Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Later Autumn Listings

Listings from various groups and organisations
for different dates and places
in no particular order.

Scroll down to see the lot.

Some previously notified at previous listings post. 

NEWS FROM NOWHERE CLUB
 Saturday 13th October 2018

 Paupers, Priests & Progressives: A Personal History of the Salvation Army  
Speaker: Captain Josh Selfe
 Josh, Captain of the Leytonstone Salvation Army, reflects on 150 years of his family’s links with the movement. From Auxiliary-Captain John Strong, ‘The Cornish Devil Driver’, one of the Army’s first officers in the 1870s, to the alcoholic coal miners and tanners of the Selfe family raised from poverty by the charity’s work in Bristol’s slums.  From Commissioner Cooper, a progressive reformer of the organisation in the 1960s through to the modern day work of Salvationists throughout the world.  The talk will finish by contemplating how the principles and aims of the Salvation Army, its DNA so to speak, should manifest themselves in the 21st century, especially in Leytonstone.
All welcome, free, just turn up.
7.30pm Buffet    8pm Talk
Epicentre, West St E11 4LJ
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New Anarchist Research Group - New Season

Saturday 27 October 2018  2:00pm-4:30pm  (Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet St.*)
From Pissarro to Provo and Beyond:  Art and Anarchism
Martyn Everett

What is the relationship between Art and Anarchism?  Who are the anarchist artists? Why have many artists declared themselves anarchists?  What are anarchist themes and anarchist aesthetics in art?  Should art be just a weapon in the social struggle, or should the ideals of “everyone an artist”  and “education through art”  be among the defining principles of a new society?  An illustrated talk followed by discussion.

Martyn Everett is a member of the New Anarchist Research Group and the Unite Community He is an occasional contributor to a variety of anarchist magazines and the author of  War and Revolution: the Hungarian anarchist movement in WW1 and the Budapest Commune, 1919, and also 'Art as a Weapon: Franz Siewert and the Cologne Progressives'.
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Saturday 24 November 2018 2:00pm-4:30 pm (MayDay Rooms*)
Performing Utopia / Reclaiming the Public Sphere
Nesreen N Hussein

After the January 2011 revolution in Egypt, Tahrir Square, the central piece of urban landscape in Cairo that became stage to grassroots political movements, eventually fell back into the grip of the state. And with it, the position and accessibility of public space as a site of protest became in flux. Since the military takeover of July 2013, mass protests are being quickly suppressed. The increasing state control over Tahrir Square and the surrounding area, in addition to the protest law introduced in November 2013 that restrains freedom of assembly led to thousands of protesters being detained, severely restricting participation in public demonstrations.1 However, when streets and squares became inaccessible, certain artists in Egypt worked to find alternative ways to reclaim the public space, and with it, their authorship of the narrative of history that’s being rewritten by the state. By doing so, the artists through their work created spaces of resistance that lead to reanimating the public sphere. Building on Ernst Bloch and Paul Ricœur’s notions of ‘utopia’, and drawing on examples of works of performance and visual arts in Egypt today, this paper seeks to demonstrate how those works and the creative strategies underpinning them form interventions that challenge the dominant narratives surrounding the current sociopolitical landscape in Egypt at a time when its social and political histories are being gradually deconstructed.

Dr Nesreen N. Hussein is a performance maker, researcher and Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre at Middlesex University, London. Her current research focuses on performance, politics, and activism, in relation to issues of agency, identity and belonging. She has published widely on this topic, in addition to delivering a number of conference papers and invited talks internationally. In 2011, she was awarded the Helsinki Essay Prize and the New Scholars’ Prize from the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). Nesreen has worked internationally with a number of theatre companies, directors and design studios as a performer, designer, and puppet maker. She currently creates and devises performance with particular interest in exploring identity, mobility, and the city.

*  Our meetings are held in the MayDay Rooms, 88  Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
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Newsletter 65 (Autumn 2018) now online
The latest issue of the LSHG Newsletter is now online, featuring Keith Flett on 1968, John Newsinger reviewing a work on evangelical Christians in Trump's America and a review of Martin Empson's popular work 'Kill All the Gentlemen'.  There is also notice of a new book edited by Michael Rosen, Workers' Tales.   Letters, articles, criticisms and contributions to debate are most welcome. The deadline for the next issue is 1 December 2018 - please contact Keith Flett on the address above.  The LSHG receive no official funding and rely entirely on supporters for money for our activities. To become a member of the LSHG (cost £10) - please again contact Keith.  A reminder of our seminar programme is below.


LSHG SEMINARS Autumn 2018 
All seminars will take place in Room 304 (third floor) at 5.30pm in the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU and entry is free without ticket although donations are welcome. 

Monday 8 October Rupa Huq MP: from lecture room to Parliament: ‘From theory to practice : the difficulties of transitioning from teaching society and politics in the lecture hall/seminar to “doing “ it in Parliament.”

Monday 22 October Marika Sherwood: The beginning of the Cold War in Ghana (Gold Coast) in 1948

Monday 5 November John Newsinger: The Other Spirit of '45: War, Empire and the Attlee Governments

Monday 19 November Daryl Leeworthy Labour Country: Social Democracy's Roots and Possibilities.

Monday 3 December Keith Flett. 50 years since the Pelican paperback of The Making of the English Working Class. Still relevant?
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Seminar - Workers in the Cuban Revolution
Tuesday October 23, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST
Marchmont Community Centre
62 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AB

Steve Cushion, author of "The Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution", with our third talk in the [social history of revolutions] series, "Workers in the Cuban Revolution".

"To both its supporters and detractors, the Cuban Revolution is almost universally understood as having been won by a small band of guerrillas. This talk turns the conventional wisdom on its head, and argues that the Cuban working class played a much more decisive role in the Revolution’s outcome than previously understood. It contends that significant portions of the Cuban working class launched an underground movement in tandem with the guerrillas operating in the mountains.

"There was widespread working class militant activity, from illegal strikes and sabotage to armed conflict with the state, all of which culminated in two revolutionary workers’ congresses and the largest general strike in Cuban history. Cuban workers not only ensured the triumph of the Revolution, they went on to sustain it during its most difficult periods.

"Steve Cushion is a retired university lecturer living in East London. He is Branch Secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) London Retired Members’ Branch and is on the committees of the Socialist History Society and the Society for Caribbean Studies. He is also Secretary of Caribbean Labour Solidarity (CLS).

Steve is author of The Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas’ Victory, Killing Communists in Havana: The Start of the Cold War in Latin America and Up Down Turn Around: The Political Economy of Slavery and the Socialist case for Reparations. He is joint author, with Dennis Bartholomew, of By Our Own Hands: A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution. His current research is on German and Italian volunteers who fought in the French Resistance."       
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From/At WCML
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
Salford, M5 4WX

The art of suffrage propaganda - talk by Elizabeth Crawford
On Friday 19 October at 6pm an illustrated talk will be given by Elizabeth Crawford, author of many books and articles on suffrage history, alongside our forthcomingsuffrage centenary exhibition.  Elizabeth will discuss the wide range of artworks – banners, posters, postcards, china, jewellery etc –  produced by suffrage artists in support of the women’s suffrage campaign in the years before the First World War.  The talk draws on research undertaken for Elizabeth's latest book, Art and suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists.
This free talk is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project Voting for change.  There are no advance tickets, so arrive early to be sure to get a place for what promises to be a very popular event.
Invisible Histories talks series continues:
Wednesday 24 October 2pm Kirsten Harris  Poetry for a new era: Walt Whitman and British socialism, 1880-1914

Wednesday 7 November 2pm Martin Empson, Joseph Arch: agricultural trade unionist and MP

Wednesday 21 November 2pm  MaD Theatre  Scenes from the play It’s the wrong way to tickle Mary

Wednesday 5 December 2pm Ali Ronan The women who said yes

More details of all the talks are at www.wcml.org.uk/events.

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Commemorating the centenary of suffrage in Wigan

On Thursday 22 November from 10am to 5.30pm at the Museum of Wigan Life a full day of speakers, including Helen Pankhurst (grand-daughter of Sylvia), will celebrate the centenary of women over the age of 30 voting for the first time. 
Tickets price £12 for Wigan residents and £15 for others, including lunch, are now on sale.  For more information or to book contact the Museum of Wigan Life on 01942 828128 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk.
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Talk at the National Archives
On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst - great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women’s rights campaigner herself - charts how women’s lives have changed over the last century, offering a powerful and positive argument for the way forward. Wed 10 October 2018 18:30 – 20:00 BST
The National Archives
Bessant Dr
Kew TW9 4DU
Other suffrage events:
Head over to our Suffrage 100 portal to find out what else we’ve got coming up: 
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The Christopher Hill Memorial Lecture

The inuagural Christopher Hill Memorial Lecture - Saturday 3 November, National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum - facebook details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/540752469730850/
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George Lansbury Memorial Lecture 2018

George Lansbury Memorial Lecture on ‘The Legacy of the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage’ by Rachel Reeves MP might be of interest.
 The lecture will be at 6.30pm on 22 November 2018 in the Skeel Lecture Theatre at Queen Mary University of London.
 If you would like to attend then full details can be found and attendance can be booked at:
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Surround Springfield 30 April 2019

 springaction2019@stopnewnuclear.org.uk
Why Here? The world’s first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, based in a small village near Preston, carries out civil and military nuclear contracts for facilities across the UK:
Production of nuclear fuel
Storage and processing of waste (including Uranium Hexafluoride DUF6)
Decommissioning of plant and facilities
Through the gates of the Springfields plant pass a deadly cargo of materials which have fuelled nuclear bombs, nuclear reactors and nuclear accidents for over 70 years. These materials pose a radiological and chemical threat to human health and to the environment.

Why Now? The Government is still pressing forward with its policy of new nuclear power, despite delays, spiralling costs and even bankruptcy of the major players. Springfields would play a pivotal role in supplying these and processing the waste material. 
The hunt for a Geological Disposal Facility (long term radioactive waste dump) is back on nationwide, with communities in Cumbria being targetted to ‘volunteer’ their back yard for this short sighted ‘solution’ to an intractable problem.
Radioactive material is transported to and from this site nationally and internationally via road and rail. We are inviting you to take this same journey to join us in the dirty core of the UK nuclear industry for a day of protest, information sharing and solidarity.

We plan to surround the site with people dressed as nuclear waste barrels – a record breaking attempt!

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From IWCE

Labour's First Hundred Days

"It is possible that the next General Election could lead to a Corbyn-led Labour Government.
IWCE Network, members of Unite and others are putting on a day school asking
 "What would happen in the first 100 Days of the new government? What would we need to do?"

DATE FOR YOU DIARY. It will be on
Saturday 17th November at Unite in London.

Interested? Please get in touch asap. More information to follow.
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From Medact
"Immigration detention: Get informed and take action"
Tuesday 16th October, 6pm @ University Place Lecture Theatre A, Manchester M16
Join Staff and students at the University of Manchester, Medact Manchester, Manchester Postcolonial Studies Group and These Walls Must Fall to discuss immigration detention and look at what we can do on and off campus to take action.
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"Our Nuclear Age - Hope For The Future" Film Evening
Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 3AE
A film evening organised by Medact Tyneside. Entrance will be £5 (concessions £3).
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Reminder
Marx @200, Sun 14 October, London
Chadswell Healthy Living Centre
Lower Ground Floor
Chadswell 
Harrison Street WC1H 8JF
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Acton Park in Autumn
(for no particular reason)
 

Updates and new items will be added as they come in.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Happening in Haringey

1. Priscilla Wakefield: forgotten heroine -- forgotten no longer
(TottenhamCivicSociety)

On Monday 22 October 1798, 220 years ago, Priscilla Wakefield founded the Tottenham Female Benefit Club at the High Cross. 

Join us to celebrate her life with an unveiling of a new plaque; an introductory talk on Priscilla Wakefield outlining her many achievements and a talk by Susan Johnson of the University of Bath: Reflections on feminism and microfinance.

Monday 22 October 6.30pm onwards at the High Cross United Reform Church, Tottenham Green, built on the site of Priscilla Wakefield's home. 

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2. The Art of the Gestetner 
Bruce Castle Museum, ​Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London N17 8NU
Wednesday to Sunday, 1 - 5pm 
29th September 2018 - 26th January 2019
exhibition of The Art of the Gestetner

The exhibition will present material uncovered in Haringey and beyond over the course of our research into the Gestetner machine and factory, including zines, independent publications, duplicated newspapers, political pamphlets and a host of office material. These artefacts will be displayed alongside the fantastic Gestetner factory archives held at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive.

Alt Går Bra will show its mimeographed books, publications and prints, along with newly produced work for this exhibition. www.altgarbra.org

The Art of the Gestetner Bruce Castle Museum, ​Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London N17 8NU, Wednesday to Sunday, 1 - 5pm 29th September 2018 - 26th January 2019 Exhibition opening: 29th September, 1:30pm Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Norwegian Embassy in London 
 The art group Alt Går Bra present a new exhibition exploring the political and social history of the Gestetner duplicating machine.

Featuring over 100 artefacts uncovered from Haringey and beyond, the exhibition explores the Gestetner machine as a device that revolutionised the office. It also reveals how the machines were put to alternative use, enabling a wave of political activists, artists and writers to produce printed publications quickly, affordably and with relative ease.

The Gestetner factory stood in Tottenham for over 80 years as a major employer in Haringey, fast becoming the largest duplicating factory in the world. Duplicators provided an efficient and labour-saving way for offices to organise and circulate increasing amounts of information. These versatile machines were also at the heart of small organisations, schools and churches, used to provide information to the community in the form of bulletins, pamphlets and letters.

The exhibition will present material from Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive along with fanzines, political publications, and Alt Går Bra’s own mimeographic works.

Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive’s collection of Gestetner artefacts include the fantastically illustrated house publications, which record the life of the factory in the 1950s and 1960s underscoring the companies close roots to Tottenham. 

The exhibition will also feature material displayed for the first time as a collection: duplicated fanzines and alternative publications from the 1930s - 1980s. These amateur publications demonstrate the high level of creativity that was achieved with stencilling, as well as the extent to which duplicating technology enabled marginal groups to network and exchange ideas. This ability to self-publish is beautifully reflected in the host of newspapers and scouting publications on display. 

Political pamphlets focus on the Gestetner’s potential to spread information outside the mainstream printing industry, leading to a number of political organisations to adopt the machines. Duplicated material by the Committee of 100 and the Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party illustrate this aspect. The Gestetner as a clandestine printing device is seen in the pamphlets by the Spies for Peace group, exposing the government's secret plans to run the country in the case of nuclear war.

The exhibition will include a retrospective of Alt Går Bra’s mimeographed works over the last four years. This section of the exhibition will center on Alt Går Bra’s book ​The Mimeograph, A Tool for Radical Art and Political Contestation , a compilation of texts by contemporary scholars worldwide dedicated to mimeography and the first known publication dedicated to mimeographic works. ​Alt Går Bra will show its mimeographed books, publications and prints, along with newly produced work for this exhibition.

An events programme will run alongside the exhibition, including an oral history walk around the former factory site and a series of Gestetner duplicator workshops.

Alt Går Bra is an art and research group exploring the intersections between art and politics through exhibitions and publications. 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New series of talks on the Long 1960s

 From Haymarket Books 

Social Histories of Revolution: the long 1960s
A series of events on an era of extraordinary global upheaval
Social Histories of Revolution: the Long 1960s explores the spirit of an era of extraordinary global upheaval, from the perspectives of those whose marches, strikes and movements shook the world.

Through a monthly series of public discussions, to be held in central London from September 2018 to June 2019, we hope to get beyond the usual famous figures to the “social history” that propelled them; that is, history as made and lived by the masses of ordinary people who entered the political stage in collective struggle.

Each session will be opened by historians or direct participants, whose research as academics and experience as militants gives them a unique perspective on the events we will discuss.

But these are not academic lectures; nor do the talks uphold any particular political or party “line”. The majority of each session will be given over to open debate, and we encourage people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to attend, participate, and contribute. Through collective and equal discussion, we hope to reach a deeper understanding of revolution as the active participation of millions of people in changing history.

Registration for each session will open one month prior to the event. Follow our Facebook page for updates or see our website for more details. 
The discussion will usually (but not always) be held monthly at 6.30 pm, in central London, on a Tuesday or Thursday – although note that the first session is on a Monday! See below for confirmed sessions. We hope to see you there!

Programme

Monday 17 September, 2018, 6.30pm: The Sixties and ‘the Long 1968’: Social Transformation and Revolutionary Conjuncture. Neil Davidson, University of Glasgow. Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

Tuesday 9 October, 2018, 6.30pm: The French Sixties and the Refusal of Work. Michael Seidman, University of North Carolina Wilmington. Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB.

Tuesday 23 October, 2018, 6.30pm: Workers in the Cuban Revolution. Steve Cushion, University of London. Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB.

Thursday 29 November, 2018: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Iran, 1979. Torab Saleth, Revolutionary Socialist Tendency, interviewed by Simon Pirani. Venue TBC.

Thursday 13 December, 2018: “You’re not a worker, you’re a pair of hands.” The unofficial Leeds clothing strike of 1970. Liz Leicester, historian and trade union activist. Venue TBC.

Thursday 31 January, 2019: “She’s leaving home”: women’s sixties renaissance. Lynne Segal, Birkbeck, University of London. Venue TBC.

Thursday 28 February, 2019: China and the “cultural revolution”. Steve Smith, University of Oxford. Venue TBC.

Thursday 14 March, 2019: Revolutionary Protest in the Vietnam War Era. Alexandr Sedlmaier, University of Bangor. Venue TBC.

Thursday 28 March, 2019: The Feminist Movement in Italy in the 1960s. Maud Bracke, University of Glasgow. Venue TBC.

Thursday 25 April, 2019: The 1960s and Gay Liberation, Colin Wilson. Venue TBC.

Thursday 30 May, 2019: Revolutionary Change in Egypt. Brecht de Smet, Ghent University. Venue TBC.

Thursday 28 March, 2019: Socialism and Republicanism in Ireland in the 1960s-70s. Brian Hanley, University of Edinburgh. Venue TBC.

Other confirmed speakers (dates to be confirmed soon):
  • The women’s movement in the 1960s. Sue Bruley, University of Portsmouth
Enquiries to: thelong1960s@gmail.com
The talks are co-hosted by the organising committee of last year’s highly successful Social Histories of the Russian Revolution and  Haymarket Books, a radical publisher of political literature.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Remembering the 1970s: Equal Pay strike in West London

Book Review


From the publishers:
    This is the remarkable story, still relevant today, of four hundred women and their supporters who, in 1976, went on strike for 21 weeks to win equal pay with their male counterparts. It took place at the Brentford plant of Trico-Folberth, an American multinational producer of windscreen wipers. The strike was trail-blazing in many ways, and was essential to making women’s rights a central focus for the labour movement in the UK, a major turning point of the 1970s. Trico: A Victory to Remember is indispensable to understanding that shift. Illustrated with stunning archive photos mostly unseen for over forty years, the book charts the women’s campaign to their final victory, including anecdotes from some of those involved.
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Sally Groves and Vernon Merritt, Trico: A Victory to Remember. The 1976 Equal Pay Strike at Trico Folberth, Brentford. Lawrence & Wishart with Unite the Union, 2018. 

This account of the "longest successful strike for equal pay in British Trade Union history" is presented in an attractive and readable form. Sections of reportage and commentary are interspersed with pages of direct quotations, clearly differentiated and attributed, from several of those involved. Many excellent illustrations bring out both the collective experience and the individuality of the women in their struggle. Discreet footnotes (or side-notes) fill out extra bits of background and history.

A Foreword written by the first author in 1977 summarises what these "400 or so very remarkable women" did and why, and what happened as a resut. Strike action was taken in May 1976 when women being paid less than men doing identical work walked out - after "months of frustrating and non-productive negotiations" aimed at persuading a recalcitrant management to fulfil its obligations under the Equal pay Act (which had itself given employers five years to prepare). Three weeks into the action, the strike was made official by the then AUEW; the factory produced items for the motor industry, mostly windscreen wipers and related accessories. A minority of the male workers, about 150, joined the strike, which was to last for 21 weeks, prolonged by "unbelievably incompetent company policy" which caused considerably hardship but at the same time strengthened solidarity and support. Management tactics included hiring transport gangs to smash through picket lines in convoy. Settlement was reached in mid-October, when a mass meeting was told that equal pay had been agreed. The triumphant return to work followed three days later.

First march round Brentford - only women in sight
Second march with the union to the fore.
The strike committee (right-hand page) has 50% women (4:4)

United in victory march, 18th October
Details of incidents, personalities and day-to-day organisation are given in the three parts: "Getting organised", "The battle rages", and "The reckoning", each containing numerous subheadings. Part 1 describes the background of a workforce drawn mostly from nearby council estates, so that, importantly, many of the women were known to each other or related. Labour was segregated by gender, men on the night shift and in "craft" jobs; adjustments led to the few men on the washer assembly line being paid £6.50 per week more than the women. Spontaneous stoppages had occurred in February when shop stewards "restored order". Things were made worse by a "series of phony excuses" including conformity with the (Labout) government's pay policy (wage restraint) and by "hamfisted handling" of grievances, as British managers adopted the methods and "blackmailing tactics" of their American employers.

Part 2 launches into the developing struggle, featuring “Strike breakers incorporated”, “They shall not pass”, and “Battle at the Trico gates” while throughout, the activists' own take on events adds another dimension under a great variety of headings such as Picketing and solidarity, Surveillance, Growth of political awareness, Strike breaking, Sexist attitudes and many more. Despite problems, obstacles and risks it was evidently far from an unremittingly grim experience on  Costa del Trico in that famously hot summer, as many pictures show. Methods included strike bulletins with cartoons (to counter the inevitable press hostility and bias), meetings in nearby Boston Manor Park, with entertainment, and a protest delegation to Brentford police station about police complicity with strike-breakers. They had lots of fine days for it for a time at least. Part 3 continues with “More determined than ever”, “Tribunal trickery” plus the wider picture of outside support being sought and organised and the union involvement, and finally “Victory!”

Acclaim for the settlement, 15-10-1976 (pp.158-9)
This is followed by an analysis-with-hindsight and assessment of contemporary relevance in "Forty years on - what lessons for today?" including a comparison with Grunwick, and an overview of campaigning for equal pay, "Fighting for our rights". Lastly there is an obituary for Eileen Ward, one of the foremost activists. 

The winning formula was, in the authorial view, the “power of direct action backed up by the organised muscle of a strong trade union connection”. Valid perhaps in this sort of context (implementation of reform enacted by legislation), but the point is not lost that it was the women’s own decisiveness and determination that both instigated and sustained the struggle. While it may be difficult in the conditions of 2018 wholly to endorse or revert to the optimism and triumph that are the prevailing mode of the book, it reminds us that such a struggle can be both upbeat along the way and effective in the long run. 

"Local Auhor" - window display, The Pitshanger Bookshop, W5
The Trico factory closed in 1994, with most of the workforce becoming redundant, and different buildings occupying the site, so that in a way these events may appear all to belong in the past. Nevertheless the subject's significance remains as a bit of labour history that should not be forgotten as well as concerning a vital issue still far from resolved. This very worthwhile publication does an excellent job of helping to preserve it in collective memory. 




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Coming Up in the Autumn (or sooner or later)

Listings from various groups and organisations, for different dates and places, in no particular order.
Scroll down to avoid missing anything and to see updates.

STOP PRESS
Socialist bookshop calls for solidarity following Nazi attack
Bookmarks bookshop in Bloomsbury, central London, has called on supporters to attend a solidarity event following an attack by far  right thugs.
Twelve men invaded the shop last Saturday, destroying displays,  wrecking books and chanting Alt-right slogans. One was wearing a  Donald Trump mask.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=2YcDF8EDF3I
Since the attack Bookmarks the socialist bookshop has received  messages of support from leading figures in the trade union and labour  movements and thousands of activists from around the world.
Those tweeting their support include singer and activist Billy Bragg,  Rupa Huq MP, historian Louise Raw and Guardian columnist Owen Jones.
David Lammy MP tweeted: “The normalisation of far right politics is  already leading to chaos and vandalism on our streets. Fascist thugs  attacking book shops is the logical conclusion to a political movement which rejects facts and experts. We need to be vigilant.

Bookmarks is holding a solidarity event in the shop on Saturday 11
August from 2pm. Throughout the afternoon there will be author readings
as well as speakers from the trade union and labour movement.


Dave Gilchrist, manager of Bookmarks, said: “This horrific attack on a  radical bookshop should send shivers down the spine of anyone who  knows their history. The Nazis targeted books because they knew how  important radical ideas are for challenging racism and fascism. The  same is true today, and that is why we have to show that we won’t be  intimidated.
Bookmarks is also calling on supporters to donate funds to help  bolster security in the shop and to replace lost stock. Donations can  be transferred to: Sort Code: 30 93 29 A/c: 00089719

Bookmarks solidarity event
https://www.facebook.com/bookmarks.bookshop/posts/1798447330244013


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At Senate House Library
Rights for Women: London's Pioneers in their own words
Started 16 July, on till 15 December 
Mon.-Sat.
A free exhibition and events season exploring over 50 of London’s female pioneers who broke barriers to drive change and establish rights for women.
A pioneer: Mary Wollstonecraft portrayed by John Opie.
(National Portrait Gallery)
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Guided Walking Tour
Rights for Women: London's Pioneers in their Own Words
Location: Bloomsbury area - meet at Senate House entrance by the cloisters.
Capacity: 20 people per tour

To accompany the exhbition Rights for Women: London's Pioneers in their Own Words, we are providing guided walking tours around the local Bloomsbury area. During the 1hr and 45 mins tour, you will see where 17 of the pioneers featured in the exhibition lived, worked and fought for women's rights. These tours are led by the Camden Tour Guide Association.
Requirements: Proof of your booking will be needed for the tour (please show the tour leader your booking either on your mobile device or print out). To ensure you have the best time on the tour, please ensure you wear comfortable footwear and we advise you to bring a bottle of water.
 Duration: 1hr 45 mins 
 4 August 2018
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NEWS FROM NOWHERE CLUB
President: Peter Hennessy
 Meeting on Saturday 11th August 2018
            at the Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ
"Is Local Press All Over?" Speaker: David Floyd
David is a founder member of Social Spider (a Community Interest Company) in Waltham Forest, set up in 2003. He researches and writes about social enterprise development and social innovation and is the author of the booklet ‘Why Social Enterprise? A Guide for Charities.’  He has written for The Guardian, The Young Foundation and Pioneers Post, has lectured at Goldsmiths College, Middlesex University and the University of the West of England and runs poetry events at the Torriano meeting house. As one of the founders in 2014 of the free independent monthly newspaper, the Waltham Forest ECHO, he will consider whether local newspapers have a future and reveal to us the inner workings of the popular ECHO. (James Cracknell, the editor, is unable to attend as previously publicised and sends his apologies).
 Free entry   7.30pm Buffet   Speaker 8pm  Raffle
Enquiries & to join our mailing list:  0208 555 5248
 ‘The club is a beacon of light.’ - Peter Cormack, Former Keeper of the William Morris Gallery E17
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NEW:
News from Nowhere Club on Saturday 8th September 2018
 ‘I Ain't F***ing Doing That!’
Working with People No One Wants to Work With

Speaker: Charlie Weinberg


Charlie is Executive Director of Safe Ground, the award winning national charity using arts education and therapeutic group work to challenge people in prison, professionals and policy makers to do relationships differently. She will talk about how working with people who struggle to trust is a lifetime's mission. She has performed as a poet, holding a 2009 residency at Iniva, has been part of a film-making programme for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, worked on an award winning social soap opera in Nicaragua for six years and has been designing and delivering therapeutic group work for 25 years. As well as bringing extraordinary wit and dazzling social commentary, she is likely to involve the audience in a conversation about social change.

Venue: The Epicentre, West St E11 4LJ (257 bus / free parking)
Entry only from 7.30pm Buffet   8pm Talk
Free entry / donations welcome / raffle / all welcome / no need to book

Enquiries 0208 555 5248
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History Walk: Peterloo and Radical Manchester
 Historian Michael Herbert will be leading  a Peterloo walk on  Thursday 16th August,   starting at 11.00am  from the main  door of ManchesterCathedral.

The Peterloo  Massacre  took place on 16th  August  1819. A peaceful crowd, gathered at St Peter’s Fields in Manchester   to demand political reform, was attacked by the military,  resulting in at least
18 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
This walk will explore episodes in  Manchester radical  history,  including the Siege of Manchester in 1642, Thomas Walker and the Manchester radical movement of the 1790s,  and the riot at the Royal
Exchange in 1812.  It will end at the site of Peterloo   with an account of what took place on the day hour by hour.
Michael says, "In this walk I will be trying to set Peterloo in a wider context, exploring some of the events in Manchester’s history  which preceded  it . I have become increasingly concerned that the remembrance of  Peterloo has focused just on the events of the day and nothing else.
I am also concerned that it’s being sanitised  and annexed into the heritage industry, particular  the idea of a memorial which I oppose.  If people wish to remember Peterloo , they should take the streets as they did in 1819 and protest against poverty and exploitation."

 The cost will be £8. Advance booking is strongly  recommended  and can be done by emailing:
redflagwalks@gmail.com
Please note that this walk has no connection whatsoever with the Peterloo Memorial Committee.

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From/At WCML
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
Salford, M5 4WX
Building work at the Library
Work will shortly begin on a major project to eradicate the damp in our cellar.  The project will have major benefits such as increasing our storage capacity, as well as ensuring vastly improved storage conditions for the precious material stored on the 0.7kms of cellar shelving.
Needless to say, there will be disruption to the usual running of the Library while this work is underway.  In particular, it will not be possible for readers to have ready access to the full range of our boxes of pamphlet material/newspapers/journals.  The first phase of the project has begun and is likely to last at least until mid-November.  If planning a trip to use our collections, PLEASE contact us in advance to check availability of material you wish to see, to save yourself a potential wasted journey.
Sorry, but [contrary to previous announcement] we will also not be in a position to accept donations of material during this period.
The autumn events programme will run as planned - more details at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
 
How do we get radical change? A discussion meeting
On Saturday 1 September from 11am to 1pm the Library is hosting a discussion meeting on lessons from socialist history / addressing urgent issues today.
Challenges from climate change to increasing inequality show the urgent need for effective radical politics.
This discussion event is an opportunity to debate strategy and direction, drawing lessons from socialist history, and relating them to current issues in British and local politics….
Speakers:
  • Helen Antrobus, People's History Museum, Manchester
  • Christine Berry, researcher/writer on economic change, co-author of People get ready (forthcoming, 2019).
  • John Callaghan, Professor of Politics and Contemporary History, ‎University of Salford
  • Councillor John Ferguson, Labour Party, and Salford City Council Lead Member for Workforce and Industrial Relations
  • Mike Makin-Waite, author of Communism and Democracy (Lawrence and Wishart, 2017) and member of Editorial Board, Socialist History
  •   and discussion.
(All speakers are participating in a personal capacity.)
Admission free.  There is no advance booking for this event so please arrive early to be sure you get in - places in our annexe are limited.

Exhibition: The power of unity - 150 years of the TUC
In 1868 at the Mechanics' Institute in Manchester a meeting took place that became the first successful attempt to bring together the trades unions. The current exhibition at the Library, The power of unity, celebrates 150 years of the Trades Union Congress and looks at the continuing need for unions now.
An accompanying booklet is available for purchase here.
The exhibition runs until 27 September and is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the  month 10am-4pm.
Last chance to visit TUC 150th anniversary exhibition - The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and its last day is Friday 27 September.

The women who said ‘yes’!
An exhibition, The women who said ‘yes’!, is running at the People's History Museum until 23 September telling the extraordinary stories of the 17 women who stood for parliament in the 1918 general election, the first to accept women as candidates.  They ranged from an anti-suffrage woman, Violet Markham, to a long-standing suffrage activist, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence (who stood as Labour candidate for Rusholme), to Norah Dacre Fox, a former suffragette and a fascist sympathiser.
The exhibition also puts the 1918 general election into the wider context of the international feminist struggle for votes for women in the early 20th century.
Alison Ronan will be coming to the Library on 5 December as part of our next series of Invisible Histories talks to tell us more about this topic - more here.

Invisible Histories talks
  • Wednesday 26 September 2pm David Ebsworth Five things you (possibly) might not know about the Spanish Civil War: 
    • [UPDATE] Author David Ebsworth (the pen name of former T&GWU Regional Secretary, Dave McCall) talks about the background to his Spanish Civil War novels, focusing on five largely untold aspects of the conflict - Franco's battlefield tourism; the role of the Co-operative movement's Reynolds News; the strange role of Britain's Establishment; the final days; and the Republican Army's part in the Second World War
  • Wednesday 10 October NB 1pm-6.30pm  Not just Love on the dole: Walter Greenwood and working class writing. This event will mark the publication of Chris Hopkins’s new book on Walter Greenwood, as well as the 80th anniversary of the publication of Love on the dole, and 115 years since Greenwood was born. It is a joint event between the University of Salford and the Working Class Movement Library. There will be six short academic talks in the afternoon, with accompanying small exhibition, here at WCML, followed by a reception for the book launch at the newly refurbished University Library.Salford University Archives hold a collection of Walter Greenwood records including literary manuscripts, working papers, correspondence, photographs, press cuttings and reviews. WCML has examples of Greenwood’s fiction and non-fiction, as well as fascinating items relating to the politics of the Love on the dole era, including National Unemployed Workers Movement material and a 1934 election leaflet showing Greenwood standing as the Labour Party candidate for St Matthias Ward in Salford. 
    Full details and schedule of the great range of talks is at www.wcml.org.uk/WalterGreenwood.
  • Wednesday 24 October 2pm Kirsten Harris  Poetry for a new era: Walt Whitman and British socialism, 1880-1914
  • Wednesday 7 November 2pm Martin Empson, Joseph Arch: agricultural trade unionist and MP
  • Wednesday 21 November 2pm  MaD Theatre  Scenes from the play It’s the wrong way to tickle Mary. This event will feature extracts from MaD Theatre Company’s new play, set at the time of the suffragettes and the First World War, which premières at the Lowry in October
  • Wednesday 5 December 2pm Ali Ronan The women who said yes
Heritage Open Days
Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all free.  The Library is marking Heritage Open Days 2018 with 'behind-the-scenes' tours on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September at 2pm.  Book in advance via info@wcml.org.uk.

Conference, Reappraising the Representation of the People Act 1918
A day conference will take place on Friday 14 September at UCLan in Preston marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which tripled the electorate. The Act and its legacy are still the subject of intense historical debate relating to gender, class and nationhood, and this conference draws together speakers who are currently involved in the debate.

The conference is free with lunch and refreshments provided.  Booking is required via Eventbrite here.
Furhter information from historyoutreach@uclan.ac.uk



Wigan Diggers' Festival

On Saturday 8 September from 11am to 9.30pm the 8th Diggers' Festival takes place in Gerrard Winstanley Gardens, The Wiend, Wigan.  There will be live music, poetry, comedy, educational talks, exhibitions and food and drink.  More details atwigandiggersfestival.org

Commemorating the centenary of suffrage in WiganOn Thursday 22 November from 10am to 5.30pm at the Museum of Wigan Life a full day of speakers, including Helen Pankhurst (grand-daughter of Sylvia), will celebrate the centenary of women over the age of 30 voting for the first time. 
Tickets price £12 for Wigan residents and £15 for others, including lunch, are now on sale.  For more information or to book contact the Museum of Wigan Life on 01942 828128 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk.

{NEW} The art of suffrage propaganda - talk by Elizabeth Crawford
On Friday 19 October at 6pm an illustrated talk will be given by Elizabeth Crawford, author of many books and articles on suffrage history, alongside our forthcoming suffrage centenary exhibition.  Elizabeth will discuss the wide range of artworks – banners, posters, postcards, china, jewellery etc –  produced by suffrage artists in support of the women’s suffrage campaign in the years before the First World War.  The talk draws on research undertaken for Elizabeth's latest book, Art and suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists.
This free talk is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project Voting for change.  There are no advance tickets, so arrive early to be sure to get a place for what promises to be a very popular event.

Suffrage centenary conference - tickets now on sale

On Saturday 3 November at the Old Fire Station, University of Salford, the Library is staging a one-day conference examining the broad range of campaigns to extend the right to vote which have been virtually ignored in this centenary year.

The conference, More than just the Pankhursts: the wider suffrage movement, will run from 10am to 4pm and tickets including lunch and other refreshments price £18 (£10 concessions) + booking fee are now available via Eventbrite here. 
UPDATEDetails of speakers, who include June Hannam and Karen Hunt, together with their topics are now listed at www.wcml.org.uk/SuffrageConference.

This event runs alongside our exhibition Votes for women… or votes for ladies?, which opens on 5 October. There will be the opportunity to view the exhibition, which will display items bought as part of the Library's Heritage Lottery-funded Voting for Change project, at lunchtime during the conference.

We are most grateful to the University of Salford for hosting this event.
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Salford Histories Festival

On Saturday 22 September from 10am till 4pm this year's Salford Histories Festival will be taking place at Hope Chapel, Chapel Street, Salford M3 6AF.  Entry is free, and refreshments are available. Stalls include the Irwell Valley Mining Project, Ordsall Community Arts and Elizabeth Gaskell House - as well of course as the Library.  We will be focusing on our Voting for Change project, and the splendid acquisitions which this Heritage Lottery Fund grant has helped us to obtain.  Pop by and say hello!

Alice Foley - readings from A Bolton Childhood
The North West Labour History Society presents readings from the autobiography of Alice Foley, trade unionist, suffragist and labour activist, on Saturday 22 September at 2pm at the Meeting Room, Bolton Central Library. Alice was the first woman to become a full-time union official in the Lancahire cotton industry, overcoming a great deal of male prejudice along the way.  Her book A Bolton Childhood tells the story of Alice's early life and how she educated herself through the labour movement - it has been described as one of the finest female working class autobiographies of the 20th century.
Admission free.
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From LSHG

Below is the provisional seminar list for the autumn term 2018. 
All seminars take place on Mondays at 5.30pm 
at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1. 
Room 304, third floor (lift available!)


Provisional titles


8th Oct Rupa Huq MP: A recent history of imperial assumptions in the school curriculum


22nd Oct Marika Sherwood the beginning of the Cold War in Ghana (Gold Coast) in 1948


5th Nov John Newsinger The Other Spirit of '45: War, Empire and the Attlee Governments


19th Nov Daryl Leeworthy Labour Country: Social Democracy's Roots and Possibilities.



3 Dec Keith Flett. 50 years since the Pelican paperback of The Making of the English Working Class. Still relevant?
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Deborah Lavin on Annie Besant and Birth Control -- Annie Besant and the Liberal, Radical, Socialist and Feminist Opposition to Birth Control in the 19th Century.
Wednesday 28th November @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
This talk is fifth in the series Writing Wrongs, curated by Deborah Lavin

Free but Registration essential… 
"The story of birth control is usually told as one of almost linear progress against blinkered bigotry. Opposition to contraception may have been blinkered and bigoted, but it was also often liberal, radical, socialist and feminist. Some very surprising figures, including Charles Darwin, Millicent Fawcett and Karl Marx, opposed the early birth controllers. With a brief look at the debates for and against birth control among early 19th century radicals and Utopians and the hounding of John Stuart Mill and Lord Amberley for their support of birth control, the talk goes on to consider the working of the 1857 Obscenity Act in relation to contraception. It will also look at Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh’s challenge to the law by republishing the birth control pamphlet Fruits of Philosophy and making themselves a test case; the ambiguous outcome of the trial and the foundation of the Malthusian Society, which supported birth control as the only cure for poverty; and the strong opposition of many Liberals, radicals, socialists and feminists to contraception. It’s a tale which reveals some very unexpected bedfellows and has relevance to today’s sexual debate." — 
Deborah Lavin is an independent historian, interested in the interface of radicalism, socialism and feminism in the 19th century. She has curated several talks series for Conway Hall and often gives talks herself. Upcoming in January at the Camden Local History, she will give a talk on on the radical Edward Truelove, who unluckier than his friends, Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, ended up in prison for selling and publishing birth control pamphlets. Deborah’s short book Charles Bradlaugh contra Karl Marx, Radicalism vs Socialism in the First International was published by the Socialist History Society and she is currently finishing an enormous tome on a later 19th century figure most contemporaries thought ”best buried in oblivion”, Dr Edward Aveling.

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From “Yellow Ticket” to “Bourgeois Evil”: Prostitution in Tsarist and Soviet Russia 1900-1930

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 19:00 
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL 

Book your ticket for From “Yellow Ticket” to “Bourgeois Evil”, here… 
Prostitution flourished in Russia amidst the social, political and economic turbulence of the early twentieth century. Thousands of women sold sex in the Russian Empire’s rapidly expanding towns and cities in the early 1900s. Many registered their details with the police and attended regular gynaecological examinations in line with the Tsarist system for the regulation of prostitution, which remained in place from 1843 until the collapse of the autocracy in 1917. After their seizure of power in October 1917, the Bolsheviks made it their mission to eradicate prostitution. Early Soviet politicians categorised prostitution as a product of the undervaluation of female labour and the sexual double standard of the old capitalist regime. They claimed that socialism would bring about women’s equality and subsequently spell an end to commercial sex. However, the stigmatisation of women who sold sex continued across the revolutionary divide, which served to justify the repression of prostitutes as antisocial elements in the late 1920s. This talk examines the place of prostitution in Russian society both before and after the revolutions of 1917. In tracing continuity and change in the pre- and post-revolutionary periods, it will map state approaches to prostitution onto the turbulent landscape of revolutionary Russia. 
Dr Siobhán Hearne is a historian currently based at the University of Latvia in Riga. She received her PhD in History from the University of Nottingham in 2017 for a thesis about the state regulation of prostitution in the late Russian Empire, which involved archival research in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia. She is currently drafting her thesis as a monograph entitled Policing Prostitution: The Regulation of Lower-Class People in Late Imperial Russia. She has published several articles on gender and sexuality in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. She tweets from @siobhanhearne

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Socialist History Society

 Launch of a Socialist History Society Occasional Publication:
“The Labour Party in Historical Perspective”

Speakers: Graham Taylor, David Morgan and Duncan Bowie 
Housmans Bookshop, King’s Cross
On Tuesday 7th August, 6.30pm 
Entry fee £3 redeemable against purchase.
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At MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU (nearest tube Farringdon)

FREE TO ATTEND –ALL WELCOME

The Political Victims of the Nazis with Merilyn Moos
 2pm September 22nd 2018
Reflections on the Legacy of 1968 with Mike Makin­ Waite and David Parker
 2pm November 17th 2018 
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Biennial Helliker Lecture 
27 October '18
WHITE HORSE Trades Union Council
2018 Helliker Lecture

To the Memory of Thomas Helliker, the Trowbridge Martyr 1784 -1803

Information Technology:
Challenges and Opportunities in the Workplace
Speakers: 
Nigel Costley - SWTUC

The workplace and our digital future
Rosie MacGregor

West Wiltshire Information Systems: Lessons from a scandal
Mick Rix - GMB National Officer

Automation in distribution and the impact of I.T.
+ Others to be confirmed

Saturday 27th October 10.30 - 3.30
The Cause
42 The Causeway, Chippenham, SN15 3DD
Bar, Refreshments, Free Entry
Further Information 01225 865107
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Marx @ 200, Sun 14 October, London

Chadswell Healthy Living Centre
Lower Ground Floor
Chadswell
Harrison Street
WC1H 8JF
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From IWCE
Independent Working Class Education Network.
If you are going to the Labour Party Conference and decide to get a ticket to The World Transformed which is parallel to it 16th - 19th September/Liverpool you might find "Popular Education Forum: Let’s Build a Network” of considerable interest.  Sunday 23rd September, 3 - 5pm
(Keith Venables for IWCE Network).

TWT2018 Invitation: Popular Education Forum: Let’s Build a Network!
There is an urgent need to scale up political education across the Labour movement. While the energy unleashed by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has led to the regrowth of the Labour Party and the cohering of a wider movement for social and economic transformation, this movement lacks a shared analysis beyond opposition to austerity and the Conservatives. This is in part due to an underdeveloped culture of grassroots intellectual exchange and a lack of resources for political education.
This year we have organised a strand of sessions specifically focused on what we mean by ‘political education’ in this context and how we can start to develop a bigger, better and well resourced popular education movement. As the final part of this strand The World Transformed and NEON (New Economy Organisers Network) will be co-facilitating a session aimed at mapping the current state of left wing political education, building relationships and working out the priorities moving forward.
We would love it if you could come to as much of the strand as possible (look out for the other sessions when the programme comes out soon), however it would be great if you could at least commit to the forum at the end.
The Popular Education Forum, which will take place at TWT2018 on Sunday 23rd September, 3-5pm (Constellations Event Space), will provide an opportunity for organisations to share their projects and feedback about their experience. It will also be open to individual activists interested in developing political education in their community. The aim is to gain a better collective understanding of what we’re already doing, where there are gaps in our work and how we could work together to fill these gaps. Refreshments will be provided!
We want The World Transformed to become more than an annual 4-day festival. As such, we are helping to develop a political education platform and network for the purpose of promoting, improving and scaling-up radical political education across the Labour Party and the broader movement. In order to make this happen it’s vital that the individuals and organisations with political education know-how are included from the start. [...]
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IWCE Day School in Leeds on 6th October


Independent Working Class Education Network Seminar on
"The Frontier of Control: Workplace Regimes from 19th Century to the
21st Century Gig Economy: we are fighting back"

So far, the programme will hope to cover
Session I: The Alienation of Labour: Marx on the capitalist labour process/Scientific management/origins of productivity bargaining, combine committees, automation, worker’s control.
Session II: Pushing at the Frontiers of Control: control in the workplace/ technology/beyond capitalism.
(More ideas are invited, see email* below)

 Join Us on Saturday 6th October
10.15  - 3.00
Best to book a place now by emailing*
Keith Venables at iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk  

UPDATE:
A REMINDER - DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER Best to book a place now by emailing Keith Venables at iwceducation@yahoo.co.uk
Independent Working Class Education Network Seminar on

"The Frontier of Control: Workplace Regimes from 19th Century to the
21st Century Gig Economy: we are fighting back"
You Make It. They Take it!

Join Us on Saturday 6th October
10.30  - 3.00

Directions from this link.    How to Find Us | Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds  

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Medact 
AGM Weekend
21st-22nd September in Glasgow
The AGM will be followed by a dinner and speaker event organised with Medact Glasgow and Medact Scotland. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Medact members and supporters from all around the UK to swap ideas and get to know each other.

To help us plan, we'd be very grateful if you could let us know if you think you'd like to come.

The following day, on 22nd September, we'll be joining people from across the world for the 'Nae Nukes Anywhere' peace rally at the Faslane Nuclear Base - home to the UK's Trident submarines. We'll be providing transport from Glasgow for anyone who'd like to come.

[The AGM is for members but obviously everyone is welcome to the demo. as follows]
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From CND
International anti-nuclear campaigners will address a major rally in Scotland in September. Activists from Israel, Russia, Iran, the Netherlands and South Korea will demand support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as well as highlighting the majority opposition to Trident in Scotland.

The rally will take place thirty miles from Glasgow at Faslane, home to the naval base that hosts Britain's nuclear submarines
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Speakers include: Sharon Dolev, Founding director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement; Ekatrina Earsalovna, Professor of International Relation, Ural Federal University; Anthony Donovan, writer, organiser and documentary maker on peace and disarmament from New York; Emad Kiyaei, a consultant from Iran; Maaike Beenes, an activist with PAX in the Netherlands; Members of the People’s Democratic Party, South Korea; Allison Pytlak, Reaching Critical Will; Timmon Wallis, nuclearban.us, United States.

Nae Nukes Anywhere: demo at Faslane nuclear base
22 September 2018 • 12 noon - 5pm • ALL WELCOME

A long history of protest: Aberdeen student at Faslane, summer 1965
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Also from CND (NEW):
NEW London Peace Networks
The first launch is for the West London Peace Network, at the West London Peace Market this Saturday. After the market, we'll meet in the Church Hall for refreshments and to hear about getting more involved in peace activism in the area. 

West London Peace Network LaunchatSt Michael and All Angels Church Hall

Bath Road Chiswick, London, W4 1TX

St Michael and All Angels Church Hall
Bath Road
Chiswick
London W4 1TX
Sat 22 September 2018
17:00 – 18:00
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From The Sparrows' Nest, Nottingham
Document of the Month – Jul 2018

http://radicalhistorynetwork.blogspot.com/2011/10/genesis-earliest-days-and-prehistory-of.htmlHaving recently worked with various materials related to the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Revolts, we were reminded that the pamphlet series published by Solidarity over many years deserves some more time in the spotlight. Volume 31, published in late 1969, reprinting a report on a strike at the General Motors works in Flint, Michigan. The author had been a Maoist, but Solidarity republished a slightly abridged version of the original report as it was such an excellent account of the events.



And there are new additions to the digital library.
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Also: 
The Long Affray in the Nineteenth-Century East Midlands

A talk by Rosemary Muge
 at the Sparrows' Nest Library and Archive (St Ann’s, Nottingham), 
Saturday 27th Oct. 2 p.m. 
Free event, venue wheelchair accessible, for directions please contact the Sparrows’ Nest.

The terms ‘Long Affray’ and ‘Poaching Wars’ have been coined by historians to refer to the conflicts between poachers, particularly gangs of night poachers, and the gamekeepers and watchers employed by landowners. The Game Laws have been acknowledged as class-based, even by historians who would be reluctant to accept such a description. The passing of the 1831 Game Reform Act made the conflict even more clearly one between working-class people and the landed gentry. In Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, poaching was endemic. The talk focuses on the causes, patterns and effects of poaching in these counties.

Rosemary is a retired teacher (of Maths not History) who has recently completed a PhD in History at the University of Nottingham, after seven years of research and writing up. Previously she completed an MA on Crime and Policing at The Open University. Her interest in the subject area arose from living in East Anglia for many years, an area where poaching was endemic; and from teaching in prisons for seven years, which gave her an interest in crime and the people called ‘criminals’.

There will be tea. There might be biscuits. There won’t be pheasant.
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Visit the Sparrows' Nest website
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