There can be no justification for chemical weapons attacks, or for despicable bombing that targets civilians, but further air strikes will only extend the appalling suffering of the people of Syria.
CND works for 'the prevention and cessation of wars in which nuclear weapons may be used' and there can be no clearer example of such a situation than that which we are currently facing. Diplomatic and political solutions must be sought.
Take action: Protest Please join us at Downing Street this evening (Friday 13th April) at 5 pm to protest against UK involvement in any military escalation. More information
IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS
‘Tottenham's Trojan Horse? A Tale of Stadium-led Regeneration in North London', author Mark Panton in conversation with community activists Dave Morris and Martin Ball
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Mark Panton will be in conversation with Haringey community activist Dave Morris to discuss the demolition of properties for the fans’ walkway in Tottenham, the Our Tottenham network of community groups and the Haringey Development Vehicle.
‘Tottenham’s Trojan Horse?’ is fully illustrated by Amanda Lillywhite in a comic format. It features research from Mark Panton’s doctoral thesis and dialogue from interviews conducted by him. It was funded by the Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of London.
'Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions' with Johann Hari
Wednesday 11th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Tickets available here
“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”:
London and the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike
with Terry Conway, Hilary Wainwright,
Diarmaid Kelliher, Gary Cox and Terry HarrisonWednesday 2nd May, 7pm
‘May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France’
with Mitch AbidorTuesday 15th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against purchase
Check out the programme: http://womensrightshistory.org/fck-may68-workshop-programme/
1968-2018: A Celebration of 50 years of Resistance, Campaigning
and Alternatives for A Better World
Sunday, 3rd June 2018
From Midday at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.
Midday-2pm film screening of “if....” (ticketed)
2-3pm browse our exhibition (free)
3-5pm panel session (free)
Please note that spaces for the panel session are limited (first come, first served).
From Midday to 2pm there will be a screening of “if….”, followed by an hour (2-3pm) to browse our exhibition of fantastic source materials (pamphlets, newssheets, posters, unpublished correspondence, etc.) documenting the 1968 Revolts in Paris, Berlin, Prague (etc.), and of course events here in Nottingham. At 3pm we will get together for a panel session with people sharing some of their memories of the struggles fought in Nottingham in 1968 (spoilers: the struggle for equal pay and anti-racist work were already high on the agenda five decades
The film screening is ticketed. You will be able to purchase tickets from Broadway Cinema at their usual rates from early May. We have a very limited number of discounted tickets available. If you would like us to reserve you one of these tickets, please do get in touch (please note, if you do not get a response email confirming your reservation before Sunday 6th May, you are not on the list and will have to purchase a ticket from the Broadway Box Office). The exhibition and the panel session are of course free of charge.
the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Revolts
You can also catch this in London, at Housmans on 15th May - see above -
or Bookmarks on 16th May:-
Dave Gibson Labour History Lecture
'Orwell and the Workers'
With Prof John Newsinger (Bath Spa University) and author of 'Hope Lies In the Proles': George Orwell and the Left
Saturday 16 June 1pm The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ
"The first annual Dave Gibson labour history lecture will focus on George Orwell. Orwell visited Barnsley while researching ʻThe Road to Wigan Pierʼ and his collected works contain shocking details about the state of housing in Barnsley at the time of his visit. Dave Gibson used this information in his contribution to a Workers Educational Association course on labour history in Barnsley and Graham Mustin will give a short presentation based on Dave's lecture notes.
"The main talk, entitled ʻOrwell and the Workersʼ will be by John Newsinger, professor of history at Bath Spa University and an acknowledged expert on Orwell. John has written the highly acclaimed ʻOrwell's Politicsʼ and most recently ʻOrwell and the Proles: George Orwell and the Leftʼ a critical account of Orwell's politics exploring his anti-fascism, criticism of the USSR and enduring commitment to socialism."
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Mary Quaile Club event
Northern Launch of "Workers Playtime" 19 May 6pm at Three Minute Theatre new collection of political plays, published by New Internationalist and the General Federation of Trade Unions.UPDATE:
The northern launch of Workers’ Play Time, a collection of plays about trade unionism, published by New Internationalist and the General Federation of Trade Unions.
Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the GFTU, will introduce the event.
We are also delighted to welcome Sally Groves, a shop steward in the successful strike for equal pay in 1976 at Trico works in Brentford, London. Sally has co-authored a book about the strike called Trico: a Victory to Remember, which will published later [this] year.
John Topliff of Three Minute Theatre and his actors will perform excerpts from a number of the plays, including:Dare To Be Free (2016) by Jane McNulty is about Manchester Irish Trade Unionist Mary Quaile and links her story with the low paid zero hour workers today.
The Chambermaids by Kathleen McCreery (1987) recounts the story of a group of Grosvenor House Hotel chambermaids who in 1979 took on Trust House Forte when their Jarrow-born shop steward was unfairly suspended, and were sacked and evicted.
Out on the Costa del Trico, (1977) which was created by the Women’s Theatre Group about a group of female window screen wipers who won their strike for equal pay after 21 weeks on strike in the summer of 1976.
You can read a review of Workers’ Playtime here
And there is a Morning Star Article:
Start time; 6pm. Refreshments and bar available.
Entrance is free but donations welcome.Advance booking is strongly recommended, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: HOW IT WENT
At our latest event at Three Minute Theatre Suzanne Bury chaired an evening of speeches, drama and song to launch a book of radical plays “Worker’s Play Tme” edited by Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of theGFTU. We were very pleased that Doug could join us. In his opening address he outlined how cultural and artistic expression has always been integral to labour movement struggles: “There have never been bread without roses,” he said, “and we need more of both.”
Three Minute Theatre’s own in-house company, the Manchester Shakespeare Company, then dramatised excerpts from three of the plays included in Worker’s Play Time. All three of them reflected the way in which women (and some men) have fought for justice in their pay packet and equality at work.
“The Chambermaids”, written in 1987, showed how a group of chambermaids took on the Trust House Forte empire when their shop steward was sacked. “Dare to Be Free” commissioned by the Mary Quaile Club told the story of Mary Quaile, a forgotten Manchester Irish trade unionist, and linked her struggle with today’s fast food strikers.
“Out on the Costa del Trico” was written by the Women’s Theatre Company in 1977 about the Trico strike of 1976 when 400 mainly women, who made window screen wipers, went on strike for equal pay. They won and we were very pleased that Sally Groves, who was the publicity officer for the strikers and later became a shop steward could join us. Sally explained how they succeeeded after 21 weeks on strike but also pointed out why it could not happen today with the legislation restricting trade union activity and why such action is even more important in 2018.
Sally explained how the American multinational Trico totally underestimated the strength of the women. “They thought we would give up after we lost at Tribunal but not one of the women broke the strike and went back to work. In fact it just made us angrier and more determined to stay out.” Next month a book about the strike written by Sally Groves and Vernon Merritt is being published Trico: A Victory to Remember The 1976 Equal Pay Strike at Trico Folberth, Brentford.
Our thanks to Doug Nicholls, John and Gina at Three Minute Theatre, the Manchester Shakespeare Company and Sally Groves.
You can buy Worker’s Play Time here.
Also from MQC:
The next strike at McDonalds, the first in Manchester, is taking place on
International Workers Day, May 1.
They are demanding £10 an hour and for their right to join a union to be respected.
If you can, please support by attending the picket
McDonald's 36/38 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 5EJ
A couple of free events:
Suffragettes in trousers: male support for women's suffrage in Britain
NEWS FROM NOWHERE CLUB
Saturday 14th April 2018
The Cinema Museum: Keeping Alive the Spirit of Cinema from the Days before the Multiplex
Speaker: Martin Humphries
Martin is the director & co-founder of The Cinema Museum. Set in historic surroundings in Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, the outstanding museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia & equipment that preserves the history & grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day. His illustrated talk will cover the founding of the museum, the collection, its activities & events. ‘The Cinema Museum is culturally very important to the history of movies & gives insight into how things have changed. It was the workhouse where Charlie Chaplin went as a child. It is a monument of great importance to anyone interested in cinema.’ Sylvia Syms
Saturday 12th May 2018A Lancashire Miner in Walthamstow: Sam Woods and the By-Election of 1897
Speaker: Professor John Shepherd
Saturday 9th June 2018
Allotment Gardens: A Surprising History Speaker: Dr Lesley Acton
Monday 14th May (time and venue to be confirmed) Mitch Abidor, 'Paris, May 1968'
Monday 19th June, Keith Flett - 'The Chartist Challenge in 1848. Could it have won?'
Room 304 (third floor) at 5.30pm in the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Entry to LSHG seminars is free without ticket although donations are welcome.
Other events coming up -
Marxism 2018 - a festival of socialist ideas - 5-8 July - central London
11 April Michelle Green and Frank Salt Protest: stories of resistance
Cover up and collusion: understanding the tragic history of asbestos.
Geoffrey Tweedale is the author of Magic mineral to killer dust: Turner and Newall and the asbestos hazard.
Our April Object of the Month also focuses on Workers' Memorial Day, which is on 28 April.
6 June David Swift The war and the workers: the labour movement and the home front during WW1
20 June Film - Socialists, suffragists, pacifists and cyclists!: the last Clarion House
4 July Invisible Histories digitisation project - Seeing the hidden, hearing the unheard
Full details at www.wcml.org.uk/events.
The exhibition is open this Wednesday and Friday, 1-5pm - please note that the space is in use for a workshop on Thursday afternoon so the exhibition cannot be viewed then
Conscientious Objectors' Day
See also International Conscientious Objectors' Day
It starts at 1pm. There will be speakers, a film and discussion..and a free light buffet.
Forwarding an excellent article by Adrian Cruden on Robert Noonan's [novel] "Ragged Trousered Philanthropists."
TO BOOK FOR THIS EVENT ONLINE PLEASE GO TO THE RAYMOND WILLIAMS FOUNDATION WEBSITE – Events section http://www.
You can now find our new Document Of The Month and numerous additions to our Digital Library on our website. Our Document Of The Month for March 2018 is -
And this month's additions to our Digital Library include:
four years of the SWF's Direct Action newspapers (1964-68):
ExLibris Charity Masked Book Sale 2018
16 Vernon Avenue Carlton,
"Over two weekends (Fri 27th April till Mon 30th April and Fri 4th May
till Mon 7th May) you have another chance to visit Carlton’s finest
prices and help raise funds for the Notts Refugee Forum and Hayward
New radical history podcast
£5.00 - pay on the day - includes a modest lunch.
What are the key issues? What can we do to promote public ownership?
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*[note Change of Venue - below]Day School organised by Independent Working Class Education Network with Barry Faulkner, national political education coordinator forUnite the Union, and featuring Ellen Lees from "We Own It."Saturday 19th May, 2018, 10.30 - 3.30.UnitetheUnion London Regional Office, 33-37 Moreland St, Clerkenwell,London EC1V 8BB (nearest tube, Angel) £5.00 - pay on the day - includes amodest lunch."Public ownership used to be out in the wilderness. Now it’s all the rage! But wewill have to fight for it"What are the key issues? What can we do to promote public ownership?We'll provide interesting background and the opportunity for discussion ona range of issues and sectors.
This year’s festival follows the successful event run at the M Shed in September 2017 and has two themes. We are working closely with the Bread, Print and Roses Collective to mark the 50th anniversary of May 1968, a month that saw worldwide demonstrations against capitalism, authoritarianism and war. We look at the legacy of May ’68 in Bristol, scene of significant student occupations, and beyond. The Remembering the Real WWI Group will also be putting on a programme of events to reflect on the impact and aftermath of the First World War, as we approach the centenary of the 1918 armistice.