"The Sheffield Anarchist Book Fair is a free event organised by local activists and volunteers.
Each year, the book fair brings together radical booksellers, distributors, independent presses, and political groups from around the country, and features books, pamphlets, zines, art, crafts and films. It includes speakers, panels and workshops, and is followed by an evening social. Check our Facebook page for ongoing events leading up to the weekend.
For more information see https://sheffieldbookfair.org.uk/;
11th Dublin Anarchist Book Fair in Dublin, Ireland on April 15th and 16th
Space the Final Frontier:
Public meeting convened by London Anarchist Federation
7 p.m. Thursday March 17th
Public spaces- how they're being taken away from us, how we can get them back
We look at the idea of the Commons, fights around public spaces, walking at night, women and public spaces, psychogeography and new visions of the city...
at the Common House, 5E Pundersons Gardens, London E2
Disabled access. Refreshments, plenty of time for discussion.
Neither Confirm Nor Deny = Neither Truth Nor Justice
Release the Names, Open the Files
Solidarity Demo: Tuesday 22 March 9am-10am
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2 (Holborn or Temple tube)
Ada Salter and Ethical Socialism
Speaker: Graham Taylor
7 p.m, 26th April 2016
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green (near Farringdon Underground)
"Ada Salter was a pioneer of an ethical brand of socialism well known nationally and in her local Bermondsey in the early twentieth century. For a long time Salter has been unfairly been neglected. In this talk, which will be based on his new book on Ada Salter, Graham tells the story of this remarkable woman for the first time, documenting her significance for the history of both socialism and feminism. Salter was responsible for most of the ideas behind the Bermondsey Revolution, drawing on her experiences in the women’s movement and as President of the Women’s Labour League. Her ground-breaking ideas on urban development were to spread all over London through her work as an LCC councillor, and all over Britain through her role as Chair of the National Gardens Guild. Salter’s experiences as a ‘Sister of the People’ in the London slums eventually led her to the Independent Labour Party, and to the belief that achieving social justice required a grassroots alliance between the labour and women’s movements. Ada succeeded in winning huge majorities for her ideas."
ATTENDANCE IS FREE – ALL WELCOME
- How does this history connect with campaigns today?
- What are the main differences and similarities? What was better; what was worse?
- Things we can learn from? How much do different generations learn from each other?
LSHG Summer programme
Saturday 30 April - midday - 4 p.m.
One Hundred Years On: The Irish Easter Rising
Institute of Historical Research, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU - Lower ground floor conference area
Speakers include John Newsinger and James Heartfield
On 24 April 1916, Easter Monday, a force of some 900 Irish Volunteers and Citizen Army members seized control of the centre of Dublin and proclaimed the Irish Republic. They held out against the British army until the deployment of artillery forced their unconditional surrender on the 29th. By this time 64 rebel fighters had been killed, together with 132 soldiers and police and some 250 civilians, many shot out of hand by the troops. In the context of the horrors of the First World War, this was a minor episode, the death of some 450 people at a time when hundreds of thousands were being slaughtered on the Western Front. Indeed, there were at the time considerably more Irishmen fighting for the British in France than took part in the Rising. Nevertheless, the Rising had an impact out of all proportion to the numbers involved, the damage suffered and the casualties inflicted. It prepared the way for the triumph of Sinn Fein in 1918 and for the War of Independence and the Civil War that followed. A hundred years later, the rebels are generally celebrated as heroes but important questions remain. Did the they believe they had a realistic chance of success in the face of apparently overwhelming odds or was their rebellion a self-conscious blood sacrifice intended to keep the spirit of republicanism alive? How much popular support did the Rising have at the time? How significant was their alliance with Imperial Germany? What was the attitude of the British left, both revolutionary and reformist, to the Rising? Did Labour MPs really cheer the news of the execution of the rebel leadership in the Commons? What part did women play in the Rising? And what of James Connolly? Was his participation, indeed his leadership role, in the Rising, the fulfilment of his socialist politics or an abandonment of them? What was the significance of his membership of the Irish Republican Brotherhood? Did Connolly really argue that the British would not use artillery because of the damage it would cause to capitalist property? Did he tell the Citizen Army men and women to hold onto their rifles because they were out for social freedom and not just political freedom or is this just a myth invented years later? What became of Connolly’s socialism after his death? Why was the socialist presence in the War of Independence so easily contained, indeed marginalised? For Sean O’Casey, Connolly had forsaken his socialist commitment in favour of republicanism and the only genuine socialist martyr of Easter Week was Francis Sheehy-Skeffington. What was the impact of Sheehy-Skeffington’s murder at the hands of British troops on opinion in Britain? How important was Catholicism to the rebel fighters? Even Connolly was reconciled with the Church before his execution and privately urged his Protestant wife to convert as a dying wish. And the only Protestant in the rebel leadership, Constance Markiewicz herself subsequently converted. There are a host of questions still to be explored and debated while at the same time honouring the memory of those who died fighting the British Empire.
Saturday 21 May - midday
The British General Strike of 1926 - 90 Years On
London Socialist Historians Group forum
Speakers tba - lower ground floor conference area,
Institute of Historical Research, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
Plus seminars coming up on Mondays - details tbc
NEWS FROM NOWHERE CLUB Saturday 12 March 2016
Free entry: voluntary donations welcome
Wakefield Socialist History Group also have a number of events between now and the end of the year.
Our next event is on SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 1pm at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 when Shaun Cohen from the Ford Maguire Society will be talking about THE YORKSHIRE REBELLION OF 1820.
Admission is free and there is a free light buffet. There is also a bar with excellent real ale. All welcome.
on Tuesday 19 April from 6.30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The event is free of charge but registration is required. Please sign up on our Eventbrite page.
Libertarian Education: Marginal Experiment or Instrument of Social Change?
Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6.30pm-8pm
This time we will be focusing on 'libertarian education', which is based on principles such as non-hierarchical relationships, mutual-aid and personal responsibility. In the last century, these values inspired the foundation of radical/democratic schools and (anti)universities. They challenged the role of mainstream schools as ‘reproducers of authoritarian social structures’ and universities as ‘selectors of the ruling class’.
To start a debate on these and other questions, we have invited speakers who will provide different perspectives on libertarian education.
Saturday 5 March at 12.30pm.
The free performances accompany the Library's current exhibition To End All Wars. And good news - the exhibition run has been extended until Thursday 14 April. It's open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday in March and in April 10am-4pm.
Come along to the Library a bit earlier on Wednesday 2 March if you can for the launch at 12.15pm of Alison Ronan's book Unpopular resistance: the rebel networks of men and women in opposition to the first world war in Manchester and Salford 1914-1918. And then stay on to hear our free talk at 2pm about rapper dance! - see below.
And if you're coming on Saturday 5 March bring your butties, because once you've watched the play you can stay on for our International Women's Day talk which is at 2pm that day... See details below.
Rapper sword dancing is a form of traditional dancing from the North East of England. The dance was most often performed around the pubs and bars of mining towns and at competitions in the towns and cities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This talk will be given in the context of the Dancing England Rapper Tournament (DERT) which is coming to Manchester on Saturday 12 March.
Next up in the Invisible Histories series is:
16 March 2pm Chloe Mason Justice for Alice Wheeldon!
In 1917 socialist, feminist and anti-war activist, Alice Wheeldon, her daughter and husband were given long prison sentences, on flimsy evidence, for supposedly plotting to kill Prime Minister Lloyd George and Arthur Henderson, leader of the Labour Party. Chloe Mason, Alice’s great-granddaughter, will speak about the campaign to have the case recognised as a miscarriage of justice.
For the full listing of talks click here.
UPDATE: On Friday 8 April at 1.30pm the launch of a new book about activist Benny Rothman will take place at the Working Class Movement Library. Unite the union's biography Benny Rothman: a fighter for the right to roam, workers' rights and socialism, written by Mark Metcalf, covers not only the part played by Benny in the Kinder Scout mass trespass, but also his battles against Mosley's fascist Blackshirts and his wide-ranging campaigns as a trade unionist and environmentalist.
Benny's son Harry will be in attendance at the event, and everyone who comes along will get a free copy of the 64-page book. Further details from Mark Metcalf at 07952 801783, firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering Mary Barbour - International Women's Day event On Saturday 5 March at 2pm the Library's IWD event welcomes historian Catriona Burness who will give a talk, 'Remembering Mary Barbour - social reformer, rent strike leader, women's peace crusader and pioneering woman councillor'.
Mary Barbour worked tirelessly to change laws to help families in poverty. Her capacity to mobilise working class families, especially women, to challenge the power of landlords and the state during the 1915 Govan rent strike led to the passing of one of Europe’s first rent restriction acts. She also fought for free school milk, children’s playgrounds, municipal wash-houses, and an end to slum housing.
We will also hear from Karen Bosson, North West Regional Women’s Secretary of the Communication Workers' Union and member of the TUC NW Women's Committee, on current women trade unionists' campaigns in our region.
Admission free; light refreshments afterwards.
This event is part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival.
– Shaping Co-operative Education Systems
– Character, Learning and Co-operation
– Learning for Global Co-operative Livelihoods.
More details here.
2 March 2pm Tom Besford Rapper dance - its creation and what it meant to working communities
16 March 2pm Chloe Mason Justice for Alice Wheeldon!
30 March 2pm Cyril Pearce Communities of resistance: patterns of dissent in Britain during the First World War
13 April 2pm Robin Stocks Manchester volunteers in the Easter Rising
27 April 2pm Richard Milward – Luddites’ Nightmares
From London region CND:
A London group to take part is being organised to take part in this month of action.
We have one initial meeting and have formed a small group to take part.
Now we want to invite other people in London to join our group. If you’d like to, please come to our second meeting on Monday the 14th March from 6.30pm at the CND office at 162, Holloway Road N7 8DQ; nearest tube Caledonian Road on the Piccadilly Line. (Turn right out of the station and the front door of the office is about 150 yards down the Holloway Road, on the opposite side of the road, past the London Metropolitan University buildings. There is a large nuclear disarmament symbol on the door, which is a bit obscured behind a bus stop shelter.)
This c. 90 minute walking tour examines the history of explosions in Bloomsbury from the late nineteenth through to the early twenty-first century. It focuses on the traces left behind by bombs: scars on buildings; memorials; memories; and absences. The tour can easily be made fully wheelchair friendly if required.
In the event of bad weather there will be a powerpoint-assisted lecture instead on the same topic, held in room 6.12.
For more information please see:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/articles/2015-16-events/20160319 .
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