Protest, Power & Change is the theme of the 2017 Peace History Conference, organised by Movement for the Abolition of War in partnership with Imperial War Museums.
- ‘Fewer Bombs, More Jobs: The Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards’ Alternative Plan 1976’
- and ‘Lysistrata in the Rainforest: the women’s nonviolent campaign which ended the civil war in Liberia’.
- 50 years since Martin Luther King’s momentous denunciation of the Vietnam War,
- 60 years since activists started coalescing into the movement that became CND,
- 150 years since the births of anti-war artist Käthe Kollwitz and feminist peace campaigner Emily Greene Balch,
- and 500 years since Erasmus published his ‘Complaint of Peace’.
[RaHN Note: The IWM has hosted previous conferences in this series, starting with the first.]
or use a form as below, making your cheque payable to ‘MAW’ and return form and cheque to:
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The NHS cannot take 5 more years of cuts. £22 billion cut. 20% of NHS beds have closed in the last 8 years. STPs plans even more. We are 31st out of 33 OECD countries for number of beds per 1000 population.
In Bolton our STP locality is explicit. It wants a "Smaller Bolton Hospital". Bolton CCG explicitly speak of 50 unneeded beds threatened with closure.
This election people face a real choice. we intend to tell people what is going on. Encourage them to think of the consequences of their vote.
We have Vote#NHS newspapers, leaflets comparing policies, cardboard cut out of Theresa May "Strongly and steadily cutting your NHS", play your cards right, celebration NHS cakes.
The Battle of Wood Green took place on Saturday 23 April 1977. A National Front march left Ducketts Common to march down Wood Green High Road. They were opposed by 3000 anti-fascists and large numbers of Saturday shoppers. Although there had been street skirmishes before, this was the first serious disruption of an NF march.
All are welcome to attend and discuss the Battle of Wood Green and its effect on the future of anti-fascist struggle leading up to the present day - free / donations welcome
London Socialist Historians Group summer seminars 2017
|"A revolutionary committee under the Terror"|
|Decree setting up the Committee of Public Safety|
The future of UK labour law24 June 2017 - 11:00 am - 15:00 pm
King's College London
(History & Policy Research Group)
"With the triggering of Britain's departure from the EU, it is surely time to revisit this entire framework of law. The TUF is therefore initiating a 'root and branch' examination of the origins of British Labour law from the repeal of the Combination laws (1824/5) through to the strengthening of union rights (1870s to 1906) and on to the severe restrictions of those rights in the 1980s. We will then be looking forward with ideas/proposals for a fairer and more balanced scenario in a future post-Brexit Britain."
To book and find out more about the event, please visit here
A musical evening, featuring poems by Joseph Skipsey, a self-educated coal miner, set to music by his great-great-grandson, Chris Harrison. Joseph Skipsey, ‘The Pitman Poet’, was born in Northumberland in 1832. He began colliery work aged seven. Having taught himself to read & write, he published his first book of poems in 1859. Chris has set 24 of Skipsey’s poems to music, calling the project “Carols from the Coalfields”, after the collection which Skipsey published in 1886. The songs offer a rich & varied picture of life in the mining communities, while describing issues & experiences still relevant today. His CDs, volumes 1, 2 & 3, will be on sale (£5 each.)
NEW: DIY CULTURES 2017 SUNDAY 14 MAY
35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
A day-long festival of zines, artist books, comics, talks, films, and workshops.
DIY Cultures is an annual day festival exploring intersections of art and activism, running since 2013. The programme consists of a zine fair, exhibitions, workshops, contemporary craft, panel discussions, comic illustration, video art and digital animation exploring DIY practice. The event has established itself as a leading national forum for artists-run initiatives and alternative publishing. The event distinguishes itself by by its commitment to Black and people of colour empowerment and centralising marginalised histories and subcultures such as neurodiversity, diaspora stories, prisoner solidarity, radical mental health and Muslim communities under the War on terror.
This year’s event is bigger than ever with more than 90 stalls showcasing the best in independent publishing and stands as Rich Mix’s most-attended event of the year. The festival extends to a 4 week exhibition DIY Knowledge running from 3 May until 2 June in Lower Cafe Gallery. The curators have commissioned outdoor art, interactive animation and architectural collective Involve to make a communal table.
This year's highlights include:
+ New film commission on how zines helped Hillsborough justice before the mainstream media (with archival collection.of Liverpool zines under under Thatcher)
+ Zines East Africa showcase how DIY Culture influence spread to Africa with Zines from Tanzania & Uganda exhibition display
+ OOMK Malaysia self-publishing project
+ Book launch of Shy Radicals : the Antisystemic politics of the militant introvert - described as “the Black Panthers of the introvert-class” by DIY Culture co-founder Hamja Ahsan
+ Life-size clay sculpture of Theresa May by May Ayres
+ Longtable on Neurodiversity with Daniel Olivier & Guiliane Kinouni
+ Chicago as DIY Cultures twin city with a collection
+ Artist taxi driver on new BREXIT movie BREXSHIT
+ Kevin Sampson of Hillsborough Voice on learning from the Thatcher era
+ Reclaim Holloway on turning criminal justice into social justice + a live broadcast soapbox run by Clapham Film Unit
+ Autism arts reconsidered with Paul Wady’s Guerilla Aspies & Shaun May
Produced and curated by Hamja Ahsan & Helena Wee of Other Asias, and Sofia Niazi of OOMK magazine.
FIND OUT MORE
For the full programme go to diycultures.tumblr.com
twitter: @diyculturesfair #DIYKnowledge #DIY2017
Suitable for all ages
Open 12pm – 7pm
This event is wheelchair accessible.
HOW TO GET HERE
Rich Mix is located in the heart of Shoreditch with great transport links to the rest of the city.
There is a Santander Cycle hire point at Shoreditch High Street station.
We are right around the corner from Shoreditch High Street station.
Turn left as you exit, then right. You can’t miss us!
The nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Hammersmith & City, District and Metropolitan lines), Old Street (Northern line), Bethnal Green (Central line) and Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City, District lines).
Rich Mix is a 13 minute walk from Liverpool Street station (via Bishopsgate), 14 minutes from Old Street station (via Great Eastern Street), 15 minutes from Algate East (down Commercial Street), and 16 minutes from Bethnal Green station (straight down Bethnal Green Road!).
The numbers 8 and 388 stop near building and can take you to the West End or towards Bow, Hackney and Cambridge Heath.
From Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street you can catch buses numbers 26, 35, 47, 48, 67, 78, 135, 149, 242 and 243.
Our nearest mainline station is Liverpool Street. It has frequent suburban and national services, as well as the Stansted Express for Stansted Airport.
Rich Mix does not have a car park, but there is limited pay and display parking available on Bethnal Green Road and street-metered parking on Club Row and at Arnold Circus.
Euro Car Parks can be found on Shoreditch High Street, and there is an NCP on Great Eastern Street. Both are closed in the late evening.
Disabled parking bays for Blue Badge Holders may be found on Club Row and at Arnold Circus.
This visionary campaigner led the Women's Co-operative Guild between 1889 and 1921 - a period in which it became an outstanding public voice for working class women, and has been described as the ‘left wing’ of the co-operative movement.
10 May Deborah Mutch 'What I mean, my dear': The Woman Worker and the male voice
The Woman Worker began on 1 September 1907 when it was published by the National Federation of Women Workers and edited by Mary R. Macarthur. Although intended by its founder, Robert Blatchford, as the first workers'/socialist publication specifically for women, from the very first issue there was clearly going to be a tussle to have the female voice heard. This talk will discuss the amount of space given over to the male voice in this female publication, and the tone of conversation between the genders across the pages.
|Published by North West Labour History Society, 2015|
Alison Ronan The real rebels of WW1
A short film and illustrated talk by Ali Ronan about the Women’s Peace Crusade in East Lancashire during 1917-1918.
7 June Stephen Mustchin - Strikes, workplace occupations and 'the right to share hardship': engineering trade unionism and the 1980 occupation at Gardner
This talk focuses on engineering trade unionism, workplace conflict and strikes at the famous Eccles-based engine manufacturer L. Gardner and Sons.
21 June Dean Kirby - Angel Meadow
Journalist Dean will take listeners on a journey through this 19th century Manchester slum which was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels.
5 July Bruce Wilkinson - Three Lancastrian poets of the '60s
Bruce's book Hidden culture, forgotten history looks at the 1960s publishing and political activities of working class Lancastrian poets Jim Burns, Dave Cunliffe and Tina Morris, and traces their literary and activist impact.
19 July Dave Randall - Sound system: the political power of music
Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave an insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture.
Further details of these talks, plus more coming up, are at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
[Due to short-staffing the Library will not be open on Friday 26 May. Apologies for any inconvenience.]
1842 - blood on the streets of Halifax
On Monday 1 May the annual May Day parade is being organised by Salford Trades Union Council. This year the theme is Unity in the Community and community groups are invited to bring banners and flags and join in the parade.
Friends will gather in Lincoln Square (Brazennose Street, Manchester M2 5LN) which is the announced site for the future Peace Garden. There will be words, music and silence and names of local conscientious objectors will be read out.
The flame still burns: the creative power of coal
James Connolly exhibition closes soon, Marx and Engels thereafter!
HiDDEN 'object swap' The Library is one of the eight members of the HiDDEN network of small cultural attractions in and around Manchester. From now until July HiDDEN members have done an 'object swap', and visitors can see in our hall some items from the Belle Vue collection at Chetham's Library. There are also items on display at Chetham's from our collections here, on a Marx and Engels theme in tribute to the many visits paid by both men to study in that building. Pop in to both libraries to see the displays - and while you're about it, why not also visit the other HiDDEN members?: Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester Jewish Museum, Museum of Transport, Pankhurst Centre and Victoria Baths.
RISE! - also featuring Open Voice Community Choir - comes to Oldham Baptist Church at 7pm on Friday 12 May and St Margaret's Church, Rufford Road, Manchester M16 8AE at 7pm on Saturday 13 May. More information at https://www.facebook.com/pg/
The play comes to Manchester Central Library at 6pm on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May. Tickets price £8 are available here.
Tayo's Call Mr Robeson is back in our area on Saturday 13 May at Crich Glebe Field Centre, and in July as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival. More details here.
Call for papers - ‘Fake news!’: an historical perspectiveIs 'fake news' necessarily a new phenomenon? The control, presentation and manipulation of news has played a key role in the history of Anglo-Irish relations, and a similarly important role in the assertion and subversion of power in colonial, totalitarian and radical societies throughout history worldwide.
The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland seeks to investigate this phenomenon and its historical application in the print media at its tenth annual conference at Newcastle University this November. Papers are invited which interrogate and/or challenge these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The focus of papers should be on print media.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2017. For further information about submitting proposals please email James O’Donnell at email@example.com.
Marx Memorial Library Open Day
Also at MML:
“Any help possible will be given”: official launch of the website on the history of Manchester and Salford Women’s Trade Union Council, 1895-1919
Saturday 29th April 2017, 2.15pm, in the Mary Quaile Room, Manchester Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD. Speakers: Bernadette Hyland (Mary Quaile Club), researcher and political activist; Lisa Turnbull, activist in the Durham Teaching Assistants dispute
UPDATE: The website is now live at at : http://www.mswtuc.co.uk/
From MQC:NUJ social for Exiled Journalists Network
at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX.
(2) From September 1910 until August 1911 there was considerable labour unrest in the South Wales coalfield. At its peak some 30000 were out.
(3) The decision of the miners' union to call a national strike in 1912 over the issue of a national minimum wage followed prolonged radical agitation from below by rank and file militants who were unhappy with the slow progress of formal negotiations and who were unhappy also with the labourist/"Lib-Lab" politics of the union leadership.
When: Sunday 7th May, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: Sutton House, 2 and 4 Homerton High Street, London E9 6JQ. Map here.
Booking essential. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
What: hear a roundtable of speakers who are engaged in cultural and community activities in related fields, reflect on the history of Centerprise as re-presented by a hackney autobiography and join the discussion. Receive a free copy of The Lime Green Mystery, preview the app and get help downloading it.
PEACE NEWS PRESENT
‘Chelsea Manning's Freedom Celebration’Wednesday 17th May, 7pm
Housmans, Peace House, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
Join us to mark the day the U.S. whistleblower Chelsea Manning walks free from military prison. Speakers from Veterans for Peace to be confirmed. Wine, soft drinks and snacks provided.
Chelsea Manning is a whistleblower who was working for the US military as a data analyst during the US-led coalition war in Afghanistan. She is currently serving a 35-year sentence in military prison for leaking classified US government documents to the Wikileaks website, and revealing to the public that the US army, the CIA and Iraqi and Afghan forces committed human rights violations.
Chelsea has always claimed that she released information in the public interest. The crimes she exposed have never been investigated.
In one of his final acts before leaving office, US President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence; the 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17th May, instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
London Radical Bookfair 2017
The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
Forwarded from Sparrows' Nest:
16 Vernon Avenue, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 3FX
The sale will be opened at 10am on Friday April 28th by St Anns-born Henry Normal. As well as being a thoroughly nice and interesting person, he has done tons of creative things in poetry, TV, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The second half of the booksale will also have a ceremonial opening [For those who like that sort of thing...]. Councillor Sandra Barnes, the Mayor of the Borough of Gedling, has very kindly offered to open it at 10am on Friday May 5th. Any worries that you might not recognise her because of her mask can be laid to rest – look for the Mayoral Chain of Office. [...]
Because we have so many books priced at 10p (in Saithwaite House/the shed), and are having storage problems with them, there will be an innovation this year. You can still buy one for 10p, 2 for 20p, etc. But you can also fill a cloth shopping bag with as many as you can cram in, and have bag and books for 30p.
These shopping bags are not to be confused with the beautiful handmade one-off pieces designed and made by Margaret which we will be selling at only £5 each, again with all proceeds going to our two charities.
We have a lot of children’s books too. Visitors from last year may remember the ExLibris Express – the train built out of a felled tree, pallets and wind turbine tail vanes. It will again be stopped at Adlestrop Station for young (and older) visitors to explore, and this year has beefed-up bubble supplies. The station has had major improvements made, in the form of the addition of a ticket office, open to staff only (i.e. anyone small enough to fit in).
Again, we’ll be collecting vegetarian food for local food banks. Tins are preferred because it doesn’t matter if they get a bit damp while they’re in the garden. Women’s sanitary products will also be welcome for food banks.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! These booksales can only ever take place with all the help and support we get from so many people. So whether you are one of our volunteers, or you’ve donated books, or you’ve spread the word, or you’ve bought books: your contribution is greatly appreciated. ExLibris Masked Charity Booksales are a community effort.
Thanks for your continuing support, and we hope to see you soon,
Your Masked Booksellers.
(Also from Sparrows' Nest)
Over the next few weeks you can meet us at two bookfairs:
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair
Saturday, 20th May
Please have a look at the all new singing and dancing website with its brilliant new search function, making it easier and more convenient than every to enjoy the recent additions to the Digitial Library, including a few years worth of Freedom newspapers! Visit the Sparrows' Nest website: http://thesparrowsnest.org.uk