History

31 January 1919: Reading the Riot Act

Battle of George Square, 1919

An historical anecdote from the Clydeside General Strike of 1919 (pictured)

 

In George Square in Glasgow
in Nineteen-nineteen
Sixty thousand red rebels
are striking a scene

The sheriff takes stage
to proclaim the King's words
Required by the Riot Act
order: Disperse!

By Royal decree
clear the square in an hour
On pain of a pounding
of military power

Masterless Men

After the Battle of Waterloo, the British ruling class got in a bit of a panic about unemployed ex-servicemen roaming the country, worried that these 'masterless men' would cause trouble. A similar fear haunted Lloyd George's Liberal-Tory coalition government after the end of the war a century ago.

The masterless men
strike cold fear in the soul
of the masters resolved
that they stay in control

Echoes of Holloway Prison: talk on Minnie Lansbury

16/10/2018 - 18:30

Venue: Finsbury Library

As part of Islington Council Libraries' 'Echoes of Hollowy Prison' series of events, Janine speaks about Minnie Lansbury, who spend six weeks in the prison as part of the successful fight against unfair rates, and who died just ten weeks after her release.

Event poster attached.

East End Women Take Action: 1888-2016

24/09/2016 - 13:45

Be inspired by over 100 years of east London women fighting for change (and winning!)

Join the East End Women's Museum and East End Sisters Uncut for an afternoon of short talks and conversations about the different ways east London women have challenged sexism, racism, exploitation, and injustice then and now. Share your ideas and learn some new ones.

Speakers include:

Walking With Minnie

07/07/2016 - 18:00

Janine leads a guided walking tour of east London, tracing the life and struggles of Minnie Lansbury, Jewish socialist, suffragette, campaigner for war orphans, communist and rebel councillor.

Meet at Bow Road London Underground station at 6pm ... and finishing up with chillout and chat in Victoria Park.

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