Saturday, September 20, 2014

Revolt of the Ravers - CJA protests 20 years on

Sunday October 19th 2014, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
at MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street,
London EC4Y 1DH

(Admission free)

(It's on the day after the London anarchist bookfair.)

"Twenty years ago, on 9 October 1994, a huge demonstration against the
Government's Criminal Justice Act ended in London's Hyde Park with riotous
clashes, police horses charging, and people dancing to sound systems.

The Act brought in new police powers against raves, squatters, protestors,
travellers and others, and was passed amidst widespread opposition.

This event will include memories of this movement, its ways of organising
and representing itself and will feature displays of its ‘material
culture’ such as zines, flyers, cassettes and letters.

There will also be a panel discussion looking at the related
radical/techno zines of the 1990s, in what was one of the last musical and
social movements mediated primarily through print rather than digitally.

The talks and discussion will be followed by an evening of films, music
and refreshments.

It is hoped that the day will be a catalyst for a process of archiving,
circulating and discussing materials from the radical social/musical
movements of the 1990s."

Supported by MayDay Rooms, Datacide magazine, Cesura//Acceso journal,
History is Made at Night.

More info
http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/criminal-justice-act-20th-anniversary.html

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Further WW1 Happenings

1. [Reminder] Celebrating Alice Wheeldon 
7.30 – 9.30pm, Thursday 2 October 2014

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX (tube: Kentish Town)

Chloe Mason – the great granddaughter of socialist, pacifist, suffragist and second-hand clothes dealer Alice Wheeldon, imprisoned in 1917 for the alleged attempted murder of Lloyd George – will also be joining us to talk about the campaign to clear Alice’s name, as well as that of Alice’s daughter Winnie and son-in-law Alfred Mason (who were convicted alongside her). Free event. All welcome.
Hosted by Peace News.
 http://theworldismycountry.info/2-oct-celebrating-alice-wheeldon/

2. DOUGLAS NEWTON @ BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE ON 23 SEPT

Douglas Newton will be discussing WW1 and his new book 'The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914' @ the Bishopsgate Institute in London on 23rd September. The book is excellent (read an excerpt here) and he's an excellent speaker (he ran a session at this year's Peace News Summer Camp). He'll be joined by Vron Ware and Joe Glenton in the discussion afterwards.
"The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War gives us much to contemplate and reflect on. Is it time though to question the standard account of Britain’s choice for war? Did Britain go to war for the future of the British Empire and not for Belgium or democracy?

In his new book The Darkest Days, historian Douglas Newton uncovers how key figures rushed the nation into war against vehement opposition in parliament, the press and in the streets. Do today’s military adventures – and the movements that oppose them – suggest we have learned anything from our past? Douglas Newton will be joined in discussion with Dr Vron Ware (Open University) and Joe Glenton (journalist and author of Soldier Box). The event will be chaired by Daniel Trilling (Editor, New Humanist). "

Tickets are available here.

3. May we invite you to Derby to
Celebrate the Resisters: The War within WW1
Adam Hochschild 
22nd October, Quad Arts
7pm
 Tickets £5.00 (£4.00)

4. [Reminder, previously posted]
On Saturday 20 September the 2014 peace history lecture takes place at the Friends' Meeting House, Manchester. In No Glory in War: noble cause or capitalist adventure? John Westmoreland, Head of History, York College, will propose alternative views to challenge the inevitability of was as the means to resolve conflict. 
The lecture begins at 2pm, with stalls to browse and refreshments from 1.30pm; there is also the option of a guided tour of Manchester Peace and Social Justice Trail 10.30am-12 noon.  Tickets price £5 in advance, £8 on the door - email gmdcnd@gn.apc.org or phone 0161 273 8283.
Truce tours at IWM North - Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays in September at 3.30pm
Join a free 20 minute Closer Look tour around the Museum reflecting on individual stories, including those who were Conscientious Objectors in the First and Second World Wars, and the idea of truce and conflict resolution and the causes and consequences of conflict.

5. More to come in Manchester, in November: watch this blog.
"We have an active ‘Real WWI’-type group  up here in Manchester. You can find out news and events at our website at http://noglorymanchester.wordpress.com/
Our main forthcoming event is our World War I Day School on Saturday 15 November 2014- all welcome! http://noglorymanchester.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/dayschool/"



And as previously posted:
The 3 next London Remembering the Real World War I group meetings will be taking place on

Thursday September 18
Thursday October 16
and Thursday November 6


all from 7.30 until 9.00 pm, at 
88 Fleet St
London
EC4Y 1DH


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Radical History Network of NE London meeting: Resistance to World War One

Next RaHN meeting: Reminder/update

Wednesday 10th September, 7:30pm

Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ
(off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube)

In the build up to the first world war and throughout the war years there were strikes and industrial disputes, anti-war campaigns, conscientious objections and mutinies. These are the stories of resistance to the war that the official commemorations will not tell you.

What can we learn from those inspirational struggles which might help us to oppose and prevent the obscene wars for profit and power throughout the world which governments and military blocs are continuing to wage 100 years after the so-called 'war to end all wars'?

Speakers:

Nick Heath (Anarchist Federation) "Resistance to World War One"

Jennifer Bell (Hornsey Historical Society / Haringey First World War Peace Forum) "We will not fight! -  Conscientious objectors in North London"

PLUS: Discussion on all aspects of local (NE London) resistance to the war as well as the wider national and international context.

The next three London Remembering the Real World War I group meetings will be taking place on

Thursday September 18,
Thursday October 16
and 

Thursday November 6

all from 7.30 until 9.00 p.m. at 


88 Fleet St
London
EC4Y 1DH


Other WW1 events:
6 Sept: ‘The World is My Country’ @ the Poetry Bookfair

To celebrate the people and movements that opposed the First World War!
Peace News' WW1 poems and posters project, The World is My Country, will be at the Poetry Bookfair in London this Saturday (6 September) @ the Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL). The Fair itself runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm, with our slot running 11 – 11.30am.

The event, compered by PN co-editor Emily Johns, will feature specially commissioned poems and songs by Alan Brownjohn, Anna Robinson, Krysia Mansfield and Dan Kennedy.
This is a free event & all are welcome! Please spread the word on Facebook, or retweet us.

Peace News will also be hosting a celebration of jailed WW1-resister Alice Wheeldon with her granddaughter, Chloe Mason, on Thursday 2 October:


And in Manchester

On Saturday 20 September the 2014 peace history lecture takes place at the Friends' Meeting House, Manchester. In No Glory in War: noble cause or capitalist adventure? John Westmoreland, Head of History, York College, will propose alternative views to challenge the inevitability of was as the means to resolve conflict. 

The lecture begins at 2pm, with stalls to browse and refreshments from 1.30pm; there is also the option of a guided tour of Manchester Peace and Social Justice Trail 10.30am-12 noon.  Tickets price £5 in advance, £8 on the door - email gmdcnd@gn.apc.org or phone 0161 273 8283.

Truce tours at IWM North - Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays in September at 3.30pm
Join a free 20 minute Closer Look tour around the Museum reflecting on individual stories, including those who were Conscientious Objectors in the First and Second World Wars, and the idea of truce and conflict resolution and the causes and consequences of conflict.

IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ. Admission free.

Monday, September 1, 2014

New publication: 100 Years of Social Housing


A 10-page booklet, now available as a pdf here, describes a walk in Tottenham for the Twentieth Century Society, led by John Goodier on 23rd March 2013.
Summary of Contents (main headings):

Introduction on the history of social housing from earliest discernible origins

The Garden Suburb Movement and Style
The Moselle stream – “hidden force for much of this walk”

Railway Stations: Wood Green, Noel Park, Bruce Grove
Wood Green as shopping centre
taking in Spouters’ Corner, the Library, Gaumont Palace, The Mall and more.
Crown Court
White Hart Lane and Tower Gardens
Lordship Lane Park
Broadwater Farm
Peabody Cottages
Larkspur Close
Finishing at Bruce Castle 

A RaHN member writes:

Council housing has been fought for and defended for generations by those who realise that it is the only secure, affordable housing for working class people. If anything, ALL housing should be a public resource to be treasured and shared fairly, and not be treated as a commodity to be sold for private profit. Everyone should have a decent home as a right.

However Council housing is currently under attack from the Government and property speculators who cant stand what it represents - resources for need not profit. In London in particular, including Tottenham, property speculation and unaffordable house-building is rife, and developers are now pushing to get their hands on our public estates and the public land they sit on in order to build luxury housing for their own greedy profits. Haringey Council is obediently putting up a number of estates for ominous-sounding 'option reviews' and 'proposed redevelopment' - a disgusting, disastrous and failed policy being imposed by the powers-that-be throughout London.

However, wherever there is oppression there is resistance. Campaigners and local Tenants and Residents Associations in many boroughs have fought hard to oppose these sell-offs, and some have created their own Community Plans for the genuine improvements local residents want to see. A shining example of positive community-led regeneration is our very own Broadwater Farm Estate here in Tottenham, as outlined in the pamphlet. When there was talk of knocking it down in the 1980s, the residents demanded and lobbied hard for a range of improvements, and regeneration funding was then found to implement almost all of them. It’s now one of the most attractive estates in London.

There is a national Defend Council Housing movement, and in Haringey we are proud to have had an active Defend Council Housing campaign for the last 10 years. At the time of writing HDCH have held many public meetings on threatened estates and are calling on the residents of all estates, and their supporters, to demand improvements not demolitions.

This pamphlet is an excellent counterweight to the current anti-Council-housing propaganda in the media and in local and national Government. It demonstrates that the lesson of history is that we can and must fight for more and better public services and facilities of all kinds, and decision-making that benefits our communities and satisfies our real needs.

Dave Morris
- Council tenant in Tottenham
- An active member of Haringey Defend Council Housing
- Secretary of the Haringey Federation of Residents Associations

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Film about Rudolf Rocker

THE WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

THE ANARCHIST RABBI - ADAM KOSSOFF

London'’s Anarchist Image
Thursday 11 September, 7pm - 9pm
Booking essential.
£8.50/£6.50 concession (£4.25 Whitechapel Gallery Members)

Two film essays explore the capital'’s overlooked histories, politics, movements and sites.

 Adam Kossoff’'s ‘The Anarchist Rabbi’ tracks the ghost of Jewish radical Rudolf Rocker (voiced by Steven Berkoff)

 Suzy Gillett'’s ‘Epiphany’ remembers English civil war anarcho-mystics through contemporary re-enactment. 

Followed by director Q&A.

An essayistic film about Rudolf Rocker and the forgotten history of Yiddish East End anarchism at the turn of the last century, The Anarchist Rabbi explores the politics of urban space and how urban development destroys collective memory.

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/shop/product/category_id/46/product_id/1981