Information from CND emailings:-
Join CND’s US embassy protest: Friday 11 August, 1 p.m.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament condemns Trump's comments and we call on the British government to take swift action to de-escalate this terrifying crisis before it's too late.
UPDATE Sat. 12th August - How it went...
From:Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament [firstname.lastname@example.org]
CND visited the US Embassy today as part of a delegation of journalists, writers, and peace activists. Our aim was to deliver a letter calling on the US government to stop its nuclear brinkmanship in the crisis with North Korea.
Sadly, the US embassy declined to accept our letter. See what happened for yourself in the video above and share the video with your friends.
Millions of people around the world are concerned about the growing threat of nuclear war. Civil society organisations are calling on the British government to call for restraint and a different approach by Britain's main ally, yet Theresa May has been silent about the crisis.
We thank those who participated in today's delegation, in particular Giles Fraser, journalist and priest; Victoria Brittain, writer and journalist; Bruce Kent, peace activist; Jan Woolf, playwright; Helen Drewery, Quakers in Britain; Carol Turner, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition and Murad Qureshi, Stop the War Coalition.
REMINDER: Radical History Festival and the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair
on 16th / 17th September! Make a weekend of it!
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Our autumn events schedule is now up on our Web site - head to www.wcml.org.uk/events for full details of events including the launch of Ian Parks'sbook of poetry, Citizens, and the start of our new Wednesday afternoon Invisible Histories series with a talk on comparing Manchester, Lancashire and Bangladeshi traditional song.
226 plates for peace - artist talk and launch event
The outcome of this research is the creation of art installation In Service 1918-2017 which will consist of 226 commemorative ceramic plates, one for each global conflict since 1918 and all listing the number of fatalities for that conflict. Volunteers have helped decorate many of the plates (you can read more on James's blog here) and they are shortly going to be taken for firing at Darwen Terracotta.
The Library will stay open on 21 September after its usual closing time of 5pm - drop in any time to browse items reflecting the themes of Ian's poetry, and purchased as part of Voting for Change, a joint project between the Library and the People's History Museum.
Peterloo 'Living History' performance
And you can read more about what's happening elsewhere in our area to mark the anniversary in the Salford Star summary here.
He has now put together a short film to share his initial findings and this is being given a free screening at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ on Monday 21 August at 7.30pm. More details at www.facebook.com/
R F Mackenzie: The Last Word on Education
Speaker: Ros Kane
R F Mackenzie (1910-1987), a libertarian teacher inspired by A S Neill, chose to work in state education. As head of two Scottish secondary schools, he tried to run them in ways that caused great controversy, leading to the end of his headships. For the rest of his life, he publicised his ideas. Mackenzie wrote several well-received books. His biography by Peter Murphy is rightly called ‘The Life of RF Mackenzie: Prophet Without Honour.’ Ros, with a background in teaching, community action, psychotherapy & child mental health, believes Mackenzie’s ideas are enormously important & relevant to our times. Does anything else need to be written?
Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone, London E11 4LJ.
Enquiries 0208 555 5248
East Anglian INDEPENDENTWORKING CLASS EDUCATION Event
If you would like to contribute with a brief talk please email
Remobilising militant pasts: Histories of Protest, Unrest and Insurrection in Politics and Culture
For programme and registration details please see here:
- Saturday 12 August at 13:00–16:30 UTC+01
- Clifton Rise, London, SE14 6, United Kingdom
"The far right had become, pre Lewisham, mainstream in the media, in political life and often, in popular culture. In 1977, the National Front received over 100,000 votes in London elections.
The historic day in Lewisham, itself, saw trades unionists, socialists, Labour Party members, and crucially, many people from Lewisham itself, come together to say enough is enough.
"Up to 10,000 people joined in to oppose the NF. All the fascists possible routes were continually blocked, NF banners were burned, and Bob Marley was played. The counter demo became a great example of black and white unity.
"Nazi organizations such as the NF, believed that they could build a mass movement based upon racial prejudices and racist violence. They were wrong, and they were defeated.
"Ted Parker who took part in the battle, mentions, 'Thereafter the NF never again posed a serious political threat. Lewisham led directly to the formation of the Anti Nazi League (ANL) which, together with Rock Against Racism (RAR), and nowadays Love Music Hate Racism mobilised hundreds of thousands in collective expressions of solidarity between those of differing cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Organised racism was marginalised for the next quarter of a century' "
"Come and march and meet with some of the key individuals, who alongside many others, helped beat back the rise in racism and the fascists who fed off such poison.
People who played a critical role at Lewisham and some who helped form the Anti Nazi League (ANL), will recall the day the Nazis were stopped from marching and why it matters today. We'll assemble at Clifton Rise, a key location on the day.
The united front of socialists, trades unionists, Labour members... anyone against the Nazis, that was the ANL, was inspired from Lewisham. Alongside Rock Against Racism, the ANL was crucial in undercutting the then growing NF.
The ANL combined physically confronting the Nazis wherever they raised their ugly heads with powerful propaganda exposing the little Hitlers. It was a mass movement, that faced with the challenges posed by Le Pen, Golden Dawn and Jobbik, still resonates. Please share this event, invite your friends, let's celebrate the victory and ensure today's fascists are defeated."
Hosted by Unite Against Fascism
See also the commemorations being organised by Goldsmiths College - here
Further to above, from BBC News, 30-8-17: "A Look Back at the Battle of Lewisham"
A collaboration between the Histories of Activism Group at Northumbria University, and the North East Labour History Society.This day school will reflect on the last fifty years in the North East, and especially the great changes that have occurred in politics, culture and society.
The workshops will focus on specific subjects such as Labour Activism and Music and we believe it will revive the spirit of the History Workshop conferences. The backgrounds of the participants will be mixed, including academics presenting their research, as well as activists and historians working outside of a formal academic framework.
To book your place in this Day School, please let us know on email@example.com. Attendance is free, and coffee and lunch will be provided
10:00 – 11:00 Plenary, Keynote Speaker: Dr John Charlton11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
11:30 – 1:00 Three parallel workshops:
2:00 – 3:00 Three Parallel Workshops
While the list of examples is very much open, we are looking at things like the East London Federation of Suffragettes, the New Cross Massacre Action Committee, inter war anti-fascism in the east end of London, the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders' work-in etc. We are particularly interested in migrant struggles and organising.
At this stage we are not particularly looking at undertaking original research, it is more a case of exploring what has already been written and in particular first hand accounts.If anyone is interested or would like to contribute (either by joining a 'reading group' or simply by supplying a suggested reading list, then please register their interest here: https://goo.gl/forms/
Saturday 9 September: GEORGE ORWELL AND SOCIALISM
Radical history walks in August in Manchester
Mary Quaile Club co-founder Michael Herbert will be doing three walks in August on Votes for Women, Peterloo and Radical Ashton-under-Lyne..
The cost of each walk is £8. Advance booking is strongly recommended as places are limited.
To reserve places or for more information, please email Michael: redflagwalks@
Saturday 12th August. ” Manchester First in the Fight”: Votes for Women, 1866 to 1928
Meet at 11.30am outside the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.
This walk will tell the story of the campaign for “Votes for Women” in which Manchester played a major role. We will encounter the leading figures of the suffragist and suffragette movement including Lydia Becker, Esther Roper, Eva Gore-Booth, Annie Kenney, Hannah Mitchell and the Pankhurst family.
Saturday 19th August. The Story of Peterloo Masacre, August 1819
Meet at 11.30am, by the statue of Richard Cobden, St Ann’s Square
The Peterloo Massacre of 16th August 1819 was Manchester’s most traumatic political event. A peaceful crowd of men, women and children, numbering tens of thousands, was attacked without warning by the miltary, resulting in many deaths and injuries. This walk will explore the background to the Massacre, setting it in the context of the radical movement of the late C18th and early C19th and the Manchester food riots of 1812. At the end we will follow the events on the day on the place where Peterloo took place.
Sunday 27th August. Radical Ashton-under-Lyne.
Meet at 11.30am by the Town Hall steps. Market Square.
This walk will explore a number of episodes in Ashton-under-Lyne’s radical past, including the political career of socialist and suffragette Hannah Mitchell, the Chartist Rising of 1848, the Bread Riot of 1863, the Anti-Irish Riot of 1868 and the formation of the Co-operative movement. This walk will be a fund raising walk for The Poor Side of Life blog, written by Charlotte Hughes.