Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics…The Gods of Wheat St., Reinstate Robert Czegely,Njinga, Queen of Angola and Labour Start


the gods

The Gods of Wheat Street (free on Youtube) a fantastic Australian television series (6 episodes) about an Aborigine family in rural Australia. Breaking with all the stereotypes of Aborigines it mixes magic realism, humour and pathos in telling the story of the Freeburn family. Many of  the characters are named after gods-hence the title.  Odin is the head of the family and we watch as he struggles to keep his car repair  business and his family together. Life isn’t easy: when his mother died in a car accident it’s Odin who had to keep the family together and 20 years later he is also a single father with 2 daughters. Brilliant script with gentle male characters and feisty girls and women and it’s great to see such positive images of Aborigine people.

Reinstate Robert

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At the launch of our Mary Quaile pamphlet last week one of speakers was Unite activist Robert Czegely, who worked as a waiter at the STK restaurant in the luxury five star Melia ME London Hotel in central London for nearly two years before he was sacked. He opposed the way in which the management were charging customers 15% service charge but not passing it on to staff. Angered by this he joined Unite to speak out against unfair tipping practices. Unite have lodged a claim with the employment tribunal over his unfair dismissal, calling on the management to give him his job back.

Please help Robert get his job back. See more at

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about Njinga, Queen of Angola (2013). In C17th Angola she led her country in a 40 year struggle for independence against Portuguese slave traders. In this new feature film, which has had little publicity, you can find out more about this tremendous woman. It is fantastic watching an African woman in battle – representing the stories of many African people who opposed slavery and colonisation – and  a complete contrast to the usual Western viewpoint of slavery with a very strong message of fighting for your rights, even if it means taking up arms against better armed opponents. It’s being shown at Z Arts on Tuesday 14 June at 6.30pm. Further details see

Watch a trailer here



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an online news service that has 137,101 supporters- which  is why they are successful in supporting the rights of workers across the world. Anyone can join and then, simply by clicking on their email messages, really make a difference to trade unionists and their struggles worldwide. It is simple – many employers do not like publicity given to the abusive way they treat their workers. Through Labourstart you can find out about how, even in the most brutal regimes, workers do fight back and it’s inspiring to read and support their struggles. Donate to LS if you can afford it ( it’s run by volunteers).  Find out more at

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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