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Republica tournament

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Diary, Events News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

An invite from our buddies in Leeds…

Hello! Hope you’re all keeping well.

As we were unable to do our normal May Day tournament this year, Republica are planning to hold a 5 a side tournament on Saturday August 7th. The plan is to kick off the tournament at midday at the Caribbean Cricket Club and continue the party on there. We will be getting in lots of delicious local ales and will be putting on food for after the tournament.

We will be raising money for Andy’s Man’s Club and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis as we usually do at the May Day tournament. Entry will be £5 per person.

This will be a mixed tournament with the requirement of at least 3 female players in 7 a side team with all genders on the pitch at all times. For teams who can’t field that many men/women then we will be able to help out with swapping players to make the ratios work.

For teams coming from further afield, a few of us at Republica are happy to host and this can be for the Friday too if needs be so let us know in advance if this is what you want!

This will all be Covid restrictions permitting but wanted to put it out now so you can save the date. Please let us know as soon as possible if you’re up for attending and rough numbers. We’re really looking forward to finally meeting up again. Any questions then contact Alice or Molly from Republica via email or Facebook messenger (Pam La Brinth on Facebook).

We hope to hear from you soon! Republica

Boycott Puma day of action

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Diary, Events News | 0 comments

There’s a Boycott Puma national day of action on  10 July:

https://www.facebook.com/events/930078910891897

Help us send a message to Puma that they must end their sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The IFA operates in illegal Israeli settlements on land stolen from Palestinians. Every settlement is a war crime under international law – pushing indigenous Palestinian families off their land, robbing natural resources, and denying Palestinians their right of movement. By sponsoring the IFA, Puma is complicit in supporting these crimes.

Bristol action is happening outside Sports Direct in Broadmead at 2pm. Bristol PSC are organising and we are planning to attend in our kits and have a kick about outside Sports Direct. Soooooz has made two large placards for the action and Sensi is coordinating. We will also make leaflets to hand out. Please join us.

Support needed for local lad to remain in UK

Posted by on Jun 24, 2021 in Community News | 2 comments

Hello everyone. I’m trying to drum up support and perhaps get some advice for a young fella who is in danger of being deported.

He was a close friend to our family many years ago and really is a lovely guy…he has been in UK since 6 years old and no-one thought of getting his papers sorted, or getting citizenship. He is now fighting to stay in UK and has a solicitor but you all know the score, unless he manages to get some ‘support’ or manages to get the right advice the Home Office could well deport him to Jamaica.

He has a video on youtube (very well produced) which sums up his case. I’ll say it again, the guy is a diamond and so if ANYONE wants to contact me privately with some tips or ideas, or an offer of help in any way, I’ll pass the info on to him. Please reply in the comments below. Respect, Mick C

PLEASE EVERYONE SIGN THE PETITION to the home office to stop his proposed deportation here. The court will decide on his case in July.

https://www.change.org/p/the-home-office-stop-the-deportation-of-anthonell-peccoo

Bristol Refugee Rights crowdfunder

Posted by on Jun 20, 2021 in Community News | 0 comments

Bristol Refugee Rights, Borderlands, Project Mama, Refugee Women of Bristol, Bristol Hospitality Network, Aid Box Community and British Red Cross Refugee services are asking for donations in order to provide £10 a week to an individual or a family for food, transportation or phone credit to reach vital services.

Support the crowdfunder here.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/solidarity

A letter from Jasper

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent messages or made a donation to me and my family after my recent cancer diagnosis. We are totally overwhelmed by it all and we only now appreciate what kind and good people we are surrounded by. As most of you know the Cowfolk have been a big part of my life since the mid 90’s when I was press ganged on a ship called the Thekla and ended up on a bus heading to Stuttgart, I never looked back and it has influenced much of what I have done ever since. 

I played in the first Sunday teams,on the Downs for many years and laterly the casuals league. I have travelled the world, played football in Mexico, Morocco, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, amongst others and made friends everywhere. I am also proud to have been involved in Kiptik,Cackk, Organising tournaments, the Alternative world Cup, driving trucks and tour buses, being chair, Treasurer and the failed Plough Co-op, all of which helped with my personal development and gave ever lasting memories . I even got quite good at putting marquees up ! 

Its not all been plain sailing, we lost a few good ones along the way, Binz and Martin Brown spring to mind but I have so many positive memories and stories to tell. I am also proud to be involved in a club that puts itself out there politically, our links with Palestine, The Zapatistas, St.Pauli and the anti fascist movement in Europe along recently with the BLM movement as well as being inclusive to everyone, apart from Coppers, Christians and Jugglers of course 🙂 I have felt very comfortable being a Cowboy……But most of all its been a pleasure hanging out in our spiritual home the Plough with like minded people and getting to know you all. 

Big love, Jasper Beese

Protection and Resistance to Genocide Network Brazil needs help!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Community News | 0 comments

From our friend Danilo, a member of Autônomos FC, a brazilian anarchist team that played in Europe some years ago:

“Well, as you may know, the political and pandemic situation in Brazil is awful. We are living under a neofascist government, which means that violence against the poorest, that was aleady huge, is even bigger. I’m a member now of a network called Rede de Proteção e Resistência ao Genocídio. Translating: Protection and Resistance to Genocide Network. We give social and juridical assistante to young people (and their family), usually black, from the poor neighborhoods of São Paulo, that got killed or falsely acused and imprisoned by the police – or the police militias, that are growing exponecially over here. At this moment, there are at least 140 cases that we are dealing with, and we do not have people enough to deal with all the cases – the total number is much much bigger.

Besides the State violence, these neighborhoods are the most affected by the pandemic. So, we are doing a campaign to raise money to buy masks and protective equipment, and to spread information about how to protect yourself against the virus. Vaccination here is very slow, only 20% of population got the first dose, and there are no dates for people under 55 yet. I’m reaching out to you basically to ask for donations. Our currency is very devalued, so any doantions in foreign currencies will become much more money over here.

Please feel free to contact me if you need or want any more information. My email is the same I use for PayPal and, if you use Twitter, I’m @kadjoman on it.

Thanks in advance, Danilo”

To donate, send to Danilo on PayPal.

The money will be used to buy masks and protective equipment, and to produce flyers and other materials to be used at social centres, schools etc about how to prevent infection.

For more information, see the webpage, instagram, facebook or twitter.

And a note from Cowboy Jesse…

“Hey up cowfolk, some-one who hadn’t met Danilo from Brazil asked me recently if I vouch for him in terms of sending money for the project that he mentioned… (they help people in an a poor area, predominantly of colour, victimised and often murdered by facist police and militias. Now they need money to help tackle corona virus in the same area as their governement is letting people die). So I thought I’d write this in case anyone else was wondering who the fuck this Brazilian asking me for money is?! I defintely do vouch for him, he’s totally kosher and that money will get to that good cause if you send it. I lived on his sofa and in his spare room for 3 months when skint, he charged me nothing nor paulius from FC Vova, nor the people who came and went from couchsurfers website, his mates stayed when they were stuck and we all lived with a stray dog that Danilo had rescued from the streets. Point is he’s definitely not interested in money, just a very committed anarchist who believes in sharing and helping and is constantly up to something along those lines. So if your wondering whether to send anything to him it’ll be fine. Cheers all, Jesse.”           

Copas Lindo & Sandino 2021!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Diary, Events News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

Dear Futbolista,

Hope you are enjoying the Euros! After much careful consideration and discussions with Ashton Park sports centre, Bristol Link with Nicaragua has decided to proceed with this year’s Copa Lucrecia Lindo (women’s) and Copa Sandino (mens) tournaments on SUNDAY 25 JULY. Matches will start at 10:30am.

It will be at Ashton Park secondary school and we will maintain as COVID secure a tournament as is possible with your support.

Several teams have expressed an interest to play so we will aim to have 10 teams on two pitches with teams staying within their bubbles when not playing. We will move the food area nearer to the pitches and allocated women’s toilets will be in the sports centre. Sorry no showers and no barbecues!

Viva Nicaragua,

Viva Nicaragua, Alix

Full club AGM

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Diary, Events News | 0 comments

Baggator garden at 7pm. Bring your own chair, otherwise you might be sitting on the floor.

The proposed agenda is as follows:  

1.     Nominate and confirm committee for next year

2.     Update on actions from previous meetings 

3.     Can we add “anti transphobic” to our constitution – SFW 

4.     Cowboys Kit – Ivan  

5.     Kill the bill tournament – 31st July – Jake Lake 

6.     30th anniversary tournament ?! 

7.     Monthly / Bi Monthly Cowfolk knees up – Luke Baines  

8.     Finance review – Vic (What’s going on with internet banking?) 

9.     Zapatistas UK Tour (Can we do a fundraiser? Can we add some club funds? Are any women coming?) – Kev 

10.  CACKK goes camping update – CACKK 

11.  New Saturday men’s football secretary needed- Tom M  

12.  Danilo/Brazil fundraising – where are we with this? What else can we do? 

13.  Keep Fit club for women who want to exercise in private (at Baggator).  Can the Cowgirls help (netters and footie)? – Linner

Kill the Bill Coalition footy tournament

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Diary, Events News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

SISTERS UNCUT COALITION AND CLAPTON CFC ARE JOINING FORCES TO BRING YOU…. THE KILL THE BILL COALITION FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT!!!

THIS IS HAPPENING AT MABLEY GREEN IN HACKNEY FROM 10AM-4PM ON THE 31ST JULY. There will be stalls, music, food, drinks and speeches, and hopefully….. The Zapatistas (although not confirmed 100% yet)!!!

There are so far 16 teams, including activists from Sisters Uncut, IWGB, No More Exclusions and 2 refugee teams. We would like representation from the Cowfolk!!!

I have assigned the Cowfolk one 6-a-side team (so 8 people including subs) but I am sure we could squeeze a couple more in if there is the demand for it! 

All players will arrive and we will join everyone together so teams are all mixed gender, mixed ability and have an opportunity to get to know new people and build solidarity with others, whether they are politically active, refugees or just there for a good time!!

WE NEED YOU COWFOLK!! WE NEED YOU TO BRING THAT SPECIAL VIBE THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN MATCH!!!
PLEASE SIGN UP AND COME TO LONDON FOR THIS EVENT!!

We can try and help with travel and accommodation if necessary.
All my love to all of you!
Jake xxxx

Stand with our sisters in Myanmar

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Community News | 0 comments

Shared from the With Myanmar facebook group