Monday, March 2, 2015

Events March On…

Brought forward, new, updated...

14th March 2015
March Assembles Hyde Park Corner at noon - just inside Hyde Park by the Hyde Park exit from Hyde Park Corner tube.) 
Rally In Old Palace Yard from 2.30pm to approx. 4.30pm.
 Fukushima anniversary demonstrations website:

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.
I am working on the Summer term programme but in the meantime a reminder that contributions for the next LSHG newsletter should be sent in (all welcome) by the beginning of April.

Islington Against Police Spies:  SACK BOB LAMBERT!

Former Police Spy, Serial Liar & Exploiter of Women

Join us to demand the removal of Bob Lambert from London Metropolitan University.

Next Picket at London Met

Friday March 27th
12.00 – 2.00pm

LMU Tower, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

Bring placards, banners, sound systems, anything to make noise…

North-West England
Save the Date! Monday March 30th 6pm-7pm @City Archives 
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.
Here is the official link to the event. It is free but please book if you are coming as the archivist needs to know roughly how many chairs are needed! Many thanks! 

Democracy and the Media: Struggles for Media Pluralism Past and Present..          

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.

Thirty two people attended a meeting at the Red Shed [Wakefield] on Saturday 28th February to commemorate the centenary of the 1915 Glasgow Rent Strikes.
The speakers focused on the housing struggles that still go on today.
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. 

Independent Working Class Education Seminars

May we invite you to contribute to our next two Seminars
and to join our course in Barnsley?

IWCE : planning education for change
Saturday 21st March 10.30 - 3.30
London Brunswick Community Centre [next to tube station]

Women Making History
Sat 13th June, London

YOUR offers of short presentations are very welcome.

Northern College (Barnsley) Weekend Course
29th/30th/31st May
A World To Win: Unions Past, Present and Future.
£50.00 all in. Places very limited.

To offer or sign up, email Keith Venables

We are also working on a Manifesto and there will be Seminars in
Edinburgh and Leicester later in the year. HAVEALOOK at our

WCML, Salford
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.
From anarchists in the 1900s, to communists in the 1920s and anti-fascists in the 1930s, Jewish women in Manchester have been defying traditional conventions and have been active in radical political circles. These women will be the focus of this talk with historian Rosalyn Livshin, who will build on her PhD research into political non-conformity in Manchester's Jewish Community between 1889 and 1939 to explore women's roles in Manchester's radical political movements - and the impact they had within the Jewish community.

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

Evan Smith (Flinders University) and Matthew Worley (University of Reading) are considering chapter proposals for a second edited volume on the British far left in the post-war era (1945 to the present). We are currently seeking chapter proposals on the following topics:

• 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: or Please email either editor with any further questions.


Details of the first volume, Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956 (Manchester University Press, 2014), can be seen here:
ISBN: 978-0-7190-9590-0
Subject Area: Politics
BIC Category: Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies 
Published: October 2014
234 x 156 mm
272 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press

A RaHN member comments:
From what I heard of Vol.1 at a launch meeting under the auspices of London Socialist Historians, it’s not strong on the libertarian side of things, apart from some acknowledgement of anarchism. The suggestions for chapter proposals seem to offer some scope for rectifying this omission - not that writing chapters in expensive academic tomes is the best way to celebrate and remember our history, but it may help a bit, in the long term...


'What is Radical History?': A One-Day Post-Graduate Led Interdisciplinary Conference
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

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