Selma James speaking about Women, Race and Class. She is still one of the most important thinker, speaker and activist on politics today. Selma asks; where has the women’s movement gone wrong, why is it women are more interested in using the movement to pursue their careers and what can we do about it. Join her at the Mary Quaile Day on 21 March in Manchester see
to Lisa McKenzie, author of “Getting By Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain”. 26th March 2015 from 6pm. She lived on the St.Ann’s Estate in Nottingham for twenty years and is in a good position to show how her neighbourhood has been affected by government policies and economic changes, much of it for the worst. Her book is unique because she is not from a middleclass privileged background, unlike many of the writers who have become famous off the back of writing about the poor, particularly since the recession began. The people in the book are not “victims” and she shows how people struggle to make a decent life for themselves and their families. The meeting hasn’t been organised by a community group, but a think tank based at a local university, which is a bit of a shame, if things are to change it is important that books like Lisa’s is read by people beyond academia and that they take inspiration from its message to take control of their own lives. Details of venue see
See my review of her book at
Activists; Lessons from my Grandparents written by Lisa Croft. What does it mean to be an activist and can we learn from past generations? In this book Lisa tells the story of her grandparents, their lives and the reasons why they became active in many campaigns local, national and international. Her grandfather fought in the Spanish Civil War, and her grandmother was a writer and activist in many campaigns. Lisa says; “Individually or together with comrades, their personal and public struggles are to me inspirational. This generation stood up to fascists, supported hunger marches, promoted education and welfare for all.” Lisa self published because that is the only way you are going to be able to tell stories about people who were important for what they did and not for whom they knew!
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..about Rule 35 at this new play by Community Arts North West Exodus project. Rule 35 says; Detention should be reconsidered if a detainee is experiencing physical or mental health issues or has previously experienced torture. Created with women refugees and asylum seekers Rule 35 asks its audience to live detention in a “unique immersive performance.” Be warned you will be expected to take part in the action and you may find this very challenging. Further info see
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…….Metamorphosis of Japan After the War… a fascinating exhibition of photos taken by Japanese photographers in the years after the Second World War. Their cameras captured the country and society as it rose again after 10 years of war, survived being bombed by nuclear weapons and occupied by the Allies. At the beginning of the exhibition is a picture taken just after Japan has surrendered and it’s a picture of the sun. Reflecting the photographer’s hopes for a new and progressive society to emerge in the post war era. Worth a trip to Liverpool and to one of my favourite galleries; Open Eye see