Twelve men invaded the shop last Saturday, destroying displays, wrecking books and chanting Alt-right slogans. One was wearing a Donald Trump mask.
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.”
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
At Senate House Library
Rights for Women: London's Pioneers in their own words
Started 16 July, on till 15 December
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)
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
NEWS FROM NOWHERE CLUB
President: Peter Hennessy
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: email@example.com
Please note that this walk has no connection whatsoever with the Peterloo Memorial Committee.
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.
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….
- 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.
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
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.
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
- Wednesday 10 October NB 1pm-6.30pm Not just Love on the dole: Walter Greenwood and working class writing. A joint event with the University of Salford, marking the 80th anniversary of the initial publication of Love on the Dole, and launching Chris Hopkins’s new book on the topic. Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference, Reappraising the Representation of the People Act 1918
The conference is free with lunch and refreshments provided. Booking is required via Eventbrite here.
Furhter information from email@example.com
Suffrage centenary conference - tickets now on sale
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. More details to follow.
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.
"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.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Book your ticket for From “Yellow Ticket” to “Bourgeois Evil”, here…
Launch of a Socialist History Society Occasional Publication:
Housmans Bookshop, King’s Cross
Entry fee £3 redeemable against purchase.
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU (nearest tube Farringdon)
2pm September 22nd 2018
2pm November 17th 2018
27 October '18
To help us plan, we'd be very grateful if you could let us know if you think you'd like to come.
The rally will take place thirty miles from Glasgow at Faslane, home to the naval base that hosts Britain's nuclear submarines.
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|
From The Sparrows' Nest, Nottingham
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.
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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