Saturday, November 1, 2014

Another chance to see...

The next meeting of the London Remembering the Real World War 1 Group will take the form of a
FILM SCREENING of 'Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible'
 on Thursday 6 November, at 7 p.m. (note : earlier than usual start time).
 at  (usual venue) 88 Fleet Street, St. Bride’s Ave., EC4 1DH.
(Blackfriars Tube)

<< This feature length documentary chronicles Sylvia Pankhurst’s life as suffragette and revolutionary socialist. She was imprisoned more than any other suffragette for her tireless campaigning and unlike her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel, who dropped the fight for votes for women to support the 1914 war effort, Sylvia refused to sacrifice the fight for universal suffrage until it was won. Her opposition to the war and her internationalism were and remain exemplary and her bravery in fighting for equality and opposing all misanthropic trends puts her, as one interviewee put it, ‘up there with the angels.’ >>      

Previouslyon this blog: Sylvia Pankhurst’s Variously Radical Life 

Friday, October 31, 2014

SHS Conference: Not Such a Lovely War

Saturday 1 November 2014

The Socialist History Society are holding a Day conference on:
 the origins and consequences of the First World War
" that will present a view very different from that officially celebrated by the media and government."
Speakers confirmed so far: 
Kevin Morgan on 'Class cohesion and spurious patriotism: trade union internationalism in the First World War',
Stan Newens on 'Imperialist Rivalries and the Origins of the First World War'; 
Keith Flett on 'So Bloody Much to Oppose - grassroots opposition to World War One', 
Helen Boak on '"Down with the war! We don't want to starve any longer.": German working-class women and the First World War'. 
Helen Toomey on ‘The arms trade before, during and after the First World War’.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. 
11.00 am to 4.30 pm. (NB: time as originally listed was incorrect) 
Free attendance.

Also from the SHS events list:
Tuesday 4 November 2014 Stop the First World War.
Pietro Dipaola on "1914 and the Schism in International Anarchism"; Tony Zurbrugg on "Not Our War"
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday 11 November 2014 Stop the First World War.
Ian Birchall on "From Slaughter to Mutiny"; Christopher Read on "WWI and the Russian Revolution to 1923"
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. 7.00 p.m.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Come and see us at the Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday!

Sat 18th October 10am - 6pm at Queen Mary's University, on Mile End Road. See map and further details on the website via the link below.

Radical History Network of North East London will have a stall at the bookfair with our general leaflet, pamphlets from many of the most recent meetings plus details of many of the past meetings. Also other relevant literature and booklets. If you missed a meeting/discussion on a particular topic you might want to get yourself a copy of the booklets produced from them.

We haven't got enough people to look after the stall for the whole day - if you are a supporter and are coming anyway, and can spare an hour or two. help would be  welcome.

But please still come and say hello either way.

Next RaHN meeting
will be on the topic of Radical Childcare and will be on Wednesday 10th Dec. (Full title and specifics not yet confirmed - but if you have any experience/interest in this topic please get in touch beforehand, or just come along to the meeting - all contributions welcome!)

Meeting that may be of special interest to RaHN supporters:

5.00pm – 6.30pm
Terrorism, Feminism and a Century of War, 1914-2014

In June 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a student influenced by both anarchism and nationalism, shot Franz Ferdinand and triggered the First World War. Tragically, many of Europe's socialist and feminists then supported this horrific war. However, a few courageous activists, such as Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London suffragettes, did oppose the bloodbath. Mutinies and revolutions across Europe eventually ended the First World War. But capitalism - and its wars - continued for another century. As the capitalist bloodbath continues in the Middle East and the Ukraine, what hope is there for a movement that finally ends war? 
Speakers: Bojan Aleksov on Gavrilo Princip; Laura Schwartz on 'Feminism and the Great War'; Gabriel Levy on the civil war in the Ukraine.

Organised by: 'Remembering the real World War One' (London)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Frank Kitz memorial stone fund

Nick Heath writes:

“I have been in contact with a member of Frank Kitz's family. Frank Kitz, you may remember, was one of the leading lights in the Socialist League, and a working class anarchist who devoted his life to social emancipation.* He died in extreme poverty and is buried in a common grave in Morden cemetery in London.

I and members of the Kitz family would like to honour the life of FK by providing a memorial stone at the cemetery. The inauguration of the stone would be marked by a ceremony.”

Those who would like to contribute to a fund to pay for the stone can make cheques or postal orders out to N. Heath and send
c/o London AF, Freedom Bookshop,
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street,
London E1 7QX

* and “One of the instigators of the 1892 Lammas Day Land Riot in Leyton!

Kitz, Frank (1849-1923)
Works by Frank Kitz
·     Kitz, Frank. Recollections and Reflections.

Works about Frank Kitz
·     Kitz, Frank. Recollections and Reflections.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Events: London Anarchist Book Fair and After

25 October 2014, London: 
Emily and Gabriel from Peace News will be talking about the 
feminist opponents of World War One
at Feminism in London 2014. 1.30 – 2pm in the Jeffrey Hall.

40th Anniversary of a Women’s Photographic Collective, 1974-1980

Sunday 12th October 2014, 2-5pm

Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DF

The Hackney Flashers Collective was active as a feminist agitprop group in
London 1974 -1980. The group produced two photographic/graphic exhibitions
addressing complex ideas about women’s lives as workers and as mothers,
inside and outside the home:  Women and Work and Who’s Holding the Baby.

To mark the recent launch of the Hackney Flashers website the group are
calling a meeting of the generations: how did they work as a collective in
the 1970s? How is the struggle for the most basic of women’s rights being
carried on now, forty years later?  A rare chance to see some of the
exhibition panels from  the time and to discuss work still to be done.
Free and open to all. Should be exciting!

(some bits Iabout the group here: )

Terrorism, Feminism and a Century of War, 1914-2014

Bojan Aleksov on Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who triggered World War One
Laura Schwartz on feminism and the Great War
Gabriel Levy on Putin and the war in the Ukraine

5pm, Mason Lecture Theatre
Anarchist Bookfair
Saturday 18 Oct.
Queen Mary Uni., Mile End Rd. E1 4NS.

See for more on a day of meetings: Peter Linebaugh, Middle East, Africa, Guy Debord, feminism, anti-fascism, abortion, workplace & housing struggles etc…

Paine, Carlile, Cobbett, Chartists, Marx, Morris, Kropotkin, Bakunin, Matchwomen, Pankhurst, Goldman

author of: 'The London Hanged'

Sunday 19 October, 2.30pm

St. Bride’s Avenue, Fleet St. EC4 1DH. Blackfriars Tube.


'Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible'

Thursday 6 November, 7pm.
88 Fleet Street,
St. Bride’s Ave., EC4 1DH.
Blackfriars Tube.

A unique opportunity to hear from an activist from the Balkans who has been on a speaking tour about Central European and Balkan uprisings from an anarchist perspective. She was at the recent Balkan anarchist bookfair event in Bosnia and is in a position to talk more generally about the latest developments in the region.
Venue: The Sparrows' Nest.
Date: Tuesday 21st October 2014.
Time: Starts 7pm (ends 9pm approx.)
We would appreciate an indication of numbers so please us email in advance to say you are coming (or if you need directions), but equally just turn up.

Note also: the meeting takes place following the London Anarchist Bookfair and the AFem2014 anarcha-feminist conference so we will have a lot of new goodies and information to share!