Edited report from organiser’s notes
Some (10) of us met up last Thursday to discuss ideas around counter-histories of World War 1, and taking forward opposition to the upcoming official commemorations. We had a good practical meeting with some concrete decisions
We did agree to set up as a London group, not yet named, that would meet regularly; we hope similar groups may be set up elsewhere.
We honour all the dead.
The war arose from normal capitalist social relations.
Working class resistance stopped the war.
(These may need to be expanded on).
The London group will meet again on Thursday 12th December, at 7.30 at the Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London.
Contacts with people/groups also working on this issue in other countries
[Link to BRH spreadsheet on mutinies/strikes in the British armed forces in early 1919.]
100 years since the Easter Rising
A timeline of events planned for the official commemorations; from that we could work out some concrete plans.
Actions at or counter to official events, to raise awareness, say we’re still here, still opposing war.
Specific actions or demos to commemorate specific events: one that has already been suggested was the big anti-war demo in 1914, just before war was declared;
Plus: a dedicated website or blog, which could serve as a focus for groups nationally; publicity: media stunts; music (anti-war songs from history); stickers; and publications such as a short pamphlet summing up anti-war resistance in London.
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