Note from Keith Flett:
I'm afraid that the planned launch of a History of Riots on 16th March has had to be postponed. The reason is entirely mundane. Copies will unfortunately not now be available from the Publisher until 21st March and it is a little silly to have a book launch without a book. It will be re-arranged for after Easter.
Islington Against Police Spies: SACK BOB LAMBERT!
Part 2 : Sisters with Mourning Hearts:
These dangerous women! Manchester women and The Hague Congress 1915
The draft plan for the second part of the series about anti-war women in the NW is:
- A short film about young Manchester activists in WW1 introduced by Sue Reddish
- A film of the reconstruction of The Hague delegation in 1915 ( made by the Clapham Film Unit in conjunction with WILPF, HLF funded) and introduced by the film maker(hopefully!)
- A brief illustrated talk by Ali Ronan about the political intrigue surrounding the election of the Manchester delegates and the development of the Women's International League in the city and the region during 1915.
We are holding a pre-election meeting around the theme DEMOCRACY AND THE MEDIA looking at the struggle for media pluralism past and present.
The meeting will be held at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 on Saturday 18th April, 1pm.
The main speaker is GRANVILLE WILLIAMS.
Granville is a member of the National Council of the CAMPAIGN FOR PRESS AND BROADCASTING FREEDOM and UK Co-ordinator of the EUROPEAN INITIATIVE FOR MEDIA PLURALISM.
He is also the editor of a new book, BIG MEDIA AND INTERNET TITANS.
Free admission and free light buffet.
We are also looking for other speakers for this event so if interested -or if you have suggestions for speakers- please get in touch.
Felicity Dowling, a National Officer with Left Unity and one of the 47 councillors surcharged in Liverpool in the 1980's, said most young people today can't afford to buy or increasingly even to rent. This is despite us being "one of the richest countries in the world."
Karen Fletcher from Barnsley spoke passionately about the unfairness of -and the fight back against- the Bedroom Tax.
Kevin Feintuck and Ian Brooke -both rank and file housing workers- articulated the need for grass root campaigns.
And finally Cllr Hilary Mitchell argued for a change in attitudes to tenants, for regulation through minimum and maximum rents and for better enforcement against bad landlords.
Our International Women's Day event on Saturday 7 March at 2pm is a talk by Tansy Hoskins about her book Stitched Up - the Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion. All welcome, admission free.
The book delves into the alluring world of fashion, to reveal what is behind the clothes we wear. Moving between Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Marx, the book explores consumerism, class and advertising to reveal the interests that benefit from exploitation.
Stitched Up won the Institute of Contemporary Arts Bookshop's Book of the Year for 2014.
This talk is part of the Wonder Women series of events. Other events taking place include Radical Jewish Women, a free talk by Rosalyn Livshin, at Manchester Jewish Museum on Sunday 1 March at 2pm.
The first talk in the Library's new Invisible Histories series is on Wednesday 11 March at 2pm: From Bilbao to Manchester: the Basque child refugees of 1937 by Charles Jepson.
In June 1937 a large group of Basque refugee children arrived in Manchester. They had fled their homes in Bilbao in order to escape the daily bombardment inflicted by Franco's fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War. They would spend the next two years living in a number of Basque Colonies in the Manchester region.
Admission free; all welcome.
Future talks in the series are as follows:
Wed 25 March ''Red Nelson": the English working class and the making of C.L.R. James - Christian Hogsbjerg
Wed 8 April The people: the rise and fall of the working class, 1910-2010 - Selina Todd
Wed 22 April Notoriously militant: the story of a union branch at Ford Dagenham - Sheila Cohen
More information at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
• The new (and non-aligned) left
• Feminism, the women’s movement and the left
• The left and the politics of sex/sexuality
• The role of the left in the trade union movement
• The changing attitudes towards class by the far left
• Militant/Socialist Party (and the politics of entryism)
• The left and devolution
• The Healyite groups – The Club, Socialist Labour League, Workers Revolutionary Party
• Anti-revisionism/Maoism in Britain
• The left and electoral politics (Socialist Alliance, RESPECT, TUSC, etc)
• Anti-War/Peace movements and the left
• The role of intellectuals on the left (such as Stuart Hall, E.P. Thompson, Perry Anderson, etc)
• The left’s internationalism in the Cold War era
• The role of migrants and ethnic minorities on the left
• Or any other aspect of the British far left if suitably interesting.
We welcome proposals from both scholars and activists, but emphasise that chapters must be presented in an academic format, written ‘objectively’ and with references to primary source materials.
300 word abstracts and a short bio should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Please email either editor with any further questions.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS – MARCH 30, 2015
Details of the first volume, Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956 (Manchester University Press, 2014), can be seen here:
Tuesday, March 24th 2015. Birkbeck, University of London.
And next RaHN meeting is scheduled for 13th May, topic t.b.c. - change of plan, see post May 6th