- A REVOLUTIONARY SCHOOLGIRL OF THE 1960s
|The C100: A patchy summary in|
"Peace: 50 Years of Protest" by Barry Miles (2008)
[*It might be more accurate to say that while the Easter marches -- after the first, see Past Tense blog, 4-4-16 --were organised by CND, the Committee of 100 was the instigator of the mass sit-down protests ("civil disobedience"), e.g. Trafalgar Square 1961. - Blogger.]
- Marching with the Quakers and singing
- A busload of people from Aberdeen for the Aldermaston marches
- 1958 march - “I'd never walked that far, but it was a huge buzz being with that many people” - from someone who was 18 and pregnant at the time (and later got married in a red dress, adding further to the scandal and rumours about her being a communist).
- Early 1960s was about childcare for me – difficult to keep up with the reading which seemed to be required – more discussion than activism, with the exception of peace marches.
- Another contributors trajectory was from CND to America, then Algeria and then back to the UK to Warwick University where EP Thompson was lecturing. The first UK women's lib groups emerged (or rather the first to use that name) – circulating literature from the movement in the USA.
- Divisions in the 60s? Freedom vs Black Flag, pacifists vs situationists, “it wasn't just the trots who were sectarians.”
- The New Left – also seen as a more disparate movement including self-organised women's, green, black movements plus bookshops, local papers, strikes and occupations. “The personal is the political”. May Day Manifesto 1967.
- 60s cultural revolution – open minds and questioning all aspects of society.
- Squatting / housing co-ops. London squatters were also involved with Committee of 100. Ron Bailey - “King of the squatters”.
|John McGuffin wrote about his experiences|
in this article and a later book:
Internment! (Anvil Books, 1973
|Article reference: New Blackfriars No. 619. Dec.1971: 532-541.|
- The occupation of Centrepoint – then a new office block in the centre of London – in protest about lack of decent housing.
- 1st Glastonbury festival – inspiring at the age of 16 “everyone sharing, no fences, no gates”.
- The SWF (became the Solidarity Federation - Solfed) – links with Spain and the CNT in the 1970s – very underground at the time. Within weeks of Franco's death 100,000s of people had joined the CNT. There was a strong Spanish exiles movement in London.
- Some comments about anarchists and the Vietnam war – whilst opposing US aggression, many (most?) anarchists (and the Solidary group) were of course also opposed to the Viet Cong.
- The police became more militarised in the 1970s because of demonstrations like Lewisham in 1977 (a huge successful mobilisation against a National Front march). This lead to the formation of the Special Patrol Group – used to attack Grunwick strikers.
- Grosvenor Square - “I saw mounted police for the first time”. People were shocked when baton charges first happened.
- Torness anti-nuclear power march in Scotland – anarchist occupied the site of the new power station. March organisers chanted “Out! Out! Out!” against them.