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Soldier F

Bloody Sunday banner and crosses

Soldier F said he only harmed
protesters who held bombs or arms
Soldier F had truths to hide
The soldier lied

Lord Saville said
none of the dead
had posed a threat
but that did not stop Soldier F

When one-and-twenty soldiers shoot
then why no prospect to prosecute
Soldier L or Soldier M
who killed a lad who crawled from them?

Socialist-feminist reading group: Minnie Lansbury:

31/03/2019 - 14:00

Venue: Effra Social, 89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF

Come to our next meeting of our monthly socialist feminist reading group, hosted by Workers' Liberty members - open to all!

We'll be reading chapter 6 of Janine Booth's new book 'Minnie Lansbury: Suffragette, Socialist, Rebel Councillor', and will be joined by Janine for the discussion!

Minnie Lansbury at the Nottingham Women's History Group

06/04/2019 - 14:00

Janine will be giving an illustrated talk about the life of Minnie Lansbury.

Venue: International Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN

This is a members-only event, although it is free to join the Nottingham Women's History Group!

A donation of £3 from attendees will help towards refreshments and costs.

Signed copies of 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' will be on sale.

1919: Strikes, Struggles and Soviets

1919 pamphlet cover

A new short book (40 pages + cover), written by Janine Booth and published by Workers' Liberty.

In 1919, inspired by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, British workers took more strike action than ever before. But communists in Britain had still not formed a united party. Labour's representation in Parliament was weak.

A Heroine of our Movement

Ian Townson reviews 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' in Solidarity 491, 16 January 2019

 

Minnie Lansbury was one of the rebel Labour councillors of Poplar (East London) who in 1921 forced the Tory¬Liberal coalition government to start central government payments to equalise resources between councils in poor and in well¬off areas.

Janine Booth’s biography of Lansbury is rich in detail about her life; working¬class conditions at the time; and much more. It is a solid achievement given the scarcity of material available on Lansbury to work on.

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