Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Radical History Network of NE London meeting: Resistance to World War One

Next RaHN meeting: Reminder/update

Wednesday 10th September, 7:30pm

Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ
(off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube)

In the build up to the first world war and throughout the war years there were strikes and industrial disputes, anti-war campaigns, conscientious objections and mutinies. These are the stories of resistance to the war that the official commemorations will not tell you.

What can we learn from those inspirational struggles which might help us to oppose and prevent the obscene wars for profit and power throughout the world which governments and military blocs are continuing to wage 100 years after the so-called 'war to end all wars'?


Nick Heath (Anarchist Federation) "Resistance to World War One"

Jennifer Bell (Hornsey Historical Society / Haringey First World War Peace Forum) "We will not fight! -  Conscientious objectors in North London"

PLUS: Discussion on all aspects of local (NE London) resistance to the war as well as the wider national and international context.

The next three London Remembering the Real World War I group meetings will be taking place on

Thursday September 18,
Thursday October 16

Thursday November 6

all from 7.30 until 9.00 p.m. at 

88 Fleet St

Other WW1 events:
6 Sept: ‘The World is My Country’ @ the Poetry Bookfair

To celebrate the people and movements that opposed the First World War!
Peace News' WW1 poems and posters project, The World is My Country, will be at the Poetry Bookfair in London this Saturday (6 September) @ the Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL). The Fair itself runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm, with our slot running 11 – 11.30am.

The event, compered by PN co-editor Emily Johns, will feature specially commissioned poems and songs by Alan Brownjohn, Anna Robinson, Krysia Mansfield and Dan Kennedy.
This is a free event & all are welcome! Please spread the word on Facebook, or retweet us.

Peace News will also be hosting a celebration of jailed WW1-resister Alice Wheeldon with her granddaughter, Chloe Mason, on Thursday 2 October:

And in Manchester

On Saturday 20 September the 2014 peace history lecture takes place at the Friends' Meeting House, Manchester. In No Glory in War: noble cause or capitalist adventure? John Westmoreland, Head of History, York College, will propose alternative views to challenge the inevitability of was as the means to resolve conflict. 

The lecture begins at 2pm, with stalls to browse and refreshments from 1.30pm; there is also the option of a guided tour of Manchester Peace and Social Justice Trail 10.30am-12 noon.  Tickets price £5 in advance, £8 on the door - email gmdcnd@gn.apc.org or phone 0161 273 8283.

Truce tours at IWM North - Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays in September at 3.30pm
Join a free 20 minute Closer Look tour around the Museum reflecting on individual stories, including those who were Conscientious Objectors in the First and Second World Wars, and the idea of truce and conflict resolution and the causes and consequences of conflict.

IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ. Admission free.

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