been put on the Rag's head...

In this issue (scan / txt): the new Women's Information Centre has opened in style; the Night has been Reclaimed; Greenham women are everywhere. The USAF are asked to mark the anniversary of bombing Libya by suspending flights for the duration of an 18-hour vigil; the DHSS has no leaflets about the forthcoming changes in death and maternity benefits, but even if they had any they won't hand them out until the new rules have taken effect; an exercise in social control; another guide to safe sex; and Red Rag readers need "News on Sunday" - Britain's first national radical newspaper for a generation.