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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Nowadays everybody celebrates International Women’s Day including the banks!!! Help, this is not what socialist feminists Clara Zetkin and Louise Zeitz would want. They created the day to highlight the importance of women’s struggles for equality at home, at work … Continue reading

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Building a Socialist Library (3) Ellen Wilkinson From Red Suffragist to Government Minister by Paula Bartley

In 1924 Ellen Wilkinson returned to her home city of Manchester as a newly elected Labour Member of Parliament and spoke to several thousand people in a cinema in Moston. She attacked the capitalist system and its effects on declining … Continue reading

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“Even the pigeons have black feet”; coal and community in Salford

Salford in Greater Manchester is one of those places that still boasts a lively community  hell bent on reminding all the rest of us of what it means to be working class. The Irwell Valley Mining Project, run by local … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…..two films and hear some live music…Manchester Film Cooperative’s next event is at the Antwerp Mansion in downtown Rusholme. Antwerp Mansion is: a renovation project, aiming to turn a beautiful but run down Victorian Mansion into a Music, Art and … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…….William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe(DVD) You may have heard of Chartist journalist and lawyer Ernest Jones who went to prison for his politics in the 19th Century or Gareth Pierce and Michael Mansfield who have taken a rigorous political view … Continue reading

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Book review: Special Category; The IRA in English Prisons vol.1; 1968-78

Special Category: The IRA in English Prisons vol.1; 1968-1978 by Ruan O’Donnell Irish Academic Press ISBN 978 0 7165 3141 8 It will come as a surprise to many people in this country that there have been political prisoners in … Continue reading

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Political Women (5) Rae Street

Feminist, peace activist, environmentalist….. Rae has been active in the peace movement for over 30 years. Born in Yorkshire, she didn’t come from a political family: My mother was a working class conservative, due to growing up in dire poverty, … Continue reading

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Eva Gore- Booth: Irish feminist, political activist, poet..

Eva Gore- Booth An Image of such politics by Sonja Tiernan (Manchester University Press) ISBN 978-0-7190-8232-0 Ruth and Eddie Frow were the first people to tell me about Eva Gore- Booth and her companion and fellow activist Esther Roper. They … Continue reading

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Manchester Marxman

To get the most out of life you must be active, you must live and you must have the courage to taste the thrill of being young” Engels 1840 Friedrich Engels, was born in Germany in 1820. He was an … Continue reading

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Stop, Look, Listen………excerpts from my Roman Holiday…….

Watch…Christ stopped at Eboli (DVD) originally a book by Carlo Levi, an anti-fascist, who in 1935 was sent into internal exile by Mussolini. The title comes from a saying by southern Italians that the area has been neglected even by … Continue reading

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